Friday, December 2, 2016

Lurgio News for December 2, 2016

December 2, 2016

Dear Parents,

Welcome to December!  With a dance, concerts, and fun activities, the Lurgio community has much to look forward this month.



Important Dates

Dec. 15 (Thurs.)
Winter Chorus and Band Concert - BHS Theater 7:00pm-9:00pm
Dec. 16 (Fri.)
School Dance 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Dec. 23 -  Jan. 2
No School - Winter Break

Cub of the Week
Each week, teachers nominate students for the Cub of the Week Award. Nominated students are those who have shown exceptional kindness, tolerance, and respect during the week. Each Friday, the Lurgio administration and guidance staff will review all nominees and will select the the “Cub of the Week.” The Cub will be announced in the Lurgio News.

This week’s Cub is Matt Flanagan from pod 8-West. Matt is a kind, thoughtful student who goes out of his way for others.  Matt’s teachers noted that he is quick to help out a fellow students or help make the classroom run well.  Congratulations Matt!  Thank you for helping to make Lurgio a great place to be.

Book Buzz
Today's Book Buzz is from Peyton D. and Lillian W. from 7 East:

We love reading books together so we can swap and discuss what's happening, and now we are in the third book of this awesome series called Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. The second book is called Crescendo, and we're now on the third book called Silence. We are excited to read this and get to the last one called Finale. The author's style of writing is so great because she drops all these subtle clues and we have gotten good at decoding these clues throughout the series. There is tension and mystery in the story line and there are predictions we can easily see but the author totally blindsides us with these scenes!  Nora is the main character and she cannot remember the past 5 months of her life, wakes up in a cemetery and was told she was missing for weeks. She then tries to get her regular life back in school and a new, mysterious and sort of creepy guy comes to school. His name is Patch and we find out he is a fallen angel. There are so many other characters that build the tension since Patch is not the antagonist. This is so so fun to read!

It’s Not Too Late to Join the Wrestling Team
The Lurgio Wrestling program is back for the 2016-2017 winter athletics season. Wrestling is a tremendous sport that offers opportunities other sports don’t. Head Coach Phil Moricone has decades of experience and brings state and New England championship experience to our program. It’s not too late to participate. If you’re student is interested and you have any questions please contact Coach Moricone [HERE].

Yearbook Cover Contest
Is your child artistic? Would you like them to win a free yearbook? Then we want them to submit an entry for the annual yearbook cover contest. Details can be found on the yearbook website and on posters around school. Any questions, please contact Mrs. Dennis ( or Mrs. Hoyt ( Entries are due Monday, December 12 by 3pm.
RAL/BHS Equestrian Club
Lurgio Middle School and Bedford High School have partnered together to make BHS’s equestrian club team accessible to middle school students. Please click [HERE] for more information.

A Note About the Importance of Stretching for the Adolescent Athlete
Please follow the [LINK] for a helpful note from Family Physical Therapy Services.

Yoga Club
The yoga club meets every Friday morning in the RAL Gymnasium. For more information, click [HERE].

Take Time for School Breakfast:

Eating breakfast at school helps children perform better.  Studies show that children who eat breakfast regularly are less likely to be overweight and have a better quality of nutrient intake.
We serve breakfast daily at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School between 8:15-8:50 am. A complete Grab N Go breakfast is offered for $1.25.  Students may use their lunch account to purchase a Grab N Go breakfast. Options include breakfast sandwiches, whole grain muffins, bagels, and pancakes, just to name a few. All breakfasts include a variety of fresh fruit and low-fat milk.

Guidance Corner
RAL Guidance Counselor, Donna LaRue, MA, MLADC, LCMHC posts a weekly, helpful parenting newsletter article, as well as other relevant material on her website.  This week she focuses on Parents Involvement in Schooling.  Check out Ms. LaRue’s web page for weekly Asset newsletters by clicking here.  Additionally, check out this link to learn more about #GivingTuesday for the Partnership for Drug Free Kids.

Executive Functioning Skills:  The “Air Traffic Control” of our brains.  RAL is piloting a new curriculum this year to help students identify and strengthen these very important “life skills.” An overview of the program is available on the Behavior Specialist’s website:   Ms. Stone, Behavior Specialist  

The Executive Functioning Skill that we are introducing to the students this week is Emotional Control. This is the ability to handle our emotions even when things are not going our way.  It paves the way for us to complete tasks, reach our goals, and manage our behaviors.  The skill of emotional control begins to develop in infancy and continues through to adolescence.  

Students exhibit stress in different ways.  We are working with students to recognize what their personal stressors are and to be able to recognize when they are stressed.  We will next share with them a few strategies to help regulate their emotions.  For more detailed information, check out this link  Skill of the Week:  Emotional Control
Custom Lurgio Wear Available
Did you know that you can order custom Lurgio wear in our new school colors?  Check out the BedfordWear website to see all they have to choose from.

Ecosmith Recycle Bins for Destination Imagination
Did you know that every school in the district has an Ecosmith Recycle Bin?  This is a great way to donate/recycle old clothes, while helping raise funds for our teams who advance to Global Finals each year.  You can put any kind of fabrics in these bins, towels and stuffed animals too.  Ripped shirts and pants with holes are fine, as well as well worn shoes.  Bedford DI greatly appreciates your continued participation in this program.

PTG Corner:
Its Coffee Cart time!  If you are interested in donating any baked goods/bought goods or to help bring the goodies around the school, please check out our signup here.  Thank you!

The Bedford PTG is adding a photo booth to the December dance festivities! Your child will have an opportunity to have keepsake photos taken with friends, with or without props.  The students will pay for their photos when they are taken, and the photos will be delivered to their classroom the following week.  Cost of the photos are $3.00 for each 5x7. Please do not forget to bring $$$ for your keepsake photos. All proceeds support the Bedford PTG.

We’d like to take a moment to thank you for your continued support of our programs and events. With your participation in our different fundraisers we are able to fund enriching activities for students K-12 including visiting authors, musicians, live animals, artists, anti-drug and anti-bullying programs, and so much more!  To learn more about the Bedford PTG visit

Wendy Emerson, Kerry Sullivan, Kira Hatem - Your PTG volunteer team at RAL

Pat’s Peak Ski Program
Bedford students in grades 1-8 are invited to take advantage of discounted ski/snowboard lessons at Pat’s Peak Ski Area in Henniker, NH. This five week Friday night program includes 1 hour lessons and free ski time – under the lights until the 10PM closing time. Discounted lift tickets are available for students who do not need lessons. Included in the program is a free bonus day at Pat’s Peak, Gunstock, and Cranmore to be used from February 27 th to the close of the 2017 season. The 2017 Bedford Ski Program begins on Friday, January 6 th and runs for 5 weeks. The choice of lesson times are 3:30 – 4:30PM or 4:30 – 5:30PM. Parents are responsible for providing transportation or arranging carpools. Easy Online Registration is available at Click on “Learn to Ski & Ride Program” and “Register Here”. The username for bedford330 and bedford430 for the 4:30 lesson. The Password is patspeak17. More details are available at Visit our table at the Bedford Ski and Skate Sale. Contacts – Kim Ahnen – & Martha Cronin –