Thursday, December 22, 2016

Lurgio News for December 22, 2016

December 22, 2016
Dear Parents,

I wish you all a wonderful break.  I hope that you are able to spend some quality time with your families over the next week. I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year as we strive to make 2017 a great year.


Important Dates

Dec. 23 -  Jan. 2
No School - Winter Break
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].

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 Community Values Youth.  Check out Ms. LaRue’s web page for weekly Asset newsletters by clicking here.  

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  

Over the last week in Academic Support we have introduced the Executive Functioning skill of Flexibility, which “refers to the ability to revise plans in the face of obstacles, setbacks, new information, or mistakes.”  (Dawson & Guare, 256)  Being a flexible thinker involves the ability to think in a different way than you usually do, and being open to other people’s opinions and methods.  It entails trying a new system after you determine that your old one is no longer effective.   For more information, click Skill of the Week:  Flexibility

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:
A huge THANK YOU to Jo Smith from for taking all the pictures for us at the photo booth.  Also, THANK YOU to everyone who came in and helped out with the photo booth at the dance.  The pictures were fantastic and lots of fun!

Happy Holidays from the Bedford PTG! Have a safe and wonderful vacation.See you in 2017!

SAVE THE DATE: January 19th, 2017, 6p.m. - 8p.m. in the Lurgio Middle School Media Center
Retired NH Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick will present “Mental Health: A Little Knowledge Can Go a Long Way”. Chief Justice Broderick is leading a statewide campaign to bring mental illness out of the shadows. He will share his own story and will lead a discussion on ways to address this important issue here in Bedford. Space is limited, please come early. The PTG is proud to be co-sponsoring this event with the Bedford School District and BeBOLD.

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