Friday, December 9, 2016

Lurgio News for December 9, 2016

December 9, 2016
Dear Parents,
Welcome winter! As temperatures drop and the snow begins to fall, we’re heading into one of my favorite weeks of the school year. Next Thursday is our annual Winter Concert. It promises to be a wonderful performance and I hope to see many of you there next week to enjoy the music of our students.
Important Dates
Dec. 14 (Wed.)
National History Bee
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 Andrew Politi from pod 7-North. Andrew went out of his way this week to send a student who is moving off in style by making delicious treats for a going-away party. This kind and generous act did not go unnoticed by his teachers, podmates, and especially, his friend who is moving. Thanks, Andrew, for being such a positive part of our Lurgio school community!
National History Bee
National History Bee online exam has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 14 at 2:30 in the Media Center.  Any student who has registered for the bee and should plan to arrive in the media center Wednesday afternoon with their chrome books.  
Thank you for your patience as the folks at the National History Bee muddled through their technical difficulties.  

Lurgio’s Season of Giving
Lurgio is collecting food items and $1 from every student to make holiday food baskets for families in need in the Bedford community. Please check with your student to find out their assigned food item. Students are asked to also bring in $1 to help pay for turkeys for the families. Please have your student bring food items and $1 to homeroom by Monday 12/19. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.
Book Buzz
Today’s Book Buzz comes from a Books for Breakfast Elf:
How much do you like your running shoes?  Are you a fast runner?  Ever want to be on the track team?  This book is for you.  Read GHOST by Jason Reynolds and meet a kid who calls himself Ghost.  He has rough family life, is a fast runner, and watches kids run track.  He trash talks himself into a race and....wins!  And the coach wants him on his team.  And Ghost makes a really, really, really bad decision that costs him a place on the team.  He has to fix that problem.  This is a great fast read with lots of action and suspense.
Potential Boys Volleyball Club
Student Council is researching the idea of having a Boys Volleyball Team or Club. Boys, check out the link below to let us know if you’re interested. We look forward to starting this process and receiving your feedback. The form will be available until Friday, December 16th.
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].
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.

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 Empowerment.  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 everyone who donated to the Teachers’ Coffee Cart!  It was a huge success!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - We are looking for a few parents to help out at our Photo booth next week, Dec. 16.  Please check it out here.  
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.
If you are interested in learning more about Stand By Me or joining the Stand By Me event planning committee please join us at our next meeting on Thursday, December 15th in the Lurgio Conference Room (front office),
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.. All are welcome to attend.
The PTG is excited to announce that shoppers can support the PTG by shopping through and selecting "Bedford Parent Teacher Group”. Amazon will donate .5% on eligible purchases to our organization. There are no fees or added costs to you, special offers and Amazon Prime benefits still apply.
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.
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 –