Friday, November 18, 2016

Lurgio News for November 18, 2016

LURGIO NEWS
November 18, 2016
 
 
Dear Parents,
 
It was great to see so many parents at Lurgio this week during our parent-teacher conference evenings. Parent-teacher conferences are an excellent time for you to check in on students’ progress with specific feedback from the teachers. The strong attendance at the conferences this this week shows how committed you are to your students and their academic success.
 
I want to extend special thanks to the PTG for providing dinner to our staff on Thursday evening during the conferences. The food was absolutely delicious and it bolstered the energy and spirit of our teachers. Our partnership with the PTG is indicative of the strong community we have here in Bedford.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ed
 
Important Dates
 
November 23 (Wed)
No School - Thanksgiving Recess
November 24 (Th)
No School - Thanksgiving Recess
November 25 (Fri)
No School - Thanksgiving Recess
November 28 (Mon)
Wrestling Begins
November 29 (Tue)
Spirit Tryouts Begin
 
 
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 Marco Zachhuber from pod 8-North. Marco is a kind and thoughtful student.  Marco’s teacher noted that he has gone above and beyond to help keep the classroom organized and productive.  Congratulations Marco!  Thank you for helping to make Lurgio a great place to be.
 
History Bee Sign-ups
Lurgio Middle School is again offering students in grades 7 and 8 an opportunity to participate in the National History Bee. The National History Bee is an exciting academic competition designed to motivate and reward students for studying history. For more information on how to sign your child up to participate, please see our History Bee Announcement [LINK].
 
Spirit Tryouts & Wrestling Practices Are Coming Up
The winter athletic season is officially underway! While basketball has begun, wrestling will begin on Monday, November 28 and spirit will begin on Tuesday, November 29 (please note this is a change from a previous date). If your child is interested in participating in either spirit or wrestling, they must have the following:
  • A current physical on file with the school nurse
  • Have completed an ImPACT concussion screening
  • Completed all athletic forms
If your student missed the winter concussion screening, please call the Safe Sports Network at (603) 627-9728 to setup a time to complete a free concussion screening. If you haven’t completed the required athletic forms, please visit this [LINK] to complete those.
 
Lurgio Wrestling Is Back!
After a brief hiatus, 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. For more information, click [HERE].
 
A Note About the Importance of Stretching for the Adolescent Athlete
Please follow the [LINK] for a helpful note from Family Physical Therapy Services.
 
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 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.
 
Yoga Club
The yoga club meets every Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the RAL Gymnasium. For more information, click [HERE].
 
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.
 
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

BHS Theater Company
Bedford High School Theatre Company presents "The Drowsy Chaperone" November 18th and 19th @ 7 PM. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors (65+) and $5 for Students. Tickets can be purchased online at http://seatyourself.biz/bedfordhigh or at the door.
 
Wreath and Bow Fundraiser for the BHS Freshman Class
We’re excited to announce the first fundraiser organized by my Freshman Class Officers. We are partnering with Emily's Bows and 3 Rivers Wreaths, both NH businesses, to provide holiday wreaths and bows for sale to support the Freshman Class.
 
Click on this link to order a wreath and bow!
 
 
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:
We want to thank everyone who donated to our grab and go teacher conference dinner.  It was a huge success!  

SKI & SKATE SALE - THIS SATURDAY at BHS, 9a.m.-2p.m.!! Get all your winter gear and delicious baked goods for the holidays, November 19th at our annual Ski & Skate sale. Consignors, volunteers and bakers wanted. Gear drop-off is Friday, November 18th 5p.m. - 8p.m. @ BHS.
 
Did you miss the first round of GIFT CARD ordering? Gift cards are perfect for any occasion and there is still time to order!! Orders are due November 30th. Simply print your order form and return, with payment, to school with your student. Gift cards will be delivered the week of December 12th.

It's STAR WARS NIGHT at the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, December 3rd, at 6p.m.. Join the PTG for a community night out at the Monarchs while enjoying discounted ticket prices, family fun, and even get your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters! Orders are due Monday, November 28th.
**Proceeds from this event will support the "Fan Clubs" at BHS and RAL.
 
Volunteer Opportunities -   
We have two open PTG positions at RAL.  We are looking for a Gift Card Coordinator and a Grandparents' Day/Senior Citizens' Day Coordinator to shadow the current person this year to take over the role for next year.  These are fun positions and a great way to get in the school.  If you'd like more info please email Wendy Emersonat wendyemo@aol.com.
GET TO KNOW THE PTG. Join the PTG on Monday, November 14th at the Town Library, in the Richmond Room (lower level). Drop in at either of these two times: 9:30-10:30a.m. or 6:30-7:30p.m.  Come learn more about what the PTG brings to our schools and find out about the many opportunities available to get involved. Light Refreshments Served. Younger Children Welcomed.  Stop By & Enter for a Chance to Win a Target Gift Card.
 
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 www.patspeak.com. 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 www.patspeak.com. Visit our table at the Bedford Ski and Skate Sale. Contacts – Kim Ahnen – kim.ahnen@comcast.net & Martha Cronin – bplmartha@gmail.com

Monday, November 14, 2016

November Parent Conference Information

 
November 10, 2016
 
Dear Parents & Guardians,
 
This is the time of year that is perfect for you to check in on your student’s academic progress with his/her teachers. On Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (3:30PM-6:30PM) and Thursday, November 17, 2016 (5:30PM-8:30PM), I invite you to Lurgio Middle School to conference with the teachers regarding your student’s progress.
 
These brief, but important conferences will afford you the opportunity to discuss your student’s learning, self-management, and social-emotional well-being. These conferences are scheduled in 10-15 minute increments. Please follow this [LINK] to access our conference sign up sheet. Each teacher has created a link that you may follow to sign up for a specific time slot. Should you have any questions regarding this process, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.
 
We are now offering online report cards. To access your student’s report card, log into your Powerschool account and select the “Report Cards” button contained in the frame on the left of the main screen. You will have access to this feature year-round and each time you access it, the report card will have the most current information about your student’s grades.
 
I thank you for taking the time to partner with us in your child’s education. You are an essential component of your child’s development and we see your involvement as essential to your student’s educational growth.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ed Joyce, Principal

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Lurgio News for November 10, 2016


LURGIO NEWS
November 10, 2016

Dear Parents,

The all new Lurgio Online Report Card is now available.  You can access the report card by logging into your Powerschool account and selecting “Report Cards” button that is contained in the frame on the left side of the main screen. Enjoy this new way in which we are reporting student progress. Just a few moments ago, I sent an email explaining the signup process for parent conferences. Click here if you wish to view the letter.

Also of note, the Bedford Parent Teacher Group is having their annual “Get to know the PTG” event this Monday, November 14th from 9:30-10:30am or 6:30-7:30pm at Bedford Public Library in the Lower Level-Richmond Room. During this meeting, you can learn more about the Bedford Parent Teacher Group’s programs, volunteers, fundraisers, and events? To RSVP or ask any questions, please contact Sue Jennato at sjennato@comcast.net

Sincerely,

Ed

Important Dates

November 10 (Th)
The Lurgio Online Report Card is made available.
November 10 (Th)
Parent Conference Sign Up Emailed
November 11 (Fri)
No School- Veterans’ Day
November 16 (Wed)
School-wide Parent Conferences
November 17 (Th)
School-wide Parent Conferences
November 23 (Wed)
No School- Thanksgiving Recess
November 24 (Th)
No School- Thanksgiving Recess
November 25 (Fri)
No School- Thanksgiving Recess
November 28 (Mon)
Wrestling Begins
November 29 (Tue)
Spirit Tryouts Begin

Spirit Tryouts & Wrestling Tryouts Are Coming Up
The winter athletic season is officially underway! While basketball began this week, wrestling will begin on Monday, November 28 and spirit will begin on Tuesday, November 29 (please note this is a change from a previous date). If your child is interested in participating in either spirit or wrestling, they must have the following:
  • A current physical on file with the school nurse
  • Have completed an ImPACT concussion screening
  • Completed all athletic forms
If your student missed the winter concussion screening, please call the Safe Sports Network at (603) 627-9728 to setup a time to complete a free concussion screening. If you haven’t completed the required athletic forms, please visit this [LINK] to complete those.

Lurgio Wrestling Is Back!
After a brief hiatus, 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. For more information, click [HERE].

A Note About Transitioning from Fall to Winter Sports
Please follow the [LINK] for a helpful note from Family Physical Therapy Services.

Book Buzz
The week’s Book Buzz the entire Books for Breakfast group:

Our very own 7-South Science teacher Rob Dubreuil is the author of the picture book Daniel and the Harmonica.  Mr. Dubreuil read it at Books for Breakfast today and spoke about his writing process, publication process, and how it was illustrated.  Then he played the harmonica for us!  In the story, Daniel receives a harmonica for a birthday gift and the magic begins!  Read it and find the hidden science references in the book!


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 Caring School Climate.  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  

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
Lurgio Tech Corner Update
Is there tech that your kids are using here at school that would you want to know more about? Do you have Chromebook questions? Mrs. Dennis will be available during parent conferences if you would like to set up a time to ask your questions.  Click here for available conference times: http://signup.com/go/NW9skJ

BHS Theater Company
Bedford High School Theatre Company presents "The Drowsy Chaperone" November 10th, 11th and 12th @ 7 PM November 13th @ 2 PM November 18th and 19th @ 7 PM. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors (65+) and $5 for Students. Tickets can be purchased online at http://seatyourself.biz/bedfordhigh or at the door.

4th Annual Empty Bowls
This year’s Empty Bowls event is happening today. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Nov. 10, 5:30-7:30pm. Enjoy local soups and bread donated by restaurants. Afterwards go see the BHS musical "The Drowsy Chaperone" at 7:00.

Proceeds go to the New Horizons Soup kitchen and the BHS Art Dept.

Reserve your bowl today at emptybowlsbhs@gmail.com

Wreath and Bow Fundraiser for the BHS Freshman Class
We’re excited to announce the first fundraiser organized by my Freshman Class Officers. We are partnering with Emily's Bows and 3 Rivers Wreaths, both NH businesses, to provide holiday wreaths and bows for sale to support the Freshman Class.

Click on this link to order a wreath and bow!


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:
Teacher conferences are coming up!  The PTG would like to provide a pot luck dinner for our teachers during teacher conferences.  Please take a look at our signup here and consider donating.  Thank you!

The annual SKI & SKATE SALE will be held on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at BHS. For more information about this anticipated annual event click here. Interesting in volunteering at this event? Email Maria Rocco at maria_rocco@yahoo.com

GIFT CARD orders for pre-Christmas/pre-Hannukah delivery are due November 30th! Print your order form here.
Gift giving and every day shopping is easy when you order Gift Cards through the PTG. We are excited to offer gift cards to locally owned businesses along with a wide variety of local and online retailers. There is NO expiration date on the gift cards and you receive the FULL value of the gift card while the retailers will give a portion of the sale to the Bedford PTG (see order form for details).
It's STAR WARS NIGHT at the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, December 3rd, at 6p.m.. Join the PTG for a community night out at the Monarchs while enjoying discounted ticket prices, family fun, and even get your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters! Orders are due November 28th.
**Proceeds from this event will support the "Fan Clubs" at BHS and RAL.

GET TO KNOW THE PTG. Join the PTG on Monday, November 14th at the Town Library, in the Richmond Room (lower level). Drop in at either of these two times: 9:30-10:30a.m. or 6:30-7:30p.m.  Come learn more about what the PTG brings to our schools and find out about the many opportunities available to get involved. Light Refreshments Served. Younger Children Welcomed.  Stop By & Enter for a Chance to Win a Target Gift Card.

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

Bedford Skis Crotched Program
Registration is now open!  Go to http://www.crotchedmtn.com/52-school-program/ for information about the options available.  "CMBEDFORD" is the User Name and "bsdmember" as the Password (both are case sensitive).  Rentals, lessons, and adult passes are available.  The program begins Friday, January 6, 2017, and the deadline to purchase 5+2 passes is November 15, 2016.  Contact Isabelle Grenier at isabelleg@comcast.net with any questions.

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 www.patspeak.com. 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 www.patspeak.com. Visit our table at the Bedford Ski and Skate Sale. Contacts – Kim Ahnen – kim.ahnen@comcast.net & Martha Cronin – bplmartha@gmail.com