Friday, August 18, 2017

Lurgio News for August 18, 2017


LURGIO NEWS
August 18, 2017
 
Dear Students and Parents,
I hope my note finds you well and enjoying summer activities.  Tuesday, August 29, is the first day of school.  As we work to put the final touches on our building preparation, we can’t help but be excited about the first day with students. The energy in the building is ramping up as teachers return and prepare their classrooms, but there is nothing like the energy of our school when its halls are finally filled with students.
This edition of the Lurgio News is chock full of information to help make the start of school as smooth as possible for your family.
Enjoy,
Ed Joyce, Principal
Important Dates
August 29 (Tue)
First Day of School
Fall Sports Concussion Screening 3:15PM
August 30 (Wed)
Tryouts Begin for Soccer, Girls’ Volleyball, & Field Hockey 3:30PM
September 4 (Mon)
Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
September 5 (Tues)
Tryouts Begin for Cross-Country 3:30PM
September 7 (Thu)
Open House 6:00PM
September 11 (Mon)
Tennis Begins 3:30PM
 
2017 Fall Sports Information
Please click [HERE] for a letter from the athletics director, Bill Demers. Within the letter you’ll find information regarding tryout dates and times, how to sign-up for sports and concussion screening, as well as how to complete all the required forms. It’s a must read!
Fall Crew Club
Bedford Crew is now taking applications for Lurgio Crew to be held in the fall. This is for any Lurgio student interested in learning to row. Priority is given to 8th graders. Registration is open until August 31, 2017 or until all spots are full. To download an application, click [HERE] or visit our website, http://bedfordcrew.org. For more information, please email Anne Capodilupo at rccaod@hotmail.com
Traffic Pattern for Drop-off and Pick-up
Anyone familiar with the traffic at the BHS/RAL campus knows that things can get a little hectic during the morning and afternoon drop off and pick up. That said, we have made significant improvements over the past year. Please click here to review the drop off and pick up practices at Lurgio.
  • Please note:
    • The direction of the Parent Pick Up and Drop Off Area so parents do not need to make left turns at the two main intersections.
    • The two-way traffic extends to the concession stand ending at the West Parking Lot;  traffic should exit Parent Pick Up and Drop Off making a left to exit the campus.
    • The central loop area is closed during parent pick up and drop off (except for buses and students with special needs).
  • As always, we ask all drivers to do the following:
    • Yield to pedestrians at all times when on campus.
    • Take turns at the main intersections when congestion is high.
    • Be patient.
Before School Program
The Lurgio Middle School Bedford School Program is available to all families from 7:30a.m. to 8:30a.m. daily. A one-time fee of $100.00 entitles your child to attend as often as necessary for the entire school year. Participants will be serviced by school staff in a designated area; arrangements for extra help should still be made directly with your child’s teachers.
If your child plans on attending the Before School Program regularly or only occasionally during this school year, please complete the registration form and return it, along with your payment, to the Lurgio Middle School Main Office or the Lurgio Middle School Before School Program by Friday, September 1, 2017.  If there is a financial concern, please call the office at 310-9100 and it will be handled confidentially.  Click [HERE] to download the Before School Program registration form.
8th Annual Witch Way to the 5K - Save the Date!
Join us for the 8th annual Witch Way to the 5K  on Saturday, October 28, 2017.   The kids 1K race starts at 9:30am and the adult race begins at 10am at Lurgio Middle School. Stay tuned for more specific race details as well as registration information.
Cardigan Chaperones Needed
We are looking for chaperones for the 43rd annual trip to Mt. Cardigan. If you are interested in an all-expenses paid hiking and camping vacation this Fall, please register to be a volunteer by completing our online volunteer form [HERE].  The Cardigan trip is an essential part of the academic experience for our 8th grade students. Taking nearly 400 students up a mountain each year is no easy feat, and we could not do it without the generous support of our parent and community volunteers.  
Health Office information for 2017-18 School Year
Hello 7th and 8th grade Lurgio Parents!
I hope everyone had a wonderful summer!  Here are just a few important reminders as we start this new school year.  If you have any questions, please send me an email at chessiee@bedfordnhk12.net
For all incoming 7th graders please provide a current physical for your student.  If your 7th or 8th grade student plan on participating in athletics, the physicals are good for two years and must be on file in the Health Office. Please feel free to contact me if you are unsure of your student's status concerning his/her physical.
Please bring all inhalers, epi-pens and daily medications along with MD orders and allergy/asthma action plans prior to the start of school. Health forms can be downloaded from the district website and are found under the Health Services tab. Please complete forms and if possible, please attach a recent photo to allergy action plans. I will be in the health office 8/24 9am-3pm, 8/25 9am-3pm and 8/28 12pm- 2:30pm.  Please let me know if these times are not possible and we can make other arrangements.
Current Diabetes management plans and supplies may also be dropped off on the above days.
I am looking forward to seeing your children on August 29th!  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.  Enjoy the last days of summer!
--Evelyn Chessie, RN, School Nurse
Communication
As we begin the new school year, the staff at Lurgio would like to express our fundamental belief that clear and consistent communication is essential to fostering and maintaining strong relationships between the staff and the community.   
We communicate with students and parents/guardians using a variety of tools. From phone calls and emails to our website and Facebook/Twitter, we consistently strive to make all necessary information public and accessible at all times.  Below are links to some of our communication resources.
General Information:
Visit our Website: www.sau25.net/ral
Sign Up for Lurgio News: Register in PowerSchool
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LurgioMiddle
Follow us on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/LurgioMiddle
Of course, there may always be questions or concerns that we have not anticipated and therefore have not addressed in our public communications. If and when these do arise, we will make every effort to answer and address those questions and concerns quickly and professionally. It is important to understand that it is always best to begin any inquiry at the level of staff most intimately involved with the situation. In order to make any inquiry process as smooth as possible, we ask that you start at the appropriate level of the relevant chain of communication.  Those closest to an issue will be able to give the best information.
For all matters regarding classroom curriculum, instruction, procedures, and discipline, please follow the Lurgio Chain of Educational Communications:
  1. Teachers
  2. Guidance Counselors
    1. Students with Last Name A-G: Al Fredette
    2. Students with Last Name H-R: Sarah Demers
    3. Students with Last Name S-Z: Donna LaRue
  3. Assistant Principal
    1. 7th Grade Specific: Bill Demers
    2. 8th Grade Specific: Nate Fellman
  4. Principal
  5. Director of Special Education (when applicable)
  6. Assistant Superintendent
  7. Superintendent of Schools
  8. School Board
For all matters regarding athletics and extracurricular activities, please follow the Lurgio Chain of Extracurricular Communications:
  1. Coaches/Advisors
  2. Athletics Director (Bill Demers)/Activities Director (Nate Fellman)
  3. Principal
  4. Superintendent of Schools
  5. School Board
Parent Portal
If you do not know how to access the Powerschool Parent Portal, click HERE. If you have difficulty with accessing the portal, please contact Denise Boyle in the Lurgio Main Office at 603-310-9100. PLEASE NOTE: The Parent Portal will not be open until late in the afternoon on August 2nd.
Pod Websites
Pod websites are currently being updated but may not be complete until the teacher workshop days at the end of August. Please know that the information about Pod teachers is accurate and up-to-date in the PowerSchool Parent Portal (available after InfoSnap registration on August 2), and we will notify you when all changes have been made to our website pages.
Supply Lists
If you are NEW to Bedford or did not purchase a PTG Supply kit, we have lists posted on our web site. Click HERE for grade 7. Click HERE for grade 8.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lurgio News for August 1, 2017


LURGIO NEWS
August 1, 2017
 

Dear Parents,

The aisles at Target have turned over from beach towels to back-to-school specials (too soon!), and it is once again time for me to welcome all our middle school families to Lurgio. I promise not to inundate you with too much school information as you enjoy the waning days of summer, but there are a few important updates that require your attention in the coming days and weeks. So, without further ado, welcome to the first edition of the 2017-18 Lurgio News!

Best,

Ed Joyce

Important Dates

August 2 (Wednesday)
InfoSnap Registration Confirmation Opens
August 16 (Wednesday)
New to Bedford Orientation (11AM)
August 29 (Tuesday)
First Day for Students!
September 7 (Thursday)
Lurgio Open House (6PM)
 
InfoSnap
During the afternoon on August 2nd, you will receive an email from the Bedford School District regarding your child's attendance at Lurgio. The process entails confirming registration and making any changes/updates to important information regarding your child(ren). After completing the InfoSnap Registration Confirmation, you will be able to access the PowerSchool Parent Portal. When you log into the portal, you will be able to view your child's Pod assignment and classes.

Parent Portal
If you do not know how to access the Powerschool Parent Portal, click HERE. If you have difficulty with accessing the portal, please contact Denise Boyle in the Lurgio Main Office at 603-310-9100. PLEASE NOTE: The Parent Portal will not be open until late in the afternoon on August 2nd.

Pod Websites

Pod websites are currently being updated but may not be complete until the teacher workshop days at the end of August. Please know that the information about Pod teachers is accurate and up-to-date in the PowerSchool Parent Portal (available after InfoSnap registration on August 2), and we will notify you when all changes have been made to our website pages.

Supply Lists

If you are NEW to Bedford or did not purchase a PTG Supply kit, we have lists posted on our web site. Click HERE for grade 7. Click HERE for grade 8.

Friday, June 23, 2017

RAL Main Office Summer Hours

Beginning June 26, 2017 through Aug. 4, 2017 the summer hours for the Main Office at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School are 8:00am to 2:00pm.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Lurgio News for June 16, 2017


LURGIO NEWS
June 16, 2017
 

Dear Parents,

What do you get when you combine 800 middle school students, 80 staff members, and a flash mob? One of the best all school meetings ever. To end the year, Lurgio gathered in the theater this afternoon for our final all-school meeting. We watched a slideshow of our year, heard a fantastic performance from our 8th grade chorus, and had a “Thriller” of a flash mob.  All in all, it was a great time.

Enjoy the last weekend of the school year. We look forward to final day of school on Monday before the well-earned summer break.

Best,

Ed Joyce

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Important Dates

June 19 (Monday)
Last Day of School - Dismissal at 1:15PM
 

 

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.”

This week’s Cub is Sarah Jobin from pod 7-West! Sarah’s teachers wanted to recognize her kindness and selfless attitude as she has been helping a friend during her recovery from surgery. Sarah’s willingness to assist her peers is what makes Lurgio Middle School a wonderful place to learn! Thanks, Sarah!

Early Dismissal on Last Day of School
On Monday, June 19, students will be dismissed from school two hours early. Buses will still provide transportation home. Please plan accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact the Main Office at (603) 310-9100.

Cardigan 2017

Parents of 7th grade students, a Cardigan Information Packet was sent home earlier in the week with your child. However, as the flood of papers and projects arrive at your doorsteps at the end of the school year, we wanted to make sure that this important information didn’t get lost [LINK]. Please remember to sign the signature page and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher on Monday, June 19.

End of year Reminders from the School Nurse:
The last day to pick up your student's medication/inhalers/epi pens in the nursing office will be on June 19th, 2017 by 1:00 pm. After this date, all medication will be discarded.  You can also pick up forms for the following school year during this time..  If you have any questions, please call the Health Office at 310-9100 x 34415, Thank You!

Summer Reading Suggestions

Looking to get some ideas on what you or your students can read this summer? Click [HERE] for a plethora of summer reading suggestions!

Bedford Crew Information

Bedford Crew is now taking applications for Lurgio Crew to be held in the fall. This is for any Lurgio student interested in learning to row. Priority is given to 8th graders. Registration is open until August 31, 2017 or until all spots are full. To download an application, click here http://www.bedfordcrew.org/forms/ or visit our website, http://bedfordcrew.org . For more information, please email Anne Capodilupo at rccaod@hotmail.com

 

Lurgio Tech Corner Update

With the end of the school year fast approaching, we have some student chromebooks that are still out for repairs.  We will be asking students for the school loaner chromebooks back by next week.  Students will be able to check out a daily loaner if they need a chromebook while at school.  We will contact parents when the chromebook is back from repair for pickup at the Lurgio Main Office.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Dennis at dennisd@sau25.net.

CHROMEBOOK INSURANCE RENEWAL INFORMATION
Parents have the option to renew the insurance for the 17-18 school year but you must purchase this option prior to August 1st. The cost for the renewal is $27 which not only includes the accidental breakage/theft insurance but also extended manufacturer warranty.  The original manufacturer's warranty is only valid for one year. We strongly encourage parents to consider this optional insurance. All checks should be made out to the Bedford School District. Please include your student’s name and ID number on the check. The cost of the insurance is $27. One check for multiple student insurance renewals is also acceptable.  Please mail the checks to: McKelvie Intermediate School – Technology Hub or pay online via sendmoneytoschool.com.

REPLACEMENT CHROMEBOOK INFORMATION
We have received numerous inquiries from parents of students currently in grades 7 thru 11 regarding the option to purchase a new replacement chromebook device through the district for their student to use in school in the 2017-2018 school year. If you are interested in purchasing a Chromebook device through the district, please complete this form by June 19th 2017.  Optional insurance coverage will be available for parents to purchase when payment is made.

2016/2017 Yearbooks Are Here

The yearbooks are here and will be distributed to students who pre-ordered on Monday, June 12.  Good news - there are extra copies available for purchase!  Any student wishing to purchase a yearbook can bring $30 cash or check (payable to Lurgio) to Mrs. Dennis in the Tech Corner in the back of the Media Center.  Yearbooks will be available until they are sold out!

BHS Girls Summer Basketball Clinics
For more information regarding summer basketball clinics, click [HERE].

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.

Guidance Corner
Donna LaRue, MA, MLADC, LCMHC, RAL Guidance Counselor, posts a weekly, helpful parenting newsletter article, as well as other relevant material on her website. This week she focuses on School Boundaries. Click here to learn ways you can help instill this important asset.  Check out Ms. LaRue’s web page for weekly Asset newsletters by clicking here.

Claudette Stone, RAL Behavior Specialist, posts helpful information about executive functioning skills, which are developmental, meaning that each of these skills develop with age, and not on a set schedule. Just as children learn to walk and talk at different times, it is normal for our brains to learn to organize, inhibit, and plan at different times.  More information can be found at Mrs. Stone's Website--Executive Functioning Skills

Jack Slatoff Ph.D. is a retired clinical child psychologist with over 55 years of practice in southern New Hampshire.  Specializing in therapy for adolescents and consultation with their parents, Dr. Slatoff has been a psychological consultant for the Bedford School District for 35 years.  He continues to consult weekly at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, and he now writes a weekly column for our news: Ask Dr. Jack [LINK].

PTG Corner:
Attention 8th grade parents:  Lurgio's 8th grade feast is happening June 15th.  Please take a look at our signup here.

The first annual Bedford PTG Color Blast 5k was an amazing success and we want to extend a huge thank you to all of the participants as well as the volunteers who made the event outstanding!

As we close out another school year, the Bedford PTG would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to all of our volunteers who selflessly give their time to support our events throughout the school year.  It is due to our amazing volunteers that we can provide so many enriching programs to Bedford students.

Enjoy the summer!

UPDATED 2017-2018 School Calendar
There is one change in the calendar and the updated 2017/18 calendar is now attached 2017-18 School Calendar. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 29.

5th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon
​T​he 5th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon ​will be be held on Sunday, August 13, 2017. The only event of its kind in the area, the kid’s try-athlon is designed specifically for children ages 4-15 years, in memory of Aine Phillips, who was a student at Riddle Brook School. Beginning at the Bedford town pool, participants ages 4-10 years will swim 25 yards, run 1/2 mile and bike 1 mile. Older participants ages 11-15 will swim 50 yards, run 1 mile and bike 2 miles. We are pleased to announce that this year Millennium Running will be our event partner. At the finish line, families are invited to enjoy music, jump roping, an obstacle course, water games, face painting, concessions, raffle prizes and much more! Friends of Aine is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. All proceeds from this event go toward support for grieving children. For more information, to register, volunteer or to make a donation, please visit www.friendsofaine.com or www.facebook.com/friendsofaine.