Friday, January 13, 2017

Lurgio News for January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017

Dear Parents,

Today, we had a great day to round out a great week at Lurgio. As part of our commitment to community outreach, the Lurgio Student Council joined me this morning in presenting Michael Constance, Camp Allen Executive Director, with a $1500.00 donation from the Witch Way to the 5K.

We are always appreciative of the support our community shows our schools every day. It was truly an honor to stand with our student representatives today and return some of that support.



Important Dates

Thurs., Jan. 19
The Five Signs - Justice Broderick 6-8pm RAL Media Center
January 20 (Friday)
Registration Deadline for “You Be the Chemist”
January 21 (Saturday)
PTG Community Night - Manchester Monarchs
January 25 (Wednesday) January 31 (Friday)
SAVE THE DATE - Parent Teacher Conferences
January 26 (Thursday) - January 29 (Sunday)
PTG Barnes and Noble Days
January 27 (Friday)
“You Be the Chemist” - 2:00 RAL Media Center
February 7 (Tuesday)
Deliberative Session
February 9 (Thursday)
Grandparents’ Day - RSVP necessary
February 10 (Friday) -
February 11 (Saturday)
Lurgio Players Performance - Beauty and the Beast

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 Nicole Goumas from pod 8-North. Nicole has worked diligently to improve her academic standing throughout the school year. In partnering with her teachers and working tirelessly, Nicole has exhibited many of the characteristics that Lurgio Middle School students must possess to be successful not only in an academic setting, but also in every facet of their lives. Congratulations, Nicole!

Registration for “You Be The Chemist Challenge”
Lurgio students have the opportunity to participate in the "You Be the Chemist" (YBTC) Challenge, organized by the Chemical Educational Foundation. The YBTC Challenge is a fun and interactive academic competition that engages students in learning about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety.

To qualify for the state competition, students will take a 25-multiple-choice qualifying exam on Friday, January 27 at 2:30 in the media center.  The top students from Lurgio will advance to the state competition on March 11 at Bishop Guertin High School.  The top student from the state will win an expenses-paid trip to the National Challenge in Philadelphia in June.

If your child is interested in participating, please fill out this Google Form to register.  Registration deadline is Friday, January 20. If you have any questions,  email Mrs. Rockwell at  

To prepare for the exam, CEF recommends students explore all of the study materials at ChemEd, as well as other outside chemistry resources.

The Five Signs
Justice Broderick will be speaking to our Bedford community on the evening of January 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. at the Lurgio Middle School Library. You and all those in our community to attend, to listen to his message, and to join in this effort to recognize that mental illness is a disease. Just like any other disease, it cannot be treated with silence and stigma, but instead with communication and active treatment. [The evening event will be most appropriate for parents. There is a voluntary student event at the high school at 1:30 and a staff event at 3:30 at Peter Woodbury School.]

Parent Teacher Conferences
Save the dates of Jan. 25 - 3:30-6:30 and Jan. 31- 5:30 - 8:30. Links to sign-up for conferences will be emailed out to all parents on Friday, January 20. Some pods may send out additional information regarding more specific details about their conference schedules. Should you have any questions, please contact your student’s homeroom teacher

Deliberative Session - Tuesday, February 7
The annual School District Deliberative Session (Session 1) will be held on Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00PM in the Bedford High School Theater. For information about this year’s budget, please see the SAU website [LINK]. The Deliberative Session is always an important night in our budget cycle. We will be there, and we hope to see you there as well.

Grandparents’ Day
RAL will once again host its annual Grandparent and Senior Citizen’s Visitation Day on Thursday, February 9th.  Guests will enjoy the dress rehearsal performance of Beauty and the Beast. Grandchildren will meet their grandparents at the end of the production for a tour of the school followed by a light luncheon in the Media Center.  Invite your grandparents to join us for this fun event!
Due to the limited seating for lunch, pre-registration is required for this event.  Please complete this form and return to your child’s teacher as soon as possible or electronically to Judy Emmert no later than Friday, February 3.
If you have any questions, please contact Judy Emmert at  This event is sponsored by the Bedford PTG.

Lurgio Players Present - Beauty and the Beast
Please join us as the Lurgio Players proudly present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Friday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 11 at both 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the BHS Theater. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door or online at We hope to see you there!

Book Buzz
This week Lillian from 7-East is buzzing about James Patterson’s books:
I'm a huge James Patterson fan and already read all of the Maximum Ride series. Patterson is such a great mystery writer with amazing characters that I knew I'd like his Confessions series. The first in the series is Called Confessions of a Murder Suspect and it's about the Angel family-- the richest people in New York City where every member is brilliant and talented. But then the conflict! Tandy's parents are murdered, and she knows three things: 1) she's the last to see her parents alive; 2) the police suspect her and her three siblings; 3) she can't trust anyone. Her parents demanded perfection. But they had secrets too. I love this series too!
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 Youth as Resources.  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

Lurgio Tech Corner Update
If your child is having issues with their chromebook, please have them come and see us in the Tech Corner in the back of the Media Center and Mrs. Dennis or Mrs. Manley will help to resolve their issue.  It is important if they accidentally damage their chromebook (and you have purchased insurance through us), that they are able to tell us the date and what incident caused the damage to happen.  These details are important and required in order for a claim to be filed and accepted.

Bonus Box Tops for our School
Help us win 50,000 Bonus Box Tops for our school! Thanks to General Mills and Walmart, every Walmart-exclusive Box Tops Certificate that we clip and collect until 3/1/17 earns our school a chance to be one of 20 winners of 50,000 Bonus Box Tops - that’s $5,000 for our classrooms!

With your help, we can make a difference for our school! Spread the word and do what you can to help clip and collect more Box Tops than ever. You or your child can just bring them into the main office. Thanks for all your hard work and support!

RAL/BHS Equestrian Club
Lurgio Middle School and Bedford High School have partnered together to make BHS’ equestrian club team accessible to middle school students. Please click [HERE] for more information.

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.

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.

Parent Survey for Smarter Balance
The New Hampshire Department of Education is seeking feedback on the statewide mathematics and English language arts assessment, known as Smarter Balanced.  They want to hear from parent regarding their experiences with Smarter Balanced. Please take a minute to complete this Parent Survey.

PTG Corner:
The Stand By Me Event Planning Committee will be meeting on Thursday, January 19th at the RAL front office from 9:15 - 10:30. You do not need a 7th grader to be a part of this committee. For more information on Stand By Me please visit:

Please mark your calendars to join us on 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 must-see event with the Bedford School District and BeBOLD.

The next Community Night at the Manchester Monarchs will take place on Saturday, January 21st at 6p.m.. Enjoy discounted ticket prices in a family friendly atmosphere as the Monarchs take on the Elmira Jackals. Students can participate in the high-5 tunnel and the first 3,000 fans in attendance get a free bobblehead. Click here for order form.

Our annual "Barnes and Noble Days" will be held January 26th - January 29th. Family activities, district wide art show, teacher story-time and more are scheduled on the 27th and 28th. Click here for flyer.