Friday, January 20, 2017

Lurgio News for January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017
Dear Parents,
Are you looking for clarification about Bedford High School course recommendations? Are you concerned about your child’s academic progress? Do you have questions about a social situation your child is facing at school? We are here for you!

Of course, we know many of you don’t have new questions so soon after first quarter conferences. If you need more information before deciding whether you want to meet with you child’s teacher, please click here to check their grades. For eighth grade parents, please also click here to check teacher recommendations for your child’s ninth grade courses. If you don’t feel the need to meet now, we’re always available throughout the year should any questions arise in the future.

Winter parent-teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, January 25 from 3:30PM to 6:30PM and Tuesday, January 31 from 5:30PM to 8:30PM. Individual teachers will be scheduling specific conference times through an online system, and registration for conferences is now open. Please click here if you would like to register for a conference.



Important Dates

January 20 (Friday)
Registration Deadline for “You Be the Chemist”
January 21 (Saturday)
PTG Community Night - Manchester Monarchs
January 25 (Wednesday) January 31 (Tuesday)
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 2 (Thursday)
BHS Course Selection Information Night - 6pm BHS Theater
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
February 27 - 3/3
Winter Vacation
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 Margo Morrell from pod 7-South. Margo worked with Mrs. Dennis and Mrs. Manley in Lurgio’s Tech Corner to help troubleshoot an issue with a web-based application. Margo figured out the solution and showed the Tech Corner how to resolve the issue. Margo’s hard work has helped many other students resolve this problem. Congratulations, Margo!

Bedford Community Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame Committee, consisting of ten school personnel and community members, is seeking nominations for Bedford’s inaugural class of the newly formed Bedford Hall of Fame.

The mission of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those residents who have attended the Bedford School District (including West High) who have made truly exceptional contributions to the school, community, or society in general.

We are planning a formal recognition dinner at the high school for the induction of our inaugural class on the evening before the Homecoming football game in the fall of 2017. Each inductee will also be recognized during half-time announcement at the Homecoming football game. Inductees will be honored for their unique contributions, awarded a plaque recognizing those contributions, and have a permanent commemoration placed in the “Hall of Fame” located in the main hallway at the High School.

You can access the Hall of Fame nomination information and application on all school and SAU websites under the “Community” tab. There is also a button on the front page of the BHS website. There you will find more specific information about the process. Nomination applications can be submitted online or in hard copy and sent care of Chip McGee Superintendent of Schools in Bedford. Applications must be completed in full and received by the end of May 2017 to be considered for this inaugural class. Applications not chosen this year will be kept on file and automatically considered for subsequent classes along with all new applications.

We are excited to have this recognition program in place and look forward to reviewing the many applications we hope to receive. Should you have questions please direct them to Bill Hagen at or Mark Elmendorf at

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.

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
Today’s Book Buzz celebrates Bedford High School student Autumn McIntyre, a published author who will be presenting at Books for Breakfast Cafe on January 27. We are definitely buzzing about her book, The Element Keepers:

Fayre Kingsley is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. She lives in a small town with her dad and rotten stepfamily. All Fayre looks forward to is the day she can leave her town. One summer night, Fayre’s wish is answered. When a mysterious woman shows up on her doorstep, Fayre learns she’s an Element Keeper. Fayre discovers a hidden world of Fairies, Keepers, and creatures she never thought existed. All good things come to a halt when evil arises at Northborough Academy for Element Keepers. A controlling government, random attacks, and intruders launch the school into danger and it’s up to Fayre and her friends to discover the truth about what’s really happening to their beloved school. Join Fayre Kingsley on the first part of her four-year journey, as she learns the truth about her past, herself, and what the future holds. The Element Keepers #1
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:  Executive functioning skills are developmental, meaning that each 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.  

We are continuing to teach strategies to assist the students to compensate for not fully developed skills. Even after the lessons are complete, the students may continue to require guidance with specific skills or components of a skill.  This unit will be something that we will practice and review throughout the year as needed.  Check   Ms. Stone, Behavior Specialist  for more information on Executive Functioning Skills.
The most recent unit of our Executive Functioning Skills is Planning and Prioritizing. This is a long unit as this involves multiple tasks which are not always easy to understand and implement.  

Some of the lessons that comprise this unit entail
  • How to follow a rubric
  • Breaking down large tasks into smaller assignments
  • How to estimate how much time your homework requires
  • How to plan schedule time for homework and activities
  • How to prioritize assignments by importance and date due.
For information on two simple and specific strategies for Planning, check Skill of the Week:  Planning and Prioritizing
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.

Yearbook Information
Congratulations to Dylan Steward and Caitlyn Lemay for winning the annual yearbook cover contest.  Both will receive a FREE yearbook!! Information about yearbook sales will be shared in March.

The Yearbook Club would also like to thank all the parents who sent in photos for fall and winter sports! The submissions have been a great addition to our yearbook.  We are always looking for photos of school events - feel free to email or share any photos with Donna Dennis, Yearbook Advisor (

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!

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:
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.

Bedford PTG is excited to be planning our first ever 5K Color Run. If you’d like to be involved with planning this fun event please contact Kim Beekman at Lots of volunteers will be needed to put together this exciting run! Our next team meeting will be at RAL 11:15 on Friday January 27th.