Friday, February 3, 2017

Lurgio News for February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017

Dear Parents,

Two big games will be played this weekend. Just prior to the hoopla of the Patriots playing in the Super Bowl, the Lurgio Boys’ Basketball Team will be playing in their championship game on Saturday at 2:30PM in Londonderry at NHTI in Concord. These young men have worked hard all season in preparation for this contest. Best of luck to our athletes.  Go Lions!!!

Do you know what you are doing next weekend?  Consider attending the Lurgio Players production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This fun filled musical adventure is sure to entertain the whole family. Shows will be 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



Important Dates

February 6 (Monday
PTG New Family Welcome Coffee - Bedford Library
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

The Five Signs
Thanks to BCTV, we have a recording of The Five Major Signs of Emotional Distress with Former Supreme Court Justice John Broderick. Justice Broderick spoke to students, teachers and parents in Bedford about his own experience with mental illness in his family and the need to change our perceptions of mental illness. The show will start running on both the public (16) and school (23) channels starting on January 27. The show will be available on Video on Demand at

Deliberative Session - Tuesday, February 7
All registered voters in Bedford are invited to participate in the Bedford School District Deliberative Session on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Bedford High School Theater. Voters will discuss the Bedford School Board's Warrant, which includes the proposed budget and articles for contracts with teachers, paraprofessionals, and custodians. The voters will either affirm or revise the School Board Warrant at this meeting. For reference, here is the full budget webpage and the 2017 Warrant.

Calling ALL Moms and Dads - Food Service Substitutes Needed!
We are looking for substitutes to work in Food Service. It’s a great way to get a little physical activity, earn a little cash, and interact with these great students we have, all while helping to support some wonderful ladies with prepping and serving healthy meals to the students of Bedford School District! If you are interested at all, please contact CHRIS GABRIEL at 310-9000 x33418.

School Lunch Plus Program - for the Weekends
Lurgio families have been given access to a  resource that provides students with meals for the weekend.  This program is especially geared towards families who are currently accessing the school's free and reduced lunch program.   If this is something you would like more information regarding please contact the school guidance department (310-9101).  All requests will be kept confidential.

Coed Volleyball Tryouts Start Monday, February 6
All students interested in trying out for coed volleyball must have all athletic forms completed by Monday. Students must also have a current concussion test on file with Lurgio Middle School. To complete the athletic forms click [HERE]. If you missed this week’s concussion testing, please contact the Safe Sports Network at (603) 627-9728 to schedule a time to complete the testing. If you have any questions about coed volleyball, contact Coach Busch at
**Any students participating in the Lurgio Players may attend tryouts on Monday, February, 13**

Softball Winter Workouts - Saturdays 10AM-12PM
Attention Softball Players: Winter workouts, conducted by the Bedford High School Bulldogs Softball team and coaches, are being held on Saturdays from 10AM to 12PM at St. Elizabeth Seton Activity Center on Meetinghouse Road in Bedford. Any Lurgio Middle School student who is interested in some off-season softball activity is invited to attend. Please contact Coach Jay Brewster by e-mailing or text to 603-377-0439 for more information and to sign up. These workouts are not mandatory and are not part of any tryout

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
Taylor from 7-South is buzzing about Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd:

My mom is in a book club and read Invention of Wings and I love this book because of the slave history. She researched real sisters, real slaves and real slave owners and then created a fictional world around it. A white girl on a slave plantation is given a maid for her tenth birthday. The slave is named Handful, for obvious reasons. The book then covers 35 years of their lives. It's great to read.

Peyton from 7-East loves the Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir:

I'm on Goodreads with my grandmother and this series came up and I'm so glad it did. This series is by Sabaa Tahir and I read the first book Ember in the Ashes. I'm on the second book, Torch Against the Night and if you like dystopian war torn societies like me, then this book is for you too! It's not too scary but it's full of tension and death. For example, two people are killed on the first page. It's so eye-opening because it is so well written and I cannot put it down. Laia tells the story and her brother is arrested for treason and in jail. She has to save him. She has an amulet to guide her. Tahir changes point of view with each chapter having a new character tell the story and I like that. It's all in first person and I like that too. It's great how it switches and I feel like I'm in the story. Laia has to rescue her brother and she agrees to spy for the bad guys from within the empire's military academy. This is totally action packed.

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 Service to Others. Check out Ms. LaRue’s web page for weekly Asset newsletters by clicking here.
Executive functioning skills 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
The Executive Functioning skill to be taught during the month of February is Time Management.  This is the ability to estimate the length of time you need to complete a task, how much time you have available, how to plan out your schedule to fit the tasks into the time period, and then to actually stay on that schedule.  It is what we do, as adults, to meet deadlines at work and to get to our appointments on time.  
For more specific ideas and strategies on how to help your son or daughter develop strong Time Management skills, visit Skill of the Week:  Time Management

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!

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.

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

PTG Corner:
The PTG and Lurgio families provided a light dinner for Lurgio staff at parent teacher conferences this week. A big “THANK YOU” to everyone that contributed, the staff was very appreciative!

Volunteer Opportunities - We are looking for help for Grandparent's Day.  Grandparent's Day is on February 9.  If you're interested please check out the opportunities here. Thank you for helping!

The PTG is hosting a “New Family Welcome Coffee” for all families that are new to the Bedford School District this school year. The event is being held on Monday, February 6th at the Bedford Town Library (lower level). Representatives from each school will be available to answer questions. Your children are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. If you are interested in attending this event or if you would like more information please contact Aneesa Fallon at

Thank you to everyone that came out to Barnes and Noble on South Willow Street this weekend to support the PTG.

Announcing an exciting new fundraiser…. Yankee Candle is here!! Enjoy the same quality candles in a variety of scents and other great products from Yankee Candle while 40% of the sales go back to the PTG. Families K-6 will be receiving a color brochure in backpacks this week; Lurgio and BHS families can find brochures in the front offices or simply shop online using this link and enter this code 999965480  (and feel free to share the link with family and friends that enjoy Yankee Candle, anywhere in the US). Yankee Candles make great gifts for any occasion and are made right here in New England. Online orders will be shipped directly to the purchaser and is free on purchases over $100.