Friday, March 10, 2017

Lurgio News for March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017

Dear Parents,

On Tuesday, our community will come out to the polls to vote on important school and town matters (see news item below). Each year we also ask our students to come out and engage in this important civic responsibility by casting their ballots in our annual Lurgio Voices Vote. The vote is an impactful part of our school governance, and the results of student voting over the past few years has influenced changes in school practices from dress code to cell phone use. This year, we have three items up for a vote (click here to review the ballot), and I hope to see many of our students come out to weigh in on these important issues.



Important Dates

March 14 (Tuesday)
Lurgio Voices Vote
March 14 (Tuesday)
Annual District Budget Session II - Voting
Teacher Workshop Day (No school)
March 17 (Friday)
School Dance 6PM-9PM
March 31 (Friday)
Lurgio CBY Talent Show 6PM-8PM
April 7 (Friday)
Lurgio Midnight Madness (7PM-Midnight)

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 Cammie Grenier! Cammie is always a warm, welcoming, and positive influence on our Lurgio school community. This week she escorted a new student to her classes, made sure that she could get the class novel from the media center, and took the time to explain how each of the classes works. She really made her new friend feel more at home in her first week at a new school. Thanks, Cammie, for all you do to make our school a great place to learn.

Please Vote next Tuesday - March 14
All eligible citizens are urged to vote in the Bedford School District and Town Council Elections. They will be held on March 14, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Bedford High School Gymnasium.  The Town Meeting is the next night, March 15, in the Bedford High School Theater at 7:00 p.m.. Here is the Bedford School Board's Voter Guide.

Science Professionals Wanted
Do you have a science career you want to share with students? We are looking for science professionals to run a workshop sharing their career experience with 7th grade students at our annual science career day on Friday, April 21 from 9-12.  As a guest speaker you will be asked to present to a small group of students for two rotations, each approximately 45 minutes in length. In the workshop you will provide an overview of your profession along with an activity or demonstration for the students using the tools or materials you typically work with. Come join us for a fun-filled day and get students excited about science!

If you are interested, please contact Amy Rockwell at

Spring Sports Begin March 27
Both baseball and softball will begin on Monday, March 27. For more information regarding all spring sports, please click [HERE].  

Book Buzz
Avi from 7-South is buzzing about Scythe by Neal Shusterman:

I loved this book. I saw it at Barnes and Noble and thought it looked great and it was. We've read these dystopian books but this is really a utopian novel set in an immortal world. So picture a world in the future dealing with overpopulation  so people have to use scythes to deal with this overpopulation. I loved the action and suspense in this book and talked about it so much my Dad started reading it. The two main characters, Rowan and Citra, deal with conflict between them and then in the society too because they are appointed apprentices to a sythe who is the only one who can end a life. If you are a fan of Maze Runner, you'll love Scythe.

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

Equestrian Club Fundraiser - March 26
On March 26, the RAL/BHS Equestrian Club will be participating in a fundraiser at Applebee’s. For more information, click [HERE]. Please contact Kathy Blake at with any questions.

A Message From Our School Nurse
In an effort to keep track of illnesses in our school, please remind your son or daughter to report to the health office when they are ill during the school day.  As you know, students are allowed to use their cell phones during lunch. While it is understandable for students to tell parents via text that they're not feeling well, it is helpful in tracking trends for the nurse to determine the nature of your child's illness before sending them home.

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.

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.

PTG Corner:
Coffee cart time:  On Monday the 13th we are providing a coffee cart for all the staff.  We still need lots of goodies.  Please take a look at our signup here and consider donating.  Thank you!

Reminder... if you shop at please consider selecting the Bedford PTG and Amazon will donate a portion of the sale to us. All discounts and Prime still apply.

Registration for our first annual Color Blast 5K Run/Walk will open soon. Save the date for June 4th at 10:00a.m. (Kids 1K Color Blast at 9:30) at Lurgio Middle School/Bedford High School complex.

VOTING DAY for school and town elections is Tuesday, March 14th at BHS, 7a.m. - 7p.m.. Please Vote!

Bedford Food Pantry – Items Needed for Children
Food Insecurity is a growing concern across the nation and right here in our own backyard.  Nearly 350 adults and children in Bedford qualify for food stamps and more than 167 families in Bedford meet the income standards for the government’s free school lunch program.

In light of these numbers, the Bedford Food Pantry has started a new program, School Lunch Plus, to provide students in Bedford who face food insecurity two lunches each weekend (with complete privacy/anonymity).  In order to provide two lunches for each student in need, the Food Pantry is looking for donations of these specific items.  

If you are able to donate these items (these are ongoing donations), please bring them by the Bedford Food Pantry at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, Bedford, NH.

Parents/guardians, please contact the school guidance counselor or school nurse if you would like your child to participate 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

BHS Senior Projects
Art Supplies Donation
For her senior project Bedford High School student, Julie Vyhanek, is accepting donations of new/lightly used art supplies.  The supplies will be donated to the Elliot Hospital and will be used for Art Therapy.  For information about her project, click here.