Friday, March 17, 2017

Lurgio News for March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017
Important Dates
March 17 (Friday)
School Dance 6PM-9PM
March 23 (Thursday)
MIOS Benefit Concert 7:00PM BHS Theater
March 27 (Monday)
Baseball & Softball Tryouts Begin
March 31 (Friday)
Lurgio CBY Talent Show 6PM-8PM
April 3 (Monday)
Track Begins
April 7 (Friday)
Lurgio Midnight Madness (7PM-Midnight)
April 10 (Monday)
Tennis Begins
Election Results
Thank you to all the Bedford citizens who voted on Thursday. The school district budget passed and the contracts for our teachers, support staff, and custodians passed. This will make the district's pay scale more competitive and help get health insurance costs under control. The positive results will allow the whole district to continue to focus on our core mission, teaching and learning. Thank you!

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 Cassia Bennett from pod 7-East! Cassia has been instrumental in helping a new student from a different country acclimate to Lurgio Middle School. Cassia’s kindness has gone a long way in making others feel welcomed and comfortable during a challenging transition. Congratulations, Cassia!

Lurgio’s Got Talent
The Lurgio talent show will be on Friday, March 31 at 6:00PM.  Come and see all the amazing talent that this school has to offer.  Tickets are $5 each.  Raffle tickets to win a Google Home will be sold (1 for $1, 7 for $5, and 15 for $10)!  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Kids Cafe and the National Autism Association.  
Bring in a toiletry item for an additional chance to win a Google Home! CBY@RAL will be offering a raffle ticket for each toiletry item donated. The donated toiletry items will be sent to troops stationed around the world.

2017-2018 School Calendar
As families start planning for next year, we thought it would be helpful to share the 2017-18 School Calendar. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 29.

MIOS Benefit Concert
The Music in Our Schools concert will be Thursday, March 23rd at 7pm in the BHS theater. It is our benefit concert and our suggested donation is $5 dollars. We will also be selling concessions before the concert and during intermission, and Jazz Band will be playing at Bulldog Corner from 6:30pm until the start of the concert. Our concert is projected to end before 8pm, making a great night to bring the whole family!
Our instrumental music includes selections from Star Wars and Harry Potter. Our Choral music follows a "Seize the Day!" theme including selections from Disney! All are welcome!

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.

Destination ImagiNation
Bedford DI is sending 19 teams to the Goffstown Regional this weekend.  Good luck to all the teams and their team managers, who have been working hard problem solving and creating solutions since last Fall. For a full schedule of the day, check out the Goffstown Regional at

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 Safety. 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 of the Week” is Working Memory. This is the ability to hold information in your head while performing multi-step tasks.  This is more than just remembering something, but rather using that information while also completing a complex task.  If you find your child has difficulties remembering to pack his water bottle and mouthguard in his gym bag for basketball practice or often forgets to bring her completed math paper back to school, there are tried-and-true strategies that you can introduce to him or her to help. For more information and specific strategies on how to help your son or daughter develop stronger Working Memory skills, visit Skill of the Week:  Working Memory

Free Viewing of the film Screenagers

As the Bedford School District’s counseling departments and technology teams aim to make us a more social media savvy community, Bedford High School will present the film

Screenagers this Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00PM in the BHS Theater. In an age where technology is everywhere, how do we best support adolescents as they learn how to responsibly use these tools?

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.
In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

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.

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.

Bedford High School Graduation Set for June 10
We are proud to announce that the students in the class of 2017 at Bedford High School will be graduating on June 10, 2017.

PTG Corner:
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated goodies for our coffee cart!  The teachers enjoy this and it is appreciated!
Stand By Me:  Interested in finding out more about Stand By Me?  Your invited to our monthly meeting on Thurs, March 23 at 9:15 AM.
Join the PTG at FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT as the Manchester Monarchs take on the Elmira Jackals on Saturday, April 1st at 6p.m.. Students can high-five the Monarchs players as they enter the ice. Click here to download your order form and return to your school office by March 27th. This is a great night for groups, teams and families to get discounted ticket prices and enjoy the end of the hockey season.
Sunday, June 4th @ 10:00a.m.
The PTG is excited to announce that registration for our first annual ColorBlast 5K Run/Walk is open! Register today and mark your calendar for a super-fun, family event! Not a runner? That’s OK. You can walk, skip, hop, twirl, dance or stroll your way through six color stations along the 5K route that starts at Lurgio Middle school on the BHS/RAL campus. Be sure to wear white for maximum color affect (you will be blasted with food safe colorful powder). All funds raised from this event will go back into our schools!
We are looking for volunteers and sponsors for this great event. If you or your business are interested in sponsoring the event or volunteering, please contact us at, or for more information please visit This event is presented by Derry Medical Center.

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.