Friday, April 7, 2017

Lurgio News for April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

Dear Parents,

The past week has been chock full of action for our Lurgio students, and they are well deserving of the Midnight Madness they are currently enjoying.  From TSA to National History and from DI to the Geography Bee, our students have shined all over the state, and many will now represent Bedford at regional and national competitions.  

Great job, Lions!


Ed Joyce

Important Dates

April 7 (Friday)
Lurgio Midnight Madness (7PM-Midnight)
April 10 (Monday)
Tennis Begins
April 11 (Tuesday)
Stand By Me hosts speaker Ed Gerety 6:30PM BHS Theater
April 11 (Tuesday)
Golf Begins
April 13 (Thursday)
Lurgio CBY Talent Show 6PM
April 14 (Friday)
Last Day to Pre-Order Lurgio Yearbooks
April 24 - 28
No School - Spring 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.”

This week’s Cub is Ryan Juliano. Ryan is known as being a great all-around student and citizen of our academic community.  His teachers note that he goes above and beyond in the classroom, cafeteria, and in the school community, thus having a positive impact upon students and staff alike.  Staff members throughout the building recognize his hard work and devotion to his academics and co-curricular activities, and the are happy to have him as a member of our community here at Ross A. Lurgio.

Lurgio Students Take Home Awards at National History Day Competition
After months of intensive research and hard work, four groups from Ross A. Lurgio Middle School won awards at the National History Day New Hampshire State Competition at Plymouth State University on April 2nd.   Those placing first or second in their division have the honor of representing the state of New Hampshire at the national level. The national competition will be held June 11-15 at the University of Maryland in College Park.

For the group performance junior division, Emet Baker, Sri Chetlur, Vidhur Narayan and Nikhil Gottemukkala took first place for their entry, Breaking the Color Barrier: John Howard Griffin’s Impact on Defeating Racial Discrimination.

For the individual historical paper junior division, Sarah Avampato took second place for her entry, Tiananmen Square, An Intellectual Protest and Jamie Karr placed third for her entry, Freedom is Not Free: The Story of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose.

Jessie O’Leary and Roisi Russell took home the NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) Award for Outstanding Use of Primary Sources, recognizing significant research and analysis of primary documents in the construction of a National History Day project.

Destination Imagination

The Sit Down Comedians: Taylor Suozzo, Scott Anderson, Owen Bechert, Carly Blaine; Abby Guerette,  Team Managers: Mandy Bechert and Kim Blaine, placed second in the Improv Challenge.
Eat your Greens: Xavier Forcier, Ava Durow, Aamit Kancherlapalli (MIS), Sarah Jacobs, Roisi Russell, Aleeza Shah, Reagan Rick, Team Managers: Linda Jacobs and Marie Russell, placed second in the Fine Arts Challenge.

CONGRATULATIONS to the two teams from Lurgio who beat out the competition at the Destination Imagination State Finals at Bedford High School last weekend.   Bedford DI walked away with 5 teams advancing to the Global Finals at Knoxville TN.  While the experience of going to the Global tournament will be priceless, it will cost the teams who choose to accept the invitation a considerable amount to make the trip.  Bedford DI is busy organizing fundraisers to assist at 4 teams who will travel.  This Monday we kick it off with our annual Ecosmith, shoes, bags, and belt fundraiser.  We appreciate your support.

Abhi Govindaraju wins the New Hampshire Geo Bee
Congratulations to seventh grader Abhi Govindaraju! He is our state champion in the National Geographic Bee Championship.  He will represent NH at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Way to go Abhi!

TSA State Competition
The Lurgio TSA competed fantastically at at the state competition last month. Lurgio was represented by twelve students this year. Our teams took home six 1st place awards, three 2nd place awards, and six 3rd place awards.

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.  Students whose chromebooks are out being repaired should check their school email for updates on the status of any repairs.

IHOP Fundraiser for Coalition for Bedford Youth (CBY):
Who doesn't LOVE pancakes? Friday April 7th from 4pm-9pm, IHOP in Bedford will donate 20% of sales when the attached coupon is presented.  Please join us for breakfast at dinner time! See you there.

Yearbook Order Time!
Last day to order yearbooks is Friday, April 14th for $25*.
Cash or check orders can be turned into Mrs. Dennis in the Tech Corner in the back of the Media Center.

Online orders can be placed until Friday, April 14.
To placed online orders:
  • Click on the purple Parent's: Buy Your Student's Yearbook button in the upper right corner.
  • Search for Lurgio
  • Enter Your Student's last name and select your student from the list.  If your student does not appear, follow the instructions on the screen to add them.

* A limited number of yearbooks might be available for sale in June for $30.

Questions? Contact Donna Dennis (

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

PTG ColorBlast 5K Registration is OPEN
The PTG is excited to announce that registration for our first annual ColorBlast 5K Run/Walk is open! Register today and mark your calendar, Sunday, June 4th @ 10:00am, 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.

Book Buzz
Today’s Book Buzz comes from a happy Books for Breakfast Reader:

Need a funny book? This is for you! All Shook Up by Shelley Pearsall is about a boy who gets a big surprise about his dad. When 13 year old Josh finds out he has to stay with his dad in Chicago for a few months, he’s not too thrilled. But when he arrives at the airport, he’s simply devastated. His father—who used to be a scatterbrained, but pretty normal, shoe salesman—has become a sideburn-wearing, hip-twisting, utterly embarrassing Elvis impersonator. Josh is determined to keep his dad’s identity a secret, but on his very first day at his new school, a note appears on his locker. It’s signed Elvisly Yours, and instead of a name, a sneering purple smiley face. The secret is out, and when his dad is invited to perform at a special 50s concert at his school, Josh is forced to take drastic action. Great action and tons of laughs!
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.  

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 Boundaries. 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

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.

Stand By Me
Please join us on April 11th as we kick-off our 28th annual Stand By Me event with an energetic and inspiring evening presentation with Ed Gerety. One of the top professional youth speakers in the country, Mr. Gerety will be doing a 60 minute program for parents and their child, focusing on how you can work together in your families to help your child reach their full potential, have the right mindset, and achieve their goals. Ed has been a part of the Stand By Me program from it’s beginning and his programs always receive rave reviews. This program is geared to middle school families and is being co-sponsored by the Bedford PTG. Save the date for this must see event: April 11th in the BHS Theater, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m..

Stand By Me is hosting it’s annual CHIPOTLE fundraiser on Wednesday, April 12th at the Bedford location (99 South River Road) from 4p.m. - 8p.m.. Simply show them this flyer on your phone, let them know you are there for Stand By Me, or hand them a flyer and Stand By Me will receive 50% of your sale. Thank you for your support!

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:
The Bedford PTG is proud to co-sponsor an upcoming community presentation featuring professional speaker Ed Gerety. Ed Gerety, one of the top professional youth speakers in the country, will be doing a 60 minute program for parents and their child focusing on how you can work together in your families to help your child reach their full potential, have the right mindset, and achieve their goals. Ed Has been a part of the Lurgio Middle School Stand By Me program from it's beginning and his programs have always received rave reviews. This program, geared to middle school families*, will take place on April 11th in the BHS Theater 6:30 - 7:30p.m.. Save the date for this energetic and inspiring program! *not limited to middle school families

COLOR BLAST 5K Fun run/walk, Sunday, June 4th @ 10:00a.m.
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. Register before May 5th and add a race kit to your cart! For $10 your race kit will include a white Color Blast t-shirt in your size, a pair of sunglasses to keep the powder out of your eyes, and an individual packet of colored powder to use at the starting line “color explosion”, all in a reusable drawstring bag (there may be a few additional surprises in your kit). 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.

YANKEE CANDLE: Due to parent interest we have reopened our Yankee Candle sale for online ordering only. Get your Easter and Mother’s Day online exclusive gifts shipped direct. Shipping is free on orders $100 or more and 40% of sales go back to the PTG. Online ordering is available through June 1st. Group Code #999965479

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.

UPDATED 2017-2018 School Calendar
There is one change in the calendar and the updated 2017/18 calendar is now attached 2017-18 School Calendar. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 29.

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 Summer Course Registration
If you elected to take one of the Summer In Writing courses (Enrichment or Hybrid Enrichment), please register for summer school! This is the second step of registration, after selecting a summer course during course selection in February. Course dates, times, payment information, and the online registration form can be found here.

Registration for BASE Camp (a week-long orientation program at BHS) is also live. This summer, BASE Camp will be the week of 7/31-8/4. Please visit the BASE Camp website for more information.