Friday, May 5, 2017

Lurgio News for May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017

Dear Parents,

SBAC testing begins this Monday. This past week, I visited all of the pods to give the students an overview of the upcoming testing. I spoke about 5 simple things students can do to best prepare for the assessments:

  1. Charge your Chromebook
  2. Bring your headphones/earbuds
  3. Get a good night sleep
  4. Eat a healthy breakfast
  5. Stay hydrated

I thank you for all you do to support our students in all their efforts. Stay dry!

Ed Joyce

Important Dates

May 19 (Friday)
Stand By Me at SNHU (7th Grade Only)
May 19 (Friday)
Last ALL School Dance - 6PM-9PM
May 26 (Friday)
Teacher Workshop - No School for Students
May 29 (Monday)
No School - Memorial Day
May 30 (Tuesday)
2017 BHS Fall Sports Sign-Ups - 2:45PM - Various Classrooms
May 30 (Tuesday)
Spring Concert - 7PM - BHS Theater
June 2 (Friday)
8th Grade Dance 6PM-9PM
June 7 (Wednesday)
8th Grade Awards Night - BHS Theater
June 14 (Wednesday)
8th Grade Canobie Lake Trip (8th Grade)
June 16 (Friday)
Rain date - Canobie Lake Trip (8th Grade)

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 Nicole Truver.  Nicole is commended for her willingness to be helpful and supportive of her classmates.  She is always willing to go the extra mile make help her classmates and make them feel welcome in the class.  Her teacher describes her as having a “heart of gold.” Congratulations Nicole!  Thank you for helping make Lurgio a wonderful place to be.

Thank You PTG!

A big thank you to the PTG and all the volunteers who made Teacher Appreciation Week such a huge success. Coffee, sweets, and bountiful amounts of food are the way to a teacher’s heart!

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.


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.

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 effect (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.

New & Updated Championship Banners
The next time you’re in the Lurgio Gymnasium, check out our new championship banners!

Follow @RALathletics on Twitter
Follow @RALathletics on Twitter for updates and results regarding Lurgio Athletics #lurgiolions

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.

Guidance Corner

Important Information About the Netflix Series: 13 Reasons Why
It has come to our attention that some Lurgio Middle School students have seen or heard about the current Netflix television series 13 Reasons Why. This series is rated TV-MA and contains scenes of adolescent bullying, rejection, heartbreak, sexual assault, abuse, revenge, depression, and suicide. It is our view that this fictionalized series of events oversimplifies a very complex mental health issue, and it carries with it the dangerous potential of sensationalizing teen suicide. Please note that we are not recommending that students view this series; it is intended only to provide you with information we feel is relevant to the health and well-being of your students. Previewing the episodes yourself will provide the opportunity for you to decide if your child should view this series. If you do decide to allow your child to watch the series, we do recommend you view it with them. Please contact your Lurgio guidance counselor if you have any questions.

Donna LaRue, MA, MLADC, LCMHC, RAL Guidance Counselor, 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.

Claudette Stone, RAL Behavior Specialist, posts helpful information about executive functioning skills, which 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

Jack Slatoff Ph.D. is a retired clinical child psychologist with over 55 years of practice in southern New Hampshire.  Specializing in therapy for adolescents and consultation with their parents, Dr. Slatoff has been a psychological consultant for the Bedford School District for 35 years.  He continues to consult weekly at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, and he now writes a weekly column for our news: Ask Dr. Jack [LINK].

PTG Corner:
A sincere THANK YOU to all the volunteers and folks who donated their time, food, treats and items during National Teacher Appreciation Week this week!

Today, May 5th, is your LAST CHANCE to order your Color Blast 5K t-shirt and race kit (drawstring bag, sunglasses and individual powder back for the starting line color explosion) all for just $10. Kits and t-shirts will not be available for ordering after May 5th but you can still register online here through May 25th. *Please note that registration will also increase from $25 to $30 per registrant after May 5th.  

Want to participate in the 5K without “doing" the 5K? Join our team of volunteers, we can guarantee- it’s going to be a blast! Click here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

COMMUNITY MEETING - Join the PTG and the Principals from all six schools for a community forum on Tuesday, May 9th @ 9:30 at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road). Email us with your questions or with topics you’d like to hear about from our principals. Would you like to know about the process for classroom placement? What are competencies? How to use power school or an explanation on the grading system as your child changes schools? Let us know and that’s what we’ll talk about! This is a great opportunity to interact with the principals in a small group setting and get the facts! Email Lisa Nash at with your questions and topic suggestions.

We’re excited to invite you to a PTG Community Night at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats as they take on the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday, May 25th at 6:35p.m.. Atlas Fireworks following the game and no school on Friday! Join us for some great family fun at the ballpark!! Tickets are only $9/per person (regularly $12/pp). To order tickets, download order form and return to your school office by Friday, May 12th.

Lurgio’s annual Stand By Me event for 7th grade students, and their parents, is looking for volunteers on Friday, May 19th. We ask for volunteers from McKelvie and 8th grade so that 7th grade families can attend and enjoy the event together. There are many different opportunities available and it’s a great way to see what the day is all about! Click here to sign up to help out. Thank you!

YANKEE CANDLE: Due to parent interest we have reopened our Yankee Candle sale for online ordering only. Get your summertime scents in time for nights on the porch. 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

Adaptive Lacrosse Clinic
A BHS Senior, Cormac McCarthy, will be holding an Adaptive Lacrosse Clinic for students with special needs in grades K-12.  Cormac is a captain on the BHS lacrosse team and would like to share his knowledge and love for the game with Bedford students who have special needs.  The clinic will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 9:00-10:00 AM on the BHS turf field (BHS gym, if raining).  There will be adult supervisors and BHS student coaches present.  Please take a look at THIS FLYER for more information.  If you have any questions, and to RSVP (by May 12th), please email Cormac McCarthy at  (Please provide your child's name and grade.)

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.

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.