Asset Newsletters

School Boundaries

posted May 17, 2017, 7:15 AM by Donna LaRue   [ updated May 17, 2017, 7:21 AM ]

As parents you have substantial influence in both your child's life and the policies of your child's school.  Take time to get involved with the school in some way.  An inside perspective will allow you the opportunity to influence necessary changes and improvements.  It's important to create a partnership which enables the parent-school relationship to set boundaries for your child in meaningful and seamless ways.  What you expect from your child is very important, and understanding that these values and boundaries exist in their schools is important.  How do you participate with the adults at your child's school?  Would you consider chaperoning the Cardigan Mountain trip?  Volunteering for the Witch Way to a 5K road race?  Be a volunteer for the Stand By Me Committee?  
Click here to read this week's featured article titled "School Boundaries".

Family Boundaries

posted May 10, 2017, 8:28 AM by Donna LaRue

Within the category of "Boundaries" the first Asset we'll explore is called "Family Boundaries".    Regular Open, Honest and Clear conversations with your child(ren) is really the key to success.  Young children as well as teenagers understand good and bad feelings.  They are developing skills and strategies to better understand right and wrong decisions.  Their success at making positive choices can really hinge on the adults in their lives setting clear expectations and creating boundaries for them... until they are capable and comfortable forming boundaries for themselves.  In addition to being clear with boundaries, phrasing the expectations positively leads to success in getting the message to them, before they shut down.  As they gain experience and develop strategies, your boundaries can be adjusted as increased trust has been established. 

Here is a link to this week's article titled "Family Boundaries"


posted Mar 24, 2017, 12:29 PM by Donna LaRue   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 12:33 PM ]

This week we explore another Asset Category, Boundaries.  Within this category there exists six key assets.  They are Family Boundaries, School Boundaries, Neighborhood Boundaries, Adult Role Models, Positive Peer Influence and High Expectations.  Here is the link to this week's article about Boundaries.


posted Mar 17, 2017, 7:48 AM by Donna LaRue

It makes a lot of sense that youth are likely to grow up healthy if they feel safe at home, in school and in their neighborhood.  This week's article offers some common sense examples regarding ways in which parents can participate in helping monitor and ensuring healthy and safe development through their childhood.  From stranger danger to distracted driving parents have these learning opportunities throughout their child's development.  Click here to review the entire article.  

Service To Others

posted Jan 27, 2017, 4:56 AM by Donna LaRue

The third in a series of four assets in the 'Empowerment' category is the focus of today's Article titled "Service to Others".   This is an area, that has slowly, but consistently decreased within our students over the past sixteen years.  There are so many creative ways in which families can use the times when you automatically help extended family, neighbors and friends and highlight your service to them for your children.  It may seem as if it's not necessary to explain your family's kindness to others, but taking each opportunity to reiterate with your children that this is "what we do for each other" will help instill their understanding of this asset in their lives.  

Youth as Resources

posted Jan 13, 2017, 10:14 AM by Donna LaRue

As your children get older, families can gradually begin to include them in decision making.  Vacation trips, college visits (yes, even as middle school students), design ideas (especially their own room) and chore assignments.  Another way to use youth as resources is to ask your child to teach you something new.  It could be a new app, other technology or song lyrics.  

Click here for this week's full article.

Community Values Youth

posted Dec 16, 2016, 11:12 AM by Donna LaRue   [ updated Jan 2, 2017, 4:32 AM ]

This week's article has a checklist on the first page (click here to view entire article).  Take a moment with your child and ask them to rate your family's community.  Do the following places value youth? 
  • Public Library                    
  • Family
  • School
  • Neighborhood
  • Social Services you know
  • Your Congregation
  • Youth Organizations you know
  • Businesses you Know
  • Your Health Care Provider
  • Your Town Government
  • Your Overall Community


posted Dec 8, 2016, 2:58 PM by Donna LaRue

This week we begin to look at the second Asset Category, Empowerment.  Within this category there exists four key assets.  They are Community Values Youth,  Youth as Resources, Service to Others and Safety.  This related article offers ideas to evaluate the level of empowerment your pre-teen/teen possesses.  On page two you'll see specific age appropriate suggestions of ways in which you could add to your child's sense of empowerment.  Click here to view this week's article.

Parent Involvement in Schooling

posted Nov 15, 2016, 7:01 AM by Donna LaRue

This week's focus on parental involvement in schooling is a look at the sixth and final asset in the 'Support' Category.  Here, at Lurgio Middle School, the focus has always been on preparing and educating the whole child.  Developmentally, it is during this period of time that skills are identified and students begin to focus on strategies necessary to build additional strengths for the fast approaching high school years.  Although their increased individuality and independence is evident, there are still many ways parents may choose to participate in their child's schooling.  While we foster and encourage self advocacy skill development with our middle school students, we also celebrate and honor ways in which parents remain an active part in our school, while giving needed space to their children.  Volunteering to chaperone a trip such as Cardigan Mountain is an opportunity to share like experiences with your child as you help out a camp group separate from your child's homeroom.  Participating in the PTG is a rich and valued experience, as is the Stand By Me Committee that organizes and facilitates the full day family workshop event for all seventh graders.  As your child becomes more independent, please consider how you will stay involved with the language and culture of their school climate.  Attending sporting events, theater/ musical performances as well as other school community offerings, albeit sitting separately from your teens, is a wonderful way to keep in touch with and share their experiences.   Click here for this week's Asset Newsletter article titled "Staying Involved in School".

School Climate

posted Nov 10, 2016, 6:56 AM by Donna LaRue

The Positive Asset we will explore this week is Caring School Climate.  When students walk into the Lurgio Middle School, they are able to see the office secretaries, Mrs. Cronin and Mrs. Doyle; the nurse, Mrs. Chessie;  and the guidance staff, Mr. Fredette, Ms. Mullen, Mrs. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Dapolito, Ms LaRue and Mrs. Stone.  More often than not, the hallway is filled with music from the band and chorus room, located just feet from the main entrance.   During the day they see many adults in the school in addition to their teachers.  Our custodians, media center staff, technology teachers, cafeteria workers and additional staff members seek to create an atmosphere of kindness and acceptance in our school community.  Ask your child to compare the atmosphere they experience at school with the weather.  We all hope their responses will be something like "warm and comfortable".  One way you could add to the atmosphere and become more involved in our school climate is through the Parent, Teacher Group.  By following this link, you can learn more about the PTG and all it offers to add to your child's experience in school.  Please click here is the link to this week's article.

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