May 2018
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     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle Families,

    It is wonderful to see the sun shining on this first day of May and we are all looking forward to a busy last two months of the school year. Spring is always exciting in the Carlisle Schools and this year looks to be exceptionally so. We have a wide variety of wonderful educational experiences scheduled for students including the 4th grade trip to the Harvard Museum of Natural History on May 2, the 3rd grade trip to the Old South Meeting House on may 8 and 9, the 3rd grade trip to the Lowell Mills on May 22, the 2nd grade trip to the Museum of Science on May 25, and the grade 8 trip to Boston on May 30. We also have students in grades K and 5 going on educational outings closer to home as they visit Clark Farm here in Carlisle during the month and the fifth grade will also be going to Great Meadow on May 24th.

    May 3 also marks the first of four programs during the month that are sponsored by the PTO Enrichment Committee. On Thursday, May 3, Elizabeth Suneby, author of Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education, will be speaking to our 6th grade. Then on May 11 our kindergarten students will participate in The Seasons in Carlisle Forest, which enhances their study of Carlisle habitats culminating with a trip to the Conant land. On Tuesday, May 15, we will welcome Dan Nott and Daryl Seitchik, graphic novelists from the Center of Cartoon Studies in White River Junction Vermont, as they teach a cartooning workshop to our 4th graders. Then on May 30 our 4th graders will have a visit from “Bridget Rose Fitzgerald” as part of the Living Voices program. “Bridget” will share her experiences as an Irish immigrant to the United States through a multi media presentation. Thank you to the PTO Enrichment Committee for making all of these experiences possible for our students.

    In addition to all of those activities for students, we also have programs that parents may want to participate in and attend. On May 2, our kindergarteners present their Chicka-Chicka-Boom–Boom performance, which is always highly enjoyable. Then on Thursday, May 3, we host the Kindergarten Information Night to welcome and introduce families of next year’s kindergarten class. Then on May 23 we will hold our Elementary Music Assembly, which is also highly entertaining and enjoyable. I am also pleased to report that we have had a group of parents working diligently to revive the Multicultural Festival, which will be held on Saturday, May 19. We hope you will be able support this year’s festival. For more information, please see the write-up in this Buzz.

    Finally, I have had the opportunity to meet with parents who are interested in promoting “Carlisle Promise”, a local movement designed to support parents in delaying unrestricted internet access for children until at least 8th grade, to the broader Carlisle community. For more information about the group and its goals, I encourage you to read the excerpt included in this Buzz.

    Looking forward to a wonderful May.

    Warm regards,



  • School Events and Information

    School Calendars 
    Click here to view and download the 2017-2018 calendar.  

    Click here to view and download the 2018-2019 calendar.

    Please click below to see the May Lunch Menu:

    May Lunch Menu

    Kindergarten Information Night - Thursday, May 3, 2018

    Parents of children eligible to enter Carlisle Public School’s Kindergarten in the fall of 2018 are cordially invited to attend our annual Kindergarten Information Night on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Corey Auditorium of the Carlisle Public Schools. At this event you will hear from our Elementary School Principal, Kindergarten Teachers, School Nurse, School Psychologists, and the PTO President. If you have any questions, please call Michele Petteruti, School Psychologist, or Amy Smack, Registrar at 978-369-6550.

    Save the Date – Carlisle Multicultural Festival – Saturday, May 19 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, CPS Dining Hall

    Discover the cultural diversity Carlisle has to offer. This free event welcomes the whole family. Pick up a passport and travel around the world, looking for clues in our international scavenger hunt. Taste a variety of ethnic food* and celebrate with your neighbors.

    We’re looking for volunteers who might want to create a table display celebrating their culture. Do you have a favorite family food/dessert that you’d like to share? Please contact Marie Laure at Rivier.family@gmail.com 

    *Proceeds from the food/bake sale will support this and future Multicultural Festivals

    Multicultural Festival


    In accordance with IDEA and Massachusetts Chapter 71B, all public schools must provide special education for children determined to be educationally disabled. The law requires a school district to identify such children from age 3 to 21 years of age. This law applies to all children, including those in non-public schools, pre-schools, and hospital settings. In addition, children of migrant or homeless families are entitled to public education. The Carlisle Public Schools is responsible for those students from age 3 throughout their 8th grade year.

    Parents or service providers who suspect a child might have an educationally disabling condition are encouraged to contact their child’s school. Carlisle Public Schools will arrange for the screening and evaluation of any students who are unable to progress effectively in general education because of a disability.

    For more detailed information about the policies, procedures, and services available at Carlisle Public Schools for special education, please contact Will Verbits in the Student Support Services Office at (978) 369–3758.

    Parent Input Form for Placement - Grades K-4

    The Parent Input Form for placement for those students currently in grades K-4 is now available. Our goal is to make the best possible placement for every child at as we work to create heterogeneous and balanced classes. Your child’s current teacher will work with the other members of his or her grade level team, including the school psychologist and administrators, to create effective instructional groups. Your comments should include specific information related to your child’s particular learning style, needs, and interests. Please do not request an individual teacher. Your comments will be shared with your child’s grade level team members.

    You may complete the form online here. Alternatively, you may turn in a hard copy available here. 


    Family Obstacle Course and Trail Run

    Proceeds will benefit Razia’s Ray of Hope

    Register Now!

    Saturday, May 12th, 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, DCR Great Brook Farm

    Ages 4-12

    Hosted by the Carlisle Public School Rotary Early Act Club

    Partnered with PursuEVENTures

    Please see flyer for details:

    Obstacle Course Flyer

    Buzz and Event Calendar Information
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    Carlisle PTO


    Publicity for May Curriculum Enrichment Programs

    These programs are sponsored by the Carlisle PTO. Your Carlisle PTO membership and support of PTO fundraising efforts fund curriculum enrichment programs like these – Thank you!


    Author Visit, Elizabeth Suneby: Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education – Sixth Grade

    May 3, 2018

    This program complements the sixth graders’ month-long research project about Afghanistan.

    Elizabeth Suneby, an award-winning author who lives outside of Boston, MA, presents her book, Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education, based on the true story of a girl in Afghanistan who desperately wants an education and convinces the men in her family to allow her to attend school.

    Suneby leads a classroom discussion and interactive workshops with the students.


    The Seasons in Carlisle’s Forest – Kindergarten

    May 11, 2018

    This recently developed in-class program enhances and supports the Kindergarten unit on Carlisle habitats that culminates with a field trip to the Conant Land. 

    During the hour long program the students become 'trees', meet some charismatic forest creatures, and gain a greater understanding of the wonder of forests throughout the seasons. 

    This program directly links to the science curriculum and is part of the broader curriculum of "Caring For Carlisle: Hearts, Homes, and Habitats." The program is presented by educators from the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, and was developed in collaboration with Carlisle Kindergarten teachers.


    Graphic Artists, The Center for Cartoon Studies – Fourth Grade

    May 15, 2018

    Grade 4 students will be given a cartooning workshop taught by Dan Nott and Daryl Seitchik, who are graphic novelists from the Center of Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. This program supports a graphic novel project that students are currently working on in both library and visual art class.  

    The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) is a college dedicated to providing the highest quality of education to students interested in creating visual stories. The Center's curriculum of art, graphic design, and literature reflect the wide array of skills needed to create comics and graphic novels. Many experienced and internationally recognized cartoonists, writers, and designers teach classes at CCS to students of all ages.


    Living Voices – The New American: Story of an Irish Immigrant – Fourth Grade

    May 30, 2018

    As part of their curriculum unit on immigration, fourth graders will hear the story of immigrant Bridget Rose Fitzgerald, told in the first person by an actress in a live multi-media performance. Through a dynamic solo performance uniquely combined with archival film, Living Voices turns history into a moving, personal journey. Students will follow the story of Bridget as she leaves the turmoil of the old country for the promise of America. Her journey includes the steam ship passage, the path through Ellis Island, and the sweatshops of the lower east side of Manhattan. From this powerful narrative comes an understanding and recognition of what American liberty and opportunity means to people around the world.




    Other Items of Interest

    Gleason Public Library
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     At the Gleason Public Library
    Call 978-369-4898, visit gleasonlibrary.org/calendar, or email Nicole at nclaire@gleasonlibrary.org (younger children) or Tahleen at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org (middle school/teens) for more information on all events or to register.

    Origami Workshop, Grades 2-4  
    Saturday, May 5 | 2 p.m.
    Try a little folding and join us on Saturday, May 5 at 2:00pm for a workshop on origami for grades 2-4. Lisa Corfman will lead us in a one-hour session on basic folds. Experiment with paper in ways that you never thought possible!

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary, meeting Tuesday, May 15, 4 pm. Registration full; contact Nicole at nclaire@gleasonlibrary.org for more information.

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: Everything on a Waffle, by Polly Horvath, meeting Thursday, May 10, 4 pm. Contact Tahleen at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org for more information or to register.

    Early Release Movie (Grades 5-8)
    Tuesday, May 15 | 1 p.m.
    On each early release day during the school year, Gleason Teens will show a movie for grades 5 through 8 at 1:00 p.m. Popcorn, juice, and soda will be served.

    Make and Take: Fluffy Slime! (Grades 5-8)
    Friday, May 25 | 2:45 p.m.
    Make some fluffy slime out of everyday ingredients. Choose your color and let's get mixing! For grades 5-8 only. Supplies are limited and are given on a first come, first serve basis.

    Story Times
    Story times for ages 0 to 6 continue through May 17 – visit gleasonlibrary.org/story_times for full schedule and registration. 


    Welcome May ~

    CKH’s school age summer care is a good fit for gap weeks between skills camps and family vacations. The days are filled with outdoor activities, field trips to local venues, science, cooking and craft activities. On-site specials such as Animal shows, Music shows, and weather permitting waterslides!

    We are currently registering for the 2018/2019 school year. Register your school age child/ren before June 1st for a discount on your September tuition.


    Questions? Call 978-369-5558, or email: exec_director@carlislekidshouse.org

    Website: http://carlislekidshouse.org

    Carlisle Recreation -- Registration is Open – Space is limited so Register Early

    Pre-K & Kindergarten Transitional After School Program- 2017/2018 School Year

    Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays- 2018

                Session IX:              May 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 (No Class 5/15)

                Session X:               June 7, 12 (June 14 & 19: Depending on Snow Days), (No Class 6/5)

    Time:     11:45-3:00

    Who:     4-5 years of age 


    May:                     $430 (9 Days)

    June:                     $100 (2 Days)

    Location: Brick Building on School Campus

    Instructors: Heidi Lane and Barbie Cooke

    Our Transitional Kindergarten program offers varied educational opportunities for your child to soar academically while growing and developing at their own pace. They will be enriched in creative play, reading, math, science, social studies, and cooking. Our emphasis is on learning in a creative setting and creative activities that will foster independence and social skills. Minimum class size is 6, Maximum will be 8 which allows for a fantastic teacher student ratio. Led by highly qualified professional instructors who have taught the Kindergarten After School Program and the Pre-K Transitional After School Program for the past three years at the Brick Building. Instructors will meet children at the end of the day a safely walk to the Brick Building on school campus.

    Carlisle Council on Aging  

    Carlisle Spring Fling

    Any student, friends and family 12 or Older are Invited to An Evening of Music & Dancing

    Date:  Friday, May 4, 2018

    Time:  Light Refreshments, 6:30 pm

                  Dancing 7-9 pm

    Place:  St. Irene Hall, 181 East Street, Carlisle, MA

    RSVP:  Call the COA at 978-371-2895 by noon on Tuesday, May 1

    Music by DJ Jon Mansfield of Mansfield Entertainment sponsored by Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley

    Dancing Demo by COA Ballroom Dancing instructors Barry Kasven & Cynthia Horn


    Spring Fling


    Call for information:

    Angela Smith

    Carlisle Council on Aging Outreach Coordinator & Program Manager

    66 Westford Street

    Carlisle, MA 01741




    JUNE 26 – JUNE 30: 9 AM – 3 PM EACH DAY



    • Join head coach Chris Gbandi and his entire staff, along with current Northeastern Men’s Soccer players for a week of fun and learning! Players will be split into age groups and engage in exciting activities to maximize both skill development and enjoyment!

    Any and all boys and girls grades pre-k through 8th are welcome to attend

    Questions? Please contact Assistant Coach Cameron Omsberg on menssoccer@northeastern.edu / (207) 861-2538

    Link to full clinic details:



    Patriot Hoop Clinics Announcement

    Registration is open for the 10th year of Patriot Hoop Clinics summer programs for boys and girls in 1st - 9th grades, including weekly clinics and a summer league! Please visit our website patriothoopclinics.com for information. New this year are weekly camps for girls plus the return of our summer league for boys and girls. 

    The 2018 Carlisle Old Home Day will be held on 22-23 June.  Our theme this year is "Carlisle Olympics" and we invite Carlisle students to start planning their entries in the Arts and Crafts show, Cake Decorating, Pie Baking and The Great Parade!  College-bound Carlisle grads can apply for scholarships on our website http://www.carlisleohd.org.  Check out our new website and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest updates!

    Summer Programs at Concord Carlisle Community Ed!

    Making summer plans? Check out these offerings from Concord Carlisle Community Ed! Our Wicked Cool for Kids program offers three camp weeks starting July 9. Minecraft Mania (July 9-13) and Minecraft Mania 2: The sequel (July 16-20) are full day programs, 9 am-4 pm. Half-day programs include Wicked Cool Vet School (July 9-13, 1-4 pm), Gadgets & Contraptions (July 16-20, 1-4 pm), Rocket Science (July 23-27, 9 am-12 pm), & Deep Blue Sea (July 23-27, 1-4 pm).  These are hands-on classes designed to teach science with fun and experimentation.

    For young teens looking to get into babysitting, there’s a Babysitters Training class happening Wednesday and Thursday, June 27 and 28, from 8:30 am-12:30 pm. This 4-H training course teaches youth ages 11 and older what they need to know to be caring, competent, trustworthy babysitters.

    And for chess buffs, there’s a weeklong Chess Club August 13-17, from 9 am-2pm. For information on all of these summer opportunities, and to register, go to www.concordcarlisleace.org or call 978-318-1432.

    Concord Conservatory of Music presents Summer Guitar Workshops for kids and adults. Students will delve into technique and theory through blues, jazz, pop, and folk music during the CCM Guitar Workshop (ages 8 -11, July 16-20). Also offered is All Together Now, Kids (for grades 6 – 9, July 16-20) as well as the adult workshop (Tuesday evenings in July starting July 10th). For details visit www.ConcordConservatory.org, email info@concordconservatory.org, or call (978) 369-0010. The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s nonprofit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. Financial assistance is available.

    As a non-profit school, Concord Community of Music serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM is an energetic community of people who are deepening their involvement in music education. Each year, CCM opens its doors to more than 400 students, offering programming for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. 


    Summer Music Lessons and Classes with IMSCC

    Join us for a summer of music! We have music lessons and a wide variety of music classes to choose from. Please visit http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school to learn more about IMSCC’s summer music programs.

    Summer lessons begin June 28 and run through August 21. The flexible summer schedule allows families to choose any or all of the nine weeks of the session and pay only for the weeks that you select. Lessons are given at the Carlisle school and at CCHS. You can request lessons online at https://ccace.asapconnected.com/#PrivateLessons

    or download a registration form at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18-19-Summer-New-student-Reg-Form.pdf

    For a complete listing of IMSCC’s Summer Music Ensembles, Classes and Workshops please visit https://ccace.asapconnected.com/?org=4701#CourseGroupID=30179

    Questions? Please contact dlevine@concordcarlisle.org

    The Instrumental Music School is a division of Adult & Community Education in the Concord and Carlisle schools.

    GET READY TO RUN: Thoreau’s 12th Annual Road Race is Sunday May 20th, 2018. As the school’s BIGGEST fundraiser of the year, this community-wide event celebrates spirit, fitness, and health. All events take place at and around the school. The 5K run starts at 10:00 am and Kid’s Runs (.5 and 1 mile) begin at 11:30 am and are followed by a Taco Truck, bouncy house, awards ceremony, and more. Sign up here: https://www.active.com/west-concord-ma/running/distance-running-races/thethoreau-school-5k-1-2-mile-and-1-mile-road-race-2018 and bring the whole family to run, walk, jog or stroll with us.


    Carlisle Promise 

    An exciting initiative has launched in Carlisle called Carlisle Promise. A chapter of Concord Promise, Carlisle Promise encourages parents to delay giving smartphones to their children until at least 8th grade. Supported by recent research regarding the impact of smartphones on developing brains, our hope is that, together, we can make a change and give our kids the gift of a hands-free, heads-up childhood.

    The Promise’s objective is to reduce, if not eliminate, the social pressure to have a smartphone. This community-based support platform will unite parents with a public promise so parents can see who else is on board. 

    Through this platform, we will support ALL Carlisle parents through educational events and partnerships with leading professionals in the field. Parents can also cross-reference other community Promise members and events and access the Concord Promise closed FaceBook group which is a forum for parental support.

    The Promise provides resources and comprehensive information to assist parents and kids on the risks and responsibilities of technology use. 

    To learn more about the Carlisle Promise, and to join, please visit https://www.concordpromise.org/carlislemapromise/

    Carry On - June 1, 2018, 7-9 p.m., Corey Auditorium

    CARRY ON will inspire anyone up against long odds, embolden those wanting to become agents of change, and captivate those looking for a gripping underdog sports story. It is a memoir that weaves the complexities of poverty, disability, race, and family into a tender tale of redemption.  Above all, it demonstrates the change we can bring when we are willing to enter into another’s world. 




  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in early June, 2018. Please email your submissions to Nancy Anderson at nanderson@carlisle.k12.ma.us by May 25th at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file.