June 2018
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     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  


    Dear Carlisle Families,

    It is true, June has arrived and we are looking forward to a full month of school activities to close out the 2017-2018 school year. One of the highlights of the year will be the 8th Grade Graduation, which will take place on Friday, June 22 at 6:30 pm. We are all looking forward to what is always a beautiful ceremony marking this important benchmark in the lives of our students, their families, and our entire community. The ceremony is also the culmination of a month of activities and events our 8th graders have been participating in including a day of service, the trip to Boston (NE Aquarium and Blue Man Group) and the Spirit of Boston Dinner Cruise. We do hope each of these events has brought this group closer together and helped them to solidify their fond memories of their years together in the Carlisle Public Schools. We are pleased that it is not only our 8th graders who will be involved in a variety of engaging educational experiences during the month of June, as student at every grade level will have the opportunity to participate in the Middle school or elementary Field Days, classroom presentations, special performances and field trips. I encourage you to check the school calendar on the website for specific dates, times and experiences.

    I have also been asked to remind families that Carlisle Old Home Day will be on Saturday, June 23. This year’s theme is “Carlisle Olympics”. If you are interested in learning more about the schedule for OHD 2018, I encourage you to check out their website at www.carlisleohd.org. It should be a fun and enjoyable day for the entire family.

    On Monday, June 18 at 6 p.m. the Carlisle Master Planning Steering Committee will be hosting the Carlisle Master Plan Ideas Workshop in the Corey Dining Room. All community members are invited and encouraged to attend to share their thoughts on Carlisle’s hopes, needs and challenges.

    As the 2017-2018 school year comes to a close, I want to thank all of our families for their continued support of and engagement with our schools. We are fortunate to have an amazing school system with a dedicated faculty and staff and delightful and eager students, but we would not be able to achieve the success we do without the ongoing involvement and support of our Carlisle families, and for this I am eternally grateful.

    Enjoy the remaining weeks of June and have a restful and safe summer vacations!

    Warm regards,

    Jim O’Shea


  • School Events and Information

    School Calendar

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

    Please click below to see the June Lunch Menu:

    June Lunch Menu

    Popsicles on the Plaza

    The PTO invites you to Popsicles on the Plaza

    Thursday, June 21st

    3:05-4:00 p.m.

    Join us for one last play date on the plaza as we celebrate the end of a successful and fun school year!

    For more information, contact Karen Färdig at karen.fardig@gmail.com

    In case of rain, the event will be canceled, so cross your fingers for sunshine!


    “We Can Make a Difference”

    Monday, June 11:  5:30PM – 7:00PM

    Corey Auditorium

    The Early Act Rotary Club and Sixth Grade Team invite you to an interview panel about Razia’s Ray of Hope followed by roundtable “poster” sessions created by the sixth graders.  

    The evening will begin in the auditorium at 5:30 where Early Act Rotary Club members will share insights about ways we can make a difference and will interview Patti Quigley, the executive director of Razia’s Ray of Hope. Questions will address the development and mission of the Zabuli Education Center, a school for girls in rural Afghanistan

    Following the 30-minute auditorium program, sixth graders will share reflections from their research project on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and causes of poverty in “poster” sessions in the dining room. 

    Please come and support this event.


    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.

    Buzz and Event Calendar Information
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    Carlisle PTO


    Save the Date: Popsicles on the Plaza - Thursday, June 21 at 3:05 PM  


    Mexican Fiesta for Teachers was a Success! 

    Thank you to Heather Huntress and Suzanne Bohs for all of their planning and coordination to make the Teachers Appreciation Luncheon on May 15 a hit! Parents, thank you for your continued support of these special events for our faculty and staff. Parents and the PTO got a round of applause and standing ovation! 


    Order your School Supply Kits by June 15!**

    Avoid the chaos and shop online for your school supply kits. In just a few clicks, you will get the exact supplies your teacher requested without the hassle and aggravation that comes with shopping last minute at big box retailers. 

    **Please note that every student (K-8) is expected to purchase school supplies. If you would prefer to purchase them on your own at a retail venue, you can find a list here. If for financial reasons, you are unable to purchase the supplies, please contact Sara (Vuckovicsm@aol.comor the Administration. All correspondence will be kept confidential.  


    Looking Ahead to Next September: 

    Are you interested in learning more about the PTO? We're looking for a Vice President. Role supports the President, manages the Faculty and Staff Grants process and works with administration on the School Advisory Council (SAC) elections each spring. Commitment is one (1) year. Contact Amy today at  carlisleptopresident@gmail.com to learn more. Come join the fun! 


    Room Parents Needed => Submit your interest by June 22 

    Consider becoming a Room Parent Volunteer for your child’s classroom and help organize volunteers, meet other parents and more.  For more information and to submit your interest, email Heather at CarlislePTORoomParents@gmail.com


    Lunch/Recess & Library Volunteers

    We're building our list of volunteers for next year, click here to fill out our Volunteer form today! 



    Other Items of Interest

    Gleason Public Library
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    At the Gleason Public Library

    Full summer reading calendar coming soon, including performers for all ages and craft activities (supported by the Friends of Gleason Public Library)! Visit gleasonlibrary.org or call 978-369-4898 for more information on all library programs. June’s summer reading events:

    Summer Reading Kick-Off Party:
    Thursday, June 28, 4:30-5:45 pm
    Kick off summer at the library with some activities and games. After, make your way to the Library Lawn to watch the Little Red Wagon Theatre Troupe!

    Little Red Wagon Theatre Troupe’s "Through the Door: A Journey Through Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm"
    Thursday, June 28, 6pm on the Library Lawn (First Religious Society in case of rain)
    Each time the door opens, a new story begins. Follow the characters from all of the fairy tales you know and love, and perhaps a couple you don't. Most are reimagined in ways you wouldn't expect. The final product is a fast-paced play sure to enchant!

    Reading Raffle: For Children Entering Grades 1-8
    Saturday, June 30 – Saturday, August 4
    Stop by the library to log your reading for the summer. Each book you read will get you a chance to win one of our prize baskets! Winners will be drawn on Monday, August 6, and will be announced at the End of Summer Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 7. If winners are not present, they will be contacted by library staff. This activity is for children in rising grades 1-8.

    Book Bingo and Blackout: For Children Entering Grades 1-8
    Saturday, June 30 – Saturday, August 25
    Read your way to a bingo and win a prize. Fill all the squares on your bingo card for a blackout and win a bigger prize! Pick up your bingo card from a staff member in the Children’s department. *Limit one bingo and blackout per child. This activity is for children in rising grades 1-8.

    Other Library Programs

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally), by Dan Santat, meeting Tuesday, June 19, 4 pm. Registration full; contact Nicole at nclaire@gleasonlibrary.org for more information.

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: The Lemonade War, by Jacqueline Davies, meeting Thursday, June 14, 4 pm. Contact Tahleen at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org for more information or to register.

    Museum Passes
    Looking for fun summer activities? The Gleason has free/discount passes to 25 area museums, parks, and other attractions – visit gleasonlibrary.org/museum_passes for more information and to reserve passes now. Our newest addition is the Worcester Art Museum.




    Another Great Year!

    CKH is offering childcare to our school age population on Thu. June 28th and Fri., June 29th to those families who need care before summer camps start on July 2nd. Registration forms are available on our web page and at CKH! Summer care is available from July 2nd to Aug. 24th.

    We are currently registering for the 2018/2019 school year. 

    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 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 


    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   


    Call for information:

    Angela Smith

    Carlisle Council on Aging Outreach Coordinator & Program Manager

    66 Westford Street

    Carlisle, MA 01741




    Many kids, many bikes, one mission: cure cancer. Kids of all ages find fun, camaraderie, and inspiration in bringing us closer by the mile.

    Join us for the PMC Kids Ride on Sunday, June 17th from 8:30am - 12pm at Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord.  

    Kids ages 5 to 15 are invited to ride either a 1, 4, 8 or 12 mile route to support the Jimmy Fund and the goal to conquer cancer.  There will be a separate 1/4 - 1/2 mile Jr. Ride for riders with training wheels and those under 5. Celebrate at the finish line with delicious food, music, games and activities. 

    To register, volunteer or donate, go to kids.pmc.org/concord. Help us make a difference in the fight against cancer!


    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 Beginning Harmony Singing for Acoustic Musicians

    Ever want to sing the harmony along with a group or band but don’t know how?  Join us this summer for the Beginning Harmony Singing for Acoustic Musicians class on seven Thursdays during the summer. For one hour, 7 -8:00 pm, you’ll be harmonizing by ear on any song. Learn two core skills—how to determine harmonies and to teach yourself to sing harmonies using your instrument as a guide. Have fun with singing familiar folk, country, and bluegrass vocal tunes. There are no prerequisite songs, and you don't need to be able to read music or play lead.

    The Harmony Singing class is open to all acoustic instruments, all levels - both rhythm and lead players. We’ll have you singing harmony naturally and intuitively! Check the Concord Conservatory website for details.

    CCM is also offering summer guitar workshops for both kids and adults who want to take their playing up a level. Each workshop will allow the musician to learn new techniques, master chords and songs, and experience playing a variety of genres—all in a fun group setting. 2018 CCM summer guitar workshops include:

    CCM Guitar Workshop during the week of July 16-20 from 9 – 12:00 pm for ages 8 through 13 is for those with only one year of guitar experience. Students will delve into technique and theory through blues, jazz, pop, and folk music and will come together and learn a new repertoire in an ensemble setting.

    All Together Now, Kids during the week of July 16-20 from 1 – 2:30 pm is the perfect summer experience for guitarists who have at least six months experience and are entering grades 6 through 9. The budding guitar players will have the opportunity to get a handle on chords and play songs in the round. We will play songs from a variety of American popular genres, including folk, blues, roots rock, indie genres, and more.

    Teenagers and adults, with at least 6 months experience, can also join a summer guitar class on Tuesday evenings in July from 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm (starting July 10th). All Together Now, Adults will offer an experience to those who want to propel their level of guitar playing to the next level—in an entertaining, cool, and social environment.

    For details on Beginning Harmony Singing for Acoustic Musicians and the Summer Guitar Workshops, or to schedule summer private lessons, 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.

    Concord Conservatory of Music presents Summer Saxophone and Woodwind Ensemble

    Summer is the perfect time to take your playing to the next level. Join students, entering grades 6 – 9, in a Saxophone and Woodwind Ensemble this summer and play jazz, and rock, pop as well as classical music. Groups of no more than five students will form ensembles according to their skill levels. Students will also receive coaching on the art of improvisation. 

    Playing in a small ensemble lends itself to receiving individual attention from the instructor and strengthens one’s skills and music knowledge. It also teaches how to play with a group and communicate with its members, so they can produce great melodious, rhythmic, and energetic music together. The ensemble enriches practicing experiences by providing musical conversations and camaraderie.

    Saxophone, clarinet, flute, and other woodwind players welcome. Family and friends are invited to a final concert each group performs. The Ensemble will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays for two monthly summer sessions. Student placement is determined by ability: Group I at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm and Group II at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.

    For details on Summer Saxophone and Woodwind Ensemble and other summer offerings, or to set up summer private lessons, 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.

    About CCM
    Founded in 2005, the Concord Conservatory of Music is an energetic community of people who are deepening their involvement in music education. Each year, CCM opens its doors to more than 430 students, offering programming for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. As a non-profit school, CCM serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM offers a full curriculum that includes private instruction, group classes, and performance opportunities.

    Contact: Susan Seger

    978-369-0010 / sseger@ConcordConservatory.org

    Callen Tennis - Fall 2018 Registration 

    Registration for the Callen Tennis Fall 2018 tennis programs will open up at 7:00AM on June 4th and run through June 18th.As always, registration is on a first come, first serve basis so please be sure to register early. To register, please visit our online registration form: https://bit.ly/2rNdEv7. Upon receipt of your registration, you will receive notification from us that your child has a spot and payment will be due within 48 hours. Please note any registrations done online prior to June 4th cannot be accepted. 

    Red Ball: Thursdays - 4:30-5:15PM (45 minutes) for 8 weeks starting September 13th. The fee is $200. 

    Orange Ball: Thursdays 4:30-5:45PM (1 hour, 15 minutes)  for 8 weeks starting September 13th. The fee is $280. 

    Please note Callen Tennis does not provide transportation to the CCHS tennis courts after school. 

    Middle School: Mondays and Thursdays 3:00-4:30PM (2 days/week for 1.5 hours) for 8 weeks starting September 6th (runs through 11/1- no class 10/8)*. Match Play dates TBD (possibly 2). The fee is $585 ($560 plus $25 registration fee). Please note that Callen Tennis does not provide bus service from Carlisle to the CCHS tennis courts.  Students will need to be picked up at the CCHS courts at 4:30PM.

    *no class 10/8 due to Columbus Day.

    For more information please visit http://www.facebook.com/callentennis or email us at callentennis@yahoo.com.

    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.

    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/


    Lace up your running shoes! It’s time for the 10th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic on Thursday, June 7 at Emerson Field in Concord. Run the 1-mile race in your age category, try the first-timer’s mile, gather a team for the friends & family 4 x 400 relay, or just cheer on the other racers. Community races start at 4:30 and elite races featuring several Olympic medalists and national record-holders  start at 6:30. All funds raised benefit the Adrian Martinez Scholarship Fund, which supports the college aspirations of CCHS students, and the CCHS Track & Field/Cross Country Program. Register at http://www.martinezclassic.com/services

    Students Needed for Carlisle Old Home Day Arts and Crafts Show

    Attention all artistically motivated Carlisle students - the Carlisle Old Home Day (OHD) Arts and Crafts Show needs you!  Gather together (or start) your paintings, watercolors, pictures, craft pieces, sculptures or any artistic works that you create!  Entries to the Carlisle OHD Arts and Craft Show will be accepted with a $1 entry fee on Friday, June 22 from 2:00 to 6:00pm at the First Religious Society (FRS) Church in Carlisle.  Please visit our website at http://www.carlisleohd.org for more information, or check us out on facebook, twitter or instagram for updates!

    Concord Youth Theatre 

    Concord Youth Theatre is offering Summer Theater Classes for young people ages 4 through grade 8 at their 358 Baker Avenue facility. Complete information including workshop dates, age groupings, tuition and registration form is available on the website at www.concordyouththeatre.org, or call (978) 371-1482 for more information. CLICK HERE to print the form to enroll your child in a class.

    Concord Youth Theatre will be holding auditions for its Young Adult Company Summer Shows on Monday, June 4th and Tuesday, June 5th. This performance company is open to young people entering grade 9 through college. To sign up for an audition go to  http://bit.ly/summeraudition. This summer the company will be performing three shows, which will include two straight shows (The Big Eleven, written by Steven LaConte  & Removing the Glove, written by Clarence Coo Young) and one musical (Urinetown, inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill). All actors who audition will have the opportunity to be cast in either of the two straight shows and/or the musical. If you cannot participate in either the straight show or musical, please email Concord Youth Theatre prior to auditioning. More information can be found at www.concordyouththeatre.org

    Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer

    Registration is open for CCYS fall 2018 Travel and Intown Soccer. The travel registration deadline for Grades 3-8 is June 20th.  The Intown deadline is July 20.  More info can be found at: http://www.ccysoccer.org.

    CCYS will be holding tryouts for its newly launched CCFA (Concord-Carlisle Football Academy) On June 4June 7June 11 & June 14th. CCFA is a soccer academy that houses the CCYS club program and premier skills clinics. CCFA provides Concord-Carlisle soccer players with continued individual player development through professional coaching and high level team play. CCFA is a supplement to, not replacement for, CCYS Travel Soccer. CCFA teams play in the NSL (Northeast Soccer League) and are made up of CCYS Travel players. Roster placement on teams are available to only a limited number of committed soccer players. Tryouts will be held in June. CCFA teams will play fall and spring with two practices and one game per week on Sunday. Players will be required to attend their Travel practices and Saturday Travel games. This will entail a total of five days of commitment per week. CCFA is for boys and girls current 4th grade (2007/2008), roster size 13 with 5 practice players per team & boys and girls from birth years (2005/2006), roster size 15 with 5 practice players per team.  Register here for tryouts. Go to http://www.ccysoccer.org for more information. 

  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in September, 2018. Please email your submissions to Nancy Anderson at nanderson@carlisle.k12.ma.us by August 27 at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file.