November 2018
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     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle Families,

    It has been a beautiful fall to date, and Halloween was amazing, as it always is in Carlisle.  I was pleased that we made it through October without any school cancellations, and I hope that our preparedness with the Husky Home Day Learning pilot program will keep those cancellations at bay for quite some time.  I appreciate all of the time and energy our team of parents, teachers and administrators have put into coordinating the program, which is designed to help us avoid extending the school year too far into June.  You can use this link https://sites.google.com/carlisle.k12.ma.us/husky-home-day/home to access information about the HHDL program as well as student assignments on any cancellation day.

    November weather may not be predictable, but other November traditions can be relied upon such as the school budget process, Veteran’s Day and the Thanksgiving Holiday. The collaborative work of developing a school budget begins in late September and builds to the formal budget presentation to the School Committee which will take place this year at the November 14 meeting.  School will be closed on Monday, November 12 in observation of Veteran’s Day.  This year we are all looking forward to the Carlisle Poppy Display, a community art installation remembering the centenary of the end of World War One.  Look for the installation in the town center through November 15.  November is also the time for one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving.  I think we would all benefit by surrounding ourselves with more gratitude in our lives, and Thanksgiving reminds us to be thankful for all we have, regardless of the challenges and struggles we also face.  Personally, I feel quite fortunate to work in such a wonderful school community such as we have here in Carlisle.  We have an incredibly caring and hard-working faculty and staff, supportive and engaged parents and community members, and kind and inquisitive students.  I count these blessings among the many things for which I am thankful, and I wish each of you a joyful November and a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Warm regards,



  • School Events and Information

    School Calendar

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

    Please click below to see the November Lunch Menu:

    November Lunch Menu

    School Picture Retakes

    Photographers from Lifetouch National School Studios will return to Carlisle on Friday, December 7th to retake school pictures. If your child was absent on the original picture day, or if you are not satisfied with the pictures you received, please call the school's main office at (978) 369-6550 to schedule a retake for your child/ren. Please note that on the retake day, your child must bring either the completed order form with payment enclosed (if it is a case of absence) or the entire picture packet, except for the classroom group picture, (if it is a case of dissatisfaction). Picture retakes will be done in the Corey Dining Room. Thank you.

    Kindergarten - Fall 2019
    Do you have a child who is eligible for kindergarten in the fall of 2019? We want to hear from you! We are beginning to plan for the 2019/2020 school year and want to be certain to include all eligible children. To receive a kindergarten postcard, please contact Amy Smack, Registrar, at 978-369-6550 extension 4101 or asmack@carlisle.k12.ma.us

    INTRAMURAL  BASKETBALL FOR 4TH – 6th Grade Students

    DATES:   October 30th, November 1, 5, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15

    TIMES:  AFTER SCHOOL FROM 3:05 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.




    ******Program is contingent on sufficient funding/student participation.


    Save the Date! Concert to benefit the new CPS Performing Arts Studio Thursday November 29th 7pm Corey Auditorium

    Directed by Kevin Maier, CPS Director of Bands

    Tickets starting at $10 Brought to you by the Carlisle Education Foundation

    Back Up Plans

    Please make sure you have back up plans that your child is aware of, should after school activities suddenly be cancelled. During cancellations or emergencies, the Main Office phones are usually busy and not available to call home or relay messages. Please go over with your child ahead of time on what they should do in case their activity is cancelled. 

    School Committee Monthly Buzz Postings

    Would you like to receive the School Committee agenda and support documents (AKA Meeting Packet) automatically each month - in your email?  Then you should sign up here, http://lists.carlisle.k12.ma.us/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/schoolcommittee.  It only takes a few minutes to sign up!  Meeting packets are typically distributed 24 hours prior to the upcoming meeting.


    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
    The Buzz will be published at the beginning of each month during the school year.  Please click here to review submission deadlines for each issue.  Please add our website to your favorites/bookmarks and make it a practice to check the website for calendar and other updates:  https://www.carlisle.k12.ma.us.  



    Carlisle PTO


    PTO Gift Card Sale To Launch On November 5th!!
    The PTO is happy to announce the launch of our much-anticipated 2018 Gift Card Sale Fundraiser, starting on November 5!  From babysitters, to bus drivers, from cousins, to choral teachers, and from grandmothers, to maybe even Grinches....gift cards are perfect for everyone on your shopping list. And purchasing them will definitely make your life easier. Depending on the gift card, 1.5-20% of the card value purchased comes back to our PTOMore than 250 retailers are represented in this sale. You're sure to find the best gift card for all of those on your holiday list, birthday list, or any other list! Even purchase gift cards for yourself so that you are supporting the PTO while getting your shopping done!  It's easiest to order online at www.scripzone.com or print a form from the PTO website starting November 5. Flyers will also come home with your children. Check those backpacks!  Deadline: Completed order forms/checks need to be given to your children's teachers and online orders placed by Dec 10. Please contact Rebecca Bromark with any questions, at CarlislePTOGiftCards@gmail.com 


    Life in 1624 Plymouth Colony Colonial Visit

    On Wednesday, November 28th first grade students will learn about the past from someone from the past! A Plimoth Plantation Colonial Visitor will dress like a Pilgrim, but speak to the students from a modern perspective. The Colonial Visitor will wear accurate reproduction Pilgrim clothing and will arrive with a variety of objects from colonial daily life. 

    In this program, the Colonial Visitor will begin by introducing students to colonial artifacts and clothing, inviting comparisons to their own household objects and wardrobes in the present day. 

    During the second half of the program, students will rotate through a series of “Pilgrim Life” play stations in small groups. 

    This program is sponsored by the Carlisle PTO. Your Carlisle PTO membership and support of PTO fundraising efforts fund curriculum enrichment programs like this one – Thank you!


    Help Create PTO Revenue While Recycling Unwanted Textiles!

    The PTO is excited to announce a new program that will permanently help fund important school activities, such as Curriculum Enrichment programs and Faculty & Staff Grants. The PTO has partnered with a MA-based organization, Bay State Textiles, to collect donated textiles that are weighed and then rebates are issued to the PTO based on weight. Ninety-five percent of donations to our bins will be reused or recycled, a mere 5% will end up in landfills!

    The collection box is placed as a solution to the problem of unwanted textiles.

    In MA alone, 520 MILLION pounds of unwanted textiles end up in our waste stream, of which 95% can actually be reused/recycled. The country as a whole is only recycling 15% of unwanted textiles.

    Locations of 2 collection boxes:

    1. CPS, next to Corey Gym entrance, available 24/7, 365 days/year
    2. Transfer Station, available during regular hours of operation.

    Bay State Textiles accepts clothing, any footwear, stuffed animals, household linens, and pocketbooks in ANY condition as long as they are not wet or contaminated with hazardous material. Visit baystatetextiles.com for a list of acceptable items.

    Items not accepted include: Mattresses, Couch Cushions, Lawn Furniture Cushions, Foam Products (mattress pads, etc.), Carpet Remnants, and Rugs (larger than 2’x4’).

    Important note:  All donations must be clean, dry & bagged.

    Collecting unwanted clothing, shoes and linens creates economic opportunity all over the world. Bay State Textiles employs MA residents, contracts with local vendors for supplies, and exports the material throughout the global market. As the material is shipped to graders, the usable items are resold creating jobs and economic benefit for those wanting to purchase inexpensive clothing. Additional jobs are created in the wiping cloth and fiber conversion industry.

    Now is the time to clean out your closet and donate unwanted textiles!

    Our PTO thanks you!


    PTO Contributions

    December 31st is quickly approaching! Make your contribution before the end of the year. Contributions are fully tax-deductible and can be matched, doubled or even tripled by most employers.

    We invite all parents of Carlisle Public School children to make an annual contribution to the PTO. Our goal each year is to achieve 100% family participation. Currently, we only have 31% participation. Your financial support at this level is crucial, as parent contributions comprise a large percentage of our annual fundraising efforts. Once you enroll, your membership will be active now through July 31.

    Your Contributions directly supports school Community EventsFaculty & Staff grants and Curriculum Enrichment.

    Without your help, we will not be able to fully fund these initiatives which are a part of your children’s experience at CPS.

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    We have suggested contributions for your consideration:  

    • Husky Contribution $40.00 
    • Den Contribution $75.00
    • Pack Leader Contribution $100.00
    • Or choose your own amount!

    Don’t miss out! Sign up here today!

    Each Contribution of $40 or more includes secure access to the online Husky Directory for your household.

    Please contact our coordinator at CarlislePTOMembership@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you for your support!


    Husky Directory

     My School Anywhere

    Our PTO subscribes to the MySchoolAnywhere service for our family and faculty directories, online store, and more. It's secure and easy to use. If you haven't registered to be listed in our Husky Directory, please go to the site below, enter our school's code and follows the steps to include your family. You can specify what information you'd like to appear in the directory - or choose not to appear at all. 

    Returning Families - If you're already registered to be listed, you do not need to register again to be listed. You can update your family’s information as needed.

    Register at join.myschoolanywhere.com
    Invitation Code: CarlisleHusky

    PTO Contributors are granted exclusive access to the online Husky Directory. Once you have made an annual contribution of $40 or more, you'll receive an email with login credentials and instructions to access the system.

    Questions? Contact our coordinator at CarlislePTOMembership@gmail.com

     App Store

    Google Play

    Install the Free app! PTO Contributors: After you get your login information, download the app by searching for MySchoolAnywhere in the iTunes App Store or Google Play. The app allows you to access our directory, manage your family information, purchase in our store and signup for volunteer activities all from your phone!


    Husky Parents' Holiday Party

    No matter what you celebrate, let's celebrate together!

    $25 Per Person - Cash Bar

    When: December 7, 2018, 7pm - 10pm

    Where: Chang An Restaurant

    10 Concord Crossing, Concord MA

    $25 Per Person ~ Cash Bar

    To RSVP & Purchase Your Ticket, go to:


    PTO Holiday Party Flyer  


    Other Items of Interest

    Gleason Public Library
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    Visit gleasonlibrary.org or call 978-369-4898 for more information on all library programs.


    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach
    Tuesday, November 20 | 4 p.m.
    Registration required; contact Nicole Claire at nclaire@gleasonlibrary.org

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
    Thursday, November 8 | 4 p.m.
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org

    Sing To Your Baby with Miss Julie (Ages 0 - 5, or Preschool and Younger)
    Thursday, November 15 | 10:30 a.m.
    Sing to Your Baby is an interactive music program for caregivers with young children who are preschool-aged and younger. Miss Julie leads a sing-along of favorite children's songs accompanied on the ukulele. Shakers, bells and other instruments are provided for a hands-on music and rhythm experience. Best suited for ages 0 to 5 years old with their caregivers.

    Space in this program is for up to 20 children, so please sign up in advance by calling the library at 978-369-4898 or at gleasonlibrary.org/calendar



    Middle School Make & Take
    Friday, November 9 | 2:45 p.m.
    This craft is for anyone in grades 5-8. Supplies are limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Henna Alchemy! (Grades 5-8)
    Friday, November 16 | 2:45 p.m.
    Learn how to make your own henna cones and get your own henna tattoo to show off during Thanksgiving break! Registration is required as there is limited space. Register online or call the library at 978-369-4898. For more information, contact Tahleen at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org.

    5th and 6th Grade Book Club: Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
    Wednesday, November 14 | 5 p.m.
    Contact: Tahleen Shamlian, tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org


    The Future of the Free Press (FOGPL Annual Meeting and Author Talk) 
    Tuesday, November 13 | 7 p.m.
    Dan Kennedy, author and panelist on WGBH’s Beat the Press, will speak about the future of the free press and his new book, Return of the Moguls, at the Gleason Library on Tuesday, November 13, at 7 p.m. The Return of the Moguls examines how Jeff Bezos, John Henry, and other wealthy entrepreneurs are working to remake the struggling newspaper business.

    This is also part of the Friends of the Gleason Library’s Annual Meeting, so registration is required to reserve your seat. Call the library at 978-369-4898 or visit gleasonlibrary.org/calendar


    Wishing everyone and their families a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    November Special days ~

    CKH is open on Nov. 6th Professional Day and we offer care for school age children from 7:30 – 6:15.

    We also offer care on Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 12th.

    Registrations forms for both days available.

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

    Website: http://carlislekidshouse.org

    Carlisle Council on Aging   

    Replanting Lives Uprooted by Mental Illness: Support for Families

    Nov. 13 & Dec. 11, 10:30am, New England Center for Healthy Minds, Acton

    Replanting Lives is a support group for individuals uprooted by the mental illness/brain disorder of a loved one. Participants receive insight/feedback in order to help practice new behaviors that enhance their lives/relationships and support the recovery of their loved one. Each FREE session is led by Mara Briere, MA, CFLE and Susan Costa, a Family Life Educator. No registration. Folks of any age/town welcomed. New Location – please join us at the New England Center for Healthy Minds, 289 Great Road, Acton.


    Public Health


    Do you have questions about:

                                         blood pressure or body mass index

                                        tick-borne diseases

                                        nutrition and fitness


                                        a new baby

                                        chronic disease management

                                        current health trends

                                        mental health management

    Come meet our new Public Health Nurse, Tricia McGean of Emerson Hospital Home Care!

    Residents of all ages are welcome to come to our Ask a Nurse sessions which will be held on the third Monday of each month. Upcoming sessions are Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, 11:00-12:00 in the Nickles Room at Town Hall. Some dates will be adjusted to accommodate holidays. Check the Mosquito calendar.

    The sessions are not intended to diagnose or treat new illnesses. Ask a Nurse is funded by CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey and Winchester Hospitals. 

    No appointment is necessary. We look forward to meeting you!


    Carlisle Intergenerational Road Race

    COA Road Race


    Monday, November 12, 2018

    Free T-shirts while supplies last!

    1-mile race starts at 9 a.m.     5K race starts at 9:45 a.m.

    Cost: 5K - 19 & under, 60 & over, veterans $25 Pre ($30 race day); all others $30 Pre ($35 race day)

    One Mile - 19 & under, 60 & over, veterans $15 Pre ($25 race day); all others $20 Pre ($25 race day)

    Register at: www.lightboxreg.com until 7 p.m. 11/10 or register on day of race at FRS

    Courses: Both races start and end at the entrance to senior housing on Church Street. A detailed description is available on www.lightboxreg.com

    Awards: Top-3 overall (M & F) and top-3 by the following age groups in both races:  10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19,20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+   

    Early Packet Pickup

    Avoid lines on race day, early packet pickup will be held at Marx Running & Fitness Center (423C Great Rd. Acton MA 01720) starting Wednesday 11/7 through Sunday 11/11 from 12PM to 5PM

    Pick up race numbers and T-shirts at FRS starting at 8 a.m. on race day


     Effective Charitable Giving 

    “Effective Charitable Giving”

    Thursday, November 8, 2018

    7:00 – 8:30 pm

    Gleason Public Library – Hollis Room

    Want to leave a legacy for generations to come?  The Spencer Brook Legacy Society of the Carlisle Conservation Foundation invites you to a discussion of the best strategies for making charitable gifts, with David C. Guarino, Esq., of McLaughlinQuinn LLC, and Kelly J. Guarino, Esq. of Fiduciary Trust Company.  Understand the impact of the new tax law on charitable deductions.  Learn how to use gift bunching, IRAs and donor advised funds for effective charitable giving.  Ask questions about planned giving and estate planning.  Learn how you can support CCF through the Spencer Brook Legacy Society.  Light refreshments will be served.  All are welcome.  For more information visit www.carlisleconservationfoundation.org. 

    CCACE invites you to our Fall “Can We Talk” session, The Defamation Experience, on November 7th at 7:00 pm. 

    The Defamation Experience is a touring play that uses a courtroom drama to provide an opportunity for safe, open, honest and meaningful conversations around race, class, religion, gender, and the law. It allows the community to talk about how the language we use shapes the way we see one another. This interactive experience is appropriate for everyone ages 13-113 so bring your family!

    The premise is a civil suit: An African American female business owner is suing a male Jewish real estate developer for defamation. The woman was invited to the home of the man for a potential business project. After the meeting, the developer realized that his family heirloom watch was gone.

    After the 75-min dramatic testimony, the judge tells the audience they are going to be the jury. A first poll is taken. The choices are for the plaintiff, the defendant, or undecided. The tally is announced and the judge then leads a deliberation. The audience is invited to stay for a post-show discussion.

    Tickets are limited so click here or call 978-318-1432 to purchase yours today!

    The CCYH Learn to Skate and Mosquitos (Learn to Play Hockey) programs are now open for registration. Both programs are held at the Middlesex School in Concord from mid-November through the end of February. Learn to Skate sessions are held Saturday mornings and Mosquitos sessions are held Saturday and Sunday mornings. Please visit www.ccyh.org for more information and to register.

  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in early December, 2018. Please email your submissions to Nancy Anderson at nanderson@carlisle.k12.ma.us by November 26th at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file.