December 2018
     Buzz photo Holiday Husky  

     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle Families,

    December is upon us and winter almost here; and energy levels throughout the school are elevated by this festive season.  December is always an exciting time in Carlisle and this year we have a few additional treats in store.

    December is prime time for school performances starting with our 4th and 5th grade Band and Chorus performances for our elementary students on December 4th during school, followed by an evening performance of these groups on Thursday, December 6th.  Then on December 11th, the Middle School Bands and Choruses will perform for our middle school students during the day with an evening performance featuring the Jazz Band, Advanced Choir, Pop Choir, and Middle School Chorus taking place on December 13th.  There is a new addition to our traditional December playbill with the inclusion of an evening of drama performances on Friday, December 14th being hosted by our new Drama Club.  We hope you will be able to make it out to attend some or all of these performances to support our students.

    In addition to our student performances this month, we will also be welcoming a number of guest presenters and programs to Carlisle.  On Monday December 3rd our Second Graders were visited by the Mass Audubon Adaptable Animals Program and then on Friday, December 7th our Kindergarten students will experience the Wingmasters presentation, which features multiple owls and other interesting birds.  Then on Thursday, December 13th our Sixth Graders will be visited by author Rob Buyea, who is best known for his Mr. Terupt series of novels.  I want to thank the Curriculum Enrichment Committee of the Carlisle PTO for making these special presentations possible for our students.

    In the middle of all of this activity we do have an early release day on Tuesday, December 11 and no school on Wednesday, December 12 for Parent/Teacher Conferences.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s experience here in school, I encourage you to reach out to the classroom teachers and set up a time to talk with them.

    I am pleased by the fact that we have not had a “snow day” to date, and with no intention of trying to jinx this good fortune, I do want to remind everyone that if and when we do have our first snow day, we will be employing our Husky Home Day Learning plan, which we have discussed previously.  As a reminder, information regarding the HHDL program can be found on the Carlisle School home page under Quick Links on the left.

    I hope you all have the opportunity to enjoy this festive season with family and friends.

    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 December Lunch Menu:

    December 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.

    2nd and 5th Grade Buddies Pajama Drive

    The second and fifth grade buddies would like to invite you to join them in our community service project.  This is the Carlisle School’s ninth year of donating warm pajamas to children in need.  Last year we collected  more than 200 pairs of pajamas!  Please consider donating one pair (or more) of brand-new pajamas to the Pajama Drive Boxes located at the entrances of the Spalding and Robbin’s Buildings, and the 2nd and 5th grade hallways, by Wednesday, December 13th.  These new pajamas will be paired with a donated book from Scholastic Book Club and distributed to children in our local shelters.

    Here are some guidelines for the pajamas:

    *  Pajamas must be brand-new.

    *  Pajamas in all sizes are needed—from newborn to adult.

    *  Pajamas must be in complete sets or nightgowns.

    *  Pajamas in children’s sizes must be manufactured as pajamas—

       this ensures that they are flame-retardant and safe.

    Thank you for helping us provide a Loving Bedtime, A Peaceful Good Night, and a Positive Good Day!  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Vanaria at lvanaria@carlisle.k12.ma.us

    Your second and fifth grade friends in,

    Mrs. Caron’s, Mrs. Gilchrist’s, Mrs. Katz’s, Mrs. Vanaria’s, and

    Mrs. Denaro’s, Mrs. Gleason’s, Mr. Naroff’s and Ms.Putnam’s classes

    PS:  You can find out more about the drive and the program at: http://pajamaprogram.org/ourwork/

    STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Teachers Needed

    The Carlisle School will be offering afterschool classes as part of our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) program.  If you have conducted a class in past years or would like to offer a class for the first time, please email Dr. Sidell at dsidell@carlisle.k12.ma.us with your contact information and a description of the class you would like to run by Friday, December 14th.  Classes typically run once a week for four to eight weeks.  Classes will begin the third or fourth week in January.  If you have any questions, please direct them to Dr. Sidell.

    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

    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

    After minutes are approved at the School Committee meeting, they're posted on the CPS website, usually within a day or two. You will find the most recent minutes here, https://www.carlisle.k12.ma.us/Page/523, as well as a archive of previous meeting minutes.


    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


    On Thursday, December 13 the PTO Cultural Enrichment Committee will be sponsoring Rob Buyea's sixth grade author visit. Rob Buyea, a former teacher, is the author of the Because of Mr. Terupt series and the newly published books, The Perfect Score and The Perfect Secret.  The third book in this new series, The Perfect Star, is forth coming. Rob will be speaking to sixth graders in the library from 9:25- 10:25. 

    Bay State Textiles – December Update

    Will the holidays bring MORE stuffed animals into your home? Have you left stuffies at the swap shed, only to have your own child retrieve them? If you need to make room for new stuffed toys and such, you are encouraged to safely donate any unwanted stuffed animals into our Bay State Textiles donation bins. Make sure they’re clean and dry, and place in a garbage bag and tie it. Stuffed animals are just the beginning – you may donate any clothing, footwear, or household textiles. Now there are two collection bins at the Carlisle Public School – conveniently located near the gym entrance, available for your items any day of the week. Our community’s generosity has been fantastic thus far, and we hope the additional bins will allow for even more donations. And, there are now two collection bins also at the Carlisle Transfer Station, available during regular hours. Thanks for supporting our PTO while you declutter!

    Please visit the Bay State Textiles website for a list of acceptable items for donation: http://www.baystatetextiles.com/acceptable-items, and keep in mind, “If you can wear it, Bay State Textiles accepts it.”


           Book Fair

           SAVE THE DATES !

           PTO book fair is back on April 8th to April 12th 2019

           Gift certificates are now available for purchase.

           Great gift for birthdays and holidays for students and teachers!

           Go online www.carlislemapto.org

    Book Fair


    Dear Carlisle Parents,     

    * Want to make your holiday shopping easier with gift cards? *

    * Like to support our PTO throughout 2019 while you shop at Amazon, Starbucks, Walgreens or any one of the hundreds of participating retailers? *   

    Now is the time to stock up on gift cards!

    PTO Gift Card Sale is ON:  Hurry, ends December 10th!

    The PTO is happy to announce that our much-anticipated 2018 Gift Card Sale Fundraiser is currently running!  

    BUY GIFT CARDS FOR OTHERS:  From babysitters, to bus drivers, from cousins, to choral teachers, and from grandmothers, to maybe even Grinches.... giftcards are perfect for everyone on your shopping list. 

    BUY GIFT CARDS FOR YOURSELF:  More than 250 retailers are represented in this sale. Purchase gift cards for yourself so that while you get shopping done in 2019, you know you are supporting the PTO! 

    Think: Home Goods, CVS, gas stations, and even date nights at AMC Loews Theaters! 

    Depending on the gift card, 1.5% - 20% of the card value purchased comes back to our PTO. You're sure to find the best gift card for all of those on your holiday list, birthday list, or your own shopping lists! 

    2 WAYS TO ORDER GIFT CARDS:  Online and Printed Order Form

    1) ONLINE    at www.scripzone.com  (Group ID: "CarlislePTO", no spaces) - requires account set up (takes up to a day) prior to placing an order. The ScripZone website (aka the gift card vendor) is currently under construction. To order online, you must first register on the site up to a day/ few hours prior to placing your order. Then you may pay by credit card or bank account.

    2) PRINTED ORDER FORM     Print form below or off the PTO website at http://www.carlislemapto.org/

    Click here to find out more and to print your order form.


    Other Items of Interest

    Gleason Public Library
     Gleason      ckh logo  

    Visit gleasonlibrary.org or call 978-369-4898 to register for events or for more information on all library programs.

    Elementary and Younger:

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins
    Tuesday, December 18, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Nicole Claire at nclaire@gleasonlibrary.org

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements
    Thursday, December 13, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org

    5th Annual Polar Express Pajama Story Time
    Friday, December 14, 7 pm
    Get in your PJs and climb aboard the Polar Express for a special after-hours story time at the Gleason Public Library. Miss Nicole will read the holiday favorite, and there will also be activities and crafts, including a visit from a very special conductor. Snacks and hot chocolate will be served. Space is limited, and registration is required; please include yourself in your count so we are best able to prepare. Believers of all ages are welcome!

    Gingerbread House Workshop
    Thursday, December 20, 6:30 pm
    Make your own gingerbread house with graham crackers, frosting, and candy! We will provide the materials, you provide the creativity! Registration is required. In the registration form, please include everyone attending in the "name" section instead of registering children separately, as we are allowing only one house per family due to limited supplies.

    For Middle School:

    Early Release Day Movie
    Tuesday, December 11, 1 pm
    Our favorite family of Supers returns for their next adventure for this month's movie. 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.

    5th and 6th Grade Book Club: Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
    Wednesday, December 19, 5 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org



    Happy Holidays! Wishing everyone joy and peace and a fun-filled holiday!

    CKH is open on Dec. 12th Professional Day and we offer care for school age children from 7:30 – 6:15.

    CKH is closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1st.

    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

    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. An upcoming session is on 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!

    Center for Parents and Teachers

    "Clearing Away the Smoke: How to Talk with Teens about Today's Marijuana"

    presented by Dr. Sion Harris,

    offered through the Center for Parents and Teachers. 

    Free and open to all.

    Tuesday, December 11th,

    7:30 PM Concord-Carlisle High School in auditorium

    Ever get stumped when trying to talk with your child about marijuana -- yet feel the urgency to give them good guidance -- especially since it has been legalized (for adults, anyway)?  Today's teens are exposed to a lot of misinformation on the Internet and social media. Come and learn the facts about today's marijuana and the risks for adolescents that are grounded in the latest scientific research. This will help you to have more confident and effective conversations about marijuana with your teen. 

    About our presenter:  Dr. Sion Kim Harris is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and the Director of the Boston Children's Hospital Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research.  Dr. Harris will give you the latest science on the teen brain and marijuana ... as well as share ways parents can speak with their children.  A parent herself, she is passionate about this issue and the health of our youth!  

    Offered in collaboration with the CCHS Parents Association.  To help our planning please preregister at:



    Contact: Patti Hartigan, 978-318-3997

    CCHS Theatre Presents Metamorphoses: An Age-Old Story of Love, Life, and Loss

    Concord-Carlisle High School Theatre proudly presents Mary Zimmerman's extraordinary ensemble piece, Metamorphoses.  Metamorphoses is a contemporary retelling of Ovid's beautiful mythic stories. It reminds us that as we journey through a life of love, loss, and change, the path we must choose again and again is the path of compassion, warmth, and kindness. Their story then is our story now.

    Performances of Metamorphoses are at the CCHS auditorium, 500 Walden Street in Concord on Dec. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketstage.com or at the door.

    Concord Conservatory of Music presents The Okee Dokee Brothers, a family concert on Saturday, March 9th, 2 pm at 51 Walden in Concord. Plan to bring your kids closer to nature through an afternoon of songs performed by this creative duo. As childhood friends growing up in Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their down-home and lively Americana Folk music. Tickets are $25 for premium seating and $15 for regular admission.

    Purchase tickets at:


    Registration is open for CCYS Winter and Spring soccer programs.

    Winter Futsal - The futsal program is coed and is open for boys and girls in grades 1-8. Sessions will be held on Friday nights at Sanborn, and late Sunday afternoons at the Carlisle gym. The Futsal Season runs from Friday, January 4 to Sunday, March 31. We will have sessions either side of February vacation. The program costs $125. Players can come on Fridays, Sundays, or both. Fridays: Grades 1- 4 from 6 - 7pm. Grades 5 - 8 from 7 - 8pm. Sundays: Grades 1 - 2 from 4 - 5pm. Grades 3 - 4 from 5 - 6pm. Grades 5-8 from 6 - 7pm.

    Winter Skills Clinics - We will offer two consecutive six-week sessions that begin in January (Session 1: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7; Session 2: February 14, 28 and March 7,14, 21 & 28). Cost is $150 per six-week session. Space is limited to 12 players per clinic. 2nd & 3rd Grade Boys’ & Girls Skills Clinics - Thursdays 6 – 7pm at Teamworks Acton. 4th & 5th Grade Boys & Girls’ Skills Clinics - Thursdays 7 – 8pm at Teamworks Acton.

    Spring Soccer

    CCYS Travel Soccer - Registration: open through January 4, 2019. Season runs from April 6 – June 15, 2019. For players in grades 3rd - 8th grade. Teams practice twice a week and play games on Saturdays. Games will NOT be held over the Memorial Day holiday.

    CCYS InTown Soccer - Registration: open through March 1, 2019. For players in Pre-K – 6. Season runs from April 27–June 15, 2019. Teams practice once a week and play games in Concord or Carlisle on either Saturday mornings or afternoons. Grades 5-6 divisions play games in Concord and Acton on Saturdays from April 6 – June 15, 2019. Games will be NOT held over the Memorial Day holiday.

    For more information go to www.ccysoccer.org

    Concord Youth Theatre Winter Mainstage Company Auditions – The Wizard of Oz

    Monday, December 3 & Wednesday, December 5 from 3:45-6 (you only need to attend one audition).

    Mainstage Company is open to young people grades 5 – 12 (4th graders may also audition IF they have performed in two Junior Company shows with CYT within the last year).

    Please go to www.concordyouththeatre.org for more information.

    CCHS Bands and Orchestra presents "PRISM": A non-stop musical kaleidoscope

    On Saturday, December 15th, "Prism" is showcasing the talented student musicians of the Concord Carlisle High School Band and Orchestra. A variety of musical styles and ensembles will be presented throughout the performing space, creating an interactive experience for the audience. You have never seen a concert like this!

    This benefit concert will help fund the Alfred W. Dentino Excellence in Music Fund. Proceeds will held fund:

    • All-District and All-State events
    • Private Lesson Scholarships
    • Clinicians and Guest Conductors
    • Japan 2019 Scholarship Fund

    The Prism Concert will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students/seniors.  Prism is held at the CCHS auditorium, 500 Walden Street in Concord.  Tickets are can be purchased online at: www.ticketstage.com



  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in early January, 2019. Please email your submissions to Nancy Anderson at nanderson@carlisle.k12.ma.us by December 19 at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file.