January 2019
     Buzz photo January Husky  

     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle Families,


    Happy New Year!

    I hope you and your family had the opportunity to enjoy the recent school vacation and are preparing for what I hope will be a wonderful 2019.  I was proud to see the charitable work our students were engaged in at the end of 2018; the 2nd and 5th grade Pajama Drive collected a record setting 220 pairs of pajamas for those in need, and our Early Act students raised over $700 during parent teacher conferences to support the Stella Rosie Foundation to help children in Uganda.  It was also enjoyable to see our student choral groups performing at the Council on Aging Holiday Luncheon.  It is always wonderful to see how vested our students are in maintaining the strong sense of community we enjoy here in Carlisle.  I want to thank all of our professional staff who work to make these service learning experiences available to our students, as we know how valuable these experiences are in the development of thoughtful and well-rounded individuals.

    Although it is only January, we will be beginning to speak with our 8th graders about their transition to high school.  I know that we have made strides this past year in making the transition as seamless and supportive as possible, and we hope to continue on this positive trajectory.  Over the next few months, we will be hosting a variety of presenters from CCHS as they visit to share information with our 8th graders.  We will also be sharing information directly with parents, and you can look forward to receiving information on the comprehensive process in its entirety in the next few weeks.

    Finally, it is important to note that our character trait for the month of January is Integrity.  Following your ethical and moral convictions and doing the right thing in all circumstances, even when no one is watching, is a virtue we can all aspire to; and like many other virtues, one which we can help our children and students develop through modeling. 

    I wish each of you peace and prosperity in the new year.


    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 January Lunch Menu:

    January Lunch Menu

    Please note that Tuesday, January 22 is an Early Release Day.

    CARLISLE CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL - February 2 from 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

            Year of the Pig  Girl

    Carlisle's award-winning CNY event returns to the Carlisle Public Schools on Saturday, February 2nd from 1:30 PM to 4 PM.* Journey into a world of Chinese arts, traditions and food, and enjoy performances by Carlisle students and residents.  All ages welcome.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and $20 per family.  Food sample tickets will be $2 per plate.  Contact CNYCARLISLE2019@GMAIL.COM for tickets or buy at the door while supplies last.  Your donations and support make this event possible.  Thank you.

    *In the case that the event is cancelled due to weather, the make-up date will be Saturday, February 9th.

    Chinese New Year Flyer

    Thursday, January 31, 2019- CCHS Curriculum Night for parents of 8th grade students in the CCHS auditorium

    6:00 p.m. Science department presentation

    7:00 p.m. Curriculum presentation 

    (snow date: Feb 5, 2019) 

    The STEAM Winter Brochure has been finalized.  To access it, please click on the link below. Thank you.

    STEAM Winter Brochure

    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

    Receive School Committee meeting announcements in your Facebook feed, simply like’ the School Committee Facebook page, ‘Carlisle School Committee 01741’.  Gentle reminder, due to Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, the  School Committee Facebook page does not offer the opportunity to comment or ask questions.  Please contact the School Committee directly at  schoolcommittee@carlisle.k12.ma.us. Thanks!


    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

    Special program sponsored by the PTO!

    The Curriculum Enrichment Committee of the PTO is pleased to welcome “Science Bob” as this year’s All School Assembly taking place on Wednesday, January 16!  Bob is a science teacher, author, maker, and presenter that knows how to share the world of science like never before. He is a regular guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Live With Kelly and Ryan, The Dr. Oz Show, and Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. His television appearances also include The Today Show, Hack My Life, Good Morning America, Home & Family and others.  Bob continues his work through presentations at events around the world including the USA Science & Engineering Festival, the World Science Festival,  The White House Science Fair, and Maker Faire events in the US, Rome, and Singapore.  Most importantly, Bob encourages parents and teachers to practice Random Acts of Science by providing instructions and videos for interactive science experiments on his web site.


    Parents, programs such as this are funded by your contributions to the PTO and we sincerely thank you for your continued support.

    PTO Curriculum Enrichment Committee

           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 students and teachers!

           Go online www.carlislemapto.org

    Book Fair


    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: The Show Must Go On! by Kate Klise
    Tuesday, January 15, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Nicole Claire at nclaire@gleasonlibrary.org

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
    Thursday, January 10, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org

    Origami Workshop
    Saturday, January 19, 2 pm, Grades 2-4
    Try a little folding in this 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! Registration required.

    Winter Preschool Story Time
    Thursdays, January 17-March 7, 1:15 pm, ages 3-6

    Story times encourage literacy skills and language development. Come to our preschool storytime where several picture books are read aloud, followed by a theme-related activity or craft. Pre-registration is required to ensure enough craft supplies for everyone. Registration opens on Monday, December 31. This program will be held on Thursdays at 1:15pm from January 17 to March 7. Best suited for ages 3-6.

    For Middle School:

    Early Release Day Movie
    Tuesday, January 22, 1 pm

    A young orphan is initiated into a world of magic and mayhem by his eccentric warlock uncle, then uses his newfound magical abilities to help defeat the forces of evil that threaten to destroy his new home. 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: Savvy by Ingrid Law
    Wednesday, January 23, 5 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org

    Middle School Make & Take: Snowglobes
    Friday, January 18, 2:45 pm

    Make a tiny snowglobe of your very own! Supplies will be limited to the first 12 people to attend. For grades 5-8.


    Happy New Year! After a nice break everyone is ready to get back to seeing their friends and sharing vacation stories. CKH is open during the public school vacation week and all students are eligible to register.

    CKH is closed Monday, Jan. 21 for the Martin Luther King holiday.

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

    Website: http://carlislekidshouse.org

    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:



    Concord Conservatory of Music

    Contact: Susan Seger




    Registration is Open for Concord Conservatory of Music’s Spring Group Classes

    Spring semester registration is now open. CCM offers classes suitable for all ages and diverse interests. The Concord Conservatory of Music presents an expanded list of group classes taught by world-class instructors. The CCM spring semester begins on Tuesday, January 15th. Our dedication to bringing the best in music education to our community continues.

    Enhance your child’s spring schedule with music. Group classes for young students help foster academic development, confidence, and music appreciation. Show your young child how much fun it is to learn an instrument. Excellent choices include the Group Keyboard class for 6 and 7-year-olds, Beginning Vocals, Young Vocals, and Uke for Kids.

    Leaning more towards the violin? The West Side String Program combines private lessons and group classes to create an immersive learning environment. Students develop skills in technique, music reading, solo performing, and ensemble participation with kids of their age and experience.

    We have groups for adults and teens, too. Group Guitar Level 1 is the beginner class to join now so you can be strumming at the campfire by this summer. For singers and experienced acoustic string musicians (at least 2-years’ experience), the new CCM Folk-Rock Ensemble will provide time to practice riffs, melodies, and band arrangements while jamming out great tunes. Bluegrass Soloing will have you playing solos confidently. Between Banjo Level 2, Hand Drumming, Group Adventures in Guitar & Mandolin Level 2, as well as jams, ukulele courses, string ensembles, and rock labs—there’s something for everyone at CCM.

    Already in a music group? Let CCM guide and coach your current band to take it to the next level. For details on any of the courses mentioned and the complete list of CCM offerings, or to set-up, 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.


    Concord Conservatory of Music Presents Mile Twelve – A Bluegrass Concert

    On Friday, February 8th at 7:30 pm, the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) presents Mile Twelve, a fresh, hard-driving young band walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. The performance is part of the 2018-2019 CCM Concert Series. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness and David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, “Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity.”

    Earning recognition and awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, Mile Twelve’s inventive and spirited music appeals to all age groups. Strong instrumentals and harmonies shine through whether they are performing their original tunes or their clever renditions of classic pop tunes, such as Elton John’s Rocket Man. Their applauded debut full-length album Onwards has earned the band time at the top of the bluegrass charts as well as an IBMA nomination for 2018 Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year.

    The diverse and entertaining line-up of the Concord Conservatory of Music Concert Series brings jazz, bluegrass, and classical music to Concord. Generous donors and a grant from the Middlesex Savings Bank have helped us bring Mile Twelve to our community, as well as our entire concert series.

    Tickets for Mile Twelve are available for purchase at ConcordConservatory.org and at the door: $20 for adults, free for students 18 and under. For more information call 978-369-0010 or email info@ConcordConservatory.org. CCM is located at 1317 Main Street in Concord (within the West Concord Union Church).

    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.



    The Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council would like to invite the community to the 26th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, an important event to celebrate the life and legacy of this great leader. On Wednesday, January 16th, the community is invited to attend an evening of music and inspiration that honors the life of this extraordinary man, with performances from the Willard School Chorus, the Fenn Treble Chorus and the Boston gospel choir: Joyful Voices of Inspiration.

    This annual event, sponsored by the Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council, is always a special evening and a wonderful opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s message of freedom and justice for all. The celebration begins at 7PM, at the Fenn School Auditorium, 516 Monument St. in Concord. The event is free and all are welcome. For more information about the Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council, go to www.cchumanrights.org.

    CC Adult and Comm Ed

    Music Lessons with IMSCC – Winter/Spring session begins during the month of January, please join us!

    IMSCC offers music lessons with professional musicians and educators. We have lessons for a wide variety of band and orchestra instruments as well as piano, guitar, ukulele and voice. Lessons take place after school and evenings and are conveniently located at CCHS, Sanborn, and the Carlisle school campus. More information about IMSCC, including faculty bios, tuition rates and more, can be found at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school.

    Most lessons are one-on-one, but this semester we are also offering semi-private lessons (two students sharing a lesson) for new students in their first or second year of playing their instrument. More information can be found at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/music-lessons.

    Please visit https://ccace.asapconnected.com to fill out a lesson inquiry form, or download a printable form at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/register. We will follow up within a day or two and put you in touch with a teacher to set up a lesson schedule.

    Questions? Please contact Debbie Levine at dlevine@concordcarlisle.org, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.


  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in early February, 2019. Please email your submissions to Nancy Anderson at nanderson@carlisle.k12.ma.us by January 25 at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file.