February 2019
     Buzz photo Husky Valentine  

     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle Families,


                We are into February and “we are still here” with “no days off” for snow (let me know when you’ve had enough of Patriots and Snow Day quotes.)  It has been an exciting start to February and we are looking forward to an equally exciting rest of the month here in Carlisle.

                February started with a spectacular Chinese New Year Festival which included delicious food, fun activities and wonderful performances.  I want to recognize and thank our Chinese language and culture teacher Chiao Bin Huang for making this wonderful cultural celebration possible.  I also want to thank all of the volunteers and performers for all of their hard work, as well as the Carlisle Chinese Community for providing the amazing food.

                The rest of February is also filled with interesting and exciting special activities.  On Wednesday, February 6 the Folk Dance Club will be hosting a “Family Folk Dance Event” at 6:30 in the Community Room. On February 12-13 the 5th grade classes will be visiting the Concord Museum, while on Friday, February 15 Shakespeare and Company will be visiting Carlisle for a full day workshop with our 8th graders.  We will be taking a break during the February recess which runs the week of February 18, and then we return from the break we will be celebrating Read Across America from February 26 to March 1.

                In addition to the ever-present student-centered activities, our faculty and staff have also been spending time thinking about the future as they have been working on creating a new middle school schedule and thinking about the possibility of restructuring our middle school model.  The work on the new middle school schedule has been moving forward as we look to identify a schedule that will help us meet our student needs and fit the demands of having shared faculty between our middle and elementary schools.  The goal of this work was to create a schedule that allows for dedicated time for our Band and Chorus programs, as well as time for students who need additional Tier 2 support to receive it without missing out on regular instruction.  I know Dr. Mehler has included our parent community in this process and I look forward to your continued involvement as we move forward.  The exploration of possibilities for restructuring our middle school stems from our ongoing conversation on the topic of declining enrollment in our schools.  We will be providing opportunities for parents and community members to engage in these informational conversations, so please join us on Wednesday, February 27 at 9 AM for a morning coffee or on Thursday, February 28 at 7 PM for an evening discussion.  I hope you will be able to attend one of these sessions to learn more about restructuring possibilities and engage in the process.


    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 February Lunch Menu:

    February Lunch Menu

    CPS Pre-School Accepting Applications

    Carlisle Public Schools (CPS) is now accepting letters of interest for available openings in their integrated preschool programs for the 2019-2020 school year. The programs are for children ages 3-5 as of September 1, 2016. Deadline to submit letter of interest is February 26, 2019. Parents should be notified by March 8, 2019 as to whether or not their child has been selected.

    Visit the website at https://www.carlisle.k12.ma.us/Page/687 to obtain a pre-school application.

    Child Find: Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all young children with disabilities and their families who are in need of Early Intervention Program or Preschool Special Education services of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

    Parents of children ages three and four who suspect their child may have substantial special needs and will require additional assessments should contact Will Verbits, Director of Student Services, at 1-978-369-3758.

    Once Upon a Mattress

    If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise!   Did you know that Princess Winnifred swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea that caused the princess a sleepless night?  Come see the play starring Carlisle's 7th Grade Class of 2020 at the Corey Auditorium! Mark your calendars for March 15th and 16th at 7:00 p.m.; March 17th at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are available from 7th graders starting February 11th




    TIME:  3:05 – 4:30 p.m.

    DATES:  February 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 25, 26, 27

    COST:  $55.00 (make check payable to Town of Carlisle or pay online)






    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

    Have a question about the Carlisle School Committee?  Refresh your knowledge about what we do, who is on the committee, where to access meeting minutes, and dates and times of the meetings on the School Committee page of the CPS website, https://www.carlisle.k12.ma.us/Page/1416.


    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


           Book Fair



    April 8th-12th

    @ Carlisle School Library

    The Annual Book Fair, sponsored by the PTO, will be held in the Carlisle school library from April 8th-12th. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase a terrific selection of thoughtfully chosen books for your  child’s enjoyment and enrichment. There will also be a great selection of popular adult books available.

    PTO Book fair will welcome the award-winning illustrator of twenty books for children, Sarah S. Brannen. She is the author and illustrator of Madame Martine, Madame Martine Breaks the Rules, and Uncle Bobby’s Wedding.

    Forthcoming books include Bear Needs Help, coming in January 2019; Seashells: More Than a Home, written by Melissa Stewart, due out in April 2019; and Perfect, summer 2020.

    Other fun events will include a visit with Kindergarten classes from Ed The Wizard (Sponsored by the Carlisle Cultural Council), a raffle with  lots of prizes, and the annual PJ Story Night narrated by local dignitaries. For the first time, we will also have a raffle designed for parents to participate in!

    Purchase PTO Book Fair Gift Certificates!

    Book Fair gift certificates make great gifts for students and teachers. You can purchase certificates online (www.carlislemapto.org) anytime between now and April 10th.

    All proceeds from the book fair will support the Carlisle School Library! Don’t miss out!


    Any Questions about the PTO Book Fair?

    Contact Debby Merz at CarlislePTObookfair@gmail.com

    PTO Book Fair


    Other Items of Interest

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

    Please make sure your children are aware that eating, including candy and gum, is not allowed at the Gleason Public Library outside of designated events. Students found repeatedly eating food in the Library will be asked to leave the Library for the day, and their parents will be notified.

    Elementary or younger:

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty McDonald
    Tuesday, February 26, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Nicole Claire at nclaire@gleasonlibrary.org

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
    Thursday, February 14, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org

    Special Guest Storytime with Dr. Leah DiBenedetto
    Tuesday, February 19, 10:30 am

    Do you have a little one going to the dentist soon for the first time? Or do you have a child who may be wary of going at all? If yes, then this fun community storytime with Dr. Leah DiBenedetto of Chestnut Dental in Bedford is just what the doctor ordered!

    Dr. DiBenedetto's storytime aims to alleviate and soothe the worries of any upcoming dental appointment. To top it off, your child will receive a goodie bag full of treats to help keep their whole mouth healthy and make future dental visits even easier!

    Parents are encouraged to attend as Dr. DiBenedetto will pair the storytime with discussions about cavity prevention, healthy nutrition, proper oral health care, and what to expect at the dentist's office.This program coincides with National Children’s Dental Health Month.

    Registration for this special event is required. Please register by calling the Children's Desk at 978-369-4898, or emailing Miss Nicole at nclaire@gleasonlibrary.org.

    Rolie Polie Guacamole
    Wednesday, February 20, 2:30 pm, at FRS

    Gleason Library is pleased to host Rolie Polie Guacamole for a fun family-friendly concert during February School Vacation Week!

    This award-winning “kindie” band from Brooklyn, NY brings a high energy, interactive show that’s a mix of funk, rock and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active!

    To be held at the First Religious Society in Union Hall, 27 School St. All ages welcome!

    For Middle School:

    Early Release Day Movie
    Tuesday, February 5, 1 pm, Grades 5-8

    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 Meeting: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
    Wednesday, February 13, 5 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org


    What a strange winter we’re having. Lots of time to play outside but not as much snow as we’re used to!

    CKH offers care for the February vacation week, Feb. 19 – 22.

    The registration form with activities for each day, PJ day, Chocolate day, etc., are on the registration form.

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

    Website: http://carlislekidshouse.org

    Sugart Music & Art Winter Break Camp

    Sugart Art Studio is a bilingual (English and Mandarin) arts education studio based in Lexington, MA.

    This year Sugart is offering an exciting winter break program from February 18th to the 22nd. We will combine a music curriculum with a visual arts curriculum in a holistic way that will help children develop their artistic sense in a thorough manner. Throughout the week, children will spend three hours in music classes and three hours in visual arts classes. On top of that, children will also engage in group activities and musical theater presentations.

    The daily art class provides the students with a professional visual art education. Students explore big ideas inspired from relevant artists in a way that combines culture, literature, and history with Western teaching methods. Art media include: drawing, watercolor & acrylic painting, Chinese painting, mixed media and etc…

    The daily music class explores various aspects of Western and Eastern music including daily thematic music appreciation and analysis, fundamental music training in identifying notes, singing or playing back pitches and/or rhythms. Finally, kids will be preparing and rehearsing a short musical theater project and presenting it on the last day of the camp. There will be piano, winds, strings and percussion instruments provided. Children are welcome to try all instruments under the supervision of one of the teachers. There will be daily sign-up sheets for kids who are interested in having mini lessons with one of the music teachers during break time!

    Children will be involved in small groups with limited availability in order to assure high quality lessons, make sure to get your spots ASAP!

    For more information on classes, faculty and tuitions please visit our Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1205735922927156/

    Email sugartboston@gmail.com

    Chat with our Art Director Ms. Yan on Wechat ID:joyiaxi

    Or simply to apply it on Sugart official website https://www.sugartboston.com/store/p29/2019Winter_Art_Music_Camp.html

    Sugart Winter Camp

    Enough As She Is: An empowering evening with Rachel Simmons
    Thursday, February 7 • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord, MA

    Today’s girls have never been more “successful,” but they have never been more unhappy. Too many feel that no matter how hard they try they will never measure up to the “Supergirl” impossible standards of success. With more than two decades of experience and research, New York Times best-selling author Rachel Simmons offers a clear understanding of this problem facing our girls today and provides actionable advice and tangible strategies for parents and educators so they can best support girls as they navigate the waves of adolescence to live their best, most fulfilling lives.

    Free and open to the public. Limited number of books available for sale and book signing at the conclusion of the event.

    Please contact Betty Ann Killian at bkillian@nashobabrooks.org with any questions.

    Concord Conservatory of Music

    Contact: Susan Seger



    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.


    Babysitter Training over February Break 

    Make the most of your February break with this 4-H training course. It teaches youth ages 11 and older what they need to know to be responsible and competent babysitters. Includes units on: safety, first aid, child development, nutrition, entertaining children, and the business of babysitting. Join us and prepare to become a responsible babysitter! Thursday and Friday, 2/21 & 2/22, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, at CCHS. Fee: $95. Offered through Concord Carlisle Adult & Community Ed. Register online at concordcarlisleace.org or by calling 978-318-1432.

    Center for Parents and Teachers

    5 Session Series on "Parenting Your Middle School Child" offered by Center for Parents and Teachers

    When:  5 Wednesdays, Feb 27 thru March 27 from 7 - 8:30 PM

    Where:  Room 247 at CCHS, 500 Walden Street

    Facilitated by: Kelli Kirshtein, MSW, LICSW 

    Cost for 5 sessions: $90 (Email cpt@concordps.org to request a full scholarship, if needed. CPT is committed to the principle that financial challenges not be a barrier to attending.)

    Pre-registration is required as limited # of spots! To learn more and to pre-register go to www.centerforparentsandteachers.org or click here:


    This 5 part series will explore the many facets of raising a preteen as they move through middle school, with an emphasis on ways to keep the doors of communication open as our children enter adolescence.  Covering some essential understandings of this phase of child development, the workshop series will allow participants to explore their concerns and consider strategies to respond helpfully to emerging behaviors.  Our facilitator will lead participants in reflective exercises to consider what parenting approaches they currently use and how those work well and, where there are snags, what can be done to shape their approach so it is more calm, mindful, responsive to stressful situations and effective in maintaining trust.  The peer environment will also be considered with ideas shared on how to approach another parent if something concerning arises.  Throughout the series we will address the stresses of competition and comparing ourselves to others in our high-achieving, high-pressure community.  

    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:


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