March 2019
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     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle Families,

    March started as February ended with our entire community grieving the loss of William Shaw.  Our school has been forever changed by William’s death and he and his family will always hold a special place in the heart of our Carlisle school community.

    Though it has been difficult for all, I am pleased to share that school is once again filled with engaging activities for students.  March brings with it March Poetry Madness in our middle school.  This version of March Madness pits two poems against each other each day.  Students and faculty members are encouraged to read the poems and vote on their favorite.  The process is similar to the “bracket” competitions.  Although we are just a few days in, the poetry and the process have really been engaging. 

    March is an exciting month for our 7th grade.  Anticipation for this year’s 7th grade play continues to mount as the March dates of the performances draw closer.  This year’s show is ‘Once Upon a Mattress” and I encourage you to buy your tickets for the March 15, 16 and 17th performances before tickets run out.   On March 18th our 7th grade will be participating in “Challenge Day”, a program designed to support empathy, develop connections and strengthen our school community.  This will be the third year that our 7th grade students have participated in the Challenge Day experience and we have great confidence that this year’s students will have as positive an experience as our students have had in the past.

    The last week of March we have an early release on March 26 and no school on March 27 for Parent/Teacher conferences.  Please be sure to reach out to any teachers with whom you are interested in scheduling conference time.

    The events of the past few weeks have reinforced for me just how special the Carlisle community is, and all of us in the Carlisle Public schools are appreciative of the kindness and support which has been given during these difficult times.

    Warm regards,

     Jim O’Shea


  • School Events and Information

    School Calendar

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

    Click here to view and download the 2019-2020 calendar.

    Please click below to see the March Lunch Menu:

    March Lunch Menu

    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!  Performances are on March 15th and 16th at 7:00 p.m. and on March 17th at 2:00 p.m.  Buy tickets from 7th Graders or at Ferns.  The tickets are also available online at https://www.ticketstage.com/CARLISLEPTO

    Band Instrument Petting Zoo, Wednesday, March 20, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium.  Try out Saxophoness, Flutes, Trumpets and other instruments and learn about the new Performing Arts Studio at CPS.
    Please see this link for details:

    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

    The  School Committee closely adheres to Massachusetts Open Meeting Law rules. Generally speaking it means that meetings of public bodies must be held in public. A quorum of the School Committee, in our case more than two members, cannot communicate concerning School Committee business without it being considered a ‘meeting'.

    This means we cannot 'discuss' School Committee business on Facebook or have a blog. As a 'friend' on this page, we will make every effort to alert you to our meetings, and help you find our minutes so you can keep abreast of our activities - even if you cannot come to the meetings.

    Here's the link to the law: https://www.mass.gov/the-open-meeting-law


    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

    Teen Vaping: What You Need to Know

    The Carlisle PTO invites you to join Mary Cole, MPH, CHES, program coordinator for the Quincy-based Greater Boston Tobacco-Free Community Partnership, for an informative discussion about the current troubling trend of vaping amongst our youth at our monthly meeting on March 5th at 9 am in the Community Room at CPS.

     E-cigarettes have recently surpassed conventional cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among school-aged children.  Learn about the dangers, warning signs of use and how we can help kids avoid going down this dangerous path of addiction.  Mary will discuss what the products look like, health concerns, and how the tobacco and vaping industries are targeting kids.

     You will also meet Tricia McGean, R.N., B.S.N. Tricia is a nurse with Emerson Hospital Home Care and is now acting as Carlisle's Public Health Nurse in a variety of different roles throughout the community.  She is available to all Carlisle residents and hosts monthly Ask a Nurse sessions.

    Vaping Flyer


    Special program sponsored by the PTO!

    The Curriculum Enrichment Committee of the PTO is pleased to welcome The Bubble Science Traveling Workshop. This program is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th for the Kindergarten classes.

    How long does a bubble really last? What color is a bubble? Can you predict when a bubble will pop? Students challenge what they think they know about bubbles as they make new observations, pose questions, investigate, and discuss their findings. In Science, the students study various aspects of solids, liquids, and gases through the Science Quirkle program. In writing, students will write how-to books during a how-to writing unit. This includes writing a specific book about how to make and blow bubbles. This hands-on program will strengthen the students’ understanding of these topics.

    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


    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

    Read to Explore


    PTO Summer Camp Fair on Tuesday, March 26 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Save the date and plan to attend the 4th annual PTO Summer Camp Fair on Tuesday, March 26 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the CPS Dining Hall. Over 20 camps – all shapes and sizes - will be represented. Considering a sleep away camp that is just two weeks; wondering about camp safety policies; or have allergy concerns? This is the night to ask those questions one-on-one with camp representatives. Plus, we’ve got raffles – lots of camp raffles! Bring the entire family as we’ll have a craft table to keep the kids busy while you look around. Questions, contact Amy @ amy_caggiano@comcast.net. We are in need of teen volunteers to help with the evening, community service hours available!


    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.

    Gleason Public Library Poetry Contest

    The Gleason Public Library is hosting its 9th annual poetry contest in celebration of National Poetry Month this April. This year’s theme is “left.” All ages are welcome. Winners will be selected for the following age groups: ages 8 and younger, ages 9-12, ages 13-17, and ages 18+.

    First place winners will receive a $100 cash prize and recognition at a poetry reading and rewards ceremony on Saturday, May 11th, at 1 p.m. First place poems will be printed in the Carlisle Mosquito.

    Contest Rules:

    • Contestants may submit one original, unpublished poem.
    • Poems may not exceed 45 lines in length (including title) and must fit on a single 8.5”x11” page.
    • Poems should address the theme “left.”
    • All entries must include a cover sheet with the contestant’s name, age group, and contact information; to facilitate blind judging, names and contact information should not appear on the poem.
    • Entries will be accepted by email to director@gleasonlibrary.org or in-person at the library.
    • All entries must be received by 2 p.m. on Friday, April 12th.

    This event is supported by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.


    Elementary or younger:

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
    Tuesday, March 26, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Nicole Claire at nclaire@gleasonlibrary.org

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
    Thursday, March 14, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org


    For Middle School:


    5th and 6th Grade Book Club Meeting: The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
    Wednesday, March 20, 5 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org



    Summer registration available for School Age Summer Care Camp.

    Dates: June 24th to Aug. 23rd

    Hours 7:30am – 6:00pm

    Registration open until June 14th

    Perfect for “gap” weeks of structured skills camp and family vacations!


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

    Website: http://carlislekidshouse.org

    Concord Conservatory of Music

    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:



    IMSCC’s Summer Music Classes, Ensembles and Workshops

    Sign up now for summer music classes with IMSCC - there's something for every musician! Join a Guitar or Ukulele class or Trumpet Workshop, learn Bassoon reed-making, or choose an ensemble to play with: Summer Band, Jazz Band, Trombone Choir, Rock Band or Small Ensembles. Details and registration at https://ccace.asapconnected.com/#CourseGroupID=30179

    Summer private music lessons will start enrolling in April. Spring lesson registration is ongoing, students can start any time and tuition is prorated. For more information about IMSCC lessons please visit http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school.

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

    The Congregational Church is having an afternoon of music this Saturday March 9 from 2-4pm. The music is a wide variety from jazz to country to contemporary praise songs. The singers and musicians are from 9 to mid 60’s. They come from several surrounding towns and some have played at open mics and coffee houses as well as elementary, middle, and high school's productions. 
    We invite students, staff, and their families to this event. It is for two hours with an intermission and their will be food and drink provided. All of this is FREE! Please see flyer below for more details.


    Middlesex Commuity College: College for Kids, July 8 to August 15

    Explore program offerings such as Coding for Kids, Minecraft, Lego Mindstorms and more.

    Registration is open.

    Please see flyer below for more details. 

    College for Kids

    Center for Parents and Teachers

    (1) FOR ALL PARENTS Thursday evening March 14, 2019 at 7 PM Location: Willard Elementary School (appropriate for parents of all ages of children) Internationally renowned educator an author Kim John Payne, M.Ed. will speak on "How to make Devices Not Divisive:  a Screen-Time Workshop" where Kim will discuss how to maintain loving limits and discipline around screen-time and media; how to help our kids build good judgment so they do not become overwhelmed with media; strategies to help them navigate the peer-pressure and the status symbol of devises.  Help us plan for the evening by pre-registering at https://14march2019howtomakedevicesnotbedivisive.eventbrite.com

    Free and open to all adults!

    (2)  FOR PARENTS CARING FOR CHILDREN AND ELDERS:  Thursday Brown Bag Lunch Program, 12:15 to 1:45 PM on March 28, 2019, NEW LOCATION:  Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road in Concord.  (Bring your own lunch!) We will discuss caring for elders in our lives as well as our children:  "Feeling the Squeeze as part of 'The Sandwich Generation'".  Facilitated by Kathleen Sullivan from Minuteman Senior Services. Read full description at link below.  Free and open to all but seating is limited so please help us plan by registering at:   https://thursdaynoontimeprogramoncaringforeldersandkids.eventbrite.com

    (3)  NEW PROGRAM for ALL PARENTS (with children of any age)

    “Overcoming Stress and Anxiety in our Youth: Strategies to Support Children’s Learning and Ways to Cope”, presented by Dr. Donna Pincus from the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University, Monday, April 1, 2019 from 7 - 8:30 PM at Concord Carlisle High School auditorium.  Free program!  Please help us plan by pre-registering at:  https://stressandanxietyinouryouthon1april2019.eventbrite.com

    (4) NEW PROGRAM for Parents of children INFANT thru AGE 5, an 8 part mid-day series "Circle of Security: Raising a Secure Child".  A collaboration with First Connections, the small group setting will take place in Action for 8 Tuesdays from 11:30 to 1PM starting April 2nd.  Child care is available If requested.  To sign up please email LMatthews@jri.org Learn more about this free program at http://www.centerforparentsandteachers.org/circle-of-security.html

    (5) FOR PARENTS OF TEENS AND PRE-TEENS:  Thursday morning May 2nd 10 -11:30 AM, Ripley Administration Conference Room 4, Dr. Sion Harris will present "They Are Not Crazy. They Are Teenagers!: Substance Use and its Impact on the Developing Brain"  -- Look for registration information as we get closer at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org

    Learn about all of CPT's programs at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org


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