April 2019
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  • 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 April Lunch Menu:

    April Lunch Menu

    Parent Placement Form

    The Parent Placement Form for placement for students currently in grades K-4 is now available. Our goal is to make the best possible placement for every child as we work to create heterogeneous and balanced classes. Your child’s current teacher will work with the other members of his or her grade level team, including the school psychologist and administrators, to create effective instructional groups. Your comments should include specific information related to your child’s particular learning style, needs, and interests. Please do not request an individual teacher. Your comments will be shared with your child’s grade level team members.

    You may complete the Parent Placement Form online here. Alternatively, you may turn in a hard copy of the Parent Placement Form available here

    STEAM Brochure

    Here is the Spring STEAM Brochure.  Please note: Registration and Payment must be received by April 9, 2019.


    The PE department will be assessing your child(ren) in their PE classes in April on the four fitness components we’ve been working on in class.  The four components are the mile (endurance), sit-ups (abdominal strength), push-ups (upper body strength) and sit and reach (flexibility).  Students will be advised of the schedule well in advance.  Please support your child(ren) by encouraging them to eat a healthy breakfast and snack, to maintain hydration and to dress properly in sneakers and comfortable clothing.  Thank you.

    1. Middle School Softball (6-8)

    Practices will begin on Monday, April 1st from 3 - 4:30.  Players can still sign up.  Players should bring completed paperwork to practice.  They should also bring water and a snack and be prepared to practice inside and outside.  Thank you.

    Intramural Ultimate Frisbee

    Attention: All 4th –8th grade students, Intramural Ultimate Frisbee will be offered after school on Spalding Field from 3:00 - 4:30 pm starting April 26th.  The dates are April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and June 7th.  Please sign up in the gym and get a permission slip from Mrs. Carmel.  The fee is $55.00! All you need is appropriate clothing, sneakers, signed permission slip, check made out to Town of Carlisle and transportation home.  Come and join the fun.  If you have any questions please see Mrs. Carmel or Mr. Greenwood.

    PLEASE NOTE: Please return your forms by April 22nd.

    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

    While the School Committee is always available to members of the Carlisle Community, our official meeting schedule begins in September and continues through June, with a planning meeting - usually in July.

    The Carlisle School Committee generally meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Community Room in the Robbins Building at CPS. 

    Meetings are posted at Town Hall and, typically, on the CPS website, and the School Committee Facebook page. 

    Agendas are developed by the Superintendent and School Committee Chair, and approved by the Chair.   Members of the community may request subjects for the agenda can submit them, in writing, to the School Committee Chairperson no less than seven days prior to a regularly scheduled 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



           Book Fair


    April 8th-12th @ Carlisle School Library

    The annual PTO Bookfair is coming to the Carlisle school library

    April 8th-12th.  Click on the link below to see all the wonderful events occurring during that week.  The author will meet with each class on Wednesday April 10th and the author/illustrator, Sarah Brannen will sign her books between 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. that same afternoon.

    Consider purchasing a gift certificate for a student or teacher or signing up to volunteer as a cashier for a 2 hour shift at www.carlislemapto.org

    Contact Debby Merz at CarlislePTObookfair@gmail.com

    PTO Book Fair is Almost Here



    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.

    The Gleason Public Library is now on Instagram! Follow them at @gleasonpubliclibrary


    Elementary or younger:

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
    Tuesday, April 23, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Nicole Claire at nclaire@gleasonlibrary.org

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
    Thursday, April 11, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org

    Sing-Along with Jeannie Mack
    Tuesday, April 16, 2:30 pm

    Jeannie Mack will perform all kinds of fun, bounce-around, sing-along songs geared for young children. There will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation! This program is for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with a caregiver.

    Thursday, April 18, 3 pm

    Dinosaur tracks leading right to Carlisle Public School during April Vacation Week? Have no fear, Dinoman is here! With magic, merry mayhem, and magnificent props, the audience is taken on a trip throughout the Mesozoic Era. How do we know dinosaurs were here? What is a fossil? How are they made?

    This program is best suited for elementary school students, but all ages will find it fun and informative. This program will be held in the gymnasium at Carlisle Public School to best accommodate some large dinosaurs.

    Supported by the Susan P. Zielinski Natural Science Fund.


    For Middle School:

    Early Release Day Movie
    Tuesday, April 9, 1 pm, Grades 5-8

    Miles Morales is the newest Spider-Man, because—surprise!—there are many Spidies in the Spider-Verse! Soon, all of them need to band together against common enemies to save the Spider-Verse, and the world. 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.

    Make and Take: Springtime!
    Friday, April 12, 2:45 pm

    Come make a fun spring-themed craft to bring home! For grades 5-8. Supplies are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    5th and 6th Grade Book Club Meeting: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
    Wednesday, April 24, 5 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org


    April Vacation registration open until April 9th

    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 between family vacations and “skills” camps!

    Swimming, field trips, Bounce houses, Special shows, etc.

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

    Website: http://carlislekidshouse.org

    Concord Conservatory of Music

    Concord Conservatory of Music presents CCM Jazz – Originals on April 5th at 7:30 pm. Join us in celebrating the National Jazz Appreciation Month when the multi-talented CCM faculty perform original compositions. Tsuyoshi Honjo on saxophone, Justin Meyer on bass, Brian Friedland on piano, Phil Sargent on guitar, Gabriela Martina on vocals, and Mike Connors on percussion bring to the area their original compositions as well as jazz classics.Purchase tickets at https://concordconservatory.org/Jazz_Originals or available at the door: $20 for adults, free for students 18 and under. For information: 978-369-0010 or email info@ConcordConservatory.org. CCM is located at 1317 Main Street, Concord (within the West Concord Union Church).


    Residents of all ages are welcome to come to our Ask a Nurse sessions which are held each month. The next session is MONDAY, APRIL 22, 11:00-12:00 in the Nickles Room at Town Hall. Remember to check the Mosquito calendar for future dates and locations. You can meet Tricia McGean, Carlisle’s new Public Health Nurse, from Emerson Hospital Home Care. 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 for these individual sessions is necessary. We look forward to meeting you!



    APRIL 24, 2019 7-9


    Are you aware of how deeply white privilege harms our culture? Understanding the effects of white privilege and racism on the way we view the world, including its impact within the school community, is one of the most important issues in our country today.  Debby Irving, the author of “Waking Up White” will help us explore the roots of our varied perspectives and to dismantle old myths regarding race, identity and culture. Only then can we truly begin the path towards racial healing and compassion.

    Reviewers have described Debby’s book "Waking up White” as a “brutally honest and unflinching exploration of race and personal identity” and “a must read for anyone exploring issues of racism, power, privilege, and leadership.”

    Learn how we can collectively wake up and take effective action.

    Debby Irving’s talk is free to the school community and the public at large. 

    Although walk-ins are welcome, we ask that attendees please pre-register for the program at https://waking_up_white.eventbrite.com.  

    Debby Irving Waking Up White

    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.

    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

    Sguart Music & Art: Spring Camp & Summer Camp

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

    After a successful winter camp in February, Sugart is proud to announce that we are also offering Spring Camp from April 15th to 19th AND Summer Camp from July 8th to August 23rd (week by week enrolment). 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(s), 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. In the summer program, there will also be field trips to local museums, galleries, concerts …etc. depending on the week.

    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/318353305467522/

    Email sugartboston@gmail.com

    We are also on Instagram: sugartboston

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

    Or simply to apply it on Sugart official website




    SUGART SPRING BREAK MUSIC AND ART CAMP, April 15-19th 2019, Age: 5-12

    430 Marrett Road, Suite 1, Lexington, MA 02421



    SUGART SUMMER MUSIC AND ART CAMP, July 8th - August 23, 2019, Monday-Friday, Week by Week Enrollment, Age: 5-12

    430 Marrett Road, Suite 1, Lexington, MA 02421


    Center for Parents and Teachers

    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

    Trash Party is Coming- Clean Up your Neighborhood!

    Save the date!  Saturday, April 6th, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Annual Trash Party is coming to your neighborhood and everyone is invited!

    This Mosquito sponsored event is a community-wide roadside pick-up of trash and litter by individuals and civic groups.  The invitation is extended to everyone to stake a “trash claim” on their street or in a neighborhood. Please remember those work gloves

    Free refreshments and trash bags will be available in the parking lot next to Ferns (The Center Park) from 9a.m. till 11:30a.m.  Stop by to chat, grab a bag and enjoy coffee, juice and donuts.

    Let us know if you would like help retrieving bags from the areas you collect.  Most prefer to take their collected trash to the transfer station, but we are available to pickup bags 12pm – 1pm if you need help.

    The Drowsy Chaperone at CCHS

    Take yourself to the 1920's with a parody of American musical comedy.  Concord Carlisle High School brings the Tony Award winning "The Drowsy Chaperone" to the stage on May 9th - 11th at 7PM at Concord Carlisle High School Auditorium, 500 Walden St, Concord, MA.  Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and veterans.  Tickets can be purchased at  TicketStage by MMCIS, Inc. Online Ticketing for Community Theaters, Schools, and Local Events

    This is also a wonderful opportunity for students and scouts to earn community service hours.

    Please RSVP to danclive@comcast.net!

    Ticks, Mosquitoes..People and Pets!!

    Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

    Union Hall at First Religious Society, 27 School Street, Carlisle

    Presented by the Carlisle Lyme Disease Subcommittee and Board of Health

    Please see flyer below for more details.

    Informational Flyer

  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in early May, 2019. Please email your submissions to Nancy Anderson at nanderson@carlisle.k12.ma.us by April 26 at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file. Thank you!