May 2019
    Buzz photo Husky May  

     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle Families,


    May is here and activities are picking up both outdoors and in school.  There is a great deal taking place during the month of May as the school year winds down towards our last day of school, which is a half day on June 14th.

    May starts off with many of our students being engaged in the MCAS assessment, but there are many more exciting, engaging and interesting activities scheduled for the rest of the month.  Field trips for students abound as our 3rd graders head into Boston on May 7, 4th grade visits the Harvard Museum of Natural History on May 16th, grade 2 visits the Science Museum on May 17th, our Kindergarten students visit Clark Farm also on the 17th, and our 3rd graders visit the Lowell Mills on May 31st.  There are also a number of student performances taking place in May including the Kindergarten Chicka Chicka Boom Boom presentation on May 8th, an evening performance of the 4th and 5th Grade Chorus on May 21st, and the Middle School Drama performance on May 31st.  There is also a special performance of our Advanced Chorus as they perform with the Concord Women’s Chorus on May 11th at the Trinity Church in Concord.  Other activities in May include a visit from artist Bren Bataclan, who will be working with our middle school students during the week of May 13th thanks to a generous grant from the CEF.  On May 18th Carlisle is celebrating Carlisle Trails Day, when everyone is encouraged to get out on one of the many beautiful walking trails here in town.  On May 22nd our elementary students will be taking part in Field Day, which is always a great day of fun for our students.  We also honor Memorial Day in May, and our middle school students will be participating in our Memorial Day program on Friday, May 24th.

    Parents may want to make note of two other events.  On May 20th we will be conducting our Kindergarten screenings, which means there will be no school for kindergarten students on that day.  5th grade parents should also make note that the Outdoor Education Meeting for parents is scheduled for the evening of May 29th.

    It certainly will be a month packed with exciting experiences, wonderful learning opportunities and hopefully supportive weather.  If all goes well, it should be a great month prior to a very short month of school in June.


    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 May Lunch Menu:

    May Lunch Menu


    Friday, May 17, 2019- 8th Grade students from Carlisle and Concord visit CCHS

    Field Day Dates - 2019

    Middle School

    Monday, June 3rd.

    Grades 5 & 6 from 9 - 11:10

    Grades 7 & 8 from12:00 - 2:10

    Monday June 10 (rain date) 


    Thursday, May 23rd

    Grades K, 1, 2 from 10:00 - 11:15

    Grades 3 & 4 12:50 - 2:50

    Tuesday May 28th (rain date)

    In preparation for our Field Days, K-8 Physical Education classes will be outside on Spalding Field. For both Field Day and PE, please remind your children to dress appropriately for being outside and being active.  They may want to wear a hat, sunscreen, bug spray etc.  They should be wearing sneakers and bring water.  Thanks, we hope to have a safe, fun and successful field day.

    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

    Did you know that the School Committee reviews all of the school policies?  The goal is to review and update every policy within a three year period of time.  All school policies are posted on the school website, and are accessible to members of the Carlisle Community on the school website, carlisle.k12.ma.us/Page/1419.


    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

    The PTO’s Supply Kit Sale is May 1 to June 15 this year.  It is an awesome opportunity for you to prepare your child for a successful start to next year!

    The PTO has partnered with 1st Day School Supplies again this year to provide you the exact supplies teachers are asking your child/ren to have for the start of the school year.  Of course, you can shop to get these supplies on your own or you can go to 1st Day’s website to eliminate the hassle and aggravation of back to school shopping.  

    As parents, we love this concept!  Your child/ren will have everything teachers ask for waiting for them on the first day of school.  The order deadline is June 15.  To purchase the supplies for next year, simply go to www.1stDaySchoolSupplies.com!  Questions?  Contact Sara Vuckovic at CarlislePTOSupplyKits@gmail.com


    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.

    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.

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

    9th Annual Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony
    Saturday, May 11, 1 pm

    Join us to celebrate local poets!  Winners of the Library's 9th Annual Poetry Contest will read their winning entry aloud and receive their cash prize.  Reception to follow.


    Elementary or younger:

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
    Tuesday, May 21, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Nicole Claire at nclaire@gleasonlibrary.org

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
    Thursday, May 9, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org


    For Middle School:

    Early Release Day Movie
    Tuesday, May 14, 1 pm, Grades 5-8

    When Marty McFly accidentally takes his friend Doc Brown’s time machine 30 years into the past, he might have changed the course of history so that he will never be born! Now he must figure out how to fix things before he disappears completely, not to mention how to get back to his own time. 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: Summertime!
    Friday, May 24, 2:45 pm

    Join Tahleen for a fun summer-themed craft to get you in the summertime spirit. Materials are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. This craft is for grades 5-8.

    5th and 6th Grade Book Club Meeting: Three Time Lucky by Sheila Turnage
    Wednesday, May 22, 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

    Leveling Up: Independent Kids of Carlisle

    Attention parents of rising 4th graders through rising 8th graders! Are your kids ready to start exploring some of Carlisle on their own? Are your kids already out on the town on their own but could use a refresher on guidelines for places such as the Gleason Library, Fern’s, and the CPS plaza, etc.? Do your kids know how to handle an emergency when on their own?

    Please come to the first evening of what we hope will be an annual event: Leveling Up: Independent Kids of Carlisle.

    Wednesday, May 22nd, 7pm, Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle Public School

    Offered jointly by the Gleason Public Library, Ferns, the Carlisle Public School and the Carlisle Police Department, “Leveling Up” promises to be a fun, informative evening for parents and their age appropriate kids* to attend together. This is for all Carlisle tween-age kids and their parents, regardless of if the kids attend CPS, a private school, or are home-schooled.

    Each of these treasured public resources here in town will present for about 10-15 minutes, providing both an overview of what they have to offer Carlisle’s newly independent population, and a review of their most important policies and rules. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentations. Each presenter will also provide a handout summarizing key points.

    Some sample questions to be addressed:

    • Is there a minimum age for when a child can be in the Gleason Library on their own?
    • Are there any restrictions as to what my child can search for on the Gleason Library computers or what kinds of books or movies they can check out?
    • Can my child play games on the Gleason Library computers, and if so, which ones and for how long?
    • What are the restrictions on food and drinks at the Library?
    • Can my child use the cafe at Ferns by herself or with her friends?
    • What is the backpack policy at Ferns?
    • How late can kids stay to play at the CPS plaza and castle playground?
    • Can my kids order food delivery to the CPS plaza?
    • Are kids able to access the restrooms while playing at the CPS plaza?
    • What if my kids witness a car accident at the crosswalk, or some other emergency?
    • If my kids don’t carry a phone and need urgent help, what should they do?

    We hope this information session will offer both parents and kids peace of mind for this exciting (and often nerve wracking) rite of passage!

    *Please note that children may not attend without a parent or guardian.*

    ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, THOREAU!!  Thoreau’s 13th Annual Road Race is Sunday, May 19th, 2019.  
    As the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year, this community-wide event celebrates Concord spirit, fitness, and health. The 5K run starts at 9:00 am and Kid's Runs (.5 and 1 mile) begin at 10:30 am. In addition to the races, there will be kids activities, an awards ceremony, and food truck offerings from Amigos Locos and Dylan & Pete's Ice Cream. 
    Online pre-registration will be open until May 14, 2019. All kids who finish receive ribbons. Top finishers in the 5K and 1 Mile Races receive medals. To Register: https://www.active.com/west-concord-ma/running/distance-running-races/the-thoreau-school-5k-1-2-mile-and-1-mile-road-race-2019

    2019 Road Race Flyer

    Concord Youth Theatre - Summer Workshops

    Don’t wait to hear the dreaded “I’M BORED!” from your child this summer! CYT is offering Summer Theater workshop opportunities for young people ages 4 through grade 8. For more information, visit CYT online at www.concordyouththeatre.org, or call (978) 371-1482.

    PIPSQUEAK PLAYERS (Ages 4-6) – Under the guidance of two Concord Youth Theatre staff members, young students will experience theater games, singing and a variety of theater related activities. The session will culminate in a short presentation of a story. July 15-19, 2019, 9am-11:30am. Tuition: $210. Limit: 16 Students

    CENTER STAGE PLAYERS (Grades K-5) – A one week creative workshop to satisfy all of your dramatic needs! Using scripts and/or improvised dialogue, students will dramatize familiar stories on stage, complete with songs and simple dances. The group will be coached in acting, singing and movement by two Concord Youth Theatre staff members. The week will culminate in an informal performance for friends and family. Tuition for Sessions 1-5 $250.  Limit: 20 Students.

    Summer 2019 Schedule
    *Session 1 July 8-12:         9am to 12pm students entering grades 1-3
    *Session 2 July 8-12:         1pm to 4pm students entering grades 3-5
    *Session 3 July 15-19:       1pm to 4pm students entering grades 2-4
    *Session 4 July 22-26:       9am to 12pm students entering grades 3-5
    *Session 5 July 29-Aug 2:  9am to 12pm students entering grades K-2

    SUMMER STOCK TROUPE (Grades 6-8, 2-WEEK SESSION) – This fun and in depth workshop is sure to sharpen your performance skills. Under the direction of two Concord Youth Theatre staff members, students will be coached in character development, improvisation, voice and movement as they rehearse their play. The session will culminate in an informal performance for friends and family. July 22-August 2, 2019, Monday – Friday 1-4pm. For students entering Grades 6-8. Tuition $400. Limit: 20 Students. 

    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

    Sugart Music & Art: 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, and a Spring Camp in April, Sugart is offering a 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 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

    Supporting families and educators for over 30 years!

    “Fostering Resiliency in Our Children as They Face Childhood Transitions”

    Presented by Rick Irving, MSW (one of CPT’s most popular presenters!)

    As children face normal (and even unexpected) transitions in their lives, such as moving from preschool to Kindergarten or from elementary school to middle school ... or even moving from one home to another, there are ways we as parents/grandparents can provide supports and reassurances that will assist the child to move forward in a smooth way.  Building resiliency in the face of change can be possible if the child feels supported through regular routines and predictable, comforting outlets.  Join us as we discuss what can be done to offer children stability in the midst of change.  Share concerns and questions and come away with concrete ideas and strategies.

    DATE/TIME:             Wednesday morning May 22, 2019  from 9:45 to 11:15 AM

    LOCATION:              Ripley Administration Building, 120 Meriam Road, Concord

    Open to all interested adults, especially parents, grandparents and caregivers!

    This program is being offered free of charge but pre-registration helps us to better plan materials and prepare the space.   Please sign up at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org or at:


    About Our Presenter: Rick Irving is a clinical social worker with over 40 years experience working with children, families and schools.  He has held the role of a Clinical Director of a residential treatment center for emotionally troubled adolescents.  For 26 years, he served as a clinical social worker in the Andover Public Schools, working with students and their parents at all grade levels. For over 30 years he has maintained a private practice supporting children with behavioral, emotional and learning disabilities.  He also consults to parents and schools about their children’s issues.  Rick has been a keynote speaker throughout Massachusetts and overseas, including at conferences in Nice, Rome, Madrid, Birmingham and Stockholm.  He has consulted to schools in Brussels, Amsterdam, The Hague, Madrid and Rome.


    The Center for Parents and Teachers is supported in part by a generous grant from the Concord Carlisle Community Chest.  

    Summer music lessons with IMSCC are enrolling now! New and returning students welcome! You may submit a Lesson Inquiry online or complete a Registration Form and return it to the IMSCC office. Summer lessons take place at CCHS and the Carlisle School, Tuesdays June 25 - August 20. The schedule for the summer is flexible - sign up for as many or as few of the nine Tuesdays as you wish. More information about IMSCC's lesson program can be found here.

    Summer ensembles and music classes are also enrolling now - please visit the website for details and registration.

    Questions? Please contact Debbie Levine, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.

    The Drowsy Chaperone

    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


    Join us for the PMC Kids Ride on Sunday, June 16th from 8:30am - 12pm at Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord.  

    Kids ages 5 to 15 are invited to ride either a 1, 4, 8 or 12 mile route to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. There will be a separate 1/4 - 1/2 mile Jr. Ride for riders with training wheels and those under 5. Celebrate at the finish line with delicious food, music, games and activities. 

    To register, volunteer or donate, go to kids.pmc.org/concord. Help us make a difference in the fight against cancer!

    TouchTomorrow! SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 FREE | 10 am - 4 pm | RAIN OR SHINE 

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Student teams in grades 5-8 are invited to participate in a hands-on engineering challenge. All kinds of teams are welcome: classmates,
    scouts, clubs, sports teams, friends, etc.

    We are looking forward to seeing your family at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, June 8!

    TouchTomorrow at WPI


  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in early June, 2019. Please email your submissions to Nancy Anderson at nanderson@carlisle.k12.ma.us by May 24 at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file.