October 2019
     Buzz photo  Husky in Shed

     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

     Dear Carlisle Families,

    Though it may feel like the school year has just begun, it is already October, which means one of the most exciting months of the school year is upon us.

    Autumn in New England is always spectacular and the changing leaves and temperatures are harbingers of the excitement and activity that October brings to the Carlisle Public Schools.

    I can’t think of a more picturesque time of year than fall and no better time for school pictures which are scheduled for October 4.  We have a number of long standing traditions which take place during the month of October and a couple of them are also highlights for the entire Carlisle Community.  This year our 6th graders will once again be attending outdoor education in Nature’s Classroom during the week of October 14.  This is always an amazing experience for our students and faculty, as the time together provides numerous opportunities for personal and collective growth.  On Monday, October 21st our Cross Country team will once again host the “Invitational” at Great Brook.  This Invitational is a wonderful event for participants and spectators, as athletes from a variety of area schools come to Carlisle to compete.  Then on Tuesday, October 22 our 6th Grade hosts another of our traditions, bringing the entire community together for the annual Spaghetti Supper.  Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance for this well-attended event.  Then we can all look forward to October’s culminating event and long-standing Carlisle tradition which is the excitement that accompanies the Halloween parade on October 31.

    Sprinkled throughout the month are a number of other dates and events that you might want to include in your calendar.  There will be no school on Monday, October 14 in observation of Columbus Day.  There will also be no school on Wednesday, October 23, as this is a professional day for our middle school teachers and a parent conference day for our elementary school teachers.

    Additionally, while we have just started the 2019-2020 school year off, September and October are important months in the budgeting process.  We are looking forward to making our initial budget presentation for the 2020-2021 school year to the Carlisle School Committee at their October 16th meeting.

    Finally, everyone should have received an invitation from me to participate on a “Visioning Committee” for our school district.  I have scheduled informational sessions for the evenings of October 8 and 10, with an after-school session on October 9.  If you are interested in being part of this committee or if you are interested in learning more about what we are hoping to accomplish, I encourage you to attend one of these informational sessions or to reach out to me directly.

    Informational sessions: 

    Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30 PM

    Wednesday, October 9 at 3:30 PM

    Thursday, October 10 at 7 PM


    Warm regards,

    Jim O’Shea


  • School Events and Information

    School Calendar

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

    Please click below to see the October Lunch Menu:

    October Lunch Menu

    8th Grade Cardboard

    📦 Arcade Night 📦

    All students in grades K-8 should come and have fun!


    The CPS cafeteria


    Friday October 4th from 3:00- 7:00pm


    An exciting night for all grade levels, come enjoy our cardboard arcade games while having fun and winning prizes. Inspired by Caine's arcade. Each game is specific to one grade level but feel free to experiment and try all of the games the 8th graders have made. Yummy food will be offered for small prices so make sure to stop by for a fun night with the family. All funds will go towards our Washington D.C. trip.

    Tickets to play the games cost

    🎟5 for $3

    🎟10 for $5

    🎟Fun Pass $10  

     Scoot on Down

    Spaghetti Supper: Tuesday, October 22

    The Annual 6th Grade Spaghetti Supper is Tuesday, October 22nd at the Carlisle Public Schools, from 5-8pm. Enjoy a delicious homemade meal served by the 6th graders, socialize with friends, and support the Carlisle schools. Win prizes by purchasing regular or golden raffle tickets. Buy tickets for the Spaghetti Supper and raffles from any 6th graders or at Ferns Country Store.

    Dinner tickets are $8 for adults, $8 for gluten free option and $5 for children and seniors.

    Regular raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and $20 for golden raffle tickets. Valued at more than $250, golden raffle prizes include AirPods, Weeks of Summer Camp, etc.

    Scoot on Down

    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. 


    Carlisle Public Schools, is dedicated to meeting the needs of all students. 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 and applies to all children, including those in non-public schools, pre-schools, and hospital settings.  In addition, children of migrant or homeless families are also entitled to public education.  The Carlisle Public Schools is responsible for students from age 3 throughout their 8th grade year.

    Parents or service providers with concerns that a child might have an educationally disabling condition are encouraged to contact Student Support Services.  Carlisle Public Schools will provide parent support and arrange for the screening and evaluation of any student who is not able to progress effectively in general education due to a disability.

    For more detailed information about the policies, procedures, and services available at Carlisle Public Schools for special education, please contact Lori Bruce in the Student Support Services Office at (978) 369–3758.

    Are you without a home or do you know a homeless family?

    Educational Rights of Homeless Children

    Carlisle Public Schools is committed to ensuring that any student who meets the criteria of a homeless student is protected under the rights set forth by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  This federal law is designed to ensure that homeless children and youth have the same access as other children to public education, including public preschool programs. To obtain a brochure or the Homeless Education Manual, or if you have any questions about the McKinney-Vento Act, please contact:

    Lori Bruce, Director of Student Support Services


    (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.  



    Hello Carlisle Public Schools Families!

    Welcome back! Our PTO will be using Membership Toolkit this year —an online service that makes it easier to work together. The FREE online Husky Directory, PTO contributions, volunteer signups, and email communications all run through this service. The software is secure, easy to use, and free to families. We hope you will join us in making our school a great place for kids this year!

    Register online at

    Change for Good

    Then update your Husky Directory listing for the current school year! On our website, click “Register” and follow the prompts to tell us about your family. You can specify what information you'd like to appear in the Husky Directory - or choose not to appear at all. Then make your PTO contribution for the current school year! As always, volunteering and meetings are TOTALLY optional. We invite you to do both, and hope you will! PTO Contributions are $30/student this year.


    Download the Free App!

    Search for Membership Toolkit in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

    After you register on the website, use the same username and password you chose in the app to access our Husky Directory, manage your family information, make contributions, signup for volunteer activities, and more— all from your cell phone.

    Questions? Let us know: CarlislePTOContributions@gmail.com

    Carlisle PTO

    Carlisle PTO “Non-Fundraiser” Fundraiser   

    Yay! One stop shopping. We happily introduce the “non-fundraiser” fundraiser. Together, we can eliminate the need for so many other fundraisers throughout the school year. Instead, we can all use this letter to support our students by writing a check now (or making a credit card payment online). 

    On average, your PTO spends over $30 annually per child to fund:

    ➢ Curriculum enrichment programs (Plimoth Plantation, Shakespeare & Company, Wingmasters, Drumlin Farm, Author visits, and many more)
    ➢ Community events

    ➢ Staff appreciation events

    ➢ Teacher grants and initiatives

    Your money goes directly to support the students and teachers!

    But here’s the thing – we can only promise to not keep asking again and again all year IF we reach our goal through this letter. That’s right – we need YOU to respond and support our students. 
    There are two ways to help us enrich the learning experience of ALL students.
                1. Please make a check out to “Carlisle PTO” and return to the school office or mail to:
                            Carlisle PTO, PO Box 4, Carlisle, MA 01741
                2. Go online to www.CarlisleMAPTO.org and use our PayPal link on the front page!
    Remember, we need at least $30 per student! Thank you for your continued support.
    Questions? Contact Niressa Martin: CarlislePTOMembership@gmail.com

    All contributions are tax deductible. The Carlisle PTO is a 501(c)(3) organization. Please note that your cancelled check or online donation confirmation will be the record of your contribution to your school.


    Carlisle PTO “Non-Fundraiser”

    Student(s) Name(s):​​​​​​ ___________________________________________________

    Student(s) Grade(s):​​​​​​ ___________________________________________________

    Parent/Guardian Name(s): ______________________________________________

    Parent/Guardian Email(s): ______________________________________________

    Amount:          $30      $60      $90      Other _____________



    First Tuesday* of the month at 9 am in the Community Room in the Robbins Building

    October 1, 2019

    November 5, 2019

    December 3, 2019

    January 7, 2020

    February 11, 2020

    March 10, 2020

    April 7, 2020

    May 5, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    *If it's an Early Release day meeting will be held the next Tuesday



    Volunteer at the School Library!  Volunteering is a great opportunity to see what happens at the library, it is so much more than kids checking out books. Vital to the operations of the school library, volunteers help with a number of general tasks that allow our library staff to take care of the larger issues of running our fabulous school library. Parent volunteers assist with checking books in and out, re-shelving and maintaining neatness along with other small jobs.

    You may sign up to help out as often as you would like; one day a week or just once a month. Whatever time you have to offer is greatly appreciated!  Our coordinator, Diane Troppoli, will make every effort to involve veteran volunteers as well as new faces to the schedule.

    To get started fill out this form and we will get back to you soon: Library_SignUp



    Volunteering for Lunch & Recess is a great way to visit your child and their classmates during the school day and the kids enjoy having you there! 

    Volunteering for Lunch & Recess requires less than an hour and no regular commitment is required. With the online sign-up, you can sign-up at any time for any individual day(s) that works with your schedule. Lunch & Recess volunteers are not restricted to parents. Grandparents, family members and friends are welcome to volunteer (a CORI check is needed).





    New families are moving to our town and dozens of families are joining the CPS at the KG level every year. The PTO is looking for Peer Parent volunteers to show these families the ropes and answer any questions they may have. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Deepa Chungi at carlisleptonewcomers@gmail.com with your name, phone number, and the age(s) of your kid(s) if they are still in school. Click on the following link for more information on the Peer Parent Program.




    Save the date!  The Annual 6th Grade Spaghetti Supper is Tuesday, October 22th, from 5-8 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School. Enjoy a delicious homemade meal served by the 6th graders, socialize with friends, and support the Carlisle schools. Win prizes by purchasing regular or golden raffle tickets. Buy tickets for the Spaghetti Supper and raffles from any 6th grader or at Ferns Country Store. 

    Spaghetti Supper 2019




     Husky Halloween




    Have you left stuffies at the swap shed, only to have your own child retrieve them? Do you need to make room for the new ones that will appear this holiday season? You can safely donate any unwanted stuffed animals into our Bay State Textiles donation bins. Make sure they’re clean and dry, and place in a garbage bag and tie it. Stuffed animals are just the beginning – you may donate any clothing, footwear, or household textiles. Two collection bins are conveniently located near the gym entrance at the Carlisle Public School, available for your items any day of the week, as well as a bin at the transfer station! Click here for more info!



    The Community Center Advisory Group has created a survey for all Carlisle residents - including students to find out what people think about a possible Community Center in Carlisle. The survey is 5 questions and should take less than 5 minutes to complete.  Just click on this link, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3WDRRFT, and tell them what you think!



    Join other parents and volunteer with the PTO for 2 hours this year. There are lots of ways to volunteer - learn more and check out the Busy Parents Guide to PTOParticipation.

    Visit our Volunteer page on our website to learn more. Immediate opportunities - Library Volunteering



    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.

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

    The Gleason Public Library would like to gently remind students and parents that food is not allowed in the Library. Please enjoy snacks and other food outside so we may keep the Library clean, beautiful, and allergy-friendly.


    All ages:

    Meet Miss Miranda!

    Tuesday, October 8, 4-6 p.m.

    Drop in and welcome Carlisle's new children's librarian, Miranda Griffiths! We will have fall leaves to decorate, and snacks available. Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8.


    Elementary or younger:

    Fall Story Times

    Thursdays, October 10 through 31

    Fall story times begin on October 10! Drop-in Story Time for ages 0 to 3 will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Preschool Story Time (ages 3-6) will meet at 1:15 p.m. Thursdays—registration requested at gleasonlibrary.org/calendar or 978-369-4898. Story times are held in the third floor Hollis Room.


    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club

    The 1st and 2nd Grade Book Club will be back in November! Please call the Library 978-369-4898 or check gleasonlibrary.org starting in mid-October for details and to sign up.

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: Dial-a-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson
    Thursday, October 10, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org

    The 36th Annual Great Pumpkin Spectacle
    Monday, October 28; registration is 4:30-6 pm at the Library, storyteller is at 6:45 pm at FRS

    The Gleason Public Library will host its Great Pumpkin Spectacle, an event that has become a Carlisle Halloween tradition.

    This year there will be three categories for kindergartners, first, second, third and fourth graders: Carved; Decorated; and Carved & Decorated, plus two "lucky" winners, one drawn from lower elementary and one drawn from upper elementary. Those who do not wish their pumpkins to be judged may bring them to a special “display only” table.

    To register, bring your pumpkin to the children’s department at GPL between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28. Pumpkins will be judged separately on each grade level and category.

    At 6:45 p.m., storyteller and children's librarian David Mello will present his show, "Tales Best Told in the Dark," an enthralling blend of ghost stories and shadow puppets, all told against a shadow screen at Union Hall in the First Religious Society (27 School Street). Please note this year's location change: the show will be held at FRS instead of the Corey Auditorium!

    Once the show is over and after an informal parade from the school to the library at approximately 7:35 p.m. (children are encouraged to bring flashlights), the three judges will announce their decisions. Families and friends are then invited to share in this traditional evening of fun with their children by viewing the pumpkins on display and enjoying light snacks and refreshments.

    Special thanks to the Friends of the Gleason Library, the Carlisle Police Department, Carlisle Public School, the Carlisle Mosquito, our volunteers, our guest judges, and you, all our participants!

    Finally, please remember to pick up your pumpkins by the next day, Tuesday, October 29, before they spoil.


    For Middle School:


    Early Release Day Movie
    Tuesday, October 22, 1 pm, Grades 5-8

    See the fourth movie in this Pixar franchise featuring the secret life of toys—and this time, a spork. 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: Paint a Pumpkin
    Friday, October 18, 2:45 pm

    Paint and decorate a mini pumpkin to decorate your table, front steps, or wherever you want to spread some Halloween spirit! This craft is for grades 5-8. Materials are limited and will be given out first-come, first-serve.

    5th and 6th Grade Book Club: Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    Wednesday, October 23, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org

    Carlisle Kids' House    

    Questions? Contact Christine at 978-369-5558 or email: exec_director@carlislekidshouse.org

     Caring for Carlisle

    Attention Parents & Students…Grandparents too!!

    Announcing a short, 5-question survey to help provide feedback on what you and your family members would like to do at a Carlisle Community/Activity Center.  

    Work is being done through Abacus Architects on a CHNA grant funded feasibility study for a Community Center in Carlisle. Your survey responses will provide invaluable feedback that will help with the programming and overall design of the proposed community center building, and we would love your input.  Please encourage Carlisle residents of all ages to also take this short survey at:


    The survey may also be accessed directly on the Town website at www.carlislema.gov and clicking on the ‘News & Notices’ tab.  It is currently the 5th item down after the Fall Town Meeting announcement.  Due to the availability of our grant resources for the Community Center feasibility study, the survey will only be available until early October. Thank you again for sharing your feedback! 

    CC Youth Basketball Travel Tryouts - Registration Closes This Week!

    CC Youth Basketball will be holding tryouts for the 2019/2020 travel basketball season on Saturday, October 5.  The travel basketball program is open to boys and girls in grades 4 - 8, and teams play competitive games against surrounding towns in the MetroWest basketball league.  The season runs from the beginning of December through the beginning of March.  Pre-registration is required, so please register today at http://ccybasketball.org.  

    Concord Carlisle Youth Hockey

    The CCYH Learn to Skate and Mosquitos (Learn to Play Hockey) programs are now open for registration. Both programs are held at the Middlesex School in Concord from November 2 through the end of February. Learn to Skate sessions are held Saturday mornings and Mosquitos sessions are held Saturday and Sunday mornings.

    The CCYH Hot Shots program is also open for registration. Hot Shots is an in-house non-checking ice hockey program open to boys and girls 8-15 yrs old.  Practices and games are held at the Middlesex School rink in Concord from the beginning of November through the end of February.

    Please visit www.ccyh.org for more information and to register for any of these programs.

    Sips and Swirls Wine Tasting to benefit Carlisle rotary

    Sit, sip, and chat a bit at the Sips and Swirls Wine Tasting on Saturday October 12 from 3:00 to 5:00 in Center Park. The Carlisle Garden Club and Ferns Country Store are sponsoring this event which will feature delicious munchies, games, and a full array of wines, presented by an expert, with education on the varieties. Sips and Swirls will benefit the Carlisle rotary, which is maintained by the Garden Club at no cost to the town. The rotary will receive a new landscape design and new plantings after construction in the Town Center is completed next year.

    The cost per person is $20. Please see carlislegardenclub.org to purchase tickets. Wine sale specials will be available at Ferns during and after the tasting. Stock up for the holidays and help a good cause.

    The Garden Club is a non-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible. A rain date is planned for Sunday October 13, same time, same place. Seating is limited so bring pop up chairs and/or blankets if you don’t wish to stand. Attendees must be twenty-one and older; please be prepared to show identification. For more information contact Cecile Sandwen at c.sandwen@verizon.net

  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in November, 2019. Please email your submissions to Nancy Anderson at nanderson@carlisle.k12.ma.us by October 30 at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file. Thank you!