January 2020
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     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle Families,


    Happy 2020!

    It’s hard to believe it is 2020, as it seems like it was only yesterday that we experienced the Y2K scare.  It just shows you that time goes by way too quickly, further demonstrating how important each moment with friends and family truly is.

    2020 is looking to be another exciting year in the Carlisle School District and the events we have scheduled for this January are a great way to kick off the new decade.  We are pleased that our new drama program performed the play “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” in school on January 6.  It is a thought provoking show and we are pleased that our students had the opportunity to see their friends and classmates perform.  On Friday, January 10, our students will be treated to an Afro-Brazilian Ensemble performance by Capoeira, thanks to the PTO.  On the evening of January 16, the 4th grade will hold their Band and Chorus Concert.  Remember that school will be closed on January 20 in observation of the Martin Luther King holiday. On Tuesday, January 21, the 5th and 6th and the 7th and 8th grade Chorus and Advanced Chorus will hold their winter concert.

    Understanding that time passes much too swiftly, I am pleased to report that our schools continue to plan for the future of learning in Carlisle through our visioning work.  We currently have 26 people serving on our Visioning Committee which is scheduled for its next meeting on Wednesday, January 15, at 4 PM in the Carlisle Community Room.  The committee has engaged in some future visioning activities and is looking forward to engaging town leaders, school faculty and staff, and parents in a similar process in the weeks ahead.  The Visioning Committee is also establishing an Innovation, Research and Best Practices sub-committee in case any of you are interested in this topic and would like to become involved.  If you are interested please don’t hesitate to let me know.

    Looking forward to an exciting 2020!


    Best 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 January Lunch Menu:

    January Lunch Menu


    Do you have gently used or new pencils or pens at your house? While cleaning out his house this summer, Caleb T. and his family found over 100 pencils!  He wrote a letter to the Early Act Club and proposed an idea! 

    The Early Act Rotary Club is collecting writing utensils to donate to Right to Write. Right to Write is an organization that sends spare pencils and pens to children in developing countries who do not have access to writing tools. Pencils must be standard size and not worn out. Pens are required to be new or gently used. Donation boxes will be placed in various locations around the school. 

    Help us meet our goal - 5000 pencils! 

    STEAM Brochure

    Attached is the Winter 2020 STEAM Brochure.

    STEAM Winter 2020

    The Second and Fifth Grade buddy classes would like to thank our Carlisle Families and our staff for the overwhelmingly generous support of our tenth Pajama Program.  On December 18th, we delivered more than 250 pairs of warm pajamas to the Pajama Program for children of all ages and sizes.  These pajamas are then paired with books from the Scholastic Book Company.  What a wonderful way for all of us to welcome the winter season!  With our deepest gratitude to the kind, caring, and generous families of the Carlisle School.  
    The fifth and second grade buddies and their teachers

    Kindergarten – Fall 2020

    Do you have a child who is eligible for Kindergarten in the fall of 2020? To verify your intent to enroll your child in kindergarten, please email Amy Smack, Registrar, at asmack@carlisle.k12.ma.us with your child’s full name (including middle name), date of birth, gender, parent/guardian names, email addresses, phone numbers, and mailing address(es).

    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.  


  • Carlisle PTO






    The annual Carlisle PTO Book Fair is coming March 30 - April 3, 2020. Now is the perfect time to purchase book fair gift certificates for birthday and holiday gifts for students and teachers to be used during the book fair. All proceeds from the PTO Book Fair go directly to support the school library.  Click HERE to purchase Book Fair Gift Certificates.





    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.



    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 Husky Directory is now FREE to all parents/guardians!



    MySchoolAnywhere is now called Membership Toolkit this year. 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.

    Register online at CarlisleMAPTO.membershiptoolkit.com

    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(s) 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 “Non-Fundraiser” Fundraiser   

    Together, we can eliminate the need for so many other fundraisers throughout the school year. Instead, we can all 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!


    To date, less than 40% of student contributions have been made this school year, and we need all of you to contribute in order to continue funding the programs that help make our school such a special place for our children.


    There are multiple ways to help us enrich the learning experience of ALL students:

    1. Go online to www.CarlisleMAPTO.organd use our buttons on the front page
    2. Log into the free Husky Directory at CarlisleMAPTO.membershiptoolkit.com
    3. Write a check payable to “Carlisle PTO” with student name(s) in the memoand return to the school office or mail to: Carlisle PTO, PO Box 4, Carlisle, MA 01741

    Remember, we need at least $30 per student! Thank you for your continued support.
    Questions? Contact: 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.



    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
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    General Announcement:

    The Gleason Library is being re-carpeted the week of January 6th, 2020. We will be open for our regular hours, but access to many library collections and services will be limited each day. The work is planned to take approximately one week. Public computers will be unavailable Monday, 1/6 and Tuesday, 1/7.

    Elementary or younger:

    Little Wiggles
    Thursdays at 10:30 am, January 23-March 12 (not Feb. 20)

    Join Miss Miranda for stories, songs, and activies geared toward ages 0 to 3. Children must be accompanied by their caregiver. No registration is required.

    Story Adventures
    Wednesdays at 2 pm, January 22-March 11 (not Feb. 19)

    Join Miss Miranda for stories, activities, and crafts!
    This program is designed for ages 3 to 6. Children must be accompanied by their caregiver. No registration is required.

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: Please Write In This Book by Mary Amato

    Tuesday, January 21, 4 pm

    Registration required; contact Miranda Griffiths at mgriffiths@gleasonlibrary.org

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: Masterpiece by Elise Broach
    Thursday, January 9, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org

    For Middle School:

    Early Release Day Movie
    Tuesday, January 21, 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: Ghost by Jason Reynolds
    Wednesday, January 15, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org

    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

    Carlisle Kids' House    

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

    From Conflict to Collaboration: A Parent Framework That Brings Out the Best in You and Your Child

    A Presentation by Ben Stich from Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020

    6:30 - 8:00p.m.

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

    Do you ever feel frustrated with your child/teen? Do you find yourself conflicted in reaction to challenging behavior and responding in ineffective ways? Imagine having a simple framework that guides you in every parenting challenge and brings out the best in you and your child. Come hear an overview of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach, which gives parents concrete tools to relate better to their kids, reduce their challenging behavior and build their skills in self regulation, communication and problem-solving. Think:Kids is a program in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. Event is free and open to the public. Questions? Please contact Betty Ann Killian bkillian@nashobabrooks.org .

    Concord Youth Theatre Upcoming Events 

    Don’t miss Concord Youth Theatre’s performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid! Performances on January 10 at 7:30, January 11 at 4:00 and January 12 at 2:30 at Concord Youth Theatre’s new home at 53 Church Street, West Concord. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased online at www.concordyouththeatre.org. Tickets may also be available for purchase at the door. This performance is recommended for ages 4 and up. 

    If your child is interested in drama, CYT offers classes for kids in grades 3-12.

    Students in grades 6-12 can audition for the musical Broadway Your Way.  Students will create a devised full length production using music that they choose to suit their work. Students will work as a team to build a story and script in the spirit of true collaboration. They will develop characters around a central plot line and theme based on songs, story and individual strengths. A unique educational opportunity to explore the creative process from a simple idea to a full production. Auditions: Monday, January 13 & Tuesday, January 14 from 6:30-7:30pm.

    Go to www.concordyouththeatre.org for more information.

    CC Youth Lacrosse: Registration for Grade 1 — 8 Open

    CC Youth Boys and Girls Lacrosse registration for grades 1 – 8 is still open, but between January 1st  – January 15 there will be a late fee of $35.  If you register after January 15th, you will be put on a wait list and your son/daughter cannot be guaranteed a spot at this point. 

    NOTE - The link for "CC Youth Boys and Girls Lacrosse” is - http://www.ccyouthlacrosse.com/?org=ccyouthlacrosse.com

    STUDENTS NEEDED to help seniors with snow shoveling and yard work:  We have many seniors who are in need of  show shoveling and yard work help who can’t afford to pay someone.  If you can help a senior, please contact the COA at 978-371-2895.


    Public Health Nurse

    Office Hours

    Questions about Vaping? Alcohol? Interested in what vaping products look like?

    Join Tricia McGean, Carlisle’s Public Health Nurse, from Emerson Hospital Home Care, on Wednesday, January 15, 6:30pm-8:30pm, in the Hollis Room (third floor) of the Gleason Public Library. She will have examples of vaping products. And can address any health question.

    The sessions are not intended to diagnose or treat new illnesses. We look forward to meeting you! These “Office Hours” are funded by the Concord Carlisle Community Chest.

    Vape 1

    Vape 2


    Music lessons with IMSCC

    The Winter/Spring session starts in January! New students of all ages and levels are welcome. We have lessons for a wide variety of band and orchestra instruments as well as piano, guitar, ukulele and voice.

    Lessons are given in the Concord and Carlisle schools, after school and evenings. New students can begin the registration process at https://ccace.asapconnected.com/#PrivateLessons

    Please visit http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school/ for information about IMSCC, including tuition rates, instructor bios and more. For information about our semi-private lesson option and more about how to register, please visit http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/register/

    The Concord Conservatory of Music will be offering Mock Auditions for area students auditioning for Eastern Junior Districts on Saturday, January 11th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

    15-minute audition slots are available for strings, brass, and woodwinds students.  The fee for students outside of CCM is $20.  

    Here is the link for more information and registrations.  https://concordconservatory.org/news/junior-district-mock-auditions-jan-11

    The Concord Conservatory of Music



    Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council and METCO present

    MLK Jr. Celebration 

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020

    MLK 2020

    The Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council and the Concord and Concord-Carlisle METCO Department would like to invite the Boston, Carlisle, and Concord communities to the 27th annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, an important event to celebrate the life and legacy of this great leader.

    There will be acapella performances by CCHS Take Note, and The Works, a local adult acapella singing group to offer inspiration that honors the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will also have a presentation by a special guest speaker.

    This annual event is always a special evening, and a wonderful opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s message of integration, freedom, and justice for all.

    The celebration begins at 6:30 PM, at the Concord-Carlisle High School (500 Walden Street, Concord, MA). The event is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided after the event.

  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in February, 2020. Please email your submissions to Nancy Anderson at nanderson@carlisle.k12.ma.us by January 30 at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file. Thank you!