February 2020
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     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle Families,

    I hope your start to the new year went well and that January brought some joy and excitement into your lives.  While I know many of us were a little disappointed in our Patriots’ performance this year, we can be pleased that we didn’t have any snow cancellations in January (I know, little consolation : ).  Luckily, there were a number of opportunities for entertainment here at the Carlisle School this month with our 4th grade Band and Chorus concert, our 5th and 6th grade Chorus concert, our 7th and 8th grade Chorus concert and the performance by our Advanced Chorus, each of which did an exceptional job.  Bravo to all of our performers as well as our Chorus and Band Directors.

    It may be just the beginning of February but our 8th grade team and the team at CCHS have been busy making plans for the smooth transition to the high school.  We were pleased to have CCRSD Superintendent Laurie Hunter and CCHS Principal Mike Mastrullo, along with a team from CCHS, here in Carlisle this month for the first of a number of transition meetings they are hosting.  The evening here in Carlisle was well attended by 8th grade parents and I believe all in attendance found the session informative and also appreciated the additional effort on the part of the CCHS team to come to Carlisle.  As always, I encourage 8th grade parents to reach out to our Middle School Counselor Kim Reid if they have any questions or need any assistance in navigating the transition process. 

    Our district visioning work also continues in February as we plan for parents, students, faculty and staff to participate in the visioning process.  We have scheduled multiple opportunities for parents, guardians and community members to participate and you should have received a direct email from me with information regarding the sessions and with a link to RSVP your attendance.  The dates and times for the parent/guardian sessions are Wednesday, February 5 at 9 AM and 7 PM, and then again on Monday February 10th at 9 AM and 7 PM.  I ask that you please RSVP your attendance at a session so that we can manage the activity or make alternate arrangements if attendance at a session may be too low for the activity.  We are also planning two sessions for our middle school students to participate in this visioning work, and those sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, February 11th at 2:30 and Wednesday, February 12 at 2:30.  We do hope you will encourage your middle school students to attend if they are interested.

    Finally, just a reminder, February break starts on Monday, February 17 with school being closed all week.


    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 February Lunch Menu:

    February 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! 


    Kindergarten - 5th grade - Are working on jump rope skills - short and long ropes.

    6th - 8th grade - Racket skills - badminton skills and games.

    Please continue to remind your student about appropriate footwear and or clothing.  The expectation for students is that they wear sneakers and comfortable clothing that allows them to move freely.   


    Attention Grades 3rd - 8th 

    Intramural Floor Hockey - We will be offering intramural floor hockey after school from 3:00pm - 4:30pm, the cost is $55.00. Please make checks made out to Town of Carlisle. The dates are February 24, 25, 26, 27, March 2, 4, 9, 10.  Contact Mrs. Carmel for more details.

    permission form.pdf 

    Intramural Gymnastics - We will be offering intramural gymnastics after school from 3:00pm - 4:30pm, the cost is $55.00. Please make checks made out to Town of Carlisle. The dates are March 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 26, 30, 31. Contact Mrs. Carmel for more details.

    Please complete the permission form for your child to participate in the after school intramural program/s.


    Attention Grades 6th - 8th 

    Sign-ups for Girls Volleyball, Girls Softball and Boys Baseball are up in the gym. Seasons starts the first or second week of April.  We would love to bring back a baseball team to Carlisle.  We are also excited to offer a volleyball program for the first time.  With help from the high school volleyball program we are hoping to start this program!  Please discuss these opportunities with your student athletes.  The commitment for spring sports is Monday - Thursday 3:00pm - 4:30pm.  The cost is $225.00. (This might be different for the new volleyball program).

    Please contact Lynne Carmel for more details. 

    Thank you,


    Save the date(s), and mark your calendars for * Read Across America 2020!

    We will be hosting Read Across America Week from Tuesday, 2/25 –Monday, 3/2.

    There will be dress – up days for students and staff, a door decorating contest, and on Monday, 3/2, we will celebrate with Community Guest Readers in the classrooms (K-5). Please note that the Door Decorating Contest is for the entire school, Pre-K -8.

    Thanks for your help,

    Carlisle Read Across America Team

    Kathi Macklis

    Maya Bery

    Rachel Levy

    Lucy O’Connor


    * Read Across America 2020 – Sponsored by the PTO 

    Save the date for another great CEF Party!

    Friday April 3rd at the Red Raven in Acton

    Details to follow in February.
    Sign up for announcements, invitations and news from the Carlisle Education Foundation at


    Be Our Guest! Save the date for ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’

    Starring Carlisle's 7th Grade, Class of 2021!  Please mark your calendar for the performances to be held at the Corey Auditorium.  

    Show times are Thursday, March 19th at 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 21st at 7:00 p.m.  

    Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over 13 years and on the Academy Award-winning motion picture, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.” is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. The show is a magical story full of dazzling music! 

    Tickets are currently available online:  https://www.ticketstage.com/T/CARLISLEPS and at Ferns Country Store

    Also, in late February you may buy tickets directly from 7th graders, and on March’s Early Release day & the week before the show — and if they last, at the door!

    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



    PTO Recruitment




    On Friday, February 14, the Curriculum Enrichment Committee of the PTO is pleased to welcome Shakespeare & Company, Residency Workshop. 

    Eight actors from the renowned Shakespeare and Company conduct a full day of workshops with our 8th Grade class on scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  The eighth graders have spent six weeks in class exploring the language of Shakespeare’s comedy and have experimented with characters, costumes and action.  The workshops with the actors are designed to bring the play to life and help each student explore the power of Shakespeare’s language.  Actors will work with small groups of students on different parts of the acting process, including embodying character, developing conflicts, and expressing emotion through action.  At the end of the day, students will have the chance to perform for each other and appreciate each other’s humor, bravery, and creativity.  

    Programs such as this are funded by your contributions to the PTO and we sincerely thank you for your continued support!






    Save the Date!

    March 30th – April 3rd

    The Book Fair is returning!

    This year we are thrilled about some changes we have for you: a new vendor that has an on- line store for friends and family to access for a limited time, new presenters, different contests, and special events. But we are really excited to retain many of the features you have grown to love and expect at your Book Fair: Loads of awesome books, raffle drawings and prizes, and the always popular pajama story time featuring some of your favorite local narrators. More details will be forthcoming; Mark your calendars now for this year’s Book Fair and support your library!

    In the meantime, please consider purchasing gift certificates for your children, teachers, and staff members. Click here to order your certificates: http://www.carlislemapto.org/store/p226/PTO_Book_Fair_Email_Gift_Certificate.html




    Save the date for the annual PTO Summer Camp Fair, happening on Monday March 23rd at 6pm.  This event is FREE to attend.  More details to follow, stay tuned. 





    The 8th Grade students have designed and created a shirt that will be for sale on the PTO website beginning on February 3rd!   This shirt is available for every Carlisle Public School student, staff and faculty member - parents and guardians too!  Shirts are a beautiful royal blue with the tagline, ‘Only in Carlisle’ on the back.  Short sleeve sizes range from children’s small to adult extra-large and are selling for $15.00.  Not only is this a great shirt, it’s a fundraiser for the 8th Grade for their graduation activities.   

    The sale closes on February 29th.  Head over to the PTO website at CarlisleMAPTO.org. Thanks in advance for your order!



    Before we know it our 8th Graders will be graduating!  While most of the graduation activities happen in June, here is a chance to start celebrating!  Go to the PTO website CarlisleMAPTO.org. to check out the 'Class of 2020’ shirts!  For just $10.00 you can order a shirt with all the graduating student names on the back.  Shirts are white with all student names in royal blue.  Short sleeve shirt sizes range from adult small to adult extra-large.  They will be available on the PTO website from February 3-29, 2020.  Delivery will be on or around March 13, so students will have all spring to wear them!  These shirts are priced with a very small profit margin; profits will go toward graduation activities.  



    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! 



    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


    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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    Friends of the Gleason Public Library “Pop-Up” Used Book Sale

    Saturday, February 8, 11 am to 3 pm

    The genre for the sale will be non-fiction for adults and children. Donations will be collected on Thursday, February 6, from 4 to 8 pm and Friday, February 7, from 2 to 4:30 pm

    Boston Bruins Pajama Drive

    Saturday, February 1 through Saturday, March 15

    The library will be collecting new children’s and teen pajamas for the Boston Bruins Pajama Drive. We will be kicking off the drive at the Stuffed Animal Sleepover, so you are welcome to bring a pair if you attend!

    Elementary or younger:

    Stuffed Animal Sleepover

    Wednesday, February 5, 6pm

    Bring a stuffed animal friend to the library for a sleepover! We will read stories, complete a craft and you will leave your stuffed animal overnight in the library. Then you can come pick them up the next day and hear about all of their adventures. Registration required; contact Miranda Griffiths at mgriffiths@gleasonlibrary.org

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: Humphrey's Really Wheely Racing Day by Betty G. Birney

    Tuesday, February 11, 4 pm

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

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: Capture the Flag by Kate Messner
    Thursday, February 13, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact John Toothaker at jtoothaker@gleasonlibrary.org


    For Middle School:

    Early Release Day Movie
    Tuesday, February 4, 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.

    Middle School Book Club: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
    Wednesday, February 26, 4 pm, Grades 5-8
    Registration required; contact John Toothaker at jtoothaker@gleasonlibrary.org


    February Vacation Events:

    Kindness Hearts Craft

    Tuesday, February 18, 1 pm

    Join us as we create kindness hearts to pass out to the Carlisle community to spread love and kindness to those around us. Each heart will feature words of encouragement and will be completely designed by you!

    Kids Origami

    Wednesday, February 19, 1:30 pm, Grades 2-4

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

    Family Mindfulness

    Thursday, February 20, 11 am

    Join us for a calming mindfulness program. Children and families will learn about the benefits of mindfulness and be able to practice some mindful skills. Then we will create calm jars for you to take home and use on your own!

    Family Movie

    Friday, February 21, 2 pm

    Popcorn and drinks provided.

    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

    Center for Parents and Teachers

    In collaboration with the Concord SEPAC

    Offers a free Parent Education Program on February 3, 2020 7 PM

    Location: Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road, West Concord MA 


    Do You Know How to Talk About Friendships with Your Child?

    All of us parents at some point face dealing with our child’s social skills.

    Come hear some sage advice and learn specific approaches that build skills

    in a talk with the author of “Why Will No One Play With Me?:

    The Play Better Plan to Help Children of All Ages Make Friends and Thrive”


    The Center for Parents and Teachers in collaboration with the Concord SEPAC (Concord and Concord-Carlisle Special Education Parent Advisory Council) invite parents and grandparents to learn from esteemed author Caroline Maguire on the topic of children's friendships and the development of social skills.

    “Why Will No One Play with Me?” is a question every parent fears having to answer, yet one that has become more prevalent with each generation. Whether you are the parent of a child with learning differences, social integration issues, one that is a victim of bullying or even the parent of a child navigating the seemingly simple process of growing up, there has never been a greater need for a go-to resource that provides parents with the tools to help their children navigate the challenges of social interactions. In this presentation, Caroline introduces audiences to the tools they need to become their child’s (or student’s) social skills coach. Caroline shares her proven strategies, outlined in her book Why Will No One Play With Me?:  The Play Better Plan to Help Children of All Ages Make Friends and Thrive, teaching parents how to coach their child through executive function skill-building sessions (as it relates to the social realm). Caroline’s successful “Play Better Plan” is a three-part program where children make noticeable progress while building confidence and enjoying a more satisfying social life. 


    Caroline Maguire, ACCG, PCC, M.Ed. is an internationally renowned ADHD coach for children and adolescents. For over a decade, Caroline has coached children who have ADHD and trained parents on how to coach their children at home. Her coaching skills have been sought out by organizations across the globe. She now trains other coaches on how to coach children with ADHD. Caroline is a passionate personal coach, author, teacher, and speaker whose work has inspired important conversations about social skills at elementary and middle schools and in homes all across the country.  Caroline believes all children can shine. Her work is critical to parents everywhere who support children with executive function challenges struggling to show their best selves. 

    To help our planning, please pre-register for this free program at the eventbrite site listed below

    (or click on the link to it at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org ):


    Why Will No One Play With Me

    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.

  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in March, 2020. Please email your submissions to Nancy Anderson at nanderson@carlisle.k12.ma.us by February 27 at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file. Thank you!