December 2022
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     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle Families, 

    December is always an exciting time of year.  In Carlisle this month we have a great many classroom and school wide activities taking place.  On December 6th our Kindergarten students will experience the Wingmasters in-school presentation, which features multiple owls and other interesting birds.  We welcome back the program and thank the Carlisle PTO Curriculum Enrichment Committee for making this and so many other special enrichment presentations possible for our students.

    Our 5th and 6th grade band and chorus students will hold a winter concert on Thursday evening December 8th in the auditorium.  The DEICAC will be hosting a Pokemon Card-a-Palooza on December 14th from 3:00-5:00 PM in the Corey Dining Room.  The Drama Club will be performing Willy Wonka Jr.  Two performances are scheduled for Friday, December 16th at 7:00 PM and Saturday, December 17th at 2:00 PM.  Later in December Varsity Basketball starts their season.  Check the district calendar on the homepage of the website for game dates and locations. We hope you will be able to make it out to attend some of these events.

    In the spirit of giving, the second and fifth grade classes have kicked off the 13th Annual Pajama Drive.  They invite you to join them in their community service project of donating warm pajamas to children in need. Please consider donating one, two, or more pairs of brand-new pajamas by Friday, December 16th.

    In the middle of all of this activity we have an early release day on Thursday, December 8th and no school on Friday, December 9th for Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences and professional development for other staff members.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s experience here in school, I encourage you to reach out to the classroom teachers and set up a time to talk with them.

    I hope you all have the opportunity to enjoy this festive season with family and friends.


    Warm regards,

    Jim O’Shea



  • School Events and Information

    School Calendar

    Click here to view and download the 2022-2023 calendar

    December LUNCH MENU

    Click here to view the December 2022 Lunch menu

    WINTER - Middle School Athletics


    Boys Tryouts:

    • Monday December 5th 3:00-4:15 PM
    • Wednesday December 7th 3:00-4:15 PM

    Girls Tryouts:

    • Tuesday December 6th 3:00-4:15 PM
    • Wednesday December 7th 2:30-3:45 PM

    All players must have a current physical (within the calendar year) on file with the nurse’s office.  User Fee: $225.00 check made out to the Town of Carlisle or online payment is available on the Carlisle Public Schools Website under the Business Office drop down.  See Mrs. Carmel for more details.



    Intramural Winter Program

    Grades 4th- 8th   Intramural Floor Hockey

    Girls and boys interested in playing intramural floor hockey.  Please sign up in the gym. 

    Dates:  February 27, 28, March 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16

    Time:  3:05-4:15 PM

    Where: Corey Gym

    Cost:  $55.00 check made out to the Town of Carlisle

    See Mrs. Carmel for more details.

    You need appropriate clothing, a signed permission slip and a check.  Permission Slip

    Mark your Calendar for Picture Retake Day – Thursday, December 8, 2022

    Picture day was held on Friday, October 7th and retake day is scheduled for Thursday, December 8th, an early release day.  If you ordered pictures online or turned in an order form on picture day, the pre-order window closed at midnight on October 7th. Those orders have been processed and will be sent to the school in mid-November.  If you did not order pictures online and are waiting to see the proofs before ordering, you will receive a unique identifier with your picture packet when it is sent home in about 2 weeks. 

    If you want your student to have their picture retaken, please return the picture packet from the October 7th picture day to the Main Office by Friday, December 2nd. If you send the packet back with your child please email Jenny Wright at jwright@carlisle.k12.ma.us or Tamara Willsie at twillsie@carlisle.k12.ma.us so they can confirm receipt of the packet and include the student on the retake list.  All students who were absent on October 7th will have their photo taken on December 8th.

    If you have any further questions, please call the main office or contact Ms. Wright at jwright@carlisle.k12.ma.us or Ms. Willsie at twillsie@carlisle.k12.ma.us.

    13th Annual Pajama Drive

    The second and fifth grade classes would like to invite you to join them in our community service project.  This is the Carlisle Schools’ thirteenth year of donating warm pajamas to children in need. Last year, we collected more than 260 pairs of pajamas!  These pajamas were brought to children in the care of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Please consider donating one, two, or more pairs of brand-new pajamas to the Pajama Drive Baskets located at the two main entrances of the Spalding Building and the entrance to the Robbins Building (Library Entrance), by Friday, December 16th.

    Here are some guidelines:

    • Pajamas must be brand-new.
    • Pajamas in all sizes are needed—from newborn to adult.
    • Pajamas must be in complete sets or nightgowns.
    • Pajamas in children’s sizes must be manufactured as pajamas—this ensures that they are flame-retardant and safe.

    (Please note that PJs sold with a yellow tag stating that “For child’s safety, garment should fit snugly. This garment is not flame resistant. Loose-fitting garment is more likely to catch fire” MAY BE DONATED!)

    Thank you for helping us provide a Loving Bedtime, A Peaceful Good Night, and a Positive Good Day!  Your second and fifth grade friends in Mrs. Caron’s, Mrs. Cox’s, Mrs. Gilchrist’s, and Mrs. Gleason’s, Mrs. Meyer’s, Mr. Naroff’s, and Ms. Putnam’s classes.

    If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Vanaria at lvanaria@carlisle.k12.ma.us.  You can find out more about the drive and the program at https://pajamaprogram.org/

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    Kindergarten - Fall 2023

    Calling all future kindergartners in Carlisle! Do you have a child who is eligible for kindergarten in 2023? All children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2023 are encouraged to register for kindergarten at the Carlisle Public Schools. Please contact Amy Smack, Registrar, at 978-369-6550 or asmack@carlisle.k12.ma.us. Please include: student’s full name, date of birth, home address, parent/guardian name(s), phone number(s), and email address(es). If your child is eligible for kindergarten but you are making different plans, please let us know. Thank you!


    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 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, Director of Student Support Services, at lbruce@carlisle.k12.ma.us  or 978-369–3758.

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


    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, at lbruce@carlisle.k12.ma.us or 978-369-3758.



    DEICAC - POKEMON CARD-A-PALOOZA! - December 14, 3:00-5:00 PM

    Do your children love trading Pokemon cards? Do you need a couple of extra hours to get holiday errands done? Then leave those kiddos with us for a Pokemon card trading party on Wednesday 12/14 from 3:00-5:00 PM in the school cafeteria. (Please let your children's teachers know if you'd like them to be dismissed directly to the event.) Click here for more information and to register your children. Proceeds go to supporting DEICAC community events. Note: This event is designed for Grades K-4, but we are looking for teen volunteers to help us out. If your teen is interested (get those community service hours!), they can email Mahreen Hoda.



    Brighten the Night on December 20th

    Shine a light on mental health and grief awareness as part of William’s Be Yourself Challenge.

    To participate, purchase a kit of luminaries and line your driveway or steps after sunset on December 20th. The kits include 14 luminaries - 13 for William's birthday and 1 for you to bring to the Carlisle Town Green in honor of someone you've lost.

    For more information or to purchase a kit online, please visit our website at www.williamsbeyourselfchallenge.org


    Other Items of Interest

    Gleason Public Library
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    For registrations, please visit gleasonlibrary.org/events unless otherwise noted. For more information about any of these events, email childrens@gleasonlibrary.org.

    Holiday closures: The Library will have the following holiday hours:

    • Saturday, December 24: 10:00 AM -1:00 PM
    • Monday, December 26: Closed
    • Saturday, December 31: 10:00 AM -1:00 PM
    • Monday, January 2: Closed

    The Gleason Public Library is planning scheduled improvements to the HVAC ventilation system in the upcoming weeks. Some areas of the Library may be unavailable at times for patron safety during construction. The updated equipment will be more energy-efficient and use sensors to respond to fresh air ventilation needs in the building. Please check the Library’s website for information on current conditions daily.

    Elementary or younger:

    GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP (VIRTUAL; WAITLIST ONLY) - Friday, December 9 | 3:30 PM and 5:30 PM
    Create your own gingerbread house with help from crafter extraordinaire Mandy Roberge in one of two live online workshops on Friday, December 9, at 3:30 PM and 5:30 PM. Pick up a kit at the Library that will have everything you need to make your own gingerbread house at home, then follow along with Mandy over Zoom as she shows you the finer points of gingerbread construction.  As we have a limited number of kits, we are only allowing one kit per household. Please register only once. We are currently only accepting names for the waitlist for both sessions; please make sure to be aware of which of the two sessions for which you are registering. This fun annual event is made possible by our wonderful Friends of Gleason Public Library.

    WINTER HOLIDAY SING-ALONG WITH STEVE BLUNT - Thursday, December 15 | 6:00 PM
    Join us for a Winter Holiday Sing-Along with Steve Blunt! Let's celebrate the winter holidays together in this fun family concert. If you're able, drop by the Children's Room earlier in the week to decorate your own holiday hand bells that we will use during the Winter Holiday Sing-Along!  Steve Blunt is a New Hampshire singer/storyteller whose fun, upbeat performances delight audiences throughout New England. Registration for the concert is required.

    The talented cooks from the Kids' Table, based in Chicago, are back for another fun 1-hour cooking class on Zoom. This time, we'll learn how to make delicious rugelach for Hanukkah!  Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link and a list of the ingredients and baking supplies for the class. Families are welcome to participate together in this class. When you register, please register under one name as a family.

    Thursday, December 8 | 10:30 AM
    **Please check the Gleason Library website to verify the location, as it may change depending on HVAC work.** Join The Nature Connection as we explore plants and animals and connect with the world around us in new ways—all through nature-based stories and poems! During this monthly 45-minute program for 3-6-year-olds, we will read a seasonally appropriate story followed by a sensory engagement activity. Registration is required. Masks are strongly recommended for ages 2 and up.

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: Even Robots Can Be Thankful! by Jan Thomas - Wednesday, December 7, 4:00 PM

    Registration required; email childrens@gleasonlibrary.org or visit gleasonlibrary.org/events to register.

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements - Thursday, December 8, 4:00 PM
    Registration required; email childrens@gleasonlibrary.org or visit gleasonlibrary.org/events to register.

    For Middle School:

    MIDDLE SCHOOL TAKE & MAKE: TEA LIGHT SNOWMEN - Friday, December 9 | 10:00 AM
    Make a little snowman out of an electric tea light. Each kit will have enough supplies for you to make two. Register to reserve your kit and pick it up anytime between Friday, December 9 and Monday, December 12. For grades 5-8. Take & Make kits are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

    Grab a kit that has everything you need for a book-lover's weekend. Each kit will include a random YA novel for you to keep (genres and reading/maturity levels will vary), a craft or activity, a snack, a little bookish accessory, and a hot beverage to make at home. Registration is required to reserve your kit, and pickup will be Friday, December 16 through Monday, December 19. These kits are for grades 7-12. Please email Tahleen, the Teen Services Librarian, with any questions at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org. Teen Weekend Reading Kits are sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

    Create a traditional Korean lotus lantern. This craft will be led virtually on Zoom by a representative from the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project. The presentation will teach participants how to create a beautiful Korean lantern using colorful paper and wire frames. All materials will be provided ahead of time and be available for pickup from the library so you can participate from home. Recommended for age 10 through adult. Register online to reserve your kit and receive the Zoom link. After the lanterns are completed, a short documentary film about Korea will be shown.  This project is made possible by a grant from the Association for Rural & Small Libraries through the generosity of a regional partner foundation.

    Carlisle Council On Aging and Human Services - Home Heating Assistance Information for 2022-2023

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    IMSCC Music Lessons - Winter-Spring enrollment is open!

    Registration is open for the Winter-Spring session that starts in January. We have instructors for all band and orchestra instruments as well as voice, piano, guitar, bass guitar, banjo, and ukulele. Lessons are one-on-one and open to students of all levels and all ages including adults. Lessons take place at CCHS and the Carlisle school campus. 

    Click here to learn more about IMSCC; click here to submit a lesson inquiry and begin the enrollment process. 

    Email Debbie Levine with questions.

    Join us!

    CCYS Winter Futsal & Spring 2023 Travel and Intown Soccer

    Registration is open for CCYS Winter Futsal & Spring 2023 Travel and Intown Soccer. Travel soccer is open to players in grades 3 through 8. The travel registration deadline is JANUARY 6th.  Intown soccer is open to players in grades Pre-K – 4.  The intown deadline is MARCH 10h. Winter futsal sessions run Sundays in Carlisle for players in grades 2-8.  Winter futsal is a fun, low-cost option for your players this winter.

    More info can be found at: http://www.ccysoccer.org or CLICK HERE to register.

  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in January 2023.  Please email your submissions to Mary O'Regan at moregan@carlisle.k12.ma.us by 9:00 AM on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file. Thank you!