October 2021
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     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.

    Sprinkled throughout the month are a number of dates and events that you might want to include in your calendar.  There will be no school on Monday, October 11th in observation of Indigenous People’s Day.  There will be an early release day on Thursday, October 21st and no school on Friday, October 22nd, for professional development for our middle school teachers and parent conferences for our elementary school teachers.  

    While we have just started the 2021-2022 school year, September and October are important months in the budgeting process.  We are looking forward to making our initial budget presentation for the 2022-2023 school year to the Carlisle School Committee at their October 13th meeting.

    Also, we are pleased to announce the launch of the CPS Anti-Racism Challenge. Community members are invited to engage with 28 days of content relating to racial equity, with the hope that this will encourage you to learn, reflect, and discuss with fellow members of our community.  The CPS Anti-Racism Challenge will launch on Friday, October 8th, in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day.  All the information for this can be found on the challenge website: https://sites.google. com/carlisle.k12.ma.us/ antiracism.  I encourage you to consider joining your fellow community members in this endeavor.

     Warm Regards,

    Jim O'Shea


  • School Events and Information

    School Calendar

    Click here to view and download the 2021-2022 calendar.

    Please click below to see the October Lunch Menu:

    October Lunch Menu

    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 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?

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

    Buzz and Event Calendar Information
    The Buzz will be published at the beginning of each month during the school year.  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  

    Upcoming Events:

    Wednesday, October 6 at 8:00 AM -- It's Walk-to-School Day! Meet us Kimball's and walk to school together! The Carlisle Police Department will be showing us how to be safe pedestrians along the way. Go to www.carlislemapto.org to let us know you are joining us!


    Tuesday, October 12 at 7:00 PM -- October’s PTO Meeting.  We are streamlining our monthly meetings this year! This month’s meeting is an event meeting. Pull up a chair, grab some dessert, and join us!

    Friday, October 15 at 3:30 PM -- First Grade Meet and Greet.  Join other first grade families at the Plaza for some treats and an extra recess. Put some names with faces and meet other parents while the kids play. 

    Friday, October 25 -- Thanksgiving Pie Order Forms are due.  Accidently put beef sauteed with peas and onions in your holiday trifle? Not a problem if you have a few of these pies on hand. Buy a few, throw them in the freezer, and all your holiday desserts are done. Reach out if you need an order form!  

    Friday, October 29 at 10:00 AM -- Q&A with Jim O’Shea!  Ask him anything! 


    Friday, October 29 at 5:00 PM -- TRUNK OR TREAT!  Candy, prizes, hunts, and maybe even a few surprises! Come to the Plaza lot at 5pm for some Halloween fun. Go to www.carlislemapto.org for more details. 


    The CPS Garden Committee continues to build partnerships with like-minded organizations in our communities to help prepare for our new garden space.  We are actively visiting other school gardens and speaking with garden implementation professionals to guide our project.  

    We are pleased to announce the school's partnership with Clark Farm continues and composting has resumed.  Look for artwork highlighting the importance of composting in the dining hall soon!  
    We are still looking for volunteers to join our committee and welcome those interested in rolling up their sleeves literally and figuratively! A volunteer call will go out shortly for help with the garden to make way for a new and exciting design.

    Other Items of Interest

    Gleason Public Library
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    For all registrations, please visit gleasonlibrary.org/events

    Elementary or younger:

    Wednesday, October 27 | 4:30 PM
    For the 38th consecutive year, the Gleason Public Library will host its Great Pumpkin Spectacle, an event that has become a Carlisle Halloween tradition.

    To register, bring your pumpkin to the Library Lawn between 4:30 and 6:00 PM on Wednesday, October 27. Pumpkins will be judged separately by grade, with three winners in each grade level, K-4. Masks for everyone ages 2 and up are required, and please maintain a social distance of 6 feet between parties.

    This year, we will not have separate categories for pumpkins. There will still be three winners per grade, but instead of having separate categories, all submitted pumpkins in each grade will be judged together. There will also be 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.

    At 6:30 PM, join us at the Carlisle Public School parking lot for spooky stories told by storyteller Tony Toledo, returning once again to Carlisle! We recommend the storytelling event for ages 5 and up due to some scary themes. Make sure to bring your camp chairs and remember to maintain social distance. (Please check our website for further details in the case of inclement weather.) After the 45-minute performance, we will all walk down to the Library Lawn for the award ceremony! Please remember to pick up your pumpkins that evening.  If you have questions about the event, please email us at childrens@gleasonlibrary.org.

    Friday, October 8 | 10:00 AM
    Unleash your imagination! Bring home a fun kit to make your own felt hand puppet. Each Take & Make craft kit includes a felt hand puppet, googly eyes, yarn, colorful extra thick felt pieces, a container of tacky glue, and instructions.
    Register online for a kit and pick it up any time between Friday, October 8 at 10:00 AM and Tuesday, October 12 at 9:00 PM via in-person or curbside pickup. This Take & Make craft is for ages 4 and up with help from an adult. This Take & Make craft kit is made possible by our wonderful Friends of the Gleason Public Library.  If you have any questions about this kit, please email us at childrens@gleasonlibrary.org.

    Thursday, October 14 | 10:30 AM

    Join The Nature Connection on Zoom 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 half-hour program for 3-6-year-olds, we will read a seasonally appropriate story followed by a sensory engagement activity. The Nature Connection believes everyone (of all abilities and backgrounds) should have access to nature, and offers accessible and inclusive programs, incorporates mindfulness, and facilitates social connection. Registration for this event is required in order to receive the Zoom information.

    Fall Preschool Story Time on the Lawn
    Tuesdays, September 28-October 19 | 10:30 AM
    Join us Tuesday mornings outside from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM for a fun, outdoor story time. This event is full of interactive stories, rhymes, fingerplays and songs. Designed for children ages 3 to 6, our story time program promotes reading readiness and early literacy skills. Please register for each session individually. Please bring a blanket and/or camp chairs to sit on. We ask that all attending follow social distancing guidelines. Masks are encouraged. This event will be moved online to Zoom if heavy rains/thunderstorms are predicted. The Library’s website and social media channels will be updated if we need to move online due to inclement weather. If you have any questions, please email us at childrens@gleasonlibrary.org.

    Virtual Pajama Story Time
    Tuesdays, September 28-November 23 | 6:30 PM
    Put on your pajamas and fuzzy slippers for our Fall Pajama Story Time on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:00 PM. Our Fall Pajama Story Time Online features fun autumn stories and songs for little ones as they settle down for the evening. This story time is designed for children aged 3 through 6.  Please register for each session individually. You will receive the Zoom Meeting ID and password in the confirmation email after registration. If you have any questions, please send an email to childrens@gleasonlibrary.org.

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: Mr. Putter and Tabby See the Stars by Cynthia Rylant

    Wednesday, October 6 | 4 pm

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

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe
    Thursday, October 14 | 4:00 pm
    Registration required; email childrens@gleasonlibrary.org or visit gleasonlibrary.org/events to register.

    For Middle School:

    Friday, October 8 | 10:00 AM
    Make a spooky keepsake box that can double as a Halloween decoration. This Take & Make kit will come with a small wooden box in the shape of a coffin and paints with which to decorate it. Pickup for this craft is anytime Friday, October 8 through Tuesday, October 12, either at the Library's front desk or via curbside pickup. This craft is for grades 5-8. Registration required. Please email Tahleen at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org with any questions.  Thank you to the Friends of the Gleason Library for sponsoring our Take & Make kits.

    Friday, October 15 | 10:00 AM
    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, October 15 through Monday, October 18. 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.

    Clark Farm’s Fall Afternoon Apprentices Afterschool Program

    AGE RANGE: Middle School, Grades 5-8
    DATES: October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 23 (7 weeks)
    TIMING: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    COST: $250 per student for the series
    PARTICIPANT NUMBERS: 7 -14 students
    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Explore Clark Farm during the busy fall season. Help with afternoon animal and crops chores and find out which tools and systems are best for the work to be done. Experience the outdoors through the investigation of a variety of ecosystems, nature play, sketching/journalling. Bring a nut-free snack/water bottle. Clark Farm follows state and local COVID-19 safety guidelines. Our outdoor programs are currently mask-choice.
    The child care services being offered by this program are not licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care or any other state agency. Each child may not attend more than four hours a day and no more than 6 days per month. 
    REGISTRATION/PAYMENT: Contact info@clarkfarmcarlisle.com to request a spot for your child. If we have availability, we will email you confirmation and registration forms. Please mail completed forms and your check payable to “Clark Farm” within 48 hours of receiving our email to:
    Clark Farm Education 
    185 Concord Road
    Carlisle MA, 01741

    October Youth Basketball Clinics at CCHS

    CCHS Varsity basketball coaches Amy Davagian and David Cohen and their players are offering 4-week basketball clinics for all players Grades 1 through 8 on Saturday October, 2, 16, 23, and 30 at the CCHS main gym.  Clinics are for players of all abilities.  

    Girls Clinics - Sponsored by CCHS Girls Basketball

    9:00 AM to 10:30 AM - $120 (donated directly to CCHS Girls Basketball) payable by:

    Your electronic payment is your registration for the girls clinic - please be sure to note your player's name and grade on electronic payments.  If you would like to pay by check, please email CCHSgirlsbasketball100@gmail.com to register.

    Boys Clinics - Sponsored by Patriot Hoops Clinics

    10:30  AM to 12:00 PM - Register at patriothoopclinics.com website.  Cost is $120, payable at:


    Carlisle KISS (Knitting in Service Society) - Thank You and Donation Collection for the Homeless 10/18/21, FRS Union Hall 6:30-8:30*

    Please consider donating one or more hand-made knitted/crocheted hats or scarves to help Boston’s homeless distributed through Common Cathedral.  KISS will be holding an in-person, drop-in event on Monday, October 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 at FRS Union Hall, to:

    • Collect donations of hand-knit/crocheted hats/scarves
    • Thank our donors
    • Exhibit donated hand-knit hats and scarves
    • Offer private knitting lessons or knitting assistance
    • Introduce our members and donors to each other
    • Accept yarn donations (always appreciated)

    During October, hand-knit/crocheted donations can also be placed in the KISS box at Town Hall.  If you would like more information about KISS, have questions about the event, or need a pick-up of your donation of hand-made hats/scarves/yarn, please contact carlisleknits@gmail.com.  *Carlisle Board of Health Covid guidelines will be observed. Please wear your mask.

    Stage Music Center - Promotions 

    Right now, if you enroll in a Private Lesson for an instrument of your choice, you can join a Group Class for 40% OFF!  If you enroll in a Group Class, you can enroll in a second Group Class for 30% OFF!  Finally, we are currently offering one FREE trial class for either a Private Lesson for an instrument of your choice or a Group Class!  These promotions are excellent opportunities to explore our school’s space and teaching approaches, discover new music and activities, and become more familiar with Stage Music Center Acton.   We sincerely hope to see you at Stage Music Center Acton to utilize these amazing promotional opportunities!  *Promotions apply to new students only

    IMSCC Music Lessons are in full swing! New students are welcome to start up any time. We have expert, experienced instructors for all band and orchestra instruments, plus piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele. IMSCC gives you a choice of in-person or remote lessons for all ages and levels of musicians, beginners through adults. In-person lessons are located at CCHS and the Carlisle Public School campus and follow school district music protocols for Covid safety. Click here to request lessons, or here for more information about IMSCC. Questions? email Debbie Levine.

    Concord Youth Theatre's upcoming Fall musical

    Carlisle school alums Finn Granfield and Heatherann Sibley will be featured in Concord Youth Theatre's upcoming Fall musical. Schoolhouse Rock Live! follows Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such songs as "Just a Bill," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly" and "Conjunction Junction.  Performances run October 15 at 7:30 PM, October 16 at 4 PM & October 17 at 2:30 PM. All shows are at 53 Church Street in West Concord. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased online at https://www.ticketstage.com/T/CYT. Schoolhouse Rock Live! is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

    The Center for Parents and Teachers announces a new and innovative offering this month on How to Manage Stress in Uncertain Times 

    Please find instructions below each workshop on how to email CPT for full descriptions and Eventbrite registration links.

    Stress is a natural, automatic, often unconscious part of daily life. Yet its impact -- on our emotions, behavior, bodies -- can be corrosive to both our wellbeing and the quality of our relationships. Join us for one workshop or for all of them as we gather on zoom on 4 consecutive Monday evenings, starting October 18, at 7:30.  We will explore science-backed tools and insights that calm the nervous system to better manage stress.  All sessions are held online for 45 minutes and are facilitated by our instructor, Carolyn Wilkins,  who trained at Massachusetts General Hospital's Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.

    Monday October 18 at 7:30 PM “Key Partners to Combat Stress: Restorative Sleep & Mindfulness” - Pre-registration by October 11th is required by emailing cpt@concordps.org and typing “October 18” in the subject line.  Only 1 in 3 adults get the recommended 7-9 hours sleep each night, with consequences ranging from impaired memory, compromised immune function to hypertension and obesity. And the throughline to stress is clear: Among over 85 sleep disorders, the #1 root cause is stress, giving us a vital key to crack this code. Join this 45-minute session as we explore the practical, behavioral, and social implications for achieving better sleep.

    Monday October 25 at 7:30 PM “Redefining Social Connections for Optimal Wellness” - Pre-registration by October 18th is required by emailing cpt@concordps.org and typing “October 18” in the subject line.  After 18 months of social restriction, we’re beginning to reframe and reprioritize our social interactions. Science shows us that social connections are vital to buffering stress, helping us to modulate fear and anxiety. Join us as we explore ways to mindfully assess our social and prosocial connections as a way to enhance wellness.

    Monday November 1 at 7:30 PM “Stress Warning Signals: What are they & what can they teach us?” - Pre-registration by October 25th is required by emailing cpt@concordps.org and typing “October 18” in the subject line.  Stress is more than feeling distress and discomfort; it’s the root cause of 60-90% of all doctor visits, begging us to forge a healthier approach to managing daily stress. Where and how stress manifests itself in our minds and bodies become valuable data, especially when married with a science-backed toolkit of techniques to calm the nervous system and make us more resilient.

    Monday November 8 at 7:30 PM Meditation & Mindfulness - Pre-registration by November 1 is required by emailing cpt@concordps.org and typing “November 8” in the subject line.  Developing a mentally clear and emotionally calm, stable state first requires that we acknowledge the critical role that meditation & mindfulness play in making us more resilient. Learn how developing a practice can happen, and what it can offer us as we seek to buffer the daily impact of stress.

    Wish to attend all sessions?  Email cpt@concordps.org and type “Series on Managing Stress” in the subject line.  The Center for Parents and Teachers is your local nonprofit for the past 35 years. Supported in part through a generous grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, CPT is dedicated to supporting parents and educators in their important roles raising and educating our children. 

  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in Novemberber 2021. Please email your submissions Mary O'Regan at moregan@carlisle.k12.ma.us by 9:00 AM on October 29, 2021.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file. Thank you!