March 2020
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     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle Families,


    We understand that some of you may have questions regarding the recent outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may impact our local community. Please know that the Carlisle School Department and the Carlisle Board of Health are in close communication and that we are monitoring daily updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health . The CDC's daily updates and recommendations are accessible from this link if you are interested in staying updated yourself. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    While this is a public health concern, the CDC and the MA Department of Public Health continue to report that the immediate risk to the general public remains low at this time. Yet, in today's connected world, with a large number of school families traveling during school vacation weeks, the potential for infectious disease is always a concern. As with seasonal flu and other infections, there are general precautions we can all take to remain as healthy as possible.

    • Practice good hand Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Use Alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
    • When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a You can also cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid sharing drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, dishes, towels or other items. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick whenever
    • Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

    The Carlisle Public Schools have also taken additional preventative measures by increasing our cleaning and sanitizing practices throughout the school campus in response to cold and flu season, and we will continue with these enhanced practices indefinitely.

    Please remember that it is important to keep children home from school when they are ill. Children should not return to school until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone, without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. Please feel free to reach out to our school nursing team if you have any questions as to whether you should send your child to school during an illness or suspected illness.

    We remain deeply committed to student, staff and community health and wellness and will continue to share new information with you, as necessary, about this evolving situation.



    Jim O'Shea, Superintendent

    Lauren Sawyer, School Nurse

    Linda Fantasia Carlisle Health Agent



  • School Events and Information

    School Calendar

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

    Please click below to see the March Lunch Menu:

    March Lunch Menu

    Tickets on Sale for ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ -- Be Our Guest!

    Starring Carlisle's 7th Grade, Class of 2021!

    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. in the Corey Auditorium, Carlisle Public School.

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

    Also, you may buy tickets directly from 7th graders, and on the March 3rd Early Release day— and if they last, at the door.

    Beauty and Beast


    is scheduled for the following upcoming dates: 

    March 6, 2020

    April 10, 2020

    May 1, 2020

    June 5, 2020 

    A registration must be completed for each child attending: 

    Each family is obligated to chaperone once during the school year and can sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D45A4A622A64-201920 We need chaperones for Friday, March 6th - can YOU chaperone? 

    Prior to chaperoning FNL, a chaperone is required to have on file, a current CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) background check on file with the Carlisle Public School:  https://www.carlisle.k12.ma.us/cms/lib/MA01907515/Centricity/Domain/139/CORI.pdf

    The Carlisle Education Foundation Presents

    FNL 21+

     FNL /ef/n/el/ noun, abbreviation for FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

    Origin: Middle School Carlislean acronym for Friday Night Live– a monthly party where Carlisle tweens and teens get a junk food high, play basketball, listen to music, dance, play ping pong and other games in a friendly environment. Oh and sometimes there is dodge ball . . .

    Derivation: FNL 21+ A special version of FNL on April 3rd 2020 intended for adults 21+ who also like to listen to music, dance, and play games and socialize with friends and neighbors. Junk food high optional, but there will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a DJ, and fun.  Sorry folks, no dodge ball.

    Usage: I can’t wait for FNL 21+  April 3rd @ 7PM at the Red Raven in Acton, I’m buying my ticket today!

    Synonyms: effortless fun, casual gathering, simple affair, dancing shoes optional, social event of the season.

    Thank you to Essa’s Treats and Sorrento’s Pizza for supporting this event!
    Connect with the CEF at carlislecef.org or through FB!


    The Early Act Rotary Club is hosting a shoe drive during the month of March. We are asking for donations of new or lightly used shoes and sneakers (no high heels or cleats). We will be donating the shoes to Worthy Village, a nonprofit organization that supports the education and healthcare of Guatemalan families. The boxes will be placed outside the main offices and near the auditorium and the library. (Please tie both shoes in a pair together before dropping off your donation.) Help us reach our goal of filling the entire middle school hallway with footwear. Thank you in advance!

    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 Curriculum Enrichment Committee of the PTO has two exciting curriculum enrichment programs to share with you.

    On Thursday, February 27, 2020, our Third Graders welcomed Woodland Village, featuring Ms. Gail Blacksnake. The presenter is of Native American descent and is highly educated and informed of the Native’s place in history. The presenter brought over 50 authentic objects from the Native Culture to be presented in a circle, in the intimacy of each third-grade classroom. Each object contains a personal story: Why was it created, what is it made of, how did people use it, and what did it mean to the Natives? Each child was able to choose the item that interests them most and stand up and enter the circle of history, pick up the item, feeling the texture, weight and material of the piece as they presented it to Ms. Blacksnake. Then they returned to their place and listened to the history and story of the piece they chose. Teachers joined in the circle, as Ms. Blacksnake gave them a lesson in presenting history as well.


    We are also pleased to welcome the Discovery Museum’s Bubble Science Traveling Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, March 10 for the Kindergartners! During this interactive workshop, students will discover: How long does a bubble really last? What color is a bubble? Can you predict when a bubble will pop? Students challenge what they think they know about bubbles as they make new observations, pose questions, investigate, and discuss their findings. In Science, the students study various aspects of solids, liquids, and gases through the Science Quirkle program. In writing, students will write how-to books during a how-to writing unit. This includes writing a specific book about how to make and blow bubbles. This hands-on program will strengthen the students understanding of these topics.


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




     PTO Meetings




    Book Fair  

    Click HERE to purchase Book Fair Gift Certificates.



    Come and explore several exciting options for your summer campers.  The PTO will host several camps during the annual PTO Summer Camp Fair on Monday March 23rd at 6pm.  This event is FREE to attend. 



    The PTO is excited to report the success of its program that helps fund important activities such as Curriculum Enrichment programs and Faculty & Staff Grants.  Starting in October 2018 the PTO began a partnership with a Massachusetts-based organization, Bay State Textiles, to collect donated textiles which are weighed and then rebates are issued to the PTO. As of February 2020, the PTO has raised over $1,700. through this program.

    Two collection bins are placed at Carlisle Public School near the Corey Gym/lower level entrance and another three bins are located at the town transfer station.

    This effort is a win-win for all as approximately 95% of donated textiles are used, thus keeping items out of landfills, and out of the Town of Carlisle’s weight stream, all while generating revenue for the PTO. You can feel good about having a tidy closet, making a positive impact on the environment, and helping the PTO raise funds.

    As we approach the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, it’s important to reflect upon the environmental impact of textiles. Since the start of our Carlisle partnership with Bay State Textiles, Carlislians have donated over 34,000 pounds of textiles. Americans throw away enormous quantities of clothing each and every day. To work toward a more sustainable lifestyle we need to explore ways to deal with the excess of textiles, and at the same time learn to practice better approaches to consuming textiles in the first place. For a compelling discussion of the role that the fashion industry has played in our American culture’s consumption of textiles, we recommend reading, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline. The book gives perspective to the history, policies, and cultural views of fashion and clothing in America. Elizabeth L. Cline wrote a follow-up book in 2019, The Conscious Closet, which coaches you on how to clean out your closet and be an educated consumer going forward.

    Please visit the Bay State Textiles website for a list of acceptable items for donation: http://www.baystatetextiles.com/acceptable-items, but keep in mind, “If you can wear it, Bay State Textiles accepts it”. Please be sure your textiles are clean and dry, and please bag items and tie the bag.

    If you have any questions about the Bay State Textiles program, please reach out to either Rebecca Bromark at rebeccabromark@gmail.comor Emily Richardson at emiliasaltarello@hotmail.com.



    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.



    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.

     PTO contribution


    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 Announcements:


    Carlisle Poetry Contest

    The Gleason Public Library is hosting its 10th annual poetry contest in celebration of National Poetry Month this April. This year’s theme is “Diamond.” All ages are welcome. Winners will be selected for the following age groups: ages 8 and younger, ages 9-12, ages 13-17, and ages 18+.

    First place winners will receive a $100 cash prize and have their poems printed in the Carlisle Mosquito.

    Contest Rules: Contestants may submit one original, unpublished poem. Poems may not exceed 45 lines in length (including title) and must fit on a single 8.5”x11” page. Poems should address the theme “diamond.” All entries must include a cover sheet with the contestant’s name, age group, and contact information; to facilitate blind judging, names and contact information should not appear on the poem. Anonymous entries and collaborations are not eligible. Prizes will be issued at the judges’ discretion. Entries will be accepted by email to director@gleasonlibrary.org or in-person at the library. All entries must be received by 2 p.m. on Friday, April 10th.

    This event is supported by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.


    Boston Bruins Pajama Drive

    The library will be collecting new children’s and teen pajamas for the Boston Bruins Pajama Drive until March 15th.


    Elementary or younger:


    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: The Pirate Pig by Cornelia Funke

    Tuesday, March 17, 4 pm

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


    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
    Thursday, March 12, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Miranda Griffiths at mgriffiths@gleasonlibrary.org


    For Middle School and up:


    Potato Chip Taste Test Challenge

    Friday, March 13, 3pm, Grades 5-12

    Do you have a potato chip brand that's your favorite? Think you know all the kinds of potato chips that exist? Taste and guess different brands to see if you have what it takes to earn the title of Carlisle's Potato Chip Champion.


    Balloon Sculpture Workshop

    Monday, March 23, 4pm, Grades 5-12

    Want to learn how to create your own balloon sculptures? Join Jonah in a small group to learn about balloon making techniques. After, use what you learned and create your own balloon sculptures. 
    Registration required; contact John Toothaker at jtoothaker@gleasonlibrary.org


    Make and Take Crafternoon: Perler Beads Creations

    Friday, March 27, 3pm, Grades 5-12

    Join Mr. John and let your imagination run wild with perler beads! Materials and snacks will be 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

    Concord Youth Theatre - Pinocchio

    Come see Carlisle School students Ace Clark, Bella DiRocco Rachel Ely, Beckett Johnson, Quinn Vienneau, and Carlisle alum Heatherann Sibley perform in Concord Youth Theatre’s Main Stage musical Pinocchio, a funky retelling of what it takes to be real. Come enjoy Pinocchio’s antics and the lively and engaging original pop and jazz score by Rene Pfister.

    Concord Youth Theatre will present Pinocchio on March 6 & 13 at 7:30pm; March 7 & 14 at 4:00 pm; March 8 at 2:30 (no performance on March 15) at 53 Church Street, West Concord.

    Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased online at https://www.ticketstage.com/T/CYT or by calling the CYT box office at 978-371-1482. The performance is recommended for ages 4 and up.


    If your child is interested in taking a drama class or performing in a show, Concord Youth Theatre has Spring Classes & Workshops for students in Pre-K – 12, Summer Classes for kids in grades K-8, Cinderella Kids – a musical for students in grades 3-5 and Honk – an auditioned show for students in grades 5-12.  Go to www.concordyouththeatre.org for more info about all that CYT has to offer!

    Don’t Miss the Informational Meeting on Accessory Apartments


             Do your parents want or need to move closer to you?  Accessory apartments are convenient and attractive to older adults who are facing physical challenges and may want to live close to family.  Accessory apartments could also benefit homeowners by housing extra help and providing extra income to mitigate increases in the cost of living.

             The Council on Aging Accessory Apartment Working Group invites Carlisle residents to attend an informational meeting at 7pm on Thursday, April 2.  The event will take place in the Hollis Room on the third floor of the Gleason Library, 22 Bedford Rd. 

             The purpose of the meeting is to give information on how to go about turning an existing structure into an accessory apartment or building a new structure for that purpose.  George Mansfield, Planning Administrator, will be available to talk about this process and answer questions. There will also be some town residents who have built or renovated existing structures for accessory apartments, who will speak to their experiences and answer audience questions.

             Please preregister, as seating is limited. Use Signup Genius https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D48A4AF2EA1F94-carlisle (preferred) or e-mail Bob Luoma at: rmluoma@aol.com or call 978-505-9409 and leave contact information.

    IMSCC’s Summer Music Classes, Ensembles and Workshops

    Sign up now for summer music classes with IMSCC - there's something for every musician! Join an ensemble - choose from Summer Band/Jazz Band/Orchestra, Trombone Choir, Percussion Ensemble, and Chamber Music. Classes include Bassoon Reed-making Workshops, Trumpet Workshop, and two new classes where students can improve performance and audition skills. Details and registration at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/chamber-music-group-classes/

    Summer private music lessons will start enrolling in April. Winter/Spring lesson registration is ongoing, students can start any time and tuition is prorated. For more information about IMSCC lessons please visit http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school.

    Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at dlevine@concordcarlisle.org, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.

    The Carlisle Council On Aging (COA) has exercise classes Monday through Friday during the spring (most classes run March - May).  We are looking for additional folks for our Tai Chi, Cardio, and SAMA classes although additional students are welcome to any of our classes; adults from any town can join in the fun.  To see and hear more on each of our classes go to: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/6M9rzjxtG9C7kglnggrEzmcqYNvbnVno/media/299611 

    Try one session of any of the classes for FREE!  Call the COA at (978) 371-2895 for class schedules or to register. We need to reach a minimum number of students and we would appreciate at least three more student for Tai Chi and additional students for Cardio and SAMA (Senior Approach for Maintaining Agility).

    • Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Irene, 181 East Street -  Tai Chi- Some of the benefits include: relieves stress, aids in coordination and balance, reduces bone loss, improves lower body and leg strength, reduces blood pressure, enhances mental capacity and concentration, helps with arthritis, strengthens ankles and knees and promotes faster recovery from strokes and heart attack. $40 (March  - May). Taught by Katrina Rotondi.
    • Thursday, 10:45 am, Town Hall, 66 Westford Street – Cardio -Enjoy a heart-healthy, aerobic workout.  $40 (March – May).  Taught by Katrina Rotondi.
    • Friday, 10:45 a.m., Town Hall, 66 Westford Street – SAMA(Senior Approach to Maintainability Agility).   A fitness class which focuses on balance, core strength and flexibility.  $100 for a 10-week session. This program was written up in the Boston Globe and shown on the Chronicle tv program. $100 (Spring Session –March 27 – June 12 with no class on April 24 & May 22). Taught by Sensei Sarah Hanley.

     In case you aren’t convinced yet, did you know why group exercise is good for you?  Group classes motivate you, group classes encourage you to show up and exercise (other participants notice and care when you miss a class), and group classes are fun and social!  Come join us, increase your own health and ensure that others who love certain programs can continue. 

    Thank you, 


    Angela Smith

    Carlisle Council on Aging Outreach and Program Manager

    66 Westford Street

    Carlisle, MA 01741

    978-371-2895  F 978-371-0594



     Cognitive Neuroscience Group

    The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children between the ages of 8 and 12 years to participate in research studies funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH).  

    Study 1. This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years. Our goal is to improve understanding of learning in children. The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours scheduled on weekdays and weekends) per year for 3 years. During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer. More information can be found at: https://clinicaltrials.partners.org/study/feedback_learning

    Study 2. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the learning patterns of children with typical and atypical language development. The study will involve 2 visits to the lab at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. During the visits, children complete a battery of cognitive and language-based assessments, play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording.  A visit will last about 3 hours. A week after the second lab visit your child will be asked to complete follow up tasks on a home computer or a mobile device. We are looking for children who were late to develop language, and who still receive services for language or learning difficulties. More information can be found at: https://rally.partners.org/study/does_your_child_stru

    Payment is $60 for each in-person visit to the lab. We provide free all-day parking at the Navy Yard. Results of your child’s cognitive and language-based assessments are mailed to you. Please email us at cnglead@mghihp.edu or call us at (617) 724-7363 if you are interested or if you have any questions. 

    Thank you!

    Isabel Fitzpatrick & The LEAD Study Team

    The Cognitive Neuroscience Group

    MGH Institute of Health Professions

    NIH Recruitment



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