June 2021
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  • School Events and Information

    School Calendar

    Click here to view and download the 2020-2021 calendar.

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

    Please click below to see the June Lunch Menu:

    June Lunch Menu

    The Castle Playground Project is looking for input as we move forward with the new playground/recreation area design. Please share your thoughts.  Thank you.


    Welcome to K


    Kindergarten - Fall 2021

    Calling all future kindergartners in Carlisle! Do you have a child who is eligible for kindergarten in 2021? All children who will be 5 years old by September 1st 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 but you are making different plans for kindergarten, please share your plans with us. Thank you! 

    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, Director of Student Support Services, 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 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.  



    Other Items of Interest

    Gleason Public Library
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     As of June 1st, the Gleason Public Library is open for its full operating hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors may make in-library appointments for browsing (30 minutes) and public computer use (50 minutes). Please call 978-369-4898 to reserve your time. Walk-ins welcome if space allows – the adult collections and computers typically have availability, while the children’s room is currently limited to one family at a time. Curbside pickup also continues to be available during all library hours.

    The Library mask requirement continues for all visitors age 2 and up. The Library will be closed on Monday, May 31st, for Memorial Day and on Saturday, June 19th for Juneteenth. Please contact us at 978-369-4898 or info@gleasonlibrary.org with any questions.

    For everyone:

    Summer Reading 2021: Tails and Tales
    Saturday, June 26

    It's summer reading time again! This year the Gleason Library will have something for all ages. Children and adults will have the option to participate in a Bingo reading challenge, and grades 1-12 will be able to participate in a digital Beanstack challenge. All challenges will begin on Saturday, June 26. Make sure you look out for fun summer events as well! Visit gleasonlibrary.org for more details.

    Pop-Up Library
    Friday, June 25, 10am-12:30pm
    Join us for our outdoor "pop-up" library event on Friday, June 25 from 10am-12:30pm. Want to browse for great new books and/or old favorites? We'll be outside with carts and tables full of books, DVDs, and audiobooks for you to browse and check out! Need a library card? We can register you for that while you are here, too. Appointments are required; email us at childrens@gleasonlibrary.org to register and schedule your appointment time. Please let us know if you are looking for any specific books and materials.

    Masks are required for all visitors age 2 and up, and hand sanitizer will be provided. We ask that all attending follow social distancing guidelines. This event will be postponed if heavy rains/thunderstorms are predicted. The Library’s website and social media channels will be updated if we need to postpone due to inclement weather.

    Summer Reading Kickoff: Drive-In Concert with Jeff Jam
    Thursday, June 4, 6:30pm, St. Irene Catholic Church parking lot

    Join Jeff Jam live and in person at a drive-in musical concert in the St. Irene Parish parking lot! Jeff Jam will perform a fun variety of "Tails & Tales" songs, with his acoustic guitar, for all of us as we listen next to our cars. Be sure to bring your camp chairs! Social distancing and other COVID protocols will be in place. Registration is required and opens on June 1.

    Elementary or younger:

    Take & Make Kit: Sidewalk Chalk Kit

    Friday, June 11, 10am, ages 4 and up

    Bring home a kit to make your own Stained Glass sidewalk chalk art and chalk games! Each Take & Make craft kit includes a set of sidewalk chalk, a bean bag, a roll of painter's tape, and instructions.

    Register online for a kit and pick it up any time between Friday, June 11 and Monday, June 14. via curbside pickup. For ages 4 and up with help from an adult. This Take & Make craft kit is made possible by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

    Nature Connection Story Time Online

    Thursday, June 10, 10:30 a.m.
    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. Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom information.

    Spring Preschool Story Time (Ages 3-6)
    Wednesdays, April 14 through June 2, 10 a.m.
    Join us Wednesday mornings on Zoom from 10-10:40 a.m. for a fun story time. This online event is chock full of interactive stories, rhymes, fingerplays and songs. Our story time program, designed for children ages 3 to 6, promotes reading readiness and early literacy skills. Participation in a library story time program is a great way to introduce new books to your child, help them foster a love of reading, and give them a chance to make new friends. We will be conducting our fall story times virtually over Zoom. Registration is required for each week in order to receive the Zoom link. 

    Pajama Story Times
    Tuesdays, June 29 through August 24, 7 p.m.
    Join Miss Jenn for an evening story time! Jump in your jammies and snuggle in for some bedtime stories right before you get ready for dreamland. Registration is required for each week in order to receive the Zoom link.

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Group Online: Sydney & Taylor Explore the Whole Wide World by Jacqueline Davies. Wednesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 9, 4 p.m.

    Each month we will meet on Zoom for our book discussion and follow with a small craft project at home. Copies of the book and a take-home art project will be available via curbside pickup. Please call the library to arrange a pick up time for the book & kit. Registration required; email childrens@gleasonlibrary.org to register or if you have any questions.

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
    Thursday, June 10, 4 p.m.
    Each month we will meet on Zoom for our book discussion and follow with a small craft project at home. Copies of the book and a take-home art project will be available via curbside pickup. Please call the library to arrange a pick up time for the book & kit. Registration required; email childrens@gleasonlibrary.org to register or if you have any questions.

    For Middle School:

    Teen Stress Relief Kits
    Monday, May 10, 10 a.m., grades 7-12
    Pick up a Teen Stress Relief kit and take some time for yourself to relax and destress. Each month we will have a new kit available for students in grades 7-12 to help relieve stress in small, tangible ways. The May kit's theme is "Breathe." Make a cup of tea, listen to some music, and do a small craft or activity to help you relax. Kits are limited and must be reserved by registering for this event. Kits will be available for pickup Monday, May 10 through Saturday, May 15. If you have any questions, please email Tahleen, the Teen Services Librarian, at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org.

    Middle School Make & Take: Beaded Tassel Paperclip Bookmarks
    Friday, June 11, 10am, grades 5-8
    Make a beautiful bookmark from a paperclip, beads, string, and embroidery floss. Each kit will come with all the supplies you need to make a one-of-a-kind work of art to keep your place while you do some summer reading. Kits must be reserved by registering for this event and can be picked up anytime between Friday, June 11 and Monday, June 14. This Take & Make kit is for grades 5-8. Thank you to the Friends of the Gleason Public Library for sponsoring Take & Make crafts.

    Middle School Book Club: Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
    Wednesday, June 16, 4 pm on Zoom
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org

    Clark Farm Education 

    Clark Farm Summer

    Join us for weekly three-day programs and discover the summer season at Clark Farm! Participants in our outdoor programs will help with farm chores, dig in the garden, and connect with the natural world. We’ll learn about our sustainable agriculture practices and explore our field, forest and wetland habitats together as summer unfolds on the farm.

    Schedule: Programs offered from June 29 - August 26; each 3-day weekly program meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. *Note: We still have some availability through August 12 session.*

    Chickadees - Ages 4 - 6:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 8:15am - 2:15pm

    Blue Jays - Ages 7 - 10:   Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 8:30am - 2:30pm

    Red-Tails - Ages 11 - 13:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 8:30am - 2:30pm (limited weeks available)

    Cost: $325/week

    Registration Information: Families are welcome to register for one week or multiple weeks. Our activities and themes will vary as the summer season progresses on the farm! We will maintain small participant/educator ratios as part of our COVID-safety protocols. Registration is done via email to info@clarkfarmcarlisle.com. Use the subject line “Clark Farm Summer Registration Request,” and please include in the email your child(ren)’s name, age(s), and weeks requested. We will send you an email letting you know if we have space, followed by a confirmation email, along with forms to complete and payment information. 

    Clark Farm educational programs follow the latest state and local guidelines regarding Covid-19 safety protocols. All education staff and participants must complete daily verbal/visual health attestations. Our programs will maintain small group sizes and will occur fully outdoors, except during extreme weather and porto-potty breaks, when we will use indoor spaces. Participants and staff may choose to go without masks for all outdoor activities, and we are also fully supportive of participants and staff who choose to wear a mask outdoors. Masks will be required for all participants and staff while indoors, and 6-foot distancing required while eating/drinking indoors. For those who opt to wear masks outdoors, we will include regular mask breaks while maintaining appropriate distancing. We will maintain high standards for sanitizing and handwashing throughout the day.

    League of Women Voters Concord-Carlisle
    Virtual Carlisle Candidate Forum
    Sat. June 5, 2021, 4-5 PM

    The League of Women Voters is hosting a virtual Candidate Forum for two candidates running for one position on the Carlisle Select Board.   

    Two candidates running for one position on the Carlisle Select Board:
    Nathan Brown and
    Joshua Kablotsky
    Register in advance for this meeting:
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
    The forum will be recorded and posted on the lwvcc.org website.
    Send your questions for the candidates to:

    Concord Youth Theatre summer programming.

    CYT is pleased to offer Summer Stock Troupe, a 3-week workshop to sharpen your performance skilts; Center Stage Players, 1-week creative workshops to satisfy all your dramatic needs! Register Online

    IMSCC Summer lessons, summer music classes, fall registration, and Student Showcase!

    Fall music lesson registration begins next week, June 9! In-person lessons will be available! Information for new and returning students will be up on our website very soon – please visit https://www.concordcarlisleace.org/register/ for enrollment information.

    Summer lesson registration is open! In-person and remote lessons are both available. New and returning students, please fill out the New Student Inquiry Form to start the enrollment process.

    Summer classes are here! In-person ensemble and performance opportunities are available for students of all levels and all instruments. Chamber music for strings and string audition prep class, Percussion ensemble and District audition workshop, Trombone choir, Brass class for younger players, Summer band and more. Check all the listings here.

    June Student Showcase This month our showcase features Carlisle school students Idan Chen and April Tang, along with CCHS students and Carlisle grads Hannah Girma, Alex Li and Alisa Belotti. Enjoy all the performances by our talented students here!

    CCHS Field Hockey Pre Season Summer Clinic for Players entering grades 6-9


    We hope your family is doing well!

    We are excited to announce the details of our 2021 Field Hockey Summer Clinic, for players entering grades 6-9. We hope you can join us again this summer!

    While we are cautiously optimistic that we'll be able to run a larger clinic this summer, if numbers are restricted we will allocate slots on a first come basis, so please register early.

    The proceeds from the clinic support our CCHS Field Hockey teams and coaches, so please help in sharing this fun opportunity with eligible players and families you think may be interested.

    Attached is a flyer with more information about the clinic and registration.

    Thank you for your support!

    CCHS Field Hockey

    CCHS Field Hockey Clinic

    Center for Parents and Teachers Parent Education Offerings

    "CPT Survey:  Please share your ideas with us!  Your responses will help guide the Center for Parents and Teachers as we plan for the 2021-2022 school year.  Thank you for taking just a few minutes to fill out this form. We are grateful for your input!

    Link to CPT Survey

    The Center for Parents and Teachers is your local parenting education resource center, working to assist families and educators for the past 34 years... and grateful for the support of the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest!  Learn more about CPT at https://centerforparentsandteachers.org/about-us


  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in September, 2021. Please email your submissions Mary O'Regan at moregan@carlisle.k12.ma.us by August 30 at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file. Thank you!