June 2024





     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle Families, 

    June is here and while the year appears to be “winding down” activity here at the Carlisle Public School is shifting into high gear, with a flurry of year end school and community events to close out the 2023-2024 school year.  There have been, and continue to be, many special performances, classroom presentations, plays, and field trips.  

    Last Friday we had perfect weather for Middle School Field Day.  We hope for the same type of weather on Thursday, June 6th for the rescheduled Elementary Field Day.  This week our 8th grade class is heading to Washington D.C. and we are hoping for equally beautiful weather. The 8th graders will not only see amazing museums and memorials in our nation’s capital, but we also hope they will have an amazing experience that will serve as a culmination of their years together in the Carlisle Public Schools.  Other field trips this month include grade 5 trips to Great Meadows and the Concord Museum, Grade 4 traveling to the Natural History Museum, Grade 1 visiting the Franklin Park Zoo, and Kindergarten going to Drumlin Farm.  

    On Friday, May 31 our school joined with other town and community organizations to celebrate PRIDE month with Carlisle’s very own PRIDE Festival.  Thank you to all of the organizations and folks who came out to make this year’s festival such a wonderful event.  As always, I am looking forward to next year’s celebration.  For a full listing of community Pride events in Carlisle click here.

    Additional community events coming in June include the 6th Annual Carlisle Race Amity Day Celebration which is scheduled for Sunday, June 9th from 2:00-5:00 PM.  Everyone in the school community, including families, teachers, and staff, is warmly invited to celebrate Race Amity Day.  This event is organized by the Carlisle Race Amity Day Committee and CPS DEICAC as well as supported by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Committee.  The Gleason Library is planning a celebration of the artistic achievements of our local youth.  From June 15th through September 21st, Gleason Library will be hosting an art exhibit featuring the work of Carlisle’s 4th grade and middle school artists.  Of course, we are also looking forward to Old Home Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd.  

    Along with the end of the school year comes 8th Grade Graduation.  We are all looking forward to what is always a lovely ceremony marking this important benchmark in the lives of our students and their families.  This year the ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 13th at 6:30 PM on the Plaza, weather permitting.  

    On Friday, June 14th the PTO is hosting Pops on the Plaza.  Join the PTO to celebrate the last full day of school with a beloved Carlisle tradition! Students can celebrate with a refreshing cold treat before they burn off the sugar rush with their friends on the Plaza and the Castle. 

    As the school year comes to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our families for their continued engagement with our schools.  We are fortunate to have an amazing school system with a dedicated faculty and staff, but we would not be able to achieve the success we do without the ongoing support of our Carlisle families as well as the entire Carlisle Community.

    I also want to take this opportunity to thank our retiring staff for all of their incredible service to the students and families of Carlisle.  We wish them all the best in the future, though we will miss them dearly.  Thank you and congratulations to Liz Gray, Mimi Gleason, Steve Melanson and Sue Robichaud.

    Additionally, I want to give a shout out to Katharine Boylan who worked to make last month's luncheon from Holi possible.  It was a special treat that was well received by students and staff alike.  I appreciate Katharine’s efforts in making this possible and look forward to more of these treats in the year to come.

    Wishing you a fantastic end to the school year and a safe and joyful summer!

    Warm regards,

    Jim O’Shea


  • School Events and Information



    Click here to view and download the 2023-2024 calendar

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    L Menu


    Click here to view the June 2024 Lunch menu




    Elementary Field Da– Thursday, June 6th (Rescheduled)


    • Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade -- 9:15-10:30 AM
    • 3rd and 4th grade -- 12:50-2:50 PM

    Parents and guardians are welcome to attend to watch and take pictures of your child participating in a variety of activities. Please remember this is their day to enjoy the activities with their peers.  Also note that NO DOGS are allowed due to various students with allergies or general fear. They also leave excrement on the field which makes it hazardous for our students.

    Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing, sneakers, water, sunscreen, etc...



    Important Information Regarding KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION for the 2024-25 School Year

    All children who will be 5 years of age as of September 1, 2024 are encouraged to register for kindergarten at the Carlisle Public Schools. Please contact Linda Cavallo-Murphy, Registrar, at lcavallomurphy@carlisle.k12.ma.us or 978-369-6550 and provide the following information: 
    • Student’s full legal name (First, Middle, and Last)

    • Date of birth

    • Mailing address

    • Parent/guardian name(s)

    • Parent phone number(s)

    • Parent email address(es)

    If your child is eligible for kindergarten but you are making different plans, please let us know that as well.  Thank you! 

    Art Show


    Join us at the Gleason Library to experience the vibrant creativity of Carlisle's 4th Grade and Middle School artists! From June 15th to September 21st, the library will showcase a stunning collection of artwork that captures the imagination and talent of our young artists.

    Exhibit Dates: June 15 - September 21
    Location: Gleason Library, 22 Bedford RD, Carlisle MA

    Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the artistic achievements of our local youth. We look forward to seeing you there!


    Please make sure you have back up plans that your child is aware of, should after school activities suddenly be canceled. During cancelations 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 canceled. 


    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.


    S Kits
    PTO SCHOOL SUPPLY KIT FUNDRAISER - We have a new look this year!

    Parents, it's time to buy your 1st Day School Supplies. I know it seems early, but before you know it, summer will be here. It's important you order your supplies before it's too late or supplies run out. Start the school year with the exact supplies your teacher requested, and give your child the confidence they need to conquer next year! Get them today before it's too late!  Please consider donating a kit. They are needed, and greatly appreciated.

    Store Link:  http://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=48414  

    Online Store Officially Opens: April 1, 2024

    Deadline to Order: July 1, 2024

    Contact: Please contact Sharon Whitt, Coordinator, with any questions at CarlislePTOSupplyKits@gmail.com.




    Everyone in the school community, including families, teachers and staff, is warmly invited to celebrate Carlisle Race Amity Day with a potluck picnic on Sunday, June 9th from 2-5 pm on the town common. This celebration of diversity includes delicious food, live music, poetry, and fun activities for kids. See you there!


    Other Items of Interest

    Gleason Public Library
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    For all event registrations, please visit gleasonlibrary.org/events. For more information about events, please email childrens@gleasonlibrary.org.


    The Gleason Public Library's Summer Reading program will kick off on June 15! Visit our website to get the details on reading challenges, events, and activities for all ages this summer.  During the month of June, our youth services librarians will visit the Carlisle Public School and local preschools to talk about our Summer Reading program. We look forward to seeing so many classes, and appreciate your understanding as we take a break from weekly story times while we make these school visits and work on other preparations for summer reading!

    Registration for all events and reading challenges will open on June 15.

    Special events:

    The Friends of the Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) are holding their annual Book Swap on Saturday, June 22 from 10:30 AM–1:00 PM as part of Carlisle's Old Home Day festivities. All books are free, however the Friends welcome donations to support Library programming.  We hope to see you there! Be sure to drop off your books prior to the swap as we will not accept books during the swap. All adult fiction books and all children and teen books are welcome during our drop off times at the Library:

    Tuesday, June 18: 3:00 to 6:00 PM
    Thursday, June 20: 5:00 to 8:00 PM
    Friday, June 21: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    Please note that the Library is closed on Wednesday, June 19th, in observance of Juneteenth. For more events happening at Old Home Day, please visit http://www.carlisleohd.org/

    Elementary and younger:

    SUMMER READING KICKOFF: ICE POP PARTY - Saturday, June 15 | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
    Kick off summer reading with a cold treat! Stop by the library’s front lawn to grab your Bingo sheet and a Reading Log, and enjoy a Fla-Vor-Ice freeze pop. We are also available to help register kids and families for all our fun upcoming summer programs. If you have any questions, please email us at childrens@gleasonlibrary.org.  If we have inclement weather, we will move the Ice Pop Party inside near the main circ desk.  This fun annual event is sponsored by our wonderful Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

    Join us for our first session of Kids' Crafts on the Lawn. We'll be creating our own kaleidoscopes as part of our summer reading program. Please wear an old shirt or bring along a smock for this craft. For ages 5 and up. Email childrens@gleasonlibrary.org to register for your family's time slot.  These fun crafts are made possible by our wonderful Friends of the Gleason Public Library. 

    Bring your stuffed animal for a special pajama story time at the Library! Wear your pajamas, listen to bedtime stories, and make a fun story time craft. Afterward, kiss them goodnight and leave your stuffed animal for the sleepover. Your stuffed animal will read great stories, play games, and make some new friends! Return the next day at 1:00 PM for your stuffed animal and hear all about their fun sleepover at the Gleason Public Library. We’ll watch a slide show of the antics your animals were up to during the night! This program is for children ages 3 though 10. Please bring one stuffed animal for this program. Registration required.

    TEDDY BEAR PICNIC WITH JULIE STEPANEK - Saturday, June 29 | 1:00–2:00 PM
    Bring a teddy bear (or other favorite stuffed toy) to a teddy bear picnic at Carlisle Center Park! Please bring a blanket to sit on. Feel free to also bring a picnic brunch and snacks for you and your family.  We'll read teddy bear stories and Julie Stepanek will bring the teddy-bear songs for a fun sing-along.  This program is supported by our wonderful Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Your donations to the Friends make these programs possible. A special thank you to the Friends of the Carlisle Center Park for keeping this such a special space in our community. 


    Summer Preschool Story Time - Friday, June 28 | 10:30–11:15 AM
    Join us Friday mornings from 10:30 to 11:15 AM for a fun story time. This event is chock full of interactive stories, rhymes, fingerplays, songs and a small craft. Our story time program, designed for children ages 3–6, promotes reading readiness and early literacy skills. Please register for this session.

    Nature Connection Story Time - Thursday, June 13 | 10:30 AM
    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 fun sensory engagement activities (involving sight, sound, touch and smell). Registration required.  This program is sponsored by the Susan Zielinski Natural Science Fund

    For Middle School:

    5TH & 6TH GRADE BOOK CLUB - Thursday, June 6 | 4:00 PM
    Come for a book discussion and activity! Each month we will read a book and talk about it, then we will do a short activity or craft. June’s book is The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Copies are available for checkout at the Library. Registration is required; participants only need to register once for the entire school year.

    EARLY RELEASE DAY MOVIE - Tuesday, June 4 | 1:15 PM
    Middle schoolers can join us in the Hollis Room every Early Release Day at 1:15 PM for a movie and snacks! This month's movie is rated PG-13 and has a runtime of approx. 1 hr 33 min. Early Release Day movies are sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

    TEEN WEEKEND READING KIT - Friday, June 14 | 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, June 14 through Monday, June 17. These kits are for grades 7-12.  Teen Weekend Reading Kits are sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

    CC Soccer


    Registration is open for Concord-Carlisle Fall 2024 Travel Soccer for players in grades 3 through 8. Registration closes on June 14th. For more information go to www.ccysoccer.org

    mic night


    The Cultural Council, along with Carlisle Old Home Day will be hosting a community singalong followed by an Open Mic on Friday June 21 at 6:30 PM at the FRS yard. We welcome people of all ages to share their talents in music, poetry, comedy, etc.  For a full list of Carlisle Music Festival activities at Old Home Day click here.

    Did you know that Carlisle has more than 60 miles of protected public trails? This network of trails benefit both residents and the Town as a whole and is an important element of Carlisle’s rural character. In honor of this, the Select Board has designated June as Carlisle Trails Month. The Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) and the Carlisle Trails Committee encourage you to get out and explore Carlisle’s beautiful trails.  Trail maps are available at Town Hall and at the Trails Committee table at Old Home Day, and an interactive Trail Marker Bingo game is available at CarlisleConservationFoundation.org.  Prizes will be awarded at CCF’s Old Home Day booth for recording a favorite trail and/or showing a completed Bingo game card.  See you on the trails! 


    ACTON WOMAN’S CLUB DANCE CLASS – September-October 2024 

    This program has been a tradition at the Woman’s Club for over 70+ years and it is much more than just a dance class. It is taught by Doug Trudeau who focuses on dance, of course, but also teaching etiquette, poise, confidence, and the art of conversation in a fun and positive atmosphere.  The program is open to students who will be in Grades 5 - 8 this September and runs for 9 weeks on Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:00 PM and 6:30 - 7:30 PM starting September 4, 2024 and ending with a Halloween Party on October 30, 2024.  This program is held at the Acton Woman’s Club in Acton Center but it is open to Carlisle students as well as other surrounding towns.  For more information, visit https://theactonwomansclub.org/dance/.


    Fall lesson registration: IMSCC is accepting inquiries about Fall semester private lessons for new studentsClick here to fill out the inquiry form to start the enrollment process.  Currently enrolled students are automatically pre-enrolled in the fall session and will receive an invoice on June 3 - an inquiry form is not necessary for continuing students.

    Summer lesson registration: ALL students, new and returning, please fill out the inquiry form

    Summer ensembles:  Click here for information about IMSCC's summer ensembles.

    Visit the IMSCC website to learn more about the program, email Debbie Levine with questions!


    Our ELL program is for students who are interested in learning to communicate fluently or learn effectively in English. These are integrated skills classes that offer students the foundation to communicate in English in everyday situations. Summer classes will run in June & July. Find more information and how to register at: https://concordcarlisleace.org/adult-ell/


  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in September 2024.  This will be the first issue of the 2024-2025 school year.  Please email your submissions to Mary O'Regan at moregan@carlisle.k12.ma.us by 9:00 AM on Friday, August 30, 2024.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file. Thank you and have a great summer!