April 2021
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     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle School Community,

    You may have seen the recently released joint statement from Carlisle Teachers' Association President Linda Vanaria and myself in response to the recent increase in violence and bias against Asian Americans.  The statement was published in last week's Mosquito, and we thought it might also be good to share it directly with our school community, so you will find it attached.

    Warm regards,



    Addressing Hate



  • School Events and Information

    School Calendar

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

    Please click below to see the April Lunch Menu:

    April Lunch Menu 

    The Parent Placement Form for placement for students currently in grades K-4 is now available. You may complete the Parent Placement Form online here. Alternatively, you may turn in a hard copy of the Parent Placement Form to the main office, available here

    Parent Placement Form

    Dear CPS Middle School Parents: 

    It is time to order the CPS yearbook! This year's soft bound color-photo yearbook is $24.00 Orders must be placed online by Friday, April 12. 
    Order at:
    Yearbook Carlisle School ID Code = 1746221
    Please email questions to Liz Gray 
    Liz Gray and Becky Gianopoulos
    Yearbook Faculty Advisors

    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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    The library parking lot has been busy during after-school hours. We ask drivers not to use our lot as a turnaround as there are often several cars waiting for curbside pickup. Please drive slowly, watch out for pedestrians, and park in marked spots only.

    As of March 1, the Gleason Library is open for browsing and computer use by appointment. Library users can make one 30-minute browsing or one 50-minute computer use appointment per day, 6 days a week, during library hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10-5, and Wednesday 1-9. Call the library at 978-369-4898 if you have any questions or if you would like to make an appointment.

    For everyone:

    Book Bundles
    The Gleason Library now offers Book Bundles, a collection of 3-4 handpicked books for library users. In order to receive one, fill out one of the forms on our website at gleasonlibrary.org/book-bundles for DVDs, Adults, Teens, or Children.

    Elementary or younger:

    Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World

    Thursday, April 22 | 3:30 p.m.
    Who’s watching you? Find out on Earth Day, April 22, when Eyes On Owls presents a live owl program. All who attend are in for some fun with close-up views of these secretive birds of prey. Naturalists Marcia and Mark Wilson introduce the audience to owls found in New England and as well as other parts of the world. Marcia imitates the owls’ calls herself, paying special attention to the more common owls that we might encounter in our area.

    After a hooting lesson and much audience anticipation, Marcia brings out the live owls one at a time. There will be plenty of time for close-up views, photos, and questions. Autographed copies of Mark's latest book, Owling:  Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night (Storey) will be available for purchase after the event.

    This program is for all ages and will take place outside on the library's front lawn. 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. Registration is required for this event.

    This program is supported by the Susan Zielinski Natural Science Fund. 

    Take & Make Kit: Owl Masks

    Friday, April 9, 10 a.m.

    Bring home a kit to make your own owl mask! Each take & make craft kit includes a cardstock owl mask, wooden popsicle stick, multicolored cupcake liners, glue, and directions.

    Register online to reserve a kit and pick it up any time between Friday, April 9th at 10 a.m. and Monday, April 12th at 5 p.m. via curbside pickup. This craft is for ages 4 and up. Take & Make craft kits are 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.

    Nature Connection Story Time Online

    Thursday, April 8, 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, April 13 through June 1 | 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: Wallace and Grace Take the Case by Heather Alexander. Wednesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 14, 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: A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
    Thursday, April 8, 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, April 12, 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 April kit's theme is "Grow." Make a cup of tea, listen to some music, and do a small craft or activity to help you relax. This month's kit will have materials to paint a small pot and plant some flowers inside. Kits are limited and must be reserved by registering for this event. Kits will be available for pickup Monday, April 12 through Saturday, April 17. If you have any questions, please email Tahleen, the Teen Services Librarian, at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org.

    Middle School Make & Take: Ladybug Stones
    Friday, April 9, 10 a.m., grades 5-8

    Decorate your garden or walkway with a cheerful ladybug! This kit will have the materials you need to create a ladybug rock decoration you can put outside. Registration is required to reserve your kit, and pickup will be during library hours on Friday, April 9 through Monday, April 12. This craft is for grades 5-8.

    Middle School Book Club: The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
    Wednesday, April 21, 4 pm on Zoom
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org

    Swap Meet: Saturday, May 15

    The Carlisle Cheer Project loves to hear, ”When is the next Swap Meet?”  Born out of the pandemic, this event may become one of Carlisle’s many beloved traditions!  Carlisle Swap Meet III is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, at a new location under the solar panels in the Carlisle School parking lot.

    One important goal is to reduce the amount of solid waste that went to our Transfer Station after the 2 swap events last year. That was bad for our planet, and a burden for our wonderful DPW staff and volunteers at clean-up time. Sadly, there were many, many usable items that could have found a new home. This time we are recruiting even more non-profit organizations to take donations for their clients.

    We ask everyone who wants to drop off items to be sure they are reasonably clean, gently used and in working condition.  

    If you’re not sure, we’ll have volunteers on hand to guide you about what to drop off and what we are not accepting for the swap.  

    Mark your calendar, clean out all those treasures you’ve been saving for someone else to enjoy, and we will see you at Swap Meet III on Saturday, May 15!  Drop off will be in the morning and “shopping” will be in the afternoon.  More details to come.

    We're also looking for some cheerful volunteers to help out at Swap Meet III.   Visit CarlisleCheerProject.Weebly.com for more information about the event and to volunteer!  Thanks!

    Swap Meet Save the Date

    The Center for Parents and Teachers wishes to share these helpful resources from community collaborators.

    (1) "Talking to Teens about Anti-Asian Discrimination in the Era of COVID-19: Guidance from Research and Practice" from the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness:



    (2) William James College has created a guide for parents of Asian/Asian-American adolescents to address xenophobia. It can be obtained at www.williamjames.edu/parentguide


    (3) Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, the USA's first National Youth Poet Laureate, shares her poem "Talking Gets Us There":



    (4) "Talking to Children Authentically about Race and Racism"


    This important conversation features fellow parents, educators and child development and trauma experts. It addresses how you can talk with young children about racial injustice and violence against people of color. Hear questions from fellow parents and learn tips and resources you can use to continue to hold these meaningful conversations now and into the future. For additional resources, visit the Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism collection on the PBS KIDS for Parents website: https://www.pbs.org/parents/talking-about-racism


    (5) "ON BELONGING IN OUTDOORS SPACES": A free speaker series on access, inclusion, & connection in nature. Join this online series, held March-June, featuring speakers whose work is advancing efforts to strengthen belonging and connection between communities of color and the outdoors.  Sign up at: https://www.onbelongingoutdoors.org/


    (6) Check out this recording from last week with best-selling author Jessica Lahey: “How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed."

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    Password: SIVS2021

    If time is short, you can move to the beginning of her talk, at about the 11 minute mark (11:10)

    This recording features New York Times best-selling author Jessica Lahey.  She wrote "The Gift of Failure" and her newest book is coming out April 6 "The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence."

    This program was brought to the community by the Foundation for Metrowest Spring Inspiration Virtual Series.


    (7) SAVE THE DATE! MONDAY EVENING May 3rd from 7:00 to 8:15 PM

    “NOW What? Helping Families Manage Emotionally During Uncertain Times”

    Presented online by nationally-renowned psychotherapist Lynn Lyons, LICSW

    LOG-IN INFORMATION WILL BE SENT CLOSER TO THE DATE or go to www.centerforparentsandteachers.org for more log-in information when available in mid-April.

    Description:  Children and teens were struggling with increasing rates of anxiety and depression prior to 2020, and this past year didn’t help!  Parents and caregivers need strategies to help children (and themselves!) manage the uncertainty of our current environment as we recover and move forward. This presentation describes the skills needed for emotional management including how to increase flexibility, tolerate uncertainty, communicate effectively and replace catastrophic thinking with problem-solving. 

    More about our Presenter:

    Nationally renowned psychotherapist Lynn Lyons, LICSW, is known to bring powerful ideas and strategies that effectively address anxiety. As a psychotherapist, author and speaker based in Concord, New Hampshire. Lynn has been in private practice for 28 years, and specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children. With a special interest in breaking the generational cycle of worry in families, she is the coauthor with Reid Wilson of two books on anxiety: Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, and the companion book for kids, Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. Her third book, Using Hypnosis with Children: Creating and Delivering Effective Interventions is a how-to guide for helping professionals looking to incorporate hypnotic strategies for the treatment of depression, anxiety, medical procedures, pain, and sleep. Lynn travels globally as a speaker and trainer on the subject of anxiety, its role in families, and the need for a preventative approach at home and in schools.

    Check out this two minute clip of Lynn Lyons:


    and this one (about three minutes):



    Want to let reach us at the Center for Parents and Teachers?  Please contact us at cpt@concordps.org.  CPT is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit, supported in part by a generous grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, dedicated to serving families and educators.  Learn more about CPT, and consider making a tax deductible donation so CPT can continue this important work, at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org

    Earth Day Kids Art Contest

    Local kids are invited to participate in “Nature Connects Us!”—an art contest sponsored by the Carlisle Garden Club. Art is welcome in any media, from the written word, drawings, paintings, and photography to songs and video files. And don’t forget sidewalk art! We have two categories—children from grades K-5 and young people from grades 6-12. Please take a photo or make a digital copy of the final product. Send your image—or any questions—to the Carlisle Garden Club at artcontest@carlislegardenclub.org.  The submission deadline is Sunday, April 11, 2021.  The grand prize in each age group is a $50 gift card to an area plant nursery. Additional prizes include gardening gifts and nature books. Winners will be contacted on Earth Day, April 22nd. The art will be posted on the Garden Club website and, weather permitting, displayed at the Family Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 25th, from 12:00-4:00pm. For more details about the art contest and about the Family Earth Day Celebration, please go to the Carlisle Garden Club website, www.carlislegardenclub.org. We look forward to hearing from you! 

    IMSCC Spring Music Lessons are enrolling now - please join us!

    The Winter-Spring session is underway and new students are welcome to join any time. This is a perfect time to begin one-on-one lessons; IMSCC's experienced instructors will help students build skills and be ready when school ensembles are back in full swing! Lessons are online and available for all band & orchestra instruments, plus voice, piano, guitar, ukulele and bass guitar. Click here for more information about IMSCC; click here to request lessons. Email Debbie Levine with questions.



  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in May, 2021. Please email your submissions to Nancy Anderson at nanderson@carlisle.k12.ma.us by April 30 at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file. Thank you!