September 2019
     Buzz photo  Husky Water

     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  


    Dear Carlisle Families,

    It is my pleasure to welcome you back for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. 

    We have had another great start of school.  It has been wonderful to see the smiling faces as students returned to campus, connecting happily with their peers.  Our new students have quickly developed friendships and learned classroom routines.  Teachers are energized; displaying their creativity and enthusiasm.  

    We are fortunate to have an amazing faculty, staff and administration, and I am pleased to again welcome the new members to our team. 

        Lori Bruce is the Director of Student Support Services

        Meghan Laughlin is the Health/Wellness/PE teacher

        Marie Laure Rivier is the French teacher

        We are also starting the year with two teachers on maternity leave, for whom we have long term substitutes; they are Rose Begin who will be working with the 6th grade team substituting for Stephanie DeCoste in the role of special education teacher, and Steve Peisch who will be the Choral instructor substituting for Valerie Thomforde. In the near future, Joan Beauchamp will be coming out of retirement to substitute for Jessica Montague, another special education teacher going out on maternity leave.

        We also welcome five new paraprofessionals;  Jill Candlen, Diana Gargas, Lisa Pepe, Hannah Springer, and Lucy O’Connor. 

        Brittney Effler is our permanent substitute

        Joe LaFlamme is our Technology Assistant

        Brett Lifner is our new custodian

    The dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff to providing each and every student and their family with a truly outstanding educational experience is impressive, and as a school district, we remain committed to our core values of academic excellence, respect, responsibility and creativity and ensuring that our students feel known, cared for, included, supported and safe. 

    I am grateful and proud to serve as Superintendent of the Carlisle School District.  We are fortunate to have dedicated teachers and administrators, motivated students, and supportive parents, and I look forward to our work together this year. 

    Please mark your calendars for the Middle School Open House on September 19th, and the Elementary School Open House on September 26th.

    Warm regards,

    Jim O’Shea



  • School Events and Information

    School Calendar

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

    Please click below to see the September Lunch Menu:

    September Lunch Menu

    Save the Dates!

    Elementary Parents’ Night

    Elementary Parents’ Night will be held on Thursday, September 26th.  The following is a summary:

    • 6:30 - 6:55 pm - School-related Organizations - Corey Lobby
    • 7:00 - 7:30 pm - Grades K, 1 & 2, Visit Specialists, Grades 3 & 4, Individual Classrooms
    • 7:30 - 8:00 pm - Grades K, 1 and 2, Individual Classrooms, Grades 3 & 4, Visit Specialists

    Middle School Parents’ Night

    The Middle School Parents’ Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 19th.

    More detailed schedules will be sent home with students.

    • 6:30 - 6:55 pm – Parent Drop-in Meeting with Specialists
    • 7:00 - 8:00 pm - Homeroom and classroom visits and presentations.

    Middle School Parents' Night Schedule

    School Pictures

    School Pictures will be taken on Friday, October 4th.  Order forms will be sent home with students. If ordering, parents must fill out all necessary information on both sections of these forms, make a package selection, and enclose full payment in the prepay envelope. (Please be sure to include your child’s classroom/homeroom teacher.) Payment can also be made online. Students must bring the prepay envelope with attached camera card directly to the photographer at their scheduled time on October 4th.  All students will be photographed for school I.D’s.  However, picture packages will not be produced for students who do not pay at the time pictures are taken. If the photographs are not satisfactory, the money will be refunded.

    STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Teachers Needed

    The Carlisle School will be offering afterschool classes as part of our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) program.  If you have conducted a class in past years or would like to offer a class for the first time, please email Dr. Sidell at dsidell@carlisle.k12.ma.us with your contact information and a description of the class you would like to run by Wednesday, September 18th.  Classes typically run once a week for four to eight weeks.  If you have any questions, please direct them to Dr. Sidell.

    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.  



    Welcome Back

    Hello Carlisle Public Schools Families!

    Welcome back! Our PTO will be using Membership Toolkit this year —an online service that makes it easier to work together. 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. We hope you will join us in making our school a great place for kids this year!

    Register online 


    Change for Good

    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 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

    Carlisle PTO


    Carlisle PTO “Non-Fundraiser” Fundraiser   

    Yay! One stop shopping. We happily introduce the “non-fundraiser” fundraiser. Together, we can eliminate the need for so many other fundraisers throughout the school year. Instead, we can all use this letter to support our students by writing a check now (or making a credit card payment online). 


    On average, your PTO spends over $30 annually per child to fund:

    ➢ Curriculum enrichment programs (Plimoth Plantation, Shakespeare & Company, Wingmasters, Drumlin Farm, Author visits, and many more)
    ➢ Community events

    ➢ Staff appreciation events
                ➢ Teacher grants and initiatives

    Your money goes directly to support the students and teachers!

    But here’s the thing – we can only promise to not keep asking again and again all year IF we reach our goal through this letter. That’s right – we need YOU to respond and support our students. 
    There are two ways to help us enrich the learning experience of ALL students.
                1. Please make a check out to “Carlisle PTO” and return to the school office or mail to:
                            Carlisle PTO, PO Box 4, Carlisle, MA 01741
                2. Go online to www.CarlisleMAPTO.org and use our PayPal link on the front page!
    Remember, we need at least $30 per student! Thank you for your continued support.
    Questions? Contact Niressa Martin: 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.


    Carlisle PTO “Non-Fundraiser”

    Student(s) Name(s):​​​​​​ ___________________________________________________

    Student(s) Grade(s):​​​​​​ ___________________________________________________

    Parent/Guardian Name(s): ______________________________________________

    Parent/Guardian Email(s): ______________________________________________

    Amount:          $30      $60      $90      Other _____________


    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 will make every effort to involve veteran volunteers as well as new faces to the schedule. Click here to find out more about volunteering in the Library and to sign up.http://www.carlislemapto.org/library-volunteers.html or email our Library Coordinator, Diane Troppoli at CarlislePTOLibrary@gmail.com

    Monthly PTO Meeting
    The first PTO meeting of this academic year was on Tuesday, September 3rd at 9AM in the Community Room at CPS. We welcome all parents and guardians (and their little ones) to come and learn more about the PTO's plans. You can reference all agendas and meeting minutes on the PTO website. Questions about meetings, email Carrie Patel at carlisleptopresident@gmail.com

    Peer Parents – Are you new to CPS? The Peer Parent Coordinator will match you with a current parent to be a resource to you as you become familiar with the Carlisle Public Schools.  This program is for all new student families - Preschool to 8th Grade! Visit our website for more information about the Peer Parent Program or email Deepa Chungi at CarlislePTONewcomers@gmail.com with any questions.


    Back-to-School Coffee at CPS
    Have a child entering the Carlisle Public Schools this year? New to town and want to meet other families? Interested in meeting our administrative staff? If so, join us for coffee on Friday, September 6th at 9:00 AM in the Corey Dining Hall at CPS. You will have the opportunity to meet other newcomers. Hope you can join us!

    Save the Date for the 6th Grade Spaghetti Supper!
    2019 Spaghetti Supper is right around the corner! Join family, friends, and the Carlisle community for this annual event on Tuesday, October 22th. Tickets will be available from 6th graders and at Ferns. Watch for more details!


    School Supply Kits
    The PTO would like to thank the following families for all their help with delivering 488 School Supplies kits straight to the classrooms in record time! 
    The Caggiano Family

    The Eckler Family

    The Fink Family

    The Keene Family

    The Lennox Family 

    The Mascari Family

    The Patel Family

    The Radovan Family

    The Richardson Family

    The Rotman Family

    The Tatham Family

    The Vuckovic Family

    Now on the first day of school, all those students and parents have one less thing to worry about as they get ready to start the new year! If you missed it this year, make sure to keep an eye out for the School Supply Kit sale this May!


    Volunteer with the PTO – The 2 Hour Pledge!
    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
     Gleason      ckh logo  


    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

    The Gleason Public Library would like to gently remind students and parents that food is not allowed in the Library. Please enjoy snacks and other food outside so we may keep the Library clean, beautiful, and allergy-friendly.


    Middle School Make & Take: Locker Magnets
    Friday, September 13, 2:45 pm, Grades 5-8

    Give your locker some personality, and maybe even keep yourself organized, with some locker magnets. We will make two different kinds: clothespin magnets, and glass bead magnets. All materials will be provided. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.


    Early Release Day Movie
    Tuesday, September 17, 1 pm, Grades 5-8

    On each early release day during the school year, Gleason Teens will show a movie for grades 5 through 8 at 1:00 p.m. Popcorn, juice, and soda will be served. This month, the pets and their secret lives are back as they deal with lots of change, including a new baby in the family.


    Fractal Art: A Painting Workshop
    Tuesday, September 24, 4 pm, Grades 3-5

    Learn how to make some cool fractal art, led by local artist Sherry Hoffman! For grades 3-5. Registration is required and can be done online at gleasonlibrary.org or by calling 978-369-4898.


    Book Clubs

    Book clubs will be returning to the Gleason Library in October! Check the Library’s website and the Mosquito for registration dates, which will open sometime in September.


    Storytime Yoga
    Thursdays, September 19 and 26, 11 am

    At Storytime Yoga, Annie chooses funny stories, designs a yoga program that matches the stories, and participants go home with with a little surprise to remember the fun time shared. Annie brings her love of teaching literacy to life by involving children in the storytelling process. Children will retell stories through dramatic movement and  playful yoga postures. Relaxing yoga breath is also incorporated to calm the mind and body. Space is limited to 12 children, so registration is required and can be done online at gleasonlibrary.org or by calling 978-369-4898.

    Carlisle Kids' House    

    CKH has very limited openings for school age afterschool and before school care.

    Looking forward to a great school year!


    Questions? Contact Christine at 978-369-5558 or email: exec_director@carlislekidshouse.org


    Carlisle Chess Club

    Celebrating our 14th year!

    Chess Club Starts Thursday, Sept. 19

    The chess club for K-4 elementary school students meets Thursday mornings, 8:00 – 8:45 AM, in the school dining room starting September 19.  It is not run by the school but by parent volunteers. 

    The chess club aims to provide:

    to kids, a fun time learning and playing “the most ancient and the most universal game known among men”, and

    to families, a system for promoting the development of reasoning ability and problem-solving skills in their children.

    For more info, contact  CarlisleChess@gmail.com or come to a meeting. 


    “The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement. . . . For Life is a kind of

    Chess, . . .”  Benjamin Franklin, 1779

    Music lessons with IMSCC  

    IMSCC's Fall session is enrolling now - beginners and students of all levels welcome! Music lessons are given after school and in the evenings at CCHS, Sanborn and Carlisle schools. Submit a lesson inquiry here to start the enrollment process; visit the website for information about lessons, tuition rates and faculty. For more details please contact program coordinator Debbie Levine

    Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) Expands American Roots Offerings–Today American Roots takes the influence of a range of musical styles, including early jazz and gospel, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, country, spirituals, and many others, with a come one, come all bent. New CCM classes include Fingerstyle Picking and Blues Guitar. CCM Roots classes include Old-Time, Bluegrass, Banjo, Fiddling, and Adventures in Group Guitar. Anyone on guitar, mandolin, violin, bass, banjo, or Dobro would fit in the offerings just fine. Enroll in a group or lesson in the American Roots genre, and join the Thursday 8 pm weekly jam for free. Visit ConcordConservatory.org, call 978-369-0010, or email info@ConcordConservatory.org.

    Concord Carlisle Youth Wrestling

    Registration is open for Concord Carlisle Youth Wrestling's 2019 Fall Clinic & 2019-'20 Winter Season for students in grades 4-8.

    CCYW Fall Clinic - Runs October 15, thru November 21, 2019 - A fun warm-up to the winter season and a great introduction to wrestling for newcomers to the sport.

    CCYW Winter Season - Runs December 3, 2019 thru February 12, 2020 (Between Thanksgiving & February recess.) - An introduction to wrestling fundamentals as well as an opportunity to practice & compete with other USA Wrestling programs.

    No experience necessary - Practice located @ CCHS - Coached by CCHS Alumni & Varsity Coaches

    Visit www.concordyouthwrestling.com to register and for more information.

    Community Harvest Celebration

    Community Harvest Celebration

    at Gaining Ground

    Sunday, September 15, 2019   3–5 p.m. 

    • Lush, high energy bluegrass music from Southern Rail
    • Mini farmer’s market for purchasing beverages, sandwiches, sweets, and produce
    • Cider making, children’s games, and farm tours
    • Celebrating 25 Years of Gaining Ground!

    Kindly RSVP at www.GainingGround.org. No rain date.

    Gaining Ground 341 Virginia Rd, Concord

    Contact: Fan Watkinson at fan@gainingground.org

    INSPIRE is a FREE 6-week Parent Support Group Program for parents/grandparents of children with special needs (4-9 years old).

    Held Tuesday mornings, from 9:30 AM to 11 AM starting October 15th until November 19, 2019.  Offered at Ripley Administration Building, 120 Meriam Road, Concord.    LIMITED # of SPOTS.     PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

    Please go to registration link below for details on how to sign up.

    REGISTRATION INFORMATION:                    Please sign up online at


    Or contact cpt@concordps.org or call (978) 202-1143

    Members of this group will meet other parents who can offer immediate empathy for the unique challenges they face on a daily basis and over the long haul. Topics covered:

    • Learn strategies to feel more emotionally balanced on a daily basis.
    • Nurture their individual identity beyond their parenting identity.
    • Cope with and reduce the stress of relentless advocacy for their child.
    • Restore trust and hope in their lives by creating positive connections with others.
    • Gain new perspectives on having more satisfying interactions with their child.

    Facilitated by Patricia Marquis, a seasoned LICSW social worker, with extensive experience counseling individuals, couples and families.  She has been a parent educator and leader of parent groups for over 30 years.  Patty brings her solid knowledge of child development, her counseling experience and her mindfulness mindset to inspire parents to deepen their empathy for themselves and their child.

    Please note: due to the small group nature of the program, the spots are limited.  So if you get a spot please commit to it as someone else may not be able to participate (please email us at cpt@concordps.org if anything changes that affects your ability to participate so we can open your spot back up to others.)  

    Free parking -- enter through back door off back parking lot at Ripley Administration Building. 

    Get Outside and Explore!

    Orienteering for all at DCR Great Brook Farm State Park - September 22

    Try the sport of orienteering right here in Carlisle, at DCR Great Brook Farm State Park on Sunday, September 22 , with the New England Orienteering Club (NEOC).  Courses will allow brand-new, beginner and advanced participants of all ages to get outside and explore.  No special equipment is needed, just good walking shoes and a sense of adventure.  Wear the clothes you would for a hike or run in a local park.  Bring a compass if you have one, or borrow a loaner from NEOC.  Head out onto a course at your own pace - walk, jog or run.  Orienteering is an easy sport to learn, accessible for all ages and abilities, and ideal for individuals and families who enjoy the outdoors.

    This September 22 event is also part of the 2019 Greater Boston Youth Orienteering Series (ages 3-5, 6-9, 10-12, 13+), and includes special stations and games that teach map reading skills and navigation for children of all ages.  After the games, youth will have the option to try an orienteering course with family or friends, or individually.  This youth outreach is a joint project of NEOC, Cambridge Sports Union and Navigation Games.  Coaches also will be available to assist beginner adult participants.

    To participate in the special youth activities, or to try a youth or regular orienteering course, arrive between 10:00 am - 12:00 noon.  Starts for courses are staggered during this time, at your pace, when you are ready.  The event will be held rain or shine.  Parking is at the DCR Great Brook Farm State Park ice cream parking lot, and registration is in the meadow field just south of there.  Cost is $5 per individual (family max $15 including adults).  DCR parking fee $3 per car.  See neoc.org for more details.  Bring your family or a friend and join in the fun!

  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in October, 2019. Please email your submissions to Nancy Anderson at nanderson@carlisle.k12.ma.us by September 30 at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file. Thank you!