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     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  
      

     

    Dear Carlisle Families,

    November is upon us and this past weekend certainly made me realize that winter is almost upon us also.  The snow and frosty temperatures are harbingers of what lay before us over the next few months, and while the cold and snow may complicate some of our new COVID protocols and practices, I believe that we will be able to adapt our practices in order to maintain the safe and healthy conditions we have worked so hard to create for our students, staff and community.

    The snow on Friday also reminded me to review with all of you our plan for the upcoming year as it relates to school cancellations and “snow days”.  Our plan is not to have any traditional “snow days” this year.  If the need arises and we have to cancel in-person instruction due to weather and unsafe travel conditions, we will implement our remote learning plans for all students on that day or days.  Communication will be sent out as we have done in the past, with phone messages going out to all families and with the announcement going out via traditional media such as television, website and Twitter.  I understand that this approach may be disappointing to some students and families, as many of us enjoy the occasional "snow day", and I also know this approach may call for some advanced planning and preparation on the part of our teachers and students, but given all of our challenges this year, knowing the last day of school will not be subject to change is somewhat reassuring.  You can anticipate hearing more about specific plans and implementation from Dennet, Matt, Lori and our teachers.

    In last week’s communication, I shared that the School Committee held an emergency meeting on Monday, October 26, to discuss the recent increase in positive COVID cases in Carlisle.  I am pleased to report that since that meeting with the Board of Health, the Carlisle Public Health Nurse and our School Nurse, we have had no additional positive cases reported in Carlisle.  We do remain vigilant and we should all continue to practice our precautions and be prepared for the possibility of positive cases within our school community.  As I have said previously, we have had the opportunity to see many of our neighboring school districts experience positive cases and manage those situations effectively, and I have complete confidence that we should be able to do the same, if and when the need arises.

    In last week’s letter I also shared our appeal to the community as we are looking for people who are willing to assist us by substitute teaching in the district.  We were fortunate to have a number of community members step forward to assist in this way and we are all in their debt, as this is one of our greatest challenges at the moment.  The substitute challenge looks like it will persist throughout the year and we are still in dire need, so I ask you once again to consider the possibility of substitute teaching this year, even if it is only once or twice a week, as our ability to find coverage is critical to our ability to remain open during this pandemic.  If you are able to assist us in this way, I encourage you to reach out to one of our principals.

    Finally, just one more reminder that our collective effort to diminish the spread of the virus is a major factor in our ability to continue with in-person instruction and keep our students, staff and community safe.  As positive case numbers rise both in Massachusetts and across the country, and as families consider plans to travel or have visitors over the upcoming holidays, it is important that we adhere to travel and gathering guidelines, so that we can limit exposure and spread of the virus.  Please use the links below to access up to date state guidance, and please remember, we all play a part in keeping our community safe and healthy and our schools open for in-person instruction.  

    Warm regards,

    Jim

     

    Department of Public Health Thanksgiving Guidance: Covid-19   

    Massachusetts Travel Order Guidance


     

  • School Events and Information


    School Calendar

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


    Please click below to see the November Lunch Menu:

    November Lunch Menu

     

    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. 


    CHILD FIND NOTICE

    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

    lbruce@carlisle.k12.ma.us

    (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.  


     

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    Other Items of Interest


    Gleason Public Library
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    AT THE GLEASON PUBLIC LIBRARY

    The Gleason Public Library is now open for browsing and computer use by appointment only. Please call the Library at 978-369-4898 to schedule a 30-minute browsing appointment or a 50-minute computer appointment. We are also open for curbside pickup for holds and can make suggestions if you need help finding something new to read. Our hours are currently Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. We will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 for Veterans Day, and we will be closed from 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving.

    For everyone:

    Friends of the Gleason Public Library Annual Meeting
    Thursday, November 5, 7 p.m.

    The Friends of the Gleason Public Library invite everyone to their Annual Meeting to be held Thursday, November 5, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. After a very short business meeting, the Friends are pleased to host “Get to know your new librarians.” Each will introduce themselves and tell us what their role is at the library and maybe what their favorite books are, too. Please register to receive the Zoom link. Contact Martha at mpatten@gleasonlibrary.org or 978-369-4898 with any questions.

    Disney-Themed Family Trivia Challenge with the Trivia Brothers
    Thursday, November 19, 6:30 p.m., all ages welcome

    We are excited to welcome back the Trivia Brothers for a virtual Disney-themed Trivia Challenge! Gather up your team (it can be just yourself, or you can have up to 6 players) and get ready to test your Disney knowledge. To play, you just need two devices: a computer to join the Zoom meeting, and a phone or tablet to play the game. Disney costumes are encouraged! Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. Email childrens@gleasonlibrary.org with any questions.

    Elementary or younger:

    Take & Make Craft: Fall Weaving Mat
    Friday, November 20, best for ages 5 and up

    Bring home a kit to make a fall weaving mat. Each Take & Make craft kit will include supplies to make one woven mat along with instructions. The mats can be used for fall decor or as a festive placemat at the dinner table. Reserve a kit by signing up on at gleasonlibrary.org and pick it up any time between Friday, November 20th at 10 a.m. and Monday, November 23rd at 5 p.m. via curbside pickup. This Take & Make craft is for ages 5 and up (but may need a little help from an adult).

    Story Times
    Please register for each story time session individually. You will receive the Zoom meeting ID and password confirmation after registering. If you have any questions, please send an email to childrens@gleasonlibrary.org.

    Fall Preschool Story Time Online
    Tuesdays, September 15 through December 8, 11 a.m.

    Join us Tuesday mornings on Zoom for story time! This online event designed for children ages 3-6 is full of interactive stories, rhymes, fingerplays and songs.

    Pajama Story Time Online
    Tuesdays, September 15 through December 8, 6:30 p.m.

    Put on your pajamas and fuzzy slippers for Pajama Story Time on Tuesday evenings! Our new Pajama Story Time features fun stories and songs for little ones as they settle down for the night.

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Group Online: Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo
    Wednesday, November 4, 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: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
    Thursday, November 12, 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:

    Rainbow Macrame Workshop
    Friday, November 20, 4 p.m., grades 5-12

    Make your own rainbow! Follow along with Mandy of Wicked Good Henna over a Zoom tutorial to create your rainbow artwork. This program teaches basic fiber skills and allows participants to make 2 of these beautiful rainbows—with supplies to turn them into key chains if desired, or to simply have them hanging from windows or a rear view mirror. Keep them for yourself, or give them to someone as a gift! This program is for grades 5-12. Registration is required and can be done at gleasonlibrary.org. Kits with the materials needed for this program will be available via curbside pickup the week of the event. Contact Tahleen at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org with any questions.

    Middle School Book Club: Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley
    Wednesday, November 18, 4 pm on Zoom
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org 


    Concord Youth Theatre 

    Concord Youth Theatre is offering a new in-person Shakespeare workshop for students in grades 8-12 on three consecutive Saturdays starting November 7th from 12:30-3:30 pm. CYT alum Brian Pollock will be teaching the class.

    Curious what the big whoop is about Shakespeare? Nervous about how to act in a Shakespeare play at school, or have trouble understanding it? Shakespeare’s plays are full of juicy plot lines, hilarious comedy, and big bold characters — endless fun for actor, but sometimes his old poetic language and the way we talk about him can make Shakespeare a bit intimidating, right? In this workshop, we will start with the basics to learn how Shakespeare used language and poetry, and how to break it down so you know what you’re saying and enjoy saying it! Soon you’ll see how fun Shakespeare can really be!  Go to concordyouththeatre.asapconnected.com to register. 


    Support our Teachers and Schools & Give Thanks!  Please join The Concord Education Fund for its new event -  The 2020 Apple Challenge!   Get out your sneakers, bikes or wheels and complete a 5- Mile  Hike | Bike | Roll | Stroll on November 13-15th.  Families can register for $100 (up to  6 family members) to participate.  Please register at:  www.concordedfund.org

    Families will receive a "swag bag" filled with goodies and an apple lawn sign.  All proceeds go to support our teachers and schools through the Concord Education Fund (CEF).  CEF recently funded Zoom subscriptions for our schools and will be purchasing additional bike racks and bike repair stations for each school campus.  Help us plant the SEEDS of future academic and emotional success of our students by supporting the wonderful teachers, staff and administrators who are at the CORE of our kids' education!  Join the Apple Challenge today!


    Don’t Miss the Zoom 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 a Zoom informational meeting at 7pm on Monday, November 16.

    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 for the town of Carlisle, 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 briefly to their experiences and answer audience questions.

    If you are interested in participating, please preregister by calling the COA at 978-371-2895 and a zoom link will be e-mailed to you.  The program will be recorded for later broadcast on Minuteman Media Network and posted to YouTube. The link will be available through the COA.

    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 for the town of Carlisle, 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 briefly to their experiences and answer audience questions.

    If you are interested in participating, please preregister by calling the COA at 978-371-2895 and a zoom link will be e-mailed to you.  The program will be recorded for later broadcast on Minuteman Media Network and posted to YouTube. The link will be available through the COA.


     


  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in December, 2020. Please email your submissions to Nancy Anderson at nanderson@carlisle.k12.ma.us by December 1 at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file. Thank you!

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