January 2022
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    Jan 2022 



     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle Families,

    Happy New Year!

    I hope you and your family had the opportunity to enjoy the recent school vacation.  I know none of us wanted to start 2022 addressing an increase in COVID cases, but we can be reassured by the fact that our focus on the health and well-being of our students and staff, along with our collaborative and responsive approach to each new challenge, have helped us to navigate these difficult times as successfully as possible to date, and we are committed to continuing that approach in 2022.  

    I was proud to see the charitable work our students were engaged in at the end of 2021.  The second and fifth grade Pajama Drive collected a record setting 265 pairs of pajamas for those in need and the sixth grade Coat Drive was a success providing winter coats to families in Carlisle and the surrounding communities to stay warm this winter.  I also want to thank all of our professional staff who work to make these service learning experiences available to our students, as we know how valuable these experiences are in the development of thoughtful and well-rounded individuals.

    Although it is only January, we will be beginning to speak with our 8th graders about their transition to high school.  Parents of 8th graders may want to take the time to review the Parents Guide to High School Transition FAQ.  Over the next few months, there will be a variety of presentations from CCHS as they share information with our 8th graders and their families.  CCHS will be hosting a webinar specifically for Carlisle families on Thursday, January 27th at 7:00 PM to learn more about the high school community.  This will be followed by a curriculum webinar on Thursday, February 3rd at 6:30 PM regarding the Program of Studies at CCHS.  Middle School Principal Dr. Mehler will share the links to these webinars via email.

    I wish each of you peace and health in the new year.


    Warm regards,

    Jim O'Shea




  • School Events and Information

    School Calendar

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

    Please click below to see the January LUNCH MENU:

    January 2022 Lunch Menu


    The second and fifth grade classes are delighted to share our most sincere thanks to all who contributed 265 pairs of pajamas to the Pajama Program this year. When the volunteer came from the program she stated that it was the most pajamas they had received from one group! She also shared that she was going straight to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to deliver the bags of PJs. The pajamas were individually folded and wrapped with a strip of construction paper decorated with warm winter wishes by the second and fifth grade students. Just beautiful! 



    Calling all future kindergartners in Carlisle! Do you have a child who is eligible for kindergarten in 2022? 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 for kindergarten but you are making different plans, please let us know. Thank you!


    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 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 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.


    Castle Playground Project Fundraising Event - NO COOK NIGHT!
    Tired of the same old take-out? Can't stomach another evening chopping, cooking, and cleaning? The Castle Playground Project has your back - we are bringing Boston's CHICKEN AND RICE GUYS to Carlisle! Order a warm, filling dinner ahead of time and pick it up on Thursday, January 20th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Go to www.castleplaygroundproject.com for all the details! 



    Other Items of Interest

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

    Holiday closures: The Library will be closed Monday, January 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


    For everyone:

    WINTER READING CHALLENGE 2022: READING REFLECTIONS - January 1 through February 28

    The beginning of the year marks a wonderful time to renew reading goals. Whether you’re socializing with friends and family this season or enjoying some quiet time alone, take a moment to cozy up with a good book and set an intention for the coming year while reflecting on the year that has passed. Log your reading and activities to earn badges and kick off 2022. Complete the challenge, and you will earn a prize! You can register for this reading challenge by visiting gleasonlibrary.beanstack.org or by downloading the Beanstack app. Readers of all ages are invited to participate.



    Join us for another virtual cooking class with Simply Creative Chef Rob! In this class, he will show us all how to make two delicious dinner dishes: Grandma-Style Spaghetti Pie and Parmesan-Crusted Quesadilla with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Cook along, or watch as Chef Rob shows us how to make these tasty meals. Note: The library will not be providing the ingredients necessary for this cooking class, so please make sure you have them on hand if you plan to cook along with us. Open to chefs of all ages. Email info@gleasonlibrary.org with any questions.


    POP-UP BOOK SWAP - Saturday, January 22, 10:00 AM
    The Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) invite you to the January Pop-Up Book Swap on Saturday, January 22nd at the Gleason Public Library.

    Drop off your books in good condition on Saturday morning between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, then shop for "new" books in the afternoon between 1:00 and 4:00 PM Books for all ages are welcome!  Please note that only books of the month's genres will be accepted. This month's book swap genres include:  Black History Month, Romance, Foreign Language.  The book swap is free, but donations to support the Friends are welcome. We hope to see you there!


    Elementary or younger:

    STEAMED DUMPLINGS COOKING CLASS - Thursday, January 27, 6:30 PM
    The talented cooks from the Kids' Table, based in Chicago, are back for another fun 1-hour cooking class on Zoom. This time, we'll learn how to make delicious steamed dumplings for the upcoming Lunar New Year!

    Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link and a list of the ingredients and baking supplies for the class. Families are welcomed to participate together in this class. Please register under one name as a family. Reach out to childrens@gleasonlibrary.org with any questions. Thank you to our wonderful Friends of Gleason Public Library for supporting this fun event.

    Children and their families will learn how to interact safely with animals, specifically cats and dogs, with community liaison Michelle Kreell from Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton. Michelle will bring along her dog, Lane, for kids to practice the appropriate way to "meet" a dog. This interactive program is for kids ages 5 through 10. We kindly ask that each person attending bring pet food or a pet toy donation for the animals of the Baypath Humane Society. Masks are required for ages 2 and up. We ask that all attending follow social distancing guidelines.


    TAKE & MAKE CRAFT: ICE CUBE PAINTING KIT - Friday, January 14, 10:00 AM
    Let's create some icy artwork! Bring home a kit to make a batch of watercolor ice cube paints. Explore how the ice cubes melt while painting and the colors swirl together when combined. This kit includes the following materials: a mini set of liquid watercolor paints, one plastic pipette, one ice cube tray, six wooden craft sticks, and two sheets of watercolor paper.

    Register online for a kit and pick it up any time between Friday, January 14th at 10:00 AM and Monday, January 17th at 9:00 PM via in-person or curbside pickup. This craft is for ages 4 and up with help from an adult. Take & Make craft kits are made possible by our wonderful Friends of the Gleason Public Library.


    NATURE CONNECTION STORY TIME - Thursday, January 6, 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 in-person 45-minute program for 3-6-year-olds, we will read a seasonally appropriate story followed by a sensory engagement activity.  Please register for each session individually. Masks are required for ages 2 and up. We ask that all attending follow social distancing guidelines. If you have any questions, please email us at childrens@gleasonlibrary.org.

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: Zoey and Sassafras: Caterflies and Ice by Asia Citro - Wednesday, January 5, 4:00 PM
    Registration required; email childrens@gleasonlibrary.org or visit gleasonlibrary.org/events to register.


    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: Masterpiece by Elise Broach - Thursday, January 13, 4:00 PM
    Registration required; email childrens@gleasonlibrary.org or visit gleasonlibrary.org/events to register.


    For Middle School:

    MIDDLE SCHOOL TAKE & MAKE: DIY WINDOW CLINGS - Friday, January 13, for grades 5-8
    Make some winter decorations, or any other type of decorations, for your windows! Reserve a kit with everything you need to make your own window clings at home. We will give you instructions and the colors for snowflakes, but you can create whatever shapes you want for your space. Registration is required. For grades 5-8. Sponsored by the Friends of Gleason Public Library.


    TEEN WEEKEND READING KIT - Friday, January 21, for grades 7-12
    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, January 21 through Monday, January 24. These kits are for grades 7-12. Please email Tahleen, the Teen Services Librarian, with any questions at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org.

    Teen Weekend Reading Kits are sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

    Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball and Softball – Registration Open Now

    Building on incredibly successful programming and record numbers in 2021, Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball and Softball (www.CCYB.org) is offering robust programming for all players in Grades PK-9.  Registration for the Spring Baseball and Softball season is open now through the end of the month. 

    2022 Spring Baseball - 7 Week Season (SUN APR 24 - SUN JUN 12)

    T-Ball (Grades PK-K)
    Farm League (Grades 1-2)
    Major League (Grades 3-6)
    Babe Ruth (Ages 13-16)

    2022 Spring Softball - 7 Week Season (SUN APR 24 - SUN JUN 12)

    T-Ball (Grades PK-K)
    Starters (Grades 1)
    Rookies (Grades 2-3)
    Minors (Grade 4)
    Majors (Grades 5-6)
    Seniors (Grades 7-8)

    Spread the word to friends and classmates and REGISTER NOW at …

    REGISTRATION LINK - http://www.leagueathletics.com/Registration/Default.asp?n=&org=ccyb.org&cat=Spring+Baseball

    IMSCC - Music Lessons

    The Winter-Spring session of music lessons starts this month! We welcome new students of all ages and all levels, including adults. Expert instructors are available for all band and orchestra instruments as well as voice, guitar, ukulele, electric bass, and piano. 

    During this time families have a choice of in-person or remote lessons. In-person lessons are located at CCHS and the Carlisle public school campus and follow school district music protocols for COVID safety. Click here to request lessons, or here for more information about IMSCC. Questions? email Debbie Levine. We look forward to working with you! 

    Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education 


    Planning the right trip for your family isn't easy. In this class you'll leave with the tools you need to plan the right family trip that suits your family. We'll touch on destinations, taking into account allergies, budget, experiences and more. Register online at www.concordcarlisleace.org. Offered through CCACE. Instructor: Katiana Jolimeau of Trips Travel Agency. Fee: $25


    MAKE & BAKE BRUNCHSaturday, February 12, 9:30 am

    If breakfast & lunch are your favorite meals of the day, then come try foods to share with friends and family for Brunch! Recipes include cinnamon French toast roll-ups, blueberry muffins, and Croque Madame. At the end of this online class, you’ll have a small feast to share, new skills, and a recipe booklet. This is a fun family activity - register with your child or grandchild for $49 for both of you! The discount will automatically be applied once you have the class in your shopping cart for each of you. Register online at www.concordcarlisleace.org or call 978-318-1432. Offered through CCACE. Fee: $39

  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in February 2022. Please email your submissions Mary O'Regan at moregan@carlisle.k12.ma.us by 9:00 AM on Monday, January 31, 2022.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file. Thank you!