November 2019
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  • School Events and Information

    School Calendar

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

    Please click below to see the November Lunch Menu:

    November Lunch Menu

    Picture Retakes will be on Friday Dec. 6th (morning only)

    If your child was not here for Picture Day or you would like your child's picture retaken, please call the Main Office at 978-369-6550 so that we may schedule their picture.  

    Carlisle School’s 2nd and 5th Grade Buddies – 10th Annual Pajama Drive

     Pajama Drive

    The second and fifth grade buddies would like to invite you to join them in our community service project.  This is the Carlisle School’s tenth year of donating warm pajamas to children in need.  Last year we collected over 200 pairs of pajamas!  

    Please consider donating one pair (or more) of brand-new pajamas to the Pajama Drive Boxes located at the entrances of the Spalding and Robbin’s Buildings, and the 2nd and 5th grade hallways, by Friday, December 13th.  These new pajamas will be paired with a donated book from Scholastic Book Club and distributed to children in our local shelters.

    Here are some guidelines for the pajamas:

    *  Pajamas must be brand-new.

    *  Pajamas in all sizes are needed—from newborn to adult.

    *  Pajamas must be in complete sets or nightgowns.

    *  Pajamas in children’s sizes must be manufactured as pajamas—

       this ensures that they are flame-retardant and safe.

     Thank you for helping us provide a Loving Bedtime, A Peaceful Good Night, and a Positive Good Day!  


    Your second and fifth grade friends in,

    Mrs. Caron’s, Mrs. Gilchrist’s, Mrs. Katz’s, Mrs. Vanaria’s, and

    Mrs. Gleason’s, Mr. Naroff’s and Ms.Putnam’s classes


    If you have any questions, please contact: Mrs. Vanaria at lvanaria@carlisle.k12.ma.us

    You can find out more about the drive and the program at: http://pajamaprogram.org/ourwork/

    Carlisle 6th Grade Class Coat Drive

    For Needy Families in Neighboring Towns

    The Carlisle 6th Grade Class supported by the FRS Social Action Committee is organizing its community wide coat drive for the needy families in neighboring Towns. The goal is to collect lots of coats and jackets to ensure that all family members in need have a warm coat or jacket to wear this winter.

    Please bring freshly laundered - clean, gently used winter coats, jackets and snow pants in all sizes – baby through adult - and drop them in the coat box at the front entryway of FRS on Sunday mornings, the plastic tub marked “COATS & JACKETS” at the back entryway to FRS on Church Street, or in the coat boxes outside the sixth grade classrooms or in the school lobby between Monday, November 4 and Friday, November 15. Please note all donated items should be something you would allow your child to wear, in other words no rips, tears or broken zippers please. These winter coats and jackets will be delivered to middle schools in Lowell and Waltham and several other organizations and distributed to families in need.

    Thank you for helping us achieve our goal of keeping other students our same age, and their moms, dads and siblings warm and able to go outside and play this winter. For more information, questions or to arrange drop off of coats at another time/location please contact Social Action Chair, Lauree Cameron Eckler at lacameroneckler@comcast.net

    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.  


  • Carlisle PTO


    If you ask your children about their favorite parts of the school year, chances are your kindergartener would pipe up about the Owl Show, the trip to Drumlin Farm, or the science show where they saw exploding “elephant’s toothpaste.” Did your 1st grader see animals at Plimouth Plantation or did your 2nd grader meet the Bats that came to the school? As they get older, our kids are given the chance to hear from Native American speakers, graphic artists and authors, Shakespearean actors, and Holocaust survivors. 

    These programs are not part of the state’s—or even the school’s—standard curriculum. Our amazing educators reach out to each and every one of these presenters and programs on their own to ensure that our kids have the richest, most diverse learning experiences they can have. And in order to fund these activities, trips, and speakers, our teachers turn to the PTO. 

    It is not only these programs that lean on the PTO for funding. One quarter of Ms. Bery’s library budget comes from the PTO. We support the 7th-grade play, graduation, and run the annual Book Fair. We also manage each grade’s bank account. Without the organization of the PTO, each year, 6th grade parents would have to start a new bank account for the Spaghetti Supper. Seventh-grade parents would have to set up banking for each play anew, in a parent’s name. The PTO sets up and maintains the class bank accounts so the task and responsibility doesn’t fall to the parents. 

    Unfortunately, the money that finances teacher requests, middle-school activities, and graduation is finite and quickly dwindling. Every year, the cost of these programs has risen but our income has been falling. Any and all revenue for these programs comes from two sources: donations and fundraisers. 

    Donations are falling. While the costs of these enhanced curriculum features tend to increase as the kids get older, donations drop drastically as the grade level rises. For example, the PTO spends $1600 on 4th grade activities but only sees about $700 from 4th grade families. We give approximately $5000 to the 8th grade for their activities, but only see donations from this class in the double digits. As parents, we understand that it is harder and harder to donate each year, especially as younger siblings begin to enter the school system. These donations, however, are a vital part of the PTO’s ability to support the school. 

    As donations continue to dip, we are relying more heavily on our second source of revenue: fundraisers. These events require the time and effort of volunteer organizers. The PTO has not had a major fundraiser in two years, so instead we have been focusing on smaller efforts that are simply not raising enough money to sustain the support we provide. The fundraisers need more of everything: time, manpower, imagination, and exposure.  

    The yearly cost for Grades K through 8 continues to be over $10,000, but both donations and fundraisers have become less and less fruitful over the past few years. Unless we can raise more funds within the next ten years, the PTO will become insolvable and no longer able to support these programs and class infrastructure. Who will manage the class accounts? Who will decide which grade gets to keep their curriculum enrichment and which loses the funding? And without this money for the teachers, the costs will either fall to the parents in each grade or the school will simply have to cancel them altogether. 

    It’s not too late to save these programs. The PTO needs volunteers to organize and run fundraising activities. We need new perspectives and fresh ideas on how to sustain a revenue stream. And we need leadership at every level. Many of our wonderful officers will soon be graduating on as their children enter the high school. We need parents of younger children to step into their shoes. Without parents and community members to take their places, the PTO will no longer be able to support the school, fund these programs, and provide the much-needed connection between parents and the administration and teachers. 

    Joining the PTO may sound daunting, but if we all do a little lifting, the load will be lighter for everyone. You can join to lead a charge or simply help those who are organizing the efforts. If you have an idea, we would love to hear it! If you can spare a few hours to help at an event, we would love to see you there! 

    If we all give a little of our time, money, or ideas, then we can make sure these programs remain in the yearly curriculum and not as an extra cost to every family or—worse—a canceled enrichment program. We can ensure that each Spaghetti Supper starts off with infrastructure in place. That each 7th-grade play is able to quickly pay for costumes and sets without a different parent opening a bank account in their name each year. Our children and their teachers need the PTO to make CPS the amazing place that it is. Don’t let this organization lapse. Contact us on how you can lead, participate, or help. (CarlislePTOPresident@gmail.com) We need every parent out there to ensure future classes have the same benefits and experiences our children have enjoyed for years. 


    The Husky Directory is now FREE to all parents/guardians!

    MySchoolAnywhere is now called Membership Toolkit this year. 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.

    Register online at CarlisleMAPTO.membershiptoolkit.com

    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(s) 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 “Non-Fundraiser” Fundraiser   

    Together, we can eliminate the need for so many other fundraisers throughout the school year. Instead, we can all 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. 

    To date, only 26% of student contributions have been made this school year:


    There are multiple ways to help us enrich the learning experience of ALL students:

    1. Go online to www.CarlisleMAPTO.organd use our buttons on the front page
    2. Log into the free Husky Directory at CarlisleMAPTO.membershiptoolkit.com
    3. Write a check payable to “Carlisle PTO” with student name(s) in the memoand return to the school office or mail to: Carlisle PTO, PO Box 4, Carlisle, MA 01741

    Remember, we need at least $30 per student! Thank you for your continued support.
    Questions? Contact: CarlislePTOMembership@gmail.com

    All contributions are tax deductible. Make your contributions now before the end of 2019!

    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. 

    PTO Meetings 



    Volunteer at the School Library!  Volunteering is a great opportunity to see what happens at the library, it is so much more than kids checking out books. 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, Diane Troppoli, will make every effort to involve veteran volunteers as well as new faces to the schedule.

    To get started fill out this form and we will get back to you soon: Library_SignUp



    Volunteering for Lunch & Recess is a great way to visit your child and their classmates during the school day and the kids enjoy having you there! 

    Volunteering for Lunch & Recess requires less than an hour and no regular commitment is required. With the online sign-up, you can sign-up at any time for any individual day(s) that works with your schedule. Lunch & Recess volunteers are not restricted to parents. Grandparents, family members and friends are welcome to volunteer (a CORI check is needed).




    New families are moving to our town and dozens of families are joining the CPS at the KG level every year. The PTO is looking for Peer Parent volunteers to show these families the ropes and answer any questions they may have. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Deepa Chungi at carlisleptonewcomers@gmail.com with your name, phone number, and the age(s) of your kid(s) if they are still in school. Click on the following link for more information on the Peer Parent Program.



    Wine Tasting



    Don’t miss your chance to purchase Carlisle Husky spirit shirts, hoodies, flannel pants and more.  Follow this link to purchase.  Sale ends November 15th.

    Spirit Sale



    Have you left stuffies at the swap shed, only to have your own child retrieve them? Do you need to make room for the new ones that will appear this holiday season? You can safely donate any unwanted stuffed animals into our Bay State Textiles donation bins. Make sure they’re clean and dry, and place in a garbage bag and tie it. Stuffed animals are just the beginning – you may donate any clothing, footwear, or household textiles. Two collection bins are conveniently located near the gym entrance at the Carlisle Public School, available for your items any day of the week, as well as a bin at the transfer station! Click here for more info!



    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
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    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


    All Ages:

    Friends of the Gleason Public Library Annual Meeting with Marcella Pixley
    Wednesday, November 13, 7 pm
    After a brief business meeting, Marcella Pixley will speak about her fourth novel, Trowbridge Road, not available to the public until May 2020. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

    Elementary or younger:

    Fall Story Times

    Thursdays, November 7 through 21

    Join Miss Miranda at our story times for various ages! Drop-in Story Time for ages 0 to 3 will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Preschool Story Time (ages 3-6) will meet at 1:15 p.m. Thursdays—registration requested at gleasonlibrary.org/calendar or 978-369-4898. Story times are held in the third floor Hollis Room.

    Pajama Story Time
    Wednesday, November 20, 7 pm

    Join Miss Miranda for an evening story time! Children are encouraged to come in their pajamas. Best for ages 2 and up, but all are welcome. No registration necessary.

    1st and 2nd Grade Book Club: The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems

    Tuesday, November 19, 4 pm

    Registration required; contact Miranda Griffiths at mgriffiths@gleasonlibrary.org

    3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: Matilda by Roald Dahl
    Thursday, November 14, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org

    For Middle School:

    Make and Take: Fall Leaf Turkey Luminaries
    Friday, November 22, 2:45 pm, Grades 5-8

    Make a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table using a Mason jar, tissue paper, and leaves! For grades 5-8. Materials are limited and will be first-come, first-serve.

    Brush Lettering Workshop
    Saturday, November 23, 2 pm, Grades 6-12

    Learn the basics of brush lettering in this workshop for teens going into grades 6 through 12, led by local high school student and brush letter artist Claire Sun. This is a 2-hour workshop. Participants will leave with their own brush pen to continue practicing their art at home. Registration is required, as space is limited.

    5th and 6th Grade Book Club: I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
    Wednesday, November 20, 4 pm
    Registration required; contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org 


    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.

    Carlisle Kids' House    

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


    IMSCC Faculty Concert in Carlisle, Friday November 15

    Bring the whole family and enjoy an evening of music performed by IMSCC’s talented faculty!

    When: Friday November 15 at 6:30 PM

    Where: Carlisle school auditorium

    Featuring works by Handel, Glinka, Debussy, Ravel, Massenet, and contemporary composer Barry Cockcroft


    Faculty performers include:

    Scott Chamberlin, soprano saxophone

    Nune Hakobyan, piano

    Rachel Juszczak, bassoon

    Yerim Kang, piano

    Sargis Karapetyan, violin

    Matthew Small, trumpet

    Andrei Sobchenko, alto saxophone

    Jessica Trainor Tasucu, mezzo-soprano

    and presenting CCHS senior Marisa Ih, clarinet, with guest pianist Naomi Yamaguchi


    Donations to support IMSCC scholarships are welcome at the door.

    Concord Youth Theatre 

    Carlisle students Bella DiRocco, Rachel Ely, Sophia Fiorenza, Ben Pixley, Emma Rowland, Ada Sprong, Quinn Vienneau and Carlisle School alum Heatherann Sibley will be performing in Concord Youth Theatre’s musical, Anne Of Green Gables.

    Don’t miss the heartwarming musical based on Lucy Maude Montgomery’s beloved classic of a spunky, red haired orphan girl, Anne Shirley, whom Mark Twain called “the most delightful child of fiction since the immortal Alice.

    Concord Youth Theatre will present Anne of Green Gables on November 15 & 22 at 7:30pm; November 16 & 23 at 4:00 pm; November 17 & 24 at 2:30 at Concord Youth Theatre’s new home at 53 Church Street, West Concord. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased online at www.concordyouththeatre.org or by calling the CYT box office at 978-371-1482. Tickets will also be available at the door. The performance is recommended for ages 4 and up.

    STUDENTS NEEDED to help seniors with snow shoveling and yard work:  We have many seniors who are in need of  show shoveling and yard work help who can’t afford to pay someone.  If you can help a senior, please contact the COA at 978-371-2895.

    Concord Conservatory of Music



    An exciting collaborative bluegrass performance in Concord

    The Concord Conservatory of Music is proud to present the Barnes, Gordy, Walsh Trio on Friday at 7:30 pm on November 22nd. Three of the most influential and dynamic acoustic musicians in modern American music join forces as the Barnes, Gordy, Walsh Trio. Banjo legend Danny Barnes, winner of the 2015 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo, has been a creative force in modern bluegrass and related genres since his days as a founding member and frontman of the Bad Livers in the 1990s. 

    Here he teams up with guitarist Grant Gordy and mandolinist Joe K. Walsh, acclaimed masters emerging out of the newer blossoming of American roots music. Gordy has performed worldwide as a member of the David Grisman Quintet, and has appeared in settings as diverse as Carnegie Hall, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, and Bonnaroo. Walsh, a founder of progressive string band Joy Kills Sorrow and a member of the Gibson Brothers and (with Gordy) Mr. Sun, draws on deep rural roots in his singing, playing and songwriting. 

    Together, the Barnes, Gordy, Walsh Trio creates the kind of energy and inspiration that can only come from the happy confluence of three groundbreaking artists exploring musical possibilities and pushing each other to new heights.

    The Barnes, Gordy, Walsh Trio concert is part of the 2019-2020 CCM Concert Series. This year’s diverse line-up of the Concord Conservatory of Music Concert Series includes jazz, bluegrass, and children’s music. Generous donors and funders including Middlesex Savings Bank and Cambridge Savings Bank have helped us bring the Trio to our community. Purchase tickets in advance online at https://barnesgordywalshtrio.bpt.me/  ($25 for adults; Free for students under 18 ) For more information call 978-369-0010 or email info@ConcordConservatory.org.

    About CCM

    Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is an energetic community of people who are passionate about music education. CCM enrolls over 400 students annually and offers programs for all ages and abilities. As a non-profit school, CCM serves Concord, MA, and 15 surrounding communities. Its curriculum includes private instruction, group classes, and performance opportunities.


    Susan Seger, Development & Marketing Manager

    Concord Conservatory of Music

    978-369-0010 / sseger@concordconservatory.org


    Kate Yoder, Executive Director & Founder

    Concord Conservatory of Music

    978-369-0010 / kyoder@concordconservatory.org

    "Estate Planning 101"

    Thursday, November 14, 2019

    7:00 - 8:00 pm

    Gleason Public Library - Hollis Room

    Do I Need a Will

                Have you been meaning to work on your estate plan?  The Carlisle Conservation Foundation can help.  CCF cordially invites you to "Estate Planning 101," a straightforward discussion of the basics of estate planning, with Carlisle's own David C. Guarino, Esq., of McLaughlinQuinn LLC, and Kelly J. Guarino, Esq., of Fiduciary Trust Company.  The talk will be on Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:00-8:00 pm, at the Gleason Public Library (Carlisle) - Hollis Room.

                Learn about the three planning documents all adults should have, the reasons to include a trust in your estate plan, and the best strategies for effective charitable giving.  Get answers to your questions about estate planning. 

                This program will be useful for all ages of individuals, all types and stages of families, and whether you have an estate plan in place or have only been thinking about it.  Light refreshments will be served.  There is no cost, and all are welcome.  We hope to see you there!

    -Carlisle Conservation Foundation

  • Next Buzz Issue
    The next Buzz will be published in December, 2019. Please email your submissions to Nancy Anderson at nanderson@carlisle.k12.ma.us by November 26 at Noon.  Please attach information to the email in a Word file. Thank you!