• Dear Carlisle School Community,

    I hope this correspondence finds you and your family doing well in these difficult times.  As this pattern continues and the ramifications of the health crisis and the economic crisis become more widely felt, it does become more challenging for many of us to remain upbeat and positive.  While the truth of this crisis can be overwhelming, it is also true that as individuals and as a community, we are doing amazingly well supporting our health care workers, our first responders, our neighbors and our broader community.  One of our more difficult challenges will be our ability to sustain these efforts in the days and weeks to come, which is why our Local Emergency Planning Committee has asked me to remind everyone to be vigilant around physical distancing, especially at local recreation areas.  As the weather improves many of us, young and old, will feel the pull to get outside and exercise in one way or another, but we need to remain focused on the end goal, and not lower our guard too soon.  Our health care workers and first responders are doing all they can and they are relying on each of us to do our part in supporting their work, and one way we can continue to do that is by being vigilant around physical distancing.

    School Closure and Building Access

    The school building is accessible to teachers, and possibly students, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 8 and 11 AM.  Please contact the Main Office between these hours to make the necessary arrangements (978)-369-6550.

    Student Engagement

    This week we are starting phase two of our distance learning during school closure.  Our instructional program remains focused on supporting the social and emotional needs of our students, though in phase two we are also trying to move forward with our curriculum as is possible.  Knowing that we cannot replicate the classroom experience, we are nonetheless giving this endeavor our full effort.  We understand that this approach will look very different at each grade level, which is why we will not try to explain a district-wide approach, instead, we will rely on the specific look and expectations for the program to be shared by your child’s teachers.  We will, of course, continue to assess and modify our practices to best meet the needs of our students and families.

    Resources for Families

    If you have not taken the opportunity to visit the Social and Emotional Learning Resources page we have posted on the Carlisle Schools webpage, I encourage you to do so.  Our School Psychologists and BCBA have created this comprehensive resource to assist families and support students during these troubling times.  The resources include a variety of age appropriate books, workbooks, apps and other digital resources to support students and care takers around a variety of topics including anxiety, managing emotions, mindfulness and the coronavirus.

    (New) Webinar for Families: Parenting Teens During the Pandemic
    The Center for Parents and Teachers in collaboration with Dr. Rachel Kramer invites interested parents/grandparents to the following zoom webinar: 

    Parenting Teens During the Pandemic

    Please join Dr. Rachel Kramer for this webinar, and bring your questions for her on this topic (or access it later at www.drrachelkramer.com along with other recorded sessions). 

    When: April 8, 2020 10:30am 

    Please use the following link and password:

    https://zoom.us/j/545276644?pwd=bXlRd0FUSDFjVnFQS00yTy9TelZsdz09

    Password: 377336

    Dr. Kramer will be offering free, weekly webinars throughout the coronavirus crisis.  Please visit her website https://www.drrachelkramer.com to access recordings of past webinars, weekly newsletters for parents, and to sign up for future webinars.  Unable to join in person on a Wednesday morning?  Please feel free to email questions to Dr. Kramer in advance at rkramerphd@gmail.com and every effort will be made to address all questions and concerns during the webinar.

    Breakfast and Lunch Availability

    Our friends at CCHS continue to make takeaway breakfast and lunch available to those who may need it.  They are asking that families arrive between 8:30 and 11 AM and line up in their cars.  They are sharing kid friendly meals and are updating information via the Concord Public Schools website and twitter @CPS_CCHSFOOD and @CPS_CCHS.

    This is being offered as a service to the community and is open to anyone who is in need during this closure.  They are unable to accept food donations but fiscal donations are welcome.  They ask that checks be sent to CPS/CCRSD Food Service, 120 Meriam Road, Concord, MA 01742.

    They also ask that you answer this anonymous survey so they know how many meals to prepare.

    https://forms.gle/1XpASLaWurmQUg6x7

    School Committee Special Weekly Meeting via Zoom

    On Friday, April 3, the Carlisle School Committee held its second special session during the school closure.  The School Committee is planning a weekly special session as an opportunity to keep the entire Carlisle school community updated and connected.  Last week’s session conducted via Zoom was well attended, and the recording of the meeting is posted on the District website.  The Committee is planning to hold these special sessions weekly and the invitation to this upcoming meeting and subsequent meetings through May 1 (and beyond if needed) is below.

    Topic: Carlisle School Committee

    Time: Apr 10, 2020 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Please check you email for the Zoom link.

    Superintendent Coffee

    In order to facilitate open communication with all community members, I am hosting a Superintendent’s Coffee every Tuesday morning via Zoom.  If you have questions, ideas or if you are just interested in catching up on what is taking place in and around the district, I encourage you to join us. 

    Topic: Superintendent Coffee

    Time: Apr 7, 2020 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Please check your email for the Zoom link.

    Story Time

    Are you or your child looking for something to do for a half hour at 8:30 AM on Wednesdays before starting your school work?  If you are, you can join us for Story Time with Jim.  No guarantees of what it will be, but I can assure you there are worse ways to spend a half an hour.

    Topic: Story Time

    Time: Apr 8, 2020 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Please check your email for the Zoom link.

    In closing, the past few weeks have been challenging, but they have also provided us the opportunity to share the depth of commitment and compassion we have towards our fellow man.  It also reinforces the fact that our community extends beyond town, state and national border, and that we all need to be looking out for one another in any way we can.  With this commitment in mind, I encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have regarding the school closure and how we might be able to support your child and/or your family during this crisis.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for no matter your question or need, if we cannot assist you, we most likely are connected with someone who can.

    Warm regards,

    Jim O’Shea

     

     

    Upcoming Communications other than from teachers

    Monday           Weekly Update, written communication

    Tuesday          Superintendent’s Coffee 8 AM

    Wednesday     Story Time with Jim 8:30 AM

    Friday             School Committee Special Session 8:30 AM

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