• June 4, 2024

    Dear Carlisle Families, 

    June is here and while the year appears to be “winding down” activity here at the Carlisle Public School is shifting into high gear, with a flurry of year end school and community events to close out the 2023-2024 school year.  There have been, and continue to be, many special performances, classroom presentations, plays, and field trips.  

    Last Friday we had perfect weather for Middle School Field Day.  We hope for the same type of weather on Thursday, June 6th for the rescheduled Elementary Field Day.  This week our 8th grade class is heading to Washington D.C. and we are hoping for equally beautiful weather. The 8th graders will not only see amazing museums and memorials in our nation’s capital, but we also hope they will have an amazing experience that will serve as a culmination of their years together in the Carlisle Public Schools.  Other field trips this month include grade 5 trips to Great Meadows and the Concord Museum, Grade 4 traveling to the Natural History Museum, Grade 1 visiting the Franklin Park Zoo, and Kindergarten going to Drumlin Farm.  

    On Friday, May 31 our school joined with other town and community organizations to celebrate PRIDE month with Carlisle’s very own PRIDE Festival.  Thank you to all of the organizations and folks who came out to make this year’s festival such a wonderful event.  As always, I am looking forward to next year’s celebration.  For a full listing of community Pride events in Carlisle click here.

    Additional community events coming in June include the 6th Annual Carlisle Race Amity Day Celebration which is scheduled for Sunday, June 9th from 2:00-5:00 PM.  Everyone in the school community, including families, teachers, and staff, is warmly invited to celebrate Race Amity Day.  This event is organized by the Carlisle Race Amity Day Committee and CPS DEICAC as well as supported by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Committee.  The Gleason Library is planning a celebration of the artistic achievements of our local youth.  From June 15th through September 21st, Gleason Library will be hosting an art exhibit featuring the work of Carlisle’s 4th grade and middle school artists.  Of course, we are also looking forward to Old Home Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd.  

    Along with the end of the school year comes 8th Grade Graduation.  We are all looking forward to what is always a lovely ceremony marking this important benchmark in the lives of our students and their families.  This year the ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 13th at 6:30 PM on the Plaza, weather permitting.  

    On Friday, June 14th the PTO is hosting Pops on the Plaza.  Join the PTO to celebrate the last full day of school with a beloved Carlisle tradition! Students can celebrate with a refreshing cold treat before they burn off the sugar rush with their friends on the Plaza and the Castle. 

    As the school year comes to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our families for their continued engagement with our schools.  We are fortunate to have an amazing school system with a dedicated faculty and staff, but we would not be able to achieve the success we do without the ongoing support of our Carlisle families as well as the entire Carlisle Community.

    I also want to take this opportunity to thank our retiring staff for all of their incredible service to the students and families of Carlisle.  We wish them all the best in the future, though we will miss them dearly.  Thank you and congratulations to Liz Gray, Mimi Gleason, Steve Melanson and Sue Robichaud.

    Additionally, I want to give a shout out to Katharine Boylan who worked to make last month's luncheon from Holi possible.  It was a special treat that was well received by students and staff alike.  I appreciate Katharine’s efforts in making this possible and look forward to more of these treats in the year to come.

    Wishing you a fantastic end to the school year and a safe and joyful summer!


    Warm regards,

    Jim O’Shea