• Dear Carlisle School Community,

    It is hard to believe the end of the 2019-2020 school year is right around the corner, as June 22 is the official last day of school.  As is the case with every school year, these last weeks are always quite filled with events and activities and this year is no different in that regard.

    We are all looking forward to the Graduation program for our 8th graders, which is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17 at 10 AM.  While it will not be the traditional graduation ceremony, it will provide us with the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates and wish them well on their way to high school.

    This week we also have multiple School Committee meetings with the Budget Hearing scheduled for Tuesday, June 16th at 11 AM and the last weekly meeting of the School Committee for the month of June scheduled for Friday, June 19th at 8:30 AM.  Additionally, the PTO is hosting a Carlisle School Committee Candidate Forum on June 17th from 6-8 PM.  This forum is designed to provide community members the opportunity to meet the candidates running for School Committee.  The invitations are below.

    Our culminating event for this school year will be a Car Parade scheduled for Friday, June 19 at 1 PM.  The parade earlier this year was a great success, and we are hoping to have another heartwarming event on Friday, as a way to bring this unprecedented year to a joyful end.  Linda Vanaria and her team have done an outstanding job planning for this parade, which will follow the same route as the earlier one.  We look forward to seeing you along the parade route.

    School Committee Budget Hearing via Zoom (Tuesday, June 16, 11AM)

    On Tuesday, June 16 at 11 AM the Carlisle School Committee will be holding the budget hearing for their FY21 budget in preparation for the town meeting on Saturday, June 20. 

    Topic: School Committee Budget Hearing

    Time: Jun 16, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Please check your email for the Zoom link.


    School Committee Special Weekly Meeting via Zoom (Friday, June 19, 2020)

    Topic: School Committee June 19, 2020

    Time: Jun 19, 2020 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Please check your email for the Zoom link.


    School Committee Candidate Forum hosted by the Carlisle PTO

    Topic: Carlisle School Committee Candidate Forum
    Time: June 17, 2020, 6 - 8 pm

    Please check your email for the Zoom link.


    Superintendent Coffee

    This weekly “Coffee” via Zoom provides parents, families and any interested community members with the opportunity to hear the most recent news from the District and the schools and to ask any questions they may have regarding any aspect of the school closure, operations or planning.  I will be hosting the last “Coffee” in this series on Tuesday, June 16.  These open sessions will start again in July, as a way to share information and answer questions as we make preparations for reopening school in the fall.

    Topic: Superintendent Coffee

    Time: Jun 16, 2020 08:00 AM

    Please check your email for the Zoom link.


    Story Time

    Are you or your child looking for something to do for 20 minutes or so on Wednesday morning at 8:30 prior to starting your/their 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.  Our last Story Time of this year will be Tuesday, June 17.

    Topic: Story Time

    Time:  Jun 17, 2020 08:30 AM

    Please check your email for the Zoom link.


    Our Friends at CCHS and Grocery Distribution This Summer

    Throughout the school closure and COVID-19 pandemic, our friends at CCHS have been making groceries available to those in need.  They are looking to continue this service throughout the summer, but they need your support to make it happen.  They are holding a one day food drive for non-perishable items on Monday, June 22 between 10 AM and 4 PM at the CCHS loading dock.  Arrangements are also being made to accept donations on Saturday, June 20 at Carlisle Town Meeting.  Please use this grocery items checklist to inform the type of items they can add to their bags in the coming weeks. They will continue to accept financial donations through our PayPal page and utilize those funds to purchase items through our vendors and local producers. 

    Their hours and days of operation will shift slightly for the summer. Beginning the week of June 22, they will only be open for distribution on Tuesdays/Thursdays between 9.00am-11:00am. They will absolutely communicate any changes to these hours well in advance should we face issues with sourcing and staffing the service.

    On behalf of our entire school community, I want to thank Laurie Hunter and the staff at CCHS for making this essential service available to our entire community.


    Finally, our Back to School Task Force (BTSTF) continues to meet to plan for reopening school in the fall.  As I have mentioned previously, the state has informed school districts that they expect to prescribe approximately 85-90% of all protocols and plans for reopening, and we are expecting the release of the initial state guidelines later this week.  I do want to reiterate that any guidelines released this week will be “initial guidance” and subject to change over the course of the summer.  I also want to reassure everyone that our BTSTF will be working this summer to ensure that our plans for reopening meet those state guidelines and that they work for the students and families of Carlisle. I plan to share an overview of the initial guidance for reopening from the state in next week's communication.


    Jim O’Shea