September 2018
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     Jim From the Superintendent's Desk  

    Dear Carlisle Families,

    It was wonderful to have all of our faculty, staff, and of course students return for the start of school. Our school was once again alive with the sounds of rekindled friendship, collaboration, and learning. I am pleased to report that all of the preparation that was done by our faculty and staff for the start of the school year has paid off, and we enjoyed a smooth start to the school year.  We made special accommodations for our students to have access to shade and plenty of water during outside recess time on some of the “warmer” first few days.

    This year we are happy to welcome new staff to Carlisle. Matt Mehler started in July as our new Middle School Principal, Lauren Sawyer is our new School Nurse, Katie Casazza is a new First Grade teacher, Kerry Bremer is the new CASE classroom teacher, Marion Fisher Bernard is our new PK/K School Psychologist, Bridget Fleming is our new BCBA, and Margo Stitt is our new Physical Therapist.  We also have several new paraprofessionals; Sherry Langlois, Heather Anderson, Caity McElroy, Eileen DiRienzo, Rachel Grenier, and Erin Sanderson.  We are pleased by the high level of talent, experience, and care our new faculty members bring to their positions and I look forward to working with all of you as we help them learn and appreciate how special it is to be part of the Carlisle School community.

    Please be sure to mark your calendars for the Middle School and Elementary School Parent Nights, which will be taking place in late September. The Middle School Parents’ Night will take place on Thursday, September 20, and the Elementary School Parents’ Night will take place on Thursday, September 27.  We hope you will make it a point to attend these informative events.

    Don’t forget you can stay in touch with what is taking place in our district by following us on Twitter @CarlislePreK_8, on Instagram at carlislek8, or by following the Superintendent’s Blog which is accessible from the home page on our website.

    Looking forward to a wonderful year!

    Warm regards,


    Jim O’Shea




  • School Events and Information

    School Calendar

    Click here to view and download the 2018-2019 calendar.

    Please click below to see the September Lunch Menu:

    September Lunch Menu


    Save the Dates!


    Elementary Parents’ Night

    Elementary Parents’ Night will be held on Thursday, September 27th.  The following is a summary:

    • 6:00 - 6:30 pm - School-related Organizations - Corey Lobby
    • 6:30 - 6:55 pm - Parent Welcome - Elementary Principal Dennet Sidell - Corey Auditorium
    • 7:00 - 7:30 pm - Grades K, 1 & 2, Individual Classrooms, Grades 3 & 4, Visit Specialists
    • 7:30 - 8:00 pm - Grades K, 1 and 2, Visit Specialists, Grades 3 & 4, Individual Classrooms


    Middle School Parents’ Night

    The Middle School Parents’ Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 20th.

    More detailed schedules will be sent home with students.

    • 5:30 - 6:00 pm - Parent Welcome - MS Principal Matt Mehler - Corey Auditorium
    • 6:00 - 6:55 pm - Visit with Specialists
    • 7:00 - 8:00 pm - Homeroom and classroom visits and presentations.


    School Pictures

    School Pictures will be taken on Friday, October 5th.  Order forms will be sent home with students. If ordering, parents must fill out all necessary information on both sections of these forms, make a package selection, and enclose full payment in the prepay envelope. (Please be sure to include your child’s classroom/homeroom teacher.) Payment can also be made online. Students must bring the prepay envelope with attached camera card directly to the photographer at their scheduled time on October 5th.  All students will be photographed for school I.D’s.  However, picture packages will not be produced for students who do not pay at the time pictures are taken. If the photographs are not satisfactory, the money will be refunded.

    STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Teachers Needed

    The Carlisle School will be offering afterschool classes as part of our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) program.  If you have conducted a class in past years or would like to offer a class for the first time, please email Dr. Sidell at dsidell@carlisle.k12.ma.us with your contact information and a description of the class you would like to run by Friday, September 14th.  Classes typically run once a week for four to eight weeks.  If you have any questions, please direct them to Dr. Sidell.



    Coach William Gale: bgale@carlisle.k12.ma.us

    Coach Kevin Maier: kmaier@carlisle.k12.ma.us


    ***All “home” meets are @ Great Brook Farm in Carlisle


    Thursday 9/20 vs. Acton @ Home

    Monday 9/24 vs. Concord @ Concord

    Thursday 9/27 @ Stony Brook (Westford)

    Tuesday 10/2 vs. Bedford @ Home

    Thursday 10/4 @ Clarke (Lexington) 

    Thursday 10/11 @ Wayland

    Monday 10/15 vs. Lincoln @ Home

    Thursday 10/18 vs. Blanchard @ Home


    Thursday 10/25 @ Diamond (Lexington)


    2018 Field Hockey Schedule


    Coach: Margaret Heigl



    Thursday 9/20 Carlisle @ Lincoln

    Monday 9/24 Carlisle @ Waltham

    Thursday 9/27 Carlisle vs. Blanchard @ Home

    Tuesday 10/2 Carlisle vs. Diamond @ Home

    Thursday 10/4 Carlisle vs. Stony Brook @ Home

    Tuesday 10/9 Carlisle @ Acton

    Thursday 10/11 Carlisle vs. Lincoln @ Home

    Thursday 10/16 Carlisle vs. Waltham @ Home

    Thursday 10/18 Carlisle @ Blanchard

    Tuesday 10/23 Carlisle @ Diamond (Lexington)  (E/R day/Spaghetti Supper)

    *Wednesday 10/24 Carlisle @ Stony Brook (changed from 10/25)

    Monday 10/29 Carlisle vs. Acton @ Home

    School Committee Monthly Buzz Postings

    Welcome to the new school year!  Note these scheduled dates on your calendar so you won’t miss a meeting.  Meetings are held in the Community Room in the Robbins Building at the school at 7:00 pm, and are open to the public. 

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018

    Wednesday, January 9, 2019

    Wednesday, February 13, 2019

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    Wednesday, April 10, 2019

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019

    Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    You can access the meeting packet that includes the agenda and support documents on the school website under the School Committee tab, https://www.carlisle.k12.ma.us/Page/523.  You will also find approved minutes if you missed a meeting. Or sign up to have the meeting packet delivered right to your email inbox, http://lists.carlisle.k12.ma.us/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/schoolcommittee.

    Members of the Carlisle community are welcome to suggest items for the upcoming meeting agenda.  Your suggestion or request must be submitted to the School Committee Chairperson, schoolcommittee@carlisle.k12.ma.us, no less than seven business days prior to the scheduled School Committee meeting.  Please note that every effort will be made to honor your request, but additional items cannot always be added immediately. 


    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. This law applies to all children, including those in non-public schools, pre-schools, and hospital settings. In addition, children of migrant or homeless families are entitled to public education. The Carlisle Public Schools is responsible for those students from age 3 throughout their 8th grade year.

    Parents or service providers who suspect a child might have an educationally disabling condition are encouraged to contact their child’s school. Carlisle Public Schools will arrange for the screening and evaluation of any students who are unable to progress effectively in general education because of a disability.

    For more detailed information about the policies, procedures, and services available at Carlisle Public Schools for special education, please contact Will Verbits in the Student Support Services Office at (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



    PTO Membership is now OPEN!  

    We would like to welcome all new and returning families for the 2018-19 school year. All parents/guardians of CPS children are encouraged to join the PTO. Your membership supports curriculum enrichment activities and school events throughout the year. Faculty and staff grants and educational presentations/speakers are largely funded by your contributions. You can see grants and programs we funded last school year on our website.

    There are three levels of household Membership (all fully tax-deductible):

    -PTO Husky Membership $40.00 

    -PTO Den Member $75.00

    -PTO Pack Leader Membership $100.00 

    Each level offers secure access to the Husky Directory app/desktop site plus our monthly e-newsletter, PTO News, which keeps you informed of school activities and events you won't want to miss.  

    The Husky Directory is your listing of student names, parent names, phone numbers, and email addresses that you can filter by grade level, class and develop your own 'Favorites' list. Teachers and administrators are also included. It is prepared by the Carlisle PTO on behalf of the Carlisle School. Carlisle PTO Members will receive exclusive access to the Husky Directory, but you don’t have to be a Member to be listed in the directory. The Husky Directory is preloaded with this year's class lists (families need to opt-in to share their contact information with other Members).

    Check out our website for more information at http://www.carlislemapto.org/

    You may also email Niressa Martin at CarlislePTOMembership@gmail.com with any questions.

    Call for Kindergarten Bus Chaperones
    Volunteers are needed to help our Kindergartners get acclimated to the school bus experience. If you are a non-Kindergarten parent and can ride the bus (for the entire route) on one or more of the following mornings or afternoons, please contact Liz McIntosh at carlisleptokindergartenbus@gmail.com or sign up today!

    • Tuesday, September 4th(7:45-8:45am & 3:00-4:00pm)
    • Wednesday, September 5th(7:45-8:45am & 3:00-4:00pm)

    Chaperones will meet at CPS in front of the cafeteria a few minutes before the buses leave on their routes. You will be given a list of Kindergartners riding your bus so you can help greet them as they get on/off, introduce them to the driver, help them find a seat near the front of the bus, and remind them when it is time to get off.
    Monthly PTO Meeting
    Join us for the first PTO meeting of this academic year on Tuesday, September 4th at 9AM in the Community Room at CPS. We welcome all parents and guardians (and their little ones) to come and learn more about the PTO's plans. You can reference all agendas and meeting minutes on the PTO website. Questions about meetings, email Carrie Patel at carlisleptopresident@gmail.com
    Back-to-School Coffee at CPS
    Have a child entering the Carlisle Public Schools this year? New to town and want to meet other families? Interested in meeting our new administrative staff? If so, join us for coffee on Friday, September 7 at 9:30 AM in the Corey Dining Hall at CPS. You will have the opportunity to meet other newcomers and join us in welcoming CPS's newest additions: Middle School Principal, Dr. Matt Mehler. Hope you can join us!
    Fall PTO Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon
    The Fall PTO Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, September 18th at 12:30 in the Corey Dining Room. This is our chance to thank our wonderful teachers, administration and staff for all they do for our children. All meal courses are needed from appetizers to desserts. Food may be purchased or homemade (peanut and tree nut-free, please). Items may be dropped off in the Corey Dining Room between 10 AM and 12 PM on the day of the event. Sign up genius will be sent out soon.
    Lunch/Recess Volunteers Needed 
    Join your child’s class for lunch and play! It takes less than an hour and is a great way to be part of your child’s day at school. Sign up for one day a week, one day a month or just one day - every little bit helps! Parents, grandparents, nannies, etc. are all welcome to volunteer! (CORI check required.) For more info, visit the PTO Lunch & Recess webpage: http://bit.ly/2bN9GsR or to sign up, go to http://signup.com/go/G3MfU6..

    Didn’t Get Your Spirit Shirts?
    The PTO will run a brief Spirit Shirt Sale for families who missed the sale in the Spring or are new to CPS. Click on over to our website, CarlisleMAPTO.org to purchase your Spirit Shirts. The sale will run through Friday, September 21st. A brief sale so that we can have delivery of the shirts in time for students to use them on their field trips early in the school year. All shirts are $15.60 and will be delivered to your child’s classroom. Please be sure to include your child’s full name, grade and teacher’s name in the comment box. The PTO runs this sale at the request of the school administration. Thanks for your order and for your support!

    School Supply Kits

    The PTO would like to thank the following families for all their help with delivering 474 School Supplies kits straight to the classrooms in record time! 

    The Caggiano Family

    The Troppoli Family

    The Bromark Family

    The Rivero Family

    The Ascolillo Family

    The Synnestvedt-Panico Family

    The Lennox Family 

    The Gilden Family

    The Rotman Family

    The Lear Family

    The Newman Family

    The Vuckovic Family

    Now on the first day of school, all those students and parents have one less thing to worry about as they get ready to start the new year! If you missed it this year, make sure to keep an eye out for the School Supply Kit sale this May!

    Save the Date!
    2018 Spaghetti Supper is right around the corner! Join family, friends, and the Carlisle community for this annual event on Tuesday, October 23rd. Tickets will be available from 6th graders and at Ferns. Watch for more details!




    Other Items of Interest

    Gleason Public Library
     Gleason      ckh logo  

    At the Gleason Public Library

    Visit gleasonlibrary.org or call 978-369-4898 for more information on all library programs.

    Fall Preschool Storytime Registration
    Monday, September 10

    Fall into Preschool Storytimes at the Gleason Public Library!

    Storytime sign-ups starts on Monday, September 10 and extend through Saturday, September 15.

    The Fall session begins on September 27 and ends on December 6, all on Thursdays at 1:15pm. Picture books are read followed by a thematic craft or activity.

    This program is suggested for ages 3-6.

    Visit gleasonlibrary.org/story_times for the full schedule and to register, or call 978-369-4898 and ask for the Children's desk.

    If you are interested in a story time, please don’t wait to sign up as a story time with very few participants may be cancelled.

    Baby Storytime, Fall Session
    Thursday, September 27 | 10:30 a.m.

    Baby Storytime is ideal for acquainting babies, toddlers, and young children with the library, literature, language and music, as well as for them to bond with their parents and caregivers and meet new friends! The program lasts about 15 minutes followed by open playtime.

    This is a drop-in event; no registration is necessary.

    Our Fall Baby Storytime Session will be meet on Thursdays at 10:30am, September 27 through December 6 (except October 26, November 15 and 22). Ages best suited but not exclusive to 0-3.

    Middle School Make & Take: DIY Locker Magnets!
    Friday, September 14 | 2:45 p.m.
    Now that school's back in session, bring a little flair to your locker with some magnets you make and decorate yourself! This craft is for anyone in grades 5-8. Supplies are limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Early Release Movie (Grades 5-8)
    Tuesday, September 18 | 1 p.m.
    On each early release day during the school year, Gleason Teens will show a movie for grades 5 through 8 at 1:00 p.m. Popcorn, juice, and soda will be served. 



    Annual MOVIE Night on the Commons is Friday, Sept. 28th, raindate Sept. 29th

    Great family fall event. Buy a photo slide of your children for the giant screen! Hot dogs, popcorn, candy refreshments to buy!

    CKH still has some openings for school age afterschool and before school care.

    Science workshop for K/1 is on Monday and 2nd grade Science is on Wednesday.

    For all our families we strongly encourage families to label jackets, sweatshirts, etc., for all ages!

    Looking forward to a great School Year!

    Questions? Call 978-369-5558, or email: exec_director@carlislekidshouse.org

    Website: http://carlislekidshouse.org

    Picture this: a safe place to try new things, find a sense of belonging, take on challenges and inspire others! That’s Girl Scouts!

    Join us to learn more about Girl Scouts

    Learn about forming new troops for the 2018-2019 school year and volunteering with your daughter’s troop.

    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    10:00 am-12:00 noon

    Concord Scout House

    74 Walden St

    Concord, MA 01742

    Questions? Contact Lisa Lynch lisalynchgirlscouts@gmail.com

    To register for Girl Scouts or to find out about other upcoming events near you, visit www.gsema.org/join

    Carlisle Council on Aging   


    Members of the Carlisle COA & many others are Walking to End Alzheimer's on Sunday, 9/16 in Andover. Many in our community as well as friends & family have been devastated by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. We’re committed to raising awareness and supporting those who improve Alzheimer's care and research, and we need your help. Three ways you can help:

    1)Walk. Join our team, "Carlisle Fights Alzheimer's." Go to: act.alz.org/walk, click “Find A
    Team,” and type “Carlisle Fights Alzheimer's.” Lastly, click “Carlisle Fights Alzheimer's.”

    2)Donate. Sponsor an individual(s) participating in the Walking to End Alzheimer's. Make a donation on our team fundraising page or the page of anyone (possibly you!) who registers as part of the "Carlisle Fights Alzheimer's" team. Use the path described above to “Find A Team.”

    3)Share. Spread the word to friends & family that the Alzheimer’s walk is held across the country and possibly others would like to participate in their own location or support our team, “Carlisle Fights Alzheimer's.” To find a walk, go to: act.alz.org. For more info, call the Carlisle COA at (978) 371-2895.

    Angela Smith

    Carlisle Council on Aging Outreach Coordinator & Program Manager

    66 Westford Street

    Carlisle, MA 01741




    Carlisle Chess Club


    Celebrating our 11th year!

    Chess Club Starts Thursday, Sept. 20

    The chess club for K-4 elementary school students meets Thursday mornings, 8:00 – 8:45 AM, in the school dining room starting September 20.  It is not run by the school but by parent volunteers. 

    The chess club aims to provide:

    to kids, a fun time learning and playing “the most ancient and the most universal game known among men”, and

    to families, a system for promoting the development of reasoning ability and problem-solving skills in their children. 

    For more info, contact  CarlisleChess@gmail.com or come to a meeting. 

    “The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement. . . . For Life is a kind of Chess, . . .”  Benjamin Franklin, 1779


    Concord Free Public Library

    Contact: Kerry Cronin, Library Director




    CFPL Welcomes a Fresh Year of Girls Who Code

    CONCORD, MA – Beginning this fall, the Concord Free Public Library will host a fresh year of the popular club Girls Who Code! The club, designed to teach girls in 6th-12th grade the coding and problem-solving skills necessary for success in the 21st century, will be meeting weekly on Wednesdays at the Main Library, 129 Main Street Concord, MA.

    In preparation for this year’s club launch, club facilitators will be holding an information session Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Fowler Branch Library, 1322 Main Street, Concord, MA.  All interested girls are encouraged to attend. 

    Started in 2012 with the single mission to close the gender gap in technology, Girls Who Code is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. For more information, visit www.girlswhocode.com or contact Library Director Kerry Cronin at kcronin@concordma.gov.



    Parent Toddler Flyer

    Looking for something FUN to do with your toddler?

    Try these programs at the Ripley School in Concord:


    Parent Toddler Program (ages 12-24 months as of Sept. 2018)

    A fun-filled playgroup for toddlers! While the children play in the same room, parents participate in a discussion about parenting one year olds. The class includes a snack time, outdoor or gym play, and a fun interactive singing time. Classes meet Thursdays from 9:30-11:00 September 13th to December 6th, 2018. 12 classes - $165

    Parent Preschool Program (ages 24-36 months as of Sept. 2018)

    This program is really two programs in one facilitated by two devoted early childhood specialists. Children play together in a nursery school classroom one morning a week. They learn what it’s like to be part of a group and what “school” is like. Parents take turns parent helping in the classroom assisting their child’s teacher. When not parent helping, moms (dads are welcome too) meet separately with their own facilitator for a parenting group and refreshments. Non-mobile siblings welcome. Classes meet Fridays from 9:30-11:30 September 14th to December 14th, 2018 (no class on 11/9). 12 classes $355

    For more information go to https://ccace.asapconnected.com

    or call Ingrid Wheeler 978-369-7597.

    To register please see the website or call 978-318-1432

     Concord Conservatory of Music

    Contact: Susan Seger



    New Roots Offerings, Guitar Classes, and Jams at the Concord Conservatory of Music

    Walk the halls at the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM); you’ll hear a variety of songs being played from classical to jazz, folk to rock. The guitar and other acoustic instruments are a big part of the offerings at CCM, which are expanding this year with the addition of even more classes and jams. 

    “We began our American roots offerings here at CCM with bluegrass classes and jams, and this year we’re adding an Old-Time jam and fiddling classes to the mix,” says Kate Yoder, Executive Director and Founder. “The roots umbrella includes many smaller genres. We want to provide as many opportunities as possible for folks to come and learn in the roots tradition, which is a community-based social setting. Anyone from absolute beginners to seasoned strummers will find a group or a jam that is right for them.” 

    The Group Guitar classes for kids and teens provide a fun and social experience. While playing with a group of friends, students learn about the fretboard, note reading, basic theory, proper technique, chords, scales, and more. CCM’s experienced faculty provide high-quality instruction on the fundamentals and cover many styles of music. Students receive one-on-one attention in class in addition to learning how to play in a group.

    We want adult students to get in on the fun, too. Many of us are craving opportunities to make music socially in a welcoming and accessible setting. Our guitar group classes are guided by the belief that developing musicians of mixed abilities and musical backgrounds can all benefit from a song-based approach to learning. In Adventures in Group Guitar and Mandolin, students learn new musical skills and techniques in the context of playing new songs together. Classes are also available in banjo, fiddling, and bluegrass. 

    It’s not all acoustic music at CCM. Your aspiring rock stars can join the Rock Lab, where they will be placed with kids of similar age and ability to form a band. They’ll rehearse and explore group dynamics, song choices, and soloing. When they are ready, CCM will help provide gig opportunities in the community. Practicing, organizing, and working together make for a fantastic learning experience.

    Group class registration for the fall semester is already underway, to reserve your spot and to learn more about CCM’s extensive offerings and concert series visit www.ConcordConservatory.org, email info@concordconservatory.org, or call (978) 369-0010. The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s nonprofit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. Financial assistance is available.

    About CCM
    Founded in 2005, the Concord Conservatory of Music is an energetic community of people who are deepening their involvement in music education. Each year, CCM opens its doors to more than 430 students, offering programming for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. As a nonprofit school, CCM serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM offers a full curriculum that includes private instruction, group classes, and performance opportunities.


     Concord Conservatory of Music

    Contact: Susan Seger



    Ukulele Taster No Experience Necessary on September 11th 

    Did you know that the ukulele is the easiest instrument to play? See for yourself. Join us for the Ukulele Taster at Reasons To Be Cheerful in West Concord on Tuesday, September 11th from 7 – 8:00 pm. After an hour, you’ll fall in love with playing this happy and cool instrument and will probably want to join a class with your new friends. Later in the night we’ll also jam, so bring your uke and make some music.

    We’ll have some ukuleles available to use for the evening, but it is advisable to bring your own if possible. Plan to learn a song and eat ice cream, what could be more enjoyable? No experience necessary! RSVP by emailing Sue at sseger@ConcordConservatory.org or show up for an entertaining evening.

    CCM faculty member and professional musician Phil Sargent will guide you and have you strumming along in no time. You’ll learn how to hold the ukulele and learn some basic chords. You’ll end up playing a foot-tapping song by the end of the ukulele taster. Reasons to be Cheerful is located at 110 Commonwealth Avenue, Concord.

    To browse CCM class offerings visit www.ConcordConservatory.org, email info@concordconservatory.org, or call (978) 369-0010. The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s nonprofit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. Financial assistance is available.

    About CCM
    Founded in 2005, the Concord Conservatory of Music is an energetic community of people who are deepening their involvement in music education. Each year, CCM opens its doors to more than 430 students, offering programming for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. As a nonprofit school, CCM serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM offers a full curriculum that includes private instruction, group classes, and performance opportunities.



    Concord Conservatory of Music


    Contact: Susan Seger




    Discovery Day Open House at Concord Conservatory of Music on September 8th

    On Saturday, September 8th from 1 – 3 pm bring your family to the Concord Conservatory of Music Open House. One of the most popular features of the Open House is the instrument petting zoo. Whether you are 4 or 94, the petting zoo enables you to explore a variety of instruments in a hands-on way. CCM faculty will demonstrate how to hold, play, and experience these various instruments. Attend the Open House and enter the raffle for a chance to win a free CCM Group Class for the 2018 fall semester! Additionally, anyone registering for a group class at the Open House will receive a 15% discount.

    In addition to learning about private lessons for beginners to the most advanced, explore opportunities to join CCM’s American Roots program in bluegrass, old-time, and folk instruction in a community-based social setting. CCM also offers classes for Adults in the Lifelong Learning program. 

    Learn about the CCM Music Achievement Program (MAP)—a free, private lesson enrichment program created to give our students access to broader musical education. MAP enhances a student’s experience by increasing their musical fluency and engaging them with other students, their audiences, and various genres of music. Find out what CCM provides to students beyond the exceptional private lessons they receive, all included in their private lesson fees.

    Registering for lessons at CCM provides a music community that offers workshops, master classes, ensembles, and numerous performance opportunities. A thorough CCM placement process ensures that every student takes lessons with a faculty member best suited to his or her needs. For new students seeking private lessons, visit CCM’s website www.ConcordConservatory.org and submit a Student Interest Form, or call (978) 369-0010 so that we can learn more about your needs. Financial assistance is available. 

    Please call CCM at (978)-369-0010 or email info@ConcordConservatory.org with any questions. CCM is located at the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street in Concord.

    About CCM
    Founded in 2005, the Concord Conservatory of Music is an active community of people who are deepening their involvement in music education. Each year, CCM opens its doors to more than 430 students, offering programming for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. As a non-profit school, CCM serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM offers a full curriculum that includes private instruction, group classes, and performance opportunities.


    Gaining Ground

    Sunday afternoon, September 9th 3 pm - 5 pm

    Gaining Ground Community Harvest Celebration

    341 Virginia Road, Concord

    Twisted Pine string band, mini farmer’s market, cider making, kids activities, farm exploration 

    Please RSVP: gainingground.org

    For more information, contact Fan Watkinson, fan@gainingground.org

    Orienteering for all at DCR Great Brook Farm State Park September 23

    Try the sport of orienteering at DCR Great Brook Farm State Park on Sunday, September 23, with the New England Orienteering Club (NEOC).  Featured courses will allow brand-new, beginner and advanced orienteers of all ages to participate.  No special equipment is needed, just good walking shoes and a sense of adventure.  Wear the clothes you would for a hike or run in a local park.  Bring a compass, if you have one, or borrow a loaner from NEOC.  Head out onto a course at your own pace – walk, jog or run.  Orienteering is an easy sport to learn, accessible for all ages and abilities, and ideal for individuals and families who enjoy the outdoors.   

    The September 23 event is also part of the 2018 Greater Boston Youth Orienteering Series (ages 3-5, 6-9, 10-12, 13+), and includes coach-led stations and games aimed at teaching map reading skills and navigation through unfamiliar terrain.  After the games, youth will have the option to try an orienteering course with family or friends, or individually.  This youth outreach initiative is a joint project of NEOC, Cambridge Sports Union and Navigation Games.  Coaches also will be available to assist beginning adult orienteers 

    To participate in the youth activities, or to try a youth or regular orienteering course, arrive between 10:00 am – 12:000 noon.  Starts for courses are staggered during this time, at your pace, when you are ready.  The event will be held rain or shine.  Parking and registration is at the DCR Great Brook Farm State Park ice cream parking lot.  Cost is $5 per individual (family max $15 including adults).  DCR parking fee $3 per car.  See neoc.org for more details.  Bring your family or a friend and join in the fun!

    Join Cub Scouts

    Carlisle Cub Scout Pack 135 personally invites you and your child to our first pack meeting.

    Join us for an introduction to Archery! 

    Banta Davis Field

    September 17, 2018 @5:30pm


    Visit www.pack135.com for more details.


     Cub Scouting Fun

    Concord-Carlisle Community Chest 8th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon: A Legacy of Farming and Community – October 3, 2018

    Please join us for the 8th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon where we will enjoy good food, good company, and inspiring conversation with Jen and Steve Verrill of Verrill Farm, moderated by Brooke Redmond, Founder and Principal Consultant at Radish Road. 

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    Verrill Farm has been a family-run Concord treasure since 1918, currently led by Jennifer Verrill and her parents, Joan and Steve. In addition to the farm's mission to "nourish the body and soul of our customers", the Verrills say that owning a business in a community such as Concord is an honor and a privilege. On this 100th anniversary, Jen and Steve are joined by Brooke Redmond of Radish Road to discuss the history of Verrill Farm, the community it has built and supported, and the importance of giving back.



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