On January 22 and 23, Concord Academy honored acclaimed chef Anita Lo ’84 as the 2020 Centennial Hall Fellow. Lo has earned a host of accolades, appearing on such shows as Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef, and Chopped. She was the first female guest chef to cook for a state dinner at the White House, during the Obama administration. Anissa, her New York City Michelin-starred restaurant of 17 years, earned a prestigious three stars from the New York Times. At the Boston Public Market, Lo offered a cooking experience for fellow alumnae/i, and in her Hall Fellow Lecture at CA, she told her life story and discussed the importance of food to culture and in creating communities where people can belong as they are. Read more.
Concord Academy Focuses on Cultivating Empathy and Inspiring Action in a Daylong Program on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
On Monday, January 20, Concord Academy observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a program reflecting on Dr. King, the civil rights struggle, and the continuing efforts toward equity to which the CA community calls itself. Welcoming three guests to campus, CA students, faculty, and staff dedicated a full school day to the work of building community and striving for justice, from the morning’s programming — a thoughtful and energizing keynote address by Wanda M. Holland Greene, training sessions for adults and students, and affinity group gatherings — as well as several student- and faculty-led workshops throughout the afternoon. Read more about the day and the keynote speech. You may also watch a video of Holland Greene’s keynote address here.
On January 16, the acclaimed Illstyle & Peace Productions dance company presented a program, “Become Your Dream: A History of Hip-Hop,” demonstrating several dance styles and discussing their origins in a vigorous and engaging assembly. This professional group has a history of partnership with CA, having first visited more than 10 years ago. The dancers also offered a master class to the full CA community in the dance studio. More than 30 students attended. Afterward, all were invited to watch an open choreography session they held with CA Dance Project. Read more and see photos.
As we ring in the start of 2020, our thoughts also turn to the 2020–21 school year! The academic calendar for 2020–21 will be posted in the coming weeks. For those looking to know the start and end of the school year for planning purposes, returning student registration will be on Monday, August 31, 2020 (classes begin September 1), and Commencement will be on Friday, May 28, 2021.
Because of how late Labor Day falls this year, we are beginning the school year prior to the holiday to limit the challenges caused by significantly uneven semesters. We have elected to hold Convocation in the first week of September as we typically do. We would be glad to answer any questions you may have about the schedule.
Advisor comments will be available on January 21. If you have questions about your child’s comments, please be in touch with their advisor.
A lot has been happening on and off campus. Please have a look at some photo galleries we have put together:
Throughout the year, we will continue to add new photos to our main CA Parents Photos folder on SmugMug and share them with you in the parent newsletter!
On Friday, January 24, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the Stu-Fac, CA Parents will be hosting an International Potluck for students, faculty, and staff. This annual event is an opportunity for CA families to share and celebrate their cultural and family traditions. For some, the meal is an introduction to dishes from other regions of the world, while for others it provides comfort, as students enjoy the cooking they miss from home. Most importantly, this event is about bringing people together to share in the gift of food. There are many ways to be involved for both day and boarding families. You can bring homemade food to this event or order dishes from local restaurants, which can be ordered, picked up and brought to the event by volunteers. Sign up here to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Lexie Olmsted P’22 ’23 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Neela Patel, P ’21 (email@example.com).
A new year, a new semester! Interested in getting involved in our vibrant Performing Arts community? Are you a boarding parent looking for ways to participate? Please consider donating snacks to be used for tech week and post-performance receptions as we celebrate our talented students and their hard work. Any and all contributions are appreciated and will be used throughout the second semester at the eight remaining performances. Thanks in advance for your help! Click here to order from Amazon. Please send all packages to Meredith Walsh, Concord Academy, 126 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742.
“This Must Be The Place,” a Collection of Paintings by Jonathan Smith, at Concord Public Library Main Gallery through January 30
Visual Arts teacher Jonathan Smith has a show up in the Concord Public Library Main Gallery through January 30! Please drop by to take in his latest work. The show is titled “This Must Be The Place.” A collection of paintings from the artist’s “The Look of Our Land” series, these multimedia abstract paintings depict aerial views of the land below from a variety of locations including Boston, Prince Edward Island, and Temecula, Calif. More information can be found here.