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Laura Twichell '01 Named Interim Academic Dean

January 09, 2019

I am very pleased to announce that Laura Twichell ’01 has agreed to serve as CA’s interim academic dean for 2019-20, beginning on July 1. She is respected for her skills as a learning leader, her commitment to issues of equity and inclusion, and her thoughtful approach to mentoring students.

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PIN Meeting on January 16: “Civic Engagement: Inspiring Our Children to Lifelong Community Participation”

January 7, 2019

Please join us for the next PIN meeting on Wednesday, January 16, at Dexter Southfield from 9 to 11:15 a.m. The topic will be “Civic Engagement: Inspiring Our Children to Lifelong Community Participation” with the following heads of school: Kerry Brennan, Headmaster, The Roxbury Latin School, Tamara Schurdak, Head of School, The Chestnut Hill School, and Todd Vincent, Head of School, Dexter Southfield School.

International Potluck on January 26

January 7, 2019

CA Parents will be hosting an International Potluck for all students on Saturday, January 26, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Stu-Fac. 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.

CA’s New Choral Director Tai Oney is a World-Class Musician Who’s Serious about Teaching

January 7, 2019

A charismatic opera singer and Boston University graduate student, Tai Oney became CA’s choral director in September 2018. It’s a role that represents a change for the award-winning countertenor, who has performed around the world and spent much of the last decade based in London. But it’s a role that allows him to combine his own artistic pursuits with his desire to give to others what a dynamic teacher once provided him.

Nick Hiebert Parent Book Discussion Rescheduled for January 30

January 6, 2019

CA English teacher Nick Hiebert will be leading a discussion of No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell Moore on Wednesday, January 30, at 6 p.m at a parent’s home in Concord. The CA faculty book group read this book last month in the context of ongoing discussions about inclusion at CA. Nick will bridge their discussions to ours as we reflect upon the relevance of the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the CA community, as well as other topics raised by the book. If you plan to attend, please contact Judy Osher P’17 ’19 ( or Frank Craig P’14 ’17 ( for location details.

Winter CA Parents Meeting on February 6

January 5, 2019

You are invited to the winter CA Parents meeting on Wednesday, February 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Our keynote speaker, Liza Talusan, will discuss brave parenting and how to have courageous conversations with your kids on subjects that are coming up at school and populating the news. We will start with a light supper, and the presentation will begin with a brief talk at 6:45 in the Dance Studio and will include a workshop. For those who cannot make it to campus that night, please use this link to live-stream the event remotely: If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP here.

Fall Academic, Athletic, and House Comments Available January 10

January 5, 2019

Parents will be able to view their child’s fall term academic comments, house comments for boarders, and fall season athletic comments starting Thursday, January 10. The advisor report will be available later in the month (around January 22). Access to these reports is available through the parent portal.

June Trip Applications Being Reviewed

January 4, 2019

June trip applications are currently being reviewed by trip chaperones. There are still a few spots left, so please review this attachment, which contains descriptions and costs of all of the trips being offered. Students interested in participating should complete the application that was sent to them, which is a requirement for being considered. Please talk with your child about their interested in participating in one of the summer trips and encourage them to complete the application as soon as possible.

Valentine Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on February 12

January 4, 2019

The Valentine Luncheon is one of two faculty/staff appreciation events that the CA Parents organization sponsors during the school year. This event is a wonderful opportunity to share our heartfelt gratitude for all they do. Boarding parents: There are wonderful ways for you to participate as well! Local volunteers will be on hand to pick up dishes you’d like to order from local restaurants. Additionally, you can provide “takeaway gifts” for the faculty and staff; simply put your items in a box and ship them! For more information or to sign up, click here. If you have questions please feel free to contact us: Dawn Ryan P’20 ( or Leigh Weaver P’20 (

Canceled: Faculty Music Concert on January 11

January 2, 2019

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Faculty Music Concert on Friday, January 11, has been canceled.

CCO Workshop for Juniors and Junior Parents on January 12

January 2, 2019

We hope junior parents can join us on Saturday, January 12, at 9 a.m. in the P.A.C. for the formal beginning of the college planning process. Required for all juniors, this meeting serves as an introduction to the year ahead. The program will feature remarks from Rick Hardy as well as the college counseling staff, a presentation by a dean of admissions, and a Q&A panel with current CA seniors.