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Thank You For Attending Family Weekend

During Family Weekend, parents attended classes, met with teachers and advisors, and cheered on their children’s teams. Families got to know one another better at social gatherings, attended informational meetings, and enjoyed open theater and dance rehearsals as well as presentations of works in progress by a variety of student groups.

CA Celebrates the Dedication of the William M. Bailey Commons

On October 4, more than 100 Concord Academy alumnae/i, former faculty, and current faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the dedication of the new commons connecting Haines and Hobson to Bill Bailey P’87 ’88 ’91, GP’21 ’22, former History Department head, who taught, mentored, and inspired CA students from 1967 through 2002, and whose legacy will endure for decades to come.

Lynn Lyons, LICSW, Speaks at CA about Managing Anxiety at School and at Home

On September 10, in collaboration with Nashoba Brooks School, Concord Academy hosted two talks by psychotherapist and presenter Lynn Lyons, LICSW, about effective approaches to addressing and preventing anxiety.

Marking the Start of Concord Academy’s 98th School Year, Convocation Focused on Learning as Individuals and in Community

On September 3, the CA community gathered for Convocation. Rick Hardy, head of school; Fay Lampert Shutzer ’65, president of the Board of Trustees; and Vedika Sharma ’20, student head of school, made remarks. Jon Waldron, coach of CA’s cross-country and track and field teams, gave the Convocation address.

Spark Inventors Club Takes Off

In its first year, a CA club for student inventors reached new heights — literally. The scientific experiments proposed by CA’s Spark Club earned coveted spots aboard a NASA sounding rocket and zero-pressure research balloon through the Cubes in Space program.

Reunion Weekend 2019: Concord Academy Alumnae/i Reflect and Reconnect

From June 7 through June 9, CA welcomed more than 200 alumnae/i and former faculty back to campus. Idyllic spring weather set the tone for a reunion weekend with strong turnout and great energy.

Commencement 2019

On May 31, a day of hope and promise, Concord Academy celebrated its 97th graduating class. A mixture of solemnity and high spirits marked the occasion, on which Assistant Head and Academic Dean John Drew P’15 ’19, soon to depart CA to become the head of the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, N.H., delivered the Commencement address.

Object Lessons: CA Students in a History of Concord Class Illuminate the Past at the Concord Museum

Culminating a deep dive into what goes into making museum exhibitions, students in CA history teacher Kim Frederick’s history course Object Permanence: Concord and the American Nation gave gallery talks on May 9 at the Concord Museum.

Claudia Rankine Speaks about Citizen: An American Lyric at Concord Academy

On May 15, acclaimed poet Claudia Rankine brought to life the experience of Citizen: An American Lyric, an award-winning, genre-defying book of reflection, art, and cultural criticism, and a required text in Concord Academy’s sophomore English curriculum. Through...

CA Parents Fall Meeting this Thursday, September 26

Please be reminded that the first CA Parents meeting of the year will be held this Thursday, September 26. The evening will begin with light refreshments in the Student Health and Athletic Center (SHAC) Atrium at 6:15 p.m., followed by the CA Parents meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Dance Studio. If you are unable to attend in person, you may stream the program here: https://www.diginovations.com/ca-parents-meeting. For those who plan to attend in person, please RSVP here.

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Senior Class Trip on Friday, September 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Concord Scout House

The senior class will join Sally Zimmerli, Rick Hardy, and their class advisors Will Tucker and Amanda Mead on Friday, September 27, at the Concord Scout House to revisit the great work they started at the Junior Leadership Retreat in March. Seniors will enjoy time with each other through leadership development activities and dig into how to accomplish their goals as a class this year. Seniors can plan to meet at Concord Academy and walk over the Scout House with the rest of their class. Ice cream sundaes will be served!

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PSAT for Sophomores and Juniors on Saturday, October 19

All sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT at Concord Academy during the morning of Saturday, October 19. No pre-registration is necessary; the fee of $30 will be billed to students’ accounts. You may find student practice information here. All students should bring several pencils with erasers as well as a calculator; if they choose, they may bring a drink and/or snack to be eaten only during the break. Additional information regarding the PSAT, such as testing rooms, start time, etc., will be posted for students on Schoology.

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PIN Meeting at Beaver Country Day School on Wednesday, October 2 – “Supporting Your Child’s Social Development”

Join the first PIN (Parents’ Independent School Network) presentation of the new academic year. Caroline Maguire, local executive function coach and author of the upcoming book Why Will No One Play With Me?, will discuss her work supporting children and their families who experience challenges with social skills. Coffee and registration at 9:00 a.m. followed by a presentation from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Beaver Country Day School, 791 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill.  Read more>

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Thanksgiving Break Details

Our first long school break of the year is just around the corner. CA will be closed the entire week of Thanksgiving, including all student houses, which close at 12 noon on Saturday, November 23, and do not open until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1. We will have a normal school day and athletic schedule on Friday, November 22. CA will provide transportation for boarders to Alewife, Logan Airport, and South Station on Saturday, November 23, departing at 9:00 a.m. We encourage boarders, especially those traveling by train, plane, or bus, to travel on Saturday morning to avoid a Friday evening scramble and late arrivals. 

The boarding houses will reopen on Sunday, December 1, at 4:00 p.m. If there is sufficient need, CA will provide transportation for boarders on Sunday, December 1, departing from Logan Airport at 7:00 p.m. and South Station at 7:15 p.m. arriving back at CA around 8:00 p.m. If your child’s flight, train or bus timing does not coincide with the times of the bus that CA organizes listed below, Renee Coburn can help arrange a cab at a different time. Please be in touch with her at renee_coburn@concordacademy.org. We ask that all boarders return to their houses between 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, December 1 (please note: all houses are closed until 4:00 p.m.). Classes will resume on Monday, December 2 at 8:40 a.m. For more detailed information for boarding families on the timing and specifics of all school breaks, click here.

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Volunteers Needed for Family Weekend Dinner on October 11

On Friday evening, October 11, of Family Weekend, CA Parents hosts a dinner in the SHAC for families, faculty, and staff. Volunteers are needed to help set tables and decorate the space on Thursday, October 10, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please use this SignUpGenius link to sign up and see more details. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents, and a fun and social way to support the school community. For more information, please contact Lori Hick P’19 ’22 at lorihick@gmail.com, Kristan First P’18, P’20, P’23 at kristan.first@gmail.com, or Meredith Walsh, CA’s parent program officer, at meredith_walsh@concordacademy.org.

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CA Parents Book Group on Friday, October 11

Calling all parents to join us at the first meeting of the Concord Academy Parents Book Club! We will be meeting during Family Weekend on Friday, October 11, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Student-Faculty (Stufac) Dining Hall. This club is a great way to meet other parents from your child’s year as well as many other graduating years. We have many parents come back even when their kids are off to college. That’s how fun this book club is! At our first meeting, we’ll introduce ourselves and talk about the upcoming year. We will also be discussing the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. With the airing of the recent HBO special True Justice and the upcoming feature film based on Just Mercy being released on December 25, 2020, Bryan Stevenson’s work to defend those society has forgotten has become part of the national conversation. It is a quick read, and even if you aren’t able to read it in advance of our meeting, please stop by! We will be choosing books for the upcoming year as well. We hope to see you there. If you have any questions, feel free to call Michele Scavongelli P’20 at (978) 505-1844 or vanleer@comcast.net.

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