Welcome to the parent page of Concord Academy’s website. This page provides an overview of CA’s parent organization and offers some helpful tips on how to stay informed about what’s happening in the CA community. 

CA Parents. This is the parent’s organization of Concord Academy. If you are a parent or guardian of a CA student, you are automatically a member of CA Parents. If you want to learn about the community or get involved in the life of the school, this organization is the best place to start. CA Parents includes 17 committees and a parents council. The committees organize volunteers to do all kinds of things that support the school — from leading school tours for prospective students, to connecting boarding students with local “host families”, to managing a faculty/staff thank you lunch on Valentine’s Day. If you are a boarding family, there are many ways for you to participate! Boarding families serve on committees for the annual fund, the athletic teams, family weekend dinner, and parent to parent connections, among other things. Please see the Get Involved page of this website to find a complete list and a description of each committee. You may also simply attend one of the many events hosted by CA Parents throughout the year. For example, fall class socials happen in early October as part of parents weekend. Personal invitations to socials are emailed to all parents. Attending one of these gatherings is a great way to meet other parents and learn more about the vibrant, diverse life of this school. 

Stay Informed. Please read the bi-weekly parent newsletter. This publication provides important updates and announcements about school activities and community events. You may also connect with CA on social media by following the school on Facebook and Instagram. Should you have any questions about CA Parents, or how to get involved, please reach out to me or to our wonderful engagement team:

 

I look forward to seeing you at a CA Parents event very soon!   

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Kerry Hoffman P’14, ’20
President, CA Parents 
caparentspresident@concordacademy.org 

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Parents News

Support the Performing Arts

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.

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“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.

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CA Book Club, Thursday, February 27

Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 27 beginning with a pot luck dinner at 6:00 pm.  We will be discussing The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. This book is set against the AIDS crisis in Chicago in the 1980’s and looks at how AIDS not only ravaged the gay community in Chicago in the 1980s and ’90s, but also continued to impact lives decades later. This book has won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, is a New York Times Top 10 book of 2018, won an LA Times book prize, an ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, and is soon to be a major television event, optioned by Amy Poehler, so it should definitely be on your reading list!

We hope you will put this date on your calendars and plan to join us. We would really love to see some parents from the Classes of 2021, 2022, & 2023 in addition to the senior class and alumni parents who have been regular participants. The book club is a great chance to connect on a more personal level with other CA parents. Please RSVP to Michele Scavongelli at vanleer@comcast.net.

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CA Film Teacher Justin Bull’s Screenplay Wins Filmaka Competition

CA film teacher Justin Bull’s screenplay for A Banquet won the Filmaka Screenplay Competition, which will put the film into production in the coming year. Bull’s work on the project — a supernatural, psychological horror story that tackles religious faith, mental health, and the boundaries of maternal love — was partially supported by funding from Concord Academy’s Katherine Carton Hammer ’68 Endowed Faculty Chair, which Bull held from 2015 through 2018. For more about his screenplay, visit the Filmaka website.

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Test of Emergency Mass Notification System

During the afternoon of Friday, December 20, we will be conducting a test of our emergency mass notification system. During the test of this system, called Alertus, will activate both the emergency beacons across campus and the associated app that some have downloaded. While we will change the alert notification language to explicitly reflect the fact that it is a test, we want to let you know in advance so that you will not be surprised by any notice you may receive or activity you may observe on campus. If you have any questions, please be in touch with Michael McSorley at michael_mcsorley@concordacademy.org.

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Support CA & Aussie Wildlife at The Battle, Friday, January 31

The entire Concord community is looking forward to cheering on our four basketball teams and the wrestling squad as they host Lexington Christian Academy in The Battle of Lexington & Concord on Friday, January 31. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Australian wIldlife rescue organization WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Educational Services). CA’s student athletic council will be selling t-shirts at the event to support the rescue service. This is the 17th edition of “the battle.” CA won last year and looks to defend the Red Drum trophy on their home “turf” by prevailing in at least 3 of the 5 scheduled contests. All games will be played at the SHAC. The Girls JV Basketball game will start at 3:30 p.m., Boys JV Basketball at 4:45 p.m., Coed Varsity Wrestling at 5 p.m., Girls Varsity Basketball at 6 p.m., and Boys Varsity Basketball at 7:30 p.m.

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Searching for Internship Opportunities

CA’s InSPIRE (Interested Students Pursuing Internship Research Experiences) program is looking to connect with the CA parent community as we start searching for opportunities for summer 2020! InSPIRE provides six- to eight-week unpaid, research-based experiences to students in the greater Boston area during the summer after their junior year. Students are matched with mentors based on their interests. We are hoping to expand our partnerships to include arts and design, curatorial and archival practices, and humanities research. Please contact Peter Boskey ’08 (peter_boskey@concordacademy.org) for more information.

Last year’s InSPIRE partnerships included:
Machine learning at Harvard University
Data analysis at Salary.com
CRISPR research at Tufts University
Social learning at Boston University and the Museum of Science
Genomic medicine at Mass General Hospital
Genetic clinical trial research at Dana Farber

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Feedback on End-of-Semester Assessment Period

We would appreciate your feedback on your child’s experience of the end of the fall semester. Please use this survey to share your thoughts. We are also collecting feedback from students, faculty, and staff and will use these responses as we look ahead to future semesters.

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NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference and NAIS People of Color Conference

CA sent six students to the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in early December and nine adults to the NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC). This year’s conference was held in Seattle, Wash. One student said of their SDLC experience, “It was being with 2000 other diverse like-minded kids from all over the world that made it special.”

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