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

Look Out for March Break Boardingware Passes

We want to let all families know that boarding students are filling out their Break Pass now detailing where they are going for the upcoming March Break which starts on Friday, March 6, at 12:00 noon. All hosts and families should receive an email within the next few days from Boardingware so you are aware of their plans. We ask that you be on the lookout for those emails, and that you communicate with the students should you have any questions or concerns. 

Given the rapidly changing nature of travel advisories in light of the coronavirus, we are suggesting that people consider a US-based back-up plan should you have international travel planned for the spring break. Our hope is that all experience a smooth and safe March break experience.

If you have any questions, please reach out directly to us at student_life@concordacademy.org

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CA Alpine Ski & Wrestling Teams Enjoy Strong Seasons

CA’s Alpine ski and wrestling teams enjoyed strong seasons once again!

The girls varsity Alpine ski team dominated the Central Mountain Ski League (CMSL) this winter by winning every race. As a result, the team gathered a league championship at the CMSL awards ceremony at Wachusett Mountain and will see a banner raised to the gym rafters in honor of its accomplishment. The girls went on to carry their regular-season momentum into the NEPSAC championships at Waterville Valley, where they earned an impressive second-place finish in Class B. In addition, Tory Adams ’23 won the program’s first-ever NEPSAC individual championship! The boys enjoyed a second-place finish in the CMSL and represented the program well with their efforts at NEPSAC.

CA’s coed varsity wrestling program continued to grow, with 24 athletes competing for the Green this winter! The grapplers posted an impressive 9-4 regular-season record. In the EIL championship meet at Portsmouth Abbey, CA secured a second-place finish, with five wrestlers finishing in the top two of their weight class. Four wrestlers went on to represent CA well at the NEPSAC championships in Hartford, Conn., this past weekend.

Go Green!

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Introducing CA’s New Dean of Academic Program and Equity

Concord Academy is pleased to announce that Robert Munro has accepted an offer to serve as Dean of Academic Program and Equity, beginning on July 1. In this newly-configured senior administrative position, Munro will oversee the academic program and lead the institution’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts. This role is focused on the nexus of academics and equity, understanding that a school cannot be academically excellent without equity. Read more>

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Rachael Cerrotti Speaks at CA about Antisemitism

In an assembly on February 6, writer, educator, and documentary photographer Rachael Cerrotti spoke to the Concord Academy student body about “the oldest hatred,” antisemitism, and shared her grandmother’s story of Holocaust survival. Cerrotti had spent time with the cast and crew of CA’s upcoming mainstage production, Indecent, by Paula Vogel, delving with them into topics of Jewish identity and prejudice. Cerrotti’s address to the entire school provided context for the play, which is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. Read more >

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Tough “Battle”

CA’s four basketball teams and the coed varsity wrestling team set their sights on defending the Red Drum trophy this year after a huge win in the 2019 Battle of Lexington and Concord. Despite CA’s relentless effort across four basketball games, LCA secured the overall victory with four wins on the hardwood. The coed varsity wrestling team posted CA’s lone victory of the night with an exciting match. Having lost to LCA earlier in the season by a large margin, CA went into the match an underdog. CA’s young and much-improved team was undaunted, though, pulling out a convincing and redemptive victory in front of a spirited fan base. Another victory of the night was the raising of over $1,300 for the chosen charity, WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc) through the sale of “Battle” T-shirts designed by the Student Athletic Council. CA Athletics would like to thank the many parents who donated baked goods and/or their time to support the event. Go Green!

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Update to Student Enrollment Contracts

Concord Academy has changed how it processes student enrollment contracts — a change that is designed to make the process easier for both our families and for CA.

Starting this year, CA will be sending electronic student enrollment contracts only. The contracts will be sent to all eligible families, using the primary address listed on their Smart Tuition account, on February 13 and are due back by February 27. Your contract will come to you via email from studentcontracts@concordacademy.org. After you open the contract you will find several helpful attachments that will answer many questions and guide you through the process. We ask that you please look for these messages in your inbox

Please note that contracts are not complete until we receive both your deposit and the completed contract. Deposits must be sent directly to Concord Academy, not to Smart Tuition. You may make these deposits via check, money order, or wire. Note that we do not accept credit cards.

For more information or help with any questions, please reach out to Diana O’Toole by sending her a message at studentcontracts@concordacademy.org.

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The Visual Arts Junior Portfolio Workshop, February 11

The Visual Arts Junior Portfolio Workshop will take place on Tuesday, February 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the Trudy Room. This workshop is the beginning of a conversation with students interested in exploring the various ways the visual arts can remain a part of their college experience.

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CA Book Club, Thursday, February 27

Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 27, beginning with a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. We will be discussing The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. This book is set amid the AIDS crisis in Chicago in the 1980s 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 and the National Book Award; was a New York Times Top 10 book of 2018; won an LA Times book prize, an ALA Carnegie Medal, and 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, and 2023 in addition to the parents of the senior class and parents of alumnae/i 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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