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:
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Concord Academy Welcomes Alumnae/i Back to Campus for the Annual Alumnae/i and Students of Color Conference
On February 22, Concord Academy hosted its annual Alumnae/i and Students of Color Conference. More than 20 individuals — 12 students and 11 alumnae/i — took part in the event. A panel discussion took up the topics of race and equity at CA across decades, and in small group breakout sessions, alumnae/i and students discussed the influence of a CA education on the college experience, considered a sense of belonging at CA, and reminisced about what drew them to this school. View a group photo.
Sonya Renee Taylor is a poet who has won national and international spoken-word slams, an author, an activist who uses art as a vehicle for social justice, and the founder of a digital media and education company, The Body is Not An Apology. On February 27, Taylor shared with Concord Academy students, faculty, and staff how her business began as an online movement to promote body positivity. She also advocated for what she calls “radical self-love” as a way to change the world. Read more >
The boys varsity squash team enjoyed an outstanding season! The team posted an eight-game win streak in the thick of the regular season to finish 9-4 overall. As a result, the team was ranked 27th out of 40 programs in New England, its highest ranking in the past five years, and earned a No. 3 seed in the Class D NEPSAC tournament at Westminster School this past weekend. Winning two of its three matches, including the second win of the season over ISL foe St. Marks, boys squash proudly returned to campus from NEPSACs with a third-place trophy. The girls varsity squash program was young and rebuilding this winter. Highlights were winning three of four matches in early January and the experience of competing in the Class E tournament at Pomfret.
The boys varsity basketball team swept its four non-conference games this season but was able to pull out only one of many close league games. The girls varsity team stepped away from the league this year to rebuild. Highlights included an exciting come-from-behind victory over league foe Dana Hall on Senior Day and the significant improvement of many young players across the course of the season. The girls and boys JV basketball teams both worked hard and greatly improved throughout the winter as well!
A number of competitors received special distinction from the Eastern Independent League (EIL), New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), and Central Massachusetts Ski League (CSML).
On January 22 and 23, Concord Academy honored acclaimed chef Anita Lo ’84 as the 2020 Centennial Hall Fellow. 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.
Please join members of the CA Parents Council for an Open Council Meeting. This meeting is a chance for all parents to learn about the Parent Council and to hear from our speaker, Assistant Head of School and Dean of Faculty Sarah Yeh.
Questions? Please contact Meredith Walsh, parent program officer at email@example.com.
Remember how excited your child was after being admitted to CA? Remember all the questions you had as your child was about to enter a new school? We could use your help with the Parent-to-Parent program for next year! This is a great opportunity for both boarding and day parents as the welcome is primarily done by email. To sign up, click here. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Parent-to-Parent co-chairs, Becky Derby P’18 ’22 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Judy Rosenbaum P’19 ’22 (email@example.com).
Spring interim reports will be available through the portal starting on Friday, March 6. Interim comments are tentative, informal updates that precede the more thorough evaluations provided at the end of the semester. Teachers are only required to provide grades for those students receiving a C- or below. Neither interim comments nor any grades reported with interim comments become part of a student’s transcript.
The Junior Class Leadership Retreat this year is scheduled to take place on March 27 and 28. The purpose of this retreat is for the junior class to spend some time away from campus to focus on what leadership entails, in anticipation of becoming seniors the following year. The retreat will invite the juniors to consider their individual, class, and school leadership goals, and how they want to define their senior year. The retreat site this year is again at the Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, Mass., an hour from campus. This retreat is a required event for all juniors. We will depart Concord Academy on Friday, March 27, at 2:30 p.m., and we will return by 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. All students will need to bring an overnight bag, sheets, a blanket or sleeping bag, towels, and a pillow. Additional detailed information about what to pack (and what to leave home) will be passed along to your children as the date approaches.
A note about juniors studying away from CA this semester: In the past, several students studying away from CA have returned for the weekend, however, it is not a requirement for those studying away, and indeed not possible for some. In past years, this weekend has proven to be wonderful, and we’re really looking forward to working with this year’s class during the upcoming weekend. If you have any questions, thoughts, or comments, please contact Sally Zimmerli.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.