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

Health Assembly: How Juul Fooled Us

Kevin Parker, a former member of the Student Life Office for three years, returned to CA on October 17 to share his work at the college level in health and wellness education. In particular, Kevin spoke with the students in an assembly entitled “How Juul Fooled Us” about the marketing of Juul and other vaping devices and their dangers. CA science teacher Will Tucker joined him to discuss the chemical effects that substances in these devices have in the lungs, which make them even more harmful than cigarettes.

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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.

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CA Houses Unlocked Celebrates the Completion of the CA Houses Initiative

On October 4, Concord Academy celebrated the completion of the William M. Bailey Commons connecting Haines and Hobson, the final phase of the CA Houses initiative. A series of speaking programs considered the history of Concord and the neighborhood that became this campus, as well as how the new common rooms are already shaping student experiences and enhancing CA courses.

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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.

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CA Students Hear from the Innocently Imprisoned on Wrongful Conviction Day

For International Wrongful Conviction Day on October 2, over 60 CA students attended a special speaking program arranged by CA history teacher Stephanie Manzella, who teaches a research seminar, Crime and Punishment, about mass incarceration and the evolution of the U.S. criminal justice system. The students heard from exoneree Omar Martinez and his attorneys. Read more>

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A Message for Boarding Families

Thanks to a small group of day parent volunteers, this fall we will offer rides to Logan Airport or South Station (at no charge) for boarding students whose travel plans do not coincide with CA’s scheduled transportation at break times. In the past, students who needed rides outside of regularly scheduled shuttle times would contact Renee Coburn to set up a taxi. Starting this fall, students may contact Renee to set up a ride through our parent network. If no parent volunteer is available when the student needs a ride, Renee can still set up a taxi, as in the past. Please be in touch with the Student Life Office (student_life_office@concordacademy.org) if you have any questions.

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Community Directory Information

Every year, Concord Academy creates a community directory to help connect CA families. A digital PDF is available in the parent portal, along with our online directory, which will be updated as information changes throughout the year. In addition, we will offer a printed copy of the 2019–20 community directory at the check-in table during Family Weekend to families who would like one. In an effort to conserve resources, we will offer one printed copy per household and will mail copies only to families unable to attend Family Weekend. Please indicate on this form if you cannot attend Family Weekend and would like a printed copy by mail. Additional copies cost $10 each and will be charged to your student’s bookstore account.
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Family Weekend Schedule and Scheduling Teacher Conferences

A preliminary Family Weekend schedule is available online. Please review this schedule with your student to ensure that teacher conferences are scheduled at appropriate times. We ask students to take the reins in signing their parent/guardian up for conferences, and advisors work with new students to be sure they know how to do so. Know that it isn’t possible for all teachers to conference with the families of all students they teach, thus we open the sign-ups on Thursday to boarders, and to day students the following day. We also recommend that students sign families up to meet with the teachers it is most beneficial/important to meet with, and not necessarily all. 

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