CA Parents creates opportunities to support and strengthen Concord Academy in its mission. Recognizing the benefits of our diverse backgrounds and perspectives, we encourage family participation, facilitate communication between families and the school, and organize activities that enrich the quality of student life and the greater Concord Academy community.

 

Explore the opportunities to get involved with CA Parents, from welcoming new parents to leading prospective families on tours of campus; being hosts to boarding students to coordinating Family Weekend events; and participating in on-campus events to supporting the Annual Fund. Every year over 200 parents volunteer, whether they live near or far.  Volunteering as a great way to meet fellow families, get to know the school, and help CA.

 

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

*indicates opportunities for boarding parents

 

  • Admissions Tour Guides

    Parent volunteers serve as tour guides for parents of prospective students during their admissions visits. Volunteers attend a training session in early September and tour weekly or biweekly from September through January. This is a great way to learn more about the school and share what you know about CA and the admissions process. This opportunity is open to all parents, including parents of freshmen, as well as parents of graduates.

    Key Contacts

    Cochairs:
    Liz Vernaglia, (781) 254-9859, liz_vernaglia@yahoo.com
    Shari Marquis, (781) 844-0222, jsemarquis@gmail.com

    Staff Liaisons:
    John McGarry, (978) 402-2253, john_mcgarry@concordacademy.org
    Susan Hagopian, (978) 402-2251, susan_hagopian@concordacademy.org

  • Annual Fund Volunteers *

    The Annual Fund is a critical source of funding for every aspect of daily life at Concord Academy. It helps sustain CA’s challenging learning environment, caring and involved faculty, and maintenance for our historic buildings and grounds.
    Asking fellow parents to join you with a gift to the school is powerful, and the success of the Parent Annual Fund is due in great part to this dedicated group of parent volunteers. Last year, the Parent Annual Fund raised nearly $886,000 from 73% of our parent community.
    Volunteer responsibilities:
    • Contact 5–10 CA families about supporting the school’s Annual Fund – make calls or send emails from home.
    • Attend a volunteer night at CA (early Fall)
    • Attend two or three Content Nights, events on campus focused on the importance of the Annual Fund, featuring a faculty member and how their work is supported by the Fund.
    • Follow up with a thank you notes when a gift comes in!

    Key Contacts

    Cochairs:
    Daphne Kempner, (617) 797-7846, dkempner@comcast.net
    Kerry Hoffman, (781) 259-9611, kerryjohoffman@gmail.com

    Staff Liaison:
    Jenny Evans, (978) 402-2229, jenny_evans@concordacademy.org

  • Arts Ambassadors *

    Volunteers provide fruit, baked goods, drinks, and other treats after music, dance, and theatrical performances and exhibitions to create social connections.

    Volunteers drop off or have items delivered to school the afternoon before events. Several volunteers help set up before and clean up after performances.

    Key Contacts

    Carol Cekala, (339) 222-8683, cekala@comcast.net
    Shelly Roy, (617) 489-1131, roymshelly@gmail.com
    Lisa Gainsboro, (978) 821-4509, lpg887@aol.com
    Helen Hamel, (617) 840-1620, sortinghatt@comcast.net

    Staff Liaison:
    Amy Sagalyn, (978) 402-2256, amy_sagalyn@concordacademy.org

    *Boarding families can support these events by contributing food, drinks, etc. Organizers will provide parents of boarding students with a list of local shops and restaurants from which they can order from afar (and which can be picked up locally). To participate, please contact the co-chairs.

  • Athletics Parent Volunteers *

    Volunteers help the Athletics Department communicate information to parents and provide ways for parents of team members to connect with each other and support athletes, and the athletics program.

    The goals of the program are:
    • To encourage support of teams during games.
    • To make parents feel welcome and participate in the CA community.

    Timeline (throughout a specific athletic season)

    Start of Each Athletic Season:
    • Communicate with coaches to hear about their individual needs and how they like to communicate with their teams.

    During the Season:
    • Help host a CA fan tent at certain home games, selling CA gear and food.
    • Communicate with parents about game times, locations, and a team potluck.

    Key Contacts

    Vice President, Student Life:
    Shari Marquis, (781) 844-0222, jsemarquis@gmail.com

    Cochairs:
    Kristen Kina, (617) 784-7409, kristenkina@yahoo.com
    Cheryl Gall, (781) 862-8558, cherylwgall@gmail.com

    Staff Liaison:
    Sue Johnson, sue_johnson@concordacademy.org

    *Boarding families can support these events by contributing snacks, drinks, etc. To participate, please contact the co-chairs.

  • Bed and Breakfast Homestay Network

    Local CA parents volunteer a bed and breakfast in their homes for visiting out-of-town CA parents, alumnae/i, and friends. The B&B network is used throughout the year, especially for Opening Days, Family Weekend, and Commencement. Proceeds from the B&B program benefit the school. Please consider opening your homes for a night.

    The goals of the program are:
    • To provide a cost-effective and friendly alternative for families of boarding students and for families, alumnae/i, or friends attending CA functions.
    • To strengthen the CA community.

    Bed & Breakfast Homestay Network Volunteer Form

    Key Contacts

    Chair:
    Lisa Gainsboro, (978) 821-4509, lpg887@aol.com

    Staff Liaison:
    Amy Sagalyn, (978) 402-2256, amy_sagalyn@concordacademy.org

  • CA Book Group *

    CA Parents Book Group meets several times during the school year, either on campus or at a parent's home. Each discussion session lasts up to two hours. All parents are welcome!

    The goals of the program are:
    • To offer parents of CA students an opportunity to meet other parents and exchange ideas, using thoughtfully selected books as a focal point.
    • To build community.

    Key Contacts

    Vice President, Engagement:
    Jen Berry, (908) 489-5971, halajen@comcast.net

    Cochairs:
    Judy Osher, (339) 223-9339, ja.os@verizon.net
    Frank Craig, (617) 515-8564, fcfpc@aol.com

    Staff Liaison:
    Amy Sagalyn, (978) 402-2256, amy_sagalyn@concordacademy.org

  • CA Gear Pop-up Store

    The CA Gear pop-up store provides CA-branded clothing and gear at a variety of school events throughout the school year. Parent volunteers assist with inventory and help sell gear on 4-5 potential dates throughout the school year. Volunteers are not expected to come to all events.

    Key Contacts

    Vice President, Community:
    Sheila Boyle, (978) 505-5877, sdarcyboyle@hotmail.com

    Cochairs:
    Kristen V. Kina, (617) 784-7409, kristenkina@yahoo.com
    Doris Christelis, (617) 335-1180, dorischristelis@gmail.com

    Staff Liaison:
    Ben Carmichael, (978) 402-2227, ben_carmichael@concordacademy.org

  • CA Back to School Event

    Every other year, CA Parents host a special "Back to School" event. Parents, parents of alums, and alumni are invited to participate in classes taught by CA faculty and to gather afterwards for a fun early evening of hors d'oeuvres and conversation. For the 2017-18 school year, this event will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Volunteers are needed to help plan and organize this event. There are volunteer roles big and small.

    Key Contacts

    Parent Liasons:
    Jen Berry, (908) 489-5971, halajen@comcast.net

    Leigh Weaver, (904) 571-7377, leighweaver77@gmail.com
    Dawn Ryan, (617) 680-9008, ryandawn10@gmail.com
    Lynn Dayton, (617)935-1574, lynn.dayton@gmail.com

    Staff Liaison:
    Amy Sagalyn, (978) 402-2256, amy_sagalyn@concordacademy.org

  • Exam Treats *

    CA Parents surprises students with little bags of treats in their mailboxes to wish them well during their December and May exams. Volunteers provide the treats and stuff the bags on the Thursday morning before exams.

    Key Contacts

    Vice President, Student Life:
    Shari Marquis, (781) 844-0222, jsemarquis@gmail.com

    Chair:
    Kim Tesson, (617) 319-7938, Ktesson22@hotmail.com
    Missy Steiner-Griffiths, (631) 804-1504, cgmsg@comcast.net
    Kristen Kina, (617) 784-7409, kristenkina@yahoo.com

    Staff Liaison:
    Amy Sagalyn, (978) 402-2256, amy_sagalyn@concordacademy.org

    *Boarding families can support these events by contributing candy or healthy snacks, either through Amazon or a similar website. With any questions, or to participate, please contact the co-chairs.

  • Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheons – Fall and Spring *

    Parents provide fruit, baked goods, and other treats to show their appreciation to CA faculty and staff, who greatly anticipate these annual traditions.

    Fall Harvest Appreciation Luncheon will be on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
    Spring Valentine's Appreciation Luncheon will be on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

    Volunteers are needed for food donations, decorations, set up, clean up, and preparation for take home gifts.

    Key Contacts

    Vice President, Community:
    Sheila Boyle, (978) 505-5877, sdarcyboyle@hotmail.com

    Cochairs:
    Doris Christelis, (617) 335-1180, dorischristelis@gmail.com
    Dawn Ryan, (617) 680-9008, ryandawn10@gmail.com
    Leigh Weaver, (904) 571-7377, leighweaver777@gmail.com

    Staff Liaison:
    Amy Sagalyn, (978) 402-2256, amy_sagalyn@concordacademy.org

  • Family Weekend Dinner *

    Every year CA Parents hosts a dinner on the Friday of Family Weekend for the entire CA community - students, faculty, and parents. This year, the Family Weekend dinner will be on Friday, October 13, 2017. A small group of volunteers help plan and organize the event in September, and a larger group of volunteers helps set up for the dinner on the afternoon of Thursday, October 12. Volunteering for set up is a great way to meet other parents without a lot of heavy lifting.

    If you are interested in helping with this year’s Community dinner, please contact CA Parents liaison Jen Berry P ’17 ’21 or Amy Sagalyn, Parent Engagement Officer, at the information below.

    Key Contacts

    Parent Liason:
    Jen Berry, (908) 489-5971, halajen@comcast.net

    Staff Liaison:
    Amy Sagalyn, (978) 402-2256, amy_sagalyn@concordacademy.org

    *Boarding parents: If you are on campus for Family Weekend, we welcome your help setting up for the community dinner. Please contact the co-chairs for more information.

  • Host Family Program

    This program matches boarding students, if they so desire, with a local family for the academic year. The host family provides a friendly connection in the local community. Some host families provide notes or treats for their host students, take them out for ice cream or pizza, invite them to their homes for dinner, and offer a little slice of family life for a CA boarder.

    This is a yearlong commitment with the hope for monthly student contact, though the program is flexible according to your student’s needs and what your family is able to provide. As you build this relationship, you are welcome to host the student for a weekend away, with advance notice provided to the house parent.

    August: Please be available to welcome your host student’s family. Assure the parents that you will be available for their questions and to help their child with her or his adjustment to the school. This opportunity is primarily for host families to connect with new students.

    September: Attend the Host Family barbecue to meet your returning student.

    October: If your host student’s family is unable to attend Family Weekend, it is great to attend a few classes with your student at this time.

    Exam Times (December and May): You may want to make a phone call or send a care package.

    Key Contacts

    Sally Zimmerli, (978) 402- 2296, sally_zimmerli@concordacademy.org

  • International Harvest Potluck *

    Local CA families provide either an international dish or any traditional dish/family-favorite to CA students to introduce dishes from other countries for the first time and bring comfort to those who can enjoy the cooking they miss from home.

    Key Contacts

    Vice President, Student Life:
    Shari Marquis, (781) 844-0222, jsemarquis@gmail.com

    Cochairs:
    Judy Osher, (339) 223-9339, ja.os@verizon.net
    Ranjani LaRocca, (617) 650-4161, ranjani.larocca@gmail.com

    Staff Liaison:
    Annie Bailey, annie_bailey@concordacademy.org

    Photographs

    International Potluck Student Thank You

    *Boarding families can support these events by contributing food and drink. Organizers will provide parents of boarding students with a list of local shops and restaurants from which they can order from afar (and which can be picked up locally). To participate, or with any questions, please contact the parent co-chairs.

  • Parent Socials

    Parents of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to gather by class to enjoy a social evening. Socials are held the Thursday, October 12, of Family weekend and in the spring. These socials typically take place in a private home, or on occasion are hosted by a family at another venue, such as the Colonial Inn, the Concord Art Association, or the Moriarty Athletic Campus.

    Key Contacts

    Vice President, Engagement:
    Jen Berry, (908) 489-5971, halajen@comcast.net

    Cochairs:
    Suzie Byers, (781) 223-7594, suzie_byers@hotmail.com
    Dawn Ryan, (617) 680-9008, ryandawn10@gmail.com

    Staff Liaison:
    Amy Sagalyn, (978) 402-2256, amy_sagalyn@concordacademy.org

  • Parents Independent School Network (PIN)

    PIN is composed of representatives from 22 local independent schools and meets several times a year. CA’s representatives attend PIN meetings, which address common issues and concerns for independent secondary schools, and make PIN meeting synopses available to the CA community.

    Key Contacts

    Vice President, Community:
    Sheila Boyle, (978) 505-5877, sdarcyboyle@hotmail.com

    Chair:
    Cheryl Gall, (781) 862-8558, cherylwgall@gmail.com

    Staff Liaison:
    Amy Sagalyn, (978) 402-2256, amy_sagalyn@concordacademy.org

  • Parent-to-Parent Program *

    Parent-to-Parent volunteers contact new families to welcome them, share information, and direct them to the CA administrators who can best address their questions.

    Responsibilities:
    • Send an introductory email to new parents in July. (A template will be provided.)
    • Follow up with a phone call to become acquainted, provide helpful information, and help to answer any questions they may have.
    • Check in a second time to answer last-minute questions right before the start of the academic year.
    • Connect with new parents at Family Weekend and at other Concord Academy events.

    Key Contacts

    Vice President, Engagement:
    Jen Berry, (908) 489-5971, halajen@comcast.net

    Cochairs:
    Judy Rosenbaum, (978) 369-6003, muabnesorj@gmail.com
    Becky Derby, (339) 223-9676, rderby@tiac.net
    Beth Kressley-Goldstein, (617) 281-0032, dgoldstein_98@yahoo.com

    Staff Liaison:
    Amy Sagalyn, (978) 402-2256, amy_sagalyn@concordacademy.org

    *For boarding parents, this is a great opportunity to support the community and other parents of boarding students. Share your experience and knowledge with new families by phone or email!

  • Senior Parent Giving Program Committee *

    Senior parents will serve as advocates for the SPG, and reach out to 5-7 senior parent families to ask for their support of the program. This year’s program will support CA’s Annual Fund, a pillar of the school’s revenue and critical fund in supporting the school’s mission. In addition to outreach, Committee Members will be asked to attend a training session in September and the launch of the Program during the Fall Class Social, as well as be invited to 2-3 Content Nights (events focused on the importance of the Annual Fund featuring a faculty member and how their work is supported by the Fund) and the Recognition Reception.

    Key Contacts

    Cochairs:
    Jim Savage and Jenn Mclean, (617) 388-1156 (Jim); (617) 388-1284 (Jenn), savagejames@comcast.net
    jsmclean@comcast.net
    Amy Simon, (978) 273-1877, amysimon@aol.com
    Anne Stetson, (617) 256-8772, annestetson@gmail.com

    Staff Liaison:
    Jenny Evans, (978) 402-2229, jenny_evans@concordacademy.org