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 support the Annual Fund. Every year over 200 parents volunteer, whether they live near or far. Volunteering is a great way to meet fellow families, get to know the school, and help CA.
To learn more about getting involved, or if you have any questions, please contact:
Parent Volunteer Opportunities
*indicates opportunities for boarding parents
Admissions Tour Guides
Admissions Tour Guides lead campus tours for parents of prospective students during their admissions visits. From September through January, parent volunteers tour weekly, bi-weekly, or substitute as needed. Being an Admissions Tour Guide is a great way to learn more about the school and share your family’s CA story. This volunteer opportunity is open to all parents, as well as parents of CA graduates. Volunteers attend a training session in early September.
John McGarry, Associate Director of Admissions; Director of Financial Aid, (978) 402-2253, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meredith Walsh, Parent Program Officer, (978) 402-2569, email@example.com
Annual Fund Volunteers*
The Parent Annual Fund Committee is a group of volunteers made up of freshman, sophomore and junior parents whose primary responsibility is to solicit their peers in support of CA’s Annual Fund.
Co-chairs and committee members of the Parent Annual Fund will help inspire fellow families to make gifts – at all levels – to the Annual Fund, a fund critical to CA’s mission and financial health. Encouraging families to support the Annual Fund in their first year at CA will help strengthen the Annual Giving Program, while at the same time, allow families to feel a part of this important communal philanthropic program.
The financial goals for the 2019 Parent Annual Fund Program are to be determined. The goal for 2018 is $1 million from as many families as possible. (This goal includes the senior families’ contributions to the Annual Fund through the Senior Parent Giving Program.)
All members of the committee are responsible for contributing to the Annual Fund and soliciting others in support of the program. In addition to the co-chairs, we depend on a committee of parent volunteers from all three classes. The success of this CA’s fundraising, at every level, depends on peer-to-peer outreach.
Committee members will serve as advocates for CA’s Parent Annual Fund, and reach out to 5-7 CA families asking them to join in the support of the program. Members can inspire others to support CA by sharing their personal motivation for supporting the school. A manageable time commitment, committee members will be asked to attend the launch of the program/training session in September and the Annual Fund content nights, in addition to conducting outreach for this program throughout the year. Committee members are expected to make a gift to the Annual Fund – commitments at all levels are important and valuable.
Performing Arts parent volunteers support CA’s performing arts programs. Volunteers provide food and treats and help with set up and clean up for receptions at music, dance and theatrical performances throughout the year. Volunteers may also organize lunches for the cast and crew of the two (Fall and Winter) Main Stage Productions and snacks during the Tech week leading up to each performance.
Please let us know if you are interested in helping. Co-chairs will reach out to you as they begin planning receptions. Volunteer sign-ups will be posted throughout the year.
*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 Parents Volunteers
Athletics parent volunteers (team parents) help CA’s 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 support individual athletic teams;
• To help parents connect with each other and the community through CA’s athletics programs.
Each athletic season, one or two parent volunteers per team communicate with a team’s coaches to hear about their needs and how they like to communicate with their teams. Each team and coach is different; some teams may appreciate snacks and others will organize a team meal.
Team parents communicate with parents about the team’s schedule and locations, significant games (e.g. Chandler Bowl), and remind senior parents about each team’s senior ceremony. Please let us know if you are interested. Sign-ups for team parents will be posted at the beginning of each sports season in the CA Parents newsletter.
*Boarding families can support these events as team parents or by contributing snacks, drinks, etc. To participate, please contact the co-chairs.
CARE (Concord Academy Residential Enrichment)
The CARE (Concord Academy Residential Enrichment) program matches boarding students, if they desire, with a local family for the academic year. CARE families provide an important connection to the local community for boarding students. CARE families support students with gestures big and small — from providing occasional notes or treats, taking them out for ice cream or pizza, inviting them to their homes for dinner, going to a movie, and offering a slice of family life to a boarding student who may be far from home.
CARE families make a year-long commitment to the program, with the hope for monthly student contact. The program is flexible according to the student’s needs, desires, and what the CARE family is able to provide. As local families and students build their relationship, families are welcome to invite students for a weekend away, with advanced notice provided to house faculty.
• CARE families will be matched with boarding students and will receive information about their students and their families. CARE families welcome their matched boarding students and their families to the CA community via email or phone. CARE families assure parents that they will be available to answer questions and to help their child with her or his adjustment to the school.
• CARE families greet boarding students as they arrive on campus. CARE families attend a barbecue at CA to share a meal with new students and reunite with returning boarding students.
• If your 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 to your CARE student.
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.
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 dates throughout the school year. Volunteers are not expected to come to all events. Let us know if you are interested in helping and the co-chairs will reach out to you before sales.
Parent volunteers surprise students with small bags of treats in their mailboxes before December and May exams. Parent volunteers provide sweets and spend a morning before exams stuffing bags. This is a quick and fun way to support students and meet other parents.
*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*
Parent volunteers provide food, decorations, and small gifts for faculty and staff luncheons in the fall and spring. Volunteers help with set up and clean up, as well. Please indicate your interest in helping with these special events. Parent co-chairs will reach out to you as they begin planning.
Harvest Appreciation Luncheon will be on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
Valentine’s Appreciation Luncheon will be on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
Family Weekend Dinner*
Each year CA Parents hosts a dinner on the Friday of Family Weekend for the entire CA community — students, parents, faculty, and their families. On Thursday afternoon before Family Weekend, parent volunteers gather in the gym to help set dinner tables for more than 600 people. This is a fun and easy way to meet other parents and support the community. We hope you will join us!
*Boarding parents: If you will be on campus for Family Weekend, we welcome your help setting up for the community dinner. Please contact the co-chairs for more information.
If you are interested in helping with this year’s community dinner, please contact any of the below contacts:
Local CA parents volunteer a bed in their homes for visiting out-of-town CA parents, alumnae/i, and friends. The homestay network is used throughout the year, especially for Opening Days, Family Weekend, and Commencement. Please consider opening your home for a night by signing up to be a host here.
The goals of this 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.
CA Parent Chair:
Antonia von Gottberg P’21, firstname.lastname@example.org
International Harvest Potluck*
Each November, CA families host a beautiful potluck dinner for the student community. Parents provide a wide variety of international dishes and family favorites to CA students. Students have the opportunity to try food from other countries and enjoy the cooking they miss from home. This is a wonderful opportunity for host families to connect with their matched boarding students. Please let us know if you are interested in helping with this event. Co-chairs will reach out to you as they begin planning.
*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 chair.
Parents of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to gather by class to enjoy a social evening. Socials are held on Thursday, October 11 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. If you are interested in hosting a social, please contact Hilary Rouse at the information below.
Parent 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. If you are interested in participating in PIN, please contact the co-chairs at the information below.
Parent-to-parent volunteers contact new families to welcome them to CA, share information, and direct them to the CA administrators who can best address their questions.
• 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 answer any questions they may have.
• Check in a second time to answer last-minute questions before the start of the academic year.
• Connect with new parents at Family Weekend and encourage them to attend Concord Academy events throughout the year.
*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.
Spring Community Event
Every year, CA Parents hosts a special community event. For the 2018-19 school year, students, parents, parents of alums, and alumnae/i will be invited to participate in a day of service at CA and in the larger Concord community.
If you are interested in helping with this year’s community dinner, please contact: