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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Classes will end at 1:50 p.m. on Thursday, December 19. All students are expected to be in class on Thursday.
Day students may leave after their final class meeting of the day. The schedule for finals week will be posted shortly to students and families, but all students can expect to have classes scheduled for Thursday, December 19.
Boarding students depart on Friday, December 20, by 12:00 noon when houses close. A shuttle to Alewife, Logan Airport, and South Station will depart at 9:00 a.m. Boarding students should plan to return on Monday, January 6, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. If there is enough interest, a shuttle will pick up at Logan Airport at 7:00 p.m. and at South Station at 7:15 p.m. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 7.
A lot has been happening on and off campus since students arrived earlier this fall. Please have a look at some photo galleries we have put together: Family Weekend, Campus Scene.
Throughout the year, we will continue to add new photos to our main CA Parents Photo folder on SmugMug and will continue to share them with you in the parent newsletter!
At Saturday’s meeting, the Council hosted a panel of senior administrators, including Laura Twichell ’01, Sarah Yeh, Sally Zimmerli, and Peter Boskey ’08, each of whom described the main issues they plan to focus on this year. The issues ranged from grading equity to carrying out the new mission, faculty hiring, the revised orientation plan, student health and wellness issues, and C&E’s ongoing work with affinity groups and the student population in general. Read More
Join us for this year’s fall mainstage production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks. If you are able to help with donations for the reception after the show, please click this signup link. If you are the parent of a boarding student, you can help too! Please follow this Amazon link and ship items to Concord Academy, c/o Meredith Walsh, 126 Main Street, Concord MA 01742. Thank you for your support!!
We had a wonderful first meeting of the CA Parents Book Club on Friday, October 11, during Parents Weekend in the Stu-Fac with more than 15 parents in attendance. We are very appreciative to CA history teacher Topi Dasgupta for facilitating our discussion of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. It was also fascinating to hear from Jake Sussman P’20 (Julia ’20) about his past work with Attorney Stevenson. The next meeting of the CA Parents Book Club will take place on Tuesday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Peter and Michele Scavongelli P’20 (Missy ’20). Their home is very close to CA, and the address will be provided after you RSVP. Based on the feedback of attendees at the first meeting, we will be discussing The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. If you are interested in attending and/or having your name added to the book club distribution list, please RSVP to Michele Scavongelli at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you are able, please bring a dish for our pre-meeting potluck meal.
The Harvest Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon is less than two weeks away, on Tuesday, October 29, and we still need more help! In particular, we need more main and side dishes. As parents, rarely do we have as direct an opportunity to share our gratitude for all that faculty and staff do. For boarding and busy parents, if you are interested in providing gifts or buying food, please email us directly (Irene Chu, email@example.com, and Khinlei Myint-U, firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will help make arrangements for you. For parents who want to cook or bake, or would like to help set up and decorate for the luncheon, please sign up here. One last request: In previous years, students have written notes of gratitude that were posted on the wall for the faculty and staff to see. We think this is an important occasion to include parent voices as well. Please send us a short note of gratitude or an anecdote, and we will compile them along with the student notes. Thank you in advance for your time and contributions.
Are you or your student getting phone calls from someone attempting to sell standardized test materials and requesting personal data? If so, please visit www.nationalmerit.org and read the pop-up announcement on their website. They offer a link to report these scam calls to the FCC.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has recently received reports of fraudulent phone calls being made by callers posing as employees of NMSC who are contacting students/families attempting to sell test preparation products and requesting sensitive personally identifying information, such as credit card numbers. Please know that these calls are not originating from NMSC and should be reported to the FCC.
Please report these calls to the FCC by using this link
This type of activity, known as telemarketing fraud, is a crime. If you receive an unsolicited phone call from someone claiming to work for NMSC, even one that specifically identifies NMSC (or “National Merit Scholar”) on the caller I.D. (some of these callers engage in illegal “spoofing” to make it seem as if the call is coming directly from the organization), do not provide the caller with any personal information.
NMSC does not make unsolicited phone calls to students or families requesting this type of information. Representatives of NMSC only make calls to students and their families in response to student-generated inquiries and/or to follow up on materials related to a student’s participation in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Should you have a question about the origin of a phone call you have received in which the caller claims to be from NMSC, please contact them immediately at (847) 866-5100.
From far and near, families came to Concord Academy in October to experience a bit of what it’s like to be a CA student. During Family Weekend, parents attended classes, visited studios, met with teachers and advisors, and cheered on their children’s teams. Families got to know one another better at social gatherings, the annual Community Dinner hosted by CA Parents, and at this year’s first meeting of the CA Parents Book Club. Many attended a CA Parents Council meeting and conversations with the College Counseling Office staff. Others enjoyed open rehearsals of the fall mainstage production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a Dance 3 class, as well as presentations by the Performing Arts Department of works in progress by a variety of student music groups and CA Dance Project. View photos from Family Weekend here.
Kevin Parker, a former member of the Student Life Office, 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 as well as their dangers. CA science teacher Will Tucker joined him to discuss the chemical effects that substances in these devices have in the lungs, some of which are known, with the long-term effects still to be determined.