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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Support The Performing Arts

If you are interested in donating snacks to be used throughout the second semester at the eight remaining performances, please consider ordering from our Amazon wishlist. Please send all packages to Meredith Walsh, Concord Academy, 126 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742. Thanks in advance for your help!  

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Chamber Music Concert on February 7

Please join the students of CA’s chamber music program on Friday, February 7, at 8:00 p.m. in the SHAC dance studio for an evening concert of musical selections spanning over 300 years! Music of Telemann, Mozart, Borodin, Dame Ethel Smyth, and John Corigliano, among others, will be performed. We hope you can join us!

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Winter Mainstage Production of “Indecent” on February 21 and 22

The Performing Arts Department will be kicking off the new decade with its mainstage production of Indecent by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel! There will be two performances — on Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, each at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by emailing Jessica Cloutier-Plasse at jessica_cloutier-plasse@concordacademy.org.

The play is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture and by others as an act of traitorous libel. Indecent follows the history of the drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. The CA cast has already been working with a dialect coach, a folk-dance specialist, and a podcaster who researched her grandmother’s Holocaust experience. The podcast can be found at Rachael Cerrotti – We Share the Same Sky. Rachael Cerrotti will speak to the entire school at an assembly prior to the play’s debut.

Please consider supporting the receptions following performances on February 21 and 22 by signing up here.

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February 22: CA Photography Alumnae/i Photography Exhibition

Join us as we celebrate 30 years of creativity, inspiration, and talent! An exhibition, “Origin Stories: Concord Academy Photography Alumnae/i Then and Now,” chronicling 30 years of the photography program at CA, will be on display February 1-29 at the Concord Free Public Library. The exhibition will also be shown on campus during reunion weekend, June 5-7, 2020. On Saturday, February 22, you are invited to see the exhibition and attend the public reception at the library from 3:00 to 4:45 p.m, then to cross the street to the Ransome Room on campus to meet some of the artists, along with members of the Visual Arts Department and other former faculty, during a special private gathering for the CA community. Details and register >

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March Break and Covid-19 Update

Spring break will begin on Friday, March 6, at 12:00 noon. CA will offer transportation leaving promptly at 12:00 p.m. that day with drop-offs at Logan Airport and South Station. Boarders should depart by 4:00 p.m. when houses close.

Houses will reopen at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. (Please note that we are returning on Sunday following March break instead of Monday as we have for other breaks.) All boarders should return to campus by 8:00 p.m. that evening.

Classes will resume on Monday, March 23.

Important Note: Please be aware that, as we disperse for the break, the school is continuing to monitor the health of students and adults amid the spread of Covid-19 (the coronavirus). Look for an email from CA later this week with important information regarding plans the school is putting into place. Given this rapidy evolving situation, we are also asking parents and students to continue checking email during the break, as we will be requesting status updates from all families prior to students’ return to campus.

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Mark Your Calendars Now for CA’s First-Ever Sustainability Festival, Sunday, April 5, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

CA’s renewed mission statement commits us “to build a more just and sustainable future.” What does that mean? CA will host a Sustainability Festival right here on campus, the afternoon of April 5, to explore that question. The festival aims to raise awareness about pressing environmental issues, offer solutions, and educate us about some of the ways that our community is already working to make the planet a greener place. We have planned a wonderful program! Do not miss out. Click here for full schedule and to register.

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Concord Academy Junior Makes Solo Debut at Carnegie Hall

On February 2, tenor Henry Patton ’21 made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the High School Honors Concert Choir, having been nominated by CA choral director Tai Oney and auditioning live to become the principal male soloist. The choir performed five contemporary choral pieces under the direction of Jeffery Redding, a Grammy award-winning educator of the year from Florida. Read more >

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Concord Academy Sophomore Coaches Indian Students in Robotics

CA sophomore Ricki Kundu ’22 was featured on February 24 in the Boston Globe for his mentorship of a group of boys living in an orphanage in India. Having competed in robotics competitions since he was in third grade, Ricki began teaching the boys, ages 12 to 15, using the programming language Scratch while visiting the region some four hours from Kolkata last summer. He continued giving lessons online from his home in Lexington, Mass., and with the Kundu family’s assistance, the team, the Antyodoy (Orphanage) Robot Masters, enrolled in the First Lego League robotic competition in New Delhi. Competing against 45 teams from northern India in January, the Robot Masters claimed the honor of “Best Rising Star.” Read more in the Globe’s article >

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Junior and Senior Retreats at the End of March

The junior class of 2021 will depart on Friday, March 27, at 2:30 p.m. for Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, Mass., where they will take part in a leadership retreat. They will return Saturday, March 28, by 4:00 p.m. This is an annual event that helps to prepare the rising senior class for leadership positions they may take on in the coming year and initiatives they may wish to begin. The senior class of 2020 will take part in a senior transition seminar on Friday, March 27, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on campus.

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