Concord Academy Residential Enrichment (CARE) Program 2020-21
CA's CARE Program was established to pair a distant boarding student with a local CA family. The CARE Program matches boarding students, if they so desire, with a local family for the academic year, providing a friendly connection in the local community. CARE families do things such as provide notes or treats for their CARE student, take them apple picking, to the movies, out for ice cream, or invite them to their home for dinner -- a little slice of family life for a CA boarder. Local CARE families will also create a network of CARE families in their CARE students residential house for support and group programming.
This is a year-long commitment with the hope for monthly student contact, though the program is flexible according to the needs of the student you are matched with as well as what your family is able to provide. Below are key times CARE Families should keep in mind:
CARE Student and Family Information - When you arrive for CARE orientation, you will receive the name of your CARE student, along with their parents’ contact information. CARE families are encouraged to reach out to the parents of your CARE student to introduce yourself, exchange contact info, and answer any questions they may have, if not able to meet in person.
CARE Family Welcome & Orientation - Friday, 8/28 from 11:15 - 1:15 pm
This is the time when you will meet other local families that are part of the CARE Program and go through a short orientation. It is a chance to meet and connect with each other and learn some best practices. (New boarders register between 11:00 and 12:00, new day students register between 1:00 and 1:45 pm).
11:15-12:15 pm - CARE families gather to discuss the program, introduce new local CARE families to each other and share good ways to engage with your CARE student. Other family members are welcome at this event, but not required to be here. It is, however, important that at least one of the CARE family parents is at this event.
12:30-1:15 pm - CARE families will meet the parents of their CARE student at the student's CA house and proceed from there to the Stu-Fac for lunch together. We encourage local CARE families to have their CA student/s attend this portion.
CARE Family Dinner -Thursday, 9/3 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm (note that some students may be a touch later, as some athletic practices go until 6).
This is a chance to have dinner with your CARE student in the Ransome Room. All family members are welcome at this dinner. We will gather RSVP's at a later date.
If your CARE student’s family is unable to attend Family Weekend, many CARE families will offer to attend a few classes with your student and provide them with a sense of family.
Exam time: December and May:
Care packages or small offering of support are lovely at these stressful times.
International Potluck Dinner - Date TBD
CA families provide an international dish or traditional dish/family-favorite for fellow CA students. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite your CARE student over to cook one of their favorite dishes from home!
If you are interested in becoming a CARE family, or having your child be matched with a local family, please sign up on the registration forms that will be sent out in early June or contact one of us directly. We hope you will consider participating in this wonderful program!
Jen Berry P ’17 ’21 Lexie Olmsted P'22 '23 Meredith Walsh Sally Zimmerli
Co-Chair, CARE Program Co-Chair, CARE Program Parent Program Officer Dean of Students
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