Appreciating our CA Connections

We are grateful for our parent community! 🤩

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Dear Academy Parents and Guardians:

PACA (which is all of you!) has been very busy over the last several weeks building our community and strengthening our connections! Read on to find out more about CA’s exciting programs and our amazing community.

At last Wednesday’s PACA Forum we featured the following:

Jennifer Conti, Director of the Upper School Internship Program
In its first year, the program has relationships with over 20 local corporations and alumni owned businesses to provide rising Juniors and Seniors with real world experience. Ms. Conti not only works with students to create resumes, she also conducts mock interviews to better prepare them for the job search process. Students are engaged in meaningful endeavors with problem solving, critical thinking and leadership opportunities, which helps cultivate their professional interests.

This program is amazing! …But don’t just take our word for it, ask Emma Smith ’20 about her experience interning in the Marketing Department at The Fitness Loft this summer. She was such a valuable asset, they offered her a paid position during the school year AND her co-workers showed up to her Volleyball Senior Night wearing her name on their shirts!
Jen Conti Emma Smith ’20

Lower School Book Fair Facts:
Our Lower School Book Fair raised over $12,000, allowing us to purchase $4294 worth of books for our LS classrooms, specialists and our MS/LS libraries. We were also able to donate almost $1000 to Seibert Elementary AND purchase over $600 worth of books for all of the children in our Kids 4 Kids service program!

Fun Fact: Did you know we have a New York Times best selling author in our community? Debbie Rigaud is a prominent young adult author. Her first book in a new middle grade series, HOPE: Project Middle School, co-authored with Alyssa Milano (yes THAT Alyssa Milano) is currently #6 on the best seller list. Debbie graciously agreed to come to our PACA meeting (even though she was on deadline) to talk to us about her book – working through the night in order to make it to the 8am meeting. The book’s messages of hope, positivity and determination were just what we needed to hear.
Debbie Rigaud LS Book Fair

Speaking of Positivity…
Our Parent Ed. team closed out the meeting with a hilarious and relatable TedTalk video on the benefits of positive psychology, which dovetails with our theme of Flourishing!. Several people (and I mean almost everybody in attendance) asked for the link. It is featured on our website under Parent Education. For your convenience, you may click the link provided. 1344.m3u8 On that note, please don’t miss our upcoming Parent Education evening on Thursday, November 21st at 6:30 in the Dining Hall.

Faculty Recognition
Thank you to our dedicated team of parents who fed our talented faculty during October’s Parent-Teacher Conferences. A beautiful spread was set up in the Teacher’s Lounge of each division. We love our hard working teachers!


From the LS Halloween Parade to our Middle Schoolers wearing costumes to school, CA felt very festive on October 31st. Our Upper Schoolers were treated to some fun as well. They may not go trick or treating anymore, but they still enjoy candy. Our fantastic Grade Parents set up party stations in each lounge area and it was awesome!

Sophomore Lounge Senior Lounge Junior Lounge Freshman Lounge

As you can see, we have been having a blast while working hard to support our students and teachers. Greg and I deeply appreciate all that you – the parents – bring to our organization. In this season of Thanksgiving, let’s be grateful for each other and the strong fabric of our community.

In Viking Spirit,

Melissa Kass (P’19 and ’21) and Greg Gorospe (P ’21)
PACA Co-Presidents

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