From September 8, 2023 to September 10, Community Weekend animated the Concord Academy campus. The weekend was organized by students and faculty alike, and the various events were a great way to kick off the academic year. Everyone crowded into buildings and out onto the fields to experience the fun and engaging three days.

The first Community Weekend of the 2023-2024 school year consisted of many activities for students. Despite the less-than-ideal weather on Friday night, students dove into the pool for a refreshing swim, while others made their way to the Quad to hang out with friends. Students from the 9th grade class enjoyed s'mores on the Math and Arts Center (MAC) patio and students from the 10th grade class performed karaoke on the Main School Lobby patio. After these activities concluded, students participated in a Spikeball tournament and dove into a neon foam event on the Quad. A movie was then shown in the Ransome Room in a spur-of-the-moment decision, and later it was announced that there would be a scavenger hunt for gift cards hidden across campus. All the while, a bubble tea truck handed out drinks to students and staff. The truck was initially stationed in the Labs/MAC pocket, but due to the very long line and inclimate weather, the truck eventually moved to the front of the Student Health and Athletic Center (SHAC).

Many left Friday evening with stained clothes from the neon foam pit and satisfied bellies from the snacks. Even more activities were organized for the next day.

For early-risers over the weekend, CA hosted a yoga class in the Dance Studio on Saturday morning for those looking to move or center themselves mentally or spiritually. In the afternoon, boarders who wanted to shop had the chance to travel to Target and CVS in Burlington. Concurrently, there was a volleyball match in the SHAC open to all who wanted to play. Later in the evening, upperclassmen gathered around fire pits to enjoy fresh s’mores, and students also competed in Quad games such as Bubble Soccer. Additionally, there was an inflatable obstacle course, and lastly, to end the night for late dwellers, pizza and Nitro Ice Cream were served in the Ransome Room.

Community Weekend was a wonderful event that bonded students together and allowed them to have three days of absolute fun. Many thanks to the student council and the faculty involved in organizing this great weekend!