Concord Academy Petoskey News

December 2022

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Director's Corner

It's hard to believe that we only have 2 and a half weeks of school left before our holiday break! Holidays are an exciting time and we are adding to that excitement here at school too. Our building has been beautifully decorated with festive trees and lights! We had our winter music concert featuring our Middle School Choir and our Concert, Symphonic, and High School Bands last night. Plus we still have our Elementary Winter Musical, Broadway Santa coming up.

Speaking of performances, congratulations to our High School Theatre for this year's first production of Bedtime Stories (As told by our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up) by Ed Monk! The students were phenomenal as were Ms. Sedestrom and Mr. DeSimone!

Finally, we want you to know that it is because of you that we are an amazing school! We wish to express our sincere gratitude toward our entire school community for your continued help and support. Most recently, we would like to recognize all of our families who were able to help make this year's school-wide Thanksgiving Feast a huge success! Thank you and may you have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!

Please feel free to contact me anytime by email at

"A good education is the greatest gift you can give yourself or anyone else." ~Mahtab Narsimhan

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  • December 6 - 5:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting
  • December 14 - NO PIZZA DAY & Elementary Winter Performance*
  • December 22 - School-wide Field Trip to the Movie Theater
  • December 23 - January 2 - Holiday Break
  • January 3 - School Resumes

To find the most up-to-date information, please click on the button below to check out our school calendar. *More information can be found below.

Elementary Winter Musical: Broadway Santa

  • DK through 4th Grades
  • 5:30 pm on Wednesday, December 14th and Thursday, December 15th
  • Crooked Tree Arts Center
  • Free Admission

Carnations ($2) and Pre-Order Forms for Video Recordings ($15) will be available for sale on the night of the performances.

How to Effectively Communicate with School Staff

Parents/guardians are often discouraged when they attempt to communicate with administrators and board of directors members and are sent back to teachers in order to resolve a problem their child may be experiencing in school.

To prevent that frustration, parents/guardians can become informed about the “chain of command,” or where to begin the communication sequence regarding their problem or concern. Many parent/guardian questions are easily and completely answered by communicating directly with the educator in charge of the class or program. Each situation should first be addressed at whatever level the initial action was taken, before moving on to the next level.

The easiest way to communicate is via email; a phone call is the next preferable way. Here at Concord Academy Petoskey we expect that all concerns be treated the way that we teach our students to, with respect. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Bear River Martial Arts Classes at Concord

Mrs. Bonnie Zowada, instructor of Bear River Martial Arts, will be conducting classes at Concord beginning Tuesday, December 6th, 2022. She has been teaching since the fall of 2013. Currently, she is a 1st Degree Black Belt with a test for 2nd Degree coming up in January of 2023. The kind of karate she teaches is called Tang Soo Do, which is a traditional martial art with roots in Korea and Japan. Tang Soo Do focuses on open-hand techniques and kicks. Practicing improves the mind, body, and spirit connection. It also develops confidence, respect for self and others as well as a stronger body!

Please direct any questions to Bonnie Zowada at

Our Mission

We will provide an inspiring and challenging K-12 educational environment conducive to the development of critical and creative thinking through the integration of the fine arts into the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM), utilizing project based instruction and multi-age experiences.

Concord Family Association (CFA)

CFA Holiday Giving Tree

Thinking about getting a holiday gift for your student's teacher this year? Check out their wishlists on the CFA Holiday Giving Tree!

Keep Concord in mind while shopping on Amazon this holiday season! Make sure you are signed in through AmazonSmile and have selected Concord Family Association as your charity of choice. Use the link below to get started. Make sure you are logged in through AmazonSmile before each purchase to ensure your continued support. AmazonSmile is also available on the phone app.

Shopping locally? McLean and Eakin Bookstore will donate 10% of your purchase to the school of your choice. Just mention Concord Academy when checking out. Funds go to help support our school library.

Any questions? Contact CFA Treasurer, Joy Bolinger @

Community Programs and Services

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10th & 11th Grade Students

Do you consider yourself a leader? Are you interested in history and government? If your parents or guardians are Great Lakes Energy members, you could be selected for a trip to Washington, D.C. June 14-18, 2023 with fellow students from Michigan and across the nation! Learn more and apply at for your chance to attend. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS Feb. 28, 2023.
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