Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

October 2010

Nobles Parents E-Newsletter October 2010

A Matter of Time by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School



I enjoy Back to School Night because I encounter all sorts of parents who – in the mad rush between classes – express gratitude for their child’s opportunities at Nobles and heap praise on teachers. In recent years, however, I’ve had more conversations about the challenges of getting their children back into "school mode," how homework seems to be expanding to fit the time available and how stress levels appear to be escalating.

These conversations reminded me of a recent New York Times story that many of us at Nobles have been talking about. Matt Richtel's "Attached to Technology and Paying a Price” affirmed much of what many have observed in working with adolescents in an era of smart phones, instant messaging and open wireless networks. Adolescents are compelled to stay connected with one another (this has been true since the time of Plato) and these devices have not only made that task easy and relatively inexpensive, but also have driven it away from the prying eyes of parents (Does anyone else remember sneaking in phone calls to boy- or girlfriends hoping parents wouldn’t pick up on the other line?). During the summer, this kind of communication is often endless and takes place at all hours of day and night, but doesn’t have an impact on academic performance. When school begins, however, those habits can be devastating in terms of sucking up time and energy that needs to be used for study, sleep, food and family time.

For me, the most important affirmation in the article is “the myth of multitasking” – which your son or daughter will insist he or she is very good at and has no adverse impact on study habits or academic results. Unfortunately, the science does not support this protestation and if you take five minutes to read the article, I know it will motivate you to find a way to talk with your children about the importance of creating boundaries around the use of technology for social purposes. Develop a list of potential changes in behavior that could help limit or better focus that time (leave the phone in the kitchen when a child goes upstairs to study, or shut down the wireless signal at a designated hour as we do in the dorm, for example) and try to get him or her to understand that overall health and academic well-being will benefit from such shifts in behavior.

Our research around the experiences of Nobles' graduates always shows that "time management" is one of the most important educational and life lessons that students learn during their time here – and much of that comes because of the breadth of challenge we put in front of them. That being said, we all need to be vigilant in helping young people figure out how best to use their time while also managing the social cauldron of adolescence – especially in a world where Facebook, IMing and texting are dominant.

Students (ping!) Need (ring!) to (tweet!) Concentrate! by John Gifford, Head of the Middle School



A debate continues regarding the impact of certain technologies on brain function. Specifically, researchers are studying how the constant interruptions that accompany internet-enabled computer use affect productivity. Most adults can understand why there is a concern. We sit down to compose a letter or complete a presentation and it isn’t long before we hear the "ping" of a new email that has been delivered. No matter if the email is important or simply amusing, before long we realize that we just took a 10-minute tech detour from the task at hand.

In an article in the New York Times published this summer, Matt Richtel wrote, “While many people say that multitasking makes them more productive, research shows otherwise. Heavy multitaskers actually have more trouble focusing and shutting out irrelevant information…and they experience more stress. And scientists are discovering that even after the multitasking ends, fractured thinking and lack of focus persist.”

It seems highly plausible that there is good and bad that goes along with the digital landscape in which we live. For the sake of young people, I am interested in ensuring that parents and guardians make the effort to understand how their child is using their computer, smart phone or whatever new “connected” device comes down the road.

I have already heard that some members of Class VI are not getting to sleep until midnight! While some of this is typical and has to do with the adjustment to a new school and learning how to meet new expectations, I also believe that part of the problem stems from time-wasting activities on the computer and the World Wide Web. In the Middle School at Nobles, games, YouTube and social networking sites are against the rules. This is, in part, to avoid inappropriate content, but it is primarily to attempt to make sure that they are using their time at school wisely. At home, you’ll need to pick up the chase, set the rules and police your policies. Some suggestions about how to approach the task:
 

* Start by evaluating what is going on. Talk to your child to see if he or she believes that s/he is wasting time with technology. (Hint: just because they say “no” is not necessarily an indication that they don’t waste time.) If they acknowledge that they waste time, try to learn which activities waste the most time. Usual suspects will include: the “chat” feature on NoblesNet, iChat on the Macintosh, frivolous NoblesNet email, web-based games, Facebook and other social networking sites, fantasy football and other sports-based fantasy games.

* If you want a comprehensive look at how computer time is being spent, there are both free and pay versions of a program called “RescueTime” which will record and chart computer usage and will make some educated guesses about whether it was time well spent or not. (If you go this route, I would be fascinated to hear what you learn!)

After understanding what is going on, create a game plan and set some rules. If it becomes obvious that your child is inefficiently multitasking and/or procrastinating on the web, agree on some strategies to attempt to ameliorate the problem. What tasks can (and should) be done with the computer shut down? If your child always says, for example, that they are online to get a homework assignment from a friend, why is that the case? How can the student make sure that they come home with the assignment written down and obviate the need for the chat or email to a peer?

How about using a good old paper dictionary instead of the online version? If “research” is needed, how about having the student create the list of questions and takes 15 minutes to just research and find the answers online. She can print what is most helpful and then turn off the computer and start planning the assignment.

Make sure that email and chat features are turned off when the student is writing a paper. Many students will shut off their “airport” (wireless signal) when they are writing a paper.

It takes a great deal of discipline to avoid the technology time-traps. (Honesty moment: since I’ve been writing this document, I have checked my email three… O.K. four! times.) The dividends, however, which include better quality work and healthy sleep habits, are substantial.

While “unplugging” provides a healthy respite from the web, adults need to acknowledge that the digital distractions will only become more pervasive. Parents and guardians must work to ensure that young people understand the implications of the constant interruptions and help their children avoid them.

A Somber But Important Anniversary by Erika Guy, Dean of Students



On or around September 26 each year I request some Assembly time to address the school community. September 26 marks an anniversary that I would sooner choose to forget but one that I cannot and will not ignore. Each year, I mark and publicly honor the day. Sadly, on September 26, 1991, a student in the Nobles community took her own life. She was a junior, a beautiful young woman on the threshhold of her own life. Her tragic decision on that day shaped the lives of so many who knew her and cared for and about her. Her tragic reasoning, which took her from us forever, echoes the reasoning that is often the territory of adolescents.

I usually mark the anniversary of her death by speaking to the students about her, allowing them in some small and remote way to know her. That young woman died because she believed that there was no relief possible for the relentless pain she felt. She had so little life experience that she felt there was no way out. Adolescents, by dint of their age, are life-experience “deficient”. They have not yet amassed enough experience working through disappointment, defeat and heartache to know that the challenges life throws at them are survivable. It is a sad fact that each year in the U.S. thousands of teens commit suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds (from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry website).

Adolescents experience strong feelings during this period of their lives: stress, confusion, self-doubt, pressure to succeed, fear of disappointing, financial uncertainty, loneliness, etc. The primary message I share with students at Assembly is that the community here at Nobles is very special. It includes countless layers of support for them. From the students sitting beside them, to their classroom teachers, their advisors, their coaches, our counseling staff and the class deans, this community is filled with people who care. All students need to do is reach out and tell someone. They should never feel devoid of options. The bottom line message from me was the mantra that guides much of what I do: Never Worry Alone.

Thanks for reading,
Erika Guy

From Community Service



“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
- Margaret Mead

Work at the Afternoon Program service sites has begun. A group of students are back tutoring math at Roxbury Preparatory School. This collaborative program is in its 10th year. Another group is working at Community Servings in Jamaica Plain preparing meals that will be delivered to neighbors homebound with HIV/AIDS and other acute life-threatening illnesses. A third group is getting to know some senior citizens in Needham and mentoring local children with the Buddies Program. We are also beginning a pilot math-tutoring program at a local elementary school.

The role of each student at times may seem minor to the larger effort, but each afternoon spent helping others contributes toward a larger goal: the commitment to building community by serving others.

Building community through service drives the following list of events. Consider joining the effort.

Friday, Oct. 8 - Walk a mile with Dan Cummings to better the lives of those with spinal cord Injuries. More information at www.journey-forward.org. This event is at 11 a.m., located at 755 Dedham Street, Canton, Mass.

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16 - Nobles Yard Sale. The Nobles Parents' Association sponsors this event to be benefit the Nobles Scholarship and Faculty Enrichment funds. Donations are welcome and volunteers are needed to set up and work at the sale. Contact Geneva Thorndike at gthorndike@comcast.net or Barbara Ito at itokatz@aol.com for more details.

Sunday, Oct. 17 - 5K Miles of Hope Road Race at the Cotting School, Lexington, Mass.
The race is a benefit for Wings of Hope, Cotting's sister school in Haiti. The school/orphanage for children with severe special needs was destroyed on Jan. 12, 2010, by the earthquake that devasted the country. Cotting School President Dave Manzo visited Nobles last year to introduce us to this unique place. For more info, visit www.cottingschool.org.

Thank you,
Louis Barassi and Linda Hurley

Multicultural Fair: Something for Everyone!



We want to express our thanks to all the participants of the Multicultural Fair. Parents, faculty members and students attended and contributed in so many different ways: setting up tables, cooking, preparing displays, contacting artistic performers or groups, sending in native costumes for the fashion show, sending donations, coordinating set up for the gym, promoting the fair or volunteering to help in many other ways. The support was phenomenal and the afternoon was enjoyable, fun and a great success. We enjoyed the diverse and rich cultural heritage of our families.

Thank you Nobles Community for making this event possible by getting together and making it happen! See you next year!

Miguel Ureña

Please, if you have some time, take the opportunity to browse through this web site: UNESCO: Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

Grandparents' Day Portrait Information



Portraits taken by Joel Haskell on Grandparents' Day will be available Oct. 6, 2010 to Jan. 31, 2011, to view and purchase online.

Please go to www.collages.net and enter Username: noblesgp10 and Password: 22507-92410. The portraits are sorted by location of where the portrait was taken and time the portrait was taken.

Any questions please contact Allie Trainor in the Development Office at 781-320-7005 or allie_trainor@nobles.edu.

Class II Notes



Hello Class II Parents!

We hope you all have had a smooth transition into junior year. It is hard to believe we are through September. October is going to be a busy month – lots of fun and important dates to mark on your calendars.

The second Parents' Association Meeting for the year will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 8-10 a.m. in the Omni. We invite everyone to attend – your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

On Friday, Oct. 15, we hope everyone will attend the Class II Fall Cocktail Party from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Castle. It will be a great way to reconnect with class parents and have some fun. Please RSVP to the email invitation by October 8.

The Nobles Yard Sale will be held this year on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16, in the Omni. Donations and volunteers are still welcome and needed.

On the academic front, the PSATs will be administered at Nobles for Class II students on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 8 a.m. in the MAC.

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the Nobles College Counselors will discuss the "College Process" for all Class II parents. The meeting will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in Towles Auditorium. This will be our first introduction to the college process and it is wonderfully informative.

A few important reminders for the end of the month: Monday, Oct. 25, is Comment Writing day and there will be no classes for students.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Nobles Night, Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the MAC's Rappaport Gym. Nobles Night is a wonderful, festive social event for the entire Nobles adult community – not to be missed!

We look forward to seeing all of you during this busy and fun month. As always, please feel free to call or email us with any questions.

Your Class II Parent Representatives,
Lynn Gilbert - lynngil@hotmail.com
Lisa Soule - esoule@comcast.net

From the Nobles Theatre Collective



This fall, the Nobles Theatre Collective (NTC) presents Metamorphoses, based on the Myths by Ovid, written by Mary Zimmerman. Performances are scheduled for Nov. 10 and 11, at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. only. We look forward to seeing many of you then.

Below is a synopsis of the play from Todd Morton, Acting Director of Theatre:

Metamorphoses, a retelling of classical Greek mythology, mixes the ancient stories of pathos and tragedy with contemporary language, humor and thought. The play offers a compassionate view of the human condition. In Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, we witness the transformative power of love, redemption and forgiveness in the stories of Midas, Orpheus and Eurydice, Eros and Psyche and others, all enacted in a unique and memorable stage set. The play was performed on Broadway and won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director.

A New York Times reviewer wrote, “Ms. Zimmerman makes an ardent and eloquent case for the importance of a personal mythology that gives order to the chaos of suffering.”

We are pleased to recommend this production for new and experienced theatergoers of all ages. Information on tickets and performance length will be available at www.nobles.edu by early November.

Lisa Pisano at collinspisano@comcast.net
Miguel Urena at aumi@verizon.net
NTC Reps

Sources used for this article:
http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsZ/zimmerman-mary.html
http://www.amazon.com/Metamorphoses-Play-Mary-Zimmerman

Middle School Notes



It was great to see so many of you at Back to School Night and at the Middle School Parents’ Coffee. Many thanks to those who have already signed up to volunteer for our activities. If you have not done so, and would be interested in participating, please click here to complete your volunteer form online (also located in the password-protected parents pages) or return the hard copy to Maryanne MacDonald.

We also want to express our gratitude to all of the participants in the Multicultural Fair. Parents, faculty, staff and students attended and contributed in so many different ways: setting up tables, cooking, preparing displays, contacting artistic performers or groups, sending in native costumes for the fashion show, sending donations, coordinating set up for the gym, promoting the fair or volunteering to help in many other ways. The excitement and support was extraordinary and the afternoon was fun and a great success. We enjoyed the diverse and rich cultural heritages of the families. Thank you to the Nobles community for getting together and making it a wonderful day!

We are planning a Middle School Parent Fall Social (noted below) and we hope you can come and get to know a few more faces! Another annual event is the Thanksgiving Pie Drive. This is a Middle School fundraiser and community service event that takes place in November, but planning begins now! Please bring your ideas to the October planning meeting.

We hope you have had the chance to read through the “Unofficial Guide to Nobles,” and have found it helpful! For new families, it is posted on the Nobles website in the password-protected parents section. Information on accessing the private parents page was included in your folder on Back to School Night. In addition, since most information is delivered electronically, please be sure and check/read all emails and refer to http://www.nobles.edu for the latest information. Please contact your PA reps if we can answer your questions.


Important Dates for October

• Monday, Oct. 11 - Columbus Day, school closed.

• Wednesday, Oct. 13 - Parents' Association Meeting. Omni Rink from 8:15-9:30 a.m. Please note that the venue for the meeting has changed, and that we will gather at the Omni instead – not the Castle. Bob Henderson, our very own Head of School, will be our guest speaker – be sure not to miss this event!

• Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16 - Nobles Yard Sale for Scholarships. The Yard Sale is just around the corner. Please donate your best stuff and volunteer to help sort and set up! It's a great way to clean out your house and get to know other Nobles families. Plenty of opportunities remain if you want to get involved. Contact Yard Sale Co-chairs Barbara Ito or Genie Thorndike for further details or to volunteer. Thank you!

• Saturday, Oct. 16 - Admissions Fall Open House, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Urge your friends and neighbors with Nobles-aged children to come!

• Monday, Oct. 18 - Middle School Long Advisor Meeting, 2:30-4 p.m. Middle School students will not have their Afternoon Program on this day. Plan to pick up your student from the Pratt Middle School at 4 p.m.

•Reminder to Middle School parents to save the date - Friday, Oct. 22, for the Fall Middle School Parents Social. It will take place in the Castle from 7-10 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact one of the Middle School Parent Representatives. Watch for an invitation in your mail.

•The Annual Middle School Pie Drive will take place in November. Stay tuned for the first volunteer planning meeting in October.

• Monday, Oct. 25 - Comment Writing Day, no school. There will be an evening lecture on Mon., Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lawrence Auditorium. Sponsored by PIN (Parents' Independent School Network), this year's topic is a timely one - bullying. Featured speaker Dr. Robin D’Antona is an expert in this area and one of the architects of the recent House bill on the subject. Open to all!

•There is no Afternoon Program on Tuesday Oct. 26, due to an all-school faculty meeting. But, we are looking for volunteers to be Time Gap Chaperones (a.k.a “Gap Chap”) from 4–5 p.m. Occasionally, when all faculty are in meetings during the school day, parents can be a huge help—keeping a passive eye of supervision on the students. You can bring a book or another parent to keep you company!

• Wednesday, Oct. 27 - Individual advisor/advisee meetings to discuss first quarter grades/comments. No Afternoon Program for Middle School. Meetings start at 1:45 p.m. and your child will be dismissed after his/her advisor meeting.

• Thursday, Oct. 28 - Nobles Night, 6:30-9:30 p.m. This is a festive evening to celebrate Nobles (for adults only!). Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Morrison Athletic Center. Guests welcome.

• Friday, Oct. 29 - All School Halloween Dance, 7-10 p.m. at the Castle.

Class V Reps
Anu Gulati (anu.gulati3@gmail.com)
Heather Zink (hjzink@mac.com)

Class VI Reps
Carol Taiclet (taiclet@comcast.net)
Heather Woodworth (hcwood45@yahoo.com)

Parents' Independent School Network (PIN)



The annual open PIN lecture will take place in October. "Bullying Prevention: What Parents Need to Know," will be presented on Monday, October 25, at 7:15 p.m. in Lawrence Auditorium.

The topic is relevant to all of us - all schools, faculty and parents. Incidents are much more commonplace than those that make headlines. The speaker, Robin D'Antona, is a noted authority.

This lecture moves yearly to schools throughout New England. This year Nobles is proud to host. Our school has reserved a number of seats for our parent community in the hopes that many of us will attend, so please put it on your calendars now. Please also note that there are no classes that day (Faculty Comment Writing Day). Parents and faculty of all PIN member schools are invited to this event. Please come!

PIN (the Parents' Independent School Network) will hold several other lectures throughout the year. Watch this space for announcements and summaries. They are generally not open to parents, but if you have a special interest, let us know.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your 2010-'11 PIN reps.

Lee Collins at leemail4@mac.com or Leslie Becker at lesliebecker@att.net

A Climbing Success



A small group of parents enjoyed a wonderful mid-Sept. outing at Blue Hills Mountain. Look for announcements and emails about upcoming PA outings. From left: Fiona Roman, Patricia Cavanaugh, Elaine Farley, Laurie Donnelly, Carolyn Perelmuter, Lisa Henderson, Jeanine Vazza, Rebecca Hunnewell, Carla Small. Photo taken by Jill Dalby Ellison.

Asbestos Removal Policy



In compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act S763.84, (AHERA), Noble and Greenough School has been inspected for friable materials which contain asbestos. Any materials found which were accessible to our general population have been removed.

If you wish to review our asbestos management plan, a copy is available in the Operation Office in the Building and Ground Department.

From the PA Co-Chairs




Class I Notes



September was a busy month for Class I parents with College Night and Back to School Night for the parents and a Surprise Breakfast for Class I students on September 10. The students enjoyed a nice breakfast thanks to the many donations we received, along with the many people on hand who volunteered their time to help us set up and serve. Thank you so much for making it so successful and enjoyable.

October promises to be as engaging. Later in the month, we will be busy planning the Class I Surprise Halloween Lunch scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29. We would love your help and participation in planning and hosting this event. As soon as a meeting time and venue are confirmed, we will let you know. Please watch your Friday e-mails for an update. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Yvette Shakespeare - YVShake@aol.com
Amy McLaughlin-Hatch - yogaamy@comcast.net
Lori Giandomenico - LGiando@verizon.net

The 2010 Yard Sale for Scholarships



The 2010 Yard Sale for Scholarships is upon us! We are taking donations at the Bliss Omni and Flood Rink from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Oct. 12. We are in need of sporting goods, especially bicycles, as well as home goods, art work and clothing, and, of course, all other treasures from your house - we will take everything and anything in good condition! Click HERE for a Yard Sale FAQ page and a link to download the 2010 tax-deduction form for donations.

This year we are including a "dress-code appropriate" section for all those khakis, polos and corduroys that every family needs. We have a "designer" section as well, so please donate your best stuff! And don't forget to shop - the Nobles community can shop on Friday, Oct. 15 from noon to 5 p.m. the day before the sale opens to the public.

And last but not least, we are including a bake sale this year! We need volunteers to sort, sell, price and bake! Please come, meet other parents and work for a great cause - scholarships! For more information, please contact Barbara Ito at ItoKatz@aol.com or Genie Thorndike at Gthorndike@comcast.net.

Class III Notes



Dear Class III Parents and Guardians,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Parents' Coffee last week. Thank you especially to Tara Cocozza for stopping by to spend some time with us. Thank you also to those of you who have completed a volunteer form. It’s not too late to get involved and we welcome your participation! Please send us an email or click here to complete the volunteer form online.

A reminder that any items you would like to donate to the Nobles Yard Sale can now be dropped off at the Bliss Omni rink. Donations are greatly appreciated and all proceeds from the yard sale support scholarships and faculty enrichment at Nobles.

"Class III Parent Forum: Understanding the Cognitive Leap and What It Means For You and Your Child" is on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Morrison Forum.

The Class III Parent Social is on Friday, Nov. 5 from 7-10 p.m. in the Castle. You will need to RSVP for this event online, so please watch the weekly emails for further information about the link becoming available on the Parent Calendar. We hope to see you all there!

October is another busy month at Nobles. Please mark your calendars with the events listed below:

* Monday, Oct. 11 – Columbus Day, school closed.
* Wednesday, Oct. 13 – Parents’ Association Meeting, 8-10 a.m. the Bliss Omni Rink. Head of School Bob Henderson will be the speaker. All are welcome to attend.
* Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16 – Nobles Yard Sale.
* Monday, Oct. 25 – Comment Writing Day, no classes for students.
* Monday, Oct. 25 – Parent Independent Network (PIN) event at Nobles – Topic is bullying. Talk begins at 6:30 p.m. in Lawrence.
* Thursday, Oct. 28 – Nobles Night, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Rappaport Gym.
Nobles Night is a festive celebration for the entire Nobles adult community. RSVP on the Parent Calendar.
* Friday, Oct. 29 – Halloween Dance, 7-10 p.m., The Castle. This event is just for Nobles students.

Please remember to regularly check the Parent Calendar on the parent-protected pages of the Nobles website for updates. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.

Best regards,

Kris Ganong - ganongfamily@verizon.net
Valerie Kolligian Thayer - vkolligian@aol.com

Class IV Notes



Dear Class IV Parents and Guardians,

What a great turnout for our first fall parents' events! It was wonderful to welcome so many new friends (and to reconnect with old ones) at the welcome dinner and fall social, as well as the Back to School Night in September. Our children seem to be transitioning well into freshman year, also making new friends and keeping up with old ones. Many thanks to those of you who have completed your volunteer forms or contacted us via e-mail offering to help. We appreciate it and welcome your participation. There’s still time - send us an e-mail or click here to complete the volunteer form online.

October promises to be another busy month – please mark your calendars with the events listed below. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
 

* Wednesday, Oct. 6 – Class IV Coffee, Castle Study, 8:15-9 a.m.
* Monday, Oct. 11 – Columbus Day - School Closed.
Wednesday, Oct. 13 – Parents' Association Meeting, The Omni, 8:15-9:30 a.m.
* Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16 – Nobles Yard Sale, Bliss Omni, 10 a.m.
* Monday, Oct. 25 – Comment Writing Day, No classes.
* Thursday, Oct. 28 – Nobles Night, The MAC, 6:30 p.m. This is NOT a student event. A festive evening to celebrate Nobles.

Warmly,
Betsy M. Allen – mother of Jason - allenlawgroup@aol.com
Kathy Fitzgerald – mother of Audra & Julia - katkiss1@comcast.net
Suzie Montgomery – mother of Max - s.montgomery33@comcast.net
 

From the Parents' Association Co-Chairs



We hope everyone is settling into the school routine! The Multicultural Fair kicked off the month on Oct. 1 — thanks to all the volunteers who made it such a success!

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, Oct. 13, the second Parents’ Association meeting of the year. All are welcome to come and hear Head of School Bob Henderson address the parent community. Join us at the Omni Hockey Rink for this meeting and please stay afterwards if you can; we will be organizing Yard Sale donations and you can get a sneak preview! Don’t forget to bring your own donations preferably on or before this date (donations can be dropped off starting October 1).

The Yard Sale opens on Friday, Oct. 15. Come find bargains when you pick up your children that Friday afternoon — there will be pizza and baked goods available. The Yard Sale continues on Saturday, Oct. 16, when it is open to the public, so please tell your friends and neighbors. Proceeds from the sale support the Nobles Scholarship Fund and Faculty Enrichment.

Although Monday, Oct. 25 is Comment Writing Day and there is no school, Nobles is hosting a PIN (Parents’ Independent School Network) lecture on bullying prevention at 7:15 p.m. in Lawrence Auditorium that evening. We hope you can attend.

Finally, Nobles Night is Thursday, October 28, at the MAC. It is a festive celebration for adults only.

Warmly,
Fiona Roman (fififi@verizon.net) and Melanie Mace (momsj894@aol.com)
Parents’ Association Co-Chairs

Yearbook Ad Workshop for Parents



Yearbook will be offering two workshops for parents who would like guidance putting together an ad for their seniors. The workshops will be held on Oct. 12 and Oct. 21, in Shattuck Room 113, 7-8:30 p.m. Please contact Violet Richard at 781-320-7189 or violet@nobles.edu for more information.

Class II Dean: Brian Day



The school year is off to an excellent start. It is amazing how quickly everyone seems to adapt from the slower pace of the summer months to the quickened pace of the school year. There is obviously a period of adjustment that everyone goes through, but I haven’t seen any students who have had much difficulty adjusting to the demands of the academic rigors. If that changes for any of our students, we will be sure to let you know.

As the students have returned to Nobles and have begun their Class II experience, one of my hopes for them is that they will become even better advocates for themselves than they previously have been. First of all, I hope that the students will feel that they have the opportunity to speak with their teachers about anything that may be troubling them. Since my first day at Nobles, I have been incredibly impressed with the level of commitment that the faculty demonstrates toward the students. As a result, no student should ever worry about seeking extra help from a teacher. And if a student feels overwhelmed with work, s/he should meet with his/her teacher to see if there is anything that can be done to help alleviate the stress that s/he is feeling. Of course, the student’s advisor and I will help anyone with this as well, but my hope is that each student feels confident enough to serve as his/her own primary advocate.

Additionally, my hope for the students is that they understand they will only be able to work to their fullest potential if they are as well rested as possible. I recognize that the students have a lot to do, but they need to understand that there comes a time each day when the best thing that they can do for themselves is to get their rest. And, of course, eating a well-balanced diet will contribute to their overall health. Finally, what they do on the weekend has a profound impact. Oftentimes, the weekend can serve as an opportunity to catch up on the rest that they may not have gotten during a particularly busy week. My hope for the students is that they will use the weekends to catch up on sleep and not exhaust themselves to the point where they are forced to catch up on rest during the week.

In conclusion, my hope for the students is that they realize they are empowered to better their lives and those around them. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to meet this class and am excited to have the opportunity to work with the students throughout the year. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Enjoy the autumn months.

Sincerely yours,
Brian Day
Class II Dean

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