Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

September 2010

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter September 2010

Class I Deans' Report

Welcome back! We hope that you had a wonderful summer and that you are ready to start a new school year. Having both taught this class in HHC, we find it hard to believe that they are now about to start their final year at Nobles.

As Class I Co-Deans, we are excited for the upcoming school year and all that awaits. We both had fulfilling time off. Meghan had a relaxing summer, spending time in both Maine and on the Cape. She also moved into the dorms in August and will be one of the house parents. Nahyon went on the Japan trip with 10 students in mid-June and July, and was recently married in California. We both feel refreshed to start the new school year and to help the seniors set the tone as the new leaders of the Nobles community.

We will help students kickoff their Class I year at the annual retreat held at Camp Bournedale. Every year the goal of the retreat is to give students time to reconnect with their classmates after the summer, enjoy time with each other, and help them think about the tone they want to set for the school year. Students will engage in a successful program which focuses around the theme “Telling Our Stories.” By sharing their stories, we believe that students will learn more about one another and as a result have stronger relationships and become even better leaders. In addition to the stories, we will provide time for students to set personal goals for the school year and give a presentation of the “Nuts and Bolts of the College Application Process.” It sounds like a packed schedule, but there will be plenty of time for them to hang out, relax, and have fun before the busy fall begins.

Your seniors have many new things about which to be to be excited. In just a few short days, they will have a fresh schedule, a line-up of different teachers with higher expectations, an altered Assembly seat, and new leadership roles to assume. With everything new comes some anxiety and we think we can all agree that this fall will be quite stressful at times for our Class I students as they will have to balance their academic, extracurricular and social commitments with the foreign terrain of the college application process. Because all that comes with senior year can be daunting, we want to remind you that your son and daughter(s) will be well supported. Throughout the fall, a good portion of Class Meetings will be dedicated to helping them stay on task. However, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call one of us, the College Counseling Office or the Student Life Team.

We would also like to give a big thank you to the Class I parent representatives Lori Giandomenico, Yvette Shakespeare, and Amy McLaughlin-Hatch who have already been busy planning for the year ahead. I am sure they will be in touch with you soon about upcoming senior events.

Finally, we look forward to seeing you at Back-to-School Night on September 21, if not before then. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this dynamic, creative and very talented senior class.

Meghan Cleary Hamilton and Nahyon Lee

Considering Our Mission By Robert Henderson Jr. '76, Head of School

The news story that dominated the summer was the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I am part of the shrinking demographic that daily watches the evening television news. Yet it got to the point in July that even my high tolerance for the persistent negativity of the network reports wore thin – I just found the images of the Gulf as a chemical sewer too hard to take night after night. Regardless of your views about this issue (who is responsible, who should be compensated, and what it means about energy and the environment), the relentless pictures of birds and shorelines caked in sludge were highly depressing. Indeed, there are innumerable disturbing images to which our children are subjected in the media, covering the full range of atrocities on the planet. Moreover, there are more media than ever to consume, all of which contribute to the din of information. The impression of a world that is fractured environmentally, politically and ethically is more overwhelming than ever. There is great irony in the observation that with vastly more data readily available than at any time in human history, there seems to be scant access to wisdom, and confidence in our institutions is at a record low.

I apologize for opening the school year on such a grim note because my point is actually a hopeful one in terms of our mission as a school and our shared responsibility with you as parents. This summer I was privileged to attend a discussion among school heads led together by political pundits, and married couple, James Carville and Mary Matalin. We have all likely seen these two sparring (Carville on the left and Matalin on the right) on the issues over the years, but what struck me more than their differences in this forum was the obvious deep respect and admiration these two hold for each other. While many of their erudite disagreements make for entertaining and provocative theater, I was much more intrigued by the essential points on which they agreed. Years ago they fled the “toxic political culture of Washington” for New Orleans, where they have raised their children. They are independent school parents, a choice they made because, as Matalin said, of the counterweight this education provides against the forces of negativity in the world. They both argued that the recent downturn in the economy provides a critical lesson that great schools will teach with courage; that we must seek to live our personal and professional lives with a strong sense of accountability, honor, respect, integrity and grace. Matalin opined, “We need to send our children off with this armor,” because these are the most important '21st century skills' with which we can equip them," to which Carville added, “If we are going to rebuild the country, it will be with the children in your schools.”

I was recently at a dinner attended by several older graduates of the school and their spouses. There was a question and answer session wherein I was peppered with queries underpinned by doubts about the virtue and potential of today’s young people, living in and consuming a debilitating popular culture. I was forced to disagree sharply. In fact, I find teenagers today to be delightful, and more engaging and determined to do right in the world than at any time in my career. There is immense promise and optimism in our students, along with the will and fortitude to tackle the most intractable problems. Our challenge, as a school in partnership with you as parents, is to help our young men and women to develop the qualities of character and intellect necessary to make a positive difference in whatever fields they choose to pursue; to elevate public discourse though their ability to think, reflect and articulate; to discover and foster the ethical imperative to act for purposes beyond self-interest; and to answer the call to service. Last year we restated the school mission statement in a way that embraces this challenge; the first sentence remains our daily inspiration in this endeavor - “Noble and Greenough School is a rigorous academic community dedicated to inspiring leadership for the public good.”

As we renew the undertaking again this September, please accept my best wishes for a great school year, knowing that our future will be bright in the hands of the remarkable young men and women with whom we live and work every day.

Goal Setting and a New School Year by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

"Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory."
~Mahatma Gandhi

At the beginning of each school year I sit with each of my advisees, my class and my team and talk about the importance of setting goals for the coming year. Early in my career I would let students get away with simple and fairly obvious goals; “I want to get a B+ average” or “We want the team to make the New England Tournament” or “Get an A range grade in your class”. After a few years of accepting goals like that I wised up and forced those students to articulate specific actions they needed to take in order to achieve their goals – and I got better results; the students were more precise about steps they needed to take (“I need to see my teacher for extra help when I struggle with a topic.”). Engaging in those conversations was productive and I hope helped my advisee/student/player begin to think through what exact measures needed to be taken to maximize the chances of realizing one’s goals.

But it is only in recent years that I have tried to get students (and my own children) to distinguish between "outcome" goals and "process" goals. Most adolescents can easily and comfortably come up with realistic outcome goals – they are generally self aware about their strengths and limitations in a variety of forums. But many adolescents are really challenged to think not only about specific steps they need to take but also to think about what kind of overall process or approach they could take in order to accomplish their appropriate outcome goals. Examples of such process goals can range from "giving best effort in all endeavors" to "approaching my work with curiosity" to "getting to know my teachers – and letting them get to know me."

The world we live in at Nobles is one geared towards results – specific grades, wins/losses, college acceptances, etc. and students can find themselves so focused on the results that they (and we as parents) forget that there is value in the journey regardless of the destination (although, obviously, we need realistic destinations or "outcomes"). I’ve sensed a shift in recent years around increased attention being paid to outcomes and much less value being placed on process – and that is deeply concerning to me.

Now that my kids are in college, I more fully appreciate what the journey of Nobles meant for each of them (and they had very different experiences here) – and how that journey has prepared them extraordinarily well for what life is throwing at them now. As you sit down with your son or daughter (which I hope you will do) to talk about the upcoming year I’d encourage you to help her or him create some realistic outcome goals – but also to spend time talking about the process and approach it will take to get there. In the end, the learning that comes from "the process" (and trying to shape the process) will far outweigh the value of whatever "outcomes" might be hoped for.

Welcome back.

Class III Dean's Report

Welcome back! I hope that you had a restful summer and were able to spend quality time with your family and friends. As I said in my Retreat letter from earlier this summer, I am very excited to be working with Class III this year and am eager to continue my work with the students and with you. I feel fortunate that I know many of you well, and I look forward to continuing this journey together.

I am grateful that Kris Ganong and Valerie Thayer will join me as the Class III Parent Representatives and that Ali Grogan, Savannah Horton, Caleb Kirshner, and Cyrus Veyssi will join me as the Class III SLC Representatives. Please feel free to contact me, Kris, and/or Valerie if you have any questions and/or concerns as the year progresses - I strongly believe in maintaining open lines of communication, and I welcome your phone calls, e-mails, and visits!

Please join me in welcoming six new Class III students and their families to Nobles: Chris Calnan, Alexa Demirjian, Adam Gilmour, Connor Maher, Liam McClintock, and Hannah Nash. I know that the returning students will get to know these students better in the next few weeks, and I hope that you get to know them and their families over the course of the fall.

There are a few dates that I would like to highlight and get on your calendars now:

* Tuesday, September 21: Back-to-School Night (6 p.m.)
* Monday, October 25: Parent Education Kickoff: Dr. Robin D’Antona will speak on the topic of bullying (6:30 p.m. Lawrence Auditorium)
* Thursday, November 4: Class III Parent Forum: Understanding the Cognitive Leap
* Tuesday, November 16 & Wednesday, November 17: Advisor-Parent/Guardian Meetings (3-5:30 p.m.)

The pace of the fall can be somewhat frenetic at times, and students may feel overwhelmed initially by the increased workload, their new schedules, and their extracurricular commitments. I encourage you to reach out to me and to others in our community, including your child’s advisor, so that we can all work together during this time of transition and make it as smooth as possible. I wish you the best of luck in the first few weeks back to Nobles, and I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you on campus!

Tara Cocozza

Class III Notes

Dear Class III Parents:

We hope you all have enjoyed a nice summer and are rested and ready for the busy and exciting fall. We are your Class III Parent Representatives and we are looking forward to working with you in the year ahead. Our class has six new students this year. Please join us in welcoming them and their families to Nobles!

Below we have highlighted just a few of the important school and Class III dates for the year. Several of these events need volunteers and we encourage you to get involved in whatever way you feel comfortable. We will have sign-up sheets for these opportunities at Back-to-School Night and at our first parent coffee.

We also encourage you to regularly check the Nobles website,, for the entire school calendar and happenings throughout the year at Nobles.

Please do not hesitate to contact either of us at any time with any questions.

* First Day of Upper School Classes: September 8, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
* Fall Parents’ Association Social: September 11, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., the Castle
* Back-to-School Evening: September 21, 6:20 – 9:20 p.m.
* Grandparents' Day: September 24, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
* Class III Parent Coffee: September 28, 8 – 9:30 a.m., the Castle
* Multicultural Fair: October 1, 3 – 6:00 p.m., the MAC
* Class III Parent Fall Social: November 5, 7 – 10:00 p.m., the Castle
* Class III Parent Coffee: February 3, 8 – 9:30 a.m., the Castle
* Head of School Dinner Dance: February 12, the Castle. Snow date is March 5. This is an event hosted by Bob Henderson and is specifically for Class III students.

We look forward to seeing you all!!!

Kris Ganong -
Valerie Kolligian Thayer -

From Community Service

“The September 11 National Day of Service is fast becoming one of the most important and inspiring service days in America. The powerful idea behind it is to honor the memory of 9/11 with the most fundamental acts of citizenship possible: volunteering time to serve one another.” - From

September 11, 2010, marks the second annual National Day of Service. The student leaders of the Community Service Board (CSB) invite you to honor the day by pledging to join one of the many CSB-sponsored events and projects for the 2010-2011 year. The list is forming and will include many annual events co-sponsored by student clubs and organizations. Please check the weekly parent e-mail for specific dates and information.

* September 11 - Nobles Cross Country and student group Campuses Against Cancer will sponsor a FUN RUN/WALK to support Children’s Hospital. Contact Mark Sheeran or Marissa Shoji.

* September 12 - 2010 Jimmy Fund Walk. Volunteers (15) needed to work at Refueling Station #2 in Ashland. Hours are 5:45-10:30 a.m. Great for early risers. Contact Linda Hurley.

Many Upper School students spent time working on summer service projects. Please consider sharing the experience in Assembly, Class Meetings or during X-Block. Journals and evaluations should be submitted to the office by September 17, 2010.

We look forward to working with you. Your ideas are welcome and we appreciate your support.

Linda Hurley and Louis Barassi

Nobles Yard Sale for Scholarships

October 15 and 16

Back by popular demand, the Nobles Yard Sale will be held again this fall! Please clean out your closets, garages and basements and save us your BEST stuff! We are looking for gently used books, home goods, sports equipment, furniture, jewelry, toys and CLEAN clothing. We will start collecting contributions in the Bliss Omni Rink in October.

We are also looking for volunteers to sort, price and organize the week of October 11. It is a very fun event and a great way to meet other families. All proceeds benefit scholarships and faculty enrichment. Please come to our organizational meeting on Wednesday, September 22 at 8:15 a.m. in the Castle library.

Remember, Reduce, REUSE and recycle!

Thank you for your support!
Barbara Ito ( and Genie Thorndike (

Important Conversations by Bill Bussey, Provost

A number of years ago, I was meeting with a 10th-grade advisee who was mapping out his next two years at Nobles. He had grown more intellectually curious and focused during his sophomore year and, above all, he had wanted to build on his recent classroom accomplishments. He also had found some success as a point guard for the J.V. basketball team despite being one of the smallest players in the league. His superb hand/eye coordination, knowledge of the game, and quickness allowed him to outmaneuver the opposition. Yet, the odds were that his lack of strength and height would keep him from finding that same success at the next level.

The million dollar question was how best to broach this subject with him and his folks, if at all. For understandable reasons, a fair number of parents initially balk when an alternative approach, one that runs contrary to a specific plan or world view, is introduced as a viable solution by someone outside the family. It's an understandable reaction. Yet, sometimes parents and their children will put off engaging the school in an open, heartfelt conversation regarding a sensitive matter until reality or unexpected circumstances have forced the issue. As painful as some conversations might be, most of our students truly believe deep down that the adults in their life always have their best interests at heart; they weigh our every word and reaction despite often keeping us at arm’s length. While every situation with every student and family is unique, one thing is almost always true: most kids find it heartbreaking to fall short in the eyes of their parents.

Although timing is everything, being direct is often the best way to go. To my relief, my advisee eagerly explored other options, putting his eggs in a number of baskets. He loved playing basketball; the realization that he would not play as often, if at all, allowed reason to trump emotion. He dropped basketball and opted for squash where his hand/eye coordination would serve him well. It was also a sport, like golf and tennis, which he could play and enjoy for the rest of his life. The idea of getting to know a wider variety of classmates appealed to him, too, and during his junior year, he volunteered to write brief articles for the Nobleman. The following year he was selected to be an editor.

Yet, if this is about being honest and realistic, there were more than a few kids that year who also wanted to be an editor and didn’t get it. That’s just the reality of being at a school with many exceptionally talented students. How students and parents choose to respond to situations that fall short of their expectations not only can affect a community but it can also define it. In that respect, if no other, parents and students must accept the responsibility that fact requires of all of us. As adults, what we say to our children privately, how we approach their setbacks, how we frame the success of others resonates in ways that has a tremendous impact on the tone and culture of this community. When our children look back at their time here at Nobles, they won’t remember with much certainty many of the things that seem so important to them now. What they received in Algebra, or their win/loss record in tennis, or when exactly they completed their community service requirement will fade over time. Like those that came before them, your children will return long after they graduate to seek out the faculty members whose encouragement gave them both the comfort and confidence to approach their lives with a balanced, resilient perspective. Yet my hope is that many of them will also reach out to you, the parents of classmates who, many years before, also extended to them a level of kindness and respect that resonated in all the right ways.

Middle School Notes

Welcome to the 2010-'11 school year! Whether you are a returning family or new to Nobles, there is a lot to look forward to in the coming months. We are your Middle School Parent Reps and are responsible for keeping you informed of what’s going on in the Middle School and at Nobles. We will keep you informed of all the important events that will take place this year (including school meetings, volunteer opportunities and social events) through the Nobles Parent E-Newsletter, which you will receive via e-mail, and is also accessible through the Nobles website.

We are also responsible for helping to coordinate the many volunteer opportunities available to parents at Nobles. (Click here for the Middle School Volunteer Form.) You can also access the MS Volunteer Form in the password-protected Parents' Section of the website, along with other all-school volunteer opportunities under the tab “Volunteer at Nobles.” Parent participation is strongly encouraged and is also a great way for both new and returning parents to meet other families.

Here are some important September dates:

Tuesday, Sept. 7: Class VI and V Retreat

Class V Drop-off by 7:40 a.m. at the Pratt Middle School (MS). Pick up at 4:30 p.m. at the Morrison Athletic Center (MAC)

Class VI Drop off by 7:55 a.m. at the Pratt Middle School (MS). Pick up at 4:30 p.m. at the Morrison Athletic Center (MAC)

Wednesday, Sept. 8: Class VI and V Retreat

Drop off by 7:55 a.m. (at the latest!) at the MS. This is the first all-school Assembly day and students are required to be in their Assembly seats by 8 a.m. sharp. Pick up at 4:30 p.m. at the MAC.

Thursday, Sept. 9: No School - Rosh Hashanah

Friday, Sept 10: This is the first day of classes for all MS students.

Drop off by 7:45 a.m. Dress code will be in effect so please review the “Dress Code Do’s and Don’ts” ( First day of Afternoon Program. Pick up at 3:45 p.m. at the MS.

Saturday, Sept. 11: Nobles Parents' Association Fall Social. 6:30-9 p.m. in the Castle.

Tuesday, Sept. 14: The first Parents' Association meeting. 8 a.m. in the Castle Library. This is a great way to get involved and learn more about volunteer opportunities at Nobles.

Tuesday, Sept. 21: Back-to-School Night, 6-9:15 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 24: Grandparents' Day

Thursday, Sept. 30: MS Parent Coffee. 8 a.m. in the Castle Library. This is another great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, and learn more about how you can become involved at Nobles.

Please review with your MS student the “Middle School Discipline Procedure” and John Gifford’s July letter, which contains some useful "nuts and bolts" for the beginning of school. The “Unofficial Guide to Nobles” is also a very helpful tool to review. It is accessible on the Nobles website in the password-protected parents section in the “Parent Association Corner.”

We look forward to seeing returning parents and meeting new parents in September. Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding the above dates or life in the Nobles MS.

Anu Gulati ( - Class V
Heather Zink ( - Class V
Carol Taiclet ( – Class VI
Heather Woodworth ( - Class VI

Welcome from the PA Co-Chairs

Welcome to the 2010-'11 school year! We hope you’ll join us as we kick off the school year on Saturday, Sept. 11, with a Parents’ Back-to-School Social. The social is a casual and relaxing way for new and returning parents to meet one another and a great way to reacquaint ourselves with old friends. It is sure to be a spirited evening.

All Nobles parents and guardians are automatically members of the Nobles Parents’ Association or “PA.” The PA plays many roles at Nobles but most importantly it is our goal to help Nobles’ families feel welcomed and integral to the everyday workings of our school. We encourage you to take advantage of the myriad opportunities for parental involvement at Nobles — they are a great way to carve out your own relationship with the place that very quickly becomes a second home to your children.

There are volunteer opportunities at Nobles for all, whether you have lots or just a little time. To find your niche, log on to the Nobles website (, top right-hand corner) and peruse the Parents’ password-protected section for descriptions of volunteer opportunities and to download or submit volunteer forms. To accomplish this, you will need your username and password. New families should have received this in a mailing earlier this summer. Returning families already have usernames and passwords. (If you have any problem with this, please contact

The fall at Nobles is bustling with activity. Don’t miss the Parent Class Representative(s) respective letters in the Class Notes section of this monthly E-Newsletter. Also, each week, Upper School parents receive a Friday e-mail from Judith Merritt and Middle School parents receive a Tuesday e-mail from Maryanne MacDonald. There will also be a periodic Monday e-mail, “This Week at Nobles,” that will highlight events of the week that you won’t want to miss! Finally, get in the habit of a daily check to the Nobles website for afternoon program news, athletic schedules, updates to the school calendar, etc.

Please join us for our first Parents’ Association Meeting of the year on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 8:15 a.m. in the Castle Library. Alex Gallagher, Director of Athletics, will be talking about health and wellness for our student athletes. Learn about the PA’s parent outings, ask questions about the upcoming year, and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with old and new friends.

Mark your calendar with these other key dates:

• Back to School Evening, Tuesday, Sept. 21, when you will have the opportunity to experience your child’s school day in an abbreviated form.
• Grandparents’ Day, Friday, Sept. 24, a wonderful day that spans the ages. Volunteer and you will be able to experience the true joys of the sandwich generation; just fill out the Grandparents' Day volunteer form in the Parents’ password-protected section of the website.

With warmest regards,
Melanie Mace ( and Fiona Roman (
Parents’ Association Co-Chairs

Nobles Night - Save the Date! Thurs., Oct. 28, 2010

Join Us for a Festive Evening to Celebrate Nobles!
Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

Please Note: This is NOT a student event

Class II Notes

We hope that you have all enjoyed the warm summer months and are now looking forward to the beginning of another school year. It is hard to believe that our sons and daughters only have two years remaining at Nobles! Class II year is a very busy one for both students and parents, and as your Class Representatives, we will keep you informed of all the important events that will take place this year, including school meetings, volunteer opportunities and social events. With that in mind, please mark your calendars for several upcoming events.

* Saturday evening, Sept. 11, is the Parents' Fall Social. We hope you will join us from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Castle to reconnect with old friends and also to meet some new parents in our community.
* The first Parents' Association Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 8 a.m. in the Castle Study. Your questions, opinions and suggestions are always welcome.
* On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Back-to-School Night will be held from 6:00 – 9:15 p.m. Please note that in the past this event has been held on Saturday morning.
* On Friday, Sept. 24, we welcome all grandparents and special family members to Grandparents' Day. Details and information were sent to families in August.
* We will be having our Class II Fall Dinner on Friday, October 15, in the Castle. Look for an invitation and more details in September.
* On Tuesday, October 19, there will be a College Counseling Orientation in Towles Auditorium for all Class II parents.

Additionally, the Nobles Yard Sale will be held on Oct. 15 & 16. Volunteers are needed to set up during the week prior to the sale as well as on sale day.

We look forward to seeing many of you back on campus during the next few weeks and, as always, feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions.

Your Class II Parent Representatives,

Lynn Gilbert -
Lisa Soule -

Get Involved! Volunteer at Nobles

Please take a moment to peruse the volunteer opportunities at Nobles by visiting the Volunteer & Volunteer Forms pages on the web. You can also visit, input your username and password in the upper right hand corner of the homepage and visit the Parents' Association Corner in the password-protected Parents' section. Here you will find descriptions of volunteer opportunities and can submit volunteer forms. If you have any questions, contact Elaine Farley at

Nobles Theatre Collective

Welcome back! We hope you had a great summer! The Nobles Theatre Collective (NTC) would like to extend a warm welcome to new families.

During the 2010-'11 school year, the NTC produces three mainstage shows, as well as a student-directed and Middle School production.

* The fall mainstage play, Metamorphoses, based on the Myths by Ovid, written by Mary Zimmerman, will be performed November 10-13.
* The winter mainstage play, Big Love, written by Charles Mee, will be performed February 23-26.
* The spring musical, the title of which is yet to be announced, will be performed May 17-21.
* Also, the student-directed plays will be performed February 3 & 4 and the Middle School play will be performed February 17 & 18.

There are many ways to get involved and to meet members of the Nobles community, including organizing family potlucks, providing snacks for participants, helping to sell refreshments at intermission and/or ushering. If you would like to volunteer, or have any questions, please contact the 2010-'11 NTC reps, Lisa Pisano at or Miguel Urena at Also, click here to access the NTC volunteer form (found under Parent Volunteer Forms on the Parents' private, password-protected page of the Nobles website.)

Here's to a great start of the school year. We are very excited to be a part of the NTC team and working with all of you.

Thank you,
Lisa Pisano and Miguel Urena

Class IV Notes

Welcome Class IV Parents!

This week, new and returning students will join to form what we hope and believe will be a very cohesive, civic-minded, serious (yet fun) Class IV Community. Awkwardness is guaranteed. Challenges will abound. New friendships will slowly form and old ones will be tested. We - Betsy, Kathy and Suzie - are thrilled to be your Class Representatives for the 2010-2011 school year. We are three of the myriad sources of support and help you will have at Nobles.

We all know that the transition from middle to high school will be a stressful one. After all, this is the year when our children will be told that grades begin to truly matter. What they do this year and in the next three years will undoubtedly impact their lives in countless ways. While we know that they will be hard at work and performing to the best of their abilities, we also hope to make it a fun and memorable year for them as well.

We will make it a singular goal for all Class IV parents to get to know each other as well as the students with whom their children interact. To that end, let us kick off this year together at our Class IV Dinner on Sept. 7, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the MAC. This casual social event is for parents to come together, share information and get acquainted or re-acquainted. Come greet old friends and make new ones after the summer break. Please note: RSVPs for this event closed on Friday, Sept. 3. Also, please note the location change; the dinner will be held in the MAC.

We have planned many activities. Your participation and support are encouraged, highly desired and valued. All these planned events offer parents a wonderful opportunity to share in the life of your children at Nobles. There is no substitute for parental engagement. Please participate as fully as your schedules allow.

Finally, we hope you are enjoying the last few days of this glorious summer and looking forward to a very busy freshman year. Please feel free to contact us if you have any ideas, suggestions or questions. Thank you in advance for your support and participation. Remember, your generous donations of time, money, ideas and energy will make a profound difference this upcoming year. Let us all join to create as positive a Class IV experience for our children as possible and a successful and memorable one for all. We can’t wait to see you all and begin our wonderful year together!

Betsy M. Allen – mother of Jason -
Kathy Fitzgerald – mother of Audra & Julia -
Suzie Montgomery – mother of Max -

Grandparents' Day

The PA Special Events Committee is busy planning for Grandparents' Day on
Friday, September 24, 2010. The daylong event gives grandparents (or in lieu of grandparents, a significant adult figure other than the child's parents) an “inside view” of a typical day at Nobles. Grandparents received an invitation/schedule of events by mail during the week of August 9. If your parents did not receive an invitation, please call Kathy Johnson at 781-320-7001 and she will send one out promptly.

Many parent volunteers are needed. If you would like to help out on Grandparents' Day, click here to complete the Grandparents' Day Volunteer Form.

If you have questions regarding Grandparents' Day schedule & activities, please contact Katherine Minevitz at

Class I Notes

Dear Class I Parents,

It’s hard to believe that we are entering our final year at Nobles. This year promises to be an exciting and poignant one and, as your Class Parent Representatives, we hope to make this year fun and memorable as we navigate this transitional year. To that end, we have planned many activities and events for our Class I students and parents.

Friday, September 10 - Surprise Breakfast, Gleason Hall

Friday, October 1 - Class I Parent Dinner, Castle

Friday, October 29 - Class I Surprise Lunch, Castle

Friday, November 5 - Class I Parent Coffee, Upstairs-MAC

Tuesday, February 1 - Class I Parent Coffee, Upstairs-MAC

Friday, February 11 - Valentine's "Just Desserts," Castle

Friday, March 4 - Class I Surprise Lunch, Castle

Friday, April 1 - Class I Parent Dinner, TBD

Tuesday, April 19 - Transitions/Pot Luck, Morrison

Tuesday, May 31 - "The Way We Were," Omni (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 31 - Sr. Project Night, Lawrence (6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 1 - Sr. Arts Nights, Arts Center

Thursday, June 2 - Rehearsal & Awards Night

Friday, June 3 - Graduation

We would love your help planning, coordinating and helping the day of these events. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us by either e-mail or by filling out the volunteer form online. We look forward to this busy and exciting year as your Parent Representatives.

Thanks so much,

Yvette Shakespeare -
Amy McLaughlin-Hatch -
Lori Giandomenico -

Don't Forget the Back-to-School Social!

Saturday, September 11th
6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Castle

Please join us to meet new Nobles parents and see old friends. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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