Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

September 2011

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter September 2011


September 11th and the Nobles Community by Bob Henderson, Head of School

Most of us remember with great clarity the cloudless, perfect, blue sky 10 years ago early on the morning of September 11, as we headed off on our business with no sense of what the next several horrific hours would bring. The vast majority of the parents receiving this newsletter were not part of this community at that juncture, so I think it is important to let everyone know how profoundly the events of that day impacted the people who were here.


Hoping for Some Bumps and Bruises by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

An occupational hazard for me is encountering countless articles and books on teaching, learning, adolescent behavior, the brain, education and parenting. It is rare when something strikes me as so simple, so clear and so relevant that, if I could, I would make it mandatory reading for Nobles parents. Yet this summer I came across two pieces that I would recommend without hesitation to every family connected to Nobles.


Navigating the Uncharted Path by Bill Bussey, Provost

About six months after my wife Nan and I moved into our first home, we were held hostage by a massive blizzard. At that time we hadn’t really gotten to know the couple across the street, but I could see that he had just bought a truck with a plow to earn a little extra cash. I couldn’t believe my good luck when my neighbor told me that if I got my cars out of the driveway, he’d plow it. So I pulled the cars out and in five minutes he took care of it. He wouldn’t take any money. Said it was no big deal.


Summer and The Myth of the Agrarian Calendar by Erika Guy, Dean of Students

Earlier this summer, 11 eager Nobles students, colleague Jess Brennan and I ventured out on Nobles' first-ever Farm and Food Systems Service trip. It was seven days of working in the fields of a small organic farm in rural New Hampshire, supplemented with daily trips to food-related industries in the region (cheese makers, mushroom growers, bread makers, orchards, etc.). It was a glorious time, filled with the sights and smells of farm, the joy of discovery (i.e. farmers never get a day off), and the thrill of ending the day with sore backs, sunburned faces and a genuine sense of having contributed.

From the PA Co-Chairs

PA Co-Chairs: Pam Notman (left) and Carolyn Harthun

Welcome to the 2011-’12 school year! We hope you’ll join us as we kick off the school year on Saturday, Sept. 10, with a Parents’ Back-to-School Social.


Class Notes

Find out what's going on and how to become involved with your student's class. Click to access your class:

Class Deans' Corner

Class I Deans' Report


From Community Service

As summer winds to a close, it is easy to get focused on what follows: backpacks, last minute reading assignments, new shoes and high hopes for the year to come. There is at least one summer item, however, that needs closure if your child has been doing some useful service commitments during the past few months.


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What's New at

We're sure you noticed—everything is new about! After more than a year of research, focus groups, brainstorming and hard work, the school is proud to present the new and improved Nobles website. 

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Save the Date: Nobles Night

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
Please note: This is NOT a student event.

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Traffic Advisory

Due to the ongoing road construction on Rte. 128/US 95 and Exit 18 (Great Plain Avenue), all campus visitors should use Exit 16 (Rte. 109) to get to Nobles.

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Volunteer at Back-to-School Night

To pull off a successful Back-to-School Night, the Head's Office could use some help from parent volunteers.

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From the Foster Gallery

Foster Gallery is pleased to announce the first show of our 2011-'12 season, a solo show of works by artist and Nobles graduate, Whitney Robbins '86.

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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 our new families.

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Save the Date: Multicultural Fair

Mark your calendars for a great community event on September 30, 2011!

We would like to extend the invitation to host a table for the 2011 Multicultural Fair.

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Nobles Yard Sale

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!

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Grandparents Day

The PA Special Events Committee is busy planning for Grandparents' Day on
Friday, September 30, 2011. 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.

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Join us for the Nobles Parents' Association Annual Fall Social

Saturday, September 10
6:30-9 p.m. at the Castle

Meet new Nobles parents and see old friends. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP to

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From Your PIN Reps

Nobles is pleased to be a member of the Parents’ Independent School Network, Inc. (PIN), a volunteer group of parents with children currently enrolled at New England-area independent schools.

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