Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

October 2011

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter October 2011


Experiential Learning at Nobles (And Beyond) by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

When I was a high school sophomore, my school sent the entire grade on a 10-day Outward Bound adventure in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. To say that trip ranks as one of the ten most important experiences of my life would be an understatement. Somehow I made it through a blizzard, a flood, hiking in frozen boots, and going much farther than I could have ever imagined...


"Auld Lang Syne" in September by John Gifford, Head of Middle School

I celebrate New Year’s Day in September. (Happy New Year!) Perhaps I have been doing school work for too long, but while others wipe their slates clean and set goals (a.k.a., “resolutions”) in January, I do so at the start of our academic year. In late summer, I cracked a book by the brother tandem of Chip and Dan Heath. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard is a relatively quick read.


Who Knew?! From "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" to "The Curse of the Capable" in One Short Decade by Erika Guy, Dean of Students

Go Figure. Now that we have managed to unlock the “secrets to success,” who would have guessed that failure would become all the rage? I’ve now read lots of them: Wendy Mogel’s Blessing of a B-Minus/Blessing of a Skinned Knee; From Good to Great by Jim Collins; Henry Petroski’s Success Through Failure; and most recently, Paul Tough’s piece in the NY Times “What If The Secret To Success Is Failure?”.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Happy Fall! We hope that everyone is settling into the school routine. September was a busy month for the Parents' Association, with a very successful all-school parents' social and many class coffees.


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 II Dean's Report


From Community Service: Surprise!! A New Orleans Friendship Renewed in Long Assembly

Friends visit each other. They share stories, eat together, help each other, experience the world as part of each other’s circle. They give each other the sincere gift of time, the only gift that never wears out and never grows old. Nobles has a friend in the city of New Orleans, specifically the battered parish of St. Bernard.


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From the Foster Gallery: Save the Date and Join Us for a Great Hands-On Workshop!

Upcoming in the Foster Gallery

Doug Casebeer and John Gill
October 14—November 18, 2011
Opening Reception Thursday, November 10, 2011, 4-7 p.m.
*Join us for a Fall Ceramics Workshop, "Pottery Basics with Doug Casebeer and John Gill," on Saturday November 12, 2011, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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What's New on the Web

There is so much to find on! You have received emails, presentations and notifications with tips for navigating the Nobles website and resources you can find there. Don't worry—we will continue to offer web tips throughout the year. This month, however, we'd like to draw your attention to two places on the web outside of

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From Your PIN Reps

The Parents’ Independent School Network, Inc. (PIN) is a volunteer group of parents with children currently enrolled at New England-area independent schools. This month's report is actually a synopsis from the final PIN lecture of the 2010-2011 year.

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Thank You!

We want to express our appreciation to all the participants of the Multicultural Fair Day. Parents, faculty members and students attended and contributed in so many different ways...

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The Yard Sale Needs Your Help!

Volunteer now for the Nobles Yard Sale for scholarships, happening October 14 and 15. In order to make this event a success, we need many more volunteers to help organize on October 11, 12 and 13, as well as to work on October 14 and 15. Finally we need clean-up volunteers for Monday, October 17, to help pack up unsold items for charity.

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Grandparents Day Portrait Information

Portraits from Grandparents Day will be available from October 12, 2011, through January 31, 2012, to view and purchase at

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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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From the Nobles Theatre Collective

This fall, the Nobles Theatre Collective presents Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare. Performances are scheduled for November 9, at 6:30 p.m., November 10, at 6:30 p.m., November 11, at 6:30 p.m., and November 12, at 2 p.m. only. The running time will be two hours. We look forward to seeing many of you then.

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