Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

November 2011

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter November 2011

From the PIN Reps

The Parents' Independent School Network (PIN) has an exciting year ahead, featuring a new program of “webinars” on issues that face upper school parents, as well as the traditional educational meetings.

Read below to find out how everyone in the Nobles community can watch the PIN webinars, and to pick up pointers from the first meeting of the year: teaching teens about personal money management.

1. Webinars: PIN is pleased to announce that this year it will be hosting a series of webinars, designed to bring timely expert information to the faculty/staff and parents of the area's independent schools.

The upcoming webinar will be on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at 8 p.m.. The topic will be "Sugar and Spice vs. Puppy Dog Tails: How Boys and Girls Learn Differently."

Are boys and girls genetically predestined to excel in distinct fields? How does biology factor into the gendered-learning equation? Science indicates neurological dichotomies exist between male and female brains. Our panel interprets the data to reveal how these biological variations affect learning. Gain proven strategies for assisting children in overcoming brain barriers and learning differences through tactics designed to work with the natural physiology of the gendered brain. Unlock hidden potentials once thought to be unattainable.

You can watch the webinars live and ask questions, or log on later to watch them after they've been archived (about a day later). Here's how to log on:


Complete the form with the following information and select “Register”:

  • Registration type = Parent
  • Enter your information (name, your personal username, personal password, etc.)
  • Select Parents’ Independent School Network from the Institution list
  • Enter the Service Validation Code (SVC): 3LTLK5BH

The first webinar is already available in archives. It is titled, "Teens and Alcohol Use: Implications for Mind and Body":

What are the long-term psychological and physiological ramifications of adolescent alcohol use? How can one accurately assess the current teen drinking climate? In this session, top scientific and medical experts delve deep into the adolescent brain, illustrating motivations and circumstances that put them most at risk. Our panel expounds the consequences of alcohol consumption for students through the latest images of damaged brains and cells, providing a clear picture of the negative effects. Leave armed with the tools needed to intervene on personal and communal levels.

PIN webinars are privileged information for staff and parents at PIN schools only. We appreciate your not sharing the password information with others.

If you encounter any difficulties, you may e-mail or call 888-773-7072 to access technical support staff.

We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful educational resource and we welcome any feedback you have on the webinars.

2. PIN Report: Teens and Financial Literacy

How ready are your teens to manage their own finances?

What messages have they learned from you about establishing a budget, saving, spending, and getting into debt?

If you asked your teen how much the family spends on food each week, what do you think s/he would say? (The most common answer among teens is "about $100.")

At the Parents' Independent School Network (PIN) meeting on September 30, 2011, Susan Sharkey of the National Endowment for Financial Education ( spoke about the importance of teaching teens the basics of personal money management. She noted that even if kids never bring up the topic, they are keenly interested—and sometimes worried—about money.

Our children learn about personal finances in three ways: from their parents, at school, and through trial and error. In fact, one of the important reasons to explicitly teach teens about personal finance is that a significant percentage of teens and young adults engage in risky financial behavior, such as opening a new credit card to pay off existing credit card debt.

Whether the education takes place at home or in a class at school (there are educational standards for "financial literacy"), Sharkey recommends addressing at least the following topics with teens:

- Value of planning and living within means
- Difference between needs and wants
- Rewards of saving money, growing money
- Consequences of not managing money
- Reasons to handle credit responsibly
- Tips to be a savvy consumer
- Strategies to manage risk of loss (e.g., insurance)

Fortunately, there are many resources for educational financial materials, much of it free or very low cost. Sharkey's nonprofit, NEFE, has free school curricula, as well as information that parents can use. Particularly useful resources include:, and its Facebook page for high school students, (where people confess their stupid spending decisions) (for college students)

If you would like further information on this topic, please feel free to contact us.

Lee Rubin Collins ( and
Allison Matlack (
Nobles PIN Representatives, 2011-'12

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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