Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

February 2012

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter February 2012


Keeping the “I” Out of Team by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

In the run up to the Super Bowl, there have been the usual plethora of articles about trivial aspects of players lives—but one article caught my eye. The article was about Tom Brady and his time as a multi-sport high school athlete in California. One might think that someone as famous and successful as Tom Brady would not remain connected to his high school and his high school’s sports program. Yet he can be found signing footballs for hours at his high school to raise money for student efforts.


Thoughts about Dr. Trozzi's Talk by John Gifford, Head of Middle School

Nobles conventional wisdom is that it is difficult to get parents and guardians to come to any evening event unless it has “college” in the title. Just as members of Congress might attach a more controversial law to larger legislation in an attempt to get it passed, I wonder about creating events like: “Talking to your children about organizational skills…and the college counseling process!”

I don’t blame parents; we are busy (we are tired) and down-time is precious. Dr. Maria Trozzi’s presentation on Jan. 18, bucked the trend as we had close to 60 in attendance to hear her present on a range of parenting topics.


"Brother Juniper’s Bread Book" and the Theory of "Slow Rise" by Erika Guy, Dean of Students

During a recent forum for Class III parents, entitled “Navigating the Long Road to College,” I found myself answering a parent's question about the college process by once again, using a food metaphor. I just can’t seem to help myself! I was trying to make a point about the adolescent years being crucial moments for the requisite psychological tasks of identity development and independence and that the outcome-based expectation of college admittance sometimes creates tension, struggle and bad results. Without giving it much thought, I likened the crucible of high school to the process of making bread.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Although our children are lamenting that there hasn’t yet been a snow day, many of us are quite happy that January was relatively snow free. Perhaps February will follow suit, but one never knows!


Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

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What's New at

February marks six months of the redesigned Nobles website. We've received great feedback and, based on helpful suggestions from our users, will be making a few minor changes to the site in order to provide the best possible experience for all audiences.

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Still Making Summer Plans? Save the Dates!

While many of you may be familiar with our traditional Nobles Day Camp, you may not know about our programs for older camper. These programs offer a concentration in a specific area. Many are attended heavily by Nobles students. We are extremely excited about the highly qualified staff (many of them Nobles faculty) who will be running the programs.

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From the Nobles Theatre Collective

Greetings from the Nobles Theatre Collective (NTC). We are very excited about the productions in February and hope to see you at one or more of our events. We hope many of you got out to the student-directed plays; consider joining us for the middle school or mainstage plays as well!

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Honoring MLK

On Mon., Jan. 16, 2011, thousands of people nationwide honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy through community service. The Nobles community hosted an MLK Day of Service as more than 250 faculty members, students, and their family and friends volunteered at local organizations in the Greater Boston area, including the Allston-Brighton food pantry, a homeless shelter in Quincy and a senior center in Newton.

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