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!
During February, we begin to look for volunteers who might like to help out with the Parents' Association next year. All you have to do is click on the link www.nobles.edu/PANomination and indicate what you would like to do. There is a description of each position to peruse. We welcome everyone to think about how he or she might like to participate in our very active, fun and engaging parent organization.
Have you ever wondered what the ombudsman and provost do at Nobles? Bill Bussey holds these titles and he will be speaking at our PA meeting on Feb. 15. If you haven’t been able to attend a Parents’ Association meeting yet this year, especially families who are new to Nobles, you won't want to miss this one; Bill will speak about tone and culture at Nobles. Our meeting will be held in the MAC lower lobby at 8 a.m. Please join us!
Cindy Jaczko and Helen Goins are working hard planning an outing in early March for all parents to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Please read the weekly e-mail notes for the date and more details.
Also happening this month, for its winter mainstage play, the Nobles Theatre Collective presents Museum by Tina Howe. The show runs Feb. 22-25. Mark your calendars even if you are not a theatre parent. We have some incredibly talented actors in our community!
In an effort to create more awareness around Nobles’ green initiatives, we are sharing some “green” facts in the monthly newsletters. We thank Nobles science teacher Deb Harrison and Head of Buildings and Grounds Mike McHugh for providing this interesting information:
Nobles has a geothermal system (ground source heat pump type, GSHP) to heat and cool the middle school. It relies on three 1,500-foot vertical wells at the bottom of the hill below the Baker building. For more information about how a GSHP works, click here.
All school thermostats are set at 69 degrees during the heating season to save energy, which is a drop of one to two degrees. Each degree a thermostat is lowered can save approximately three percent in heating energy costs. Lowering your thermostat just two degrees during winter saves six percent of heating-related CO2 emissions, which is a reduction of 420 pounds of CO2 per year for a typical home. For more information on this and other energy saving tips, go to http://extension.unh.edu/energy/ENERGYTipoftheWeek.htm and http://www.powerscorecard.org/reduce_energy.cfm
FLIK, Nobles' dining service, utilizes many local food sources in Massachusetts and New England. In addition, this past fall, Nobles hosted its annual locavore lunch for the community that featured foods from a radius of 20-150 miles away, from Massachusetts and nearby New England states. For more information about being a locavore, go to http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/344/locavore.html
Have a great month and we hope to see you on Feb. 15, to hear Bill Bussey speak at our PA meeting.
Pam Notman and Carolyn Harthun