Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

March 2012

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter March 2012


Update on the Castle Project by Bob Henderson, Head of School

It is remarkable these days to stand down by the Morrison Athletic Center and look up the campus hill at the evolving vista of the Castle. The building was originally sited in the 19th century by the great American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. According to the documents we have from that process, the original owner, Albert Nickerson, working with his extraordinary architect H.H. Richardson, was seeking to reproduce for his own domestic pleasure something of the grandeur of a chateau in the Loire Valley.


Planning for Summer Months by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

Each year, usually sometime in late summer,  Nobles' most recent graduates inevitably stop by to say, ‘Hello, goodbye and thank you,’ one last time before heading off to college. Last August, a recent grad who had just completed his first summer job working retail at a local mall stopped by. Over the past couple of years I had pushed him to get a summer job—but there were always more attractive options available—a trip to Europe, time at the Cape, an open enrollment course in an interesting locale, some tutoring, etc.


First Class Advice by Bill Bussey, Provost

As spring vacation approaches, I begin laying the groundwork with my advisees and their families for next year. Everyone has their own plans, desires and campaigns for the future. Managing everyone’s expectations is a tricky business. We adults are convinced that we know what is best for our children, yet we often forget what it means to be a child.

From the PA Co-Chairs

March is a relatively quiet month for the PA compared to the flurry of activity in February. A huge thank you to all the Class Reps and parent volunteers who organized surprise class lunches, coffees, and who are planning upcoming spring events. More than 50 parent volunteers are constantly working behind the scenes to bring us all together for camaraderie, fun and laughter!


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 III Dean's Report


From Community Service: A "Thank You" Is In Order

The hallways of Nobles have altered lately. Not just new paint in the classrooms, which looks wonderful by the way, but lumpy bags, huge cardboard boxes, tree limbs sporting red paper hearts with notes about forks, and knives and spoons, and a crib filled with baby clothes and toys.


AP English Exam Prep

AP English Exam Prep is now being offered once a week on Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:30 p.m. As we have explained to students, the AP exam is open to any Class II student who wants to take it in May.

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From the Foster Gallery

"Joo Lee Kang," an exhibition of drawings, sculptures, and installation by Korean artist Joo Lee Kang, opened Thursday, March 1. Kang's work originates with intricate, ball point pen drawings on paper of singular animals and plants.  Through a process of repetition and copying, Kang duplicates, morphs, and mutates her drawings into larger constructions that appear as massive swarms of legs, limbs, and butterfly wings.

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Still Making Summer Plans? Save the Dates!

Nobles Day Camp

While many of you may be familiar with our traditional Nobles Day Camp, you may not know about our programs for older campers. 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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Thank You!

Nobles faculty and staff would like to extend a huge thank you to the Parents' Association, FLIK and all who helped make the March 1st Surprise Lunch possible. The food was delicious! Thank you for all your hard work.

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Mark Your Calendars!

Grandparents Day
Friday, Sept. 28, 2012
For further information, contact Katherine Minevitz at 781-320-7009 or

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Nobles Represents at Model UN

Faculty members Amadou Seck and Sheila McElwee took 20 students to the Hilton Model UN conference Feb. 16-19. The event was held at the Hilton Washington, D.C, and organized by Georgetown University. Nobles students represented several countries, including Barbados, Kazakhstan, Antigua and Singapore. They also had a representative in the British House of Common.

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