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! Thank you also to faculty member Bill Bussey, who spoke at our February PA meeting, and photographer, Rania Matar, who enlightened us at our Foster Gallery coffee. It is wonderful to see so many parents on campus attending events, strengthening our parent community!
A couple dates to mark on your calendar include "Curriculum Planning Night" on March 5, at 7 p.m., in the Morrison Forum for Classes III and IV. Head of the Upper School Ben Snyder and Head of College Counseling Michael Denning will discuss course selection and planning for the Upper School years while looking forward to the college process.
Due to the break, we will not be having a PA meeting in March. However, mark your calendars for April 11, at 8 a.m., in the MAC Lower Lobby for our next PA meeting. Guest speakers are biology teacher Deb Harrison and Head of Building and Grounds Mike McHugh. Please come and learn the many things Nobles is doing to reduce, reuse and recycle. These administrators are truly forging a path for the public good. Below are a few “green” facts from our speakers:
The fertilizer used on the Nobles playing fields fertilizer this past fall season was made from digested organic materials derived from food waste. Given our proximity to the Charles River, this is an important step to eliminate runoff into the river. You, too, can recycle food waste at home and turn it quite easily into nutrient rich fertilizer, by composting. Home composting is simple and easy! For more information, go to: http://www.composting101.com/
Mosquito spray used on campus is made of garlic and other organic derivatives. Again, given the proximity of Nobles to the Charles River, this is a very important practice to help protect the Charles River watershed and surrounding ecosystem. Biology courses at Nobles introduce students to the importance of watershed stewardship and to the Charles River Watershed Association, which is recognized nationally and internationally for its great work. For more information about local watersheds near our homes, that need all of our help to protect them, go to: http://www.crwa.org/, http://www.merrimack.org/, http://www.neponset.org/, or http://www.nsrwa.org/
The Nobles playing fields are fields irrigated with river water that returns directly into water table when it soaks and percolates back into the ground. The school’s irrigation system for playing fields is also controlled by rain sensors, in order to conserve water. The MWRA reports that “outdoor water use increases residential consumption from 10 to 50 percent in June, July, August and September." For water conservation tips, go to: http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/04water/html/gardening.htm
Have a wonderfully relaxing vacation whether you take it easy at home or somewhere else around the globe.
Carolyn Harthun and Pam Notman