Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

April 2012

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter April 2012


“Hands Clear!” in New Orleans by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

Each March break since 2005, Sarah and I have ventured out in to the world with Nobles students and teachers—New Orleans, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and South Africa. I have written and spoken often about the benefits of these experiential learning opportunities—broadening one’s world view, building confidence to make a difference, the increased understanding of complex issues, and the growth that comes from taking on real challenges in unfamiliar circumstances. This year, however, I was reminded of another benefit of these opportunities that is often overlooked.


Worry, Worry, Worry by Erika Guy, Dean of Students

I am a world-class worrier. I come by it honestly. One needs only to meet my mother or sister to understand my pedigree. Contemplating and evaluating adolescent development is one of my primary concerns and, at times, it tends to consume me. I weigh almost everything I read, see, hear or experience in my professional life in terms of what the net result might be for the adolescent journey.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed some rest and relaxation over the break. Spring is always a busy time and this year is no exception. We hope you will join us at the array of parent activities coming up as well as at the class specific dinners and coffees.


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 IV Deans' Report


From Community Service: Re-entry—Just Part of the Process

It is not unusual for young people to experience re-entry issues getting back into school after experiences that broadened and deepened their view of life. As Linda and I talk with returning service participants, we hear the mature and responsible voices of kids who connected to the world they saw.


We know you love Nobles. So why don’t you ‘like’ us?

The Nobles Facebook page highlights content of interest to current and prospective families. Please “like” us—and when you see posts that might interest your friends, share the story on your own page. See more at

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From the Foster Gallery

Don't miss the current exhibition, "Joo Lee Kang," which will be on exhibit through April 16, 2012. Kang will be on campus Wednesday, April 11, to speak in Assembly and visit classes.

Students and faculty alike have been delighting in Kang's virtuoso 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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Mark Your Calendars

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

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From your PIN Reps

On Friday, January 27, 2012, the Upper School PIN reps met at the British School of Boston. Stan Mark Godoff, principal at Compass Educational Consultants (www.compass-, and Adele Horwitz, College Counselor at the British School, spoke about how parents can make the college process a more meaningful and rewarding experience for all.

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Write to Us!

The E-Newsletter is a monthly resource for parents. If you have comments, submissions or suggestions, please contact E-Newsletter Editor Julie Guptill at

You can find the current issue, along with back issues in the archive at

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Purchase All-School and Class I Photo

The 2011-12 all-school photo—AND Class I photo—are still available to purchase online. Either would make a great gift or memento, especially for a graduating Class I student or Class V student who will be stepping up this year.

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