Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

September 2012

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter September 2012


The Growth of Online Education by Robert Henderson Jr. '76, Head of School

The president of the University of Virginia, Teresa Sullivan, was summarily dismissed and shortly thereafter summarily reinstated late last spring, by that university’s board. The driving issue behind that seesaw governance crisis was online education and whether the administration was moving quickly enough to expand the university’s Internet presence. My purpose here, however, is not to explore the specifics of that situation; rather, I want to highlight the escalating interest and debate about the future of online education that were underscored by the Virginia dispute.


Preparing for the New School Year by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

There is excitement and anxiety for a new school year—for students, faculty and parents. In 25 years of working with high school kids, I have never slept on the night before the first day of school. I know this makes no sense—yet I have come to understand why this is so. Most importantly I am excited to get going; to meet and get to know a new group of students and to immerse myself in the daily action of Nobles.


Parental Command Performance by Bill Bussey, Provost

October 17, 7 p.m., Lawrence Auditorium

Please put this date and time in your calendar now and keep it sacred. This is the one evening you must not miss. You’ll have something to talk about afterwards with your children, that’s for sure. Trust me, this evening will deliver the goods.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Welcome to the 2012-13 school year! We hope you’ll join us as we kick off the school year on Sat., Sept. 8, with a Parents’ Back-to-School Social.


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 I Deans' Report


From Community Service: Sages and Seekers

What is it a young writer needs? No matter what his age, a writer needs to set his words and ideas, his way of seeing the world, “out there” for reading and comment. A writer’s world can be insular, which leads to depth and focus. But over time, if no one ever sees the work and responds to it, the words themselves can become stale or trite.


Write to Us!

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Web Tutorial: Accessing Your Child's Athletic Schedule

The school's website has a lot to offer and should be your one-stop-shop for all things Nobles. Throughout the year, this monthly E-Newsletter will highlight new or different features from

This quick video tutorial on how to access your child's athletic schedule is helpful, whether you're new to Nobles or just need a refresher.

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Follow the Nobles Blogs

Nobles has entered the blogosphere! This April, the school unveiled a series of blogs, ranging in topics and featuring posts from community members. Each day, several are featured on the Nobles homepage; you can also find the complete blog roll at

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From the Foster Gallery

Foster Gallery opens the 2012-13 season with an exciting installation. Boston-based artist JoeJoe Orangias has created a portable, mobile hotel based on his experiences travelling the public spaces of Boston and Japan.

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Nobles Theatre Collective

Welcome back!  We hope you had a great summer.  The Nobles Theatre Collective (NTC) would like to extend a warm welcome to our new families.

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Grandparents Day

The PA Special Events Committee is busy planning for Grandparents Day on Friday, September 28, 2012. The daylong event gives grandparents (or in lieu of grandparents, a significant adult figure other than the child's parents) an “inside view” of a typical day at Nobles.

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Nobles Yard Sale for Scholarships

All proceeds from the Nobles Yard Sale benefit Nobles scholarships with leftover items donated to local charities. How can you help?

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Save the Date: Parent Outing

The first Parents' Association outing will be to Cradle to Crayons on Thurs., Nov. 8, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 

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Join us for the Nobles Parents' Association Annual Fall Social

Please join us!  Meet new parents and catch up with old friends over cocktails and hors d‘oeuvres at the Nobles Parents’ Association Fall Social on Sat., Sept. 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Arts Center Lobby.

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Volunteer at Nobles

We encourage you to check out the many wonderful opportunities that exist to volunteer at Nobles.  Any and all help is much appreciated!

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