Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

October 2012

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter October 2012


The Light, The Air, The Food by Erika Guy, Dean of Students

There is always that one day in late August or early September when the shift is so obviously on. By mid-August we have become so hypnotized by the successive strings of long, hot, high humidity summer days that some of us actually delude ourselves into thinking that it will go on and on. Then the switch gets flipped. Overnight it seems, the slant of light shifts and the sky sparkles in a very different way. Overnight, it is fall. For some, this climatic experience is bittersweet. Not for me.


What Makes a Great Sports (Or Theatre, Or…) Parent by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

When our daughter Abby was playing club soccer, she always noticed where I stood during her games—and it was never with parents of her teammates. “Why won’t you stand with the other parents?” she’d frequently ask.

While my response to my then 11-year-old daughter was overly simple, it revolved around my discomfort with vocal adults who didn’t know the game well (I coached Nobles varsity soccer teams for 20 years); more importantly, I simply grew tired of adults who were way too caught up in the "quality" of performance of their child and the results of an individual contest.


Should we be Charitable to Cheaters? by John Gifford, Head of Middle School

After listening to another story about the Harvard cheating scandal, I was left wondering how these students—considered some of the brightest in the country—could (allegedly, at least) make this immoral decision.  Wasn’t this supposed to be an enlightened generation who would fix the things that we’d messed up? They are more connected and aware than their parents, more engaged, more socially conscious and globally involved…And then they go and cheat?

From the PA Co-Chairs

Happy fall! We hope that everyone is settling into the school routine. September was a busy month for the PA, with a very successful all-school parents’ social and several class 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 II Deans' Report


From Community Service: The Nature of a Partnership

What does it mean to be a partner? We often think of this term used in business which assumes both a mutuality of dependence and equality of power. In relationships also, such as a marriage, the sense that both parties give to, and receive from, the partnership is key to satisfaction and success.


Online Auction and Raffle

You knew they were great teachers, but did you know they were great chefs? Bid to win dinner prepared by Nobles luminaries Dick Baker, Bill Bussey, Tim Carey and Erika Guy. 

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Follow Us on Twitter

Nobles has a new Twitter feed, courtesy of the one and only Bill Bussey. Hear daily musings, campus happenings and general observations—all in 140 characters or less, of course.

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Nobles Yard Sale

The countdown continues for the Nobles Yard Sale for Scholarships! Donations may be dropped off at the Omni rink from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., weekdays only, until Thurs., Oct. 11. Please donate sporting goods, clothing, toys, jewelry, books, small electronics, house wares and furniture in good condition.

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Nobles Bottle Ban

We need your help to implement THE NEW SCHOOL-WIDE BAN ON SINGLE USE PLASTIC BOTTLES. Quite simply, the school requests that no single use plastic water bottles be brought on to campus.

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From the NTC

This fall, the Nobles Theatre Collective (NTC) will present two student-directed plays on Oct. 25, from 6:30-8 p.m, and Oct. 26, from 5-7 p.m...

The NTC will also present The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Performances are scheduled for Nov. 7, 8 and 9 at 6:30 p.m., and Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. only...

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Save the Date!

Nobles Night in the Castle

A festive evening to celebrate the opening of the restored and expanded Castle. Friday, November 16, 2012, 6–10 p.m.

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Grandparents Day Photos

Professional photos taken on Grandparents Day will be available Oct. 10 for viewing and purchase—go to and enter:

Username:  noblesgp12
Password:  22507-92812

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