Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

November 2012

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter November 2012


The Syllabus and the School Year Calendar by Bob Henderson, Head of School

This is the first week in November, so that means that it is also time for Oliver Cromwell and the English Civil War. The passage of my school year can be measured by the progress of my syllabus in AP European history. Back To School Night for parents in September always occurs simultaneously with the Black Death (entirely a coincidence!). At Veterans Day I am immersed in the Scientific Revolution. When I return from winter break I am dealing with Napoleon.


The Importance of Word of Mouth by Jennifer Hines, Dean of Enrollment Management

In Admission, we pay close attention to the source of the inquiries we receive requesting information about Nobles. People are inspired to request information about Nobles by our website, meeting us at a school visit or calling us on the phone. Without fail, however, one of the top inquiry sources we have is “friend,” meaning that a family learned about Nobles through someone that they happen to know, most often a Nobles parent.


"The Most Important Thing I Learned at Nobles" by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

During the first full week of school this fall, Nobles presented the Distinguished Graduate Award to Seth Goldman ’85 – founder of Honest Tea. Seth’s accomplishments speak for themselves: after a successful career in socially responsible investment management he started Honest Tea in his kitchen with a few thermoses and the nerve to walk into the buyer at his local Whole Foods store.


Through the Past Brightly by Bill Bussey, Provost

Back in the mid-70s, I spent a couple of college summers working as a bar waiter in a high-end restaurant on the Maine seacoast. One day a busload of folks in their mid-70s and 80s wandered in all at once for lunch and took up the entire room. My heart sank as I scrambled to take orders. Most senior diners kept a close eye on how much they spent and particularly on how much they tipped.

From the PA Co-Chairs

We would like to extend our thanks to all members of the Nobles community who donated their attic treasures, spent countless hours sorting, pricing and selling items, baked delicious treats and made numerous deliveries of leftover items to local charities on behalf of the Nobles Yard Sale.


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 Deans' Report

Class I Deans' Report


From Community Service: Just Do "One Good Thing"

Linda Hurley and I serve on the Educational Council for Cradles to Crayons, ( a local nonprofit that meets the clothing, baby and school supply needs for thousands of children in the Boston area. We often hear when a crisis need arises for youngsters, and one has just become clear to us.


"The Studies Show"

“The Studies Show” is a podcast series hosted by Nobles Learning Specialists Gia Batty and Sara Masucci. Through this series, the two hope to share information about some of the research they have come across in their work.

To listen to this month's podcast about using the weekend wisely, visit

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Class I Surprise Lunch

Check out photos from the annual Class I Surprise Lunch on Halloween. Thank you to all parents who volunteered or donated treats!

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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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Go Dawgs! Nobles-Milton Weekend

Save the Date! From 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 10, stop by the Nobles/Milton Tent for a cup of chowder or hot chocolate.

Hosted by the Nobles Office of Graduate Affairs and the Milton Academy Alumni Office.

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Thank You!

We want to express our appreciation to all the participants of the Multicultural Fair. Parents, faculty and staff members, and students who attended and contributed in so many different ways.

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Fall Arts Bonanza

It's time to level up, everybody!

Please join us on Nov. 15 for an evening of visual and performing arts at the Fall Arts Bonanza (FAB!). Events will include the First Annual Level II Open Studios Showcase followed by "Serious Play," a dance performance.

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Order Your Yearbook Today!

1. Order directly through Jostens with a credit card. Click to order your yearbook now!

2. Don't wait! We will have a very limited number of extra books available.

3. Yearbooks are not just for seniors—they are for all classes, including Middle Schoolers. We made an extra point to get more Middle School coverage this year!

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From the NTC

The NTC invites you to attend the fall main stage production, 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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