Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

December 2012

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter December 2012


Homework and Rubber Bands by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

When JoAnn Deak visited Nobles and shared her insights about the wonders, challenges and frustrations of working with the adolescent brain, myriad questions arose for Nobles parents.

How can my child get more sleep?
Can we accelerate the speed at which his brain matures?
Where does homework fit in with the development of my child?
What can I do to help her stay properly hydrated and eating well?


Making the “Fit” Fit by John Gifford, Head of Middle School

Families interested in sending their children to Nobles have a lot of questions. They have great questions that run the gamut. They obsess over all of the social and academic implications of their decision, and I don’t fault them. If there ever were decisions to obsess about, ones involving the child’s education surely qualify. This is not to suggest, however, that a “right” answer is within their reach. School choice is nuanced and more complicated than right and wrong. While it might feel like a pat answer to parents, “fit” is the most important factor. But what is “fit”?


The Sweet Seduction of the Tweet by Erika Guy, Dean of Students

Having the benefit of a “long view” in terms of years on the job, I am often asked by graduates, by current parents and students, and even by members of my own family: "We hear so much about bullying these days, are kids any worse/better toward each other than they were years ago?"

From the PA Co-Chairs

At this time of both giving thanks and celebrating the season, we would like to recognize all of the hard work done by parents this fall to bring our community together! We hope you have found our events fun and informative and a way to be involved and engaged in the Nobles community.


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: A Day "On" by Sandi MacQuinn

I graduated from high school in 1968 in the Pacific Northwest. We were a bit behind the times up there, and although news of all the upheaval and societal changes had of course been of much discussion, the full heat of the issues wracking the civil rights movement felt far from the small town concerns in my high school.


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Nobles Night: A Celebration of the Castle Project

Nov. 16, Nobles Night, marked the official celebration of the newly expanded and renovated Castle for the Nobles community. In honor of this remarkable campus project, we invite you to watch a series of Castle videos.

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Congratulations, Nobles Theatre Collective Cast and Crew!

Congratulations to all involved with the fall mainstage play, The Importance of Being Earnest. The show ran from Nov. 7-10, in Vinik Theatre, and had rave reviews from Nobles audiences.

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Save the Dates!

On Wed., Jan. 9, at 12 p.m., or Wed., Jan. 16, at 2 p.m., join the Parents' Association at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), for their productionof Pippin.

Seats will go quickly, so please use the code “NOBLESPA” online at to purchase your $15 ticket.

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Thank You!

A special word of thanks to all who planned, participated and purchased pies from the Middle School Pie Drive this year. The 10th Annual Pie Drive was a success mostly due to the tireless efforts of the two parent Co-Chairs, Sherri Athanasia and Anne London. 

A total of 100 pies were made and donated to The Single Parent Family Outreach Program. Pies were also donated to The Dedham Food Pantry and Dedham Youth Commission. Through your generous purchases, we raised $2,245 for Kliptown Youth Program to benefit their food and education initiatives. Thank you!

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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

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