Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

February 2013

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter February 2013


A Banner Day by John Gifford, Head of Middle School

Over the winter break I finally got the banners made.  I’d been thinking about these banners for a couple years, but it took research help from Dean of the Middle School Colette Finley and the far better esthetic sensibility of Communications Director Heather Sullivan to help make them a reality. If you haven’t seen them, they hang in Morrison Forum, tightly affixed to the brick wall.  Thus, they are forever looming large over the Middle Schoolers who call that space their home.


Continuing To Try to Do Good Work (And An Opportunity for You) by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

Nobles teachers care about developing both the intellect and the character of our students. Our mission refers to our goal of "developing leaders for the public good" and our hope that Nobles students will "achieve their highest potential and lead lives characterized by service to others." These are daunting tasks—to say the least.


Alcohol and Other Drugs, 2013 Style by Erika Guy, Dean of Students

As a child of the '60s, I have certainly witnessed and endured more than my fair share of alcohol and other drug education and prevention programs.  Here at Nobles, over the last decades, we have tried myriad approaches to this daunting task, never quite finding the appropriate formula or that magic bullet. 

From the PA Co-Chairs

January was a busy month at Nobles, with the Cotting School basketball game, winter concerts, the Foster Gallery opening of faculty work and the MLK Jr. Day of Service.  February will be just as busy...


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 Dean's Report

Class I Deans' Report


From Community Service: Service from the Other Side of Things

Nobles is engaged in a yearlong SWOT analysis of the entire service program, which has a committee asking what strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats confront us as we strive to carry out myriad projects of the program. We are learning a great deal, not only about how much it's believed we are doing (the numbers are quite astonishing!), but also about how we are perceived by those we serve.


The Studies Show: The Writing Process

Learning Specialists Gia Batty and Sara Masucci talk about writing and executive function, brainstorming and organizing in this month's episode of the "The Studies Show" podcast. Click here to listen.

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Order Your All-School and Class I Photos

The 2012-13 all-school and Class I photos are available to purchase through Panfoto's website. Photos make a great gift for students!

Click here to take a look at available options and to place your order today:

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The Nobles Minute: KYP Dancing

During their stay in Dedham, members from the Kliptown Youth Program (KYP) in South Africa gathered with Nobles students for several dance sessions. Check out the latest Nobles Minute video to see them in action.

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From the Nobles Theatre Collective

February is a busy month for the Nobles Theatre Collective (NTC).  The winter student-directed plays, directed by Class I students Shanti Gonzales and Greg Swartz, ran Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Towles Auditorium and were a huge success. Congratulations to all involved with the production. 

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2013-14 Calendar

For those of you planning ahead, the school has started to populate the calendar with important dates and information for the 2013-14 academic year. Visit for more information. 

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Save the Date: Parent Outing

The next Parents' Association outing will be to Cradle to Crayons on Fri., Feb. 8, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

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