Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

February 2013

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter February 2013

Middle School Reps: (from left) Rhonda Kaplan, Sarah Paglione, Janet Nahirny, Michelle Abrecht

January was certainly a great month for music at Nobles!  We hope you were able to enjoy the jazz, blues, guitar and percussion concert or the wind, strings and orchestra concert.  In February, performing arts continues to shine as our thespians take to the stage.  The student-directed plays kicked off the month—congratulations to all involved!  Feb. 13-14, the Middle Schoolers will perform on the Towles Auditorium stage with their rendition of The Yellow Boat by David Saar.  And, for the grand finale, the Nobles Theatre Collective’s winter mainstage production is Pink Floyd’s THE WALL Reimagined. NTC mainstage productions are top caliber and typically sell out. Performances will be on Feb. 20-23. Please know that there are mature themes to this performance.  Viewing the show will not be required for any Middle School class and you should discuss the appropriateness of the show with your children.

A special notice from Dan Halperin on behalf of The Nobles Theatre Collective:

"We believe that the themes explored in our production are relevant to adolescents, that we are 'holding, as t'were, the mirror up to nature.'  The issues the show portrays range from alcohol abuse to eating disorders to family dysfunction and mental health.  Our hope is that by investigating the circumstances of our fictional characters, we can increase audience members' awareness and help them develop greater empathy.  We also recognize that some individuals may be strongly impacted by the performance.  In order to support student audience members (as well as the cast and crew), the NTC is collaborating with the school's student life team in a variety of ways.  We will offer post-show discussions after each performances, school counselors will be available each evening, and students will be provided resources that they may easily access. "

The Middle School Parent Coffee is on Feb. 6, at 8 a.m.,  in the Castle Library.  John Gifford and Colette Finley will be joining us to discuss topics relevant to the Middle School.  We hope to see you there, and at the Parents' Association meeting on Feb. 14.

Assuming appropriate behavior, a Middle School no homework weekend starts on Fri., Feb.15-19.

School will be closed on Mon., Feb. 18 for Presidents' Day. Also, there will be no school on Tues., Feb. 19.

All Class V parents are invited for a meeting on Wed., Feb. 20, starting at 6:30 p.m., in Morrison Forum. Ben Snyder, Head of the Upper School, will discuss course selections for next academic year (2013-14). Also, faculty member and trip leader, Thomas Forteith, will talk about the upcoming Washington, D.C. trip and itinerary.

Middle School Nobles/Milton games will take place on Fri., Feb. 22. This will mark the end of the winter Afternoon Program for the Middle School.

Middle School long advisory meetings will take place—in lieu of Afternoon Program—on Mon., Feb. 25 from 2:30-4 p.m..

Musicians return to the spotlight at the end of the month with the chamber music concert on Feb. 28.  This is a more intimate venue, in the recital hall, mimicking the ambience of the original chamber concerts.  At Nobles, chamber music is anything but staid—be ready for some surprises as Nobles musicians tend to be quite creative.

The PA is also hosting a service learning outing to the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory in Brighton.  Cradles to Crayons is an agency that provides clothes, toys and other supplies to families in need.  Please contact  Jill Dalby Ellison at 508-494-1632 or if you are interested. 

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Class V Reps
Sarah Paglione,
Rhonda Kaplan,

Class VI Reps
Janet Nahirny,
Michele Abrecht,

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