Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

March 2013

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter March 2013


Dance Takes the Next Steps by Bob Henderson, Head of School

Dance teacher Jillian Grunnah has an even bigger smile than usual these days. She will be able to teach in a brand new facility by this time next year, accommodating a growing program and rooting dance in a fully dedicated space for the first time. Fostering the dance program has long been an objective of the school. Nearly 20 years ago, well before my arrival as head, planning for a new athletic center was underway.


Thinking About Summer by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

As the days get a bit longer, the sun gets a bit higher and the reality of winter’s impending conclusion sets in (thankfully!), thoughts begin to turn to summer.  In recent years, I’ve been asked more regularly about the best ways for Nobles students to spend the summer—often with the subtext of "what will make my child more attractive in the college process?"


The Nobles Connection by Brooke Asnis '90, Director of Graduate Affairs

Best friends Erin Greene and E.B. Bartels, both Nobles Class of 2006, live together in a tiny apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. During our annual winter trip to New York for a graduate reception, we met up with Erin and E.B. for a lively dinner. Erin works as director of stewardship at Columbia Business School, and E.B. is a student at Columbia’s School of the Arts, working towards a master’s degree in creative writing.


March Musings: Tweeting Out the Drawer by Bill Bussey, Provost

When the Communications folks initially asked me to tweet for the school, I declined without a second thought. I am not on Facebook or Instagram or interested in joining that world. I do email and that’s about it. Months later they asked again, explained how it could serve the school community, and I thought that I might as well learn first-hand what all the fuss is about. Besides, they are good people, really good at what they do, and I trust their judgment.

From the PA Co-Chairs

March is a relatively quiet month for the PA compared to the flurry of activity in February. A huge thank you to all the Class Reps and parent volunteers who organized surprise class lunches, coffees, and who are planning upcoming spring events.


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


From Community Service: Sled Hockey/Nobles Partnership Initiated by Pulde Family

Most winter weekends, you can expect to see the parking lot down by the Omni Rink jammed with families here to support the hockey program. You might not realize that some of the vans hold hockey players who have traveled from New Hampshire, Sunday after Sunday, to strap themselves onto sleds to access a sport they love despite the physical challenges they face every day.


Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch: Volunteers Needed

The Parents' Association will host the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch on Thurs., April 4. It has become a Nobles tradition each spring for parents to help provide a special lunch for our faculty and staff in appreciation for all that they do for our children and our families.

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Nobles Minute: "In Their Words," the Nobles Book Project

In 2016, Noble and Greenough School will celebrate its 150th anniversary. Senior Writer Joyce Eldridge, with assistance from Archivist Isa Schaff, is working on a book to celebrate the school's history and this important milestone.

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Class I: Just Desserts

Thanks to Class I parents and guardians, students enjoyed a sweet surprise on Valentine's Day. Seniors were thrilled with the candy and dessert buffet. Thanks to all involved! 

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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!

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Pin It, Like It, Follow It, Watch It!

There are myriad ways to connect with Nobles online. Visit for news, events, information and more or visit our social media page ( to connect through sites including Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Be a New Family Host!

We are looking for Nobles families currently in grades 7-11.

The Admissions Office, in partnership with the Parents' Association, is looking for host families for incoming fall 2013 families new to Nobles.

The Host Family Program serves as a way to welcome new families into the community. New families appreciate the advice and support that their host families provide and the school administration values the role that the current Nobles families play in the transition process for new families. The role of the host family is to provide a connection between the new family and Nobles and to create an accessible and welcoming source of information and support.

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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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