Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

March 2013

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter March 2013

Class III Deans' Report

Dear Class III Families,

What a white winter it has been so far! We hope that you all survived Nemo safely and received some shoveling assistance from your Class III children.

The Class III special lunch in January was a big success and a welcome surprise. The kids loved it! We give our sincerest thanks to all of you who were involved in planning, decorating the Castle, creating the menu, and staffing the lunch—it was much appreciated by everyone. 

Since January, all students have been very busy with their many academic commitments, including the U.S. History Research Project, their involvement in sports, the theatre and other extracurricular activities.  We are sure that everyone is looking forward to vacation in order to relax and recharge for the final quarter of the year.  To all of those students traveling on Nobles spring break trips, we extend our best wishes for a safe and wonderful experience.

Through class meetings, Assemblies and other announcements, our students have heard from a variety of study away program representatives over the past several months. We would like to applaud those who took the time and the risk to apply to study away from Nobles for either a semester or for the entire academic year. If your child applied to study away, he/she should hear from the different programs by mid-April.  If your child is accepted to one or more programs, he/she must make a decision and inform Nobles of this decision by May 1.  Your child should inform us, along with his/her advisor and Jennifer Hines (Dean of Enrollment Management).  If you have any questions about this process or about the individual programs, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you missed the Class III parent evening in February, it was an engaging and thought-provoking night run by Michael Denning, Kate Ramsdell and the College Counseling Office.  The evening was entitled, “Search for a College: A Dynamic 18-Month Process.”  It was a night designed to ease some of the anxiety happening now or most likely will happen around the college process, and also to help parents understand a bit more about standardized testing. The discussion was framed around how to preserve your relationship with your child while engaging him/her in this process. As Erika Guy has pointed out in newsletters of the past, “the adolescent years are crucial moments for the requisite psychological tasks of identity development and independence, and the outcome-based expectation of college admittance sometimes creates tension, struggle, and bad results.”  The college process can affect families in ways that they do not anticipate, and even the best-intentioned parents can wind up losing sight of the most important elements in the college process, namely the happiness of their child and what is best for him/her.  Our hope with this evening was to reinforce this with parents before the process begins.  If you are interested in seeing a copy of the materials that were used and distributed on that evening, please let us know. 

As you may know, Class III has a special event approaching on Sat., April 6.  As is the tradition for Class III each year, Bob Henderson will host the Class III Head of School Dinner and Dance on that evening from 6:30-10:30 p.m., in the Castle.  The Head of School Dinner and Dance is a mandatory event for all Class III students, as it marks the mid-way point of their Upper School career at Nobles.  For that reason, if your child cannot attend, we must hear directly from you in order to excuse him/her.  Since this is a special occasion, there is a specific dress code for the evening: boys should wear a jacket, tie and nice pants; girls should wear a skirt with a nice top or a dress.  This is not the prom, and your child should not dress as if he/she were going to the prom. If your child is a boarder, the dorm will be open on that evening if your child would like to stay at Nobles.  We have sent all boarders an email, asking whether they would like to stay that night, so please help your child plan ahead and have him/her respond to Tara’s email by Wed., March 6.  A link to the invitation has been sent to students via email, and although the event is mandatory, your child must RSVP.  Please make sure that your child logs into the Nobles website and responds to the invitation by Fri., March 9.  We would like to thank all of the parents who are working very hard to make this event memorable, and if you are not involved but would like to be, please contact Ruth Gilleran or Jen Potter.

We look forward to a strong finish to the year with the Class III students, and we hope to see you on the Nobles campus this spring.  We wish you and your family a relaxing and fun-filled March vacation!

Amy Joyce and Tara McDonald

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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