Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

March 2013

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter March 2013

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. Our theme this year is Asian inspired.  We will have soups, salads and entrees with the flavors of the Orient. 

We are looking for the following help from parents:

  • Three to four volunteers between 7:45 and 10 a.m., to collect items at drop off and help set up
  • One parent from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., to help during the lunch. 

We are also looking for a fruit salad and baked goods in keeping with the theme, perhaps with the flavors of almond, ginger, and tropical fruit,  from your kitchen or favorite bakery.  Please contact Helen Goins at or Cindy Jaczko at if you are interested in helping out and/or providing part of the dessert.

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.  With great foresight, the trustees and leadership of the school at that time imagined that the athletic program at Nobles eventually would place greater emphasis on fitness and wellness activities (in addition to interscholastic athletics), and the design of the Morrison Athletic Center (the MAC) reflected that philosophy.  There was a very small, struggling dance program at Nobles in those days, existing as a limited one-season option in the Afternoon Program.  The leadership of the school envisioned that dance might someday flourish and burgeon, and so they included a space for dance in the MAC; it was assigned the “other half” of the wrestling room.  And dance did grow, albeit fitfully and slowly over the last two decades.

Roughly a decade ago, as planning began for the Arts Center, many people pointed out the limitations of the dance space in the MAC. Most notably, the surface of the floor there is inadequate.  The Performing Arts Department advocated for inclusion of dance in the new Arts Center as a natural adjunct to the overall arts program.  The early drawings of the Arts Center did, in fact, show a dance studio. Then, however, we were forced to prioritize and scale back that immense project in order to meet our funding capacity.  Dance was the smallest of the performing arts programs at that time, with the shortest history at Nobles as compared to music and drama, and some argued that dance already had space in the MAC.  So the dance studio disappeared in the “value engineering” process and the Arts Center opened without it.

Yet, as predicted by trustees in the 1990s, interest in dance continued slowly to grow.  Emphasis on excellence in choreography for the spring musical productions in particular fueled interest and need, and the MAC was too far away to serve as an adequate or useful space to prepare for a major theatrical production.  Indeed, dance classes and rehearsals were being held on the carpeted concrete floors of the Arts Center lobby. With the arrival of Jillian Grunnah at Nobles in the fall of 2009, interest in dance soared, a tribute to her charismatic presence and her emphasis on both inclusion and excellence. Over the last year we have seen roughly 40 students, between Afternoon Program and school day options, involved in dance in single seasons.  Dance shows have repeatedly drawn enthusiastic full houses, and performances in morning Assembly have been regular occurrences.  The time seemed right to take the next step and provide a proper home.

In December of this school year, the trustees approved a concept for a new dance studio.  The site they selected is where the dance studio appeared in those original drawings of the Arts Center – on the north side of the building, behind the recital hall on Campus Drive, attached to the building adjacent to the current “green room.”  The dance floor will be 3,000 square feet in size, determined after careful study of dance studios at other schools and with the current and future needs of our program in mind.  The floor, to Jillian’s relief, will not be concrete. Instead it will be a multilayered surface of springs, hardwood and marley flooring, which will allow for a full range of locomotive training. We also will include other amenities, such as viewing space, that will enhance the quality of the dance program.  Seizing the opportunity presented by this project, the trustees also authorized the creation of two new classrooms and several new offices on the second floor of this addition, addressing additional needs of the school.  Construction will begin late this spring, and the most disruptive elements of the project will occur over the summer.  Assuming all the planning, permitting and construction elements fall into line, this addition is scheduled for completion by January 2014; we plan to use all these facilities in the second semester of the next school year.  Funding has been secured, and we have had the enthusiastic support of some generous donors who have long hoped to see dance emerge as a full partner in the performing arts program at Nobles.  In the next edition of the Nobles magazine you will be able to see the full designs for this exciting addition to the Arts Center.  I hope you will view this project, as I do, as both the fulfillment of a long-held vision for dance at Nobles, as well as an exciting opportunity for the future of the school. 

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?"

Over the years, I’ve come to believe that summer can and should be used in important ways—but how best to spend that time varies dramatically between individual kids.  Here are a few ideas to prompt the thinking about what might be best for your son or daughter.

More than any other summer activity, I believe that getting a summer job is often the most valuable pursuit a teenager can undertake. The world of work presents opportunities for accountability and growth that schools cannot adequately replicate and forces interactions with a broad range of people from different generations. Adolescents develop an enormous sense of pride when they bring home that paycheck, build their own bank account and no longer have to rely on parents as their personal ATM.  Whether the job is bussing tables or cutting lawns or teaching swimming, the values of hard work and responsibility are often taught better in a work environment than anywhere else. It is also a great opportunity to help your child understand that they can contribute towards the cost of something important to them.

Using the earnings from a summer job to become involved in some sort of travel or service opportunity can teach the lessons of work and of engaging in a new and different environment. Whether the experience takes one far from home or to a new neighborhood in greater Boston, there is incredible value in placing oneself in a different milieu with new people. If travel is abroad, I strongly recommend programs with home-stay components: not only will language be improved (if in a non-English speaking country), but also the experience will not simply be a "tour" with other American young people.  The more time one spends with those "native" to the environment, the better.

Finally, I am a great believer in the value of the outdoors. Whether counseling at an overnight camp or enrolling in programs like Outward Bound, NOLS, Island School or High Mountain Institute, the lessons of independence, self-reliance and physical activity (and often great challenge) can be incredibly powerful to the developing adolescent.

It should go without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that summer is also an important time to relax, recharge the batteries, and to be with family and read. 

Many of the above can be done without significant financial outlay and many students take advantage of scholarship opportunities presented by the programs themselves or through the Nobles Pi Newell Fund.  Hopefully over the course of the next few weeks, you can engage your child in a productive conversation about how to use the summer to grow, learn something about oneself and simply to have some fun. 

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

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! 

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. They are clearly enjoying NYC life and their close friendship is evident from the minute you meet them. “This is the 10-year anniversary of our friendship!” they told us over dinner.

In our Graduate Affairs work, we meet with hundreds of Nobles graduates each year, and we often ask people to reflect on the role that Nobles has played in their lives. Inevitably, graduates discuss their academic experiences and relationships with teachers. If you really want to appreciate the impact that a teacher can have on an adolescent kid, ask Putty McDowell ’42 to tell you his story. McDowell came to Nobles as a boarder in 1937, soon after the death of his father. He recalls that Charles Wiggins, the school’s Headmaster, became like a grandfather to him. He remembers skating up the frozen Charles River with teacher (and future Headmaster) Eliot Putnam. “Being at Nobles during those years made all the difference in the world in my life,” he explains. “I am just sure of it.”

Graduates also offer stories of extracurricular life, and it is downright eerie how some of these memories remain vivid decades later. Personally, I can’t remember where I was yesterday at this time, but I do remember our senior fall at Nobles, and our final field hockey game against Milton. I can tell you that we were losing 2-0 at halftime and came back to win 4-3, and that my co-captain Christina Novicki ’90 scored a hat-trick and that one of her goals resembled Bobby Orr’s 1970 Stanley Cup game-winner.

Most saliently, we hear stories of close and enduring friendships like that between E.B. and Erin. We speculate as to why Nobles friendships seem unusually strong and long-lasting. Nobles is, first and foremost, a community that is defined by some core principles, as outlined in the school’s mission statement:

The Nobles community:

  •     Generates critical, creative, socially conscious thinkers;
  •     Upholds a commitment to diversity;
  •     Develops character and intellect in deliberate conjunction;
  •     Cultivates purposeful citizenship on local, national and global levels;
  •     Builds independence and self-respect through challenge and achievement; 
  •     Espouses humility, humor, collaboration, honesty and respect for others as the foundations of a vibrant intellectual community

Laced throughout our mission are references to how we treat one another, and I believe that kids here do internalize that relationships are the cornerstone of any strong community. Friendships that are born here are cultivated here, and they tend to last. In the Graduate Affairs Office, we have learned that a “best practice” of our work is to create opportunities for graduates to connect with one another through Nobles. We visit young graduates at colleges and host reunions, graduate athletic games, community service projects and networking events. We involve grads in meaningful volunteer work through the Graduates Council and the Hall of Fame Committee, among others. For us, the goal is to keep graduates connected to Nobles, and we are happy when we hear of any gathering of Nobles graduates, whether it be on campus or off, organized by us or not. We operate on the belief that when graduates are connected to one another, they are connected to Nobles.

Your children’s Nobles friends will enrich their lives in good times and buoy them in difficult times. My own Nobles friends surrounded me on my wedding day, and more recently, they stood by me through a year of cancer treatment. At the risk of oversimplifying the social landscape of high school, it is safe to say that one or a few close friendships may well be the gifts of a Nobles education that your son or daughter will appreciate most throughout their lives.

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.

After “tweeting” out for a month, and representing the school on some level, I can see how anybody, not just kids, could get in a jam.  For example, the words that I would use to describe my feelings for Lance Armstrong are best left untweeted but I almost did it.  I did tweet out a Rolling Stone interview that upon closer inspection was sprinkled with f-bombs; I thought about just letting it go but then thought better of it and removed it. The inappropriate makes me laugh more than anything but more often than not I just can’t go there and expect life to be business as usual afterwards.

Yet, I can tweet out useful articles, irreverent news items, upcoming events and the rare schoolhouse moment that I think parents and kids will find interesting. This medium also serves as a conduit for graduates to get a sense of how the school is doing, how it remains familiar and, I trust, taking pride in its growth. I tweeted a simple message reminding current students of an upcoming “blue and white day” and immediately received a response from a graduate as to how she “missed those days.”  I found it comforting that something that simple still resonated with her.  Striking a balance between the serious, the irreverent and the sentimental without it being Nobles rah-rah all the time works for me.

I share this with you because I’m finding this little enterprise worth it. For me it does have a shelf life, but until that time, you might find it worth it, too. Search Twitter for NoblesBuzz, put in your email address and name, follow, and that’s that. No one will come knocking at your front door. Promise.

Other things…

Debbie Harrison, who has coached the varsity squash team for more than 20 years, at least, won the ISL championship this year with the same understated grace, drive and humility that she has approached all her undertakings throughout her career.  Nothing this past winter has given me greater satisfaction than this.

If you never got around to seeing  “Argo”, “Silver Linings Playbook” or “Searching for Sugarman”, you should give them a shot.

Most people don’t read much for pleasure. They just don’t have the time. Maybe that explains why over the past year short story collections are getting tons of attention. Two recent releases are Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell and George Saunders’ The Tenth of December.  Both are must-reads, especially if you have some vacation time coming up.  George Saunders will be reading at Newtonville Books in Newton Centre, Fri., March 8, at 8 p.m. and on Sun., March 10, noon, at the Brattle Theatre. Tickets for the Brattle event are available through the Harvard Book Store ($5.00 fee)

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Class I Reps: (from left): Linda Courtiss Rheingold, Marion Mussafer, Elaine Sobell

February, while always short, was also very sweet thanks to our Class I surprise Valentine's dessert buffet. We owe the success of this event to our intrepid dessert makers and candy donators, who, despite blizzard conditions, came through for our seniors. Our students thoroughly enjoyed loading their candy bags and plates with offerings from an amazing smorgasbord of sugary delight (see photos). Many thanks again to our talented Class I parent volunteers!

As we move ahead into March, all eyes are on spring break. We wish everyone a fun and restful two weeks and look forward to warmer weather on the horizon when we return.  Following break, the excitement of senior spring will begin to ramp up quickly. For many of us, these events will be the last with our children at Nobles, and we encourage everyone to join in the fun and participate!

We will keep you updated weekly about the senior spring activities—please check the Class I notes in the Friday update emails for important details. In the meantime, please mark your calendars now with these important dates:

Wed., April 3, 8:30 a.m.: "The Way We Were" kick-off meeting will be held in the Castle Library. Event chairs Kristi Geary and Betsy Frauenthal will host this meeting for volunteers interested in helping with this traditional highlight of senior week.

Fri., April 5:  Mexican Fiesta Class I Surprise Lunch. Once again, Anna's Taqueria has graciously offered to donate their delicious food for this traditional senior spring lunch. We will decorate the Castle lower dining room on Thurs. April 4, between 4-6 p.m., and will serve lunch on Fri., April 5, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  A SignUpGenius link for this event will be posted in the Class I notes in the Friday, March 8, update email.

Thank you again for your time and generosity.  We have an amazing group of Class I parents and are looking forward to sharing a fun, memorable senior spring with all of you!

Marion Mussafer,
Linda Courtiss Rheingold,
Elaine Sobell,

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 the greater Boston area, Sunday after Sunday, to strap themselves onto sleds to access a sport they love despite the physical challenges they face every day. The program's connection to Nobles began three years ago when Mason Pulde '13 asked to speak to the Community Service Board about his passion to bring sled hockey to Nobles. The result has been a satisfying and productive collaboration between the enthusiasts of the sport, members of the both Nobles hockey team and also the Community Service program. As with any endeavor that challenges the spirit and the body like this one does, able helpers had a lot to learn about when and how to reach out to these athletes. Do you offer to help them on to the sled? Do they wish to get to the bathroom alone? What does "helping" look like in this context? Three years after Mason began the conversation, the connection to the Northeast Passage program remains strong. As Mason graduates, and other Nobles students continue to lead us forward in the partnership, the service department want to thank the Pulde family and Mason, in particular, for helping Nobles to support a cause so worthy. Below, is a timeline of the partnership's efforts to date.


Spring 2010—Mason Pulde '13 comes to a Community Service Board meeting and introduces the group to an organization called Northeast Passage.  The program is designed to improve access, independence and quality of life for individuals with disabilities. He and his family have seen some sled hockey games. How can Nobles get involved?

Summer 2010—Winter ice time secured with Buildings and Grounds for some practice sessions to develop the program for 2010-2011.

November 7, 2010—The first sled hockey session at Nobles; volunteers, sled players and coaches meet for the first time. Representatives from Northeast Passage introduce us to the sport.  Therapists from the local Veteran’s Hospital and disabled veterans kick off the season. Six Sunday practices throughout the winter culminate in March 2011 with Nobles hosting an adult tournament in March 2011.

November 2011—Second season of sled hockey. More Nobles students are introduced to the organization and volunteer at more Sunday development sessions. Nobles boys varsity hockey scrimmages the NE Passage Wildcat sled team in February. The season finishes in March with Nobles hosting a tournament for the junior sled players in March 2012.

November 2012—The Northeast Passage trailer is a regular sight on a number of Sunday mornings throughout the winter. Kaitlin King (coach of the Junior Wildcats) introduces the sport to more young people at Nobles' Dedham location.  She teaches the importance of access; sled hockey is an ice sport that allows individuals with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy and participate in the popular winter activity.

The relationships continue to grow. Friendships have formed between players on the Nobles team, therapists, activity directors and the sled hockey participants. Each season brings a greater commitment to learning from each other.

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

It is hard to believe that the winter Afternoon Programs have come to an end and we are nearing the end of the third academic quarter. February in the Middle School was highlighted by a successful run of the Middle School play, The Yellow Boat, and a very well attended and informative MS parent coffee with John Gifford and Collette Finley. March is a busy month for the Middle School with many events and only two weeks of classes. The Class V students will travel to Washington, D.C., on March 5, for a three-day trip to enrich their civics studies. Their trip includes visits to the Supreme Court, U.S. Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery and numerous museums, monuments and memorials.  During the same time, Class VI students will participate in Empathy Week at Nobles, during which they will be immersed in curriculum and events to give them a better understanding of the issues around poverty, hunger and need.

The following is an outline of Middle School events for March:

  • March 1: MS Magic Bus—Students will travel with faculty chaperones to a local destination for an afternoon of fun, from 2:45-5 p.m. Pick up at the Middle School.
  • March 1: Course sign-up forms for the 2013-14 school year are due.
  • March: 4-7: There is no Afternoon Program. Please pick up your child at the end of each academic day. Please remember there is not guaranteed adult supervision in the Middle School after 6 p.m.
  • March 5-7: Class V Washington, D.C., Trip
  • March 5-7: Class VI Empathy Week
  • March 8: No School, Faculty Retreat
  • March 9-24: Spring Break
  • March 25: School Reopens. Faculty Meeting in Morrison Forum at 1:45 p.m. There is no MS Afternoon Program.
  • March 26: MS Individual Advisor/Advisee Meetings to discuss third quarter grades/comments, starting at 2:30 p.m. There is no MS Afternoon Program.
  • March 27: Spring Afternoon Program begins!

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.

While the impact is great, the commitment is small. Once a match with a new family has been made, your role as a host will be to attend a welcome reception (Mon., April 22, for the Upper School; Tues., May 7, for the Middle School) and, after that, to follow up with a few phone calls and/or emails over the summer and fall. The program is a parent-to-parent program (students are only involved if they want to be). It requires only a small time commitment, energy and enthusiasm!

We encourage ALL families (grades 7-11) to consider volunteering! With 50 new Middle Schoolers admitted, we are shooting for 100% participation amongst our current Class VI class in order to graciously welcome each new family. In the Upper School, we need similar numbers of volunteers to make the best matches possible.

Click here to be directed to our volunteer sign up form. This form takes three minutes to complete and will facilitate the matching process. If you have any questions, contact Carolyn Perelmuter at or 781-449-7235.

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

Class IV Reps: Isabelle Loring (left) and Cindy Trull

Greetings Parents and Guardians:

Welcome to March! We have certainly had our fair share of snow this winter—bring on spring! 

Before highlighting the upcoming events, we wanted to thank the Castle staff and especially all of the energetic, enthusiastic, amazing volunteers for their hard work and for the wonderful job put forth on the Class IV surprise lunch. By all accounts, the students were surprised and thrilled with everything about the event; it was Red Sox mania from the minute they walked into the Castle!  The Fenway franks and soft pretzels were fabulous and the sundae bar was a clear home run.  Thanks to all who made it special—we could not have done it without everyone’s help.

March is shaping up to be a relatively quiet month before the craziness of the spring.  Here are some of the scheduled events for the month of March:

  • Thurs., March 7, 3 p.m.—Deadline for student course selections for next year.
  • Thurs., March 7—Last day of classes
  • Fri., March 8-24—Spring Break
  • Mon., March 25—School resumes
  • Mon., March 25—Afternoon Programs begin

Looking ahead, our Class IV parent social will be held in the Castle on the evening of Fri., April 19, from 6:30-10 p.m.  Please contact either Izzy or Cindy if you’d like to volunteer to help out in any way. More details to follow after the break. 

There will be one more Class IV parent/guardian coffee before the end of the school year.  It is scheduled for Fri., May 17, 8-10 a.m.  Please put it on your calendars!

Volunteers are needed for the Nobles Host Family Program, which welcomes new families to the Nobles community.  This program, run by the Parents' Association and the Admissions Office, is a great way to help incoming families settle into student life at Nobles. Volunteers are matched with an incoming family and attend one dinner reception to meet “their” family (April 22, for the Upper School) and follow up with a few phone calls or emails.  This is on a completely volunteer basis; however, in order to match each new family with an existing one, we need close to 100% participation from our class (current ninth-grade families).  All volunteers are welcome, regardless of how long you have been at Nobles.  Please contact Deanna DiNovi at with questions or click here to volunteer.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or comments. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Izzy Loring (
Cindy Trull (

Class III Reps: Ruth Gilleran (left) and Jennifer Potter

It’s hard to believe we’re almost to spring break!  Our students have been busy with the winter play, finishing their U.S. History papers, and ending another sports season, so the long break will no doubt be welcome.  June will be upon us before we know it.

Your Class III student recently received an invitation from Mr. Henderson for the Head of School Dinner Dance to be held in the new Castle dining hall on Sat., April 6, from 6:30–10:30 p.m.  The event is mandatory, but we have been asked to remind you to have your son or daughter personally RSVP by March 15.  It might be best to have them do it before school vacation begins.  Please be aware that your account will be chitted $25 per student for the event. If this presents a hardship please contact our Class Deans, Tara McDonald or Amy Joyce.

A few dates to keep in mind:

  • March 8—Faculty retreat, no classes
  • March 9–24—Spring break, classes resume Mon., March 25
  • March 28—Parent coffee at 8 a.m. for Class III in the Castle upper dining room
  • April 2—Class III parent College Night Part II, 7–8:30 p.m., in Morrison Forum
  • April 6—Head of School Dinner and Dance in the new Castle dining room, 6:30–10:30 p.m.

As always, please contact either one of us if you have any thoughts, questions or concerns.

Ruth Gilleran –
Jennifer Potter –

Class II Reps: Suzie Montgomery (left) and Eileen Orscheln

Hello Class II Parents!

This is a busy time for everyone, as students begin the whole college process. The good news is that as of March 7,  Class II students have only one quarter left of their junior year and two weeks of vacation to look forward to!  Spring break begins Fri., March 8, and school resumes on Mon., March 25.  Only varsity teams will practice on the Monday back from vacation. 

Please join us on Thurs., March 28, at 8 a.m., second floor of the MAC for a preliminary pre-prom dinner planning meeting.  There is lots of information to share and many ways to help make this a memorable event for our kids.  If you cannot make the meeting but would still like to help with this event , please contact one of us.

Please save the date for the Class II spring parent social—Fri., April 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Castle.  You will receive an email invitation soon. 

Your Class II Parent Representatives,

Suzie Montgomery,
Eileen Orscheln,

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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. More than 50 parent volunteers are constantly working behind the scenes to bring us all together for camaraderie, fun and laughter. Thank you also to faculty member Bill Bussey, who spoke at our February PA meeting. It is wonderful to see so many parents on campus attending events and strengthening our parent community!

Due to the break, we will not be having a PA meeting in March. However, mark your calendars for April 11, at 8 a.m., in the Castle Library for our next PA meeting. We are so pleased that Sandi MacQuinn and Linda Hurley will be our guest speakers. Sandi teaches English and is community service director and Linda is coordinator of service activities.  Please come and learn about the community service program at Nobles.  They will speak about summer opportunities, school year initiatives, and how the community service program at Nobles continues to evolve and thrive.

We wish you a wonderfully relaxing vacation whether you take it easy at home or somewhere else around the globe.

Safe travels,

Kris Ganong and Lisa Soule
PA Co-Chairs

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