Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

April 2013

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter April 2013


Experiential Learning – So What? by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

Imagine these scenes: A team of Nobles students arrives at an elementary school in a country where they don’t speak the language. Ten minutes later they are paired up and asked to teach English for two hours. The teacher walks out of the room and leaves it to them. Another group of students shows up at a home construction site. The foreman of the site divides them up in to teams of two and three, gives each group a quick primer on the discrete jobs that need to be done—and then leaves them to it. 



The Prom, the Facts by Bill Bussey, Provost

Before we send out invitations to Class I and II students, before a letter from the Head arrives, I want to send this bare bones, just-the-facts missive to you all regarding the prom. Many thanks to the parents who helped organize the dinners. One important note in advance: A fair number of students choose not to attend with "a date" and go with a group of friends instead. For some, it's a simple, stress-free approach .


The Farm to Table Movement at Nobles by Erika Guy, Dean of Students

As we all impatiently and anxiously await the first glimpse of spring in New England, my mind is already focused squarely upon the upcoming growing season.  In the fall of 2011, after the first ever Nobles Summer Farm and Food Systems service trip, two brave students signed up for an entrepreneurial Afternoon Program option: organic gardening.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Welcome back!  We hope you enjoyed some rest and relaxation over the break.  Spring is always a busy time at Nobles and this year is no exception.  We hope you will join us for an array of parent activities coming up as well as the class specific dinners and coffees.


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 IV Deans' Report


From Community Service

If you're anything like us, you are already looking at the summer family calendar with increasing panic and leaping into planning mode. You are on the web searching for opportunities for your children, while you balance vacation options, work schedules, camping trips, sports skill-building challenges and service hour requirements.


The Studies Show Podcast Series

This month's podcast is entitled, "To-Do Lists in the Digital Age and the Death of the Assignment Notebook."

Visit to access the latest episode, along with helpful resources reccomended by Learning Specialists Gia Batty and Sara Masucci.

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From the Nobles Theatre Collective

Greetings from the Nobles Theatre Collective (NTC)!  We hope you had a wonderful spring break. Please mark your calendar for the 2013 Spring Musical—The Drowsy Chaperone, music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.

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Go, Nobles, Go!

Boston Marathon, Development, Graduate Affairs

Patriot’s Day is Monday, April 15, and families are invited to join the Nobles community to watch the Boston Marathon and to cheer on the Nobles Marathon Fund Team.

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Lunch in the Castle, Anyone?

If you've ever wondered what lunch in the Castle is really like, join us for a Parent Lunch on Thurs., April 25.

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Still Making Summer Plans? Information from Nobles Specialty Programs

Check out our 2013 Nobles specialty programs that are being offered this summer.  While many of you may be familiar with our traditional Nobles Day Camp, these programs are for older campers and offer a concentration in a specific area. 

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PA Green Team Cleaning Tips

Spring is FINALLY here! Throw open the windows and let the fresh air in. But before you begin this year’s spring cleaning, consider these ideas from the Nobles PA Green Team.

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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

You can find the current issue, along with back issues in the archive at

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