Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

May 2013

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter May 2013


Are They Listening by Bob Henderson, Head of School

Frequently I wonder if my three boys are paying any attention to me.  I am so omnipresent in their lives as both parent and school head that I think they work especially hard to shut me off.  Moreover, the seductive power of the technologies to which they have access provides them with easy escape. For those of you who missed the news of my infirmity, I managed to break my leg skiing back in December.  The damage was sufficiently severe that I am still in the midst of a long recovery. 


Top Ten Tips for Surviving the End of the School Year by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

Typically in my Parent E-Newsletter pieces, I focus on aspects of Nobles that connect to our mission and have an impact on parents and parenting. As we get ready to close the school year, however, I want to get really practical about what the final weeks entail. I am particularly concerned in the spring that students get "over-stretched" in their commitments as we enter arguably the most important academic phase of the year. 


Bouncing Back by John Gifford, Head of Middle School

Failure, in and of itself, actually does teach important lessons. When students get a question right, they don’t stop to consider why (even if it was simply a lucky guess).  When they get it wrong, they usually take the time to understand what went awry.  They learn from their errors and will hopefully not make the same mistake again. We have not, however, taken full advantage of failure if we leave it at that.


Addressing the Concern of Learning Style Differences and Stigma by Jennifer Hamilton, School Psychologist

For kids with learning style differences, learning and studying often become a real chore.  They are trying as hard as they can, yet they can feel like they are spinning their wheels and not seeing the kind of results they (and others) expect from them. As their school work shifts from concrete tasks to abstract reasoning and analytical thinking (usually around eighth grade), the methods they have employed in the lower grades no longer get the job done.

From the PA Co-Chairs

It’s hard to believe the school year is almost over! But before we get to June, we have a busy May with many opportunities for you to enjoy the Nobles community.


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 I Deans' Report


From Community Service: Help Your Child Get Summer Service Hours

Popsicles, lemonade, a hammock and you! Ah, summer is so relaxing, isn't it? Or are you like us—in a car, air conditioner humming, the back seat full of children on their way to dozens of activities? If this is you, and you are also trying to fit in that conversation or helpful hint about service requirement hours, we're here to help.


Nobles Magazine Is Now Available for the iPad

The latest issue of Nobles—the official magazine for Noble and Greenough School—is now available in print, online and for the iPad. The iPad version has extended features and interactive content, including video, audio, slideshows and more.

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From the Foster Gallery:
2013 AP Student Show

Foster Gallery proudly showcases the work of 30 AP studio students in the annual Student Show, running from April 29 through May 31.  The largest student show since the inception of the gallery, works represent a year of technical and conceptual development in the AP ceramics, photography, and drawing courses.

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The Studies Show Podcast Series: Modern Language and Oral Assessments

To listen to this month's podcast—featuring modern language teacher Jodi McQuillan— about studying for modern language, visit

“The Studies Show” is a podcast series hosted by Nobles Learning Specialists Gia Batty and Sara Masucci. Through this series, the two hope to share information about some of the research they have come across in their work.

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From the Nobles Theatre Collective

Please join us as we present our spring musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, on Tues., May 14 through Fri., May 17, at 6:30 p.m., and on Sat., May 18, at 2 p.m.

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The Warm Weather is Here! Spring/Summer Tips from the Green Team

Nobles is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and promoting healthy habits on campus. We need to take care of the world around us! The success of the single-use plastic bottle ban—introduced this fall—is just one example of the campus-wide programs and green initiatives in place. The Nobles Green Team is thrilled with the work on campus and wants to encourage Nobles families to continue the commitment at home. Here are a few helpful tips for staying green during the warmer months:

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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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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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