Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

September 2013

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter September 2013

Greetings from the Service Office



Newsletter CoverAs summer draws to a close, many of us are using the last days before classes begin to make sure that all is ready for your sons and daughters to return and begin the year. 
 
We are currently receiving evaluations and journals from students who spent part of their summer volunteering at many worthy organizations. It might be a great time for you to check in with this effort from your own kids since once the busy fall season begins, time to reflect on summer's experiences begins to fade. Service journals only really matter to youngsters (and do the cognitive work they are designed for) when they are written close to the time of the actual experience. 
 
We are hearing from many students who during these summer months shared their time, talent, and energy helping organizations and people in need. We would love to hear about their experiences and give students in the upper school credit towards completion of their service requirement. 
 
To receive credit towards the service requirement, here is a quick review of what needs to happen.
 
  • The hours should have been done at a not-for-profit organization that uses volunteers to complete their work.
  • Students should give their supervisors an evaluation form that will document and confirm their hours. This form can be found on the Nobles website.
  • The last piece is their written reflection. The written reflection includes six journal entries. Journal entries should be typed, one and a half double-spaces. Journal entries are due as soon as the service ends. They should be sent via email to Linda Hurley or to Sandra MacQuinn.
 
Paperwork for summer service should be completed and submitted by Friday, September 20
 
Students are encouraged to share their experiences with others in assembly, class assembly or group advisor meetings. Please encourage your son/daughter to stop by our office or send an email if they have any questions.
 
Last year, the Nobles community sponsored more than 80 all-school service initiatives. As of this date, many initiatives and events are in the planning stages for the upcoming year. We will be communicating information and dates by email, on the school website and the service blog.
 
Your children are experiencing the joy of service to others in classes, clubs and organizations, their sports teams, in afternoon programs and with you, as a family. This infuses our life together as a community with purpose and connection to wonderful people all over the world who are "doing good."
 
You are especially invited to participate in four events happening in September.
 
Saturday, September 7 - Michelle Dufault 5K Race
This race is a benefit for Girls On the Run. Come and support the walk-run held on the Nobles campus. $15 entry fee. For more information, contact Mark Sheeran. 
 
Sunday, September 15 - 2nd Annual "Ride For Food"
A charity bicycle ride to support eight local food pantries. The ride begins and ends at Nobles. Riders and volunteers are welcome.
 
Saturday, Septmber 21 - Ellie Bloom Special Olympics at DeFazio Field in Needham
Volunteers are welcome. Every fall, athletes of all ages and abilities come together to participate in the Ellie Bloom Olympics, a day of fun and challenging track and field events. Individuals compete in running and wheelchair dashes, tennis/softball throws, ring tosses, relay races, frisbee throws and walks and go home with many well-deserved medals. Nobles students will work with the Charles River Center on this event. For more information, email Bryan Huynh -bryan_huynh@nobles.edu
 
September 30-October 4 - Middle School Athletic Team Food Drive 
This food drive will benefit local food pantries. You will be hearing more about this from Nobles MS Coaches as the event nears. This is the kickoff of the athletics theme for this year which is about food insecurity in our own area. 
 
We look forward to another year of embodying our central purpose: "serving others, challenging ourselves." 
 
Best,
 
781-320-7262
 
781-320-6271
 

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