Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

October 2013

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter October 2013

Afternoon Program Food Initiative Begins in October

In a joint and all-school effort, the afternoon programs of Athletics, Community Service and Performing and Visual Arts begin working on local food insecurity this month, following the successful Three Squares Ride for Food on Sept. 15 which earned $113,000 for eight local food pantries. This ride, sponsored by Ripples of Hope (ripplesof and hosted by Nobles kicked off the year long theme of collaborative service efforts to come.

It might be surprising to some that nearby towns and cities are struggling to collect enough food to distribute to needy families. But the facts are these:

* Food insecurity rate in Massachussetts has risen by 43% since the start of the recession in 2008.
* It is the highest rate recorded in the Commonwealth since 1995.
* Food insecurity reflects the widening gap between high and low wage earners in our state.

Nobles has committed itself to partnering with the local food efforts to meet these goals:

1) We will provide help in the short term to alleviate hunger. Our goal is 75,000 pounds      of food by June!
2) We will invest in and help to strengthen the community involvment by our school
3) We will learn how to provide solutions for the long term sustainability of food security

Planning for this year began with Athletics and Service early this summer. The plan is both aspirational and practical. During the sports season, students will concentrate for one week on collecting healthy food which they will bring to school and place in mail bins in the main lobby near Lawrence auditorium, or the Middle School forum. The afternoon program service and Empty Bowls art students will then transport the food to local pantries.

The Performing Arts department has offered to collect food at their performances as well. The weeks of collection are as follows:

Middle School: Sept. 30-Oct 4.

Varsity: Oct 21-25  Sub varsity: Nov. 4-8.

Alex Gallagher, Athletic Director noted "The #AllDawgsGottaEat" initiative is a wonderful way to for every facet of the Afternoon program to work together on a mission drive project. We feel fortunate that we have the opportunity to make a difference for these phenomenal Food Pantries."

You can help your child to participate in this major effort by talking with them about their collection. You can also let neighbors and family, church members and others know about what your child is doing. Each student will have a flyer from their coach about the food needed by the pantry they are supporting. Gentle reminders to collect the food and get it to school in the bin provided will help your son or daughter be a part of this great event.

This major focus will be in addition to the many other efforts students and faculty already perform during the year. Many opportunities to serve our communities occur through clubs and organizations, the Community Service Board, Graduate Council Initiatives and classes.

The most recent of these found 9 student volunteers accompanying Linda Hurley and Parent Mary Tedesco to Needham to the Ellie Bloom Special Olympics. The participation in the Olympics was the initial event of a further partnership with the Charles River Center. Their mission is to enhance the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Some of our students are already very interested in this idea and enthusiastically took part in this event. Bryan Huynh has been very interested in getting this program going at Nobles, and this event was a great start.

Please check weekly emails from Judith Merritt for announcements of further opportunities to participate and support service initiatives.

The Importance of Accountability

Over the summer, I found myself caught up in ESPN’s series of documentaries, "Nine for IX". In August, Pat XO, a film about former Tennessee women’s basketball coach, Pat Summitt, aired.

As I watched, I was struck by one player’s interview in particular. She shared vivid stories of Coach Summitt tearing into her during a time-out after she had done something wrong in a playoff game against an SEC rival.

Her visceral description of that experience struck a chord. In the same breath, she spoke of Coach Summitt’s unconditional love for the team and her desire to care for the players as if they were her family. So strong was the former player’s admiration and respect for Summitt that it was palpable twenty years after she had graduated.

The former player went on to credit Summitt for teaching her the importance of accountability, of taking responsibility for her actions, even – and perhaps especially – when she had screwed up. Of all of the life lessons that Summitt imparted, she felt this was the most important.

As I thought about the kinds of values I might want to emphasize in my new role in the Dean of Students’ office, the notion of accountability kept bubbling to the top of the list.

When Bill Bussey charged me with addressing assembly on the first full Monday of the year, I decided to talk about Pat Summitt and the striking similarities she shared with my own mother, Barbara Boyle.

While I won’t go into the gory details of the two stories I shared*, they marked moments in my pre-adolescence when I realized that my mom meant business. She was what I call now the “Queen of Accountability.” When I was 16, it was more like “so annoying!”

She followed through when we screwed up, and yet she clearly still loved us anyway. Moreover, she let us learn our lessons by living through the consequences. Thirty years later, these moments are as palpable as they were on the days that they happened. In many ways, my mother, by dint of her parenting style, prepared me better than anyone else could have to take on this new role.  

I explained to Nobles students in a packed Lawrence Auditorium that morning that they could expect to be held accountable for their actions. We will praise and credit them for earning an A- on a test, or scoring a game-winning goal or delivering an ovation-worthy assembly performance. We will also dole out detentions for dress code violations or too many missed assemblies. Before blaming the teacher for a less than stellar grade, we will ask that they admit when they watched three consecutive seasons of Breaking Bad instead of studying for a math test.

As you think about the many ways that you can support your children, unconditional love is a great start, and you can simultaneously hold them accountable to great effect. As Dr. Wendy Mogel, in her book, The Blessing of a B Minus, wrote “Teens get in hot water all the time. They court drama and are poor predictors of disaster. This provides an excellent opportunity for learning self-reliance: how to solve problems and how to mine difficult circumstances for their benefits.”

As I head into this academic year, I’m trying to keep the wise trifecta of Summitt/Boyle/Mogel in my mind as I encounter this year’s inevitable adolescent drama and disaster. My hope is that you will, too.

* If you must know the content of these stories, please ask your child. Mind-jogging phrases include: “I’m sorry for calling you stupid,” and, “This is where kids go when they steal things.” Now, either let your mind run wild or use this as fodder for a good dinner discussion.

From the PA Co-Chairs

We trust that everyone is settling into the routine of this new school year. September was a busy month for the PA, with a very successful all-school parents’ social, a great kickoff meeting, several individual class events, and the introduction of a Monday morning PA walking group.

October promises to be eventful as well. Please mark your calendars for the Nobles Yard Sale on Fri., Oct. 18 and Sat., Oct. 19. This is a fun event for Nobles and the Dedham community, and the proceeds fund Nobles scholarships. Start your fall cleaning now by dropping off your gently used items at the Omni Rink beginning Oct. 7. If you have time, please volunteer an hour or two during set-up (Oct. 15-17) or during the actual event. Contact Joyce Fai at to sign up.

Our not to be missed second PA meeting is on Thurs., Oct. 17, at 8:00 a.m. in the Omni Hockey Rink Warming Room.  Dr. Rick Wilson, Nobles’ school psychologist, will be our featured speaker.

Rick has been at Nobles since 2007 and will discuss how to help families better manage adolescent stress as well as giving some ideas to help all people in the family manage stress more effectively.  Immediately following our meeting, we will move into the Omni Rink to help set up for the Yard Sale. We would appreciate any extra time you may have to help out!

On Sat., Sept. 28, and Sat., Oct. 19, the PA will be grilling hamburgers and selling goodies during the Nobles home sporting events. Come by for lunch or a snack. If you would like to volunteer, please contact .  It is a fun way to meet people!

In addition to our PA activities, please add these important school dates to your calendar:

Oct. 1 - Parent Education Night, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., in Lawrence Auditorium. The evening will feature Dr. Wendy Mogel, an internationally known clinical psychologist specializing in parenting.

Oct. 3 - Travel and Study Away Parent Informational Meeting, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Morrison Forum.

Oct. 4 - Multcultural Fair, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m., in the MAC.

Oct. 23 -  PA Book Discussion Group.  We will be reading 3-4 books during the year all having to do with “adolescent wellness.” Our first book will be Wendy Mogel's, "The Blessing of a B-".  Please join us on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the castle dining room.  Dinner is offered for anyone between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  The kitchen closes at 7:00 p.m. and the book discussion will be from 7:00-8:30pm.  If you would like to join us for dinner, please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 21. To RSVP. contact Rikki Conley at or Dana DeAngelis at You will be chitted $5 for dinner.  Hope to see you there.

Oct. 25 - Friday Night Lights, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. The boys’ varsity football team takes on Roxbury Latin on their home field under the lights.

We wish you an engaging and busy month!

Rikki Conley

Dana DeAngelis


The Debut of the Social Media Aggregator.

On September 26, the communications deparment unveiled a redesigned homepage that features all of Nobles' social media channels as a digital bulletin.

Go to our homepage to see The Bulletin.

The Admissions, Arts, Athletics and Graduates landing pages also include a digital bulletin with their respective social media channels.

A helpful tip, in the menu above any of the bulletins, you can click on an social media icon and filter to see only that channel's feeds. To remove that filter, you can click on the asterisk icon.

The Studies Show: The Myth of Multitasking

Two Conflicting Truths

After greeting the parents of the students in my Vietnam elective on Back-to-School Night each year I begin my presentation by saying, “One of my primary goals this semester is to confuse your children.” 

Inevitably, I get a series of quizzical looks conveying, “But aren’t Nobles teachers supposed to make important topics and concepts clear to kids in an interesting way?” 

My response is that both history and life are complex. In both, it is possible and common for conflicting truths to exist in the same time and space – and that I want my students to learn how to wrestle with those conundrums.

As I re-read The Blessings of a B Minus this summer, I was struck by how parents struggle with two simultaneous and conflicting truths. The first truth is: we all know that young people need to build resilience and character and that those things are often best learned when young people make mistakes, are held accountable, and have to respond positively.

These opportunities can happen anywhere in a teenager’s life – at school, on a team, in a summer job, doing a service project, or on a Saturday night. We understand these missteps create important learning and growth in the long run. But, in the moment, it can be disheartening and discouraging.

On the other hand, we also know that the college process for high-achieving young people has become brutally competitive. Colleges and universities flaunt their single digit admit rates yet seem to be on a never-ending quest for more and better applicants and higher rankings. 

As parents we want the best for our children. As we develop understanding of the college admissions game, we become increasingly anxious. Full disclosure – among my most anxious parenting moments revolved around that process for my own two children.  Emotionally, we fear that “failure” along the way may have unmerciful repercussions. Yet, intellectually, we know that disappointment can lead to vital growth and increase maturity over time.

So are we being hypocritical by asking Nobles parents and faculty to read The Blessing of a B Minus while we simultaneously have our students working hard to achieve strong results in all aspects of their lives? I think not. These conflicting truths can live healthily juxtaposed if we play our cards right.

At Nobles, we challenge our students to do their best. Through hard work and substantive achievement in a challenging environment, we are giving them what they need to succeed academically and personally in college and beyond. Yet, we are also clear that sometimes disappointment and failure is necessary. When students experience those things in a supportive environment, it can allow them to pick themselves up, dust themselves off, learn a lesson or two and keep moving forward.

Early in her book Mogel writes, “…the most reliable predictors of adult success are not grades in high school or collegiate pedigree.They are the qualities that psychologist Daniel Goleman calls emotional intelligence: empathy, optimism, flexibility, a good sense of humor, the capacity to function as a team member, and a positive reaction to setbacks."

So while Nobles aspires to prepare young people for college, we also need to prepare them for life.  By creating a wide range of experiences that allow them to be stretched in many ways, and to stumble occasionally, our students will develop both their intellect and their character.

It may be that our greatest and most agonizing parenting challenges revolve around becoming comfortable with these competing truths. As we go through this school year, I hope we can acknowledge these conundrums and use that recognition to gain some perspective and insight into what our children face and what they need. 

Nobles Yard Sale: The Countdown Begins

We need VOLUNTEERS!!  Please sign up for any time you can give us.  It is fun and you will meet great people.

We need BAKERS!!!  We need mountains of baked goods on both Friday afternoon and all day Saturday to put our shoppers in a happy mood. Drop off baked goods at the Omni on Friday morning or Saturday morning.

We need DONATIONS!!!  Items may be dropped off at the Omni rink from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., weekdays only, Monday, Oct. 8 until Thursday, Oct. 17. Please donate any and all sporting goods, clothing, toys, jewelry, books, small electronics, housewares, linens and furniture that are in good condition. The locker rooms will be available for your donations.

The sale begins Friday, Oct. 18 at 8:00 a.m. for faculty and staff.  The doors open to the Nobles community at 1:30 pm, continuing throughout the day until 6:30 pm. 

Please come check out the sale or help work the event. Stop in to find that special treasure you didn’t realize you wanted, or to purchase some goodies from the Bake Sale table.

The Yard Sale resumes at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, and it is open to the general public until 4:00 p.m.

If you would like to help, sign up online.

You may also contact the Yard Sale chairs Connie Dawson at or Suzanne Vocatura at, with any questions, or to volunteer!

Should We All Grow Beards?

I may run the risk of losing half my audience (down to three!) if I start this school year with a sports metaphor. But I can’t help but be inspired by the hometown team. In 2012, the Boston Red Sox had proven superstars on the roster. Players who had won pivotal World Series games and Cy Young awards, secured stolen base titles and earned all-star appearances many times over.

The manager of the Red Sox was thought by many of as having a “superior baseball mind.” He had brought the New York Mets to the World Series. In 2012, the Sox had the third highest payroll in baseball. And…they finished last in the American League East standings. In all of baseball history, only five teams had lost more games. 

The 2013 team was a complete rebuild. First and perhaps foremost, there was a new manager. He is known for his ability to relate to the players. Many of the team's superstars were shipped west. The Red Sox shed $33,000,000 from their, still very high, payroll.

Players were signed with the specific intent of creating a team of “good character” guys.  Of the 44 baseball analysts working at ESPN, none of them predicted that the Red Sox would win the East this year.  The best prognosis a handful of ESPN analysts predicted was that the team might earn a wild card berth. Despite all this, last week, the Red Sox clinched a playoff spot. They have now won more games (95) than they lost last year (93).

The Boston media and team members have repeatedly identified their positive “chemistry” as the reason behind the turnaround. The players and manager have repeatedly pointed to a culture of trust and hard work in the club house.  In part, this is a reaction to the previous season when there was enough negative energy generated to fill Fenway to the brim. Or maybe, the media has latched on to the “all in it together” mantra because of the visual in which the team look like swashbucklers. At some point, they started growing beards in a scruffy symbol of solidarity.

Some baseball analysts and reporters have derided the chemistry talk. They feel that it has nothing to do with chemistry or collegiality. Their perception is that it has everything to do with talent and performance.  I would counter, isn’t it intuitive that team chemistry is key? It seems especially important in a sport like baseball since player success seems  to be rooted in intangibles like confidence and a player’s emotional approach to the game.

I buy it. I believe that chemistry is important on a baseball team, and it is equally important in a community like Nobles. The questions are, does good chemistry simply come from the Admission Office picking the right students, or is it what you do with those students once they arrive? Perhaps it is not surprising that I feel both are critically important.

Dean of Enrollment Management Jen Hines and her Admissions Team is our “Ben Cherington”. They spend countless hours evaluating sixth graders.  They look at their individual abilities as indicated by grades, teacher comments and test scores. They also look to make sure that, when taken as a whole, the middle school will have a healthy mix of artists and athletes, thoughtful contributors and passionate leaders. Finally, to the best of their ability, they comb the files for indications of empathy and “good character”.

Even with that careful process, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee a positive Middle School culture. There are ways that we have intentionally structured the Middle School to foster a supportive community. I understand how vital parental collaboration and support can be in our efforts. In my Parents Newsletter pieces, I’ll often highlight our efforts and the reasoning behind them. My hope is that parents and guardians can find their own ways to underscore and bolster what we are trying to achieve.

Here are five strategies for working towards “good chemistry” in the Middle School.

1. Clear Rules & Consequences. This place works best when everyone is on the same page. When expectations for behavior are clear, everyone is happier.  Even when the rule seems like it is a small one such as hang up that backpack, don’t leave it on the floor. There is a reason for it. The Dedham fire department wants the hallways clear.  Following this rule and others is the price we pay to be a part of a larger community. 

How you can help:  If you daughter comes home with a SCRAP for being 2 seconds late to a class. Don’t allow her to completely dismiss it. On the other hand, you don't need to blow your top in anger. After all, they are “Small Change Reminders and Penalties. For the smooth functioning of a complex community, a rule needs to be a rule.

2. Clear Values. While there are many more value-based lessons that we work to teach, I have highlighted three (yes, my “Big Three”). When students “work hard,” they feel satisfaction from their effort and their accomplishments. Everyone in the community gains when students are “Good to Each Other”.  Finally, a trusting community can only be built when all the members of the community are honest – both with themselves and with others.

How you can help:  These “Big Three” fit into the home as appropriately as they do in a school environment.

3. Common Goals. We really are all in this together.  Students’ goals are to improve in their performance. Faculty goals are to help students to improve in their performance.  If we can get students to understand and believe that the adults at Nobles are pushing them, giving them work and holding them accountable because they want them to develop skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. If they can understand that, we’ll be in good shape because the mentality of “us” vs. “them” melts away to become “we”.

How you can help:  Students don’t set goals intuitively. Sharing goals is motivation to meet goals. Now is a good time to see if your child has some for this academic year.

4. Relationship Before Task. The Nobles route to most good things is via salutary relationships.  In particular, this community hums along when students are making good connections with their teachers.  No task seems too arduous when it is underpinned by a decent student-teacher relationship.  While it is early in the year, Faculty are still in the process of building that relationship. But when it's achieved, it will be perhaps the most important component to the chemistry of the Middle School.

How you can help:  Your relationship with your child is vital.  There are times when you can push, but there are also times when you should let us be the one to push. If your relationship at home is getting too combative, maybe we can help.
5. Some Time to Laugh. I have focused a great deal on the work that takes place in the Middle School.  To be fair, work does represent the lion’s share of what goes on here, but we also find time to have some fun. The Blue and White games, Friday Night Lights and the Pie Drive are examples of how we try to interrupt the routine and build community through frivolity. I think the Red Sox are on to something. If we could, in the Middle School, I’d try beards.

Nobles Theatre Collective

Greetings from the Nobles Theatre Collective.  We hope you had a great summer and we extend a warm welcome to our new families. 

During the 2013-2014 school year, the Nobles Theatre Collective (NTC) will produce three mainstage shows as well as five student directed plays and a Middle School production.

Fall: "The Office" meets "Brazil" in Vaclav Havel’s Kafkaesque dark comedy, "The Memorandum", which we will produce as our fall mainstage production on Nov. 5 - 8, at 6:30 pm and on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.

Winter: This winter will bring the hilarious comedy, "Noises Off", on the mainstage, the work of five student directors, and Museum playwright Tina Howe’s "East of the Sun" as the Middle School play.

Spring: We will finish our year with a Turner-Halperin adaptation of "The Pirates of Penzance" featuring our contemporary spin on the classic comedy.

There are many ways for students to get involved with NTC and we encourage them to participate regardless of experience level.  We hope they will consider taking a class, acting in a production, working backstage, and attending performances. 

Parents can also get involved by organizing family potluck dinners, providing snacks for cast and crew, selling refreshments at intermission, ushering and, of course, attending the shows. 

If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact the 2013-2014 NTC reps, Ann McSheffrey at or John DeVoy at 

You can also log on and complete the NTC Volunteer Form on the parents’ password protected page on the Nobles website.

We are very excited to be a part of the NTC team and look forward to meeting you!

Thank you.
Ann McSheffrey and John DeVoy

Save the Date! Nobles Night is on Sat., Nov. 16.

Nobles Night
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Cocktails and hearty hors d'oeuvres
6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in The Castle

Nobles Night is an annual celebration involving parents, graduates and friends of Nobles. This year, we will also launch a new endowment campaign on Nobles Night. We hope that you will plan to join us for this special evening.

For further information, contact special events coordinator Katherine Minevitz at 781 320 7009 or

Middle School Counseling Services

It is a pleasure to get to know the new crop of middle school students this year! This is my 13th year at Nobles. Each fall, I try to come up with new ways to lower any stigma that might exist around counseling.

It can be so beneficial for students to have another trusted adult with whom they can talk during difficult or stressful times. If students can get to know their school counselor under ordinary circumstances. Then, if anything more serious ever comes up, they will feel more comfortable reaching out for support.  

I keep my office open (with a large and well-stocked candy bowl!) whenever possible so that students can stop by inbetween classes just to chat.  I also run a handful of pizza lunch groups including: a family discussion group, a concussion discussion group, a group for students whose parents work at Nobles, and various 'ice cream lunches' with topics varying from favorite books to having siblings away at college.  There is also a girls' discussion group, co-led by school nurse Trish Koningisor, that meets during X block.  This year, my goal is to meet with every new middle school student at least once.

Parents frequently ask me if they will know when their child meets with me or attends one of my groups.  Most often I try to keep the meetings confidential, but sometimes kids come home and tell their parents about it.  I will call home if the student agrees that there is an issue they want their parents to know about or to help them with. I will always call home if there is any kind of safety issue that needs to be addressed. 

Most often kids come on their own to talk. Sometimes advisors will suggest a meeting and if the student is comfortable with the idea, I will reach out to him or her.  I also frequently get phone calls or emails from concerned parents who would like me to check in with their child.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to talk about your child, the counseling services offered in the middle school, or about the Personal Development program.

I am at Nobles Tuesdays through Thursdays and can be reached at 781-320-7073 or via email at


News from the Foster Gallery

Saturday, Oct. 5 marks the final day of Cheryl Warrick’s “Many Windows,”  an exhibition of paintings which has been a great hit among  the community.  On Saturday, students in the Achieve Program will work in the gallery while the artist speaks to them via video.  The event caps off a series of interactions between Warrick and student groups, including Modern Language, English and visual arts students.

Next up in Foster is “Tracing Movement: Human/Machine”   Subtitled “an exploration in drawing,” the installation will juxtapose the look and feel of marks made by humans against those made by a machine, showcasing the images produced by dancers in Jillian Grunnah’s Advanced Dance Ensemble and by robots made in Dominic Manzo’s Robotics course.  Drawings generated by both humans and machines will be on view in the gallery from Oct. 21 - Nov. 1. Showtimes for dance and robot performances will be posted on the Nobles’ web site.

Foster Gallery is also delighted to have Artist in Residence Janice Jakielski, whose show will open the second week of November, continuing to forge relationships with students. Jakielski met with Class VI and V on Wednesday to introduce herself and her work and has met with Advanced Placement studio students to discuss her process.  Janice has open studio hours on Wednesday and Friday mornings and looks forward to creating work in conjunction with and in reaction to the members of the Nobles’ community. 

For those of you who haven’t seen this great link, please check out the work of John Cabrera ’14, which was selected as Editor’s pick in the New York Times’ Hometown Photography Project.



Class II Parent Reps: Nicole Zungoli Stimpson and Karen Conway

Dear Class II Parents and Friends,

Hopefully you and your families have settled into the new routine - the year is off to a running start.  We are lucky with beautiful fall weather and the campus is bustling with activities. 

Junior students are starting to see the road ahead and might be filled with expectations and some anxiety about this academic year. We are in good hands with the faculty and staff at Nobles, but we also can help each other out during this important year for our students. 

We hope you participate in upcoming gatherings and we will do our best to communicate upcoming events.

Below is a list of important upcoming dates. (NOTE: The Parent Social night has changed.)

Class II Parent Coffee - Thursday, Oct. 3, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  
New Castle Dining Hall.  Please join us to reconnect with fellow parents and hear about our plans for the year.  We'll have sign-up sheets for Class II volunteer opportunities.

Class II Parent Social - Friday, Nov. 22, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Join other Class II parents for an evening of cocktails and conversation!  All Socials are held on campus and our evening will be held in the New Castle Dining Room. Please contact either of us if you would like to help plan the party.

Our role as Class II reps includes strengthening connections between parents, serving as a liaison to the school, and providing support to our students.  Volunteer forms can be found in the Parent section of the Nobles website if you would like to sign up to help with Class II events.

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather!

Class II Parent Reps

Karen S. Conway

Nicole Zungoli Stimpson

Class IV Parent Reps - Polly Maroni and Heidi Raffone

Hello, Class IV parents and guardians,

It was great to see so many of you at Back-to-School-Night.  Our students seem to be transitioning well into high school life.

October promises to be very busy with lots of fun and important dates.  Here are the highlights you will want to be sure to get on your calendars:

Tuesday, Oct. 1:  Parent and Faculty Night with Wendy Mogel, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 2:  Class IV coffee,  MAC lower lobby, 8:00 am
Friday, Oct. 4:  Multicultural Fair, 3:00-6:00 pm
Monday, Oct. 14:  Columbus Day – No School
Thursday, Oct. 17:  Parents’ Association Meeting, 8:00 am
Friday, Oct. 18:  Class IV Fall Parents Social,  6:30 pm, Nobles Castle
Saturday, Oct. 19:  Nobles Yard Sale, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Omni Rink
Friday, Oct. 25:  Friday Night Lights, 6:00 pm
Monday, Oct. 28:  Comment Writing Day – No School

We look forward to seeing you at many of these events!  As always, please feel free to call or email us with any questions, comments or suggestions.


Polly Maroni

Heidi Raffone

Class I Parent Reps (from left to right): Hillary Von Schroeter, Addie Swartz, and Beth Schlager

It is hard to believe that we are almost a month into the school year! We have enjoyed feeding the students as well seeing many of you at our fall parent social.   October is a busy month at Nobles.  We have outlined some important upcoming dates that you may want to note.  Those that are particular to Class I are listed in bold; others are school-wide but bear repeating.

Tues., Oct. 1, 7:00 p.m. - Parent and Faculty Education with Wendy Mogel
Thurs., Oct. 3, 8:00 a.m. - Class I Parent Coffee and Event Planning Meeting in the       Castle Lower Dining
Fri., Oct. 4 - Multicultural Fair
Mon., Oct. 14 - Columbus Day—No School (a good day for college visits)
Thur. Oct. 17, 8:00 a.m. - Parents’ Association Meeting
Fri., Oct. 18 and Sat., Oct. 19 - The Nobles Yard Sale
Mon., Oct. 28—Comment Writing Day - No School (another good day for college visits)
Thur., Oct. 31 - Class I Halloween Surprise Lunch for students
Fri., Nov. 1 - Deadline for Parent Congratulatory Ads in the yearbook

You can find information about all these events on the school website.

Thanks to those of you who have already helped make our events successful; there are many more volunteer opportunities on the horizon.  If you are interested, please contact any of us by email or by filling out the volunteer form online

Remember to join sign up genius to make volunteering even easier!

Enjoy October!

Beth Schlager

Addie Swartz

Hillary Von Schroeter


Class II Dean's Report

The school year is off to an excellent start.  First of all, we have welcomed nine new students to the Class of 2015. From the first day of the retreat, everyone seems to have adjusted well from the slower pace of the summer months to the quickened one of the school year. 

There is obviously a period of adjustment that everyone goes through. But the students haven't had much difficulty adjusting to the demands of the academic rigors.  If that changes for any of our students, I will be sure to let you know.

As students have begun their Class II experience, one of my hopes for them is that they will become even better advocates for themselves than before.  I hope that students will feel that they have the opportunity to speak with their teachers about anything that may be troubling them. 

Since my first day at Nobles, I have been incredibly impressed with the level of commitment that the faculty demonstrates towards students.  No student should ever worry about seeking extra help from a teacher.  Students that feel overwhelmed should meet with their teacher on how to best manage their workload.  Of course, a student’s adviser and I will be available to help.  But my hope is that the each student feels confident enough to serve as his or her own primary advocate.

Most importantly, I feel that students should understand that they will only be able to work to their fullest potential if they are as well-rested and as healthy as possible.  I fully understand that the students have a lot to do.  But, they need to understand that there comes a time each day when the best thing that they can do for themselves is to get their rest.  And, of course, students should be sure to eat a well balanced diet since that will contribute to overall health. 

Finally, students should understand that weekend activities will profoundly impact the healthy habits.  Oftentimes, the weekend is a great opportunity to catch up on rest.  My hope is that each of our students will use the weekends to catch up on sleep. It is important that on the weekends students do not exhaust themselves to the point where it has an impact on them during the week. 

In conclusion, my hope for all of the students is that they realize that they are empowered to better their lives and those around them.  I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to meet this class and am excited to have the opportunity to work with them throughout the course of the year.  Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Enjoy the autumn months.

Sincerely yours,

Brian Day
Class II Dean

Middle School Parents Reps (from left to right): Lori Giandomenico, Cindy Lawry, Julie Calllaghan, and Toni Gordon

We hope the school year has gotten off to a great start for you and your children!  It was nice to see so many of you at the annual Parents’ Association Fall Social, Back-to-School Night and the first PA meeting.   Many thanks to those who worked so tirelessly on all these great events!

October is a busy month in the Middle School, filled with sporting events, student and parent social activities, and many opportunities for parents to get involved.

The Middle School Parent Fall Social is tonight, Oct. 4, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. If you have not already RSVP'd. The invitation and RSVP link are available by logging into the Nobles website and clicking on the calendar. We’d love to see as many of you there as possible! Catch up with old friends, and make some new friends—let’s kick off a great five or six years together!

Then, later in the month, please join us for the Middle School Coffee on Oct. 30, 8:00 a.m. at the Castle.  The coffee is a low-key chance to chat with fellow Middle School parents. For new “Sixie” parents, it’s the perfect time to mingle and ask any questions, big or small, of the Class V parents. We will also have sign-up sheets for volunteer opportunities throughout the year for anyone who is interested.

Thank you to those of you who have already volunteered to help this year.  If you haven’t done so, the upcoming Nobles Yard Sale provides an easy (and fun!) way to help.  This year the Yard Sale will run on Oct. 18-19.  In addition to helping the school, it really is a terrific opportunity to get to know many different parents, across all grades, as you move, sort and sell the myriad of donations. Whether you can spare an hour or a day, it will be much appreciated.

All sports teams will be in full swing in October.  Not to be missed will be the Middle School Social/Friday Night Lights on Oct. 25.  The Nobles football team will take on Roxbury Latin under the lights on Burr Field. Go Bulldogs! 

Also note, on game days, some Middle School teams (soccer, field hockey, etc.) surprise each other during the school day with secret “psych gifts” (e.g., candy bar, small baked good or other treats). Make sure to ask your child if she or he has a secret psych buddy.

If you end up taking any photos at a school event or on the sidelines, we would be grateful if you would share some with us. Please email .jpg files or links to files to Toni Gordon at  John Gifford and Maryanne MacDonald might include submitted photos in a future newsletter or the Yearbook. Students will enjoy seeing submitted photos on the Morrison Forum flat screen.

Below you will find a comprehensive list of important dates for October. We look forward to seeing you at many of these exciting events!  Please let us know if we can provide any additional information or answer any questions.

Class V Reps

Lori Giandomenico

Cindy Lawry

Class VI Reps

Julie Callaghan

Toni Gordon


Important October Dates

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Parent/Faculty Night with Wendy Mogel, author of “The Blessing of a B-“,  Lawrence Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 3

Travel Information Meeting, Morrison Forum, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 4

Multicultural Fair, Richardson Gym, 3:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 4

Middle School Parent Fall Social, Castle, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 11

Middle School students will participate in field trips off campus as an AISNE Middle School Conference will take place in the Pratt Middle School. Students will be back for their afternoon programs and pick up times will remain the same.

Saturday & Sunday Oct. 12-13

Middle School No Homework weekend!  Enjoy!

Monday, Oct. 14

Columbus Day – No school

Thursday, Oct. 17

Parents’ Association Meeting, Omni Rink, 8:00 a.m.

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 18-19

Nobles Yard Sale!


Saturday, Oct. 19

Admissions Open House, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 24

Nobles Flu Clinic, Morrison Forum, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 25

Middle School Social/Friday Night Lights, Burr Field,  5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Nobles football team plays Roxbury Latin!

Monday, Oct. 28

Comment Writing Day-school closed

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Faculty meeting at 3:15p.m. in Morrison Forum. No Afternoon

Program for middle school students on this day.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Middle School Parent Coffee, Castle, 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Individual advisor/advisee meetings to discuss first quarter grades/comments.  No afternoon program.

Thursday, Oct. 31

Happy Halloween!   Wear a costume to school!

Friday, Nov. 1

Fall Fest for all Nobles students, 6:00 p.m.



Class III Parent Reps - Elizabeth Orgel and Betsy Edie

Greetings Class III Parents,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back-to-School Night and we hope to see you at the upcoming events.  We are excited about our role as Class III representatives--it's a great student body and our Class Deans, Amy & Jess, are very enthusiastic.   

As you may know, part of our job is to ensure that parents get to know one another. This can be accomplished in a number of ways:  attending Parents' Association (PA) meetings, parent coffees and socials, volunteering in any way that suits you, and/or attending any of the many school events.  

With that in mind, we hope you are able to come to both the Class III Parent Coffee from 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the Castle library and the Class III Parent Fall Social (dinner & drinks) on Thursday, Oct. 17 also in the Castle. More details on the Fall Social to follow!  We are looking forward to getting to know you and working with you throughout the year.  

Furthermore, below are dates for a few important school and Class III early Fall happenings.  We encourage you to check the Nobles website regularly for additional events at the school throughout the year.

Friday, Sept. 27 - Grandparents Day

Tuesday, Oct. 1 - Author Wendy Mogul discusses parenting teenagers and her new book, "Blessings of a B-" 

Thursday, Oct. 3 - 7:00-8:30 p.m. Travel and Study away informational meeting

Tuesday, Oct 8 - Class III Parent Coffee 8:00-9:30 am, Castle library

Thursday, Oct. 10 - Parent book group discussion

Monday, Oct. 14 - Columbus Day, no school

Thursday, Oct. 17 - Parents' Association (PA) meeting, Castle library, 8-9:30 am

Thursday, Oct. 17 - Class III Parent Social, 7-10 pm in the Castle **help needed, please volunteer!

Saturday, Oct. 19 - Nobles Yard Sale 8 am-4 pm **help needed, please volunteer

Monday, Oct. 28 - No school. Comment writing day.

Please feel free to contact us at any time during the year with ideas, suggestions and questions, and of course, to get involved!

We look forward to seeing you within the next few weeks.


Elizabeth & Betsy

Your Class III Parent Reps

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