Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

November 2013

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter November 2013

Q and A in the Admission Process by Head of School Bob Henderson

Most parents recall visiting the school for events during the admission process. I have the responsibility of hosting several admissions forums, including evening receptions and sessions during the open houses. These gatherings seem to be generally well received. Yet there is a more personal side to this for me. I honestly end up doing some of my best thinking in that environment.

There is a fair amount of writing associated with my job, and I spend hours sitting in front of my computer composing letters, articles and remarks. Sometimes, probably in a manner similar to many students when given an essay assignment, I just stare at the screen without a sense of how or where to begin. Inspiration isn’t always immediate. But there is something about a question-and-answer session with people new to this school that does inspire me. I have no choice but to respond swiftly and directly, and from that spontaneity significant insight, passion and honesty often emerge unadorned.

Much of what I am asked is predictable. Almost invariably, folks want to hear me elaborate on the advisor system, describe the benefits of the afternoon program and discuss the means we employ to support new students. Someone inevitably presses me on what it is that distinguishes Nobles among independent schools in the area (to which I generally frame an answer around the importance of assembly in establishing our unique community, the critical nature of faculty mentorship and relationships in developing our rigorous academic experience, and the unique power of our EXCEL program and opportunities).

There is usually someone who hopes to stump me by asking what I most frustrated by at Nobles (to which I usually respond by discussing the mass of abandoned property in and around the lost and found). College counseling comes up frequently, as do workload and stress, hiring and evaluation of teachers, and the relationship between the middle and upper schools. The best question I have been asked, however, arrived at an evening reception over a decade ago. A prospective parent inquired, “What are the four things you hope all students will have when they graduate from Noble and Greenough School?” My response was so clear that night that I actually went back to my office and wrote down what I said so I could remember and repeat it in the future.

The room was quiet and I just started to talk, and what I really believed about Nobles came spilling forth. First, I said, I hoped our graduates would develop a sense of who they are as people. This means a sense of their gifts, potential and liabilities. Confidence in and a perspective on self as one emerges from adolescence are great gifts that I hope the school can bestow. This knowledge emerges from a highly challenging environment that allows students space to take risks and to succeed, and also sometimes to struggle or come up short, but always with support and guidance in the process.

Second, I asserted that a Nobles graduate should develop an understanding of what it means to be a person of character and integrity. I hope they will understand what these words mean, why they are of critical importance, how they manifest themselves, and how they are challenged in life. I further hope that students will grow to perceive the intrinsic relationship between character and integrity and leadership. 

Third, I intoned that I hope all Nobles graduates will develop a deep appreciation for and gratitude toward the people who helped them to accomplish the first two things. This includes parents, teachers, coaches, advisors, friends and others along the way. I hope that all our students cross the finish line with a sense of their debt to others and a determination to provide the same support to others in their own lives.

Finally, I said that I want students to live the mission of the school; no matter what they choose to do professionally, I hope they will seek to inspire leadership for the public good.

This year’s Distinguished Graduate, Mike Vance ’77, in a recent assembly dramatically reinforced this when he challenged the students of the school by saying, “I know you will do well when you leave Nobles, but will you do good? I hope you will make it your purpose in life to do good.” In a quick phrase, Mike summed up my intent as an educator. Next time I am asked this question in any forum, this will be my more simple response.


-Bob Henderson, Head of School

Nobles Theatre Collective

Please join the Nobles Theatre Collective for our fall mainstage production, where The Office meets Brazil in Vaclav Havel’s Kafkaesque dark comedy, The Memorandum.  Tickets are limited. You can purchase tickets in advance online. Tickets will also be available at the door. 

Buy your tickets now.

This production is suitable for middle school, high school, and up.  It will end approximately two hours after the posted start time.

Performances will be in the Vinik Theatre on:

Tuesday, Nov 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov 9  at 2 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you!


NTC Reps

Ann McSheffrey

John Devoy

Artist Janice Jakielski’s show, “I Think I’ll Like it Here,” opens Tuesday, Nov. 12

On November 12 month marks the opening of Artist in Resident Janice Jakielski’s show, “I Think I’ll Like it Here.” The exhibit will showcase Jakielski’s playful and provocative sculptural work, which references notions of identity and place. 

Jakielski, who has lived in a Castle residence since the second week of September, has met with numerous student groups as part of her time here. Discussing both the specifics of her work, which focuses on sewn and embroidered headgear and other “wearable” objects, and the process of making art, Jakielski has introduced middle and upper school students to the realities of being a working artist.  She will move from the studio space in the Castle into Foster Gallery this first week of November as she prepares for the installation of her show.  She is looking forward to being even more accessible to members of the community as she moves into the gallery. This is the first year the visual arts department has housed an artist from outside the community in the Castle for a long-term residency program and the response to Jakielski’s presence has been overwhelming.

The opening for “I Think I’ll Like it Here” is Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5-7 pm.  The event will take place on a busy night for the arts: the Fall Arts Bonanza will be running through the evening, offering students and parents an opportunity to experience the Dance Ensemble performances at both 3 and 7 pm, open studio events in the Visual Arts Wing all afternoon and evening, and a memorable opening in the gallery with a remarkable artist and new member of the Nobles’ community.

For questions about Foster Gallery, the Fall Arts Bonanza or the Artist-in-Residence program, please contact John Dorsey,


Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due by Provost Bill Bussey

A number of years ago the students of Class III kicked off their opening day retreat with a lecture in Lawrence Auditorium. There was, as always, excitement in the air as classmates, separated by the summer, greeted one another with hugs and shouts.  As they settled down in their seats, there was this one girl who acted just a little quirkier than the rest. She had attended Nobles for a number of years. While perhaps less socially skilled than many of her peers, she was accepted by her classmates for who she was and, on some level, given a pass when her behavior may not have been in sync with her surroundings. A boy new to the school, seated just behind her, began mimicking her voice and gestures.  Within seconds, another boy two rows back leaned forward and in a firm but quiet voice said this to his new classmate: “We don’t do that here.”

Lord knows that magazine and book racks are stuffed to the gills with endless guidance for parents. So I am going to pause just for a second and give credit where credit is due. Far more often than not, in ways not often seen or fully appreciated, Nobles students do the right thing and are there for each other at times when many of us are not. The one notable exception is the widespread use of alcohol, but I think we make a big mistake in assuming that students who go down that road for whatever reason somehow lack character and are not worthy of our respect. I’m not giving them a pass in this regard—far from it. But time and again, Nobles students help each other in myriad ways. Sometimes it’s as simple as telling a friend to stop complaining and get to work; other times it’s making sure they get home safely. And yes, only the naïve would believe that their children are always where they say they are, doing what they say they are doing. Yet, my confidence and belief that our students do the right thing in tough situations, the majority of the time, has never been higher.

Every day my Nobles colleagues and I witness casual acts of kindness between students that unfold with a frequency that was foreign to my high school experience. And I’m going to bet foreign to yours as well. At Nobles, even during our most trying times, I am convinced that an understood thread of empathy and decency connects us all. It has always been part of the Nobles that I have known but perhaps never so ingrained in the community as it is now. That is a testament to all who have been a part of the Nobles community since day one. Every year builds on the one before it.

Take an already-legendary morning assembly from late October, for example. New Class IV student Jonathan Herring, son of faculty member Michael Herring, began singing a solo in front 650 people while accompanied on the piano by Kristen Adams. A minute or so into the song, an anxious Jonathan vomited onstage. The crowd sat in stunned silence, collectively holding their breath as to what might happen next. But Kristen kept playing and—without missing a word—Jonathan kepts singing. And he kept singing for the next five minutes. Some in the audience wiped away tears as his voice gained strength and lifted the auditorium. As Jonathan hit the final note, all members of the audience leapt to their feet in one thunderous, spontaneous round of applause. Jonathan took a quick bow and made his way down a backstage passageway and out a side door.

As we filed out, we asked ourselves, “Who among us could have finished that song?“ But there is also an unspoken sense of awareness among us at how the community, to a person, responded with affection rather than embarrassment.

Afterwards as I walked down the hallway, I pass Steve Ginsberg, business manager. 

“That’s why Nobles is the best,” he said smiling.

He didn't need to say another word.

- Bill Bussey, Provost


Photos taken during Grandparents Day are still available.

Portraits taken during Grandparents Day are available online until January 31, 2014.

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Once you are at the website, to access photos, you will need to login as a Guest by clicking on View Photos.

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Interview Season has Begun at Nobles by Dean of Enrollment Management Jennifer Hines

As Nobles ambassadors, you have great influence in your communities. If you know students who are applying to Nobles this year, can you help ease their anxiety about the process?

As you know, we require every student who wants to enter the upper school to interview from late September into early February. I want to help students approach the interview as a conversation rather than torment. At its best, an interview is a conversation with a prospective student about who they are and what is important to them. After nearly 20 years of interviewing both independent school and college applicants, I believe it helps when I can reduce students’ anxiety. I tell students that the 30 minutes we spend together can highlight what they care most about and have already shared through their other application materials.

The difference between the application and the conversation, I tell them, is that what they share in the interview is in their own voice with interpretation, analysis and context that I can’t get from a piece of paper.  I love it when you can tell that a kid is coming to a fresh conclusion about some aspect of their life that they haven’t considered before—the times when you know that as an interviewer you have asked just the right question at just the right time. It is magical when you witness a young person experiencing an epiphany.

As parents at Nobles, you are likely to get questions from folks who know of your connection to the school and your familiarity with the process. Here’s some information that can help me help you help them.

1. The Fall and Winter Open Houses – I imagine many of you attended these events when you were considering Nobles as an option for your family. It’s a great way to get an overview of the school and our programs without the “pressure” of the interview or group activity session.  The dates this year are Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m.– noon and Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 6:30-9 p.m.  No RSVP is necessary.

2. Evening Receptions for Parents – We host a series of these events to give prospective parents an opportunity to hear from Bob Henderson and a panel of Nobles students. The agenda for these events is open, which gives the parents in attendance an opportunity to ask any questions they like. Our dates for these receptions are Nov. 13, Dec.16 and Jan. 7.  Please have prospective families contact the admission office for more information.

Any other questions—from future Nobles families or otherwise—feel free to drop me an email.


Jen Hines, Dean of Enrollment

High Tech or High Touch? by Head of Upper School Ben Snyder

In recent years there has been an ongoing dialogue in the field of education around the efficacy of utilizing technology to improve teaching and learning. Nobles has been right in the middle of that conversation and at various points has implemented everything from discussions groups monitored over email to hand-held devices to assist students learning Japanese characters to teachers developing their own textbooks on iPads – and much more. Some faculty would assert that appropriate technology utilization has dramatically improved their teaching, while others have stuck with tried and true traditional methodologies.

At the heart of the continuing discussions are the philosophical underpinnings of pedagogy at Nobles – that individual teachers are best suited to determine what the most appropriate tools are to help their students learn. Beyond that, however, the approach towards the use of technology at Nobles is important to understand.

First, many years ago Nobles determined that investments in “humanware” are more important than investments in hardware and software. To help Nobles teachers discover tech opportunities and be trained appropriately in them, Nobles has established a group of teachers for whom part of their job is being an academic technology advocate (ATA) within their departments. A percentage of those people’s time is devoted to finding new and effective tools and working with teachers before, during and after the school year to train them in those tools.

Second, Nobles believes in finding the right tool for the right job.  What a Spanish teacher may need in her or his classroom might be quite different than what a math teacher might need. As a result, Nobles has not (as many schools have) gone to models where there is 100 percent implementation of any specific technology. While “Smartboards” may be a good investment for some teachers and departments, it may not be for all – and so our purchasing and implementation has been more specifically targeted.

Third, Nobles should be on the leading edge, but not the bleeding edge of our use of technology. This approach has led us towards joining 30 other leading independent schools from around the world in developing Global Online Academy ( Two of our teachers are now teaching GOA courses and over 20 Nobles students have taken GOA courses. Online learning will continue to have a major impact on American and global education, and it is critical for Nobles to identify where in that online world the best teaching and learning is taking place. We are also in the midst of analyzing pilot iPad programs in the middle school and ninth grade – again with the goal of identifying best practices.

Finally, the reality for young people today is that they are living in an incredibly technology rich environment. The ubiquity of mobile devices of every size and shape combined with near universal connectivity blur the lines between “real life” and “online life” – many, in fact, would assert that there are no lines anymore. Within that context it is critical for young people to develop human connections that are motivating and meaningful – to allow them to make sense of their complex social and educational environments. Those human connections – developed in class, on the field or backstage, at a service site, or in a foreign environment remain at the heart of Nobles’ approach to teaching, learning and building community – and will continue into the foreseeable future. 


Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

Nobles Parents' Association Goes to Cradles to Crayons!

Please join the Parents’ Association during the morning of Wed. Nov. 13, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory at 155 North Beacon Street in Brighton. C2C provides basic necessities for children in need. Your 2 hours spent at C2C will make a difference in the lives of needy Massachusetts children and it is also a great way to get to know other Nobles parents. Please consider donating a bag of gently used clothes, toys or books. To sign up, contact Cindy Trull at

Join the fun; you’ll be glad you did.

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

It is hard to believe that the first academic quarter is behind us and we are heading into the final month of the fall Afternoon Program.

The fall parent social was a great success and a wonderful way to connect with new families and reconnect with “old” friends. We extend a special thanks to Matt Burek, Mike Ryan and all the staff at FLIK who once again provided excellent food, drink and service.

We would like to thank all of the parents who attended the first middle school coffee and signed up to volunteer.  We would also like to encourage those of you who have not had the opportunity to volunteer to do so online. There are still many ways to help out and get involved in the Nobles community.

Once again November is a very busy month. The Middle School Nobles/Milton Games @ Nobles are on Friday, Nov. 8. Please refer to for times and field locations. This event will mark the end of the fall after school program.

Milton Games for Varsity & Junior Varsity teams @ Nobles are on Saturday, Nov. 9!  Join us for a cup of hot chocolate or chowder during the Nobles vs. Milton games, hosted by Nobles' Office of Graduate Affairs and Milton's Alumni Office.

Parent/advisor meetings are Nov.12-13. Please contact your child’s advisor to schedule a time to meet. 

The fall Dance Concert is Thursday, Nov.14 in Lawrence Auditorium with two performances at 3:30pm and 7pm.

Nobles Night in the Castle is on Saturday, Nov. 16! Please contact Katherine Minevitz to RSVP at

One of the highlights of the Middle School experience at Nobles is the annual Pie Drive on Wednesday, Nov. 20. It is an important community builder where every Middle School child participates, and it is also a great way for parents to volunteer and get involved at Nobles. The Pie Drive is a community service event that brings students, parents and teachers together to assemble hundreds of apple pies for Thanksgiving. Approximately 100 pies will be donated to the Single Parent Outreach Center in Boston. 200 or more pies will be sold to the Nobles community; this year’s proceeds will support Noble and Greenough Afternoon Program Food Initiative #AllDawgsGottaEat. This initiative is supporting local food pantries in our area.

Please consider getting involved in this important event at Nobles by volunteering your time on Nov. 20 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. You can help by donating supplies or by ordering some of these delicious pies! 

If you are interested in volunteering for the Pie Drive, please sign up online.

If you have any connections to local orchards or supermarkets, please let one of the Pie Drive Coordinators know! Donated items must be dropped off to the Middle School Forum no later than Friday, Nov. 15.

If you would like to donate ingredients, sign up on the electronic ingredient board.

You can also contact one of the Pie Drive 2013 Coordinators directly to volunteer or donate ingredients: 

Anne London -

Holly Bonomo -

Nathalie Ducrest -

Leigh Poole -

Thank you for all your support with this worthwhile endeavor.

If you would like to show your support by ordering a pie, you can place order online. 

Lastly, on Nov. 25, there is a Faculty Meeting in Morrison Forum starting at 3:15 p.m. All middle school students will be dismissed at 2:40 p.m. A Parent-proctored study hall will be held in the Library Loft until 5:00 p.m.

Nov. 27 - 30 is Thanksgiving Break. School will be closed and will reopen on Monday Dec. 2.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Class V Reps

Lori Giandomenico

Cindy Lawry

Class VI Reps

Julie Callaghan

Toni Gordon


Important November Dates

Wednesday, Nov. 6 - Saturday, Nov. 9

Fall Main Stage play “The Memorandum”

Saturday, Nov. 8 - 9
Nobles vs. Milton weekend

Monday, Nov. 11
Veterans Day holiday - School Closed

Tuesday, Nov. 12 - Wednesday, Nov.13
Parent/Advisor meetings

Thursday, Nov. 14
Fall Arts Bonanza & Dance Concert

Saturday, Nov. 16
Nobles Night

Tuesday, Nov. 19
PA Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 20
Middle School Pie Drive

Thursday, Nov. 21
Winter Afternoon program begins

Wednesday Nov. 27 - Sunday, Dec.1
Thanksgiving Break

Class I Surprise Lunch

Click on the photo gallery below to view photos from the Class I Surprise Lunch.

Class III Dean's Report

It is hard to believe that the first quarter is behind us and Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away! t does not feel like two full months have passed since the Class III retreat during on the first day of school. The first quarter always passes by very quickly, and this year certainly was no different. Although we only have been in school for eight weeks, we get many things accomplished in this short period of time. 

Teachers just finished writing comments for the first quarter, and by the time you read this newsletter, your children will have reviewed their comments and grades with their advisors. In our opinion, the teachers’ comments are more important than the grades themselves, and we hope that you will take the time to review the comments at home with your son or daughter.


While the grade is an indication as to how your child is doing, each comment is filled with genuine observations of strengths and areas of growth, and incredibly useful feedback for how to improve. Please do not be alarmed if your child’s grades have declined in certain subjects. As you may know, the sophomore year curriculum is challenging in new and different ways as students transition from concrete to abstract thinking in several courses. Additionally, it takes time for students to adjust to the curriculum and to the new expectations in each class.


By the time the December comments are written, most students will have grown more familiar with the demanding curriculum and with the expectations of their teachers, and they will have discovered what they need to do in order to meet their personal goals.

At the beginning of the year and throughout the fall, we have emphasized the importance of community involvement to Class III. During sophomore year, it is important for students to pursue their interests and to participate in clubs and other extracurricular activities at Nobles. Now that students have more free time in their schedules, they should view X-Block as a time to get involved. There are so many clubs and organizations, and if students join and are active this year, they may have the opportunity to take on leadership roles in upcoming years.

Additionally, we were thrilled to learn that so many sophomores applied to travel this year. Although not all students have been selected for their first choice, we  are encouraged by how interested Class III students are in the travel opportunities offered. These trips make a lasting impact on those who experience them; we hope that students will continue to explore Nobles trips in the future. 

On Wednesday, November 13 during our morning X-Block, all sophomores will remain in Lawrence Auditorium to hear presentations from the following programs: School Year Abroad (SYA), the Mountain School of Vermont, the Alzar School of Idaho, the School for Ethics and Global Leadership of Washington, D.C., Chewonki of Main, the High Mountain Institute of Colorado, CITYTerm of NYC, and NuVu of Cambridge, MA. 

Likewise, representatives from each of these study away programs will set up a table in Gleason Hall from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. so that students may speak to them, gather more detailed information, and have their specific questions answered. If your child is interested in studying away from Nobles during junior year, he/she should begin thinking about that now and planning for the future. It would be a good idea for your child to talk this over with his/her advisor and with the trip coordinators (Amy McBrien, Henry Kinard, and Laura Yamartino) if he/she is interested in studying away from Nobles.
We hope to see you at a game or at a performance in the near future. Enjoy the month of November, and have a happy Thanksgiving with your family.

Kind Regards,
Amy McBrien & Jessica Brennan

Class II Parent Reps: Nicole Zungoli Stimpson and Karen ConwayClass II Parent Reps: Nicole Zungoli Stimpson and Karen Conway

Dear Class II parents,

Thanks to those who attended the Class II Coffee in October. It was nice to see some of you there. Watch the calendar as we will be having a few more coffees this year; these are a great way to connect with each other.

We appreciate all the college counseling office is doing to help our kids. Recently the college counseling staff hosted a "kick off" evening for parents.  To check on the college process you can go the “Parent” section of the website and click on "College Counseling" (  for college information, timelines, test dates and other related information.

The first quarter has come to a close - the year is going by quickly -  so don't forget to sign up to see you child's advisor on November 12 and 13.

Our Class II Parent Social will occur on Friday, November 22. Don't forget to mark your calendars!  Please RSVP to the invitation you will receive in the Friday e-mails. We will have a festive dinner in the Castle. With kids driving to school, there are fewer opportunities for us to connect as parents so we hope to see you there!

Some dates to keep in mind during this busy fall season:

  • SAT Test - November 2 and December 7
  • ACT - December 14
  • Parent Association Meeting - November 19, 7am breakfast in the Castle, followed by the PA Meeting 8am; Dick Baker and Tim Carey, two Nobles legends, will be on hand to present their view of their time at Nobles
  • Nobles/Milton Day - November 9
  • Fall Mainstage - November 5-9 - see the Friday email to purchase tickets
  • Veterans Day - School closed - November 11
  • Thanksgiving vacation - November 27 - December 1

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you at some of the school events, and look forward to connecting at the Parent Social.  If anyone would like to volunteer, we welcome any and all who wish to help.

Have a great Thanksgiving!


Karen S Conway -

Nicole Zungoli Stimpson -


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

October was a busy and bittersweet month for Class I, as they officially finished their (last) first quarter, enjoyed their final visits to such fall favorites as the Multicultural Fair, Friday Night Lights, the fall cookouts, the Nobles Yard Sale and of course, celebrated their final Nobles Halloween.  

Our seniors ended the month with a “ghoulishly great” Halloween Lunch in the Castle. . The extensive PA collection of spooky decorations plus fantastic creative energy and effort from Class I parents transformed the lower Castle dining room into haunted haven! . Our Class I students enjoyed their delicious lunch and multiple visits to the Halloween candy dessert buffet. A huge thank you to all the Class I parents whose time and generosity brought this terrific event to fruition.

November has arrived and brought with it much college talk but also the promise of Thanksgiving and the holidays in sight.  Please remember that the Class I yearbook ads are due Nov. 8. Whether you want to design your own ad or have Nobles design it for you, Violet Richard can help. Just give her a call at 781-320-7189 or email her at Also note that the deadline for ordering yearbooks is Nov. 22. Follow this link for ordering online at school code: 40579.

Looking forward, our next Class I event is the Class I exam snack table.  We will be setting up a special table of healthy treats for our seniors in the lower lobby of the MAC during winter exams. Keep an eye out in the weekly messages for the date and links to participate in this event.

Thank you all for your help with our Class I fall events. We wish you and your families a warm and happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Class III Parent Reps - Elizabeth Orgel and Betsy Edie

Dear Class III parents and guardians,


October has been a very busy month! It was great to see many of you at our Parent Coffee and Parent Social. The year is truly in full swing with the 1st Quarter behind us, fall sports seasons wrapping up, and the fall play almost in production. We hope you plan on coming to Nobles/Milton Day on November 9th! It is a great family day filled with school spirit and competition. We also hope to see you at Nobles Night on November 16th.


A few other dates to remember:


November 1st, 6 - 10 pm: Fall Fest, an all-school evening of fun for the students

November 4th, 7 pm: Seminar on Athletic Recruiting and the College Process

November 5 - 9: Fall Mainstage Play, "The Memorandum"

November 19th, 8 am: PA meeting


Looking ahead, Class III will be having another Parent Coffee on Friday, December 6th. 




Betsy Edie

Elizabeth Orgel

From the PA Co-Chairs

We would like to thank all members of the Nobles community who donated their attic treasures, spent countless hours sorting, pricing and selling items, baked delicious treats and made numerous deliveries of leftover items to local charities on behalf of the Nobles Yard Sale. You are all extraordinary for giving so much of yourselves and making a difference for so many.

We are grateful to Yard Sale Co-Chairs Suzanne Vocatura and Connie Dawson for their dedication and service to Nobles and the greater Dedham Community. They deserve a standing ovation for the outstanding work they did to make this year’s sale incredibly successful, raising money for Nobles scholarships, and uniting the community.

November Events

Please join the Parents’ Association during the morning of Wed. Nov. 13, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the new Cradles to Crayons’ Giving Factory, 155 North Beacon Street in Brighton. C2C provides basic necessities for children in need.  Your 2 hours spent at C2C will make a difference in the lives of needy Massachusetts children, and it is also a great way to get to know other Nobles parents while working together. To sign up, contact Cindy Trull at Join the fun; you’ll be glad you did.

It’s a busy time of year in the Arts Center. The fall mainstage play, The Memorandum, opens Nov. 5, and runs through Nov. 9. Don’t miss the fall dance concert performed by our talented students who participate in the Afternoon Dance Program on Thurs. evening, Nov. 14. This event has been a standing-room-only favorite. Come see our devoted actors and dancers and support the arts at Nobles.

Our next PA outing is a docent-led tour of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) on Thursday, November 7, at 10am. Admission is $10 and we will split the $25 docent fee. Don't miss this opportunity to discover the ICA and meet other Nobles parents. Parking is generally available in the lots across the street and on Northern Ave and Seaport Blvd.  Please RSVP to Helen Goins ( by Tuesday, November 5. And, please continue to join us every Monday morning after drop-off for a walk around the cross-country trails…the weather has been beautiful for this nice start to the week.

Plan to attend the Nobles-Milton Day at Nobles.  Celebrate the tradition with graduates, family and friends on Sat., Nov.9. Come for a cup of hot chocolate, chowder, or a burrito and root on your favorite Nobles sports teams.

Have you ever eaten breakfast in a Castle?  Join the PA for a parent breakfast on Tues. November 19 from 7:15 -8:00 a.m. in the Castle New Main Dining Hall.  RSVP to Dana DeAngelis, or Rikki Conley,  You will be chitted $3.00 to participate.  Our regularly scheduled PA meeting will immediately follow.  We are fortunate to have legendary teachers Dick Baker and Tim Carrey speaking with us. Come and see why year after year, students claim that classes taught by these two men comprise some of their fondest and most vivid memories of Nobles.  Alumni parents welcome to both breakfast and the meeting.

Finally, join in the spirit of giving and participate in the Middle School Pie Drive Nov. 20.  To place your pie drive order please go to:

We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Dana DeAngelis

Rikki Conley

Class IV Parent Reps - Polly Maroni and Heidi Raffone

Dear Class IV parents and guardians:

It has certainly been a busy fall!  We hope that you and your ninth graders are settled in and are feeling connected to the Nobles community.  We also hope you have had the chance to attend a PA meeting, a class get together or to cheer for your child at some of his/her games.  Our first class coffee was a nice ice breaker and great opportunity to meet some of the other parents.  And what an amazing turn out and enjoyable evening we had for our Fall Parent Social!  Thank you for all those who were able join us. 

Below are some important upcoming dates and events you’ll want to mark on your calendars:

· Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Saturday, Nov. 9:  Fall mainstage production: The Memorandum. 

  Tickets are available online. You can also purchase tickets at the door. 

· Saturday, Nov. 9  – Nobles vs. Milton Day.  Come cheer on the DAWGS!

· Monday, Nov. 11 –  Veterans Day, no school.

· Thursday, Nov. 14 – Fall Dance Concert, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

·  Saturday, Nov. 16 – Nobles Night in the Castle, 6 - 10:00 p.m.

·  Tuesday, Nov.19 – PA Meeting,  7:00 a.m. breakfast in the Castle, followed by the PA meeting at 8:00 a.m.;  Dick Baker and Tim Carey, two Nobles    legends, will be on hand to present about their time at Nobles

·  Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Winter Afternoon program begins.

·  Wednesday, Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving break begins – no school.

·  Monday, Dec. 2 – School resumes

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns.


Polly Maroni

Heidi Raffone

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship in Service

Last month, a young woman took the stage to announce a bake sale to benefit a local food initiative for food insecure teenagers. The cause is called "Feeding Frenzy." I quickly grabbed my computer and looked up the organization. Although I know the student had asked Mrs. Hurley to get on the calendar to organize this effort, I had done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to advertise, plan, order tables, or marshal an army of student bakers. Isn't that extraordinary?

This is the type of "bubble-up from student excitement" project is what I believe in. Yes, much of teaching and coaching students is to present to them ideas and ways of accomplishing a task. It is hugely gratifying when students see the model in action and then create a fully realized work that is not imposed by adults but evoked from the whole culture of leadership for the public good.

At a recent open house, families stopped by the service table to discuss what we do here. I found explaining this entrepreneurial phenomenon to be difficult, as it is so pervasive that it sounds amorphous. I pointed out pictures from service projects, gave them pamphlets about all our partner organizations and explained the options that students have in the afternoon program, athletics and clubs to do good work. I showed people statistics of the depth and breadth of the program itself, and the recent accomplishments of our community to learn and to serve. 

One little girl piped up with a salient question: "You mean if I really, really love animals and I want to learn how to protect them, you will let me do that?" Yes, Virginia. We will let you do that! And the students next to you will be following their bliss as well, and it may be different than yours.  You will be working with them to plan and execute ways to make your service dream come true for whatever it is that calls to you.

Linda Hurley and I spend lots of our time making sure the coat drive and the empanada sale and the Riverdale Art Enrichment Project, and the #AllDawgsGottaEat food bank initiative and the myriads of other projects don't overlap, detract from each other, or fail to produce quality results. But often these days, we do less, and the students do more.

Isn't that what you want for your children--a chance to work hard, and actualize their idealism and hope?

Sandi MacQuinn and Linda Hurley 

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