January was a busy month at Nobles, with the Cotting School basketball game, winter concerts, and the MLK Jr. Day of Service. There is no rest for the weary in February!
Things will be just as busy, with exciting sports contests; many PA activities, the Middle School play, Feb. 12-13; Upper School play, Feb 19-22; the long Presidents' weekend, Feb 15-18; and the winter chamber music concert, Feb 27.
Please join us for the PA meeting on Wed. Feb. 5, from 8-9:30 a.m., in the Castle Library. Our guest is Gia Batty, Learning Specialist and English teacher at Nobles. She will conduct a question-and-answer session about the Academic Achievement Center as well as her experiences in her role, and discuss other related issues parents raise.
Want to celebrate Valentine's Day with some handsome crafts? On Tues., Feb. 4, from 8-10am in the Castle Library, please join the PA for a morning of paper crafting, making cards and candy wrappers. Former Nobles librarian, Ellyses Kuan, will share with you some tips and techniques in this fun workshop. The fee will be $20. Please RSVP to Helen Goins at email@example.com or 781-690-7867 by Jan. 31. We hope you will join us!
Mon., Feb. 10 is our next PA book discussion in the Castle Dining Room. Continuing the theme of adolescent wellness, we will read Top Dog: the Science of Winning and Losing by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. Dinner is offered between 6-7pm. The kitchen closes at 7pm, and the book discussion will follow from 7-8:30pm. Please R.s.v.p. by Thurs., Feb. 6, if you would like to join us for dinner ($5.00 chit -- there is no charge for attending the book discussion only).Please R.s.v.p. to Rikki Conley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dana DeAngelis (email@example.com).
We are offering Parent Ceramics Classes taught by the Nobles Ceramics faculty! Come discover your inner artist, or develop long-lost skills. The dates are Feb. 11, Feb. 25, and March 4 from 7-9pm. Class is limited to 14 participants. For the full session of three classes, the fee will be $75 (and includes materials). This first session will focus on hand building, to learn to make slab cups and bowls. Please email Rikki Conley (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up.
We are continuing our Adult Yoga program, just in time for the beginning of the season of new resolutions! On Thursday mornings from 8:10-9:10am at the MAC, Kristie Averill, a certified Yoga instructor, will be leading a powerflow Yoga class for adults, open to those new to yoga as well as those with experience. The five-week session will begin Thurs., Jan. 30, as long as there is enough interest. Please email email@example.com by Jan. 27, if you would like to participate in all or part of the session. The cost is either $20 per drop-in class, or $75 for signing up for five weeks of classes. Please pay with either cash or check (made out to Kristie). There are mats, blocks, and straps at the MAC, so all you need to bring is your water bottle!
Kristie Averill, PT, is a member of the Sports Medicine Staff at Nobles and runs the yoga program. Kristie is a 200hr certified yoga instructor for both kids and adults, and a licensed pediatric physical therapist with 20 years’ experience. Because of her background as a physical therapist, her adult classes have a strong focus on alignment and many modifications are offered for those practicing with injuries.
Get more involved with the PA! During February, we begin to look for volunteers who might like to help out with the Parents’ Association next year. Click here—www.nobles.edu/PANomination—and indicate what you would like to do. There is a description of each position to peruse. We welcome everyone to think about how he or she might like to participate in our very active, fun and engaging parent organization.
Have a great month and we hope to see you soon!
Rikki Conley and Dana DeAngelis