Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

March 2014

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter March 2014


Branding, Alcohol and Adolescence by Head of School Bob Henderson

It is astonishing to me how utterly pervasive the effective branding of alcoholic beverages is among any group of American adolescents. Sitting in a recent seminar on chemical dependency among teenagers, I found myself reflecting on this reality and the danger it presents to our students. Let me share an example and some reflections on this topic, especially as students head off on spring break and then return for the final quarter at school with its enhanced social opportunities.

Character Above All by Head of Upper School Ben Snyder

Many Nobles parents have heard me say that my favorite parenting expression is "we’re only as happy as our unhappiest child." As someone with two children out of college, I can tell you that adage continues to hold true!

It is inevitable that something will not go well for our children. The situation may be a mistake made, a disappointment endured, a personal trial or an unfairness suffered. Our challenge as parents is to figure out how best to help our children persevere and learn from the situation.


Lifelong Lessons by Graduate Affairs Office

Our job in the graduate affairs office is to create opportunities for graduates to stay connected with Nobles throughout their lives. As we wrote in the Parents' Association Newsletter last year, lasting friendships that support and inspire us are gifts that we as graduates have all have received from Nobles. These friendships are born in the shared experience of the school, and they keep us connected to this place in meaningful ways.

From the PA Co-Chairs

March is a relatively quiet month for the PA compared to the flurry of activity in February. A huge thank you to all the class reps and parent volunteers who organized surprise class lunches, coffees, and who are planning upcoming spring events.

More than 50 parent volunteers are constantly working behind the scenes to bring us all together for camaraderie, fun and laughter. It is wonderful to see so many parents on campus attending events and strengthening our parent 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 III Deans' Report


Family Day at Community Servings Serves a Double Purpose

Nobles often talk about "long term partnerships" when we pull together trips abroad. These schools, hospitals and other care programs have almost become "second families" to the faculty and students of Nobles. But some of the longest and most active partnerships have been forged right here at home; one favorite is a meal provider organization called Community Servings who is now announcing a "Nobles Day" at their kitchen for families like yours! 


How Will You Spend Your Summer?

The Noble and Greenough campus is a very busy place during the summer. With the Nobles Day Camp (serving campers from 3.5 years old to entering 9th grade); Achieve (an academic program serving low-income middle school age students) and Upward Bound (an academic program serving low-income or first generation college bound high school students), the Nobles campus accommodates over 1,200 people a day!
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