Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

March 2014

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter March 2014

Class III Deans' Report



Hi everyone,

What a winter it has been so far! We hope that you’ve all survived the many storms and the vicious polar vortex and enjoyed the recent much-deserved warmer weather.  The “Surf’s Up” surprise lunch that Class III enjoyed last Thursday was much appreciated.  It was a wonderful respite from all the hard work of winter quarter and a nice reminder that spring (and, even summer!) will arrive! Thank you to all the parents who helped to organize this fun event.

Since January, all students have been very busy with their many academic commitments, including the U.S. history research project, their involvement in sports, theatre, and other extracurricular activities.  We are sure that everyone is looking forward to vacation in order to relax and recharge for the final quarter of the year. To all of those traveling on Nobles spring break trips, we extend our best wishes for a safe and wonderful experience.

Through class meetings, assemblies and other announcements, our students have heard from a variety of study away program representatives over the past two months, and we would like to applaud those who took the time and the risk to apply to study away from Nobles for either a semester or for the entire academic year.

If your child applied to study away, he/she should hear from the different programs by mid-April.  If your child is accepted to one or more programs, he/she must make a decision and inform Nobles of this decision by May 1. Your child should inform his/her advisor, Jennifer Hines (dean of enrollment management), as well as the two of us. If you have any questions about this process or about the individual programs, please do not hesitate to contact us.

On Feb. 11, Director of College Counseling Michael Denning offered an engaging and thought-provoking college-process orientation for Class III parents and guardians. Entitled “Searching for a College: A Dynamic 18-Month Process,” the program was designed to introduce Class III parents and guardians to Nobles' college counseling program and philosophy and to help parents and guardians understand a bit more about the college-process calendar, in general, and standardized testing, in particular.

In addition to talking about the various ways in which Nobles hopes to support your child as he/she makes his/her way through the college-admissions experience, Michael offered some tips as to when and how parents and guardians might best engage their children in the college-search process. While a potentially exciting journey of exploration, the college process can also be emotionally and financially challenging and, at times, anxiety-producing.

Indeed, the college process can affect families in ways that are hard to anticipate. Even the best-intentioned parents and guardians can wind up losing sight of some of the most important elements in the college process, namely the well being of their child. Our hope with this presentation was to reinforce this with parents and guardians before the process begins. If you are interested in seeing a copy of the materials that were presented, please let us know.

As you may know, Class III has a special event approaching on Saturday, April 5. To continue with tradition for Class III each year, Head of School Bob Henderson will host the Class III Head of School Dinner & Dance on that evening from 6:30–10:30 p.m.  

The Head of School Dinner & Dance is a mandatory event for all Class III students, as it marks the mid-way point of their Upper School career at Nobles. For that reason, if your child cannot attend, we must hear directly from you in order to excuse him/her. 

Since this is a special occasion, there is a specific dress code for the evening: boys should wear a jacket, tie and nice pants; girls should wear a skirt with a nice top or a dress. This is not the prom, and your child should not dress as if he or she were going to the prom! 

If your child is a boarder at Nobles, the dorm will be open on that evening if he or she would like to stay at Nobles. All boarders will receive an email asking whether they would like to stay that night, so please help your child plan ahead and have him or her respond to that email by Monday, March 17. 

An invitation for the dinner and dance has been sent to students via email, and although the event is mandatory, your child must RSVP by Monday, March 17.  We would like to thank all of the parents who are working very hard to make this event memorable, and if you are not involved but would like to be, please contact Betsy Edie or Elizabeth Orgel.

We look forward to a strong finish to the year with the Class III students, and we hope to see you on the Nobles campus this spring.  We wish you and your family a relaxing and fun-filled March vacation!

Best,
Jessica Brennan and Amy Joyce McBrien

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