Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

April 2014

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter April 2014


A Tribute to Mr. Gleason by Head of Middle School John Gifford

I started a letter to Mr. Gleason a week before he died. It still sits on my desk unfinished; two pages, handwritten. It remains there because I can’t yet bring myself to throw it away. I knew that Mr. Gleason was sick, his illness was the motivation for my reaching out to him. 

But I was surprised and so sad for him and for his family when I heard the news. I was also deeply disappointed that I hadn’t finished my letter in time. The painfully deliberate nature of my attempts to articulate his impact on my life had proven too slow. I really wanted to express my admiration and my appreciation to Mr. Gleason. I wanted him to know. 


Ruminating on Experiment #9: the Great Soufflé Challenge by Director of Communications Heather Sullivan

My “real” job is communications at Nobles—planning publications, refining website functionality and finding opportunities to tell stories that convey the essence of Nobles. I love my job.

I also love to cook. In a very 1970s-they-will-be-fine kind of way, I was given full access to the kitchen when my age was still in single digits. I was a latchkey kid in the Midwest and began making myself lunch at home in fourth grade. I experimented with spices when the usage didn’t make sense in any traditional way. I remember being crushed that my aunt—when I showed her my fifth-grade “lifestyle” magazine project—laughed at me because I had included a dessert recipe that featured fried bananas. “You can’t cook bananas!” she scoffed. (Clearly, she had never flambéed. I usually don’t hold grudges, but I have been carrying this one around for a while.)


More questions than answers – EXCEL at Nobles by Head of Upper School Ben Snyder

Nobles students are really smart and are used to getting things right. They are curious; they work hard, and (for the most part) they master material, get results that they and their parents are justifiably proud of. Many are talented beyond the classroom and feel good about their accomplishments. We create curriculum that challenges our students at the appropriate levels so that – with hard work and persistence – they can succeed. As a result of these and a host of other factors, our students don’t fail all that much – and while I take pride in all the good things that happen for our kids, I know that for most of us as adults our greatest learning opportunities have come when we’ve failed.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful break. Spring is always a busy time at Nobles and this year is no exception. We hope you will join us for an array of parent activities coming up as well as the class specific dinners and coffees.


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 IV Dean's Report


From the Community Service Office

Announcing Next Year's All School Service Day:
"A Common Fire" Returns April 14, 2015

If a school truly values something, it is not hard to tell what that is. Not only will you find it articulated in the mission statement (an important lodestar of guidance) but you will find it in the warp and woof of daily life; woven into academics, athletics, faculty involvement, organizations, staff, graduates, and most importantly, student driven initiatives. 



Join us to celebrate Patriots' Day.

Patriots' Day is Monday, April 21, and families are invited to join the Nobles community to watch the Boston Marathon and to cheer on the Nobles Marathon Fund Team official runners.

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Second Annual Foster Gallery Film Festival

In Foster Gallery, during the week of April 7–11, we are presenting our Second Annual Foster Gallery Film Festival.  This year, a student group of movie aficionados have selected "The Best Movies You've Never Seen!" 

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First Class Gift

Class I students are gearing up to continue the tradition of achieving 100 percent class participation to the First Class Gift which supports the Graduates’ Chair for Faculty.

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