Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

May 2014

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter May 2014

The More Things Change…by Head of School Bob Henderson



One of my Nobles classmates (class of ’76) recently was cleaning out some files and found a 40-year-old edition of the school magazine, then called the “Noble and Greenough Graduates Bulletin”, published in the early summer of 1974. He sent it to me, thinking our archives might have better use for it than he would. A much simpler publication for a much simpler time in the history of this school, the entire issue is 16 pages long. The cover headline was “Last All Male Class Graduates”; the Class of 1974 consisted of 48 boys. The following fall the school opened with 3 grand new buildings and girls, and the graduating class of 1975 jumped to 70 students. Truly, this publication was heralding the end of one era at the school and the dawn of a new one.  And yet, as I read through the magazine, I was more struck by some striking continuities between that time at Nobles and today than I was by the differences. For instance, the cover picture showed a crew boat approaching one of the bridges on the Charles, an image that could as likely have been captured in the last week. There were many more familiarities, and I share a few below.

In a long article on the college admissions process, I came across all of the following quotes from Dick Flood, Jr., who was at that time the director of college placement at Nobles. You will note that the tone, cadence and, perhaps, the urgency of advice shared with parents on the college process may have shifted, but some of the core parallels are striking:

“The competition from highly qualified public school graduates is keen.”

“Students continue to ignore, against the advice of the college placement office, some excellent schools in the South and mid-West.”

“The national trend away from liberal arts and toward a more practical educational experience has not been felt at Nobles, where students, in general, remain confident and optimistic about the value of a liberal arts education in an overcrowded work world.”

“Parents continue to be more ambitious for their children than they have a right to be, but they wouldn’t be good parents, I suppose, if they weren’t.”

“The outstanding independent school athlete with a solid academic record is in a favorable position with the top schools.”

“A student who may be at a disadvantage is the all-around student who gave 100 per cent to the school but whose academic record suffers … The student’s academic record remains paramount in the selection process.“

In an unattributed article on the athletic program, I discovered the following wonderful statement on the school philosophy of athletics, again asserted in the language of a bygone era, but nevertheless articulating the essence of values still endorsed at Nobles:

“Whether or not a win is achieved is relatively unimportant, but trying to win is all-important. In fact, the athlete who has completely spent himself even in a losing cause has a feeling inside that he has given himself for something greater and that his opponent knows it when they shake hands in mutual respect. Nobles has had a winning tradition in athletics and (we) hope we can keep it, because if we keep trying to win as hard as we do, we will likewise learn that a hard-fought loss can be as meaningful as the win we failed to achieve.” 

A current grandparent at Nobles, Walter Cabot, was appointed as a trustee of Nobles that spring, and he is pictured in the magazine. Walter Cabot has been regularly at Grandparents Day in recent years in support of currently enrolled grandchildren Noelle Anderson ’14 and Nelle Cabot ’16. Also pictured in the magazine at his 25th reunion of the Class of 1949 is Bob Morrison, grandfather of current students Tom Morrison ’14 and Lucy Morrison ’19. There is also a small photograph of a very youthful Mr. Dick Baker in his role as the assistant coach of the undefeated varsity lacrosse team!

It is easy to note how the school has changed over the last four decades. The physical plant was dramatically smaller in 1974, the student body and faculty were tiny compared to today, and significantly more homogeneous, and the program was streamlined and narrow. There were no athletic trainers, school counselors, or learning specialists. The annual fund for that year, also acknowledged in the magazine, raised a total of $125,989, a far cry from the extraordinarily generous levels of annual support provided now by the graduates, parents and friends of the school. In that edition of the magazine there is absolutely no mention of the arts, service or travel, and only limited recognition of the challenges and opportunities provided by diversity in a community like Nobles. Still, the conversations about academic excellence and commitments beyond the classroom resonate with clarity. The close relational connections between teachers and students are readily apparent, and the tight sense of community was clearly in place. The Castle was already the central and enduring icon of the school. I do not wallow in nostalgia for the old Nobles, the one I attended for three years in the 1970s, and I often say in public forums that I generally feel like I attended a different school on the same site.  And yet, the more things change…

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This Past Year by Interim Dean of Students Kate Ramsdell



Last night I dreamt that I spent an entire school day asking kids to take off their denim jackets and doling out detentions. Perhaps I should be thankful that this newsletter – along with the imminent arrival of my second born – marks the end of my tenure as the Interim Dean of Students. Whatever you might read into my reverie, and all joking aside, I do want to thank all of the students and families with whom I’ve had the chance to work in this role over the course of the last year – even if it meant getting to know a student or two through an initial encounter over something as seemingly trivial as a denim jacket.

In this last opportunity I have to share newsletter musings, I thought I’d reflect on the sentiments John Amaechi shared when he visited Nobles in mid-April. For those who are not familiar with John Amaechi, he cuts a formidable presence in so many ways. Now a practicing psychologist, executive coach and organizational consultant, Mr. Amaechi is also known for the years he spent playing in the NBA, his bestselling memoir, Man in the Middle, and his appointment to the Order of the British Empire.

He did not spend much time during his visit discussing how he was the first former NBA player to come out as gay, Mr. Amaechi has also been a leading advocate for human rights across the globe. Not to mention the fact that he was raised in England (and therefore has an accompanying accent, the sound of which somehow makes kids sit up and listen), is 6’ 10” and close to 300 pounds (his admission), and uses his presence to great effect on stage.

Students, from sixies to seniors, were rapt by his stories in assembly, at the crux of which sat the notion of how one develops, and maintains, his or her integrity. Three sentiments shared that morning have remained with me and, having talked to quite few students, with many of them as well:

"I spend more time thinking about who I am going to be than what I am going to do."

"You are disproportionately powerful, and there is something important in that."

"You are all axes, and what you must remember is that the wood never forgets."

Nobles students hear that they’re expected to be “leaders for the public good,” and yet this charge can seem cumbersome and decidedly abstract at this point in their lives. Each of Amaechi’s sentiments acts as an entry point to that idea. It’s my hope that they might also act as an entry point into a conversation with your child about what it means to be a person of integrity.

The last weeks of the school year will bring with them myriad pressures, ample opportunities for risk and growth, moments of elation and even disappointment – each one often inherent in the others. Sometimes it’s important to focus on the minutiae of a Nobles existence as our kids work hard to finish well. But, if the opportunity arises, it might also be the perfect time to help them find chances for critical self-reflection.

If I have done my job even the tiniest bit well this year, I hope I have conveyed some of the same ideas to our students about developing one’s character and sense of self as John Amaechi did when he visited us. What I do know for certain is this: it was done far less eloquently, with a less impressive accent, and punctuated by a dress code detention or two. 

Nobles Theatre Collective



If you are going to watch one spring musical during your entire tenure as a Nobles 
parent, 2014’s incarnation could be the one to see.
 
This show will be everything a Nobles spring musical usually is: dynamic scenery, costumes, and lighting, a phenomenal band, and over 40 students singing, acting and dancing. It will also be unlike any spring musical in the history of the school, we believe.
 
Our world premiere adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance maintains the comic genius of the original while transporting the story to 2014. The 
audience will join the cast on the stage, to be surrounded by (spoiler) and served
(spoiler). With our cast of 45 and crew of 10, every member of the Nobles 
community is sure to know some of the students working on the show. Join us for
one of our seven 80-minute performances, May 13 to 17!
 
 
We look forward to seeing you!
 
NTC Reps
Ann McSheffrey, tmcgrail@verizon.net
John Devoy, jhdevoy@gmail.com
 
 

Finishing Well by Head of Upper School Ben Snyder



In the most recent issue of The Nobleman, Jonathan Bloch ’14 wrote a very thoughtful piece about the importance of finishing well – of leaving Nobles feeling proud of the effort he had expended, grateful for the new experiences he had, and appreciative of the relationships he had built with peers and adults. While his message may have been intended to remind his classmates to take stock of all that has happened during their time together, I think there are important lessons here for all students (and good reminders for adults).

As we get ready to close the school year, I want to be both practical about what the final weeks entail and also encourage us to step back and take stock of the year. I get concerned in the spring that students are 'over-stretched' in their commitments as we enter arguably the most important academic phase of the year – including preparation for final exams.

So here are my 8 tips to helping your son or daughter manage the last six weeks of school.

1. For exams:  Your child should try to take some time each weekend to organize notes, tests, quizzes, old review sheets, and syllabi so that when exam preparation time comes, these materials will be readily available. While it might feel unrealistic to create study sheets before the last few weekends, some students may have the time to start nibbling away at it. Creating a ‘finals folder’ for each subject will help; this provides a repository for all of these papers that will be useful for studying.  Even a quick 20 or 30 minutes on a light homework night will make a difference.

2. If your child is having difficulty in a particular course, NOW is the time to see that teacher for extra help – with special attention paid to exam preparation. Work with your child’s advisor if there are ways he/she can support you and your son or daughter down the stretch. Often a quick “head’s up” call or note to the advisor can be very helpful.

3. Sleep and good food are critical factors in learning. If your child is out or up late - especially on the weekends - this will hinder learning. Discourage sleepovers (I often say that the best thing that happens at sleepovers is that no one gets any sleep).  Returning to school on a Monday exhausted from a weekend of lost sleep is an incredible disadvantage in academic work. Especially on exam days, sufficient sleep and healthy food will ensure focus and keep your child healthy.

4.  Be wary of too many commitments. Spring is a time of many athletic tournaments, outside recitals and performances, family gatherings, and other commitments that can take enormous amounts of time and energy. It is important to gauge how much time these commitments will take. As these commitments build, it is helpful to plan out on an hourly basis a few weeks in advance what the commitments are and when the academic work will get done. Make sure you’ve blocked out enough time for homework and studying – and it may be appropriate to step away from a commitment or two in order ensure proper time for study and rest.

5. Know where your child is at all times - keep calling fellow parents to insure that your child is appropriately supervised. Our children live in mortal fear of being ‘horribly embarrassed’ by us if we call. Know your children will still love you after you pick up the phone and call – they may just not show it in that moment.

6. Give them an assist on summer. Each year I write about (and get positive feedback on) the importance of kids getting summer jobs. But remember that many of our children have never looked for a job – so this is an area where you can be really helpful in terms of brainstorming, generating contacts, etc.

7. Find time to talk with your kid(s) about something other than school. So often young people feel that parents are only relating to them (and evaluating them) around school – and that their academic success (or lack of it) is the only barometer of how they will be judged. The topics don’t matter (movies, plays, friends, extended family, etc), but we should try not to forget that our kids are much more than their grades and activities.

8. Encourage your children to thank their teachers, coaches and mentors as the year concludes. In the excitement of wrapping up the year, we often forget the amount of time, care, energy, and commitment that Nobles faculty put into making the entire Nobles experience a positive one for our students. A quick note from a student or a moment after class to pass along a sincere thank you to a Nobles adult carries such meaning for our faculty – and leaves that lasting impression of gratitude that re-charges the batteries of those who put so much of themselves into our children.

For some students it may seem unrealistic to expect much work to be done ahead of the final week in preparation for exams. However, the basic principles of using the weekends to catch up, communicating openly and honestly with teachers at crunch times, and asking for help from the advisor when things feel overwhelming apply even more so as we head down the stretch and finish well. We look forward to seeing you at as many events as you can make as another successful school year draws to a close.

 

The Studies Show: Gamification of Education



In their most recent podcast, Nobles learning specialists Gia Batty and Sara Masucci explore how the gaming principle of "hard fun" can lead to engagement and learning in the classroom. 

 

Thinking About Self-Perception by Jen Hamilton, Licensed Educational Psychologist



I recently read a fascinating article by psychologist Timothy D. Wilson entitled "We Are What We Do." The premise of the article is based on the assertion of social psychologist Daryl Bem that how we view ourselves is based not on innate traits that cause us to act in certain ways, but rather that our actions shape our self-perceptions. For example, we might hear our kids (or ourselves) say "if I am forced to do something nice for someone, it is not a genuine sentiment so it is less meaningful." In reality, the act of doing something nice for someone actually changes how we view ourselves. 

Thinking in this new way can have a tremendous impact on our lives. Regularly participating in community service opportunities will make you see yourself as more altruistic and generous, which may in turn shape how you behave in other areas of your life. Practicing thinking more positive thoughts (for example, by keeping a daily gratitude journal) may help you view your life more constructively. Training yourself to practice mindfulness and deep breathing on a daily basis may help you view yourself as a calmer, more centered person.

During times of stress, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that we have little control over many aspects of our lives. But rest assured that making small and deliberate changes in how we act can have a tremendous positive impact both on self-esteem and productivity. 

For more information on this topic I encourage you to read Wilson's article
and as always, if you have any concerns about your child please feel free to contact a member of the counseling department.  

Nobles Summer Programs Start Soon.



Nobles Day Camp

The Noble and Greenough campus is a very busy place during the summer. Nobles Day Camp opens its doors on June 23. This summer, we are also offering specialty programs that are geared towards older campers with a concentration in a specific area such as basketball, theatre, soccer and service.

These programs include:

 Nobles Basketball Camp for Girls (entering 6th–10th grade)
June 30, July 1, July 2
Alex Gallagher, head coach of the Nobles girls varsity basketball
 

• Nobles Spotlight Theatre (co-ed; entering 6th–9th grade)
July 7–11 and/or July 14–18
Bill Deschenes, Drama teacher at Milton Public Schools
Jon Bonner, director of technical theatre/design at Nobles
 

• Nobles Summer Service (co-ed; entering 7th–10th grade)
August 4–8
Sandi Macquinn, coordinator of community service at Nobles
Linda Hurley, coordinator of service activities at Nobles
 

• Nobles Soccer Camp (co-ed: entering 7th–12th grade)
August 18–22
Mass Premier soccer coaches
 

Feel free to contact any of the program directors if you have any questions. 

Visit our website if you are interested in learning more about our traditional summer programs for campers ages 3.5 years old–entering 9th grade. You can also contact the Nobles Day Camp office at 781-320-1320 or camp@nobles.edu.

We hope to see you this summer!

Emily Parker
Director of Nobles Day Camp and Summer Programs

Thanks from the Putnam Library!



The Putnam Library would like to give a huge thank you to our wonderful library volunteers for the 2013-2014 school year. These parents have contributed over 425 hours of work to the library this year! Thanks so much to Felleke Habtemariam, Nicole Zungoli, Hong Sun, Maria DeLuca, Aura Urena, Helen Goins, Kat Bliss, Bronnie Nelson, Camellia Bloch, and Lauren Kinghorn!

Save the Date! Grandparents' Day and Nobles Night.



Please save these dates on your calendar. 

Grandparents Day
Monday, September 29, 2014
 

Nobles Night
Thursday, November 13, 2014

For further information, contact Katherine Minevitz, Special Events Coordinator, at 781-320-7009 or minevitz@nobles.edu
 

From the PA Co-Chairs



Another school year is almost over! But before we get to June, we have a busy May with many opportunities for you to enjoy the Nobles 
community. 
 
The final meeting of the Parents' Association will be held on May 6, in the Castle Library. All are welcome to join for coffee and conversation 
as we thank outgoing members and introduce the new board. This is a transition meeting during which current board members meet with 
incoming committee chairs and class representatives to exchange notebooks and information. There will not be a guest speaker at this 
meeting.
 
We hope that you will attend the many all-school events this month. This year’s spring musical is The Pirates of Penzance, performed May 13 
through 17. Class V has worked hard on their solar cars and will race in fury against each other on May 14, followed by an all-school cookout. 
 
We also have the Choral concert on May 22, the AP Art Show in the Foster Gallery and the final Nobles Milton games being played on May 
 
23. We congratulate graduating seniors and welcome Class I parents to the Senior Arts Night and Senior Project Night the week of graduation. 
 
Please refer to the weekly parents' email and the parent’s calendar on the website for more detailed listings of all dates and events.
 
Finally, we want to thank the Nobles community for their support, time and energy this year. In particular, we give special thanks to our current 
PA board for their tireless effort, enthusiasm and invaluable help in making this year such a great success.
 
Enjoy the rest of the school year and have a wonderful summer!
 
With best wishes,
 
Rikki Conley
 
Dana DeAngelis

Class I Dean's Report



Dear Class I Parents,           

It’s May and it finally feels like spring outside (kind of). I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for such a wonderful year. I can remember many of the seniors as ninth graders in HHC and it has been fun seeing them grow over these past four years. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with them in their final year at Nobles. They set out determined to have a great year and I think they have lived up to their goals. As demonstrated by the Class I Pre-Prom party a few weeks ago, this is a cohesive group that really cares about one another, and their positive energy has set a great tone all year long.

This class’ success is due in large part to you and all of your support. In particular, I wanted to thank the Senior Parent Representatives, Beth Schlager, Addie Swartz, and Hillary vonSchroeter for all of their work and planning this year.           

As we head into the homestretch, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about everything that is happening on campus. This time of year is jammed packed, so it might not hurt to double check the calendar, as well as the letter from Bob Henderson, and check in with your senior(s). Please remind your son/daughter to check email regularly, as there may be last minute changes to plans.

Though it seems like a long way off, your student’s transition to college is just around the corner. Over the years, we have collected a reading list of books that discuss a various aspects of the college transition for students and parents. We offer these titles below with a little description. We hope you find some of these resources helpful!

Whether it may be a casual conversation in the alcoves or a walk down to the MAC, I look forward to spending the remaining few weeks with this group. Each member of this class has accomplished so much during his/her time here and given so much to Nobles. We are extremely proud of how this Class I has led the Nobles community. Now it is time to celebrate! Congratulations to you and your senior(s)! 

Fondly,
Meghan Cleary Hamilton

Reading List:

College of the Overwhelmed by Richard Kadison and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo (Jossey-Bass, 2004). Dr. Kadison, one of the co-authors of this book, was our guest speaker for Transitions Night. The book discusses mental health concerns on campus and outlines stresses that college students can face. They give suggestions for parents and students on coping mechanisms, as well as tips for parents on how to help their children with the college life.

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years, by Helen E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller (St. Martin's Griffin, 2000).

Written by two women involved with parent programs at Cornell, this book touches on virtually everything from the summer before first-year to post-college planning. The format consists of pairs of hypothetical conversations between parent and child on an issue: the first disastrous, the second, based on the principles the authors espouse, more effective.

Getting the Best Out of College: A Professor, a Dean and a Student Tell You How to Maximize Your Experience, by Peter Feaver, Sue Wasiolek, and Anne Crossman

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years, by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger (Harper Perennial, 1997). A slightly dated but still useful summary of the psychology of late adolescence followed by practical tips drawn from students and parents from a number of colleges.

Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds, by Richard J. Light (Harvard, 2001). A fascinating and highly readable account of the results of a project at Harvard in which students were asked what had been most useful to them in their college careers.

Transition Year: Your Source for Emotional Health at College.  New online resource that helps students and parents focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition. Includes articles, resources, and various checklists.

http://www.transitionyear.org/

When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parents Survival Guide, by Carol Barkin (Avon Books, 1999) A straightforward look at the issues, from the "Summer of Anticipation" to "Advice from a College Senior."

 

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



May is here and that means...flowers, warmer weather and graduation! It’s our last month together, hard to believe.  We want to start by thanking ALL of our wonderful parent volunteers, we couldn’t have had so many successful events without you! What a memorable senior year it’s been and we are very appreciative for each of you who helped to make it so.

We also wish to thank Meghan Hamilton and Kate Ramsdell who have been our Class Deans and have been there with us every step of the way. For so many reasons, this senior class is extremely special but most of all for the close friendships it has forged. Hopefully, 30-40 years ahead the camaraderie will still be going strong!

We sincerely hope you can slow down and enjoy these last few weeks together. It has been a pleasure working with you and we wish you and your students a wonderful summer and terrific college experience!

Looking forward to seeing you at the following Class I events during the final week of May:

Tuesday, May 27 – “The Way We Were” Celebration, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., McLeod Field

Wednesday, May 28 – Senior Project Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Lawrence Auditorium

Thursday, May 29 – Awards Night, 7-9 p.m.

Friday, May 30 – Graduation, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.,Greene Field; Procession will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Graduation dress code:

Young men: white pants (and white underwear!), white shirt, navy blazer, Nobles tie and crest (available at bookstore).

Young ladies: White dress with thick straps or sleeves, no more than a dollar bill’s length above knee or longer. If dress is strapless, please wear cardigan or jacket (shoulders must be covered for graduation). Proper dress shoes.

Friday, May 30, Class of 2014 Graduation Party, 8-11 p.m. at the Community Rowing Inc. ( 20 Nonantum Road in Brighton). As a reminder this is a parent-sponsored event. If you are interested in participating, pls. contact: Lyndsay Charron:  lyndsaycharron@gmail.com


Go Dawgs!

Hillary von Schroeter (Hillaryvons@verizon.net)
Beth Schlager (bethschlager@me.com)
Addie Swartz (addie111@gmail.com)

Do What Feels Good



"Do what feels good." Didn't your parents warn you against this notion? My Scandinavian grandmother would shudder at the thought of following one's most immediate and self- gratifying instincts as a way of life, without thought, purpose, or planning.

A new article in The Atlantic, however, is not talking about hedonism. Ben Snyder sent this one along. (I always read what Ben sends me because I find the articles make me think.) This one did, too.

I guess I should not have been surprised at the science underpinning the idea that we should give our lives to meaningful service, but somehow I had never read proof before that it literally makes us all feel good (in demonstrable, quantifiable ways) to devote ourselves to the needs of the world.

I am sending you the link as well. Take a moment to peruse it. As we set up our summer of relaxing family time, I urge you to also help your children's inner as well as physical health by finding ways to do meaningful service as a family. Come September, you will have a wealth of great memories, (and wonderfully sane and happy chemistry) to show for your efforts!

Sandi MacQuinn and Linda Hurley 

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



Dear parents,

Despite only five more weeks of classes left in the school year, the Nobles' calendar is filled with many great events for both students and parents.  Below are a few highlights and then a detailed listing of important dates you won’t want to miss.

One of May's highlights is the Class V Solar Car Races and all school BBQ on May 14.  Cheering the students' creations as they race to glory on the tennis courts is great fun for the whole school and worth taking time out of your day to come watch.  We are looking for volunteer bakers to make treats for a PA bake sale that day.  A sign up link will come in the next Wednesday email.

The Middle School has a Step Up Ceremony at 3:15 p.m. on June 5. All middle school students are invited as well as parents/guardians of students in Class V. The event marks Class V students’ transition from the Middle to Upper School next year. 

After the week of exams is over, and the teachers are busy with Comment Writing Day, the Middle School students are invited to blow off steam at the Canobie Lake Park Outing on June 6, which is a parent-led event--more information to come in the Wednesday emails.

These are just a few of the highlights--please review the calendar below.   As the Middle School class representatives, we would like to thank all of you for your help throughout the year.  We have a great community of parents and really appreciate all you have done to make each of these special occasions a success.

May 7
Shakespeare Breakfast for middle school students in Morrison Forum 8:15 a.m.

May 9
Middle School Day of Service In lieu of classes, middle school students and faculty will perform community service projects throughout the Greater Boston area. Students will return on campus in time for afternoon program.

May 14
Class V Solar Car Races and All School Barbecue. Annual event not to be missed! This event takes place on the tennis courts. Races start around 10:30 a.m. and end by 1 p.m.

Rain dates: Thursday, May 15 or Friday, May 16, if necessary.

May 15
Class V Archival Print Project Showcase located in the Shattuck Lobby (main entrance to Upper School) 5-6:45 p.m.-No homework night for Class V (only)

May 13 - 17
Spring Musical-Gilbert & Sulllivan's Pirates of Penzance, Vinik Theatre 7p.m.

May 21
Middle School Milton Games. Please refer to www.nobles.edu/athletics for location
and game time.  This will mark the end of the athletic season for middle school students.

May 23
Varsity & JV Milton Games, Please refer to www.nobles.edu/athletics for location and game time. 

May 22
Spring Choral Concert, Lawrence Auditorium 7p.m.

May 26
Memorial Day-school closed

May 30
Graduation Day-no classes, but a requirement for all students. Dismissal after ceremony by noon. Lunch will not be served on this day. Detailed information in the Wednesday email.

June 2
Modified School Day (information to follow)

June 3
Final Exams-Math in morning/English & English via Latin in afternoon

June 4
Final Exams-Classics in morning/Science in afternoon

June 5
Final Exams-Modern Language in morning/Civics or Geography in afternoon. Step up Ceremony at 3:15 p.m.

June 6
Comment Writing Day-school closed
The Annual Middle School Canobie Lake Park Trip will take place. More information to follow in Wednesday email.

June 9
Last day of school for 2013-14 academic year.

As always, please don't hesitate to get in touch with any of us.

Class V Reps
Lori Giandomenico
lgiando@verizon.net
Cindy Lawry
cindy@lawryfamily.net

Class VI Reps
Julie Callaghan
juliecallaghan1@gmail.com
Toni Gordon
tonisgordon@yahoo.com

Class III Parent Reps - Elizabeth Orgel and Betsy Edie



Dear Class III parents,

April was a very busy month! Many thanks to all of you who helped us with the Head of School Dance. We had a wonderful committee who planned the table decor, flowers, and menu, as well as making place cards, table cards, and signs to welcome the students and direct them to their tables. We also appreciated the many volunteers who arrived on the morning of the event to make flower arrangements, set the tables, write out the ice breaker questions, and even sweep the floor and wipe down the seats of all the chairs! We could not have done it without these volunteers and extend our sincere thanks. The kids all seemed to enjoy the evening!

It was fun to have a great turnout at our Spring Parent Social! Throughout the year we have enjoyed getting to know many of you through our coffees and socials, as well as through the events we have organized for the students. We encourage all of you to be involved in the Nobles community through volunteering or attending events as it is a really great community of parents, students and teachers!

Enjoy your month of May!

Betsy and Elizabeth

Class II Parent Reps: Nicole Zungoli Stimpson and Karen Conway



Hello Class II Parents!

Prom was a big success – the kids all looked so nice at the Roberts home for the pre-prom pictures! Thanks to the Roberts Family for hosting!

Thanks also to the parents who helped chaperone the prom dinner. You would all have been very proud to see the Nobles students’ impeccable behavior.

We had a very nice gathering for the Parent Social on May 2 – thanks to all who attended. It’s a very busy time of year - your participation with school events is always appreciated.

Be sure to check the Nobles website for dates in May – here are just a few:

• May 6 – PA meeting

• AP Exams (in May)

• May 13-17 – The Nobles Theatre Collective presents Pirates of Penzance, tickets will be available online.

• May 26 – Memorial Day, No school

• June 3-5 – Final Exams

June 9 – Last day of school

Enjoy the last full month of school – we know the kids are busy with exams and college preparations, but the end is in sight.

Thanks to all the parents who contributed so much this year with surprise lunches, the class socials and all the activities related to the Junior class. We hope you have a successful end of the year and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Your Class II Parent Representatives,

Karen S Conway - karensconway@gmail.com

Nicole Zungoli Stimpson - nzstimp@yahoo.com

Class IV Parent Reps - Polly Maroni and Heidi Raffone



Dear Class IV Parents and Guardians:

Hard to believe that this is the last monthly E-Newsletter of the 2013-2014 school year! Our children have almost completed their first year of high school and ready for sophomore year!

Since this is our final E-Newsletter as your class representatives, we would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all of you for your outstanding participation and support this past year – which has made our job very easy and most pleasurable.

Your generous donations of time, resources (our fabulous surprise luncheon with all the amazing decorations), ideas and energy made a significant difference and were sincerely appreciated.

Some highlights for May:

Tuesday, May 13: 8:00 am, Class IV Special Breakfast, Castle Dining Room

Tuesday, May 13 – 17: Nobles spring musical, The Pirates of Penzance, Vinik Theatre. Times vary, so please check the website for specific details about purchasing tickets.

Monday, May 26: Memorial Day, school closed

Friday, May 30: Graduation

Monday, June 2 – Thursday, June 5: Exams (the full exam schedule is on the website, check the calendar for details)

Monday, June 9: Final day of school (shortened day)

We wish everyone a wonderful remainder of the school year and summer! It has been a pleasure being your class reps this year, and we look forward to sharing many experiences and adventures that await our students in the coming years at Nobles!

Best to you all,

Polly and Heidi

10 Campus Drive,
Dedham, Massachusetts
02026
tel: 781.326.3700
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If you have questions, comments or suggestions for this newsletter, email Kim Neal at kim_neal@nobles.edu.