Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

April 2011

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter April 2011


Not Either/Or, but Both/And by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

In the last issue of the Parents' E-Newsletter, I wrote about the importance of high school students getting a summer job – to gain some "real world" experience, to take on some personal financial responsibility, to be held accountable in new ways, and to develop different interpersonal skills. And then I promptly got on a plane and took 18 Nobles Class I and II students to Vietnam and Cambodia to cycle a few hundred miles, do some service, learn important history and expand their view of themselves and the world.


Some Strings Attached by John Gifford, Head of the Middle School

How we think about students facing adversity in the Middle School years

My daughters, now 6 and 8 years old, finally wore us down and we made the family pilgrimage to Disney last week. One day, after a long day of walking, one child leapt from a short stone wall onto my back in an attempt to catch a ride. I was taken by surprise, stumbled, and snapped my three-year-old $9.99 flip flop sandals. They were useless. It appeared that I’d be hopping home.


Optimist, Pessimist or Paranoid? by Erika Guy, Dean of Students

Amidst a lengthy conversation with my sister during the recent spring break, our talk turned to the trials of parenting a 16- and a 19-year-old, each at different but equally difficult periods of their lives.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Welcome back! We hope you were able to enjoy some rest and relaxation over break before we begin the final busy weeks of the school year.


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 I Co-Deans Meg Hamilton & Nahyon Lee


Community Service

One of the foundations of the Nobles mission statement is to foster in students a commitment to others. The Community Service Program requires all students to give of their time, talents, and energy to help people in need.


Write To Us!

The E-Newsletter is a monthly resource for parents. If you have comments, submissions or suggestions, please contact E-Newsletter Editor Julie Guptill at

You can find the current issue, along with back issues in the archive at


Nobles' Marathon Fund Event and The Boston Marathon: Patriots' Day, April 18!

Here’s the math: 26.2 miles (marathon) = 6 student scholarships!

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From the Foster Gallery


We're pleased to announce that our new exhibition, Family Portraits, is on view until April 22. Curated by Evelyn Rydz, the show brings together the work of seven artists - Cobi Moules, Christine Rogers, Megan & Murray McMillan, Dustin Williams, and Tanit Sakakini - who explore complexities and possibilities of family structures, relationships and interactions, both real and constructed.

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Save the Date!


Grandparents Day  
Friday, September 30, 2011
For further information, contact 
Katherine Minevitz.

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Visit the Parents' Calendar for Event Details & Information


Log on to the password-protected Parents' Calendar for all parent & school events. All-community events will also appear on the all-school calendar.

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Join Us!


Last Chance!  Our final Cradles to Crayons volunteer spot is on Tuesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in BRIGHTON at the new location of C2C's Giving Factory.  

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From the NTC


Greetings from the Nobles Theatre Collective (NTC)! We hope you had a wonderful Spring Break. Please mark your calendar for the 2011 NTC Spring Musical – Urinetown: The Musical!, music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, book and lyrics by Greg Kotis.

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Nobles Specialty Summer Programs


Our 2011 Summer Scenebrochure, which highlights the Nobles specialty programs offered this summer, is now available at

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Host Program for New Nobles Families


Thank you to the nearly 80 families who have already volunteered and registered to be a host family. What a great show of school spirit! Believe it or not, we could still use a few more volunteers, given the large number of new families admitted to Nobles this spring.

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