Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

September 2014

Nobles Parents' Newsletter September 2014


The Zeitgeist and the Optimism of Youth by Head of School Bob Henderson

What an immensely unsettling summer it has been in news of the world! While every generation seems to have it trials and tribulations in connection to global events (imagine, for instance, being a teenager in the summer of 1940 as developments in Europe and Asia threatened to draw America into world war), I have reflected over the last three months about the impact of recent events on the psyches of the young people with whom we work. Consider just these several items that dominated summer headlines through June, July and August.


The War That Changed Everything by Interim Head of Upper School Michael Denning

Twenty-five years ago, I was a graduate student studying international relations. The massacre at Tiananmen Square had just happened and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union were right around the corner. Between lunch and dinner conversations about the amazing events that were transpiring around us, my colleagues and I found ourselves working through what seemed like mountains of research on the origins of the First World War. Indeed, in spite of the fact that they represented different nationalities, political camps, scholarly disciplines and intellectual schools of thought, our professors all seemed to share the view that in addition to being tragic, World War I was really important—a watershed in international relations. I remember many lectures and seminar discussions including some version of the following: “If you want to understand and positively impact international relations and foreign policy, you need to study World War I because inasmuch as we believe we know when and why World War II started, we are still not sure why the first one happened…and World War I changed everything.”


How to Get Your Teen to Talk by Jen Hamilton Licensed Educational Psychologist

If you are like most parents, you are probably wondering how to get your teen to tell you what's going on in his or her life (or maybe your expectations have been adjusted slightly and you are just hoping for more than a grunt now and then!). While it is a normal turn of events for adolescents to suddenly become less communicative due to hormones, rapid shifts in brain growth and the very important development of independence, it can nevertheless be upsetting to feel that you may be losing connection with your child.


We Can't Do This Without You by Dean of Students Marcela Maldonado

Anyone who knows me is quick to point out that I am a political junkie. More than the grind and machinations of everyday politics, however, it’s really political philosophy that stirs and excites me. I am particularly fascinated by the underpinnings of thought and action that anchor and guide our democracy, as it continues to serve as a beacon for most of the world. Indeed my students have often heard me talk about the importance of understanding ideas that serve as the bedrock for who we are, providing purpose and value to our collective mission. And the 18th century notion of a “social contract” is indicative of this collective purpose, whether for our country or even our own school community.

From the PA Co-Chairs

We hope your summer was restful, restorative and filled with great moments,  whether you traveled to far away places or stayed near home. As this year’s co-chairs of the Nobles Parents’ Association, we are excited for the new school year and would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your family.  

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 Dean's Report


Service Is an Integral Part of the Afternoon Program

As summer comes to a close most of us are torn by wanting to spend one last pool day or quiet evening with our families, and excitement over all the wonderful plans for the school year. By the time September arrives, however, we can hardly wait to see your children! The service department has many afternoon program offerings to help your kids learn and do some great work. Below, please read about the sites we will be spending our fall supporting, with those Nobles students who have chosen to spend their afternoons helping others. Linda Hurley's Dedham connections bring us these worthy projects: 


Foster Gallery Opens New Season with "Into the Wind" Exhibition

Foster Gallery will host "Into the Wind," an exhibit by Georgie Friedman. The show will run from Sept. 2-30.

Into the Wind Exhibition, Georgie Friedman

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Save the Date: Grandparents Day

Mark your calendar. Grandparents Day will be on Monday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. until 3:10 p.m.
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Save the Date: Nobles Night

A festive evening to celebrate Nobles - Thursday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Please note: This is not a student event.

2013 Nobles Night

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Volunteer opportunity in the library!

Would you like to volunteer in the Putnam Library at Nobles? 

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