Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

October 2014

Nobles Parents' Newsletter October 2014

From the Co-Chairs: AE Rueppel and Brooke Sandford

Happy early fall!

We hope you are all feeling settled into the school routine, and were able to enjoy some of the PA events in September.  We were pleased to see so many of you at the Parents Association Fall Social.  Thank you to our organizers Kennie Grogan, Lynne McCarthy, and Janice Jester for a job well done!  Big thanks also to our Class IV Reps, Suzie Montgomery and Nathalie DuCrest, and Middle School Reps, Leslie Del Col, Erin Majernik, Wendy MacDonald and Leigh Poole, for hosting wonderful parent socials for their classes.  Continuing thanks, of course, to all the reps who have been hard at work organizing a fabulous year, including an awesome Surprise Breakfast (Class I) and coffees (Classes I and III) in September.  Lastly, thanks to their team of volunteers and Eloise Patterson and Michele Abrecht for helping to ensure another happy and memorable Grandparents Day!

Next PA Meeting

We encourage all parents, but especially new parents, to join us for our next PA meeting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 16 in the Castle Library. To start things off, we will enjoy a quick visit with our newly named Head of Upper School Michael Denning.  Michael will share goals for the year ahead, and experiences from his 17 years at Nobles.  Following Michael, upper school counselors Mark Spence and Mary Batty along with middle school counselor Jen Hamilton will join us to talk about the services they offer, the challenges that students are facing, the groups that are available, and how mindfulness is being implemented in the PD curriculum. In addition, they will speak to where adolescents are developmentally, and how it affects the way they think, interact and behave.

It promises to be a great morning, and the coffee will be flowing—see you there!

Special October Happenings

Spectacular weather and several Nobles wins made the first PA athletics cookout of the season on September 20 a huge success!

What an informative evening listening to Po Bronson speak about his book Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing. It certainly gave us food for thought. Are you interested in discussing some of those topics further? What did you think about the book?  Please join us for an informal book discussion on Monday, October 6 at 8:00 am in the Castle Library. Gretchen Filoon and Lee Rubin Collins are kicking off the PA series of book discussions that morning while Mr. Bronson’s talk is fresh in our minds.  All parents are welcome to attend, whether or not you have read the book.

Also happening on Monday mornings – our PA cross country walks!  Meet parents for conversation and fresh air as you stroll Nobles’ cross country trails. Meet promptly after drop off (and pop in to the book discussion later if you wish).

If you feel like venturing further afield for crisp fall air and conversation, do not miss the PA Parents’ Outing on Tuesday, October 21. Helen Goins and Cindy Jaczko will treat us to a walking tour of Concord, including Monument Square and Sleepy Hollow.

Interested in some indoor culture?  A sure bet for entertainment is the Nobles Theatre Collective Fall Mainstage Play, Right You Are If You Think You Are, with performances October 29 through November 1.  Support the cast and crew, and be sure to catch a performance. You’ll be glad you did!

Several class-specific events occur in October – the Class II Parent Coffee took place October 1, the Class IV Parent Coffee Thursday, October 9, the Class III Parent Social on Friday, October 17 (RSVP by Friday, October 10), and the Middle School Parent Coffee Thursday, October 23.

In case it’s helpful, a recap of October dates:

Mondays – PA Cross country walks immediately following drop off*
October 6 – Parent Book discussion of Top Dog by Po Bronson*
October 7 – Travel and Study Abroad Evening
October 9 – Class IV Parent Coffee*
October 10 – Multicultural Fair
October 10 – RSVPs due for Class III Parent Social*
October 13 – Columbus Day (no school)
October 14 – College Process Workshop for Class II Parents
October 16 – PA Meeting*
October 17 – Class III Parent Social*
October 17 – Parents Independent School Network (PIN) lecture at St. Sebastian’s*
October 18 – PSAT’s for Class II Students
October 21 – Parent Outing to Concord*
October 23 – Middle School Parent Coffee*
October 24 – Friday Night Lights
October 27 – Comment Writing Day (no school)
October 28 – Paying for College Evening
October 29 – 31 Fall Mainstage Play
October 31 – Halloween/Class I Surprise Lunch*

*PA Event

Request for Volunteers/information

Would you like to learn more about and support the school’s initiatives on sustainability and environmentalism?  Join the parents’ “Green Team”.  Please email AE or Brooke to express your interest.

Is there a topic or speaker you would like to see at a PA meeting?  Any other suggestions for PA initiatives?  Please let us know!

With warmest regards,

AE Rueppel

Brooke Sandford

Parents Association Co-Chairs

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