Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

December 2014

Nobles Parents' Newsletter December 2014


To Stretch Without Breaking by Assistant Head of School and Head of Middle School John Gifford

I had two Class IV students in my office last week. “How’s the Upper School?” I asked. “Great.” they responded, “It is so much easier than Class Five.” I smiled inwardly, remembering the week before when another Class IV student had reported that their HHC class assigned more work than all of her Middle School classes combined. 


The Skinny Envelope by Director of College Counseling Kate Ramsdell

I remember the moment so clearly, and not because of what it was – but because of what it wasn’t. The school librarian waved me over to the circulation desk, whispering in only the way that librarians do, “The front desk called and your mom is here to see you…. She’ll meet you outside.”


High School Doesn’t End at Graduation by Provost Bill Bussey

Last June, I attended my 40th high school reunion with some hopes that I might be able to duplicate the cathartic joy that I experienced when I last showed up a decade ago. It wasn’t meant to be this time around. Unlike most of my peers, I was briefly captivated by the unbridled confidence of the Elvis impersonator, a current boyfriend of a classmate, whom at the request of no one, took over the evening. To be fair, there were some pleasant surprises, some conversations that were heartfelt and others that were uncomfortable. Yet, by nine o’clock conversations were drowned out by a D.J. who refused to turn down the volume, leaving most folks staring into space and grouped safely with the same people that they would have sat with 40 years ago. A classmate sitting next to me surveyed the room and sized up the situation: “For some, high school doesn’t end at graduation.”


Defining the Nobles Community by Dean of Faculty Maura Sullivan

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a community as a group of people with a common characteristic or interest, living together within a larger society. By this definition, Nobles is definitely a community. I have no doubt that the reason why many of you chose Nobles for your child is because of some aspect of this community be it academic, extracurricular, athletic or the arts. Perhaps you have been associated with Nobles long enough to have a sense of the “common characteristics” that define us.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Happy Holidays!

Hard to believe we are already in the month of December and before we know it —January and the year 2015 will be upon us. We wish you some “incomparable joys” with your children, families, and friends during the upcoming, much-needed and well-deserved winter break!


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: Gearing Up

A group of dedicated parents and faculty have been working every day on the logistical details of our future all school service day, "Common Fire", planned for April 14, 2015.  Some of the most interesting work has been walking the sites we are collecting to see what might be good experiences for our young people, or at the very least, extremely helpful for the agency itself.



Nobles Day Camp

Early Bird registration is ending December 30. Don't miss out.

Nobles Day Camp

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Happy Holidays from the Putnam Library!

If your child is looking for something to read or watch over break, encourage them to stop by the library!

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Grandparents Day 2014 Portrait Information

Portraits taken at Grandparents Day will be available online until February 6, 2015 to view and purchase at 

Grandparents Day at Nobles

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