Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

January 2015

Nobles Parents' Newsletter January 2015


Continuing Complicated Conversations by Head of School Bob Henderson

One of the great strengths of the Nobles program is morning assembly. Last November 12, however, a long assembly, to our great disappointment, went awry. Long assemblies occur roughly bimonthly and afford the community the chance to delve into subjects of local, national or international importance with outside experts and practitioners. Past speakers have included psychologist and professor of education Dr. Howard Gardner, biologist Dr. E.O. Wilson, psychologist Dr. JoAnn Deak, the late Mayor Thomas Menino, Partners in Health founder Dr. Paul Farmer, law professors, public intellectuals and human rights advocates Randall Kennedy and Kenji Yoshino, human rights activist Gerda Weissmann Klein and the late Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai. The primary objectives behind our invitations to outside speakers are to promote intellectual engagement and to help our students learn to grapple productively with challenging issues. Indeed, in order to fulfill our mission to inspire leadership for the public good, our students must endeavor to understand complex, contentious problems.


Layers That Bind by Dean of Students Marcela Maldonado

We recently experienced the loss of Devin Nwanagu '05, a beloved colleague and alumna, who dedicated her all too brief life in service to Nobles. Even in our own personal sadness, as a small group of administrators gathered together to discuss how to disseminate this horrible news to the community, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the extensive services we have in place that speak to our commitment to students. This is especially true at this very difficult time, but we are well resourced on every level and every day to provide appropriate care and support for your children. 


New Year’s iResolutions 2015 by Head of Upper School Michael Denning

To my great relief, my cellphone contract expired during winter break. Frankly, this date could not have come soon enough. As the semester was coming to a close, my iPhone 5 was tired (perhaps like the rest of us): the casing looked haggard; the battery lasted only a couple of hours at a time; and the phone’s key functions—voicemail, email, texting and search engines—moved at a snail’s pace, hindering my efficiency.

From the PA Co-Chairs

We hope everyone had a relaxing break. December seems like ages ago, but we offer thanks for those who helped organize and host events.


Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

Class I Dean's Report


New Year's Book Resolutions by Director of Academic Support Gia Batty

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Over time, my New Year’s resolutions have run the gamut--from trying to take more family photographs to sending more handwritten notes to not using nail polish. One year, I resolved to always return my shopping cart to its proper place (and not in the parking spot next to my car).

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Help Welcome New Families to Nobles

It’s that time of year again! Volunteers are needed for the Host Family Program to welcome new Nobles families to the community. 

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Grandparents Day 2014 Portrait Information

Portraits taken at Grandparents Day will be available online until February 6, 2015.

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Nobles Librarians Give Thanks

The Putnam Library would like to thank our volunteers for their service in the fall semester! 

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