Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

February 2015

Nobles Parents' Newsletter February 2015

From the Co-Chairs: AE Rueppel and Brooke Sandford

Thank you to those of you who helped kick off 2015 with great energy and enthusiasm!

Class I and the Middle School organized parent coffees (despite “Juno’s” attempts to cancel  all plans!) so thanks are due to the respective Class Reps: Lynda Ceremsak, Carolyn Harthun and Anne Kelley and Leslie Del Col, Erin Majernik, Wendy MacDonald and Leigh Poole. Thank you also to our Parent Enrichment Coordinators Gretchen Filoon and Lee Collins for hosting an informative and lovely evening book discussion. AND, thanks to them as well for offering fun free skate mornings for parents at the Omni Rink during the last two weeks of January (following through on an idea that came up in a fall PA meeting–keep the fun ideas coming!) 

We also want to acknowledge Class IV Reps Suzie Montgomery and Nathalie Ducrest who certainly made the right call! Thank you to them and their many parent volunteers for giving the Class IV students an awesome “Superbowl” themed surprise lunch. (Clearly, it was the magic bullet—job well done, Pats!)

Last but not least, a shout out to the numerous parents who are hard at work as always behind the scenes—including Anna Abate and her fabulous team of Admission volunteers who have done an amazing job welcoming prospective parents, the folks who are lending their creativity on planning committees for many spring events such as the Head of School Dance and Common Fire, and the many parents who are always at the ready to help sports teams and arts groups with whatever is needed. Thank you! 

Don’t Miss…
February may be the shortest month, but it certainly has many events and activities to enjoy at Nobles. A few highlights:

Mornings at the Mac! Parent Circuit Training
Join Kevin O'Neill and other Nobles parents for a circuit training class at the MAC in February. The Parent Enrichment Committee has arranged for Kevin to lead us in some great exercises on the equipment. The classes will be offered 8:15-9:15 a.m. on the following dates: Feb. 10, 19, 26 and March 3. If you want to sign up for the full session, the cost is $80 (cash or check made out to Kevin). If you would like to drop in to check out a session, the drop-in fee will be $25. If you have any questions, please contact Gretchen Filoon at

Foster Gallery Coffee   
Please come to the Foster Gallery the morning of February 4, for fine art and conversation. Catch up with other parents enjoy the faculty art show, “Pratt 108” before it closes—you will be amazed at how much talent exists on campus if you haven’t seen their work before.

Chinatown Tour  
Venture further afield and join some parents on Tuesday, February 10, for a walking tour of Chinatown, hosted by our very own Rong Teng and our Parent Outing Coordinators Helen Goins and Cindy Jaczko. If you have time, end the tour with a delicious lunch—please let Helen or Cindy know if you will be joining them.

PA Meeting  
Join us on February 24 for our next PA meeting that will be held in the Arts Lobby. We will be treated to an overview of the resources and professional development that exist at Nobles to support our stellar faculty in their efforts to teach and nurture our students in multi-faceted ways.

We Want You…
February is also the month when planning starts for next year. The PA Nominating Committee would like to hear from you! (Now!) Please consider volunteering your time and talents to lead or co-lead a PA committee for the 2015-2016 school year. No experience—just enthusiasm is necessary for most positions. Please take a look at the website under Parents’ Association and explore what positions you might be interested in. 

Want to learn more? Call anyone on the PA roster, or simply indicate on the online form that you would like to help but are not sure where. A member of the Nominating Committee will be in touch. Please note the deadline for submitting your name is Monday, February 16. Many thanks in advance for your help!

Stay Warm, But Be Green…
The Nobles Green Team offers the following helpful information on the energy saving practice of dialing it back, “…by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you're awake and setting it lower while you're asleep or away from home you save energy. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill—a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.....”

Click here to read more information on how to save energy. Also, watch the weekly messages for more Green Team tips and news.

Take Note…
Upcoming February dates:

Tues Feb 3 Class IV Parent/Guardian College Evening
Wed Feb 4 Foster Gallery Morning Coffee Reception for Parents*
Thurs Feb 5 Rescheduled Class I Winter Coffee in the Castle*
Sun Feb 8 Gap Year Fair
Tues Feb 10 Mornings at the Mac! Circuit Training with trainer Kevin O’Neill*
Tues Feb 10 PA Parent Outing , walking tour of Chinatown*
Tues Feb 10 Class III Parent/Guardian College Evening
Wed Feb 11 Middle School Play
Thurs Feb 12 Rescheduled MS Winter Coffee in the Castle*
Fri Feb 13 Class I Surprise Valentine’s Day Dessert Bar*
Sat Feb 14 – Tues Feb 17 President’s Weekend/No classes/No Middle School homework
Mon Feb 16 Deadline to volunteer for PA Committee Positions for 2015-2016*
Thurs Feb 19 Mornings at the Mac! Circuit Training with trainer Kevin O’Neill*
Thurs Feb 19 Class II Surprise Lunch (Chinese New Year theme)*
Tues Feb 24 PA Meeting (Arts Lobby)*
Wed Feb 25 – Sat. Feb 28 Nobles Theatre Collective Mainstage Production
Thurs Feb 26 Mornings at the Mac! Circuit Training with trainer Kevin O’Neill*  
Thurs Feb 26 Chamber Music Concert
Fri Feb 27 – Sat. Feb 28 Nobles v. Milton Games

Stay warm and safe, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

AE Rueppel and Brooke Sandford
2014-2015 PA Co-Chairs

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