Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

February 2015

Nobles Parents' Newsletter February 2015

Nobles Theatre Collective

First up: The Middle School Production in Towles on 2/11 and 2/12 at 6:30 p.m., with a "if heavy snow is forecast" performance possibly added on 2/10. Titled The Grimm Brothers Spectaculathon, featuring 23 middle school performers, and directed by faculty members Kelsey Lawler and Marvin Vilma, this show is sure to bring a smile to your face!

Secondly: Join us for a performance of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream from 2/25 to 2/28, with a "if heavy snow is forecast" performance possibly added on 2/24. What better way to bring light, love, and laughter into your winter?!

Fear Itself by Provost Bill Bussey

I don’t know about you, but if my mother and father had insisted on following me Halloween night, the granddaddy evening of childhood experiences, I would’ve dug a foxhole in my backyard and egged my own house. As far as I can recall, sometime in the late 1960s or so, horror stories spread of poisoned Halloween candy and razors buried in apples. Those stories have proven to be urban legends. Yet, the 1982 Tylenol poisonings were the real deal, and as a result, both store-bought items and childhoods came with new protections.

Soon, the days of a twelve year-old boy grabbing his baseball glove and meeting a group of kids at a playground early Saturday morning and maybe coming home briefly for a baloney sandwich before heading back out until dinner, were pretty much over. And when most kids trick or treat now, their parents watch from the sidewalk, stationary silhouettes in the dark, making sure “thank you” follows the sound of candy hitting the bag. In the world of kids, the trick or treating experience now has been watered down to resemble a Saturday matinee at the movies with your parents sitting behind you.

For as long as anyone can remember, fear, along with its cousin inadequacy, has taken hold of the parenting process by profiteers and self-promoters who constantly suggest to mothers and fathers that they are not covering all the bases to keep their children safe from all that hovers on the distant horizon. Nothing sells like fear. If a gruesome murder hasn’t happened locally, you can now be sure that the once-local news station will present a feed from, say, Stockton, California, that will make you think twice about walking to CVS that night for the prescription that the ads said would make you less anxious. It all sort of reminds me of those screaming “Boston Strangler” tabloids that used to be positioned right between the Necco wafers and the “TV Guide” at every corner store when I was growing up. I slept with one eye open for a decade.

Technology, too, is moving ahead faster than ever and many parents understandably feel that it is taking their children away from them as well. Many of us spent Sunday night watching “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” or “MacGyver” with our folks. Today many of our kids spend Sunday evening up in their rooms doing one thing or another on the computer, just like most other nights. Our fear is that not only has something special been lost but also the sense that too often nothing good is happening behind closed doors. Long ago we all realized the crucial role technology would play in our children’s future, and we have all resigned to this cultural shift. Yet it remains unsettling to many of us that something that did not exist when we were our children’s age now seems to be dictating their future as well. It’s not unlike what happened when telephones started to come with long cords that allowed teenagers to hold conversation out of earshot.

While the Internet will always remain a social force to be reckoned with, many teens now see their Instagram and Facebook page as an extension of themselves and, more importantly, of how they wish to be seen. Increasingly, they are no longer so quick to be so mean online. Let’s face it: one online insult is one too many, and of course, it still happens too often. But most teenagers would rather avoid any direct social repercussion or drama, and the reality is that their peers will often call them out publically for online missteps. In some real ways, social media, for all its misuse, has also evolved into a social leveler that increasingly rewards those that are trustworthy, creative and irreverent. That’s been true for quite awhile. Adults tend to let their imaginations run wild when they think of kids and computers. If you ask most kids what they like to do on the computer, they will tell you that they prefer to watch shows and movies on Netflix.

Yet, at the risk of over-simplifying the adolescent experience, most teenagers are, and always have been, resilient. It comes with the territory. Although the college process looms larger than ever, most kids live in the here and now. Many spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about their appearance, whether peers like them, or whether or not they are going to be chosen for the major part in a play. This, too, has always been true. More often than not, though, their peers have a far more immediate influence on them than adults. It’s in that secret world of chats and texts, the world where parents are not allowed to watch over them like a Halloween stroll, that all too often our children’s sense of self over the past few years has taken a beating. And so has the confidence of exhausted moms and dads who are trying to do their best. Many parents today understandably wonder how can they best prepare their children for the future when they are unsure as to how they can best navigate the rest of the week. Not unlike, I suspect, the way my father, a WWIII veteran, no doubt felt when he first heard Led Zeppelin one Christmas morning.

Like their children, parents, too, have been conditioned to be resilient and learn quickly from their mistakes. Each generation of Nobles parents, challenged and aided by cultural shifts, continue to move forward, and at their best, welcome the opportunity to be guided by their own children. Within today’s culturally and technologically complex world, present-day parents, like their own parents who ducked and covered, seek to sift through the latest flotsam and jetsam in hopes of finding a common ground with their children that will stand the test of time. To varying degrees, it has always been that way.

Our current Nobles students are impressive in their acceptance of others, in their genuine kindness and support of their peers, and in their willingness to trust the intentions of adults. The vast majority seem “to get” why they are here and respect not only the opportunity but also those who help them navigate life in and out of the classroom. Anything less would not be the Nobles that I have come to know.

And a major reason that all this is true is because the vast majority of today’s Nobles parents have also made a concerted effort to trust the school, to trust that their children are doing their best with the cards that they have been dealt, and most importantly, are, like past generations of parents, aware that they themselves are doing the best they can with what they know and with what they have—and that in itself has always been good enough. I’d like to think that most parents are taking more time to getting to know and enjoy their children rather than worrying about them. I certainly hope so. It goes by so quickly.

So, take a well-deserved bow. Parents don’t get enough credit. And I suspect that’s always been true, too.

The Studies Show: Mind Wandering

Learning Specialists Gia Batty and Sara Masucci are now in Season 3 of the series in which they explore various topics related to learning, studying, and working with teenagers. This month they focus on “mind wandering,” which, contrary to popular belief, has been found to be a hugely productive and creative state of mind. You’ll hear about the research and learn how and why you should encourage your mind to wander!

You can listen to all of the podcasts here:

Challenges and Opportunities by Middle School Dean Colette Finley

In the sixth grade, I was in a battle with my parents. Sound familiar? I convinced them that I could complete all my homework, partake in all my schools’ activities and continue doing all my engagements outside of school that I had previously been doing. And I did just that. I proved my parents wrong.

Then, I switched schools in seventh grade. Again, I kept the same, busy schedule. It was about keeping myself busy, doing what I love, and proving to my parents that I can do it. However, seventh grade was different. I could no longer keep up with this daunting schedule, and the result was a feeling of failure. I saw and heard my peers discuss their similarly busy schedules, yet I seemed to be the only one unable to excel like I did previously. Why couldn’t I do it all? Was I not as smart? Would I fall behind if I didn't quit my outside activities?

Eventually, through a painful process, I was forced to cut back. Well, that’s how I saw it, cutting back. Now as I reflect on this moment, I realize that it was the first time in my young life that I had to really make choices. How often do kids have to make real choices during their elementary school careers? However, they enter middle school and are all too often forced to make difficult choices for the first time in their lives in order to maintain academic aspirations.

I bring up this topic because it is something that comes up often during my conversations with Nobles parents. The academic workload has increased, the expectations of students after school have grown, and yet kids want to continue pursuing everything they had been doing in the past. The harsh reality is that at some point many of these extremely accomplished kids are forced, for the first time in their young lives to prioritize. If not, we see exhausted kids struggling with a sense of inadequacy.

So how do we, as teachers and parents, impress upon our students/kids how to make choices? In the middle school, we are all about skill development and therefore, the skill of how to make choices should be added to the top of the list. We want our kids busy, we want them taking risks by trying new things, and we want them to take advantage of all that is offered at Nobles. But at what cost?

Personally, I am more efficient when I keep myself busy. However, I also know that I am not efficient when I reach a point of extreme stress. It’s a lesson that has taken me nearly 20 years to master. I propose this skill needs to become a component of the many lessons we look to impress upon our kids starting now. 

Are our kids keeping busy and working efficiently, but also feeling in control of their situation and getting enough sleep at night to help development? If they are at the point of stress and exhaustion, then there needs to be a conversation about making choices. This involves defining the problem, discussing possible options with pros and cons, and then coming up with the best solution. It’s a conversation that both parents and teachers need to be willing to have and that both parties are willing to relinquish control of in order to allow our kids to develop this essential skill.

And lastly, a difficult challenge in the middle school is to guide the students to make choices exclusive of their peers. Kids eventually learn how to manage their time, but too often their peers play a role in this process rather than their own personal interests.  Trying to be proactive in making choices rather than reactive should help kids make decisions outside the lens of how they will be perceived among their peers.

Making choices as a young teen can be painful, but turning this into a learning experience and skill development process will be key in their growth--a skill I am continuously working to master every day.

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Summer Plans by Director of College Counseling Kate Ramsdell

During the first faculty meeting of the new year Kim Libby, my sage English department colleague, offered an engaging presentation on classroom technology. Invoking inspiration from Janus, the Roman god of “beginnings and transitions," Kim encouraged us to see the transition into a new calendar year as an opportunity in our classrooms. In the college office, January marks another transition that I relish more with each passing year. It’s the time when we move from fall’s focus on Class I and begin our meetings with members of Class II. I find the month invigorating for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that I get to know a whole new group of Nobles students really well, which is at the crux of why I love what I do. Often, our first few meetings bring us to a discussion of summer plans.

When I think about the wide swath of opportunities that are introduced to many of our students – whether they are able to take advantage of Nobles-sponsored travel and immersion or service programs, or a research internship, or college-level coursework – I am amazed by their initiative and their focus. I can assure you that, as a sixteen-year-old, I didn’t even think to consider spending a summer doing research or traveling abroad. Nor did I have the kind of guidance that we offer here. So, I spent nine consecutive summers lifeguarding, coaching and teaching swimming lessons. Nine.

Quick math will reveal that I was twenty-three years old before I moved on to “real life” summers spent (perhaps regrettably) largely indoors. In fact, when I got hired at Nobles I was a day late to new faculty orientation because I needed to finish up my “summer job” coaching a swim team in the county championship meet.

During those nine summers, however, I learned to show up on time. I learned never to leave early and to bank on the fact that if it rained, I’d be scrubbing mildew off showers and toilets. I learned how to play a mean hand of Rummy 500, how to take a 10-minute power nap sitting up, and how to make a recorded meditation track sound like real thunder over the pool intercom. I learned how to budget a four-dollar daily lunch allowance, how to beat a pack of twelve year-olds at deep-end ‘shark’, and how to hold my breath for two minutes under water.

I learned that I could save gas money for the school year by riding my bike to work every day, and that $7.50 an hour is real money if you’re not supporting a family on it. I learned to respond to an emergency in a split second, to give CPR and to splint a broken bone. I learned to help an eighty-year-old with early stage Parkinson’s out of the water and how to negotiate a freezing three-year old back into her swim lesson. I learned patience with entitlement and how to hold the line with a bunch of kids my own age.

I learned to sweep a court, vacuum a deep end, tighten a lane line, and repair a broken lounge chair with whatever tools we had in the office. I learned that on my fair Irish complexion there’s no such thing as a “base tan”, and that Discovery Channel’s Shark Week may be the best week of the summer. I learned that hard-working and fair bosses tend to get the most out of their employees and that it’s always good to own up to your mistakes. I learned that if you work really, really hard you might get a bonus and an invitation to come back next year.

I made more money in my last summer as a swim coach than I made in my first year at Nobles (that’s actually the truth), and in hindsight I know that my nine year summer “career” is, at least in part, what led me to my life’s work. When my counselees share that they’re headed off to intern for a politician at the State House or to spend part of the summer working with underserved populations in far off places, I recognize that the ways in which they will grow and learn will be central to how they will see themselves now and in the future. And while I would have loved to have access to similar experiences when I was younger, I wouldn’t trade those nine summers for anything.


From the Community Service Office: Common Fire AND Business As Usual

Linda Hurley and I were composing our weekly list of service initiatives last Friday: and noted a week of "just the usual way we live here at Nobles": (I will quote it in full, simply to illustrate my point.)

Afternoon Program:
Cook's Afterschool In Needham Housing Authority
The Ohrenberger School Tutoring Program
Community Servings
Riverdale Art Enrichment Program
Newbridge Senior Center

Clubs and Organizations Initiatives:
Payment to Dandelion School from China Trip Food Sale
Middle School Valentines for Dedham Housing Authority for Seniors

Common Fire Initiatives:
Common Fire Toiletry Drive Final Collection Day and Sorting
Furniture and Homegoods Collection at the MAC
Children's Book Collection and Refurbishing for Reach Out and Read

Athletic Initiatives:
Wrestling Pin-a-thon
Sled Hockey: Disabled Player Team Sport

In the Planning Stages:
Campus Against Cancer Annual Rose Sale
Charity Rice Sale by Asian Culture Club
Graduate Council Visit to Rosie's Place
New Orleans Trip Fundraiser

Parents, Faculty, and Service Staff are indeed planning a huge day of service for April called "Common Fire." But lest anyone think "well, that ought to be enough to worry about" I just wanted to give recognition to the whole culture of service that has so permeated our school that the daily work of helping, giving, caring, and learning is continuing in spite of the added workload.

Students simply assume that if they are doing an event of any sort and service could be a part of it, they would expect to help it to happen. Every day, faculty coaches climb on vans with your children for the Afternoon Program. Parents stay abreast of the needs of those we serve and find that extra coat or hat, shampoo or box of kleenex and support their child's effort to get it to Nobles. Faculty who work with a group do all the background work to make a Rose Sale or a Valentine Making Day successful for their students. Trip leaders set up all the collections, details, and connections to charities that make a trip to other shores both enlightening and life changing.

Coaches add initiatives like a Pin-A-Thon to their already grueling schedule in order to teach athletes great values about using their sport for leadership. Graduates meet to work together at Rosie's Place as a way to reconnect to each other and to the tenets of service they learned when they were students at Nobles, and trustees work to support all this in busy lives already committed to the public good. Take a good look at the list above of what Nobles is accomplishing in just an average week. I know it will make you recognize one aspect of this school that you really love; the spirit of service to others.

-Sandi MacQuinn, Director of Community Service

Class II Dean's Report

Happy 2015! The second semester is off to a good start as the students have settled in nicely after a well deserved winter break. With this semester comes the advent of the formal initiation of the college process, an obviously integral part of each student's Nobles’ experience. All juniors have been assigned a college advisor with whom they will work over the course of the next year and with whom they will build an amazing relationship.

Our hope is that everyone will understand that your sons and daughters will have the opportunity to attend an incredible university/college once they graduate from Nobles, and by incredible, we mean a school that is right for your son or daughter. As students navigate their way through the college process, we hope that everyone will listen closely to our experts in the college process. No one knows more about this than they do, and we’re very lucky to have such talented people working on behalf of our students.

Over the years, we’ve seen too many students tie too much of their self worth into where they will apply and subsequently be admitted to college. When decisions don’t go as dreamed, these students can sometimes have a tough time moving on to secondary choices primarily because they feel that they've let their parents down. We hope that you have conveyed to your sons and daughters that you will be happy and proud of them wherever they may continue their education.

The junior year is arguably the most stressful of all the high school years as the college process becomes very real in each student’s life. As a result, students tend to be more diligent in the classroom as they feel that this has to be their most accomplished year, both in and outside the classroom. Our juniors have already placed a lot of pressure on themselves; your reassurance will help to ensure that your children will keep things in perspective so that they are able to maximize the Class II experience. We are looking forward to a new initiative that will bring seniors and juniors together during the late winter and spring. During class meetings, for example, we will give juniors a chance to hear from seniors as they reflect on this period of time and offer advice on helpful ways to approach it. 

We hope that the winter is going well for you. As always, if there is anything that we can do for any of you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

All the best,

Brian Day and Julia Russell
Class II Deans

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

Class I Parent Reps

Dear Class I Families,

We hope you survived the recent snow storm and had the opportunity to enjoy the fluffy stuff while digging out. Because of the snow, our Coffee has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 5, at 8:00 am in the Castle Library. It's hard to believe but we will be discussing graduation related activities—May will be here before we know it. Until then, we have some fun activities in store for our Class I students and parents.

On Friday, Feb. 13, we will be hosting the annual Class I Valentine's Day Surprise Dessert Buffet. Volunteers will be needed to provide, set up and serve cupcakes and other homemade treats and beverages. We will need lots of bakers and with your help the kids will feel like they've made a trip to Georgetown Cupcake!  

Looking ahead to March, plans are already in the works for a Class I Spring Fling themed Surprise Lunch on Thursday, March 5. Decorating the Castle is always a great opportunity for parents to bond so please mark your calendar and help us turn the Castle into the Seniors' own little Paradise Island! Look for information in the weekly emails on how you can help!

Planning is getting underway for "The Way We Were," the major spring celebration kicking off graduation week. This event, scheduled for mid-day on Tuesday, May 26 requires many enthusiastic parent volunteers. You won't want to miss seeing your kids laughing and playing carnival games from days past such as Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Water Balloon Toss.  Keep an eye on the Friday Parent Emails for announcements about planning dates.

Please also check the Nobles online calendar for many wonderful all-school events such as The NTC's Winter Mainstage Production, the Chamber Music Concert and Nobles vs. Milton athletic events.   

We look forward to seeing and working with you in the months ahead!

Lynda Ceremsak (
Carolyn Harthun (
Anne Kelley (

Class II Parent Reps

Dear Class II Parents and Families,

This month we look forward to hosting the surprise lunch on Feb.19.

The theme for the lunch is Chinese New Year, and Flik will be helping us with the food. We will need help from parents decorating the Castle and serving the kids. It should be lots of fun and a great way to catch up with one another! Please check the Nobles website and Friday email for updates and ways to get involved, or contact us anytime to let us know you are interested or have questions.

All the best,

Betsy Dawson -
Lauren Doherty -

Class III Parent Reps

It's hard to believe that we are halfway through the school year! The big event for Class III this semester is the upcoming Head of School Dance. Your Class III student should have received an email invitation to the dance directly from the class deans in January.

The Head of School Dance is a Nobles tradition exclusively for Class III. The dance will be held at the Castle on March 7 from 6:30 until 10 p.m. and is hosted by Bob Henderson, as Head of School. Several other faculty members will be in attendance.

Dinner will be served and seating is assigned. There will also be a DJ and dancing. Appropriate attire for the evening would include skirts or dresses for the girls and jackets and ties for the boys. Attendance is mandatory for Class III students. Your child should RSVP directly to the class deans as directed in the invitation. Students will be chitted $27.50 for the evening. As parents, we have the opportunity to participate in the planning of the event.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 2, right after drop-off in the Castle Library. Everyone is welcome to attend. We will also need help with set-up on the day of the dance, March 7, and clean up the following morning, March 8. Please let us know if you are available to help with either of these important tasks. As always, feel free to reach out to either of us with any questions.

Anne Umphrey
Heidi McNeill


Class IV Parent Reps

A big thank you for the enthusiasm and help we received to make the Class IV surprise lunch a success!

February will not be a busy month, however these are some important dates to mark on your calendar:

Tuesday, Feb. 3: Maximizing the Nobles Experience: Course Planning and the College Process for Class IV Parents/Guardians, 7 p.m. in Towles Auditorium
Thursday, Feb. 5: New date for the March Trips Parent and Students Informational Meeting
Monday, Feb. 16: President’s Day. No school.
Tuesday, Feb. 17: Faculty Retreat Day. No school.
Tuesday, Feb. 24: Parents' Association Meeting at 8 a.m. in the Castle Library

Please contact us anytime if you have questions.

All the best,


Middle School Parent Reps

We hope that second semester is going well for you and children. We hope to see many of you at the PA general meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

We have a lot of activities and dates of note coming up over the next several weeks. Class V parents have a Washington D.C. trip and academic planning meeting on Feb. 24. Theatrical productions and a Chamber Music concert are certainly worth checking out. And February brings a no-homework weekend for the Middle School over the Presidents’ Day long weekend.

If you are able to help: we are looking for a parent volunteer to be the Gap Chaperone, after school on Monday, March 30 in the Library Loft from 3-5:15 p.m. If you are interested, please email Leslie Del Col at

Here is the rundown of events and dates to get on your calendar.

February 2015

Wednesday, Feb. 11 – Thursday, Feb. 12 – Middle School Play: The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, by Don Zolidis, Towles Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 13 – MS No Homework Weekend
Monday, Feb. 16 – NO SCHOOL, Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, Feb. 17 – NO CLASSES, Faculty Retreat Day
Tuesday, Feb. 24 – PA general meeting in the Castle
Tuesday, Feb. 24 – Class V Parent Meeting to discuss Washington DC trip 2015 and course selection for the 2015-2016 academic year, Morrison Forum, 6 p.m.
Wednesday Feb. 25 – Saturday, Feb. 28 – Winter Mainstage Play: ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ 6:30 p.m., Vinik Theatre. NB: 3:15 p.m. start time on Feb. 26 & 2 p.m. on Feb. 28.
Thursday, Feb. 26 – Chamber Music Concert, Recital Hall, 7 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 27 – Middle School Milton Games
Saturday, Feb. 28 – Upper School Milton Games

Looking ahead: Please save the date of Friday, April 10 for our Middle School Spring Parent Social in the Nobles Castle.

We look forward to seeing you at many of these great events.  Please let us know if we can provide any additional information or answer any questions.

Leigh Miller Poole ( V
Wendy MacDonald ( V
Leslie Del Col ( VI
Erin Majernik ( VI

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