Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

March 2015

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter March 2015

Mark your calendars! Nobles Rally Day is Near.



The second annual Nobles Rally Day is coming up on Friday, March 6.

Please "Answer the Call" and support the Annual Nobles Fund. You can make your gift today at www.nobles.edu/giveonline to be counted in the Rally Day tally! 

Thanks for your support and consideration! 

Snow and Other Natural Phenomena by Head of School Bob Henderson



Over twenty-three years ago, I moved to Maui to serve as the upper school head at Seabury Hall, at that time the only independent school on the island. Feeling very fortunate, my wife, Ross, and I packed up all our belongings and shipped them from where we lived in California to one of the most beautiful spots in the world. About a month after the start of school I started to notice on the weather reports (which otherwise said pretty much the same thing every day – 80 degrees, mostly sunny with a possible brief shower or two) that a large tropical storm was powering up in the Eastern Pacific and starting to trek across the ocean in our direction. Over a week it grew closer and closer, and soon the talk was about the probability of impact. All our friends and colleagues assured us that hurricanes “never” hit Maui, but in that inimitable tone of all local news weather broadcasts, ominous fear was imprinted on everyone. Soon we were only a couple of days away, and the lines at the grocery store and gas station were immense and panicky. All I could think to myself was that I had just relocated everything I own into a house made largely of plywood and glass, on an island where I couldn’t drive away from trouble, right in the line of fire of a major hurricane named Iniki.

We opened school on the morning of the hurricane after a weather report said that Iniki would pass safely just to our south. At about 9:00 a.m., however, Iniki took a jog to the north, and impact on Maui was projected for later that afternoon. In a rush, we closed school and sent everyone home, while the wind began to howl and the sky on the southern horizon turned almost black. Then, a couple of hours later, Iniki took a turn almost due west, narrowly skirted both Maui and Oahu, and slammed directly into Kauai as a category 4 storm, doing over a billion dollars in damage there. We were spared, but the sad images and stories from Kauai were pervasive for a long time thereafter. And that was my introduction to hurricane days in Hawaii.

The other phenomenon that impacted school while we lived on Maui was tsunami days. On a couple of occasions while we lived there a major earthquake would occur somewhere around the Pacific “ring of fire” and a tsunami warning would be signaled by huge air raid sirens on our island. That meant that schools shut down, coastal areas were evacuated, and only emergency and authorized vehicles were supposed to be on coastal roads. Fortunately, none of those warnings resulted in an actual tsunami, as waves just a couple of feet higher than usual lapped ashore.

I also lived in California for a number of years, including during the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rocked the San Francisco bay area in 1989. I distinctly remember sitting in the gym at my school watching a girls volleyball game that October, thinking to myself that I hope this will end soon so I can get home and watch the Giants play the A’s in the World Series on TV. Then everything shook violently for what seemed like a full minute, the power went out, and people went running from the building and in every direction. This was a boarding school and we had to figure out how to navigate the next several days without any electricity, keeping an academic schedule and feeding and caring for several hundred people. We managed, and in fact it was, in retrospect, a pretty special time for the school; we were reminded that learning and communities fundamentally come down to relationships and people caring for one another.

New England has its snow days, and this winter has been a doozy so far. I admit that I enjoy calling the first snow day in a winter season; it breaks up the seasonal monotony and injects a welcome bit of excitement. By the fourth snow day, however, I am trying desperately not to call off school. Ultimately, I am impelled by the calculus of how many people will find it difficult, unsafe, or even impossible to get to school, plus the factor of the number of faculty who may not be able to come in because their own children are home and out of school in other towns and cities, and the burden on and time necessary for our buildings and grounds crew to make the campus accessible and safe. Independent schools, whether dismissed for reasons of hurricane, tsunami, earthquake or blizzard, do not generally seek to make up the school days that are missed. I imagine there could come a time when so many days are missed that we feel compelled to do so, but we are not there yet this winter. My firm belief is that teachers and students can catch up much more efficiently and effectively in the time remaining in the school calendar than they can in the languid days of late June. Moreover, the March break is already largely claimed by school trips. So there will be some extra pressure through the spring as teachers strive to complete their entire curricula, but experience in many climates and species of natural disaster informs me that we will get there, and with better morale and higher quality learning experiences than if we simply tag on time in the summer.

Flipping the Page by Dean of Students Marcela Maldonado



It is fair to say that much of what has consumed this community and the greater New England region for the last month or so has undoubtedly been the surreal nature of the winter weather this year. It has discombobulated this state, and certainly thrown many in our school community for a loop. Members of the faculty have experienced the weather’s wrath acutely in issues faced at home. A number of our students have also felt the unexpected trials and tribulations of this season, as they watch their parents and family deal with things that they simply cannot control.

As of this writing, it looks like we’re past the worst of it, and despite a few minor weather disturbances on the horizon, mostly the news is that things might be inching back to normal. So this is coming to pass, and as we enter the beginning days of March, you can already sense the change in the air, as much in the weather as in the sense of hope that comes when you can proverbially flip the page to the next month of the calendar, waiting with bated breath for what’s to come.

The “slouching towards spring break” feeling around Nobles each year is a palpable mélange of exhaustion, determination, hope, expectation, and even giddiness. It is usually best expressed through the not-to-be-missed Fringe Fest assembly that happens annually during the last couple of days before vacation. This assembly is a wonderful, no holds barred (or as close as we can come to that around here!) expression of fun that highlights the unpredictability and mayhem that can only come as a result of prolonged cabin fever.

Despite being merely two weeks long, spring break comes at such a necessary and opportune moment that it takes on almost a mythical, mirage-like quality. “If I can just get to that last day…” becomes the operating formula for adults and students alike. Whether students participate in any one of the school travel opportunities available to them, or choose to vacation with family or friends, or decide to stay home and simply relax, you can count on a renewed sense of hope and optimism taking over our school community in the days to come as we await for the time to renew and recharge.

As the last quarter commences upon our return from break, many students will take their biggest risks of the year: they will try out for the musical, they will vie for leadership positions in clubs and organizations, they will often choose new advisors for the following year, they will vote for SLC leaders, and they will scramble to be on stage – some for the first time ever! For the members of the senior class, this is the time when reality sets in in profound ways, and so they desperately try to make up for lost time and opportunities. Kids will talk to kids they never have before, and connect with teachers they always wish they had.

Simple pleasures return, as well. Windows open, Frisbees start flying, sitting on the “beach” with friends for even a few minutes becomes the order of the day, and walks from the schoolhouse to the Castle or the MAC are no longer sprints to ward off the cold but moments to be enjoyed. For many students, this is also the time when they realize who their friends really are, and how to hold on to them. The last quarter of the year allows for students to reassess their expectations for themselves, each other, and the institution. And far more often than not, they come to understand what a truly special place Nobles is.

Pre- and post- spring break at Nobles is in many ways a far deeper divide of time and space for most students than even the jump from one semester to the next in the middle of the academic year. As underclassmen approach the end of the school year, and certainly as seniors approach graduation, they are able to reevaluate and actually understand what matters most in ways that they couldn’t while mired in the trenches of the first three quarters of the year. Spring, with all its possibilities (and sunshine, and blooms…), helps to lift the fog and allow clarity to take hold, just long enough for people to see things in new and different ways. It is really no different here in that regard than it is anywhere else, but in this beautiful setting and in this wonderful time in kids’ lives, it is truly something special to witness at Nobles. Can’t wait!

Still Haven't Made Your Summer Plans?



The Noble and Greenough campus is a very busy place during the summer. Home of Nobles Day Camp (serving campers from 3.5 years old to campers entering 9th grade); Achieve (an academic program serving low-income middle school age children) and Upward Bound (an academic program serving low income or first generation college bound high school students), the Nobles campus accommodates over 1200 people a day! 

In addition, we also offer the following Nobles Specialty Programs this summer. These programs focus on older campers and offer a concentration in a specific area. 

Nobles Basketball Camp for Girls (entering 6th – 10th grade)  June 29, 30, July 1
Alex Gallagher, Head Coach Nobles Girls Varsity Basketball
http://www.nobles.edu/summer-programs/NoblesBasketballCamp.cfm

Summer Camp

Nobles Spotlight Theatre (Co-ed; entering 6th – 9th grade)  July 13 - 17 and/or July 20 - 24 
Bill Deschenes, Drama Teacher at Milton Public Schools      
Jon Bonner, Director of Technical Theatre/Design at Nobles
http://www.nobles.edu/summer-programs/NoblesSpotlightTheatre.cfm

Nobles Summer Service (Co-ed; entering 7th – 10th grade)  August 10 - 14
Linda Hurley, Nobles Coordinator of Service Activities
http://www.nobles.edu/summer-programs/SummerServiceCamp.cfm

Nobles Soccer Camp (co-ed: entering 7th – 12th grade)  August 24 - 28
Mass  Premier Soccer Coaches
http://www.nobles.edu/summer-programs/NoblesSoccerCamp.cfm

Summer camp


Feel free to contact any of the program directors if you have any questions (contact info is on their website page).

Click here http://www.noblesdaycamp.org/  if you are interested in learning more about our traditional summer programs for campers ages 3.5 years old – entering 9th grade or contact the Nobles Day Camp office at 781-320-1320 or camp@nobles.edu if you have any questions.

We hope to see you this summer!

Emily Parker
Director of Nobles Day Camp and Summer Programs

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Winter Musings about “Best Laid Schemes…” by Head of Upper School Michael Denning



But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane (you are not alone)
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft a-gley, (often go wrong or awry)
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promised joy.

—From “To A Mouse” by Robert Burns, November 1785

I am a planner. For the students in Classes I and II who are in my AP European History course, I begin every term by offering a syllabus that outlines the reading assignments and assessments for the entire quarter. In light of the discipline required to meet the significant demands of this college-level course, this practice is essential. Moreover, I believe that juniors and seniors must learn to do their own careful planning and budgeting of time, and having a term’s worth of assignments in front of them from the outset helps to facilitate the meeting of this pedagogical goal.

Working with faculty colleagues and fellow administrators to create the master calendar for the school year is much more challenging and time-consuming, but a similarly rewarding process. Nobles is a complex, ambitious ecosystem. Indeed, a lot happens during a school year in and out of our classrooms, and at no time is this more apparent  than during the many meetings we have in the spring and summer months to plan the following year’s calendar(s). As we readied these for publication this past August—adding in this year’s no-homework nights, holidays, breaks, athletics contests, concerts, theatre and dance performances, parent programs, special events, assessment and final-exam schedules and much, much more—I was struck by a realization that the packed nature of the Nobles school year makes it very difficult to reschedule events that are postponed. Yet, in spite of having some feelings of concern about the rigidity of the Nobles calendar,  the sense of control I felt after  publishing the master calendar and my syllabus was also liberating. Ironically, perhaps by giving up some freedom, spontaneity and flexibility to a schedule or plan, I gained some semblance of control where previously I felt none had existed.

In recent years, we have evolved to online versions of the master calendar and stopped publishing a paper copy. And for my students, I write my syllabus in a Google Doc rather than in an attached email document. Along with these practices’ obvious benefits to the environment, they also make it easier for us to make changes when, inevitably, things come up, events are postponed, and we have had to make changes and adjustments. In the past, we have often had to issue more formal corrections. Perhaps in your own life, you remember making a distinction between an event you had “penciled into a calendar”—so that you would be able to make the changes you were anticipating—and an event for which you had “allowed the ink to dry” in the calendar because you deemed it to be unmovable. Today’s technological processes make the rescheduling and editing of events more like the former than the latter. And this year, in particular, I am thankful that this is the case.

Mother Nature’s statements of the past five weeks have significantly disrupted many a calendar, schedule and syllabus. Indeed, for many in this region and some in our community, the storms of the past month have been difficult, costly, unsettling and very upsetting. For all of us, the weather has demanded that we make lots of adjustments. As I write, my colleagues are rebuilding syllabi, rescheduling events and contests, and ardently looking for ways to ameliorate challenges created by the loss of planned opportunities. Our amazing, indefatigable colleagues in Buildings and Grounds have worked tirelessly to clear and reclear all the snow and ice and to make our facilities as comfortable and functional as possible. However, in spite of their heroic efforts, travel to school has been more difficult than anyone can remember, and there have been cancellations, disappointments and, most importantly, extreme hardships. If nothing else, the blizzards of 2015 have brought to light the truth of Robert Burns’ aphorism:

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft a-gley, (often go wrong or awry)

In times of difficulty, challenge and uncertainty, our students and children look to us for guidance as to how best to react. Part of the way they gain control and feel safe and secure is by knowing that we are looking out for them and that we are confident we will come through today’s challenges even though we must make adjustments in plans and schedules. At Nobles, I have been so impressed with the good-natured, positive ways in which my colleagues have worked to make the best of the current situation, cheerfully and calmly adjusting, readjusting and then readjusting again. In spite of many missed rehearsals and practices, the mainstage play is ready to go up; the student-directed plays were outstanding; the wind and strings concert was a great success; our teams have thrived; and our community-service groups have worked to improve the lives of many in this area. In our classrooms, our teachers have been innovative, flexible and patient, working to compensate as best they can for lost time. And through all this, our students have had the opportunity to learn a great deal about the necessity of  resilience, perseverance, flexibility and controlling only those things we are able. If John Lennon was right when he suggested that “life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans,” perhaps it is also true that opportunities for good teaching and parenting—for leadership in all forms—arise when we are forced to cope with “best-laid schemes” gone awry. Onwards to spring!
 

Class III Deans' Report



Hello,

What a winter! The snow has been a challenge on just about everythingour roads, our roofs, our backs, and our minds. While the snow has certainly presented some struggles, students have done an excellent job of persevering and flexing with the lost class time.

The winter tends to be a time when a lot of serious progress is made in courses. Perhaps the most talked about example of this is the US History Research Project which is nearing the finish line. Students have been hard-at-work completing this independent project by researching carefully, generating a sound argument and refining their prose. In addition, students are working hard in sports, in the theater, and across many extracurricular activities. We are sure everyone is looking forward to vacation to relax and recharge for the final quarter of the year. To all those traveling on Nobles spring break trips, we extend our best wishes for a safe and enriching experience.

Through class meetings, assemblies and other announcements, our students have heard from a variety of study away program representatives over the past two months and we would like to applaud those who took the time and the risk to apply to study away from Nobles for either a semester of next year or for the entire academic year. If your child applied to study away, he/she should hear from the different programs by mid-April.  If your child is accepted to one or more programs, he/she must make a decision and inform Nobles of this decision by May 1. Your child should inform his/her advisor, Jennifer Hines (Dean of Enrollment Management), as well as the two of us. If you have any questions about this process or about the individual programs, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
As you’re aware, Class III has a special event approaching on Saturday, March 7. As is the tradition for Class III each year, Bob Henderson will host the Class III Head of School Dinner & Dance on that evening from 6:3010 p.m.  The Head of School Dinner & Dance is a mandatory event for all Class III students, as it marks the mid-way point of their Upper School career at Nobles. Since this is a special occasion, there is a specific dress code for the evening: boys should wear a jacket, tie, and nice pants; girls should wear a skirt with a nice top or a dress. This is not the prom, and your child should not dress as if he/she were going to the prom! We would like to thank all of the parents who are working very hard to make this event memorable. Our class reps, Heidi McNeill and Anne Umphrey have done an amazing job of planning what will be a wonderful night for Class III.

We look forward to a strong finish to the year with the Class III students, and we hope to see you on the Nobles campus this spring. We wish you and your family a relaxing and fun-filled March vacation!

Best,
Jessica Brennan and Amy Joyce McBrien
 

From the Co-Chairs: AE Rueppel and Brooke Sandford



“No winter lasts forever.  No spring skips its turn.” - Hal Borland

Words to live by! Spring is upon us, but before we put winter in our rear view mirror we’d like to recognize those that helped to organize the many events that kept us going through February! Volunteers due our thanks and gratitude include Class I Reps Lynda Ceremsak, Carolyn Harthun and Anne Kelley for a scrumptious Valentine’s dessert buffet, Parent Enrichment Reps Gretchen Filoon and Lee Collins for offering opportunities to free skate at the Omni rink and engage in circuit training at the MAC, Arts Liaisons Lynda MacDonald and Christine Serowik for organizing coffee at Foster Gallery, Outings Chairs Helen Goins and Cindy Jazcko for a wonderful Chinatown tour and finally, Class II Reps Betsy Dawson and Lauren Doherty for a fantastic Chinese New Year Surprise Lunch. Thank you ALL for your efforts!

Due to the break, we will not be having a PA meeting in March. However, mark your calendars for Thursday, April 9 at 8 a.m.  We are pleased to announce that our speaker for the April PA meeting will be our very own Nobles Provost, Bill Bussey. Bill will lead a panel of iconic Nobles teachers and alums through a discussion of  “What is timeless about Nobles, and what has changed?” Join us in the Castle at 8 a.m. sharp for what promises to be a wonderful morning of insight and foresight!

Don’t miss…
March is quiet month, relatively speaking—but here are few events to keep in mind:

Monday, March 2
Standardized Testing & The College Process for Class IV, III and II Parents/Guardians

Tuesday, March 3
Mornings at the MAC! Circuit Training with trainer Kevin O’Neill*

Friday, March 6
Middle School Magic Bus Trip

Saturday, March 7
Class III Head of School Dinner and Dance*

Tuesday, March 10
Mornings at the Mac! Circuit Training with trainer Kevin O’Neill*

Thursday, March 12
Last day of classes, break begins!

Monday, March 30
Classes resume, Wednesday academic schedule

We wish you all a relaxing and restorative Spring Break!

 

AE and Brooke
PA Co-Chairs 2014-2015

Middle School Parent Reps



Hope you are all managing to stay warm with the record-breaking cold and almost daily snowfall! February was a short, but very busy month, and March promises to be the same.

We have come to the end of the Winter Afternoon Program, and we are nearing the end of the third academic quarter. On March 9, Class V students will travel to Washington, D.C. for a four-day trip to enrich their civic studies.

In that same week, Class VI students will participate in Identity Week, which will culminate in a trip to Boston to apply new knowledge learned.

Enjoy your March break and THINK SPRING.

Warmly,

Your MS Reps


Leslie Del Col, Wendy MacDonald, Erin Majernik and Leigh Poole

Middle School Events in March 2015:

March 2
Middle School Long Advisory meetings in the middle school. Please pick up your child at the Middle School by 4 p.m.

March 4
National Latin Exam in the Castle Dining Room at 8 a.m. All Class VI EVL students and Class V Latin students will participate.

March 6
Middle School Magic Bus. Students will be leaving immediately after school to a fun destination "unknown" to them. Students and faculty should return to campus for pick up by 5:30 p.m.

March 9-12
Class V students will travel to Washington DC for their annual trip.

March 9-12
Class VI students will participate in Identity Week activities and will travel to Boston on Wednesday, March 11.

March 13
School closed

March 16-27
Spring Break

March 30
School Reopens! There will be no MS Afternoon Programming as there will be a faculty meeting starting at 2 p.m. in Morrison Forum. Plan to pick up your student prior to 2 p.m.

March 31
Students will meet with their advisors for individual meetings to discuss 3rd quarter grades and comments. Again, there will be no MS afternoon program. Students are dismissed after their advisor meeting. Please check with your child regarding their individual meeting time.

Early April Events:

April 1
MS Games Social in Rappaport Gym 3–4:30 p.m.

April 2
Spring Afternoon Program begins

April 10
Middle School Social (invitation to follow)


 

Class II Parent Reps



Hello, Class II Parents,

While it may not seem like it, spring is right around the corner for our hardworking students!  This is a busy time for everyone, as Class II dives into the whole college process. The good news is that Class II students have only one quarter left of their junior year and a well-deserved two weeks of vacation.

Spring break begins Friday, March 13, and school resumes on Monday, March 29. Only varsity teams and MainStage will meet on the Monday and Tuesday back from vacation.

Here are our upcoming Class II events:

Standardized Testing and the College Process for parents and guardians of Class II, III, & IV students will be held on Monday, March 2, 7–8:30 p.m. in the Lawrence Auditorium. Please contact Kimya Charles with any questions at kcharles0f@nobles.edu.

Our Class II Parent Social will be held on Friday, April 10, 6:30–9:30 p.m., so please mark your calendars. This happens to be the same night as the Middle School Social, which may be a bonus for some of you. Invitations are forthcoming.

We will be exploring more opportunities this spring to give our students one more special surprise when they might really be in need of a treat. Watch for notices in the upcoming Friday emails for the date announcement and to sign up to help plan that event.

We look forward to seeing you! Please contact us with questions.

Have a great break!

Betsy Dawson bgdaws@comcast.net
Lauren Doherty laurendoherty@comcast.net

Class IV Parent Reps



Dear Class IV Parents,

Welcome to March, as the countdown to break begins. I assume that most of are ready for the snow drifts to melt. The longer days and warmer weather will be a welcome change.

Before highlighting the upcoming events, we wanted to thank the organizers, volunteers, and Castle staff for their hard work and wonderful job on the Class IV surprise lunch. By all accounts, the students were surprised and thrilled with everything about the event. We could not have done it without everyone’s help!

Below are some of the scheduled events for the month:
Monday, March 2–Standardized Testing and the College Process for Class III and IV parents/guardians (7–8:30 p.m., Lawrence Auditorium)
Thursday, March 12–Last Day of Classes
March 13- 29–Spring Break
Monday, March 30–School Resumes, no afternoon program except varsity sports. Advisor Meetings
Tuesday, March 31–Afternoon Student/Advisor Meetings
Wednesday, April 1–Afternoon Programs begin

And looking ahead, our Class IV Parent party will be held on the evening of

Warmly,

Suzie Montgomery (suzannem33@icloud.com)
Nathalie Ducrest (ducrest.latour@gmail.com)

 

Class III Parent Reps



Hopefully we have gotten through the worst of the winter snow as March 7 and the Head of School Dance is fast-approaching! The evening promises to be super fun. We would like to take this opportunity to give a HUGE shoutout to all our incredibly hardworking and creative parent volunteers! We couldn't have planned this event without you!

Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events. We hope to see as many of you as possible in the coming months!

March 2, 78:30 p.m.
The College Counseling Office will be holding an informations session on "Standardized Testing and the College Process" for parents and guardians. For more information, please contact Kimya Charles at kcharles0f@nobles.edu.

April 13
We will be holding a Surprise Lunch for Class III on April 13. If you are interested in helping to organize this event, have an idea for a theme, or just want to help out day of, please email us as soon as possible.

April 17
Class III Parent Spring Coffee

May 1
Class III Parent Spring Social
 

 

Just Breathe: What Mindfulness Can Do For You by Jen Hamilton, Licensed Educational Psychologist



There has been a lot of talk recently, both in the media and at Nobles, about mindfulness.  We all have a sense that mindfulness must be really good for you (otherwise, why all the hype?) but it is not always clear what mindfulness is, or why it might be beneficial to your well-being. Simply put, mindfulness is both a deliberate act AND a way of being. When you deliberately practice mindfulness, you are setting aside a few quiet moments to focus solely on your breath. By breathing slowly and deeply and directing all of your attention to the 'in and out' of your breath, you are both calming your body (lowering heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, all of which have the added benefit of calming your mind as well) and training yourself to let go of the anxious chatter in your head. The goal with an intentional mindfulness practice is not to achieve a perfectly clear mind, but rather to learn to accept that your mind is constantly racing. Every time you notice your mind moving away from the breath, you can gently return to focusing on the breath. It is a practice in self-compassion and flexibility, something that we all could stand a little more of in our lives.

When we talk about mindfulness as a way of being, it means being present in the moment and being fully mindful of whatever you are doing at that time. By training yourself to be in the moment, you become less focused on anxious thoughts about the past and the future.   When you cut down on multi-tasking and pay more attention to your surroundings, you are more open to the beauty around you (whether a soft breeze on your face as you walk to lunch, or the way your son's eyes twinkle as he tells you about a proud moment in his day...these things are worth noticing and remembering!)  

The big question: Is it worth incorporating mindfulness into your busy life? Recent research conducted by Harvard-affiliated researches at Mass General Hospital show that there are structural differences between the brains of those who practice mindfulness and those who do not. MRI studies definitively find increased density in the hippocampus, important for memory and learning, and in parts of the brain associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection. MRI studies also show that practicing mindfulness causes shrinking of the amygdala, the part of the brain which mediates anxiety and stress and is known to be enlarged during adolescence. A recent study referenced in TIME magazine reported that students who practice mindfulness show a 15% improvement in their math scores after participating in a meditation-mindfulness training program. Will every person be guaranteed the same benefits if they incorporate a mindfulness practice into their lives?  Probably not. Some people, particularly those who suffer from anxiety, may notice benefits that are even greater than those described above, while others may not notice any real changes other than learning how to slow down and be more in the moment. It's up to each of us to decide if it's worth making the time to give it a try.

At Nobles, we have begun incorporating deliberate mindfulness practice into the Personal Development (PD) curriculum, and in the counseling office we often use mindfulness training a way to help students cope with anxiety. We also have an employee mindfulness group that has a great following. Knowing what we now know about the potential benefits of mindfulness, it makes good sense to offer everyone in the community the opportunity to begin some training. For those who find that it really clicks, we can continue to support their practice. For those who don't instantly connect, we will continue to expose them in PD and perhaps at some point in the future they might find it helpful to have learned some strategies.

If you are interested in learning more about how to incorporate mindfulness into your own life and would like more information or guidance, please feel free to contact me at JHamilton0f@nobles.edu or 781-320-7073. As always, I will be glad to talk with you.  

Class I Parent Reps



Class I Surprise LunchOh, it was so sweet! Our Class I students thoroughly enjoyed their Valentine’s Day dessert buffet. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers. Delicious treats and smiles were in abundance, and it was such a nice lift for our hardworking students.

These winter months are slowly moving into our rearview mirror, and as we move into March all eyes are on spring break. We wish everyone a fun and restful two weeks and look forward to warmer weather on the horizon when we return.

Looking ahead to post-break activities as we head into “Senior Spring”, please be sure to check the Class I notes in the Friday update emails for important details. In the meantime, please mark your calendars with these upcoming dates:

Thursday, April 2, 111 p.m.  “The Way We Were” Kickoff Planning Lunch Meeting in the Castle Library

A big thank you to our Event Chairs, Cindy Jaczko, Melanie Mace and Laura Monrad. They will be hosting this meeting for volunteers interested in helping with this traditional highlight of Senior Week. This year’s TWWW will be on Tuesday, May 26 11–1:30 p.m. We welcome and need lots of help. No experience needed!!  If you can not make this meeting and would like to help, please let us know. There will be more information in our Class I weekly notes. Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 9, 111:30 p.m.: “Kick off to Senior Spring” Class I Surprise Lunch

Please note the NEW date. We welcome and need your help for this last surprise lunch!  Volunteers needed for decorating and serving. A Sign-up Genius link is forthcoming in our Class I weekly notes.

Friday, May 1, 710 p.m. Class I Parent Social in the Castle

This is a not to be missed evening as it is our last time together as Parents/Guardians only!  We hope to see you there. Again, more information forthcoming in our Class I weekly update.

Thank you for your time and generosity. We have an amazing group of Class I parents and are looking forward to sharing a fun, memorable senior spring with all of you!

Lynda Ceremsak  ceremsak@comcast.net
Carolyn Harthun  harthun@verizon.net
Anne Kelley  anneckelley@comcast.net

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