Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

April 2015

Nobles Parents' Newsletter April 2015

From the Co-Chairs: AE Rueppel and Brooke Sandford

Welcome back! April has arrived, and with it the promise of spring’s blooms (soon, we hope) and the start of one of the most (if not the most) exciting and busy seasons of the entire school year.

While March was over before we knew it, thanks are due to Class III Reps Anne Umphrey and Heidi McNeill for organizing a wonderful Head of School dance, and to Parent Enrichment Reps Gretchen Filoon and Lee Collins for continuing the circuit training classes at the MAC. Additionally, we would like to thank this year’s PIN Reps Izzy Loring and Dania Mansour for keeping us updated on PIN happenings throughout this entire year, and finally – we offer thanks to the Host Program Reps who have been hard at work “behind the scenes” lining up existing Nobles families to soon welcome new incoming families into our community. Thanks are due to Julie Dixon, Maxence Metayer, Melissa Janfaza and Lori Giandomenico for making these important connections happen.

Looking immediately forward to April, thanks are due to Laura Monrad and Catherine Walkey for organizing and hosting the much-appreciated Spring Faculty Lunch, and to Community Service Reps Cindy Trull and Kristin Welo for their efforts to help coordinate Common Fire.

Highlights for April include the following events – we hope to see you on campus for any or all of these upcoming spring happenings!

April PA Meeting
Join us on Thursday, April 9 for the monthly Parents’ Association Meeting at 8:15 a.m. in the Castle Library. Our very own Nobles Provost, Bill Bussey will lead a panel through a discussion of “What is timeless about Nobles, and what has changed?” Joining Bill will be master teacher Nick Nickerson who has served Nobles for over 35 years, English guru Alden Mauck, who has taught and coached at Nobles for over 20 years, and Class of ’90 alum and Admissions Officer Brooke Asnis. Come catch up with friends after the long break, and join us for what promises to be a wonderful morning of insight and foresight! And, keep a close eye out for your Class-specific notices (below, weekly) which will feature all the details for Socials, Coffees, Surprise Lunches, Enrichment events and more!

PA Book Discussion
Our final gathering of the year will be held Wednesday, April 8 and will feature Maria Semple’s bestselling book Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Treat yourself to this “modern-day comic caper full of heart and ingenuity” and a night of light conversation and camaraderie. Join at 6:30 p.m in the Castle for optional dinner ($5 chit) or by 7pm for the book discussion. See the weekly emails or contact Lee Collins or Gretchen Filoon for more details.

Parent Spring Socials …‘Tis the Season!
Don’t miss the chance to gather with class parents this month to celebrate the season and another great year at Nobles. Your dedicated Class Reps and Matt Burek are hard at work arranging wonderful menus and all details for these April parent celebrations. As always, your RSVP will ensure a well-planned evening for all. See dates below, and watch for invites in the weekly emails. (Additionally, see dates for Spring Parent Coffees and Surprise lunches—also happening in April. Support for your Class Reps and attendance encouraged and welcome!)

Parent Circuit Training Classes
Our very own version of “spring training” continues! Join Nobles athletic trainer Kevin O’Neill and other parents for circuit training classes, Thursday mornings in April at 8:15 a.m in the MAC. (No class Apr 9 due to PA meeting). $80 for all 4 classes, or $25 drop in fee. (Cash or check made out to Kevin.) Contact Gretchen Filoon with questions.

Marathon Monday
Marathon Monday is on April 20, and every year families are invited to join the Nobles community to watch the Boston Marathon and to cheer on the Nobles Marathon Fund team. Students, faculty members, graduates and parents will be running, biking and rowing in support of the Nobles Marathon Fund, which currently supports eight Nobles students annually. For more information on participating or attending the event, check out or contact Michelle Lynch at or 781-320-7007.

Fashion Karma for Achieve
Modern day philanthropy can be as simple as cleaning out your closet! Achieve is excited to announce its partnership with Union & Fifth, a non-profit that raises money for amazing charities by selling donated, gently worn designer clothing and accessories on their website ( Please join us on Friday, April 24 at 8 a.m. in the Castle for a fun fashion show breakfast event to celebrate this new partnership and learn more about how you can help! Questions? Contact Cat Kershaw at or (781) 320-7012.

In case it is helpful, here is a (long!) list of April events.

Thurs Apr 2 Circuit Training with trainer Kevin O’Neill*
Tues Apr 7 Spring Faculty Lunch*
Wed Apr 8 PA Book Discussion*
Thurs Apr 9 PA Meeting* (Bill Bussey panel discussion)
Thurs Apr 9 Class I Surprise Lunch*
Fri Apr 10 Spring Socials*: Middle School (and) Class II
Mon Apr 13 Class III Surprise Lunch*
Mon Apr 13 Jenny Berz: Presentation with Middle School Parents
Tues Apr 14 Common Fire*
Wed Apr 15 Class IV Parent Coffee*
Thurs Apr 16 Circuit Training with trainer Kevin O’Neill*
Fri Apr 17 Class III Parent Coffee*
Mon Apr 20 School Closed; Marathon Monday Nobles Event
Thurs Apr 23 Circuit Training with trainer Kevin O’Neill*
Thurs Apr 23 Imani Concert
Fri Apr 24 Achieve Fashion Karma Breakfast in the Castle
Fri Apr 24 Spring Social*: Class IV
Sat Apr 25 Nobles Prom
Tues Apr 28 Middle School RTW Surprise Lunch*
Tues Apr 28 Middle School RTW Night
Thurs Apr 30 Circuit Training with trainer Kevin O’Neill*
Thurs Apr 30 Jazz, Blues, Guitar, Drum Concert
Fri May 1 Spring Socials*; Class I (and) Class III

Happy spring!

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

*PA (or PA-Assisted) Event

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