Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

May 2015

Nobles Parents' Newsletter May 2015


Common Fire Morning After Assessment by Head of School Bob Henderson

A very thoughtful and engaged parent stopped by my office to ask me a question a few days before Common Fire (the all-school service day that occurred on April 14). After dealing with the primary topic on her mind, conversation turned to Common Fire. She opined, entirely respectfully, that an all-school service day seemed anachronistic in an era when service was already so deeply ingrained in the ethos of the school and the students. I could not disagree entirely. Moreover, I rather nervously anticipated the big event with all its risks and complications; we planned to launch several hundred people out to over 65 sites all around Greater Boston for an entire school day. The last time we staged a Common Fire day was eleven years ago, when the world was a bit less complicated and the service ethic was somewhat less central to our community. Indeed, part of the purpose of Common Fire in 2004 had been specifically to enhance our service awareness and commitment. In the end, however, Common Fire 2015 far exceeded my modest expectations and represented an apt and powerful beginning to the celebration of the school’s sesquicentennial.


What They Teach Me by Dean of Students Marcela Maldonado

As has been stated in various venues and via mediums, this has been a year noted for more transitions than will occur in an average year at Nobles. Certainly for me, almost everything I’ve been involved with this year would be categorized as new opportunities and interesting challenges. In the mix of all of this, among those things that would definitely be considered on the periphery of my new role this year has been my involvement in the Peer Help Program, which I coordinate along with Mark Spence, our Director of Counseling.


Almost There: The Challenges of Finishing Well by Head of Upper School Michael Denning

May is finally here. After the longest, snowiest winter in memory, the brilliant light, the longer days and the promise of spring’s bloom offer some measure of rejuvenation for nearly all of us. For those of us working in schools, however, the rebirth one sees and feels in the natural world is sometimes juxtaposed by the transition and fatigue-related challenges we see students, teachers and school communities encountering as they endeavor to conclude a busy and demanding academic year. Finishing well takes hard work, fortitude and discipline, and developing and maintaining the right attitude can make a big difference in achieving these. So, too, can students be bolstered when they recognize and acknowledge some of what they are feeling and see that just over the horizon is summer break, a crucial time for rest, reflection and rejuvenation. Many students will work hard throughout this final month, skipping nary a beat. However, if you are a parent or guardian of a student—even a senior— who is starting to lose a bit of steam, these ideas may resonate with you.


Phone Contract by Jen Hamilton, Licensed Educational Psychologist

It seems that middle and early high school is the time that many kids at Nobles are given the privilege and responsibility of possessing mobile phones. Often there is very little preparation for this ownership role. They have been waiting (begging!) for so long that the moment they have it in hand, they are off and running and there is no turning back.

From the PA Co-Chairs

As another school year begins to draw to a close, so too does another wonderful PA year…We are grateful to be part of such a strong and dedicated community of parents. To all of you who offered your time, talents, and presence in a myriad of different ways, thank you! Your involvement and support are invaluable and much appreciated.  


Class Notes

Find out what's going on and how to become involved with your student's class. Click to access your class:

Class Deans' Corner

Class I Deans' Report


Upcoming Class I Events - Grad Week

See all the dates and times for upcoming events. There is also information regarding dress code for graduation.

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Many Thanks from the Putnam Library!

The Putnam Library would like to give a huge thank you to our wonderful library volunteers for the 2014-2015 school year. 

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Summer Plans

Nobles has multiple offerings including Nobles Day Camp and Speciality Camps for Field Hockey, Basketball, Soccer, Summer Service and Theatre.


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