Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

May 2015

Nobles Parents' Newsletter May 2015

Upcoming Class I Events - Grad Week

May 4 - 15:  Advanced Placement Exams. See website for schedule.

May 7:  Wind/String Concert, Lawrence Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

May 12 - 16:  Spring Musical - "Legally Blonde," Vinik Theatre, 6:30 p.m. TuesdayFriday; 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday, May 16.

Monday, May 18:  Cum Laude Dinner, Castle, 6:008:30 p.m., by invitation only.

Tuesday, May 19:  Freeman Legacy Dinner, sponsored by the Office of Diversity Initiatives, Castle, 6:008:30 p.m., by invitation only.

Wednesday, May 20:  Boarding Banquet, Castle, 6:008:30 p.m., by invitation only.

Thursday, May 21:  Spring Choral Concert, Lawrence Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 22:  Nobles vs. Milton Games. Go Dawgs!

Monday, May 25:  Memorial Day - School closed.

Tuesday, May 26:  Class I Project Night, Lawrence Auditorium, 6:308:30 p.m. All members of the Senior class and their parents are invited.

Wednesday, May 27:  Class I Night, AP Art Show in the Foster Gallery at 5:30 p.m., BBQ Dinner on the Beach at 6:00 p.m., followed by performances in Lawrence Auditorium. All members of the senior class and their parents are invited.

Thursday, May 28: Graduation rehearsal for primary participants - speakers, singers, presenters, Greene Field, 12:30 p.m.

Graduation rehearsal:  MANDATORY for all seniors, Greene Field, 3:15 p.m.

Awards Night, Lawrence Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. All Class I extended families invited.

Friday, May 29: GRADUATION!

7:30 a.m. First Class students must report to Gleason Hall for flower crowns and boutonnieres. From 7:308:00 a.m. students will have their photographs taken.

8:00 a.m. Class I group photograph with HighPoint Pictures.

8:30 a.m. Final All-School Assembly of the yearstudents ONLY!

10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Graduation Ceremony. There is plenty of seating for your family, relatives and as many guests as you would like to inviteyou do not need tickets!

12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Faculty receiving line, family photographs and goodbyes. Light refreshments will be served to all Graduation guests.

Graduation Dress Code

The dress code for girls will be knee-length white dresses that cover shoulders and back, and crowns of flowers, which the School provides. Boys will wear white pants, white shirts, navy blue blazers with the School emblem patches (sewn onto the left breast pocket), Nobles shield ties (ties and patches are available in the School bookstore), with white boutonnieres provided by the School. Sneakers and flip-flops are not within the dress code for that day; wear appropriate shoes for the occasion.  


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 11 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.

The origins of Common Fire 2015 were quite different from the original. This time, our intent was to recognize and pay homage to the element of the school mission that has been most consistent and enduring through the history of the school. This is the notion that Nobles is committed to preparing its students for a life of service to others. While this has been interpreted in various ways in different generations, over the last two decades this has been primarily understood to mean that Nobles students should look for ways to help build and give back to their various communities, both while students here and throughout their lives. The phrase that has been most memorable and meaningful in the current Nobles mission statement is that Nobles is dedicated to inspiring leadership for the public good. It is my strong belief that in addition to asking students to live this mission, the institution should have its own commitments and model the mission as well. It was from this impulse that the Achieve program was developed, that the Upward Bound program has been sustained, and that a new Common Fire was engendered.

The key figure in Common Fire has been Sandi MacQuinn, who developed the concept and provided the organization and elbow grease, in both 2004 and 2015, to bring it to reality. Sandi, working closely with Linda Hurley, started the effort a year in advance, reaching out to work sites, developing committees and planning logistics. Linda was there every step of the way, and she represents to students especially the inspirational giving spirit of the service program at Nobles. As the last year advanced, many volunteers from among the faculty, parents and graduates emerged to help ensure the success of the enterprise. In the end, Common Fire 2015 was a triumph of both community spirit and entrepreneurial collaboration.

It is rare and powerful that a directed, highly scheduled and demanding community such as Nobles can take an entire day out of the normal routine and dedicate the time to a higher cause. It is even more significant that the reviews about that endeavor have been so overwhelmingly positive. Our students worked hard and passionately and made life a little easier and more hopeful for a lot of people. They learned lessons about themselves and their potential that will be lasting. They lived the mission of the school and experienced that those ideals are not idly aspirational. We affirmed, as we enter the celebration of our 150th year, that Noble and Greenough School is truly dedicated to inspiring leadership for the public good.

On behalf of the faculty and students of the school, I want to express gratitude for the help and support we received from so many members of our extended community, both in the year of planning and in the execution of Common Fire. I do not know that we will do this again anytime soon, but I do know that this was the most ideal and memorable way we could have kicked off the sesquicentennial of our community.

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.

PHP is a great leadership opportunity for those interested in making a positive effect on student life at Nobles and who want to leave an imprint on school culture. It is a group comprised of juniors and seniors who gather together generally every other week, to discuss the tone and culture of the school, and who work to build community in various ways. These include peer-to-peer help for students dealing with difficult situations, and by providing information to the community on issues relevant to them. This group also provides free peer tutoring and assists periodically during the year with teaching PD classes to underclassmen.

Without question, the most important contribution to the general school culture this year has been the formation of “NED Talks” in assembly, Nobles’ own version of the famed TED Talks phenomenon. In very short order, these have now become somewhat of a staple of assembly, expected by the community to occur with some regularity, and the response from people asking for the opportunity to deliver a NED Talk has truly been heartening. As much as NED (and TED!) talks are about learning, they really are about teaching. The difference is on the emphasis of the experience, the power differential taking place. “Learning” assumes a reception of data or information that we then interpret via our own prism. “Teaching” is an intentional act or activity, usually with a circumscribed purpose, and irrespective of how the information might ultimately be untangled by the consumer.

I have enjoyed some really great teachers this year, and they have come in the form of 15 students I get to meet with each time PHP gathers, a group of kids who delightfully represent a cross-section of this community. I have often been very aware of how active the power differentiator has been in that room as these students intentionally, and with great confidence and aplomb, impart how they see themselves and the world around them. The most important things they have taught me are not unknown to me, but when clearly and unabashedly articulated by a teenager, have a power all their own. These include the notion of fierce loyalty to one another, or how to exist in a pressure cooker, or, most refreshingly, being obsessed with a solution. I have learned that when young people want to get something done, they think of every possible way to do so. When they desperately yearn for something to come to fruition, they are able to piece together an amazing plan to get what they want without the self-limiting inner voice that most of us develop once we are adults.

So in a year of transitions for the school, personal and professional transitions of my own, and moments of melancholy for the days when I taught many more kids than I do today, the serendipitous role that this group of “teachers” has played in my life and in the life of the school, has been profound. More importantly, in a year and “end-of-school” season in which young people have endured the usual media scrutiny and questions about their lack of character and perspective, and about the fault lines placed on them by the adults in their lives (thank you David Brooks & the NY Times!), I am all too aware of how easy and unfair it can be to paint young people with broad strokes. While I have surely taught less this year, I certainly learned more.

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. These parents have contributed over 250 hours of work to the library this year! Thanks so much to Felleke Habtemariam, Nicole Zungoli, Lillian Lou, Maria DeLuca, Sophie Rice, Susan Cabot, Helen Goins, Jessica Patterson, and Hillary von Schroeter!

Summer Plans

New this year, the Nobles Day Camp will be offering expanded lunch options, additional transportation options, and a 9 a.m.-2 p.m. program for campers entering grades 1 through 6.

To find out more about Nobles Day Camp, visit their website.

To learn more about the different specialty program offerings, please check out the Summer Programs section of the Nobles website.

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 with 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.
         For seniors at Nobles, the transition process is already in full bloom. Indeed, commencement does not begin and end with the festivities and rituals of graduation week. Inasmuch as there are final games, performances, assessments and senior-project presentations preceding graduation exercises—and plenty of senior-spring events sprinkled throughout April and May—much of the real work of the spring for seniors is learning to finish well—to continue to nurture the relationships they have built over weeks, months and years while preparing to leave for the next stop on their educational journeys. For many seniors, this is a learning experience laden with emotion, and therein lie some of the challenges.
         Because of the emotional obstacles that come both with transition and the challenge of finishing, the final weeks at Nobles will not and should not be any less demanding than the ones that preceded them, and it helps when the seniors are reminded of this. If the relationships formed during a Nobles experience and education have been all that we hoped for at the outset, then leaving Nobles should be as difficult as it is natural and appropriate. Celebrations of friendships and community and nostalgia and sadness must go hand-in-hand, and so it goes for many seniors. For those seniors who are able to acknowledge and embrace the emotional challenges, who understand that they are in a transition, and who work to take care of their relationships by trying to finish well, the experience of leaving is that much richer and rewarding.
         For students in classes VI through II, the period from May 1 to the end of school is replete with challenges, including final tests, exams, essays, presentations, recitals, performances and exhibitions. End-of-year assessments feel different because after months of working collaboratively and closely with teachers, advisors, mentors and peers, students are often asked to demonstrate their learning, proficiency and growth on their own. As you might imagine, as finals approach and this reality sets in, a fair amount of pressure mounts. Indeed, for many students, these days can be longer and less temperate than those of this past February. When Shakespeare was writing about “the winter of our discontent,” he wasn’t commenting on the weather. And as I write about the challenges that come each spring, you can rest assured that I am not either. The kids are tired, and finding the energy and courage necessary to finish well is easier said than done.
         Maximizing one’s preparation for final projects and exams takes organization, planning and determination. Although we can (and will) help with the former two, the latter is more challenging for all of us. Part of this has to do with what I believe is a relative lack of emphasis American culture seems to place on finishing a school year well. I find it ironic that while we do not hesitate to encourage actors to try so hard during a performance that they might risk “breaking a leg,” and we are quick to entreat athletes to invest so much that they “leave it all on the field,” we often refer to finals as something to “get through” and the school year as something that “winds down.” School years do not and should not “wind down.” Vacations wind down; nice dinners sometimes wind down; disappointing seasons often wind down. However, in my experience, very little learning happens at—and even less inspiration, confidence and resilience is derived from—events that simply wind down.
         One of the most valuable aspects of an academic year is its finality. Exams and other end-of-year, culminating challenges offer students opportunities to synthesize and solidify the knowledge and skills they have learned and practiced throughout the year. And those who are able to rise to the occasion and strive to finish as strongly as possible gain—almost regardless of outcome—the ineffable benefits to character that come from completing what they started as best they were able. So, as we enter the homestretch, please work with us as we endeavor to help students to see the challenges of these last few weeks as just that—a stretch run—the last few feet of a long, amazing race whose end is in sight and whose finish line is well worth running through.

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.

How can we prepare our kids for the responsibility of having their own phone? They are only thinking of the 'fun' parts; it does not occur to them that this small device could be a tool to hurt feelings; to impede face-to-face relationships; to be the vehicle for really impulsive, lousy choices such as sexting; to open the possibility that they may receive harassing or bullying texts; to accrue bills for apps or online purchases without having a sense of how quickly these things add up; or to fatal choices such as texting while driving. 

It is wise to set up some guidelines around the use of mobile devices (ideally, guidelines should be set up before they receive the device, but it is certainly never too late to implement some ground rules!) It is likely that your teen will say things like, "Why don't you trust me?" if you set boundaries around phone use. It is OK to explain to kids that trust is something that is built, and that a great way to build it is to engage in mature conversations around complicated topics. This question also provides an important opportunity to discuss the wide array of consequences that may exist when you text, email, or snapchat. For example, kids need to be aware that everything you write online or in texts is discoverable, public, and permanent, and that there may be great temptation to look at texts while you are driving.

A wonderful resource to help parents get up to speed on the many issues to be considered and discussed is Richard Guerry's book, Public and Permanent. 

Another great resource is Catherine Steiner Adair's new  book, The Big Disconnect. Once you have your arms around any ground rules you may want to set, it is a great idea to write up a contract which may include some of the following:

- Your parent(s) will always know your password.

- Your phone will sleep (charge) in your parent's room, starting at a specific time each night.

- You will never text or talk while driving. 

- There will be phone-free times in our house (to be negotiated; this means parents/guardians set aside their phones, too)  whether it's once a week or every night during the dinner hour.

- When you text, imagine your coach, grandma, friend's parent, future college admissions officer, etc reading over your shoulder.

- Before you send something, via email or text, wait ten seconds. Read it again. Refer back to the previous rule. Do you still want to send it?

- When you are spending time with another human being, BE with that person! Don't be with your phone near that person.

- You will mess up. Your phone may be taken away for some time. We will sit down and talk about it.  We are always learning and we are on the same team.

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this topic, as it is one that most parents eventually grapple with. If you are interested in further conversation with other parents, please contact me at, or Mark Spence or Mary Batty in the upper school. We will be glad to arrange a forum in which to discuss this important issue. 

Class II Parent Reps

Hello Class II Parents!

We are looking forward to wrapping up a very productive year with our final Class II parent event. Please join us for Coffee at the Castle on Tuesday, May 12 from 8:00 a.m.–9:30 am.     

The next few weeks are busy ones to say the least. Be sure to check the Nobles website for dates in May and Junehere are just a few:

May 6 – Final PA meeting of the Year 8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
AP Exams (in May)
May 12 – Class II Parent Coffee
May 25 – Memorial Day, No school
June 2-4 – Final Exams June 5 No classes
June 8 – Last day of school and book buyback
Enjoy the last full month of schoolwe know the kids are busy with exams and college preparations, but the end is in sight.

Thanks to all the parents who contributed so much this year with surprise lunches, the class socials, and all the activities related to the Junior class. We have had a great time working with all of you and you have made our jobs a pleasure. We hope you have a successful end of the year and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


Betsy Dawson (

Lauren Doherty (

Middle School Parent Reps

Dear Middle School Parents,

Despite only five more weeks of classes left in the school year, the Nobles' calendar is filled with many great events for both students and parents.  Below are a few highlights, and following, a detailed listing of important dates you will not want to miss.
One of May's highlights is the Class V Solar Car Races and all school BBQ on May 13.  Cheering the students' creations as they race to glory on the tennis courts is great fun for the whole school and worth taking time out of your day to come watch. 
The Middle School has a Step Up Ceremony at 3:15 p.m. on June 4th. All middle school students are invited as well as parents/guardians of students in Class V. The event marks Class V students’ transition from the Middle to Upper School next year.
After the week of exams is over, and the teachers are busy with Comment Writing Day, the Middle School students are invited to blow off steam at the Canobie Lake Park Outing on June 5th, which is a parent-led event--more information to come in the Wednesday emails.
These are just a few of the highlights--please review the calendar below.   As the Middle School class representatives, we would like to thank all of you for your help throughout the year.  We have a great community of parents and really appreciate all you have done to make each of these special occasions a success.
Middle School Events in May/June 2015


May 1 Middle School Dance, Richardson Gym 7-9:30pm

May 7 Wind, String, Orchestra Concert, Lawrence Auditorium at 7pm

May 12-16 Spring Musical- Legally Blond, Vinik Theatre at 6:30pm

May 13 Class V Solar Car Races & All School Barbecue- Annual event not to be missed!  This event will take place on the tennis courts. Races start around 10:30am and end by 1pm. Rain dates: May 14 & 15

May 14 Class V Archival Print Showcase, Shattuck Lobby (main entrance to Upper School) 5pm. No homework night for Class V only

May 20 Middle School Milton Games. Please refer to for location and game time. This will mark the end of the spring afternoon program for middle school students. Varsity & JV Milton Games will take place on Friday, May 21st.

May 21 Spring Choral Concert, Lawrence Auditorium at 7pm

May 25 Memorial Day- school closed

May 29 Graduation Day-no classes, but attendance is a requirement for all students. Dismissal after ceremony. Lunch will not be served on this day. Detailed information in the Wednesday email.


June1 Modified School Day (information to follow)

June 2 Final Exams- Modern Language in morning/Civics or Geography in afternoon

June 3 Final Exams- Math in morning/English & English via Latin in afternoon

June 4 Final Exams- Classics in morning/Science in afternoon
Step Up Ceremony at 3:15pm in Vinik Theatre

June 5 Comment Writing Day- school closed. The Annual Middle School Canobie Lake Park Trip will take place. More information to follow in Wednesday email.

June 8 Last Day of School for 2014-15 academic year!

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us with questions or for clarification.

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

Class III Parent Reps

As we sit down to write the May Class III entry to the PA newsletter, it is hard to believe that sophomore year is almost finished! What an incredible year it has been, and we are grateful for this terrific group of students, class deans, and parents!  Thank you all for making our job so easy and so much fun!

Amidst the record-breaking snow we managed to pull off several great gatherings! Class III was treated to two delicious surprise snacks during the year (empanadas and steamed dumplings to coincide with their international travel informational class meeting and then apple fritters and hot cider post a snowy few winter months), a memorable and successful Head of School Dance, two truly enjoyable Class III Parent/guardian socials, two wonderful coffees that sparked terrific conversations and new friendships, and a good old fashioned “spring campout” surprise lunch!

Thank you again to the many parent volunteers and Nobles staff who gave of their time, talent, and treasure! Enjoy the month of May and the warmer weather.


Heidi McNeill
Anne Umphrey

From the Co-Chairs: AE Rueppel and Brooke Sandford

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.  

We would especially like to take this opportunity to thank the PA Board who gave countless hours to ensure that all PA events and tasks ran smoothly. Please consider joining us at the final PA meeting of the school year, Wednesday, May 6, 8:009:30 a.m. in the Castle Library to acknowledge their contributions and wish them well. In particular, we offer deep thanks to Patricia Cavanagh, PA Secretary, and Ann McSheffrey, PA Treasurer, who each will be leaving the Board after multiple years of tireless service and wise counsel in their very demanding roles.

It will also be our great pleasure at that meeting to vote in and welcome the new PA Board members for 20152016, led ably by Barbara Ito and Polly Maroni, the incoming Co-Chairs. We know we all are in good hands, and that the Nobles community will benefit greatly from their collective efforts next year!

Although there will not be guest speakers at this "transition" meeting, we would be remiss if we did not give a big shout out to the faculty and staff who have graced us with their wisdom and time throughout the year. Thank you, thank you for sharing your insights, and for giving us a better understanding of the deep thought that goes into creating the vibrant place which Nobles is for our children.

On that note, there are many opportunities in May to enjoy events on campus—and the end of a super year! Below are some of the highlights. Enjoy!

* Final Meeting
The final meeting of the PA for this year will be held on Wednesday, May 6 from 8:009:30 a.m. in the Castle Library. All are welcome to join for coffee and conversation as we thank outgoing members and introduce the new board!

* Class Traditions…
Parents of Class V will enjoy the annual Solar Car races and the all-school cookout, in addition to Step Up Day! And of course, Class I parents will embrace and enjoy the traditions that mark the end of the year for the class of 2015 and lead up to graduation—including unique Class I events such as “The Way We Were"!  Please refer to details in the weekly messages and to the sidebar from the Headmaster’s Office for all of these events.

* Parent Gatherings
Kicking off the month (even before you have had a chance to read the newsletter!) will be the Class I and Class III Parent Spring Socials on May 1. Also, don’t miss the Class II Parent coffee on May 12.

* Performing & Visual Arts
May is in full swing, with opportunities to hear the Nobles Wind, String & Orchestra, the opening of the school musical "Legally Blonde," and the Choral Concert. Additionally, don’t miss our very own student artists’ work at the AP Art Show in Foster Gallery that runs through May 29.

* Athletics
It would not be a sports season without the Nobles-Milton Games May 20 and May 22. Go Dawgs!

Many thanks for allowing us to serve Nobles in our PA roles. It has been an honor and a privilege, not to mention a lot of fun! We wish you all a successful end to the school year, and a fantastic summer break (yes, it will get here!!!).

AE Rueppel and Brooke Sandford

Class I Deans' Report

It is hard to believe that the end of the year is nearly upon us. Senior “spring” has finally lived up to its promise, and we now often see seniors outside on the Beach playing hackey sack, tossing a frisbee, or just sitting on the benches, as they enjoy their last month together at Nobles. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for all of the encouragement that you have provided your student. As class deans, we do our best to keep a pulse on the well-being of every senior, but we recognize that we are no replacement for the love and support that our students receive at home. This senior class has truly left an indelible mark on the Nobles community and will be remembered fondly by both students and faculty.

While the year was full of many highlights, we especially appreciated the students’ engagement with the two inaugural senior transitions nights. After a successful event in the fall led by Katie Koestner, an expert on sexual assault and drugs and alcohol abuse, we recently hosted the second transitions evening in which students took a series of workshops related to the college experience. All students took a Finance and Budgeting workshop and then were offered a choice of other workshops, including Partner Dancing, Self-Defense, Health and Fitness, and an introduction to CPR. All of the faculty who taught these workshops were so impressed by the seniors’ enthusiasm, a testament to the character of the class. Don’t be surprised if your senior becomes a superstar on the dance floor at the next family event!

As we head into the final weeks, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about anything that is happening on campus. This time of year is jammed packed, so it might not hurt to double check the calendar and check in with your student. If you are interested, we have included a list of books at the end of this letter that parents have found insightful as their student transitions to college.

At the beginning of the year, the seniors chose the motto “All in Th15 Together.” It is this spirit that has defined the class and has enabled them to leave a long-lasting legacy on the school. We feel honored to work with this amazing group of students and look forward to spending time with them during our last few weeks together. Congratulations to you and your senior!

Meg Hamilton and Mike Kalin

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years, by Helen E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller (St. Martin's Griffin, 2000).

Written by two women involved with parent programs at Cornell, this book touches on virtually everything from the summer before first-year to post-college planning. The format consists of pairs of hypothetical conversations between parent and child on an issue: the first disastrous, the second, based on the principles the authors espouse, more effective.

Class IV Parent Reps

Dear Class IV Parents and Guardians:

This is the last monthly newsletter of the 2014–2015 school year! It is hard to believe that our children are about to complete their first year of high school and ready for sophomore year!

As your class representatives, we would like to take the opportunity to extend a big thank you to all of you for your participation and support this past year. It really made our job very easy. They so appreciated Surprise lunch would have not been possible without your help! And we enjoyed meeting a lot of you at the different social events.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Class Deans, David Ulrich and Edgar Deleon, not only for everything they did through the year for our students, but also for taking the time to attend the two Parent coffees and share with us some valuable insights.

To finish the year on a fun note, we will be treating Class IV students with a “Special Breakfast” on May 19. Make sure they arrive to school hungry on that morning!

Below are some other dates to mark on your calendars:

Thursday, May 7: Wind/String/Orchestra concert, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. at Lawrence Auditorium.

Tuesday, May 12 through Saturday, May 16: The NTC’s Spring Musical "Legally Blonde: The Musical" in the Vinik Theater. Times vary, so please check the website for specific details.

Tuesday May 19: Class IV Special Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Castle Dining Room.

Thursday May 21: Choral Concert, 7:00pm–9:00 p.m in the Lawrence Auditorium.

Monday, May 25: Memorial Day, School Closed

Friday, May 29: Graduation

Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 4: Exams (the full exam schedule is on the website, check the calendar for details)

Friday June 5: No School

Monday, June 8: Final Day of School (shortened day)

We wish everyone a wonderful remainder of the school year and summer! It has been a pleasure being your class reps this year, and we look forward to sharing many experiences and adventures that await our students in the coming years at Nobles!

Best to you all,

Nathalie and Suzie


Class I Parent Reps

Spring is finally here, senior projects are well underway, college decisions have been made and graduation will be here in a few short weeks. It’s our last month together and with that a great deal of activity. It has been a memorable Senior year and we want to thank the wonderful parent volunteers who helped make it great. We couldn’t have had so many successful events without you!  Many, many thanks for all of your contributions!

We would also like to thank Meg Hamilton and Michael Kalin, our Class Deans, for always supporting us. Under their leadership, the Class I Motto “All in th15 Together” was established. This class is incredibly special and as graduation comes and goes hopefully each member of this fantastic class will always feel bonded to each other, their teachers, and the greater Nobles community. Together they have grown and accomplished so much.

We look forward to seeing you in the next few weeks. We encourage you attend all the senior events whether or not your student is performing. Each event is very special and you might just shed a tear or two seeing the amazing work from the great class of 2015.

May Parents’ Association sponsored Class I events:

Tuesday, May 26:  The Way We Were Celebration, 11:00 a.m.–2 p.m., McLeod Field

Friday, May 29, Class of 2015 Graduation Party, 8:30–11:30 p.m. at the Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley. This is a parent-sponsored event and is not sponsored by Nobles in any way. More information to come in the weeks ahead. 

If you have any questions regarding Graduation week, please contact Lauren Overzet, Assistant to the Head of School, 781-320-7120 or

Finally, we want to thank you again for a wonderful year. It has been a pleasure interacting with Class I students and parents. We look forward to seeing you in the weeks ahead!

All our best,
Anne, Carolyn and Lynda
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