Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

September 2015

Nobles Parents' Newsletter September 2015


Parents and Teachers in Partnership by Head of School Bob Henderson

One of my most disconcerting parenting moments occurred when I attended a parent-teacher conference day when my oldest son was in kindergarten. It had nothing to do with any news that was delivered. Rather, it had everything to do with the seating arrangements.


Last Summer's Family Reunion by Upper School Head Michael Denning

I have a great deal for which to be thankful, and this past summer’s family vacation provided new additions to my long list of good fortunes. After years of saving, Emily, Patrick and I traveled to Central Europe. I have been teaching European history for most of my career and had the privilege to study at two German universities during my undergraduate and graduate-school days. Nevertheless, I had not returned to the countries about which I teach for many years, and I was excited to share this part of my life with my family.


Deciphering the Path by Dean of Students Marcela Maldonado

Even as we enjoy the waning days of summer, the impending arrival of our students is the chief source of excitement around here, with all the energy and hope they bring with them for the coming school year. Students inevitably return from the summer months refreshed, ready and resolved to get back in the game and exercise their new roles and positions in various clubs and organizations, on the playing fields and in the classroom.


What is EXCEL, anyway? And why is it important? by Director of the Anderson/Cabot Center for EXCEL Ben Snyder

Learning—in middle and high school, as well as in life—takes many forms. More than a century ago, learning in school was seen as being exclusive to the realm of the classroom in traditionally siloed disciplines (math, English etc.). The early 20th century saw secondary schools and colleges realizing the benefits of interscholastic athletics and the performing arts in teaching teamwork, sacrifice and commitment.


Moments of Gratitude by Jen Hamilton Licensed Educational Psychologist

There are many changes one can make, both big and small, to enhance happiness, relationships, and psychological and physical health. But when you consider the effort-to-outcome ratio, there is nothing that packs a greater punch than incorporating gratitude into your life. 


Welcome Back from PA Co-Chairs Barbara Ito and Polly Maroni

All Nobles parents and guardians are automatically members of the Nobles Parents’ Association (PA). Although the PA has many different roles at Nobles, it is our goal to help all families feel welcome and integral to the everyday functions of our school. One of the best ways you can become connected to the Nobles community is to volunteer your time. No matter the amount, your support of the activities and events going on make the Nobles experience a rewarding one.

Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

Class I Dean's Report


Foster Gallery Opens New Season with 'Product Placement' Exhibit

Foster Gallery is excited to start the 2015-16 season with the work of Nobles grad Sam Kaplan '03. Sam is a commercial photographer based in New York. His work has been on the cover of The New York Times MagazineFortuneGolf DigestPopular Science and others. 

Sam Kaplan N'03

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Save the Date: Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day will be on Friday, Sept. 25 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:10 p.m.

Grandparents Day

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Save the Date: Nobles Night

A festive evening to celebrate Nobles will be held Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Please note: This is not a student event.

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Volunteer Opportunity in the Putnam Library

Would you like to volunteer in the Putnam Library at Nobles?

Tower Collection, Nobles Library

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