Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

October 2015

Nobles Parents' Newsletter October 2015

'How Was Your Day?' by Assistant Head of School and Head of Middle School John Gifford

I had a group of Class V students in my office last week and they were being ruthless.  Merciless. They were unforgiving as they discussed a parent activity that they simply hated. With unanimity they detested being asked: “How was your day?” I tried to get at what was behind their passion but their responses were not particularly sophisticated. “It is just so annoying!” said one. “I just put in headphones,” said another.

I can’t remember if it was an article that I read or a talk that I heard at some conference.  It was probably a decade ago by now. The goal was to get parents to consider what it felt like to be the child, freshly home from a demanding day of school. What would it feel like to have your children grill you incessantly about your day.
Child: “How was your day?”
Parent: “Good.”
Child: “I can’t remember, wasn’t your performance review today?”
Parent: “Um, yes.”
Child: “How’d that go? Did you make any progress on last year’s shortcomings?”
Parent: “What?”
Child: “How did they put it… your ‘tendency to struggle to prioritize tasks?’ Ms. Grim couldn’t have been clearer about your need to make change there… Plus your unwillingness to take responsibility for those January sales numbers? You know that you are up for a promotion in two years and these are the sort of building blocks that will get you that job at Cambridge Associates.”

Hopefully the parallels from the scenario above and what we talk to our kids about are clear. What makes the true scenario (a grilling about homework, quizzes and such) even more difficult for the child is the control disparity. While our children are building their independence from us, they still live under our roof and you know what that means. So they have an enervating day, working hard for one set of “bosses” (their teachers), and they come home to the sanctuary that is their own home, only to get interrogated by their other bosses. Is it any wonder that they don’t say much?

I admit it: I have grilled my kids. I’m desperate to hear about their experiences and since I have already lived my own day, I don’t feel any need to relive it. When I think about my questions, it is true that they usually revolve around their performance. Depending on the child and the situation, there are appropriate times to care about and follow your child’s performance. It is understandable that some of the questions will be inevitable check-ups so that you feel confident they are getting the support they deserve. But your child should not feel that that is all that you care about. You’ll gain credibility and might even hear more from them, by showing that you are interested in more than just results.

The Huffington Post ran an article last year called, "25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'." While not all the questions fit me, they gave me some ideas. I particularly liked the question about lunch (what is a better ice-breaker than asking about lunch?) and I also liked the one which asked about switching seats. I’m always interested in who my children are hanging out with.

I also try to model some unsolicited storytelling. Rather than asking how their day went, try to remember an interesting, humorous or challenging moment from work. Tell the story. Trying this has made me realize two things: First, it is harder than you’d think to come up with an in interesting, humorous or challenging moment from the day. I don’t think it is because they don’t happen. But creating narrative around them takes reflection that I haven’t usually done and creativity that I haven’t yet employed. The second realization is the main point: my kids will often find some connection to my story and use it as a spring-board to their own. On those occasions, I have gotten them to talk about their day without asking them.

 So we have some suggestions of what to how to ask it, but why are we asking our children about their day in the first place? We must make sure that our motivations are productive for the child’s development. As Diane Levin, Ph.D., professor of education at Wheelock College stated in an article posted at, “More than just finding out how their day was, we want to help kids become problems solvers and independent learners. Good conversations help kids see we care about their lives, that we are there to support them, and to help them develop strategies for solving problems themselves.”

Performing Arts Events: Save the Date

The Nobles Theatre Collective presents an evening of one-acts in Towles Auditorium! October 22 and 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary.

Don't miss Nobles Theatre Collective’s mainstage, world première production of novelist Corey Ann Haydu’s OCD Love Story. Corey Ann is a 2001 graduate of Nobles. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary.

Wednesday, October 28, 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Thursday, October 29, 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Friday, October 30, 6:30 - 8:45pm
Saturday, October 31, 2:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Coming in November:

Nobles Fall Dance Concert
Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 13, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Wrapping up the Fall Season in December:

Jazz/Blues/Guitar/Drum Concert
Thursday, December 3, 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Choral Concert
Thursday, December 10
Pre-Concert Parents Social 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Choral Concert 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Grandparents Day 2015 Slideshow

More than 400 grandparents joined students in their classrooms on September 25. From those arriving for their first visit, to those who fondly recalled their own school years on this campus, all enjoyed a special glimpse of "a day in the life" at Nobles through the eyes of their grandchildren.

View the slideshow.

The College Essay I Never Wrote by Director of College Counseling Kate Ramsdell

When I applied to college in fall 1992, I had one rather unhelpful visit with my high school guidance counselor, four college visits, two SAT scores and one typewriter-produced college application under my belt. Actually, make that two. I screwed up on the first one, and my mother told me I could not submit an application with Wite-Out on it. So, I had to start over. Shockingly, at least to me, it has been almost 25 years since I have written a college essay as I help this year’s Class I students put the finishing touches on theirs.

During one college meeting this summer, as a student was sharing a story about his semester away, I interjected enthusiastically, “That would make a great college essay!” His quick, good-humored retort followed, “Wow, is that how you think about everything -- as a college essay? I am so sorry about that.” I tried to disabuse him of the notion that I see life through the lens of a college essay writing exercise. I knew this was a lie and quickly admitted that, yes, I often hear people’s stories and think exactly what I had just blurted out.

As I took off on a JetBlue flight to Richmond in mid-August to do a bunch of college visits, I flipped through the TV offerings (without headphones, so no sound). I landed on ESPN U, where a heated battle for first place was unfolding on the Bassmaster High School Fishing Championship. Never having fished for sport, and always having been one of those people who wondered who the heck watches fishing on television – for me, a little like watching golf: paint drying, I was nevertheless sucked into the narrative unfolding in front of me, a silent film about pairs of young men finding patience and a passion on the back waters of Louisiana (the leaders all seemed to come from Louisiana high schools).

Were they friends? Brothers? Did their parents fish? How did they learn to fish? Did they love it? Does competition take the fun out of it? Would they go to college? Do colleges have fishing teams? How hard is it to catch 66 pounds of fish in five days?

Then, I thought, I bet you could write a really cool college essay about competitive bass fishing. Oh no. No! Had my life become so narrowly focused that I really did see everything as a college essay? My counselee was right. I needed to get a life.

I took a step back and gave myself a bit of a break. I love good storytelling. For me, life is filled with stories worth sharing, and working with kids in the college process allows me to hear so many stories. Even though the exercise of producing a college essay can feel utterly pressure-filled and excruciating for kids (and their parents – let’s be honest), I continue to think about all of the things I could have written about 25 years ago that, at the time, didn’t seem important enough.

On that same trip, while eating dinner out alone near the University of Virginia, I struck up a conversation with a young server who spent the evening shucking oysters behind the bar. As we got talking, I asked where he’d grown up – Charlottesville – and soon he was sharing that he had left a local college, but wanted to go back eventually and earn a degree. In the meantime, he was working two jobs, including this one that paid him 10 cents for every oyster shucked. I asked a few more questions, and that led me to his soon-to-be college essay – his grandfather had owned a peanut factory, and so he spent summers in middle and high school working on the packing line alongside much older, often African-American men, most of whom were in their 60s, having spent close to a lifetime working there. He had never thought of this part of his life as a story worth telling. I convinced him otherwise. Trust me, I do this for a living, I quipped.

My own favorite could-have-been college essay is one about how, when I swam competitively, I spent many of my practices watching the tiles on the bottom of the pool slip past me as I rehearsed marching band music in my head. I’d “read” the music (I played trombone) and as I “heard” it, I would envision the movement sequences that our band director painstakingly rendered on graph paper. If you’ve been in a marching band, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, each person is assigned a numbered dot on a virtual football field, and on each page you find your dot. Then, you move according to the counts of the music from one spot to the next, making the cool shapes you see on the field at half time. During our swimming warm-ups, I’d walk myself through the routine step-by-step and note-by note. I may be wrong, there’s a bit of college essay gold in there. At the time it was just what I did every day.

It’s hard to tell good stories. Even harder is capturing oneself in 650 words. And then there is the real burden my seniors face – they have barely lived life! So often when I visit colleges I think, as I did again this August, I would be a much better college applicant at 40 than I was at 17. And yet, colleges don’t want 40-year-old voices in the stories they read. The 17-year old story is what they want to hear, and I hope we will always let them tell it.

Save the Date: Nobles Night

Nobles Night*

A festive evening to celebrate Nobles
Beer, wine and hearty hors d’oeuvres
Thursday, November 12, 2015
6:30 p.m.

*Please note: This is NOT a student event.

For further information, contact Katherine Minevitz at 781 320 7009 or

The Usual Suspects Revisited by Provost Bill Bussey

When I was in sixth grade, my teacher Mr. Brooks announced to the class that he wanted to ask each of us a question in private. He stated that he would be waiting outside in the hallway, and with no more explanation, he left the room and closed the door behind him.  Was he trying to find out who hid the school’s piano in the gym’s storage room? I knew there had been a growing concern among adults about foul language being used during recess. Maybe that. Were they trying to track down who nailed Mrs. York’s Cadillac with a snowball the previous morning? I thought I was going to throw up.

One by one kids left the room, and no one returned.  Those who had nothing to worry about couldn’t wait to find out what Mr. Brooks wanted to know. They were excited and eager to help him out in any way they could.  The rest of us, a handful of boys, were dying a thousand deaths attempting to whittle down our lives to the hard truth. Those of us on death row eventually grew still.  It was every man for himself at this point. I didn’t like my odds.  At the next opportunity I shot past an eager beaver and out the door.

Outside the room, I froze in my tracks.  Two chairs fashioned for second graders paired up ten feet from the doorway. Mr. Brooks, an intimidating figure but otherwise immensely likeable, was scrunched awkwardly on one of them. No one was in the hallway.  I sat down next to him and held my breath.

He balanced a legal pad on his lap and held a pen over the pad. Wasting no time, he looked at me earnestly and whispered, “I have a question for you. Ready? Here it is. What is eighteen times seven.”

Immediately, I could feel my toes again. I thought, “ What? That’s it?“  I felt reborn. I couldn’t get away fast enough, but I first needed to reclaim my balance. I made a half-hearted attempt to answer correctly, but in truth, if he had asked me to pronounce my first name, I would have murmured something like “Beelzebub.” 

Instead, I searched the universe for any answer that sounded credible, but I couldn’t help but notice that he was really rooting for me to get this right. I hated to let him down, but I wanted out.

I answered, “ Two hundred and fifty-seven.”  It sounded plausible.

“No,” he said quietly. He started staring at something on the floor for a bit, and then brought his head up, looked at me, and said, “That’s it.  Go eat lunch.”

The next morning Mr. Brooks shared with the class the names of the kids who answered correctly (no surprise which ones they were). He also named a few others, including me, who surprised him by falling short. I wanted to tell him that I, too, was surprised that he didn’t tip us off that no one was in trouble. Didn’t anything about keeping us all in a room for a private interrogation or anything about our feral, mouth-breathing faces, suggest that perhaps an explanation was in order?

As best that I can recall, Mr. Brooks explained that the test was created by a small group of people who believed that they were measuring something of value. Mr. Brooks didn’t seem to place much stock in that assumption. It seemed more like a weak parlor game to him.  Still, I found some solace that he thought that I should have answered it correctly. I found greater solace in knowing that I had escaped unscathed. The entire situation had scared the wits out of me and the other usual suspects.

Forty-five years later I’m waiting in my car for a student to finish up with a visit to his therapist. The student had no means of getting there, and he was amenable to the idea of me dropping him off and driving him back to school.  It was his third visit, and the previous two times that he had returned to the car, he was flushed and fairly quiet.

This time he slipped quickly into the passenger seat with a deep, deep, “Whoa.”  I said to him that I wasn’t looking for any details, but if he wished to get anything off his chest, be my guest.

He replied without any hesitation: “This guy has a way of making me feel that everything is going to be all right.”

I was thrilled for the boy, but almost immediately a gut-check forced me to think to reflect a bit.  I thought about the various anxious students, parents, and colleagues with whom I had recently ironed some things out. I knew deep down that did they did not leave the conversation feeling that “everything would be all right.” I thought about those times when I, like my well-intentioned and otherwise terrific Mr. Brooks, got so caught up in managing the task at hand that I failed to pause and think about the bigger picture.

At the risk of sounding Pollyanna-ish, why do most parents, and I include myself, all too often assume the worst before we have fully understood it or overlook the obvious in order to cut to the heart of a matter? Too often many of us come out of the gate with stern language and laser eyes to make sure that all in the room digest what we expect from that moment on.  Sure, there are moments in which the firm, direct approach is the way to go. Yet, speaking for myself, and I bet for most of you, the pivotal moments in my childhood were those few occasions when someone had me dead to rights, when I could barely breathe, and then they loosened their grip without explanation. Empathy rarely needs to be spelled out. And by giving me a sliver of well-timed compassion, they also gave me room to realize that “everything could be all right” and that I could make that so. By stepping back just a bit, just enough so I that could reclaim a bit of my dignity, they strengthened the odds for me to be more consistently true to myself and toward those around me.

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EXCEL: A Culture of Partnership by Director of the Anderson/Cabot Center for EXCEL Ben Snyder

When queried on our mission, Nobles students reliably respond “to be leaders for the public good.” (For parents of new students see how quickly your children pick this up). While an audacious and highly aspirational goal, we are serious about our commitment to building a culture where the expectation for every member of the community is to make meaningful contributions to the world around us: in our neighborhood and city, across the country and/or around the world. EXCEL (Experiential and Community Engaged Learning) programs at Nobles (including service, travel immersion programs, applied learning and Achieve and Upward Bound) embody much of the Nobles mission to develop leadership for the public good.

The most significant challenge in achieving this aspect of the school’s mission is in the creation of substantive opportunities for broad involvement on institutional, group and individual levels. At its core, Nobles believes that developing multiple partnerships across many aspects of the institution is the only way to achieve the school’s mission and EXCEL’s role in achieving that mission. Over the last 25 years Nobles has built myriad programs based on the principle of identifying, developing and sustaining partnerships with like minded organizations locally, nationally and globally - and today those partnerships number well over one hundred.

Service to others has always been part of the Nobles culture. Graduates from the 1940s and 1950s share stories of the Head’s encouraging the small acts of giving that makes others lives better. In the late 1980s, however, Nobles made two fundamental shifts to institutionalize its commitment to serving and partnering outside the school walls.
The first shift was to mandate an 80-hour community service graduation requirement. While not broadly accepted initially, it became clear that service to others was critical to our mission and that only by requiring substantial service from each student could both the educational goals be achieved and the impact of service felt.

The second shift - twenty-five years ago this summer - was to partner with the University of Massachusetts-Boston to establish an Upward Bound program targeting low-income first generation high school students in Greater Boston. This decision to use dorm and classroom space to serve urban youth while foregoing lucrative summer opportunities made clear Nobles’ commitment to serving a high need population. The Nobles/UMB partnership not only utilizes the Nobles campus but also has delivered a six-week academic program (and Saturdays each month during the school year) often taught by Nobles faculty and young graduates that mimics the academic year program.

Upward Bound had such success that in 2007 Achieve at Noble and Greenough was founded to serve low income/first generation middle school students from Boston Public Schools. Again, Nobles faculty, graduates and students are fully engaged in all aspects of Achieve. Together, these programs serve close to 150 young men and women to put them on the path to college and embody Nobles institutional commitment to developing long-lasting sustainable partnerships serving the broader community.

Building service partnerships - in our backyard, across our country and around the world as a “culture of service” has evolved, becoming central to our purpose. For example, for over twenty years Nobles students and faculty have been volunteering as part of their Nobles Afternoon Program commitment at Community Servings, an organization providing nutritional meals to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. These types of local partnerships (like annually partnering with the Dedham Postal Service to host the Stamp Out Hunger Drive and our Big Sibling Program at Dedham’s Riverdale elementary school) provide goods, services and critically needed funds to ongoing local partners and involve hundreds of Nobles students each year.

Over the years student groups such as athletic teams or drama ensembles also have found partners for shorter term projects ranging from hosting a soccer clinic for low income students to working with local rape crisis centers to providing sled hockey for the handicapped. By building these partnerships into “non-service” programs, the lessons of finding meaningful service partnerships are reinforced.

While Nobles students have been part of student exchange programs and the occasional “school trip” for decades, over the last fifteen years Nobles has developed a broad array of partnerships with schools and non-governmental organizations across the country and around the world. Together, each year close to 150 Nobles students and 30+ faculty immerse themselves in service and academic/cultural exchange programs. Nobles has developed longstanding service partnerships with NGOs in New Orleans (10 years this March, click here for an article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune recognizing Nobles’ commitment to service there), South Africa (20 years), Romania (15 years), Guatemala (3 years), India (8 years) and Cambodia (7 years) and school partners in Japan (20 years), China (4 years), Spain and France (10 years each). Several have become mutually beneficial; we have hosted students from our partner schools and NGOs in South Africa, China, Japan, France and Spain and provided specifically requested funds and direct services for our NGO partners. Nobles also provides more than $100,000 worth of financial aid to make these experiences affordable for all students.

As these partnerships have grown and the approach has proved efficacious, the Nobles Trustees took an important step. The most recent school strategic plan affirmed Nobles’ commitment the partnership-based approach and value of experiential learning through the creation of The Anderson-Cabot Center for Experiential and Community Engaged Learning (EXCEL). Further, the current capital campaign has designated a $12 million endowment goal to insure the future of current programs as well as a $6 million endowment goal to endow the Achieve program. This commitment from the Board affirms that this approach is critical to the fulfillment of the Nobles mission.

Through long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships, Nobles believes graduates will understand the positive impact they can have and find a cause that is personally meaningful, ensuring the Nobles mission of developing “leaders for the public good.”

Upcoming Foster Gallery Events

Foster Gallery Calendar of Events
Fall 2015

"Product Placement"

The work of Sam Kaplan '03 (photographer)
Sept. 14-Oct. 8

Artist-in-Residence:  Allison Luce (ceramicist)
Oct. 27-Nov. 24
Opening Reception: October 29, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

"The Visualization of Data"   
Dec. 2-10
An examination of recent presentation methods of statistical data

For more upcoming exhibitions, please visit

Fall Open House for Nobles Day Camp

The fall festival is a fun family event hosted by the Nobles Day Camp. Great for all ages!  Free and open to the public!

The event will include:

   *A petting zoo
   *Live music 
   *Face painting
   *A fall craft
   *A bouncy house and slide
   *An obstacle Course and 5-Sport Station
   *Pumpkin Painting
   *Spin Art
   *Camp Tours


From the Co-Chairs: Barbara Ito and Polly Maroni

Happy early fall!

We hope you have all settled into the school routine and were able to enjoy some of the PA events in September. We had a great turnout at the Parent Social as well as our first PA meeting. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting, you can read the minutes on the Nobles website under the Parents’ Association tab.

October promises to be an eventful month for the PA.  Please come to the Nobles Yard Sale on Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3.  This is a fun event for Nobles and the Dedham community, and the proceeds will be donated to our wonderful Achieve program. 

Our not to be missed second PA meeting is on Wednesday, October 14 at 8:15 a.m. in the Castle Library.  Michael Denning will be our featured speaker. Michael will speak to us about his first year in his new role of Head of the Upper School as well as  “What Nobles is… and isn’t.”  Michael is an amazing speaker and it is a treat to have him, so don’t miss out.

In addition to our PA activities, please add these important dates to your calendar:

Oct. 9 -  Multicultural Fair, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., in the MAC

Oct. 16  - Friday Night Lights, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.  The girls’ varsity soccer and boys’ varsity football teams take on Rivers

We’d like to introduce our new “did you know” section that will display some information regarding the sustainability efforts at Nobles. Look out for them in the upcoming Friday Emails and Parent Newsletters!

Did you know…nearly half of all bottled water is reprocessed tap water, sold at prices up to 3,000 times higher than consumers pay for tap water. Nobles has filtered water dispensers at a number of drinking fountains on campus! Please keep using your refillable water bottles!

We wish you an engaging and busy month!

Barbara Ito and Polly Maroni

Class II Parent Reps

Dear Class II Parents,

It was so nice to catch up with many of you at Back to School Night and the Parent Social.  It’s hard to believe we are through September already! Junior year can be filled with expectations and sometimes anxiety for our children. We will have a few opportunities to help support the class throughout the year and welcome any assistance or ideas you may have. Please use the sign-up link if you would like to work on any of the “surprises.” 

October is a busy month, a reminder of the important Class II dates:

Friday, October 2, 7-10 p.m. - Class II Parent Social, Castle
Saturday, October 3 – SAT and SAT Subject Test Date
Friday, October 9 – Registration Deadline for November 7 SAT and SAT Subject Tests
Tuesday, October 13, 7-8:30 p.m.- Workshop on the College Process, Towles
Thursday, October 15, 8-9:30 a.m. - Class II Parent Coffee, Castle
Monday, October 19, 7 p.m. – Paying for College MEFA Seminar on Financial Aid, Lawrence
Saturday, October 24 – ACT Test Date
Wednesday, October 28, 8 a.m. – PSAT Test at Nobles

We hope that your children have settled into their routines and are enjoying being back together.  Please let us know if we can help in any way.

Your Class II Parent Reps,

Anna Abate

Nicola DiFelice

Class II Dean's Report

Dear Class II Parents:

The school year is off to an excellent start. First of all we have welcomed three wonderful new students to the Class of 2017. From the first day of the retreat, everyone seems to have adjusted well from the slower pace of the summer months to the quickened one of the school year. There is obviously a period of adjustment that everyone goes through, but we have yet to see any students who have had much difficulty adjusting to the demands of the academic rigors. If that changes for any of our students, we will be sure to let you know.

As the students have returned to Nobles and have begun their Class II experience, one of our hopes is that they will become better advocates for themselves as they develop greater ownership of their experiences at Nobles. Please join us in encouraging students to reach out to their teachers early on to begin to forge relationships with them. We, along with the college counselors, advisors and the Dean of Students, are here to offer additional layers of support and guidance. As we told the class before retreats began, how these last two years go, for them as individuals and for them as a class, is largely up to them. They will have to balance the drive for individual achievement with the needs of the other members of their various groups-- their academic classes, their teams, and yes, their families.

Additionally, our hope is that they understand that they will only be able to work to their fullest potential if they are well rested and healthy. We fully understand that the students have a lot to do, sometimes too much, but they need to be reminded that their bodies and their brains need rest in order to function optimally. If they can plan ahead, stay organized and prioritize their efforts, we know they will not only survive, but thrive. Clear and honest communication goes a long way. We ask it of them and of you. And we promise the same in return.

We have really enjoyed the opportunity to meet this class and are excited to have the opportunity to work with them throughout the course of the year. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Enjoy the autumn months.

Sincerely yours,

Brian Day and Julia Russell

Class II Deans


Middle School Parent Reps

We hope that the school year has gotten off to a great start for you and your children. It was nice to see so many of you at the annual Parents’ Association Fall Social, the first PA meeting and Back-to-School Night. We thank those who worked to bring us these great events.

October is a busy month in the Middle School, filled with sports, drama productions, student and parent social activities, and several opportunities for parents to get involved.

We hope that you will join us for the Middle School Coffee on Oct. 7 at 8:00 a.m. at the Castle. Our guest speaker will be Middle School Dean Colette Finley. The coffee is a low-key chance to chat with fellow middle school parents. For new “Sixie” parents, it’s the perfect time to mingle and ask any questions, big or small, of the Class V parents. We will also have sign-up sheets for volunteer opportunities throughout the year for anyone who is interested.

Then, later in the month, please join us for the Middle School Parent Fall Social on October 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m. If you have not already RSVP'd. The invitation and RSVP link are available by logging into the Nobles website and clicking on the calendar. We’d love to see as many of you there as possible! Catch up with old friends, and make some new friends—let’s kick off a great five or six years together!

All sports teams will be in full swing in October. The Middle School Social/Friday Night Lights on Oct. 16 are not to be missed. The girls varsity soccer team will play against Thayer and the varsity football team will take on Rivers under the lights. Go Bulldogs!??

Also note, on game days, some middle school teams surprise each other during school with a small, secret “psych” gift (e.g., candy bar, small baked good or other treat). Make sure to ask your child if she or he has a secret psych buddy.

Lastly, for Halloween, students are encouraged to dress up in costume, however, no group costumes are permitted.?

Below you will find a comprehensive list of important dates for October.

October 2015

Thursday, October 1: Travel and Study Away Parent Informational Meeting in Forum 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 3: Nobles Yard Sale
Tuesday, October 6: Class VI Pizza Dinner with MS Mentors from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in the Middle School
Wednesday, October 7: Middle School Parent Coffee at 8:00 am in Castle Library
Friday, October 9: Multicultural Fair in Richardson Gym from 3-6 p.m. Middle School no homework weekend!
Monday, October 12: Columbus Day. School closed
Thursday, October 15: Middle School Parent Fall Social 6:30 p.m. Castle Dining Hall
Friday, October 16: Friday Night Lights. Girls varsity soccer plays Thayer on Greene field 6-8 p.m. and varsity football plays Rivers on Burr field 7:30-10 p.m.
Saturday, October 17: Admissions Open House: 9:00 am-noon
Thursday, October 22: Nobles Flu Clinic in Morrison Forum, 8:00 am- 2:00pm
Monday, October 26: Comment Writing Day. School closed
Tuesday, October 27: Faculty meeting in Morrison Forum at 3:15. No Middle School Afternoon Program. All students are dismissed at 2:40. There will be parental chaperone coverage in the Library Loft from 3:00-5:00pm.
Wednesday, October 28: Individual Advisor/Advisee Meetings to discuss first quarter grades/comments, from 1:45-4pm. No MS Afternoon Program. Students are dismissed after their advisor meeting.
Friday, October 30: Halloween. Costumes encouraged—however, no group costumes, please.

We look forward to seeing you at many of these great events.  Please let us know if we can provide any additional information or answer any questions.

Class V Reps

Carla Higgins,
Grace W. Slosberg,

Class VI Reps

Sarah Gomez,
Cindy Jaczko,

Class IV Parent Reps

Hello, Class IV Parents and Guardians!

It was great to see so many of you these past weeks at the PA Social and Back-to-School Night.  Our students seem to be transitioning well into high school life. We have our two Class IV-only events this month: our Class Social on Thursday evening, October 8 and our Class Coffee on Monday morning, October 19. Please join us at both events!

October promises to be another busy month – please mark your calendars with the events listed below.

Thurs., Oct 1: Travel and Study Away Parent Information Meeting, 7-8:30 P.M. in the Morrison Forum (Middle School).
Fri. Oct 2: Yard Sale, open to Nobles families at 1:00 P.M.
Fri. Oct 2: PA Cookout, 3-6:00 P.M. outside the MAC.
Sat. Oct 3:  Yard Sale, open to the public 8-4:00 P.M.
Thurs. Oct. 8: Class IV Fall Social, 6:30-9:00 P.M. in the Castle.
Fri. Oct. 9: Multicultural Fair, 3-6 P.M., in the MAC.
Mon. Oct 12: Columbus Day, no school.
Wed. Oct. 14: Parents' Association (PA) Meeting, Castle Library, 8-9:30 a.m.
Fri. Oct. 16:  Friday Night Lights, football game vs. Rivers, 7:30-10:00 P.M.
Mon. Oct 19: Class IV Fall Coffee, in the Castle from 7:45-9:30 A.M.
Thurs. Oct 22:  Nobles Flu Vaccination Clinic, 8-2:00 P.M.  Have your kids get their flu shots!
Mon. Oct. 26:  Comment Writing Day—No Classes.

We look forward to seeing you at many of these events.  Many thanks to those of you who have completed your volunteer forms (online at, log in, select Nobles Community on right side, click Parents, click Volunteer at Nobles on left). We appreciate all the help and welcome your participation. There’s still time—please sign up to help out, it is a great way to give back and to make connections with other parents.

As always, please feel free to call or email us with any questions, comments or suggestions.

Lauren Kinghorn (mother of Caroline)
Cindy Trull (mother of Julia)

Class III Parent Reps

Hello fellow Class III parents!

We hope the school year has gotten off to a great start for you and your children! It is hard to believe that we are already through September. It was nice to see so many of you recently at the PA Parent Social and Back-to-School Night. We are excited about our role as Class III Representatives and are working diligently alongside our Class III Deans, Amy O'Brien and Edgar DeLeon, to help make this a great sophomore year for our students and families!

As class reps we aim to keep you informed of all great ways to get to better know and be involved with the Nobles community. One of the best ways to get more connected with Nobles is through volunteering at events and also attending PA and Class III events.

With this in mind – you will be hearing a bunch of publicity from us to come out and build community at the Fall Class III Parent Social in a few weeks on the night of Thursday October 22, from 7-10 p.m. in the Castle. Please set aside the date and know that we would love to see as many of you as possible at this fun Class III event.  You can click this link to RSVP.

October promises to be another busy month with plenty of important dates to mark on your calendars.  If you haven’t already done so, we also encourage you to bookmark the Nobles website and check the calendar often.  Be sure to also keep an eye out for the Friday weekly email update from Judith Merritt, which is a great way to keep current on school happenings, announcements and schedule changes. Here are some important October dates to keep in mind:

Friday Oct 2 – PA Fall Cookout

Saturday Oct 3 – The Nobles Yard Sale

Friday Oct 9 – Nobles Multicultural Fair

Monday Oct 12 – Columbus Day - school closed

Wednesday Oct 14 – PA Meeting

Friday, Oct 16 - Parent Outings - North End Tour

Thursday Oct 22 – Class III Parent Social

Monday Oct 26 – Comment Writing Day – no classes

Thank you in advance for your support and participation.  We look forward to hopefully seeing and meeting all of you in the next few weeks!

Isabelle Loring (mom of Nick Loring)

Allison Horne (mom of Bella Riehl)

Class I Parent Reps

Welcome to October - already!  We hope everyone has had a smooth transition from summer into the busy first month of school. We enjoyed feeding many of your seniors at the Grab and Go Breakfast on retreat day as well as seeing many of you at Back to School Night and our parent coffee. Hopefully everyone is able to come to the Yard Sale over the weekend and find some treasures. Below please find some of October’s important events, but please do not forget to regularly check the Nobles Calendar as well for updates. 

Monday, October 12 - Columbus Day - no classes. (Good day for college interviews and revisits)

Wednesday, October 14th - PA Meeting Castle Library

Monday, October 26th - Comment Writing Day. No Classes

Friday, October 30th - Class I Surprise Halloween Lunch. We will send more information out about this fun luncheon very soon. Stay tuned to the Friday weekly email for more information if you are interested in volunteering. We will need lots of help. It’s tons of fun!

Have a great October and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. 
We look forward to our year together.

Sylvia Crawford (
Anne London (
Pam Notman (

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