Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

February 2016

Nobles Parents' Newsletter February 2016

"My Three Favorite Phrases" by Interim Director of the Middle School Colette Finley



Middle School Dean Colette Finley is serving as interim director of the middle school while John Gifford is on sabbatical this term. She also teaches math and coaches girls hockey and volleyball.

I was struggling to come up with one main topic to write for the newsletter, so instead, I went with some of my favorite phrases that I find fitting for life at Nobles.

Number 1 – Know your resources.

As a teenager, I was not exactly an advocate of reflective essays or position papers.  Perhaps due to the fact that I very rarely had strong opinions on anything, I found these tasks to be rather daunting. Upon receipt of an assignment of the sort, I made sure to propose the topic for discussion around the dinner table. With older siblings, they spoke about these matters with such developed and confident thoughts it almost always provided me ammunition. At the culmination of dinner, I would scurry back to my notebook and reflect upon the perspectives recently shared just moments before. 

While this was a sneaky way of utilizing my resources, I think this anecdote displays how important it is for kids to learn where to go when seeking answers or opinions that provide clarity or who to turn to when they are in need of assistance navigating a difficult situation.  Sadly, my school was very different than Nobles in that I was not warranted the same access to adults and other mentors. My hope is that if a student at Nobles finds themselves in a peculiar position, they would know what resources they have at their immediate disposal. Advisor, teacher, coach, friends - middle school is a crucial time for students to move away from the earning to continuously rely upon their parents for answers and seek other people in their lives for clarity and guidance.  Perhaps self-advocacy, a skill we focus on in the middle school, could also be called “knowing your resources.”

Number 2 – Only at Nobles

Whether intended to induce humor or humility, I constantly find myself using the phrase “only at Nobles” to describe a moment or perspective that I encounter on a daily basis.  On the more lighthearted side, I told a visitor to Nobles that I would meet them later for lunch in the castle, and he preceded to look at me like I was crazy. Yes, lunch in a castle is rather bizarre from the vantage point of a person not within the Nobles community. Or when speaking with a group of college friends that only know of Nobles from what I have shared, and I explain that my next school field trip is to South Africa. Two clear examples of “only at Nobles.”

I find this phrase even more powerful when describing interactions I have with students. “only at Nobles” echoes through my thoughts constantly. Like when I have two middle school girls sitting in my office inquiring about how they can be more inclusive of a student, when my players all thank me at the culmination of practice or when I watch the creativity and uniqueness of a Who am I project that captivates an audience. I’m not trying to say that these kids are perfect, and I sure wouldn’t want them to strive for perfection, but I am continually impressed by the way they carry themselves day to day. I feel blessed to work at such a school filled with amazing students that make me have “only at Nobles” moments.

Number 3 – The harder you work, the luckier you get.

I can’t take credit for the origin of this exact phrase. John Gifford told me someone at Nobles had bestowed this pearl of wisdom upon him many years back, but I couldn’t agree more.  One example of continuous hard work and fortitude is the creation of the Nobles volleyball program I started with my co-head coach, Kimya Charles, a few years back. This team was born from numerous proposals, meetings and conversations. Kimya and I worked diligently to educate ourselves and prepare a team that never once played the sport.  The team worked tirelessly to learn the game and improve as players. Through this intense work ethic, the girls have been able to accomplish incredible milestones in just three years. I attribute this success to hard work across the board, while reflecting on just how fortunate we are that this program now exists.

In life, I try to avoid complaining and rather focus that energy on working even harder until something positive happens. I have found that the more painful the process, the more rewarding the outcome.  Middle school students often know what they want for a result but can struggle to come up with the steps to get them to that result. The hard work that stands in their way can be intimidating, but there is a good track record for students who consistently work hard. Through effective effort, students will open more doors and in turn, better their odds for good fortune.

Performing Arts: Save the Date



Middle School production
The Marvelous Adventures of Tyl
Morrison Forum, 2/9, 2/10, and 2/11 at 6:30 p.m.

Nobles Theatre Collective Spring 2016 musical
The Sound of Music 
Vinik Theatre
2/25 & 2/26, 6:30-9:15 p.m.
2/27, 2:00-4:45 p.m.
3/2, 3/3 & 3/4, 6:30-9:15 p.m. (3/5 if necessary due to a snow cancellation)
Watch for upcoming tickets online!

The Rodgers and Hammerstein Revue Company
Vinik Theatre
2/29, 4:00 p.m.

Winter Chamber Ensemble Concert
Recital Hall
3/10, 7:00 p.m.

Achieve - Bruins



40+ volunteers who helped us sell 50/50 raffle tickets, including many Achieve tutors. We sold more than $17,000 worth of raffle tickets; Achieve will get $8,500! Despite the Bruins giving up a 3-1 lead in the third period and losing in overtime, it was a hugely successful evening and so much fun! A big thank you to the Boston Bruins Foundation for this opportunity.

"And Then, You Wait" by Director of College Counseling Kate Ramsdell



“First you have brown, all around you have brown… then there are seeds… and a wish for rain.”
                                                                                     –Julie Fogliano, And Then It’s Spring 

When my older son was born, it wasn’t long before I was hooked on finding children’s books that I actually enjoyed reading aloud. I could only take so much of Hop on Pop and Moo, Ba, La La La. (Forgive me if those are family favorites!)

I stumbled across And Then It’s Spring during a mid-winter 2015 trip to a local bookstore. There were over 100 inches of snow on the ground in Boston. The book offered the promise of green. My seniors, the ones who hadn’t applied early or who hadn’t gotten in early, were waiting… and waiting… for their college news to drop. For most of them – for us – winter felt interminable. March and April weren’t yet tiny lights at the end of the long, blustery, college tunnel.

I have thought and written about the college process for a long time now – and a topic I always come back to is this: why is waiting so darn hard? I know adults tend blame adolescents and their seeming inability to wait on social media and the instant gratification of posting, snapping, and tweeting. But waiting for college news was hard when we didn’t have Facebook, or Snapchat, or Twitter. It just was. A life – a future – was hanging out there somewhere, not in cyberspace, but in a file in the back room of an admission office. We didn’t even have the distraction of our phones to help us pass the time!

One of the things I love about being a college counselor is that there is often a task – a tangible “to do” – attached to a process that can often feel stressful and emotionally draining. So, even when I am in the midst of a really hard conversation about a deferral, or a deny, or even a complicated financial aid gapping scenario, there is often a way to take a break from talking and processing, a way to actually do something that might make a difference. I find that kids appreciate this part of the process, too.

you are still waiting for your news, and if you’ve been deferred, there are a few things you can do. Here is what we tell our seniors:

1) Make sure you have a balanced list of regular decision schools. If your list still seems top-heavy, it is not too late to submit one or two applications to colleges that will provide you with a great option come spring! This doesn’t need to be a hasty decision. Maybe you saw a college over the summer that could make it back onto your list because it fits most of your key criteria. Perhaps there is a college that you’ve researched and is a great fit, but where demonstrated interest is not a significant factor in their decision-making process. You’re not at the point of no return with your list, and there are great colleges whose deadlines have not passed!

2) Gather some information. If you’ve been deferred at a college or university that you really like, work with your college counselor to figure out if you have a reasonable shot at being accepted in April. Many colleges admit fewer than 10% of the students they defer. It’s a good time to come to terms with that notion. It’s also a good time to recognize that you often have to make a decision about EDII without a definitive answer regarding the deferral. Perhaps you should consider an EDII application (if you have not already) to another school that is high on your list and an appropriate EDII target. If you have missed an EDII deadline, but your application is already filed regular decision at a college, some colleges will convert regular decision applications to EDII up to a certain point in the winter. Sometimes, it’s worth a call just to find out. Know your options and build a wise and thoughtful strategy from there. 

3) Write a love letter. Send an update to the college(s) where you have been deferred! I often jokingly refer to it as a “love letter” when I’m describing it to my counselees. It does not need to be long (a typed page is plenty!), but it should be honest, upbeat, and helpful to admission readers. You probably sent your application in early November, and I’m betting that you’ve been busy since then. Give an update on your first semester – share news of a class or project that went particularly well; offer new information about your co-curricular life (maybe you were cast in the winter play, or perhaps you worked on a special project with one of the community organizations that you mentioned in your resume). Reiterate to the admission team why the college remains your first choice! You should not regurgitate your application or your “Why College X” essay, but you can certainly demonstrate that you’ve thought carefully about the fit. Use your own voice and let your excitement shine through.

4) Don’t be a noodge. I love the word noodge – it’s onomatopoeic. Anyway, it’s great to let colleges know: “I’m still here!” However, they don’t need or expect to hear from you regularly at this stage. You have applied. You have checked your portal to be sure everything is there. You have done your due diligence.

Then, there really is waiting that has to happen. Julie Fogliano’s optimism about spring holds for me in the college process. The anticipation can feel long, and often it is anxiety provoking. And in our office we do all that we can to serve as advocates for our students, those who are waiting, throughout the winter and into the spring. But, while they (and you) wait, you should still be doing the things that you love: enjoying time with friends and family, engaging in your community in meaningful ways – learning, even!

“And then you wait….
And it is still brown, but a hopeful, very possible sort of brown….
And then it is one more week
and a sunny day, that sunny day that happened right after that rainy day
and you walk outside to check on all that brown…
and now you have green,
all around
you have
green.”

And senior spring. Which is pretty nice, too.
 

"The Value of Voices" By Provost Bill Bussey



Years ago, I did a favor for an acquaintance that he greatly appreciated. Soon after, I met his wife and we were enjoying a casual conversation when she asked me whether I was Republican or a Democrat. I was, and still am, a lapsed and conflicted Republican, but press me on it, and I will answer Republican, if for no other reason than to honor my parents. As soon as I responded “Republican,” she waved her hands, rolled her eyes and said, ”Oh, you’re one of those.” And from that moment on, the conversation was over. I recently shared this story with a friend who is a Democrat, and he replied, “Not so fast there. I was playing golf with three Republican friends, and….” You can guess how that ends.

As the presidential election mires itself in the “slings and arrows” of outrageous discourse, many of us share our thoughts and feelings with only those we sense view the world in a similar vein. Social circles, too, are often limited to some degree to people who share our same social concerns and “values.” Understandably, most folks prefer a relaxed evening out that doesn’t include enduring a political donnybrook. There’s nothing new about that. But things, and not just the distribution of wealth, have changed for many Americans. Time spent relaxing with friends or going out for the evening has given way to more isolated endeavors or working longer hours. Many of us delve less enthusiastically into anything spontaneous or unpredictable. And I’m not talking about simply growing older. Stints that were for many part of being a New Englander—a weekend on the coast, tickets to the Celtics, or a even a clambake—just aren’t as common. Regular attendance at church and temples has declined. Is it any wonder that the community cords that have been crucial in keeping our neighborhoods and this nation together appear frayed? 


Many Americans remember how, in decades past, the best Republicans and Democrats in Congress not only worked with each other but also prioritized the needs of their constituency, especially when it came to enforcing laws or helping the impoverished.  The current dismissive broad-brushing from both sides of the political spectrum is the result of a nation whose people, for various reasons, feel alienated from their immediate community. Many feel that their rightful position in society no longer matters or that their avenue to be heard has been blocked. When people feel that they don’t matter, that they are not valued, is it any surprise that many withdraw from community involvement as others join forces to rage against a machine that seems indifferent to their existence?

As a teen growing up in Maine, I experienced kindness and patience, which I took for granted but never forgot. That care has served as the guiding backbone of my Nobles experience. Nobles is indeed like a small town—in many ways like the one I bounced around as a kid. In the decades that followed my first steps on this campus, my faith in my colleagues and the mission of the school, despite the inevitable differences of opinion, has seldom wavered. While understandable anger and frustration currently grips our nation’s debates, our community continues to strive to ensure that forthright, civil discourse and the exchange of ideas that foster creativity, understanding, and passion continue to be the foundation of all that we do. If our students are to gain the confidence to be active citizens of the world, is there a better place to start than making sure that every member of this community genuinely believes that they are valued and that their voice need not rage to be heard?

We have each other. We believe in who we are. And that matters.

"Gearing Up for Nobles' Global Partners" by Director of the Anderson/Cabot Center for EXCEL Ben Snyder



As the Nobles travel/cultural immersion and study away programs have been built, the fundamental principles driving those programs have been to collaborate with partners who share Nobles' values and with whom the partnerships will be mutually beneficial over an extended period of time. Each partnership has some unique characteristics - from school partnerships in Japan, China, France, and Spain where homestay and cultural immersion is the focus, to study away programs providing challenges in the mountains of Colorado, the city of New York, or the islands of the Bahamas. Our partnerships with schools and nonprofits in places as far afield as Romania to South Africa to Cambodia provide one-of-a-kind experiences for Nobles students and faculty - and also require meaningful contributions from the Nobles community so our partners can serve their missions.

Helping our students understand the challenges faced by our counterparts around the globe is critical to developing the kinds of empathy and ability to wrestle with complexity (and oftentimes failure) that Nobles students need. When Nobles teachers are with our students in those very unfamiliar environments questions often arise:

“How can such poverty and inequality exist?”
“How do so many people maintain their dignity in such difficult circumstances?”
“What can we do to help?”

As over 100 Nobles students and teachers prepare to depart in March to live, learn, share, and work in Alabama, New Orleans, South Africa, Romania, Cambodia, India and Rwanda, you will begin to hear of bake sales and raffles and other creative means for students to raise funds to donate directly to our partners (most of which are operated entirely through gifts). There will also be requests made for families to donate lightly used sports apparel and athletic shoes that will be transported to South Africa and Rwanda by Nobles students and be distributed directly to the young people whom our nonprofit partners serve. Having developed and led trips to both of those countries I can speak directly to the need - our partners at Kliptown Youth Program, Agahozo Shalom Youth Village and Shooting Touch all serve young people who (and I mean this literally) show up to these programs with no possessions other than what is on their backs and feet; and what Nobles students can bring to them makes a meaningful and significant contribution to their lives. If you read this at home take a minute - right now - to get up and set aside that extra pair of sneakers and a few pieces of lightly used athletic gear. Believe me, they will be well used and appreciated in ways that are hard to imagine.

As we enter into February you will hear more about the various ways our students will be working to help our partners here at home and overseas - and learn a little more about how the Nobles mission of “leadership for the public good” can be manifested.

Class II Dean's Report



The second semester is off to a good start as the students have settled in nicely after a well deserved winter break. I am happy to report that my co-dean, Julia Russell, is off enjoying a well deserved sabbatical! And while I miss working with Julia each day, I am pleased that Karen Gallagher is working with me as a co-dean in Julia’s absence.

With the advent of the second semester comes the formal initiation of the college process, an obviously integral part of each student's Nobles’ experience. Each student has been assigned a college advisor with whom s/he will work over the course of the next year and with whom s/he will build an amazing relationship.

As they travel down this road, my hope is that everyone will understand that each of your sons and daughters will have the opportunity to attend an incredible university/college once s/he has graduated from Nobles. And by incredible, I mean a school that is right for your son or daughter. As the students navigate their way through the college process, my hope is that everyone will listen closely to our experts in the college process. No one knows more about this process than they do, and we are incredibly fortunate to have such a talented staff working on behalf of our students.

Over the years, from where I sit, I've seen too many students tie too much of their self-worth to where they will apply and to where they will go to college. I bring this up with the hope that this will not be the case for any of our students and with the hope that you have conveyed to your sons and daughters that you will be happy and proud of them wherever they may continue their education.

The junior year is arguably the most stressful of all the high school years as the college process becomes very real in each student’s life. As a result, students tend to be more diligent in the classroom as they feel that this has to be their most accomplished year both in the classroom and in the areas in which they have demonstrated their passions and extracurricular pursuits. My point is that with this realization, many students already have placed a lot of pressure on themselves, and that at this specific time, your reassurance can only help to ensure that they will keep things in perspective so that they are able to maximize their performance during and enjoyment of their Class II year.

I hope that the winter is going well for you. As always, if there is anything that we can do for you, your son or daughter, please do not hesitate to contact either Karen Gallagher or me.

All the best,

Brian Day and Karen Gallagher
Class II Co-Deans

From PA Co-Chairs Barbara Ito and Polly Maroni



Welcome to February! There are a lot of activities going on this month and we hope that you will join in. Go to a basketball game, a hockey game, or further afield to Nashoba to watch the ski team, there are so many sporting events to see. As well, the Middle School play will have performances Feb. 9-11 and the NTC musical, Feb. 25-27 and Mar. 2-4.

Other PA events that you won’t want to miss are:

Morning Skating – All parents and guardians are welcome to join us for free skating held at the Nobles Omni rink after drop-off (8-8:30 a.m.), on Friday, Feb. 26.  No need to RSVP, just come with your own skates! 

Circuit training with Jesse Hutchins at the MAC on Friday mornings at 8:15 a.m.,
Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26. 
Please email Gretchen Filoon if you would like to attend any of the sessions, Gjfiloon@gmail.com. Drop in fee is $25 or $80 for four sessions. 

Get more involved with the PA!  During February, we begin to look for volunteers for next year’s PA Board.  Click here   and indicate what you would like to do.  There is a description of each position.  We welcome everyone to think about how he or she might like to participate in our very active, fun and engaging parent organization. 

As the weather is becoming increasingly colder, please be conscious of idling.
Did you know… this idling myth? Idling is good for your engine. Actually, excessive idling can actually damage your engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs and exhaust systems. Fuel is only partially combusted when idling because an engine does not operate at its peak temperature. This leads to the build up of fuel residues on cylinder walls that can damage engine components and increase fuel consumption.

Have a great month and we hope to see you at the PA meeting on Monday, February 22 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. in the Castle Library.

Barbara Ito and Polly Maroni
 

Class I Parent Reps



Dear Class I Families,

Campus is back in full swing again, following the now long-forgotten break. Apologies for having to re-schedule our winter coffee at the last minute; we hope that by moving it, many of you were able to attend the meeting for the new Head of School Search.

On February 12th, Class I will be treated to a Surprise Valentine’s Day Dessert Bar. Please look for the Signup Genius link in the first February Friday email from Judith Merritt, or access it here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b44adad2caaf49-class2

We look forward to welcoming volunteer bakers and helpers, as we provide our seniors with this mid-winter treat.

Around the school this month, here are some other notable dates:

2/9, 2/10, 2/11: Middle School Play
2/22: PA Meeting
2/25, 2/26, 2/27, 3/2, 3/3, and 3/4 (3/5 if necessary due to a snow cancellation): NTC Musical, "Sound of Music"
2/26: PA Skating

We hope to see you there! Please see the Nobles Calendar for more details.

Happy February,

Sylvia Crawford (skkuzman@aol.com)
Anne London (annelondon@icloud.com)
Pam Notman (pgbn61@yahoo.com)

Class III Parent Reps



We hope you’ve been enjoying these first few wintery weeks of 2016. It's hard to believe that we are halfway through the school year! We have two prominent Class III social events for our students coming up in the next several weeks.

Our Class III Surprise Luncheon with a “Winter Wonderland” theme occurs this week on Thursday February 4th. Thank you to all the Class III parents who have helped with the planning, especially our decorations committee. Rest assured we can still use help from any Class III parent to work a shift during the day of the lunch! It is a unique opportunity to be on campus with your child during the school day. If you can help out, please use the following link to sign up for a time that works for you http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b44adad2caaf49-class1

The big social event for Class III this year is the upcoming Head of School Dinner Dance, hosted by Bob Henderson on Saturday night, March 5th. This Nobles sophomore tradition brings the class together with a goal of further uniting the group into a tight-knit team going forward as they near the halfway mark of their high school experience and the increased expectations they will face as juniors. It’s a fun social evening and will hopefully be a very memorable one for all of them. This year’s theme is “A Walk in the Woods”. This event has mandatory attendance.

Your Class III student will be receiving an email invitation to the dance directly from the class deans.  We ask that you encourage your child to RSVP as soon as possible after receiving the invite.  Finally, we need many volunteers to plan and prepare for this event as well.  We would love your help. Please look at Friday notes for a “Signup Genius” link to come lend a helping hand.

A few dates to remember:
.
Tues. Feb. 9, 7–8:30pm — College process orientation for Class III parents/guardians in Towles Auditorium
Mon. Feb. 15 — Presidents' Day, school closed
Tues. Feb. 16 — Faculty retreat day, no classes
Thurs. Feb. 25 – Sat., Feb. 27—The NTC’s 2016 Musical
Mon. Feb. 22, 8–9:30 a.m. — PA Meeting in the Castle Library
Fri. Feb. 26, 8–10 a.m. —Skating – Parent Association
Mon. Feb. 29, 7–8:30 p.m. — “Standardized Testing and the College Process” presentation for Class II, III and IV, III parents/guardians 

As always, please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions. 

Your Class III Reps,

Isabelle Loring
Allison Horne

Class IV Parent Reps



Greetings Class IV Parents and Guardians!

Welcome to February, the final frontier of winter (we hope!). We have a busy month ahead, and there are several opportunities for getting on campus and being involved with the class and school.

Thank you for the great enthusiasm and help we have received so far with planning the Class IV Surprise Lunch, to be held on Thursday, February 11. The theme is Red Sox/Yankees.  We will need many hands on deck on the day of the event. Any time you can give will be very much appreciated.  Just a reminder that this is supposed to be a surprise for the kids!

Some dates for your calendars:

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 7:008:30 p.m., Towles Auditorium - Maximizing the Nobles Experience – Course Planning and the College Process
Thursday, Feb, 11, 8:002:00 p.m. -  Class IV Surprise Lunch
Monday, Feb. 15 - No School (President’s Day)
Tuesday, Feb, 16 - No School (Faculty Retreat)
Monday, Feb. 22, 8:009:30 a.m. - Parents Association meeting in the Castle
Thursday, Feb. 25 – Saturday, Feb. 27 - Nobles Theater Collective Winter Musical “The Sound of Music” (Get your tickets early! They will be posted online soon.) Also playing Wednesday, March 2- Friday, March 4.
Monday, Feb. 29, 7:008:30 p.m., Lawrence Auditorium:  Standardized Testing and the College Process seminar for Classes IV, III and II. 

Looking ahead, please save the date:
Friday, April 8, 6:3010 p.m. - Class IV Parent/Guardian Spring Social.

All the best,
Lauren Kinghorn (lkkinghorn@comcast.net)
Cindy Trull (cdtrull@att.net)

 

Class II Parent Reps



Dear Class II Parents,

This month we are looking forward to hosting the surprise lunch for the kids. The theme is Mardi Gras and we are grateful to all the wonderful parents who have helped us in the planning. If you haven’t had the chance and would like to help the day of, please visit the following link to sign up, http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e4baca62ba31-class

Here are some important February dates to remember:

Friday, February 5, Registration Deadline for March 5 SAT Test (no subject tests on this date)
Saturday, February 6, ACT Test Date
Tuesday, February 9, Class II Surprise Lunch (SHHH, it’s a surprise), Castle
Monday/Tuesday, February 15-16, Presidents Day/Faculty Retreat, No School
Monday, February 29, 7-8:30 p.m.- Standardized Testing and the College Process for Class IV, III, II Parents/Guardians, Lawrence Auditorium

As always, please contact us anytime if you have any questions or suggestions. Stay warm!

Your Class II Parent Reps,

Anna Abate
annaabate@verizon.net

Nicola DiFelice
nicoladifelice@comcast.net
 

Middle School Parent Reps



What a great Middle School Parent Social we had! Thank you to all who were able to come. We hope that second semester is going well for you and your children. We wish to see many of you at the Parent Association general meeting on Monday, February 22.

We have a lot of activities and dates of note coming up over the next several weeks. Class V parents have a Washington D.C. trip and academic planning Meeting on February 23. Theatrical productions, and sporting events are certainly worth checking out. February brings a no-homework weekend for the Middle School over the Presidents’ Day long weekend.

Here is the rundown of events and dates to get on your calendar:

February 2016

Tuesday, Feb. 9 through Thursday, Feb. 11 – Middle School Play: The Marvelous Adventures of TYL by Jonathan Levy, Morrison Forum 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 12 – Middle School no homework weekend

Monday, Feb. 15 – No School, Presidents’ Day

Tuesday, Feb. 16 – No Classes, Faculty Retreat Day

Monday, Feb. 22 – Parent Association general meeting, 8am, Castle Library

Tuesday, Feb. 23 – Class V Parent Meeting to discuss course selection information for the 2016-2017 academic year with Michael Denning, Head of Upper School and information regarding the Class V Washington, D.C .trip 2016 with Thomas Forteith, Faculty Trip Coordinator in Morrison Forum, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday Feb. 25 thru Saturday, Feb. 27 and Wednesday March 2 thru 4 – Winter Musical The Sound of Music 6:30- 9:15 p.m., Vinik Theatre. (Sat. Feb. 27th 2-4:45pm)

Friday, Feb. 26 – Middle School Milton Games. Please refer to www.nobles.edu/athletics for game times and locations.

Monday, Feb. 29 – MS Student Long Advisory 2:45-4:00 p.m. Students will gather in their advisor groups to discuss course selections for next year in addition to breaking into class groupings to discuss the upcoming events in March: Class V Washington, D.C. Trip and Class VI Identity Week.

Wednesday, March 2 – National Latin Exam at 8am in the Castle Dining Hall for all EVL, Class V and Upper School Latin classes.

Gap Chaperone Link: Occasionally throughout the school year, parent chaperone coverage is needed in the Library Loft while faculty members are in meetings. The next date on the schedule is March 29. Listed below is the link to sign up to volunteer to be a “gap chap.” Thank you!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b44adad2caaf49-middle1

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.

Cindy Jaczko
Sarah Gomez
Carla Higgins
Grace Slosberg
Middle School Parent Representatives

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