Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

March 2016

Nobles Parents' Newsletter March 2016


"Time and Distance for Reflection" by Head of School Bob Henderson

While talking recently with a graduate from the early 2000’s at a reception in New York City, the following statement struck me: she said,“The further I get from my Nobles experience, the more I understand that it was the most important part of my education.” 


"The Results Are In" by Dean of Students Marcela Maldonado

Over the course of the last few months, Nobles has engaged in a myriad of learning opportunities for and about our students, their choices and behaviors, the promise of good things to come, and our roles as educators in those efforts.   


"The Value of a Summer School of Hard and Helpful Knocks" by Head of Upper School Michael Denning

Presidents’ Day Weekend has come and gone. With each passing day, we gain precious minutes of natural light, and the “mad dash to spring break” has entered our collective consciences and classrooms. I love this time of year. 


"A Different View on Black-and-White Thinking" by Licensed Psychologist Jen Hamilton

Chances are, we have all succumbed at one time or another to feeling the remorse of setting a goal, getting off track, and then saying, "what the hell, I blew it (my study schedule, my promise to check my phone less, my training plan... enter your resolution here!)" As it turns out, this common "what the hell" feeling is an actual psychological principal, coined by researchers Janet Polivy and C. Peter Herman about 15 years ago.


"The Prom: Basic Facts and Other Musings" by Provost Bill Bussey

If your child is attending the prom, I would urge you to read, re-read Mr. Henderson’s letter regarding this event. And then spend 20 minutes going over some its key messages with your child. This is a terrific evening and we’d like your help it to keep it that way.


"Excel, College Admission and Your Child's Brain" by Director of the Anderson/Cabot Center for EXCEL Ben Snyder

All of us remember the times in our adolescent days when, looking back, we say to ourselves, “What on earth was I thinking?” As parents of teenagers we return to that refrain regularly when our children make the inevitable mistakes that are part and parcel of growing up. Over the last couple of decades there have been tremendous advances in neuroscience that have allowed us a window into the neurological reasons that adolescents (and young adults into their mid-twenties) make so many “head-scratching” decisions that have parents wondering, “What the heck were you thinking?!”

From the PA Co-Chairs

First, a big thank you is in order. To all of the exceptional class reps and parent volunteers who organized surprise class lunches, coffees, parent events, and to all those who are planning upcoming spring events: THANK YOU so much!


Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

Class III Dean's Report

We are happy to report of a milder winter than last year up to this point, and hopefully an even warmer spring! Class III is working hard right now to finish up the third semester.


Performing Arts: Save the Date

Catch one of the final performances of the spectacular production of "The Sound of Music" tonight through Friday, and come hear the beautiful sounds of the chamber ensemble.

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Rally Day 2016

Thursday, March 3 is the third annual Nobles Rally Day: a one-day event during which the entire Nobles community unites to show their support for the school and its mission by making gifts to the Annual Nobles Fund (ANF). This year, our goal is to bring in 610 new gifts to the 2015-2016 ANF on Rally Day – one gift for every Nobles student. 

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Spin for Achieve

The weekend of April 2-3, we are organizing a spinning fundraiser to benefit Achieve! Three different indoor cycling studios will be offering a class that weekend and all of the proceeds will directly support the Achieve program. 

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