Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

April 2016

Nobles Parents' Newsletter April 2016

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"How Do We Celebrate Creativity?" by Interim Director of the Middle School Colette Finley

The other night I found myself fully entrenched in the TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson titled “Do schools kill creativity?” Robinson highlights the importance of “educating the whole being” as a way of promoting children to explore their passions and take risks. As we in the middle school embark on the many events that mark the culmination of the academic year, these thoughts left me pondering about whether we properly promote creativity through our many coming initiatives.

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"The Not-So-Easy Rider" by Provost Bill Bussey

For most of us, travel begins with family trips. Trips to the beach gradually build up to longer, more complicated endeavors, often involving everyone cramming like sardines into a car with enough saltines and peanut butter to survive the apocalypse. Your car might have climbed Mount Washington but not before your brother pummeled you senseless from Pinkham’s Notch all the way to the top. When I casually look back on the trips that my parents put together, there was one unifying thread that seems to have run through most of them: someone usually got sick in public.

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"Living in a Five-Star World" by Director of College Counseling Kate Ramsdell

Just last week I decided not to buy a pair of pajama pants for my husband because the average of all customers’ ratings was 2.5 stars out of a possible 5. Their major flaw was the fact that they “shrank up a great deal – almost 2 inches!” In spite of the fact that I really didn’t have the time, I was reading the ratings for a pair of pajama pants. Perhaps more notably, I let a group of random strangers – whose sartorial pre-dispositions, sizes, general attitudes, and overall capacity to judge pajama pants notwithstanding – dictated my behavior. 

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"Spring Renewal" by Dean of Faculty Maura Sullivan

As we returned last week from spring break, I loved hearing all the amazing stories from so many students about the trips that they took with Nobles groups. What was equally amazing, however, was to hear the exact same sentiments and stories from the adults in our community.  During the two weeks of break, approximately two dozen Nobles employees gave up their vacation time to travel with students. While I have not spoken with every chaperone, those I have talked to all agree that it was time well spent.

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"Voluntourism? Not at Nobles." by Director of the Anderson/Cabot Center for EXCEL Ben Snyder

There is some irony that while I was in Rwanda over March break with 18 Nobles students and two colleagues (and while an additional 104 students and 20 Nobles adults were in New Orleans, Alabama/Georgia, South Africa, Romania/Bulgaria, Cambodia/Vietnam and India), the New York Times published "The Voluntourist’s Dilemma" outlining the many missteps that can be part of volunteering abroad. While in Rwanda I shared the article with our Nobles travelers (and have since had a number of conversations with other students and faculty who traveled in March), and it is clear that Nobles “does service travel” the right way - not the voluntourist’s way.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Welcome back!  We hope you had a wonderful and restful break.  Spring is always a busy time at Nobles and this is year is no exception.  We hope you will join us for some fun parent activities coming up as well as the class-specific dinners and coffees. Please see the separate class notes for details.

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Class Deans' Corner

"Known and Unknown" by Class IV Dean Dave Ulrich

I am looking at the ten-day forecast with a bit of trepidation. Eight days of gray, one day of sun, and a strong threat of snow (this has, in fact, come to pass in the process of writing this article). The elements are clearly in flux, and at points, the prospects can be daunting.I find that the academic clime is similar as we approach Spring Break.


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Prom Reminders from Mr. 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 of its key messages with your child. This is a terrific evening and we’d like your help to keep it that way.

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