Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

May 2016

Nobles Parents' Newsletter May 2016


"Finish Well" by Head of School Bob Henderson

It is now almost a Nobles cliché that one of my favorite admonitions to the school from the assembly stage is to “finish well.” I emphasize this point because I think it is most frequently in the late stages of a game that exhaustion sets it, exhilaration at the prospect of completion clouds judgment, and short cuts to the victory lap look tempting.


"Parenting Teens: Could Less Often Be More?" by Upper School Head Michael Denning

“Our best tool as they enter and move through their adolescent years is our ability to advise and explain, and also to be good role models.”

—Former Nobles Parent Dr. Frances Jensen, professor and bestselling author of The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults


"Challenges – Big and Small" by Dean of Students Marcela Maldonado

On the inside of my office door, a very small, faded piece of newspaper is taped precisely at eye level, inescapable to notice as you reach the handle to walk out. On it are found the words of John Andrew Holmes: “It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.” I never fail to notice those words as I go about my daily business, and they help (though admittedly not always successfully!) to ground me in just about every interaction I have on a given day. 


"Small Shifts in Perspective, Huge Mental Benefits" by Jen Hamilton, Middle School Psychologist

Sometimes small shifts in perspective have a profound impact on how we think and feel.  A couple of years ago, an extremely high-achieving middle school boy sat in my office, describing the anxious feelings he gets before taking tests. I observed that he seems to do quite well on tests in spite of his anxiety and asked him how he manages this. His reply was revolutionary...


"The Gift of Summer: A Good Book" by Director of the Anderson/Cabot Center for EXCEL Ben Snyder

During the 2014-15 school year I was given the gift of time for a sabbatical, and it became an opportunity to experience many things, the two most enduring of which were the opportunity to travel and to read widely. As we head into summer, the time when we strongly encourage our students to dive into some good books, I thought I’d share some titles from that sabbatical year that you may not run into but are well worth the time.

From the PA Co-Chairs

It is hard to believe the school year and another wonderful PA year is almost over! We are grateful to be a part of such a strong and dedicated community of parents. Many thanks to all of you who devoted your time and talents to ensure that all the events ran smoothly. Your involvement and enthusiasm is much appreciated.


Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

Class I Dean's Report

The frigid temperatures over the last few weeks are finally disappearing, and senior spring will soon feel like more than an extended winter. Our students are excited to spend time together outdoors on the Beach, and the hacky sack and frisbee tossing have already begun. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for all of the encouragement that you have provided your student.


Summer Specialty Programs at Nobles

As you know, Nobles is fortunate to have outstanding school-year programs and facilities. What you may not know is that Nobles is also proud to host exceptional summer programs run by highly qualified faculty from Nobles and beyond. 

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Upcoming Performing Arts Events

Mark your calendars for a spring series of concerts and theatre productions! 

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Thanks from the Library

The Putnam Library would like to give a huge thank you to our wonderful library volunteers for the 2015-2016 school year. 

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Save the Date: Grandparents' Day

Grandparents Day at Nobles
Save the date for Grandparents' Day 
Friday, September 30, 2016

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Save the Date: Nobles' Sesquicentennial

Save the Date!

Nobles Night - Celebrating our Sesquicentennial
Saturday, November 5, 2016

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