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. Each spring I write a letter in April to the members of Class I. While I imagine some of them read it carefully and take it seriously, I have been at this business long enough to know that many, if not most, of them only give it a quick glance and move on to more immediate concerns. In that letter, I use the analogy of rock climbers who suggest that the final ten feet of a climb are the most dangerous, when success is drawing near. In Greek mythology and drama, this is the moment of tragic hubris and error. I am, however, an optimist by nature, albeit one with a strong inclination to pragmatism. The true peril lies in not openly acknowledging the unique psychological challenges of the final weeks of a school year; we need to do all we can to help our students, and indeed the faculty, to navigate these days with both focus and joy, and to conclude with a balanced and appropriate sense of a job well done.

Perhaps some of my attention to this issue stems from my own experiences as I completed high school. I still harbor regrets that the final weeks of my time as a student at Nobles were spent trying to get as far away from Nobles as I could get as often as I could do so. At the time, my rationalization was that I was sick of school and SO ready to move on. In hindsight, I well recognize that I was in significant measure trying to process my own powerful, bittersweet emotions about incipient separation; my solution was to insulate myself by pulling away early. In fact, as I look back at my adolescence, I can think of several junctures when that was my preferred mode of coping.

Over a decade ago, there was a lively discussion at a faculty meeting late in the school year about some of the challenges inherent to navigating the month of May. This conversation was not just pertaining to the difficulties experienced by students; many teachers expressed that it was hard to let go of students, or to be disappointed by them, especially seniors, with whom they had experienced such salutary relationships. The concomitant topic was how the faculty could model the behavior we hoped to see from students as we approached graduation. I recall distinctly the comment of legendary Nobles photography teacher Joe Swayze (since retired) who said, “Closure is an act of will. You can’t just let it happen to you. You have to work at it every day.” I also remember a powerful observation from English teacher Vicky Seelen, who said, “The best way to deal with closure is with gratitude,” by which she meant that being consciously thankful is, in fact, the most beneficial manner by which to stay on course and bring about a positive outcome.

I have boiled those bits of sage advice down to the simpler phrase, “finish well.” Regardless of whether there have been points of frustration, and in spite of the over-brimming emotional complexity and occasional narcissism that overwhelms us as we traverse the last weeks of school, it is more critical than ever to keep one’s eyes on the prize, to be mindful of and grateful to those at home and in school whose support and guidance carried us to this point, and to remember always that this is a community, and not just an individual, experience. I hope parents will do all they can as well to encourage and help their children to finish well, especially in this school year when we have all learned a bit more deeply about what really matters in life and how fleeting our time on this planet can be. 

"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

I am in awe of elementary-school educators. Young children are so enthusiastic and fascinating, and there is nothing better than the wisdom and humor of a child’s first musings on the environments in which, as well the people with whom, they live. As we celebrate our youngest schoolchildren, we should also honor those who work closely with them. All day every day, elementary-school educators redirect and nurture young people who possess boundless energy and insatiable appetites for discovery, exploration, learning and boundary testing. Their work is intellectually and physically exhausting and extremely important.

As I offer this tribute to elementary-school educators, I find myself also reflecting upon the comments often made by Nobles parents to my colleagues and me: “I don’t know how you find the patience to work with adolescents…When my daughter (or son) was still in elementary school, I understood her and could influence her behaviors…Now she does not talk with me like she used to, and I don’t know what she is thinking…” For my colleagues and me, connecting with teenagers (who are not our own) is rarely ever elusory. And this got me thinking: perhaps most of us have age groups towards which we gravitate and for which we have intuition. 

Adolescents do engage with adults and consider feedback differently than they did when they were young children, and the ways we teach and mentor them should be informed and shaped by this reality. So as we head off to summer break, a respite during which you will hopefully have more time for conversations with your teen, I offer these brief reflections on working and talking with adolescents.

Mentoring vs. Redirection:

Most kids seek independence. But while most young children tolerate constant redirection and supervision, most adolescents will resist these. However, they will often accept, and even appreciate—albeit sometimes out of sight and over time—clear guidelines and consequences and thoughtful suggestions. What is required of us, as parents/guardians of teenagers, is greater discipline and an acceptance that we have far less control over our kids’ behaviors, successes and failures than we used to. As our kids make choices and process feedback offered by teachers, coaches, mentors, directors, bosses and peers—some of which is appropriately critical—we need to shift from a mode of redirection and problem-solving to one of mentoring, in which we listen, offer perspective, encourage resilience and promote reflection. It is bad enough when a student makes a poor decision or experiences an outcome that is disappointing. But a disappointment becomes a missed opportunity when a student does not (or cannot) assess accurately and honestly how the outcome came to pass.

Pick Your Battles & Moments (and allow your child to do some of the same):

Most adolescents will increasingly insist on making some of their own decisions, and this development is normal and usually represents a good and healthy maturation process. For us parents, however, it can be disconcerting to allow our kids to make their own choices when we believe that they might not see or understand the negative consequences that could result. Of course, when it comes to negative behaviors or destructive, dangerous choices, redirection is appropriate and your reaction and presentation of consequences should be immediate and unequivocal. But in terms of our kids’ decisions about co-curricular activities, friends, some future courses, study habits or reflections on less-than-stellar academic performances, being a bit more sanguine and patient can yield great benefits. In the long run, lower-risk negative consequences can be great teachers, too.

For years, the experts on human development at the Stanley King Counseling Institute have preached the following wisdom to secondary-school educators: “If the mindset when working with young children is, ‘don’t stand there, do something,’ the mindset with adolescents should often be the opposite: ‘Don’t just do something, stand there.’” As you talk with your teens about this past year’s challenges and disappointments, and suggest plans for the future, try to think in terms of process and principles, not simply outcomes and right and wrong choices. As challenging as it is to watch a child struggle, question, and make decisions we would not, contemplate the growth that comes when kids figure things out for themselves before going into solution-producing mode. Consider the ways limiting your feedback might allow you to place emphasis on those values and behaviors you deem most important. Finally, try to recognize how your restraint may enable your teenagers to initiate discussions with you on issues most important to them. Who knows what you might learn about them. And when they want to talk, drop what you are doing and engage because you may never get that opportunity again.

More Showing, Less Telling:

The older kids get, the more attuned they become to the ethics and behaviors of their peers, parents and teachers. Put another way, kids watch adults like hawks and can smell hypocrisy from a mile away. Indeed, as older kids start to seek less of (and even resist) direct parental guidance, they pay much closer attention to how their parents and teachers behave and how the actions of the adults in their lives shed light on the values by which we live. So as you become frustrated by your teenager’s unwillingness to simply do exactly what you want or tell them to do, take solace in knowing that inasmuch as they don’t want to be told how to behave, adolescents are eager to be shown how to live. Whether we like it or not, we teach who we are, and what we do speaks more loudly about what we value than anything we say.

I hope you have a wonderful summer.

"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 wish I could take credit for having cleverly thought to tape such a prescient thought on the door in a way that’s impossible to notice.  That credit belongs to my predecessor, Erika Guy, and for all the changes naturally made by a new occupant of any space, it’s one of those things I knew instinctively on the first day I moved into this office that needed to remain exactly where it was. 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. 

These words have taken on a humbling poignancy of late, as I have been consumed by the news of a devastating earthquake that hit Ecuador recently, the country where I born and where my parents still live. While the horrible details of what transpired there is easily accessible to anyone interested with just a simple search of the internet or a few minutes watching the evening news, like all such world tragedies, those bits of information fail to capture the real toil it takes on anyone who has experienced it firsthand. My parents are fine and their personal living space was unaffected, but in their immediate vicinity and for extended family and friends, the devastation and personal loss has been unfathomable.  And so in the days since this tragedy hit, and as I have gone about my daily life here at Nobles, Holmes’ verse has taken on a far more personal and profound meaning. I have been humbled more than ever by the luck of the draw that is my life, the decisions made by others early on, and by those I’ve made along the way (good and bad) that have brought me to this place and time. Simply put, I have been overwhelmed by my point of privilege.

From the assembly stage, in classes, and amongst each other, we often speak about the concept of “privilege” here at Nobles, a simply inescapable reality if we are honest with ourselves about our surroundings. For many of our students, privilege is hard to grasp, especially with fairly little to compare it to in their young lives. Indeed many will often initially misunderstand the term itself or the point of a discussion as a veiled attempt to inflict guilt or humility upon them. Nothing could be further from the truth. Quite frankly, Nobles exists as a result of that very privilege, and so to eschew it would be highly disingenuous. When this topic arises in my own classes, I will often say to students that they should never feel guilty for what they have, but understand why and how they got to this point in their lives, and the consequences of choices made by others along the way.

But I also will remind students that it is a privilege to decide what you will care about. We work hard to open the world to them and have them consider things they have the privilege to ignore. We use our time with them, often from the assembly stage, to teach about issues and ideas that are unfamiliar. We don’t always get it right and sometimes the message might even feel incomplete to some, but at this point in their lives, when their “me” centered existence is in full force and developmentally appropriate, small challenges made along the way can hold particular resonance. They can respond to or reject what’s in front of them, but if your child comes home with a strong reaction to something they heard that day, it has probably less to do with the actual message delivered than with the challenge to think about it.  While adults have history and long memories that give us perspective to our own small place in the universe, they simply don’t.  And at the end of the day, our job as educators is to strike the chord that gets them to consider the place of that “one trifling exception” that Holmes speaks of, and to provide the space to decide what will matter to them. 
 

"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, and went something like this: 

"You know the feeling you get when you're really anxious?  Butterflies in your stomach, heart racing, sweaty palms?  If you think about it, that's the same feeling you get in your body when you're really excited about something.  So I just tell myself I'm excited to take the test, that it's an opportunity to show what I know, and then I do well."

What a brilliant observation.  We have learned from brain research (those of you who have read Po Bronson's book Top Dog, or attended his talk at Nobles a couple of years ago might remember this concept) that this tiny shift in perspective, the shift from viewing something as a threat versus a challenge, can make the difference between your brain being flooded (and thus incapacitated) by dopamine versus being bathed in just the right amount of dopamine to be able to achieve optimal focus.

This idea of small but powerful mind shifts got me searching for other subtle changes we can make in our thinking to increase productivity. What if, the next time you are overcome with anger, you instead try to cultivate a sense of curiosity?  Neurology tells us that anger triggers the amygdala (the part of the brain that is involved with the processing and expression of emotions) to take over, replacing our otherwise logical thinking abilities with non-constructive thoughts or irrational stubbornness. Becoming curious about our anger re-engages the pre-frontal cortex (the logical. problem-solving part of your brain.) Bringing your thoughts back to a more cerebral level allows you weigh and assess what is going on instead of just reacting in the heat of the moment. To boil it down, you can't be angry and curious at the same time; they are incompatible.

When you really allow yourself to get curious about what might be underlying your child's behavior when her actions are making you feel angry, you might just realize that she was on her phone after bedtime because she feels the need to fit in. Or perhaps she lied about not getting her test grade back because she was worried about disappointing you. When you are able to look at these issues from a rational place, it may just allow you the mental space to take a few breaths before responding so that your interaction can be more constructive.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this or other parenting issues.  Please feel free to email me at jhamilton0f@nobles.edu
 

"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.

If you are looking for insight into some of the surprising and interesting behaviors of your teenager, Age of Opportunity by Laurence Steinberg delivers relevant information in a wonderfully accessible way (and isn’t that long). He also discusses the impact of different parenting styles which certainly gave me opportunity for reflection on some of my own parenting challenges over the years.

We were lucky enough to travel to China and Tibet last year and in searching for insight and perspective into China today The Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos prepared us for the complexities of a country that defies easy description.

As many of you know, I have deep interest in international development issues and two books caught my eye. The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz shared the inspirational work by a woman making a huge difference in lives of millions through the use of social entrepreneurship and patient capital.  In addition A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn shares many stories of those doing important work on global development challenges.

For the parent who has spent many hours taking sons and daughters to practices, games and tournaments, Soccer Dad: A Father, Son and a Magical Season by W.D. Wetherell is an ode to the gift of sport and the bonds it creates in families and communities. I was lucky enough to coach with the coach profiled in the book; his perspectives on life, sports, kids, and the power of high school teams are affirming and powerful.

I often want fiction to take me to places or give me insight into people, events and places I’d not typically encounter. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra opened Chechnya and the tragedy of its civil war to me. Simply put, it captured the horror of war; the beauty and tragedy of family; and the love, loss, humor, and tragedy of life in one of the most beautifully written books I’ve encountered.

Many of your children (and possibly you) have read many of the stories in Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried; Redeployment by Phil Klay is the contemporary version of that classic as the short stories explore many aspects of the experiences of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The students in my fall elective (Modern America at War) uniformly loved it.

Finally, two books give great insight into the complexities and challenges of college life. The first, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs chronicles the journey of a brilliant young man from a highly under-resourced community as he tries to negotiate a path through an Ivy League world. Missoula by Jon Krakauer helped me better understand the sexual assault problem on college campuses through the story of one university and its community. Both books are balanced and sobering, which helped me view important aspects of the college experience in new ways.

Summer is on the horizon; I hope we all find more time to read. If you have recommendations of books that have inspired you recently, please pass on your recommendations to me.

Class II Parent Reps



Dear Class II Parents,

It was so nice to see many of you at our April coffee. We’re hoping to get a big group out for our Class II Parents Social on Friday, May 6.  Please do consider joining us at this final social event for the parents.  It should be a great time to gather as we head into the last full month of the school year. The key May dates for this class are:

Monday, May 2- Friday, May 13, AP Exams (see school calendar for subject test dates)
Tuesday, May 3, 8:00-9:00 a.m.- Class II Surprise Breakfast (SHHH!)
Tuesday, May 3, 5:45-6:15 p.m.- Memorial for Casey Dunne, Field Hockey Field
Friday, May 6, 7:00-10:00 p.m.- Class II Parent Social, The Castle
Friday, May 6, Registration Deadline for June 11 ACT Test
Saturday, May 7, SAT Test Date
Wednesday, May 11, Registration Deadline for June 4 SAT and SAT Subject Tests
Monday, May 30, Memorial Day, No School

Thanks to all of you for a great year.  We have really enjoyed working and socializing with this group of parents.  We wish you all a successful year end and a wonderful summer break.

Your Class II Parent Reps,

Anna Abate
annaabate@verizon.net

Nicola DiFelice
nicoladifelice@comcast.net

Class I Parent Reps



Dear Class I Families,

It's with a equal sense of nostalgia and joy that we write this last newsletter of our seniors' final year at Nobles. Thanks for all you've done throughout the years to make our community so supportive.

That said, it's not over yet! We still have a number of special events to share with our kids and each other. We hope to see as many of you as possible over the coming weeks:

MAY EVENTS

Tuesday, May 3 - Class I Spring Surprise Lunch (SignUp Genius can be found on the Friday e-mail)
Friday, May 20 - Class I Parent Spring Social (parents only)

SENIOR WEEK

Tuesday, May 31 - During lunchtime, Class I Celebration, "The Way We Were"
Tuesday, May 31 - Class I Project Night (parents invited)
Wednesday, June 1 - Class I Night (parents invited)
Thursday, June 2 - Class I Awards Night (parents invited)
Friday, June 3 – Graduation, 10 a.m.
Friday, June 3 - Parent-Sponsored Graduation Party (seniors only), evening

As always, let us know if we can help in any way. Savor these last weeks!

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

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, and I am writing to inform you of these. In addition to the Nobles Day Camp (for children ages 3-14), we will be offering several specialty programs run by highly qualified faculty from Nobles and beyond. 

These programs are geared toward older campers, with the goal of giving kids access to terrific teaching and coaching. While enrollment is open to campers from any school for some programs, many of the Nobles students attend the programs listed below.

We are extremely excited about the staff (many of them Nobles Faculty) that will be running the following programs:

Nobles Strength and Conditioning – weekly options from June 13 – August 25th
ONLY OPEN TO NOBLES STUDENTS (all ages)
Kevin O’Neill, Director of Strength & Training, Noble and Greenough School

Nobles Wrestling Camp – June 20 – June 23 
9:30am – 3:30pm
For Campers entering grades 6-12
Charles Danhof, Head Coach for Nobles Varsity Wrestling

Dawg Hoop Camp  - June 20, 21, June 22 
4:00pm – 8:00pm
For Talented and Dedicated Girls Basketball Players entering grades 6-10
Alex Gallagher, Head Coach for Nobles Girls Varsity Basketball

Nobles Football Clinic – July 5, 6, 7 
5:00pm-8:30pm
For campers entering grades 6-11
Jermetrius Troy, Head Coach for Nobles Varsity Football

Nobles Summer Service - August 8 - August 12   
9:00am-2:30pm
Co-ed for Campers entering grades 7-10
Linda Hurley, Coordinator of Community Service, Noble and Greenough School

Nobles Soccer Camp - August 22 – 26  
9:00am – 3:00pm
Co-ed for Mass Premier Soccer Coaches

Up Only! Nobles Volleyball Camp – August 22-25   
9:00am – 4:00pm
ONLY OPEN TO NOBLES STUDENTS (entering grades 9-12)
Shay Goulding Meurer, Olympic and College Coach
These programs will provide some tremendous opportunities to get superb instruction and leadership, as well as meet many other Nobles students. Please review the website for more information about each program and feel free to contact any of the program directors directly if you have any questions.
Contact the Nobles Day Camp office at 781-320-1320 if you have any questions on how to register.

Register online by June 1!

Please click the link to learn more about and/or register for our 2016 Summer Specialty Programs!
http://www.nobles.edu/summer-programs/specialty-summer-programs.cfm

We hope to see you this summer!
Emily Parker, Director of Nobles Day Camp and Summer Programs

Upcoming Performing Arts Events



Music and Dance:

5/5: Jazz/Blues Concert 7:00-9:30 p.m. in Lawrence Auditorium

5/11 & 5/13: Spring Dance Show & Student Directed Play, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Dance Studio

5/12: Wind/String/Orchestra Concert 7:00-9:30 p.m. in Lawrence Auditorium

5/26: Choral Concert 7:00-9:00 p.m. Lawrence Auditorium


From the Nobles Theatre Collective (NTC):

We will proudly present two final productions this year. First, as part of a double bill with the spring dance concert, will be a student-directed production. Featuring the work of seniors Mikki Janower, Emma Kotfica, and Whitney Sandford, these performances will be on May 11 and 13 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.!

NTC closes its 2015-2016 NTC production season with Will Eno's comi-drama Middletown, our spring mainstage, from May 18-21. (6:30-8:30 p.m. every day except the 21st, when it is from 2:00-4:30 p.m.)

Please join us for these exciting shows!

 

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. As class deans, we do our best to keep a pulse on the well-being of every senior, but we recognize that we are no replacement for the love and support that students receive at home. As the 150th graduating class, the seniors have demonstrated the kind of integrity and leadership that have characterized Nobles students and alumni for generations.

While the year was full of many highlights, we especially appreciated the students’ engagement with our two senior transitions nights. After a successful event in the fall led by Katie Koestner, an expert on sexual assault and drugs and alcohol abuse, we recently hosted another transitions evening in which students took a series of workshops related to the college experience. All students took a Finance and Budgeting workshop and then were offered a choice of other workshops, including Partner Dancing, Self-Defense, and Nutrition and Fitness. All of the faculty who taught these workshops were so impressed by the seniors’ enthusiasm, a testament to the character of the class. Don’t be surprised if your senior becomes a superstar on the dance floor at the next family event!

As we head into the final weeks, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about anything that is happening on campus. This time of year is jammed packed, so it might not hurt to double check the calendar and check in with your student. If you are interested, we have included a list of books at the end of this letter that parents have found insightful as their student transitions to college.

At the beginning of the year, the seniors chose the motto “Good V16es.” They have worked hard to live up to the spirit of this motto this year, supporting each other in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in the theatre, and throughout all aspects of the school. Our hope is that they continue to strengthen this sense of camaraderie before graduation in June. We feel honored to work with this amazing group of seniors and look forward to spending time with them during our last few weeks together. Congratulations to you and your senior!

Fondly,
Meg Hamilton and Mike Kalin


Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years, by Helen E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller (St. Martin's Griffin, 2000).
Written by two women involved with parent programs at Cornell, this book touches on virtually everything from the summer before first-year to post-college planning. The format consists of pairs of hypothetical conversations between parent and child on an issue: the first disastrous, the second, based on the principles the authors espouse, more effective.

Getting the Best Out of College: A Professor, a Dean and a Student Tell You How to Maximize Your Experience, by Peter Feaver, Sue Wasiolek, and Anne Crossman

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years, by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger (HarperPerennial, 1997). A slightly dated but still useful summary of the psychology of late adolescence followed by practical tips drawn from students and parents from a number of colleges.

Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds, by Richard J. Light (Harvard, 2001). A fascinating and highly readable account of the results of a project at Harvard in which students were asked what had been most useful to them in their college careers.

When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent’s Survival Guide, by Carol Barkin (Avon Books, 1999) A straightforward look at the issues, from the "Summer of Anticipation" to "Advice from a College Senior."
 

Class IV Parent Reps



Happy May, Class IV Parents and Guardians!

It is hard to believe that this is the last monthly e-newsletter of the 2015-2016 school year.  In the blink of an eye, our children have gone from hesitant new high schoolers to confident students ready for sophomore year.

As your class representatives, we want to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all of you for your participation and support this past year. You helped make our jobs easy and pleasurable with your generous donations of time, resources, ideas and energy. Thank you to all of the volunteers who brought enthusiasm and fun, and made sure our class activities were successful.

Thank you to all of the families who attended our Class IV Socials and Coffees.  Bravo to Dave Ulrich and Kimya Charles who were terrific as Class Deans.  We would also like to recognize Matthew Burek and the FLIK staff for orchestrating all of the delicious food, perfectly placed stations, professional help and creative menus.  The FLIK team is wonderful to work with as they always go above and beyond what is expected.  We salute them with a standing ovation.

Some highlights for May:

We have our final Class IV event of the year: the Spring Class IV Coffee, in the Castle Library at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 5. Please join us for some conversation, coffee and delicious treats. On Tuesday, May 3, a special breakfast will be provided to all the Class IV students during their Class Meeting.

Thurs. May 3, 8:00 a.m. - Special breakfast to be provided to Class IV students at their Class Meeting (sponsored by the Class Reps and the Parent Association)
Thurs. May 5, 8:00-9:30 a.m. - Class IV Spring Coffee in the Castle 
Thurs. May 5 - Jazz, Blues Concert
Wed. May 11, and Fri. May 13 - Spring Dance Show and Student Directed Plays
Thurs. May 12 - Wind, String, Orchestra Concert
Mon. May 16, 8:00-9:30 a.m. - Turnover PA Board Meeting, Castle Library
Wed. May 18 – Sat. May 21 - Spring Mainstage Production.
Thurs. May 26 - Choral Concert.
Mon. May 30 - Memorial Day: No school.

Looking ahead to June:

Fri. June 3 - No classes; Graduation (mandatory for all students).
Mon. June 6 – Wednesday, June 8 - Final Exams (the full schedule is on the website, check the Calendar for details).
Thurs. June 9 - No school, teacher comment writing day.
Fri. June 10 - Last day of school: Exams are returned, and students receive final grades. 

It has been our pleasure getting to know you while experiencing our children’s freshman year together.  We have been honored to be your Class Reps this year, and we look forward to sharing the many endeavors and adventures that await our students in the coming years at Nobles. 

Have a wonderful summer!  Best to you all,
Lauren and Cindy

Class III Parent Reps



Dear Class III Parents,

It doesn’t seem possible that the school year is already coming to a close and that this is our final newsletter. It has truly been wonderful to serve as your class representatives. We want to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to you all for your support and participation. It made our job not only exceedingly easier but immensely enjoyable as well.

As a recap of the year, we had several great Class III events including two parent/guardian socials and two coffees that sparked great conversations and produced new friendships, a “Winter Wonderland” themed Surprise Luncheon that delighted our students, and the “Walk in the Woods” inspired Head of School Dinner Dance that marked a milestone in the Nobles experience of our children. Thanks to many stellar volunteers, these events were great successes. We also want to extend our deep appreciation to our Class III deans, Amy McBrien and Edgar De Leon, for all they did for our students throughout the year. 

The campus is abuzz in May. While there are no more Class III specific parent/guardian events, there are many school-wide end of the school year activities including concerts, theatrical and dance performances, and sports games, so please look at the Nobles calendar for the schedule. Here are a few notable dates:

Monday, May 16: Final PA Meeting, from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Castle

Monday, May 30: Memorial Day, school closed

Friday, June 3: Graduation

June 6-8: Exams

June 9: Comment Writing Day, no school

June 10: Final Day of School

We hope the rest of the school year is strong for you and your student, and we wish you a very happy summer! 

Your Class III Reps,


Isabelle Loring, izzyloring@yahoo.com
Allison Horne, allison@justloveme.com

Middle School Parent Reps



Despite the year coming to an end so quickly, the Nobles calendar is filled with many great events for both students and parents. Below are a few highlights along with a detailed listing of important dates you will not want to miss.

One of May’s highlights is the Class V Solar Car Race and all school BBQ on May 18. Cheering for the students’ creations on the tennis courts is great fun for the whole school and worth taking time out of your day to watch.

After the week of exams is over and the teachers are busy with Comment Writing Day, the Middle School students are invited to have some fun at the Canobie Lake Park outing on June 9. This is a parent-led event and more information along with volunteer opportunities will be posted in one of the Wednesday e-mails.

The Middle School has a Step-Up Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. on June 10. All Middle School students are invited to attend as well as parents/guardians of students in Class V. The event marks the transition from the Middle School to the Upper School next year for Class V students.

Again, please take the time to review the calendar below and note all of the important activities. As the Middle School class representatives, we would like to thank all of you for your help throughout the year. We have a great community of parents and really appreciate all that you have done to make each of these special occasions a success!

May
5 - Jazz/Blues Concert 7:00 p.m. in Lawrence Auditorium

6 - Middle School Multi School Dance 7:00-9:30 p.m. Richardson Gym
$7.00 admission (which can be chitted for Nobles students)

9 - Middle School Orientation for New Students and New Parents 6pm

11 - Spring Dance Show & Student Directed Play, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Dance Studio

12 - Wind/String/Orchestra Concert 7:00 p.m. in Lawrence Auditorium

13 - Spring Dance Show & Students Directed Play, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Dance Studio

14 - Reunion Weekend

18-21 - Spring Mainstage Productions, 6:30-8:30 p.m. on 5/18-5/20 and 2:00-4:30 p.m. on 5/21, Vinik Theatre

18 - Class V Solar Car Races & All School Barbecue (raindates 5/19, 5/20) Races will take place on the tennis courts

19 - Middle School Parent Spring Social 6:30 p.m.

25 - Middle School Milton Games

26 - Choral Concert 7:00 p.m. Lawrence Auditorium

27 - Upper School Milton Games

30 - Memorial Day-school closed

June
3  - Graduation Day 10:00 a.m. All students are required to attend.

6-8 - Final Exams
Morning sessions 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Afternoon sessions 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Extended Time Students: 9:00 a.m.-noon & 1:00-4:00 p.m.

9 - Comment Writing Day-school closed
MS-Canobie Lake Park Day-organized by the Parent's Association

10 - Last Day of School & Class V Step Up Ceremony
-Long Assembly/mini classes/individual advisor/advisee meetings

3:00 p.m. Class V Step Up Ceremony in Vinik Theatre, mandatory for all Class V students. Class VI students are invited, but not required to attend.

Happy Summer!

Thanks from the Library



These parents have contributed over 200 hours of work to the library this year! Thanks so much to Felleke Habtemariam, Nicole Zungoli, Lixia Wang, Catherine Walkey, Rong Teng, Dave Camacho, Kate Santoro, Nancy Worth, Jessica Patterson, and Hillary von Schroeter!

Save the Date: Grandparents' Day



Save the Date!

Grandparents Day
Friday, September 30, 2016
For further information contact Katherine Minevitz at minevitz@nobles.edu

From PA Co-Chairs Barbara Ito and Polly Maroni



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.

But before we get to June, we have a busy May with many opportunities for you to enjoy the Nobles community.

The final meeting of the Parents’ Association will be held on Monday, May 13, in the Castle Library.  All are welcome to join for coffee and conversation as we thank outgoing members of the PA and introduce the new board. 

We hope that you will attend the many all-school events this month.  We have the Jazz-Blues Concert on May 5, the Spring Dance Show and Student Directed Play on May 11 and May 13, the Wind/String/Orchestra Concert on May 12, and the NTC’s Spring Mainstage Production on May 18-21

And of course it would not be a sports season without the Nobles – Milton games, so join us on May 27 to cheer on the Nobles teams!  Please refer to the weekly parents’ email and the parent’s calendar on the website for more detailed listings of all dates and events.

Finally, we want to give special thanks to our current PA board for their tireless effort, countless hours, and invaluable help in making this year such a great success. We are very appreciative of all that they have done.

Enjoy the rest of the school year and have a wonderful summer!

With our best wishes,

Barbara Ito and Polly Maroni

 

Save the Date: Nobles' Sesquicentennial



Save the Date!

Nobles Night - Celebrating our Sesquicentennial
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Please note: this is not a student event
For further information contact Katherine Minevitz at minevitz@nobles.edu

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