Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

February 2011

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter February 2011


Extreme Parenting? Or a Race to Nowhere? by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

When Sarah and I first became parents almost 22 years ago, I recall someone saying to us, “Well, there really isn’t a manual for parenting – so you just need to trust your instincts and go for it.”  


99% Perspiration by John Gifford, Head of the Middle School

Every December, I request and, because my wife is good to me, I receive two compilations of the year’s “Best American Science Writing." 


The Incessant Echo of What We Do and Say by Erika Guy, Dean of Students

In 1993 there was a very heated and public exchange between pro basketball players Karl Malone and Charles Barkley.

From the PA Co-Chairs

For us, much of the joy of being involved at Nobles results from the opportunity to collaborate with students, faculty and staff to serve Nobles and the broader community. 


Class Notes

Find out what's going on and how to become involved with your student's class. Click to access your class:

Class Deans' Corner

Class I Co-Dean's Report by Meghan Cleary Hamilton and Nahyon Lee

Class III Dean's Report by Tara Cocozza


From Community Service


Our student groups continue their efforts that prove to us that small things add up and truly make a difference. Here is how you can help.


From the Foster Gallery


During the month of February, “Prior Lives: Found Object Sculpture by Laura McCarty,” will be on exhibition in the Foster Gallery.

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Visit the Parents' Calendar for Event Details & Information


Log on to the password-protected Parents' Calendar for all parent & school events. All-community events will also appear on the all-school calendar.

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Join Us for a Parents' Outing


The PA has organized an outing for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Garden in Lincoln. 

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Become a Host Family for a Newly Admitted Nobles Family


The Admissions Office, in partnership with the Parents' Association, is looking for host families (current grades 7-11) for incoming Fall 2011 students and their families.

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From the NTC


Greetings from the Nobles Theatre Collective! We are very excited about the upcoming winter plays and hope to see you at one or more of the events.

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Empty Bowls


Nobles is hosting an Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Dedham Food Pantry on Feb. 26, from 1-4 p.m., in the Castle.

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Host Families Needed for Japanese Visiting Students


Our sister school in Japan will send three students to Nobles for seven weeks this spring. They will attend classes and participate in after-school activities, but the best part of their visit has always been their homestay experience.

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2011-2012 Nobles Parents' Association Board Positions


The Nominating Committee for the Parents’ Association will soon begin to identify officers and committee chairs for next year’s board.

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