Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

November 2016

Nobles Parents' Newsletter November 2016

Middle School Parent Reps

It is hard to believe that the first academic quarter is behind us, and we are heading into the final month of the fall afternoon program. Before we look ahead to November, let’s take a quick look back at October.

We had a great turnout for our first Middle School Coffee.   Thank you to all who attended and organized this fun and informative morning. Also, thank you to John Gifford '86, the Head of the Middle School and current middle school parent, who kindly shared his vision for the middle school and fielded questions from parents. He reminded parents to please keep advisors in the loop if a child is spending too long on any one subject. After the coffee he also shared books that might be of interest for new parents to better understand the breadth of the Noble’s approach to educating the whole child.  Below is a list.

The Road to Character, David Brooks
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
The Teenage Brain, Frances Jensen
The Pressured Child, Michael Thompson
Helping Children Succeed, Paul Tough
How Children Succeed, Paul Tough
Faith Ed: Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance, Linda Wertheimer
The Age of Opportunity (Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence), Laurence Steinberg
Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children, Lynn Lyons

FYI:  We have it on good authority that John is currently reading Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents by Lynn Lyons, but it is NOT a comment on his opinion of our families.

Additionally, we enjoyed the Middle School Speaker Event featuring adolescent development expert and parent coach, Dr. Jenny Berz.  Thank you to the large community of MS faculty who attended during this very busy time of year.  Also, thank you to Jen Hamilton, the Director of Counseling, for playing a key role in helping to organize this special night. Dr. Berz clearly illustrated how the teenage brain differs from the adult brain, and she shared tips on best practices for navigating relationships with your children as they travel through the adolescent years, which lasts a little longer than most of us realized (ages 11 – 25).  We hope to share a quick summary of those tips with you in the December newsletter.

Before we list a comprehensive catalog of the key dates in November, we would like to highlight 2 significant events for you to consider attending.

Nobles Night, Friday, November 5, 6:30 p.m. Omni Rink
Please mark your calendar for and consider attending a very special Nobles Night to celebrate Noble and Greenough School’s Sesquicentennial (in other words, the 150th Anniversary of the school’s founding) and the 17-year headship of Robert P. Henderson, Jr. ’76. This festive event will take place on the Nobles campus in the Omni Rink.

The Annual Middle School Pie Drive, November 17, 2:00-4:30 p.m. Castle Dining Room
Please consider volunteering for this fun event. Every year for the last 13 years at Nobles MS students make apple pies for their families, faculty members and local charities.  Volunteering at this event allows you an opportunity to help the community at large while providing a casual, unobtrusive way to see your children in action having fun with their new friends. Please note: your MS child will be involved in this required afternoon program on Thursday, November 17 from 2:45-4:30 p.m. Pick up will be at the Middle School.  Further details on how to sign up to volunteer are noted below in the Key Events & Dates section of this newsletter.

What follows is a more comprehensive list of important dates and events that you might consider noting in your calendar now.

Key Events & Dates for November 2016

Thursday, November 3:  Flu Clinic in Morrison Forum from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
There will be a flu clinic held in Morrison Forum (Middle School) for students, parents, and Nobles’ employees. It is being provided by Maxim Health Systems. Only vaccinations will be offered, no flu mist.

You may pay with cash or check payable to Maxim Health Systems ($25) or choose to use your insurance.  If your insurance is not listed below, you will have to pay with cash/check.  Please note: United Health Plan is not accepted.

Maxim accepts Tufts Health Plans, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MA (including HMO Blue New England), Aetna, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Fallon Community Health Plan, Mass Health, Medicare Part B, PFFS type Medicare Advantage, Neighborhood Health Plan, Humana Gold Choice, Premara Blue Cross, SummaCare, Unicare, Anthem, Sierra Heath and Life and Connecticare.

A copy of the health insurance card will need to be provided at the time of the vaccination if insurance is to be used.

Parents and guardians who wish to have their children vaccinated should print out and complete the consent form that is available online and either fax it to the Health Office (fax# 781-459-0204) or send it with your child on the day of the clinic. Consent forms can be found on the Nobles' password protected parent site (  On the left side, click on the "Parent Resources and Forms" link and then scroll to the bottom where you will find the flu vaccination forms.  If you will be paying cash/check for the vaccination, use the "flu vaccine: immunization consent."  If you will be using your insurance, please use the "flu vaccine: insurance consent."  If you have any questions, please contact the Health Office at (781) 320-7070. Thank you

Saturday, November 5:  Nobles Night, Omni Rink at 6:30pm.  Please join in the celebration. 

Thursday, November 10 & Friday, November 11: Fall Dance Concert in Vinik Theatre at 6:30pm.

Friday, November 11: Middle School Milton Games. This will mark the end of the Fall Afternoon Program.

Saturday, November 12: Milton Games for Varsity and Junior Varsity teams will be held at Nobles this year.  Festivities will be hosted near the athletic fields by the Nobles Office of Graduate Affairs and the Milton Academy Alumni Office.

Monday, November 14: Nobles' observance of Veteran’s Day. School closed.

Tuesday, November 15 – Thursday, November 17:  Parent Advisor Meetings. Please contact your child’s advisor to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, November 17:  The 14th Annual Middle School Pie Drive,
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Castle Dining Room. Over 150 pies will be donated to the Single Parent Family Outreach Center in Boston as well as to the Dedham Food Pantry. This year the proceeds from this pie drive will support Three Squares New England.

Click to volunteer
To order pie(s)

If you have any questions, please contact the MS Pie Drive Committee:
Dave Camacho -
Caroline Ryan -
Isabelle Roy -
Lori Shaer -
Natalie Willi -

Thank you for your support!

Monday, November 21:  Faculty Meeting in Morrison Forum @ 3:15pm. No Afternoon Program.

Wednesday, November 23 – Friday, November 25:  School Closed for Thanksgiving Break.

Monday, November 28: School Reopens. Winter Afternoon Program begins.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns about anything parent-related at Nobles. 

Thank you,

Class V Reps
Kate Saunders,
Kristin Welo,

Class VI Reps
Melissa Janfaza,
Sarina Katz,

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