Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

December 2016

Nobles Parents' Newsletter December 2016

Concert Calendar: Save the Date



Jazz/Blues/Percussion Concert
Thursday, December 8
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Choral Concert
Thursday, January 5
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

 

"Important Next Steps" by Director of Counseling Jen Hamilton, Licensed Psychologist



After a suicide, we all have so many questions. Among them is, "How do we talk to our children to make sure that something like this never happens again?" There is a many-pronged approach: In the immediate term, advisors and counselors have been reaching out to students; members of the community have been reminded of counseling resources both on and off campus; students have been given suicide-prevention hotline resources; and there are some key messages that Nobles is imparting, which I will share below. Later this winter, after the community has begun to heal, formal education and training around suicide prevention will begin.

There is also some really important work that parents can do at home. In the email that I sent out on Friday evening, I wrote a bit about a conversation to have with your children around knowing that no matter what the problem, you can work it out together.  I'd like to take this opportunity to provide a bit more guidance around this essential conversation.

Often, when our children come to us with a problem or worry, it is our inclination to say "Don't worry about that," and maybe even tell them why it's not a big deal. We want our kids to be happy, and it is really hard to bear their sadness and disappointment. But they are worried. If we tell them that they shouldn't be, it won't stop the feeling; eventually, it may just stop them from telling us. The most important words you can use will be, "I'm so sorry, do you want to talk about it?" Or even just, "I am here." So simple, yet so hard to do. 

It is essential that our kids know that if they have a problem or a secret, no matter how big or small, shameful or embarrassing, that they can bring it to you, that you will listen and support them, and that you can get through it together. Yet for some, here is the tricky part:  What if it is senior fall and your kid gets caught cheating on a test in the midst of writing college applications? What if he is questioning his identity or sexuality and this goes against your personal or religious beliefs? What if she tells you she is pregnant? What if he gets a B- on his report card, when all of his previous grades have been A's? Your child needs to know that no matter what the issue, you are going to be with them. We can't have it both ways: We can't want our kids to be mentally healthy and demand that they never make mistakes or disappoint us.You may not like what it is that they have to tell you; you may even be worried that it will negatively affect their future.  But the alternative, which might be having a kid who feels scared and alone and is not telling anyone, could be devastating.

As I mentioned above, here are some of the messages that Nobles is working to impart to all students in the coming days and beyond:

  • If you ask yourself what could I have done? Did I miss something? The answers are "nothing" and "nothing."  As stated by Dr. Michael Miller of the psychiatry department at Harvard Medical School, “Many people who commit suicide do so without letting on they are thinking about it or planning it.”
  • Suicide is about not being a good enough problem solver in the moment that one takes his or her own life. By this we mean that sometimes people are unable to understand that whatever is plaguing them, no matter how scary or shameful, there are always solutions other than suicide. 
  • It is easy to put oneself into a box—to think that people (parents, teachers, peers) expect you to be a certain way, and that any deviation from these expectations can feel unacceptable. We need to change this. A person is not a disappointment if he or she wants to quit a sport or an instrument,  gets a bad grade, is questioning identity, or looks/acts different from friends, siblings, etc. 
  • The risk for another suicide goes up after a peer has killed him/herself. We need to look out for each other. If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, go to your parent, advisor, counselor, coach, etc. It is essential to talk about it even if you are scared.
  • We want to honor and commemorate every member of the Nobles community who passes away. Every life deserves great recognition. But we cannot glorify the act of suicide. It is not ok to kill yourself. We will honor Jane by working tirelessly to ensure that every member of our community knows that no problem is too large to solve, and that we never have to worry alone.
  • Think of one person you can talk to if you have a shameful secret. There are also 24/7 crisis hotlines.
  • It is OK to cry and express your grief whether you're a boy, girl, kid, adult, friend, or someone who didn't get along with Jane. It is OK if this loss reminds you of other losses in your life. It is OK if you are having trouble concentrating. It is also OK if you are not feeling sad, or if you have fun and laugh even if you're sad sometimes. These are all normal.

If you are concerned about your child, or want to talk more about what you or the school can do to ensure the mental health and safety of our kids, please don't hesitate to contact me at JHamilton0f@nobles.edu.  You can also reach out to Mark Spence, Dean of Students; Mary Batty, school counselor; or Dr. Rick Wilson, psychologist/counselor.  

Parent Evening with Maria Trozzi, Director of the Good Grief Center at Boston Medical Center



Dear Parents,

As we begin to heal as a community, please join us for an evening with Maria Trozzi, M.Ed. who will talk about "Promoting Resilience in Our Children: Words, Strategies and Wisdom to Face Difficult Times."

Wednesday, December 14
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Towles Auditorium 

Maria Trozzi is the director of the Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center and author of "Talking with Children about Loss." Read her bio here.

"The Case for a Bigger Target" by Director of College Placement Kate Ramsdell



We begin every college counseling cycle with opportunities for “self reflection” – in writing and through conversation – and we are routinely intrigued by what we learn when we sit down for our first few meetings with our counselees.

A few years ago, we had a student who was an accomplished archer. I’ll call him Sebastian. In one of those first meetings, Sebastian’s college counselor asked him to share more about how he got into archery and how, exactly, he practiced.

Sebastian described in great detail how he and his brother practiced at home for hours on end. When the weather was good, they set up targets in the back yard. Over time, they both improved significantly; Sebastian’s older brother even went on to compete internationally. As the boys developed their skills, the targets moved from 15 meters, to 20 meters, and eventually to 30 meters away. Soon, they were practicing year-round. In the winter, they would move inside the house and increase the challenge by putting a small target at one end of a long, narrow hallway.

I have a hard time imagining hitting any sized target with a bow and arrow. It gets my heart rate up. Trying to imagine hitting that target while also avoiding side tables, artwork and a bookshelf here and there seems paralysis inducing.

And, that is pretty much what Sebastian shared. Outside, the target seemed huge. A calm would blanket him as he drew the bow. Sebastian could hit it with his eyes closed (literally). When they moved inside, the target, even though closer, seemed terribly small. Hitting it felt impossible. What if he broke a vase? What if a bookshelf got knocked over? That portrait next to the target… priceless. Sebastian would grow frustrated because he knew he could do it – he had done it a thousand times before – but the stakes felt higher and so his performance tanked.

I heard this story right around the time that Dr. Joann Deak visited the Nobles campus to speak about stress and the adolescent brain. She shared her research on the theory that when students feel a little bit of stress, it can stimulate higher performance; however, when the stress curve gets too steep, adolescents have the opposite reaction. They freeze up and cannot accomplish the very tasks that they have trained to perform well on, like a physics test or a U.S. History in-class essay.

I find this is also true when talking about colleges with students. When the target feels impossibly small (i.e. “I can only go to an Ivy” or “I have to play Division I”) our counselees become quiet. They diminish the importance of their own activities, summer jobs and contributions in class. They don’t allow us to get to know them as we hope to, and it’s because nothing they’ve done seems important enough or big enough or good enough to get them to the target.

So, what can you, as parents and guardians, do to help your child? It’s pretty simple: make the target bigger.

This doesn’t mean set lower expectations – far from it. Instead, we ask that you widen your conception (and your child’s conception) of quality and success when it comes to colleges. There are well over 250 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad where students can get an excellent education taught by superb professors, and where they’ll be surrounded by smart, engaging and accomplished peers.

When we get to know your children, we’re simultaneously trying to develop a college list that will fit their key criteria and academic profile, and it is so important to us that they can hit the target. Most of our students hit bullseyes. In fact, in recent years more than 70% of our students gain acceptance to a “first choice” college or university, and an additional 10% or so earn a spot at a second choice.

A “seasoned” parent of one of my new college counselees wrote to me shortly after her second visit to a college (her older daughter had also made the visit over a year ago): “Amazing how much more I can ‘see’ second time around.” I smiled at her wisdom. I can tell the target has grown already. Everyone’s heart rates are down, and so I know this one will be a bullseye.
 

Did you Know: Save the Food



As we approach the holidays, some food for thought…

Approximately 40% of food in the U.S. is wasted. (savethefood.com)

Other important facts about food:

  • Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. (Food and Agriculture Organization)
  • Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tons) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tons). (Food and Agriculture Organization)
  • Over 97% of food waste generated ends up in the landfill.
  • 33 million tons of food makes its way to landfills each year.
  • Food waste that goes to the landfill breaks down anaerobically and produces methane; methane is 21 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Consumer and foodservice food waste is the largest source of food loss in the marketing chain. (Economic Research Services)

What can we do? We are only one household…

All of us can be smarter about our food, how much we buy, how much we waste, how our collective efforts can help the environment.

How?

  • Create meal plans to avoid over-shopping and inevitably disposing of food never used or eaten.
  • “We wouldn’t run the shower for 104 minutes, but that’s how much water it takes to make a pound of chicken.” (savethefood.com)
  • Eat and repurpose leftovers into new meals.
  • Serve moderate helpings at meals and go back for more rather than throwing away uneaten portions.
  • Be careful about storage for fresh foods and freeze foods that are overripe or won’t be consumed right away (freeze fruit and veggies as well as portions of meals not consumed.  Frozen fruits and veggies are great for smoothies, and frozen meal portions perfect for single serving quick meals).

Wasting food wastes so much more: WATER—FUEL—LABOR—MONEY….
We can all make a difference!

The Green Team

"Navigating Uncharted Waters" by Provost Bill Bussey



A couple of weeks ago, Vice President-Elect Mike Pence took his family to the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. The cast stayed onstage after taking their bows, and actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who starred as Vice President Aaron Burr, asked Mr. Pence as he was leaving to please stay and listen to the post-election concerns that the performers wished to share. According to the New York Times, Mr. Pence paused just outside the auditorium’s door and heard every word. At the core of Mr. Dixon’s message was the following: “We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.” 

Patrick Healy’s November 19 New York Times article focused on the reaction the Hamilton event created. Two opinions in particular made me sit up and take notice not by the stance taken but by the persons who made them. Musician and political activist Steve Van Zandt placed his political leanings aside and made it clear that “you don’t single out an audience member and then embarrass him from the stage. A terrible precedent to set.” Former John McCain strategist, Republican Steve Schmidt, supported the cast’s decision: “The address from the cast was respectful, but even if it wasn’t, they have a right to say it.” Neither Mr. Van Zandt nor Mr. Schmidt compromised their integrity to appease their fan base or colleagues. I suspect that the confusion and anxiety for many of us has less to do with our own line of thinking, but more with our now shattered perception of the compromised integrity of people we thought we knew. I’m betting a lot food was left on the plate this past Thanksgiving.

You didn’t have to be Nostradamus during the last six months to predict that we were all about to wade in uncharted waters. Yet, there was not enough room in my imagination to prepare me for the seemingly infinite number of mind-numbing tributaries of discourse.

How does a school navigate that? By sticking to the tried and true.

Starting last July and continuing every week thereafter, various members of the Nobles community have spent a great deal of time anticipating the challenges that this election, with all its toxic rhetoric, has dropped on our nation’s lap. Morning assemblies proved to be the perfect venue for this task. History chair Nahyon Lee and Politics and Ethics teacher Alex Gallagher spearheaded a series of assembly presentations, each ten minutes in length and led by students, that shared a balanced point of view of everything from health care to foreign policy. Politically conservative Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby pulled no punches when he outlined the reasons why he wasn’t voting for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Historian David McCullough held students spellbound not only with his wisdom and storytelling abilities when discussing presidential elections past and present but also with his humility and dignity. Science teacher and Renaissance man Dominic Manzo revealed the mysteries of the Electoral College and the nefarious world of gerrymandering. Class I students Helena Jensen, Holly Lyne, and Sophia Millay, co-leaders of Students for Gender Awareness, along with other classmates, read passages from Jessica Bennett’s New York Times essay “Girls Can Be Anything, Just Not President.” Co-Deans of Diversity Initiatives Erica Pernell and Edgar DeLeon led a voluntary meeting to help students process the election’s outcome, while various classes and school organizations spent time discussing different perspectives on the State of the Union. And if you haven’t read the November newsletter piece entitled “Obligations of Citizenship” by Associate Director of Academic Support Sara Masucci and Upper School Head Michael Denning, please do so and gain an insight into how deep our commitment is to your children. 

Head of School Bob Henderson spoke briefly but deliberately in the morning assembly on the day following the election and what he had to say says it all. He emphasized the importance of the democratic process and drove home the point that no matter how students and faculty may feel about the outcome, they should continue to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the community principles: honest respect for self and others. We will continue to do what we have always done in challenging times: be there for those that need assurance, stick to the schedule, follow our daily routines, and above all, respect each others’ feelings. We continue to do all that we can to ensure that your children feel safe and respected even when much of the world may seem to suggest otherwise. Above all, we want each child to be confident enough to embrace who they are and to never compromise their integrity and core values.

Class I Parent Reps



Hope you all had an enjoyable and restful Thanksgiving break! December marks the countdown to the end of the first semester, and for our Class I students this means both the final push for first semester assessments starting the week of December 12 and of course, completing all those remaining college applications! We have no parent events planned for December. Please mark your calendar for Friday, January 13 for our Class I Winter Parent Coffee.

We wish all of you a wonderful holiday season!

Sherri Athanasia
Rikki Conley
Sarah Keating

Class II Parent Reps



Dear Class II Parents and Friends,

What a wonderful gathering we had in the Castle on Nov. 18. We had a cheerful crowd with delicious appetizers and drinks. Thanks to all for coming—it certainly helps us connect as parents when we are able to share a few stories as our children navigate high school.

We are counting down the days until the holiday break and the students are busy finishing up the semester and getting ready for assessments. The time has certainly flown. Hard to believe there are only three semesters left of high school for our children!

Please plan ahead and mark your calendars for the following Class II events. As always, please read the College Counseling office section for important dates as well. 

Tuesday, February 28: Class II Surprise Lunch (We will be organizing a planning committee when we return from break so stay tuned if you’d like to help out!)

Friday, April 21: Class II Spring Social

Wednesday, May 3: Class II Parent Coffee

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.  Wishing your families a happy, safe and restful holiday break.

Your Class II Reps,

Jessica Patterson (jpatt10@comcast.net)
Gretchen Filoon (gjfiloon@gmail.com)

Middle School Parent Reps



November has been a busy month filled with many fun activities and events such as Nobles Night, Nobles-Milton weekend, the Fall Dance Ensemble performance and the Middle School Pie Drive. Many thanks to the Pie Drive Committee, including Dave Camacho, Caroline Ryan, Isabelle Roy, Lori Shaer and Natalie Willi, who worked tirelessly to make this such a successful and enjoyable afternoon for students, faculty and parents.  December also promises to be an eventful month.  What follows is a comprehensive list of important dates and activities that you might consider attending and noting in your calendar now.

Key Upcoming Events & Dates for December 2016:

Thursday, December 1: MS Visual Arts Show - Showcasing Class VI "Who Am I?" Presentations. Middle School - 5:30pm. This will be a no homework night for Class VI students. 

Thursday, December 1:  The Winter Choral Concert @ 7pm in Lawrence Auditorium. This event immediately follows the Class VI “Who Am I?” presentations.

Tuesday, December 6:  Admissions Open House from 6:30 – 9pm at the main entrance of Shattuck School House.  Nobles invites prospective students and their families to come learn about our school.

Thursday, December 8:  Jazz, Blues, Percussion Concert @ 7 p.m. in Lawrence Auditorium

Monday, December 12 – Wednesday, December 14:  Assessments. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, December 12:
9 - 10am Class V Latin
1 - 2pm Math

Tuesday, December 13:
9 - 10am Science
1 - 2pm English & English via Latin

Wednesday, December 14:
9 - 10am Classics
1 - 2pm Geography & Civics

Thursday, December 15: Comment Writing Day - School Closed

Friday, December 16:  Last day of first semester.
The schedule is as follows:
8 a.m. Holiday Assembly
9 - 11:30 a.m. Mini Classes
Noon - 3 p.m. Individual Advisor/Advisee Meetings (students are dismissed after their individual advisor meeting)
3:15 p.m. Faculty Meeting in Forum

Winter Break will commence. School reopens on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

We wish you all happy holidays and a wonderful 2017!

Thank you,

Class V Reps
Kate Saunders, ksaunders79@gmail.com
Kristin Welo, kcwelo@comcast.net

Class VI Reps
Melissa Janfaza, Melissa@janfaza.com
Sarina Katz, sarina@rkcenters.com

Class IV Deans' Report



During the first days of school in September, Shattuck is abuzz with students reconnecting after a summer apart. Big hugs, enthusiastic greetings, and shrieks of delight fill Gleason Hall and the sophomore and junior alcoves. In September, though, the freshman alcoves are a little different. Some students already know each other; many do not. Everyone is quiet, serious, a little more reserved, as they feel each other out.

Now, after three full months, we can safely say that is no longer the case. The freshman alcoves are filled with laughter and conversation. Incoming and returning students alike have made new friends, and, in general, it seems that Class IV has begun to make a home for themselves in Shattuck. We applaud how quickly new students have adjusted to life at Nobles and rising middle schoolers have gotten used to the upper school! In October we had two excellent panels of Class IV students at the Admissions Open House who spoke eloquently and enthusiastically about their transition into high school. Thank you to all the students who volunteered and to the students who will volunteer at the Admission Open House on December 6! Additionally, Class IV’s four SLC reps have taken the charge of bringing the class together as a group through fun activities in our class meetings. Thank you for the hard work so far from Becca Gill, Noah Janfaza, Emily Orscheln and Harry Roberts!

And yet, many students are still getting to know each other and striving to feel comfortable at school, and that’s okay! With the start of the winter season, new afternoon programs will bring opportunities for meeting more people and making more friends. Not only that, but we would also like to encourage all Class IV students, even if they already feel like they have found their niche, to remain open and accepting to everyone in their class and the Nobles community. Shared interests and common afternoon programs offer convenient and natural opportunities to connect, but we encourage students to engage meaningfully with students who might have different interests in classrooms and in the alcoves.

Class IV seems to be adjusting academically as well. After a flurry of nerves surrounding quarter one grades at the end of October, Class IV has come out on the other side. Many students are learning the importance of seeking help and understanding the resources available to them and now have  set up regular meeting times with teachers or sought out peer tutors, and it seems Class IV has headed into quarter two with renewed energy and vigor. A reminder to both students and parents that quarter one grades are merely indicator grades, but quarter two grades (that will come out at the end of the semester, in mid-December) will be part of the student’s official transcript. Therefore we encourage everyone in Class IV to work hard and finish out the semester strong!

Between Thanksgiving and winter breaks, students will have two weeks of classes followed by a week of assessments. No tests may be given and no papers or projects may be due on the Monday after Thanksgiving, and from Tuesday, November 29 through the end of the day on Friday, December 9 (the last day of classes before assessments), teachers are only able to assign one significant assessment (e.g., test, lab report, presentation, essay, annotated bibliography). Assessments begin with computer science and math on Monday, December 12, followed by science and English on Tuesday, December 13, and wrap up with language and history on Wednesday, December 14. As for assessments, Class IV should remember that while it may be intimidating to go down to the gym for their tests, the winter assessments are not designed to be full exams. They are not accumulative (except in subjects that are always assessed cumulatively, such as math or language), and they are designed to take only a little longer than a regular full-period test (about an hour instead of 50 minutes). We encourage Class IV to take the time to meet with teachers well in advance of assessments to set up a studying plan and ask questions, and they should also remember that studying in smaller sessions over the course of many days is always more effective than cramming the night before. Be sure to get lots of sleep and eat a good breakfast before each assessment! The final day of the semester, featuring a holiday long assembly, shortened classes, and advisor meetings, will be on Friday, December 16. If you have any questions about the upcoming schedule, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Come January, students will begin with a clean slate regarding grades. They will have the ability to shake off any difficulties they may have experienced during the first quarter of academic adjustment.  This will be a great time to implement the suggestions from comments in quarter one and two, bolstered by a better sense of course expectations and school norms.

We know that there is a great deal of excitement and a hearty dose of anticipation in the coming months.  New material and fresh faces of the current winter afternoon program will help to expand the horizons of Class IV.  We firmly believe, however, that our faculty, the upperclassmen, SLC representatives, and familiarity with the rhythm of the school will guide them through the challenges and draw them closer to our ultimate goal: feeling confident and at home here at Nobles.

We hope to see every member of Class IV to finish 2016 strong!

Fondly,
E.B. Bartels & Kimya Charles
Class IV Deans

Class IV Parent Reps



Dear Class IV Parents and Guardians,

We hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving celebrations, and that December is off to a great start! We have a few dates to add to your calendar, as well as important events that we want to highlight. 

Thursday, December 1, 7:00 p.m. Middle and Upper School Choral Concert, Lawrence Auditorium.   

Thursday, December 8: “Surprise Lunch” planning meeting, immediately following the PA meeting. Every year, each class has a special lunch, hosted by parents/guardians. This lunch is always appreciated by students who enjoy a break in the middle of the semester to do something a little different and fun. Class IV will have their “Surprise Lunch” on February 9. We encourage you to volunteer, either in the planning stages or the day of, or both. We would love to have your help. If you would like to volunteer for the day of, please look for a SignUpGenius in our weekly Friday emails.

Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m. Jazz-Blues-Percussion Concert, Lawrence Auditorium

Monday, December 12, Tuesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 14: December Assessments. Please note that the exam schedule(s) and location(s) will vary depending on your child’s classes.  

Thursday, December 15: Comment Writing Day, no classes. 

Friday, December 16:  Final Day of the Semester.

Tuesday, January 3:  School resumes for the first day of the second semester. 

We want to wish all the Class IV families and the entire Nobles community a wonderful winter break!  See you all in 2017!

Warmly,

Deanna DiNovi  (deanna@dinovi.net)
Catherine Walkey  (catherinewalkey@comcast.net)
 

Volunteer Opportunity in the Putnam Library



Would you like to volunteer in the Putnam Library at Nobles? We'd love your help with shelving or stamping books, staffing the circulation desk or with special projects. No special knowledge is needed—we'll provide training. If you're interested, please contact Emily Tragert at etragert0f@nobles.edu. Thanks!

Class III Parent Reps



Dear Class III Families,

All of Class III feels a profound loss with the tragic passing of Jane Song. Together we send our deepest condolences to the Song family. As Bob Henderson shared, Jane will be remembered within the Nobles community as a “gifted, brilliant and delightful young woman” and a wonderful friend and schoolmate. Jane will always be in our hearts and forever be a part of the Class of 2019. The school has resources available for the students and together with our Class III deans we are available if you would like to talk.

We have highlighted some of the upcoming dates:

Dec. 7 at 8 a.m.: Surprise Lunch planning meeting – Castle Study
Dec. 12-14: Assessments
Dec. 15: Comment Writing Day - no classes
Dec. 16: Last day of classes for fall semester
Dec. 17: Winter break begins
Jan. 3: School re-opens

As we turn the calendar to 2017, we’d like to remind you of a few important dates in the second semester for Class III.

A committee of parents have selected a theme for the Class III Surprise Lunch and are working on the details of the event. A Sign-Up Genius will go out for those parents looking to volunteer at the lunch on Friday, January 27.

We will also be beginning to plan for the Head of School Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 4. This annual tradition for Class III students only is is an especially special this year given it will be Bob Henderson’s last Head of School Dinner Dance as he prepares to leave Nobles in June. Please mark your calendars as attendance is required. We will need many volunteers to both plan the event and help with set up and clean up on the day of the festivities. Our first planning meeting will be held in mid-January. Stay tuned for more details.

As always, please let us know if we can help in any way.

Your Class III Reps,

Heather Markey (Will Zink’s mother)
Susie Winstanley (Allie Winstanley’s mother)

From the Co-Chairs: Kennie Grogan and Anne Kelley



We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming PA Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 8 a.m. in the Castle Library. Beth Reilly ’87, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Nobles will be our featured speaker. Beth will highlight the Search Committee's work to select the new Head of School. Given the even busier nature of December, we will plan to end this meeting at 9:00a.m. We are honored to have Beth join us, and we hope you will too!

At this time of both giving thanks and celebrating the season, we would like to recognize  with gratitude all the efforts by parents this fall to bring our community together. We hope you have found our PA events fun and informative, and a way to be involved and engaged in the Nobles community. 

We also want to extend our appreciation and gratitude to our wonderful faculty, staff and administrators who are so supportive of our collective efforts to foster a welcoming and inclusive community for all of our families. We thank you for the dedication you give to the Nobles community each and every day.

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.  As always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Warmly,
Anne and Kennie

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