Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

April 2017

Nobles Parents' Newsletter April 2017


“In the Clutch of Circumstance” by Director of the Anderson/Cabot Center for EXCEL Ben Snyder

When Nelson Mandela was held in Robben Island Prison off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa (where 12 Nobles students visited over March break) for 27 years, he carried with him the poem, Invictus by William Ernest Henley. This spring break 130 Nobles students – from sixies to seniors with 27 faculty and staff – witnessed how the “clutch of circumstance” impacts those whose lives are far different from our own. 


"Did You Know?" by Dean of Faculty Maura Sullivan

If you have ever perused our school paper, The Nobleman, you may have found yourself on "The Back Page." The features found here, ("Darts and Laurels,""Did You Know?" and "Quotables," to name a few), offer insights into some of the small change and inside jokes of the school. I would argue that these tidbits are a metaphor for what makes this community special.


"If Men Were Angels" by Head of the Middle School and Assistant Head of School John Gifford

Most Class V students understand that governments exist. Few have ever considered why they exist. That is the first question that we consider in my Civics class, at the start of each school year. We take them for granted now, but what is the need for governments? Part of the explanation is found in the words of our fourth president, James Madison. In Federalist No. 51, Madison wrote, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”


"Prom Reminders" by Head of School Bob Henderson

I feel like a senior; in three months I will have my last day at Nobles. I intend to enjoy every remaining minute, and for that reason I particularly hope that we have a smooth and joyous end to the school year. This year has already had its share of immense challenges, yet it also has been wonderful in many ways, demonstrating the strength of our bonds and compassion.


"The Prom: Basic Facts & Other Musings" by Provost Bill Bussey

If your child is attending the prom, I would urge you to read, re-read Mr. Henderson’s message regarding the prom in this month’s newsletter. And then spend 20 minutes going over some of its key messages with your child. This is a terrific evening and we’d like your help to keep it that way.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Welcome back!  We hope you and your families had a restful break. Spring is always a busy time at Nobles and this is year is no exception. We hope you will join us for some fun and enriching parent activities coming up as well as the class-specific dinners and coffees. Please see the separate class notes for details. Learn about some of the key PA events for April.


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 IV Deans' Letter

It is hard to believe that only 12 months ago, nearly 60 of the current Class IV students were revisiting Nobles (and likely other fine institutions) and deciding where they wanted to spend their high school years. They all surely remember their revisit days at each school—both the highlights and the lowlights—and how the experiences they had influenced their decision about where to ultimately enroll. 


Upcoming Visual/Performing Arts Events

Be sure to mark your calendars now for a stunning variety of student work and performances this spring — come support the arts at Nobles!

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2017 Summer Specialty Programs at Nobles

Nobles is fortunate to have outstanding school-year programs and facilities. This summer, in addition to Nobles Day Camp (for children ages 3-14), we will also offer several specialty programs run by highly qualified faculty from Nobles and beyond. Find out more!

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"Make Dirt Not Waste" from the Green Team

Did you know that food waste and yard waste make up as much as 1/3 of what we discard? Find out about the benefits of composting.

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