Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

May 2017

Nobles Parents' Newsletter May 2017


"What I've Been Trying to Say" by Head of School Bob Henderson

This is it, the final Parents' Newsletter piece I will write as the head of Noble and Greenough School. I didn’t go back and actually count all of them, but some quick figuring led me to the conclusion that I have written well over a hundred short essays on education generally and the Nobles experience specifically over the last 17 years, between newsletter pieces, magazine columns, graduation speeches, opening remarks to the faculty and staff and various other speaking and writing opportunities. I was recently reading through many of them, part of my nostalgia tour as I close out my days here, and I realized that they are fairly consistent in message.


"Mini Brain Hacks That Can Change How You Feel" by School Psychologist/Director of Counseling Jen Hamilton

If someone could offer a pill that had no side effects and could immediately reduce anxiety, shift your mindset, or increase confidence ... wouldn't everyone be lining up for a prescription? As it turns out, there are some tremendously simple activities that you can do that can actually affect your physiology and neurochemistry in subtle ways, thus improving your mood and outlook.


"Reconsidering Comfort Zones" by Head of the Upper School Michael Denning

At the beginning of each year, my mornings out by the flagpole enable me to get to know new students while welcoming returning students back to what I hope is already their home away from home. However, as autumn gives way to winter, the challenges that come with each school year begin to multiply, and this daily ritual becomes a time for me to check in with students and to be one more teacher in this extraordinary community of caring adults offering encouragement.


"Give and Take" by Dean of Students Mark Spence

Seniors experience mixed feelings as they approach graduation—happiness, fear, anxiety, sadness, relief, excitement—just to name a few. They begin to reflect on their experiences in their high school years and to wonder, and perhaps worry, about their futures. Our hope is that they will recognize not only what they received from Nobles, but also what they have offered this community.


"College Counseling Notes from the Road" by Director of College Counseling Kate Ramsdell

April 5, 2017 – Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport
This morning Tom Resor and I navigated our way out of Tuscaloosa in a driving – and I mean couldn’t see ten feet in front of us – thunderstorm. Last night at 11:45 we received an email alert from our admissions officer at the University of Alabama sharing that the campus was going to suspend classes because of severe storm activity. Well, Roll Tide! 

From the PA Co-Chairs

May is a busy month for all, yet there are many opportunities to enjoy some time at Nobles as the school year winds down. We hope to see you on campus soon!


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 Deans' Letter

On a chilly day in early April, small groups of faculty and members of the senior class scattered at restaurants in and around Dedham. This annual event marks the first of many opportunities for us to join together and to reflect on the experience of Nobles’ 151st graduating class. Over dishes of pasta or lo mein or burgers, we looked forward and looked back. 


Spin for Achieve at CycleBar!

Find out more about the second annual charity ride to benefit Achieve on Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 p.m. at CycleBar in Wellesley.

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Visual and Performing Arts Events

May is a vibrant month for the arts at Nobles! Come view and listen to our talented students as they express themselves through the visual and performing arts.

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Grandparents' Day 2018

Grandparents' Day has moved to the spring: please mark your calendars!

Grandparents Day at Nobles

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Nobles Night 2017

Save the Date!
Nobles Night
Thursday, November 9, 2017


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Summer Green Tips for You and Your Family from the Green Team

Enjoy this month's energy-saving, earth-loving tips from the Green Team.

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