Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

October 2017

Nobles Parents' Newsletter October 2017


"FADE IN: PAINFUL MOMENT, FADE OUT: SHAME?" by Assistant Head of School and Head of the Middle School John Gifford


THE FATHER is nodding off while reading in bed. He dog-ears the page in his book, The Blessing of a B Minus, places it on the bedside table before switching out the light.


"What's Not in the Brochures," by Dean of Faculty Maura Sullivan

People who choose teaching as a profession do so for a variety of reasons. Among those are love of a certain discipline, a desire to help shape the lives of young people, the appeal of being able to combine certain interests together (i.e. being a teacher as well as a coach), and hopefully, above all else, a love of working with children. Most people do not think about the hard moments when they make the decision to work in education.


"Playing Catch," by Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Erica Pernell

During my junior year of high school, I joined a travel softball team in New York. I did not know any of the players on the team. As a young black woman with a white mother, I noticed a brief dim to the previously lively conversations when we walked into the gym. When it was time to warm up our arms and play catch, everyone seemed to pair up easily, and I was left awkwardly wondering what to do.


"Say No Later" by Director of College Counseling Kate Ramsdell

Beth Reilly, president of our board of trustees, suggested during her opening of school remarks that optimism is the single trait that defines one’s likelihood of finding happiness and maximizing one’s capacity for leadership. I had one of those “a ha” assembly moments where I thought, “As college counselors, we, too, ask our students to become optimists!” 


"Strength Through Each Other" by Provost Bill Bussey

The first Tuesday following the passing of McCrae Williams ’17, students began the day meeting with their faculty advisors. Jen Hamilton, our director of counseling, guided us as to how best to navigate what was sure to be an emotional 20 minutes. One of her suggestions struck me as pitch perfect.

From the PA Co-Chairs

We hope with the onset of fall, you are all settling into the routine of the school year and were able to find the time to enjoy some of the Parents’ Association events in September. From the All-School Fall Social and the PA Cookout at Saturday Night Lights, to several class coffees and our first PA Meeting, there were many ways for our community to gather together in this first month.


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 II Deans Letter

We have heard great things about this class—their closeness, their resiliency, and their full engagement in all parts of school life—and we saw those traits right off.


Photo Gallery: Saturday Night Lights

Read about Saturday Night Lights on September 23, 2017 and view the slideshow.

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Nobles Theatre Collective: Upcoming Events

Please join the Nobles Theatre Collective for one of our fall theatre productions!

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Foster Gallery: Tommy Matthews, Artist in Residence

Come to Foster Gallery to view "Familiar Sight," the exhibit by Nobles artist-in-residence and Boston-based photographer Tommy Matthews. 

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Save the Date: Nobles Night

A special evening of celebration for adults in the Nobles community 

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Save the Date: Grandparents Day

Please join us Friday, May 4, 2018!

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