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



FADE IN:
SUBURBAN BEDROOM — LATE EVENING

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.


FADE IN:
BREAKFAST TABLE — NEXT MORNING

THE FATHER
Em, I never heard how that first math quiz went.

EMILY
I never told you. It was awful. I hate math, I don’t understand anything the teacher is saying.  All the other kids get it.

THE FATHER
Come on, calm down. What did you get?

EMILY
Like...a B-.

THE FATHER
Hmmm. Did you ever get any grades last year below an A-?

EMILY
Don’t know. I don’t think so.


FADE IN:
SCHOOL DROP OFF — LATER THAT MORNING

THE FATHER checks that no other kids are around and kisses his daughter goodbye. He drives off but sees that EMILY’s athletic bag is in the back seat. He returns to school and brings the bag to the front office.

On route, he sees EMILY sitting alone. There is a pack of kids nearby laughing while EMILY sits to the side looking at her phone.


FADE IN:
SIDELINE OF ATHLETIC GAME — THAT AFTERNOON

THE FATHER arrives at the soccer field having left work early. JIM, whose daughter, LINDSAY, is on the team is there.

THE FATHER
Jim! How’s the game been going?

JIM
Good! We are up by three. I think I saw Emily get some time before the end of the first half.

THE FATHER
Is that Lindsay there? Boy, she looks strong!

JIM
Yeah, #14. She grew a ton...oh...come on, Linds!

THE FATHER
That was a nice goal.

JIM
She played all summer long...town team, a two-week Princeton soccer camp and had her working with a coach twice a week. But, but you know, she seems to love it!

FADE OUT


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I’m guessing that if there is anyone left who made it this far, any remaining readers who have not abandoned my crude attempt at a screenplay, you are preparing yourself for a scolding. But, I don’t want to scold! My goal in writing these scenes was not to tell you to relax. I am not going to (overtly) suggest that you must embrace your child’s moments of failure. I won’t even warn you about an epidemic of overprogrammed children.

I wrote these scenes simply to call attention to what I believe is an understandable and universal feeling: At times, parenting can be incalculably painful. Every guardian who plays a role in the upbringing of a child witnesses their moments of vulnerability and failure and experiences great pain while doing so. Almost every parent would gladly accept great pain if it would subsequently skip over their child. If you didn’t feel this way as a parent, that would be more of a concern.

I am lucky that I have this job. It reminds me that it is in the best interest of my kids that I work to deaden pain that I feel on behalf of my children. I read articles that remind me that, if I were to insulate my children from all pain, they will be ill-equipped to deal with it when I am not at their side. I speak with wise parents (whose children have made it through the rough days of adolescence) who tell me that things often work themselves out if you just hold your kids accountable, continue to tell them that you love them, and support them in the areas that they want to grow. If I were not immersed in this world, I would find it exceedingly hard to avoid succumbing to the pain.

My hope is that, just by acknowledging that this happens (often), it will be normalized and easier to deal with. So, I acknowledge it: You’ll feel pain on behalf of your child that will be hard to bear. There will be times that you will have the strength to let them navigate the situation themselves and there may be times when you feel that you can’t. Please know that you have adults here at Nobles with whom you can share your concerns. We will always do our best to help strategize a plan that helps students through those inevitable painful times and even recasts them as teachable moments. 

Photo Gallery: Saturday Night Lights



On Saturday, September 23, girls varsity soccer and varsity football played their first home games under the lights. Find out how they did and check out the photo gallery featuring photos from Tim Carey, Ben Heider, Kim Neal and Paul Rutherford.

View the slideshow.

"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 (e.g., 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. You don’t consider the lesson plan that might bomb or the student who could push your buttons, and you certainly do not think about counseling young people through tragedies. That fine print is never found in the job description. 

When your child first applied to Nobles, you likely attended an admission open house, had a tour of the school, and read through all of the brochures. Those experiences undoubtedly gave you good insight into what we deem important: getting students outside their comfort zones, the “teacher-coach” model, having a sense of humor, encouraging service to others, etc. What you would not have seen in those brochures are the pictures of the harder days, like those we’ve experienced in the first few weeks of school. The advisor spending their free periods talking with advisees about how they are coping. The English teacher finding the right thing to say to their class after learning of bad news. The math teacher telling a student that they can reschedule a test because they haven’t been sleeping well. If your child is new to Nobles, he/she may not have experienced any of these things yet.  However, what I think you will discover, and what any veteran Nobles parent can tell you, is that what makes Nobles special is how adults respond during the hard times.

I have been at Nobles for nearly 30 years. In that time, the moments that stand out to me are those when I’ve watched my colleagues go above and beyond for a student or one another. I have witnessed it firsthand countless times and have also been the recipient of such care. It is part of the “special sauce” of Nobles and one of the main reasons why so many of us have stayed for so long.

All that you have read in our admission brochures is true. The adults in this community are intelligent, energetic and creative. They are also sensitive, empathetic and caring. They spend long days at school teaching, coaching, directing and prepping. The brochures capture all of that. What is not as obvious is the time spent at home answering emails, reaching out to advisees and checking in with colleagues. It’s a job that doesn’t stop when we leave at the end of the day. Similarly, it doesn’t end when the students are off campus, whether on weekends, during summer break, or even after graduation. The student/teacher relationship isn’t something that is activated on a timer. It doesn’t go on at 8 a.m and off again at 5 p.m. The adults at Nobles know students well and become invested in their lives. We celebrate their victories with them, and we share in their sorrows.

The teachers at Nobles may all have had different motivations for going into education.  They may have even originally accepted their job at Nobles for some very transactional reasons. But, somewhere along the way, the Nobles experience affects us all in truly transformative ways. If you read between the lines of the brochures, you’ll see it clearly.

Nobles Theatre Collective: Upcoming Events



Please join the Nobles Theatre Collective for one of our fall theatre productions! We’ll begin the season with our Student-Directed Production in the Goins Dance Studio on 10/19 and 10/20. Samantha Janower (Class II) directs Impromptu by Tad Mosel and Cate MacDonald (Class II) stages James McLure’s Laundry and Bourbon.

The following week we will proudly present our fall mainstage production, the hilarious dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh. Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, The Cripple of Inishmaan is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. As word arrives on Inishmaan that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island of Inishmore to film Man of Aran, the one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is seventeen-year-old Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life. The New York Times wrote that "McDonagh has a way of mixing up his humor with a touch of the poet and a profound sense of tragedy.” This play is about family, love, and young people coming of age.

Performances will be held in the Vinik Theatre from October 25 to 28. For both productions, no tickets are needed and admission is free.

Please note that The Cripple of Inishmaan includes some coarse language and mature themes. Parents of younger students should consider whether to send their children to the show. We believe that this script will create excellent opportunities for our student actors, technicians, and audiences to think, laugh, and contemplate issues and questions that are relevant to their lives. If you have any questions about the material or would like a copy of the script to peruse, please contact Director of Theatre Daniel Halperin.

We will be doing everything we can from now to show time to make the performances as worth your time as possible. Join us!

All showtimes appear on the school calendar at nobles.edu.

"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. After what seemed like an eternity, a smiling, ponytailed angel ran over and asked me if I wanted to play catch with her. I was grateful, but still perplexed as to why I was the only one struggling to find a partner to throw with in the first place. It was the first day of practice and some of the other players were new too.

Later in the season, after many miles and hotel rooms and games and meals together, our team was as close as we could be. At one of our last tournaments, I asked my teammates why they hesitated to play catch with me at our first practice. One teammate explained that she thought I was intimidating because I “looked like I could throw hard enough to hurt her hand.” Another teammate said she just wasn’t sure how friendly I was. A third teammate said that, when she finally took the time to get to know me, she was pleasantly surprised to realize how funny and kind I was. To my teammates, my fear-inducing differences were all they could focus on in the beginning. A summer of forced interactions traveling and playing softball together allowed them to look beyond their initial assumptions, but only after I had proven myself to be safe enough to trust. The fact that I did not share their racial make-up and that I did come from Westchester County created a boundary that I had to work patiently to break down.

Research shows that the assumptions my teammates expressed start young. Children can discern racial differences at six months of age. By three years old, children have an awareness of gender roles and by third grade, they are aware of societal stereotypes. It is natural and instinctual for people to notice differences and look for patterns. Media influences the internal frameworks young people create as they learn to interpret the world. As educators, parents and guardians, we have an opportunity and an obligation to help students move past the idea that differences are intimidating or worthy of fear. Schools and families can give students the skills to interpret and engage with difference. In the past, popular belief held that talking about race would cause young people to become racist. We now know that it is critical to be direct and clear when discussing race, gender, socioeconomic status and other aspects of multicultural identity. Talking about race and other areas of identity creates more conscious, empathetic and equitable adults and is a proven way to reduce young people’s tendency towards in-group favoritism.

In order to lead for the public good, Nobles graduates must be masters of cultural competency—effective and capable when interacting, collaborating and communicating with people radically different from them. As leaders for the public good, they must be able to understand and articulate complex interactions involving culture, power and personal experience. We want our graduates to see the value and worth inherent in the presence of diverse perspectives and to use their top-notch Nobles education to work towards true equity and inclusion for all people. As an institution, Nobles takes a strategic approach to these goals, including an evolving academic curriculum, dynamic assembly presentations, robust EXCEL travel programs and other age-appropriate programming tailored to address the specific needs of our community. While at Nobles, students have the opportunity to practice leadership by engaging in real work to make the school and the world more inclusive through work in active student-led organizations:

SURJE: Students United for Racial Justice & Equity
JCC: Jewish Culture Club
SSEA: Students for Socioeconomic Awareness
SGA: Students for Gender Awareness
Spectrum: Gender/Sexuality Diversity
ACC: Asian Culture Club
UNIC: Uniting Nobles' Identities and Cultures

At Nobles, we hope you’ll join us in our efforts to inform and inspire students to be leaders for the public good. Talk with your family about your own experiences with intolerance, injustice and hate. Discuss the value and importance of the relationships you maintain with people who are different from you. Share what it means to truly connect with others so that our students can see differences as a source of strength and excellence.

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. The show runs through October 17.

Learn more about his work and find out more about Foster Gallery.

"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!” We urge them to consider the myriad possibilities that lie before them rather than sinking to the belief that, “If I don’t get into x, then I have failed, become a disappointment, and will somehow never find the success of which I once dreamt.”

This quest for optimism manifests itself in the powerful refrain that we use when talking to our counselees about building the balanced list of colleges to which they will apply:

Say no later.

It is generally easiest for kids to fall in love with their ‘far reaches’ and to pay less attention than they should to their ‘likely’ schools. Perhaps it goes without saying, but there is not one right school for any person. Indeed, there was a time when I thought I might like to marry Tom Brady, that he was the one. No matter how good a person I am, I have a sinking feeling that a life with Tom was never in the cards—one look at me would affirm that I am not Gisele—and my husband is nevertheless wonderful, thank you…but I digress.

A focus on attaining “the one” is an added burden in a process that comes with its share of stressors: Will my child be sad or disappointed by this process? What will our home and family be like when my child is off at college? Can we afford it? What does it mean that I’m leaving home? Will the adults about whom I care the most be proud of me? We try to remind kids that applying to college is overflowing with possibility! It’s an exciting journey into the beginning phases of adulthood, a chance to explore and grow, an opportunity to learn a great deal about oneself and the world.

Say no later is, in our office lexicon, a gentle but direct way of encouraging a student to look at the list and the search process as a landscape populated with a multitude of opportunities rather than a barren tract where the distraction of one perfect college prevents students from imagining themselves anywhere else, even if all the quantitative data and anecdotal evidence point to not getting in.

The graduates who have “said no later” applied to a handful of likely and possible schools that represented a good match (in addition to their reach schools). Once admitted, they often tell us that we helped them to feel good, to broaden their choices and to understand their “value” in a college process that does not always offer affirmation. When students have matriculated at one of their “say no later” colleges, they often remark, “If you hadn’t told me I should at least apply, I never would have been here, and I LOVE it!”
 

Please know that we believe that the most important aspects of what we do in the college counseling office at Nobles fall into the following categories:

1) Know, understand and care about your child;
2) Educate you about the evolving landscape in higher education;
3) Help your child define the criteria that he or she believes will make a college a good fit;
4) Assess your child’s chances of admission at every college on the list, and build a smart strategy to garner choices;
5) Advocate vigorously for your child and support him or her each step of the way in the college search, application, and decision phases.

Though we love all aspects of what we do, 1 and 5 are the most fun. Yet, we owe it to our counselees to deliver the hard news before colleges do, and we certainly owe it to you to provide you with enough ideas and opportunities so that the decision-making part is joyous.

When we ask students to “say no later,” we’re asking them to apply to colleges that we know will be a good fit and will be schools that would love to welcome them. Acceptance and belonging are two things we all crave and adolescents crave in particular. We believe we should help them stretch, take smart risks and strive. We also want them to discover and embrace an array of colleges where they can continue to thrive.

Save the Date: Nobles Night



Save the Date!

Nobles Night—a special evening to celebrate Nobles
Thursday, November 9, 2017
6:30 p.m. in the Morrison Athletic Center

***Please note: this is NOT a student event

For further information, contact:

Special Events Coordinator Katherine Minevitz
minevitz@nobles.edu or 781-320-7009

"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. I decided to ask the one student in my advisee group, a student whom I knew had more than a casual relationship with McCrae despite being a couple years younger, if he would share something about McCrae with us.

My advisee started off slowly and deliberately, finding his bearings. He spoke of how his family and McCrae’s family did things together. How both he and particularly his older brother were close to McCrae, how their families were all from the same community, and how they all played golf together. And then, he paused and nodded to himself. “I’ll tell you what,” he said. “Whenever McCrae saw me in hallway, he always said ‘hi’ and asked me how things were going. And you can tell that he really cared. And he did the same for my little sister who was in middle school. It wasn’t just my sister and me. McCrae reached out to plenty of other younger kids, too, and it made us all feel like we mattered, that we were special. He was in Class I and, in my experience, that’s not something a lot seniors do.” He paused again. “I have other things, but that’s it.”

Graduating seniors grouse in the months before they receive their diplomas that they never found time to try out for a play or musical. It’s their number one lament. What I suspect is that, not only do they wish that they could have experienced something out of their comfort zone, but also they wish they got to know people outside their comfort zone as well. Which college a person ends up attending, how many awards one received, and with whom you went to the prom soon proves to be ephemeral. Ultimately, we all come to the realization that the best measurement of a life well lived is the life that cared and reached out to others. 

Our community will indeed find our strength through each other.

Save the Date: Grandparents Day



Save the Date!
Grandparents Day
Friday, May 4, 2018

For further information, contact:
Special Events Coordinator Katherine Minevitz 
minevitz@nobles.edu or 781-320-7009

From the Parents' Association



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. Thank you to the PA committee chairs and class reps who have been hard at work starting over the summer to organize these terrific occasions.

October promises to be equally eventful, and we encourage you to read the weekly school emails for the latest details and reminders. You will see that there are many opportunities to connect with the parents from your student’s class with class specific Parent Coffees and Socials. In addition, there are ways to bond with the greater Nobles community with programs planned by our Parent Outings, Parent Enrichment, Arts Liaisons, Green Team, and Community Service committee heads. Enjoy the change of seasons with our weekly campus walks, join our book group, come to an arts reception before a choral concert….these are just a few of the many chances to get more involved at the school.

Please note the following date changes:  Three of the weekly PA walks in October, normally held on Monday, have been moved to Tuesday due to conflicts with the school schedule. Those new dates are October 10, 17, and 24 (all Tuesdays). The walks for the weeks of October 2 and 30 will remain on Monday.  Meet at 8 a.m. in front of the Castle overlooking the fields. We hope you will come get some fresh air and exercise while making new friends!

Please mark your calendars for the Nobles Yard Sale on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21. This is a fun event for Nobles and the surrounding communities, and the proceeds go to the Achieve program. Start your fall cleaning now by dropping off your gently used items at the Omni Rink beginning October 12. We need many volunteers to make this event a success - Working together towards a great cause is what the Nobles Yard Sale is all about. Please click on the Signup Genius link to volunteer.

The Parents’ Independent School Network, Inc.’s (PIN) October meeting will be a College Admissions Panel, held on Tuesday, October 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, MA. Visiting colleges will include the College of Charleston, Boston University, Bucknell University and the University of Vermont.

The Parent Enrichment Committee would like to announce the first book for the PA book group: The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn, an examination of the research on homework, its value, its drawbacks and the effects on young students. The book group will meet on November 15 at 7 p.m. in the Castle Library, so you have over a month to complete your reading! We'll meet at 6:30 p.m. in the New Castle Dining Hall for optional dinner (email leemail4@mac.com to be chitted $5).  We'll move to the fireplace in the Castle Library at 7 p.m. for the book discussion. You can come for dinner or for the discussion only. It will be great opportunity to examine an important topic and get to know more parents in a casual and thoughtful setting.

Finally, please mark your calendar for our next PA Meeting on October 16 at 8 a.m. in the Castle Library. Please be aware that this is a different location from our September meeting. Erica Pernell, Nobles' Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, will be our featured speaker. In addition, we will be joined by Ben Snyder who will tell us about the EXCEL program at Nobles, of which he is the director.

** Please note this date is also conveniently on one of the days to drop off items at the Omni Rink for donation at the Yard Sale. In addition, we strongly encourage you to consider staying after the PA meeting and volunteering your time to help with set-up. It’s fun, it’s for a great cause, and we need everyone’s help to make it a success!

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, comments or ideas. We hope to see you at any or all of the many October events!

Gina Doyle (Ginadoyle@me.com)
Izzy Loring (Izzyloring@yahoo.com)

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, first during the Scavenger Hunt retreat and then, sadly, in response to yet another loss in our community.  While some students are more affected than others, we sense that this class will continue to support one another and will rise to new levels of leadership and achievement in the months to come.

Six new boys join the Class of 2019, bringing with them new talents and perspectives. While there is obviously a period of adjustment that everyone goes through as we transition from summer to fall, everyone seems to have adjusted well, even to the increased demands of junior year. If that changes for anyone, we will be sure to let you know. As we explained to the class at the start of the retreat, graduating seniors often have one common observation and one regret: the time went by so fast and they wish they had reached out earlier to people that they did not know so well. We urge these rising juniors to begin now, especially as they take greater ownership of the school as leaders—in classes, on teams, and in many other areas of the school. How will they treat each other? How do they want to be remembered as a class?

One of our hopes is that they will become better advocates for themselves as they develop greater independence and self-motivation. Please join us in encouraging students to reach out to their teachers early on to begin to forge relationships with them. We, along with the college counselors, advisors and the dean of students, are here to offer additional layers of support and guidance. They will have to balance the drive for individual achievement with the needs of the other members of their various groups—their academic classes, their teams, and yes, their families.

Additionally, our hope is that they understand that they will only be able to work to their fullest potential if they are well rested and healthy. We fully understand that the students have a lot to do, sometimes too much, but they need to be reminded that their bodies and their brains need rest in order to function optimally. If they can plan ahead, stay organized, and prioritize their efforts, we know they will thrive. Clear and honest communication goes a long way. We ask it of them and of you, and we promise the same in return.

We have really enjoyed the opportunity to meet this class and are excited to work with them throughout the year. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Enjoy the autumn months.


Sincerely yours,

Brian Day and Julia Russell
Class II Deans
 

Class II Notes



Dear Class II Parents,

It was so nice to catch up with many of you at Back to School Night and the Class II Parent Coffee. It’s hard to believe we are through September already! We are looking forward to seeing you all at our Class II Fall Parent Social on October 19. As the year progresses, we will have a few opportunities to help support the class and we welcome any assistance or ideas you may have. If you would like to help us plan the Class II February Surprise Lunch then please let us know; we would love some help with planning.

October is a busy month; here's a reminder of the important Class II dates:

Tuesday, October 3, 7 p.m., Lawrence Auditorium – Seminar on Financial Aid for Upper School Parents/Guardians, Click on www.mefa.com/rsvp to RSVP

Saturday, October 7 – SAT and SAT Subject Test Date

Saturday, October 14, 8 a.m. – PSAT Test at Nobles

Thursday, October 19, 7-9:30 p.m. - Class II Fall Parent Social, Castle Upper Dining Room, RSVP

Tuesday, October 24, 7-8:30 p.m.- Workshop on the College Process for Class II Parents/Guardians,  Towles Auditorium, RSVP

Saturday, October 28 – ACT Test Date
We hope that your children have settled into their routines and are enjoying being back together.  Please let us know if we can help in any way.

Your Class II Parent Reps,

Mimi Eldridge (mimieldridge@comcast.net)
Joan Weinsten (jsweinsten@comcast.net)

Class III Notes



Dear Fellow Class III Parents and Guardians,

We cannot believe September is already behind us and we are flipping the calendar to October! Despite a very sad start we hope that otherwise, everyone’s adjustment to the new school year has been relatively smooth. We have enjoyed seeing many of you at the PA Parent Social and Back-to-School Night!

Our role as your class reps is in part to keep you apprised of opportunities to connect with other Class III families as well as the broader Nobles community. To that end, you should have received an email invitation to our Class III Parent Fall Social coming up on Friday, October 6 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Castle. Please save the date as we would love to see as many of you as possible at this event.  It is a great way to get to know other parents in the Class. If you have not RSVP’d already, you can do so here: RSVP

In addition, Thursday, October 19, 8 to 9:30 a.m. will be our Class III Parent Coffee, and we also hope you will join us. Other than catching up with other parents in a small group, it is a great opportunity to hear from our Class III Deans. There is no need to RSVP for this event.

Another way to connect with the School is by volunteering. There are several opportunities available through the website, but we would like to highlight the Nobles Yard Sale happening this month (your help is very appreciated).

There are two other volunteer opportunities that are specifically for Class III families to get involved. Please know that we welcome any level of involvement in planning for and working at these events:

On Thursday, February 8 Class III students will enjoy a Surprise Lunch put on by the Dining Staff…shhhh. We would love help in coming up with a fun theme, menu and decorations for this lunch. Keep your eyes open for the planning meeting, we will send details soon.

On Saturday, March 3, students will attend the Class III Head of School Dinner and Dance. This is a very fun event for the sophomore class to acknowledge their two first years into the High School and the two years left. This year, it is very special because it will be the first one hosted by our new head of school, Dr. Cathy Hall. We will be in touch in a few months with details about planning and volunteering.

If you haven’t already done so, please bookmark the Nobles website and check that calendar often and keep an eye out for the Friday weekly email updates. Both are great ways to keep current on school happenings, announcements and schedule changes. As we look out at October there are some important dates to mark on your calendar:

Friday, Oct. 6, 6:30-9:30 p.m. - Class III Parent Social

Monday, Oct. 9 - Columbus Day – school closed

Monday, Oct. 16, 8-9:30 a.m. - PA meeting in the Castle

Thursday Oct. 19, 8-9:30 a.m. - Class III Parent Coffee

Saturday, Oct. 21 - Nobles Yard Sale

Monday, Oct. 23 - Comment Writing Day – no classes

Friday, Oct. 27 – Halloween at Nobles

Monday, Oct. 30 – Trip applications due

Thank you in advance for your support and participation. We look forward to hopefully seeing and meeting you in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can help in any way.

Warm regards,

Nathalie Ducrest (Paloma Ducrest’s mom)
ducrest.latour@gmail.com
Sylvia Kuzman Crawford (Finn Crawford’s mom)   
skkuzman@aol.com

Class IV Notes



Dear Class IV Parents,

It was nice to see many of you these past couple of weeks at the PA Social, Back-to-School Night, and our Class IV Coffee. Our children seem to be transitioning well into high school life.  

October promises to be another busy month so please mark your calendars with the events listed below.

Monday, October 9:  Columbus Day – No School

Thursday, October 12 – Thursday, October 19:  Yard Sale donations accepted at the Omni Rink.

Monday, October 16:  Parents Association Meeting - Castle Dining Hall, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Friday, October 20 & Saturday, October 21: Yard Sale!

Friday, October 20 - Class IV Parent Social - Castle Dining Hall, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Click here to RSVP

Monday, October 23:  Comment Writing Day - No Classes

Friday, October 27: Halloween at Nobles

We look forward to seeing you in October and we especially hope you will join us at the social on October 20.  As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, comments or suggestions.

Warmly,

Lori Shaer – Lshaer@me.com
Heather Steele - hsteele@wbyworth.com

Class I Notes



Fall is upon us; we hope you’ve all settled in to the school year here at Nobles. We enjoyed feeding many of your seniors at the Grab-n-Go Breakfast on retreat day even though they were understandably more interested in catching up after summer than actually eating! It was also great seeing many of you at Back to School Night and our first PA meeting. 

Please mark your calendars for two days that school is out this month which provide a great opportunity for rest, rejuvenation or all things college related.  Below is a list of important dates for October but please don’t forget to regularly check the Nobles Calendar each week for updates.

Thursday, October 5 - Class I Fall Coffee, 8 a.m.,Castle Library
Monday , October 9 - Columbus Day - no classes. (Good day for college interviews and revisits)
Monday, October 16 - PA Meeting, 8 a.m., Castle
Monday, October 23 - Comment Writing Day- no classes
Friday, October 27 - Class I Surprise Halloween Lunch.  Stay tuned to the Friday weekly email for more information if you are interested in volunteering for this festive luncheon.  We will need lots of volunteer help with decorating and with supplying treats. It will be tons of fun!

Have a good October and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  We look forward to our year together. 

Juls Dixon, hdixon@comcast.net, (C) 781-710-3861
AE Rueppel, aerueppel@comcast.net, (C) 617-851-3491
Karen Volo, volofamily@yahoo.com, (C) 978-870-5489

Middle School Notes



We hope that the school year is off to a great start for you and your children.  It was nice to see so many of you at the annual Parents’ Association Fall Social and the first PA meeting.  Thank you for your participation!

October is a busy month in the middle school, filled with increased homework, various sporting events and many parent and student social activities. There are also several opportunities for parents to continue to get involved and learn more about the Nobles community.

Before we list the key dates in October, we would like to highlight a couple of significant events for you to consider attending:

Middle School Parent Event: An Evening with Dr. Chris Willard, Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Forum

Join local author and psychologist Dr. Christopher Willard for an evening discussion of middle school stress and sharing mindfulness as a family for physical and mental health and resilience, as well as academic and athletic performance

6:30 - 7 p.m. Meet & Greet in Forum while enjoying appetizers

7 p.m.  Dr. Chris Willard - Presentation

Fall Middle School PA Coffee, Tuesday, October 10 at 8 a.m. in the Castle Library
Please join us for this event. Our guest speakers will be Middle School Dean Colette Finley and Director of Counseling Jen Hamilton. The coffee is a chance to meet fellow middle school parents. It is also the perfect time for new Class VI parents to ask any questions, big or small, of returning Class V parents.

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 October 2017

Tuesday, October 3: Parent Event - Dr. Chris Willard in Morrison Forum. Dr. Willard will speak starting @7 p.m.

Thursday, October 5:  Travel and Study Away Information Session, Morrison Forum, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, October 6: MS Day of Service. In lieu of classes, Middle School students and faculty will participate in community service activities throughout the Greater Boston area. Middle School Afternoon Program will take place and pick up will occur after games/practices.

Friday, October 6: Middle School No Homework Weekend

Monday, October 9: Columbus Day, school closed

Tuesday, October 10: Middle School Parent Coffee, Castle Library, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 12: A Parent Evening with Dr. Jill Walsh - Lawrence Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 14: Admission Open House

Thursday, October 19: Middle School Parent Social @ 7 p.m. Castle Dining Hall

Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20: Student Directed Plays

Saturday, October 21: Nobles Yard Sale

Monday, October 23: Teacher Comment Writing Day, school closed.

Tuesday, October 24: Faculty Meeting, Morrison Forum, 3:15 p.m. No afternoon program. Students dismissed at the end of the academic day.

Wednesday, October 25: Middle School Advisor / Advisee Individual Meetings to discuss 1st quarter grades/comments.  No MS afternoon program.

Wednesday, October 25 - Friday, October 27: Fall Mainstage Plays - Vinik Theatre

Friday, October 27: Halloween Dress Up Day

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
Cindi Fitzmaurice, cfitzmaurice2008@gmail.com
Elizabeth Clarke, ew.clarke@verizon.net

Class VI Reps
Sally Tyrie, sally@tyrie.com
Chrissy Ducharme, ducharmefam@gmail.com

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