Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

November 2017

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter November 2017


"How Do You Know?" by Head of School Catherine J. Hall, Ph.D.

This week in assembly, I shared a story with the students about the day last September when I told my children we were moving to Boston to join the Nobles community. My oldest son, Matthew, who was nine at the time, was not particularly excited at the prospect of our move...When I tried to reassure him by telling him he would be fine, he immediately asked me, “How do you know I will be fine?"


"I Just Want You to Be Happy" by Head of Upper School Michael Denning

During a recent visit, one of my friends told me about a “swear jar” he had placed in his kitchen and into which he and his family make monetary contributions when they use inappropriate language. The father of four adolescents, my friend tries to be a good role model and he uses this symbolic, public consequence as a means to set expectations concerning behavior, maintain norms of civility and acknowledge mistakes.


"Your Brain on Failure" by Director of Academic Support Michael Hoe

I was recently reading a book to my daughter before bed entitled Rosie Revere, Engineer, which is about an imaginative girl who wants to build things. However, a failed invention coupled with laughter from her uncle makes her vow to herself that “she would never invent things again.” Later in the book, a Great Great Aunt teaches her the importance of focusing on the successes in her failure and to embrace the process, rather than on the failure itself.


"A Good Fit" by Dean of Enrollment Management Jennifer Hines

After 15 years at Nobles, I was given the gift of a year long sabbatical. I entered into it with a great deal of anticipation and plenty of plans about how I wanted to spend the time, and I’ll be honest, most of the plans involved doing things that working full time doesn’t easily lend itself to. Traveling was at the top of the list.


"It's Good to Both Give and Receive" by Director of the Anderson/Cabot Center for EXCEL Ben Snyder

My Modern America at War class was having a really interesting discussion about how easy it is for the 99% of Americans who don’t serve in the military not to feel threatened by the prospect of war—and how that shapes the attention we pay (or don’t pay) to potential military confrontations.

From the PA Co-Chairs

In this month of thanksgiving, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parent volunteers who help our PA run so efficiently.


Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

Class III Deans Letter

We hope this letter finds you well, and taking advantage of this unusually warm fall. It is always a difficult transition to go from the freedoms offered by the summer months, back to the rigor of the school year. As Class Deans, our goal is to make sure this transition, especially sophomore year, is met with the needed support both academically and emotionally.


Upcoming Music and Dance Events

We hope you can join us!

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Foster Gallery: Visual Arts Chair John Hirsch

A stunning and contemplative solo photography exhibition from Visual Arts Chair John Hirsch, And Again, will be on view at Foster Gallery through December 8.

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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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