Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

December 2017

Nobles Parents' Newsletter December 2017


"Hope and Expectations" by John Gifford, Head of the Middle School and Assistant Head of School

When I was last with Thulani Madondo, he tried to get the Nobles students to understand the impact of hopelessness. Thulani runs the Kliptown Youth Program (KYP) in an impoverished sector of Johannesburg, South Africa. The mission of KYP is to provide opportunities that will enable young people from Kliptown to rise out of poverty.


"Seeing Each Other During the Holidays" by Erica Pernell, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion

I’m nine years old. In my childhood home, as Christmas approaches, things get really loud.  Jazzy songs from Charlie Brown and Luther Vandross blast through the walls. Our cat climbs up our Christmas tree and crashes down about every other day, littering pine needles all over the living room. My brother's and my increased sugar intake and lack of stimulation result in massive sibling battles involving projectile quarters and dimes aimed at each other’s heads. My mom—my poor mom—is stressed. 


"Levitation" by Bill Bussey, Provost

During my first week of teaching back in 1980, I asked my eighth-grade class to hand in a two-page review of a book that they had read over the summer. The Bridge to Terabithia was a popular choice, as were authors like Judy Blume and Roald Dahl. There was always the middle schooler back then who tackled something like Future Shock or The World According to Garp. As I shuffled through the pile, a paper covering a 228-page novel entitled Levitation caught my eye and went to the top of the pile. 


"Sleep That Knits up the Raveled Sleave of Care" by Jen Hamilton, Director of Counseling/Licensed Educational Psychologist

"Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labor's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast."

-from Macbeth

These words written by Shakespeare more than 400 years ago remind us that, for centuries, we have understood that without adequate sleep, it is very difficult to soothe and nourish our weary minds. Yet when we get stressed or busy, sleep is often the first thing to go.


“The Blessing of (Bad) College News” by Kate Ramsdell, Director of College Counseling

A number of years ago, Dr. Wendy Mogel, a clinical psychologist and the best-selling author of The Blessing of a B-Minus spoke to Nobles’ faculty, students and the parent/guardian body. Though at the time I was not yet a parent myself, I was captivated by her pragmatic, empathic and often humorous parenting advice—she reminded me of my mother, actually.

From the PA Co-Chairs

This is the time of the year when we reflect on that for which we are thankful. On behalf of the Parents’ Association, we want to extend our appreciation and gratitude to our wonderful faculty, staff and administrators for their dedication that they give to the Nobles community each and every day.


Class Notes

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Volunteers Needed for Achieve on MLK Day at the Bruins

On January 15, come show your support for Achieve when volunteers sell 50/50 raffle tickets at TD Garden!

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Jazz-Blues Concert

Come celebrate the season with Nobles' jazz-blues musicians on December 7 in Lawrence Auditorium.


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Online Bookstore

Find out how to access the online bookstore for spring semester courses! 

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Save the Date for Grandparents' Day!

Please join us Friday, May 4, 2018!

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