Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

January 2018

Nobles Parents' Newsletter January 2018


"It Begins With a Starfish" by Head of School Dr. Cathy Hall

From my first moments on campus, I was struck by the power of our mission-driven focus on “leadership for the public good.” I have been inspired by the myriad ways this mission plays out in the daily lives of our students and in the ways in which our teachers use this mission to inform our program and their work in our classrooms.


"Why Couldn't You Come Talk to Me About This?" by Upper School Head Michael Denning

On the last day of school in December, Class VI delighted us with their rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I enjoyed Dickens’ classic as a child, but as I get closer in age to A Christmas Carol’s main character, I find that the notion of “ghosts of times past” resonates more powerfully with me, particularly as I consider family holiday traditions and resolutions for this coming new year. 


"Gaining Perspective" by Dean of Students Mark Spence

Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are close together. These holidays represent a time for rest and rejuvenation, good food, and the company of good friends and family. The break can also provide opportunities for gaining a greater sense of perspective—seizing the opportunity to take a step back and reflect on the events that have occurred (or are transpiring) in our lives and how they are affecting our development.


"It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Dean of Enrollment Management Jennifer Hines

As we move into January, we are definitely undergoing a shift in the admission office. We have spent the fall doing what we can to make sure that prospective families are aware of, and even more importantly, knowledgeable about Nobles.


"How To Be An Executive Functioning Ninja" by Director of Academic Support Mike Hoe

I was helping a student earlier this fall and I remember him telling me: “I just don’t know what I don’t know. I don’t even know where to start and I can’t figure out what I even need to do.” This is a common challenge that all students at Nobles share—especially the ones who tend to have challenges with organization, prioritization, and everyone’s favorite current buzzword, executive functioning

From the PA Co-Chairs

Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope that everyone had a relaxing and restorative holiday break. The spring semester at Nobles is bustling with PA activity, and we encourage you to join us!


Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

Class I Deans Letter

Greetings and Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe that one semester is already gone, and the seniors are now heading down the homestretch of their time at Nobles. We hope that, as graduation nears, seniors will find time to reflect upon and appreciate their experience at Nobles. In that spirit, we wanted to share with you some of the annual advice and unique opportunities we offer our seniors as we encourage them to take full advantage of their last semester.


Upcoming Music and Performing Arts Events

Mark your calendars for exciting student performances in January and February!


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Save the Date for Grandparents' Day!

Please join us Friday, May 4, 2018!

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