Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

March 2018

Nobles Parents' Newsletter March 2018


"A Call for Farmers: It’s Spring, Time to Plant the Seeds" by Head of the Upper School Michael Denning

Late this month, we will welcome to campus students from this year’s competitive applicant pool to whom we were able to offer admission. I love this challenging time, when we have the privilege of getting to know those who will create Nobles’ future while affirming and rearticulating the promise of a Nobles education.


"The Three 'Ex's of Anxiety" by Director of Counseling Jennifer Hamilton, LEP

There has been increased media focus over the past several years on anxiety; teen anxiety, in particular. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress which most people experience from time to time, and it can actually be beneficial in some situations. It can mobilize us to act, motivate us, and even protect us from entering dangerous situations. For some people, however, anxiety can become excessive and can affect day-to-day living, causing fear, avoidance, or paralysis.


"Social Media Can Increase Your Child’s Brain Size…Or Can It?" by Director of Academic Support Michael Hoe

“Hold on, mom! ...clickclickclicktaptaptapbeepbeepbeep… What did you say?” This has become an all too familiar situation to parents today, as clicktapbeeps of the “new” social networks (Snapchat, Instagram, etc.) have invaded our “normal,” daily conversations. Nonetheless, humans are innately social beings, and recent research conducted by Bickart and colleagues (2011) might indicate that larger and more complex social networks can actually increase the volume in specific regions of the brain.


"Going to Disney World and Not Going On the Rides" by Director of EXCEL Ben Snyder

As I walked into Copley Place on a bright and cold Friday afternoon in January, the sight was overwhelming. Thousands (yes, thousands) of professionally-dressed teenagers of all sizes, shapes, hair colors and 42 nationalities were huddled in hotel lobby corners and conference rooms doing their best to positively represent their assigned country at the Harvard Model United Nations (stick with me...we’ll get to Disney World).

From the PA Co-Chairs

As the snow melts and the air warms, we reflect back on the many events hosted by the PA during the busy month of February. 


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 III Deans Letter

We are pleased to share with you that your students have been working hard through these tough winter months to finish up the third semester. 


Foster Gallery Show

From 3/1-4/6, Foster Gallery will feature an exhibition of works by Vermont artist Natalie Blake, entitled "Elementals: Rhythms of the Earth."  

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Save the Date for Grandparents' Day

Please join us Friday, May 4, 2018!

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