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March, 2019
Upcoming Events
March 18th-30th- Boxing Sign-Ups
March 23rd- The Harvey Foundation 3v3 basketball tournament   
April 2nd- Boxing begins
April 16th-19th- NPS Spring Break. Club open 9:00am-5:00pm
April 16th-27th- Lacrosse Sign-Ups 
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Club News
1st Grader, Member, and Youth  
of the month!
Boone Psaradelis and Luis Lima-1st Graders of the month 
You can't have one without the other! An inseparable duo, Boone Psaradelis and Luis 'Luigi' Lima, make the most of their time at the Club. Boone says, his favorite thing to do at the Club is play with his best buddy, Luis. These two enjoy spending time together in the gym playing basketball, in the games room, or going head to head in a game in the computer lab. The energetic pair loves being part of our Club community.
Boone's Favorites:
TV Show/Movie: Marvel
Book: N/A
Food: Candy
Color: Purple
What do you want to do when you grow up?: Chef
Luis Favorites:
TV Show/Movie: Ninjago
Book: Dog Man
Color: Green
Food: Salad
What do you want to be when you grow up?: Ninja!!

Sianna Ivilova- Member of the month 

Sianna shines through with her bubbly personality. You'll often find her playing carpet ball and various other games in our games room. She loves being creative in the Art Room, especially when pearler beading is offered. You can also find Sianna playing dodgeball or shooting hoops in the gym with her friends.  She also participates in Book Nook - a new reading program that the Club offers.  
Sianna's Favorites:
TV Show/Movie: Sianna loves too many movies to pick just one!
Book: Loves all books, but Frost Fairy is one of the top picks
Color: Teal
Food: Ice Cream, especially mint
What do you want to be when you grow up?: Gymnast 
Steve Romero- Youth of the month
Steve Romero strives to show what it means to be a member at the Club. He loves to help, hang out, and play with our younger members. Steve tries set an example and be the best he can be. He has been a great role model for members of all ages. He enjoys spending time in the gym, being outside, playing manhunt, and hanging with all his friends in the Teen Room.  
Steve's Favorites:
TV Show/Movie: The Bee Movie
Book: Stick Dog
Color: Black, White, Blue
Food: Medium Rare Steak
What do you want to be when you grow up?: Architect


What's happening

The Computer Lab has been busy with members completing the National Youth Outcome Initiative survey. The 5 key aspects the survey focuses on are-a safe, positive environment, access to fun and a sense of belonging, access to supportive relationships, meaningful opportunities and expectations, and formal and informal recognition.
The newest program happening in the Art Room is the Dorothy Walker Book Project.   Dorothy Walker is a senior at the Millbrook School in New York.   At her school, she is enrolled in the CES program - Culminating Experience for Seniors.  Dorothy has chosen to do a collaborative project with the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club.  Her project was writing a children's therapy book about a little puppy named Chance that gets lost on Main St. here on Nantucket.  Since Dorothy and her family spend every summer on the island, and she has volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club for the past two summers, she asked if the Boys & Girls from the Club would collaborate with her to do all the illustrations for her book - Chance on Main.   The kids in the Art Room have started on the illustrations and will continue to do so for the next three to four weeks. When complete, Dorothy will have the book printed and give the Boys & Girls Club a copy!
Drama Matters is in full swing every Monday & Wednesday at 4PM.  The play "The Day the Crayons Quit" is based on the book written by Drew Daywalt.  We have started making props and sets.  The kids have been brainstorming some amazing ideas for costume designs and the script itself.  There are still some parts available for kids to play! The play will be Friday May 17th.  
Fine Arts Club (every Tuesday & Thursday at 4PM - second block) continues to produce some amazing Art Pieces.  Every couple of weeks, the kid's Art Pieces go up on display in the Canteen.  Kids, parents and staff have the opportunity to vote on their favorite Art Pieces.  Congratulations to Olivia Sabin who had the most votes for her Kente Clothe Pattern Piece.  And congratulations to Mari Partida (1st place), Evie Phelps (2nd place) and Stefany Ramos (3rd place) for their crayon melt projects.  Keep your eyes open for more displays and opportunities to vote!
Water color painting, oil pastels and chalk pastels are still some of the favorite art mediums that the kids love to create with.  Book Bingo on Tuesday is still another favorite activity for the kids to participate in too! Every Friday there is baking for 5th & 6th grade members.  Last week we made brownies and Oreo Cookie Truffles.  This group will be making Irish soda bread, monkey bread, granola and some traditional cupcakes.  Keep your eyes open for a  5th & 6th grade "Bake-Off" sometime in May!
The Triple Play Healthy Habits members are continuing to make the club a healthier place! As we move into Spring , Triple Play members are excited to start working outside every week - cleaning up the field and getting the garden ready to plant. We also plan to focus more on healthy homemade snacks that are quick to make including banana ice cream (one ingredient!) and oil-free popcorn. Other Spring projects for the Triple Play Healthy Habits program include: redoing the Snack Shack bulletin board, recycling collages, and Stop and Shop field trips to learn how to shop healthy. 
The Photo Club has been busy with field trips around the island.  Members recently went to Sankaty lighthouse and Siasconset playground.  With the weather getting nicer, members are enjoying the outdoors and capturing great pictures!  
BookNook is a fun, web-based reading app that tests your members reading level and selects short books and vocabulary words for them, based on that reading level. The lessons mix games and interactive questions with the reading and adapt in difficulty as your child learns, teaching them different reading standards as they progress towards the next reading level. BookNook sessions usually last about 20-30 minutes and take place in the Learning Center from 4:00-5:45 on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 4:00-5:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
 Whether your child is a struggling reader who could use some help catching up to their grade level, a strong reader who would like to improve, or somewhere in between, BookNook can help! If you're interested in signing up your member or finding out more about the program, please visit Danny in the Learning Center or send an email to
Over 40 kids a day come into the Learning Center to do their homework and over 130 different members have come in to do homework so far this year. Members who sign a Power Hour contract and attend Power Hour enough times are invited to a Power Hour Party! Power Hour is held Monday through Thursday from 2:30-4:00. 
LEGO Robotics is running again on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-5:45 for the rest of the 2018-2019 school year! We are looking to add new members to our team, and will be having relaxed sessions where both experienced and inexperienced kids can come to learn and practice their Robot Programming skills. Our LEGO Robotics team has traveled to Worcester each of the past 3 years to participate in the F.I.R.S.T. LEGO League competition! Members in third grade and above are invited to stop in to the Learning Center and try it out.
The Teen Room continues to stay busy with active teenagers participating in various monthly tournaments. This month is Checkers month! Teen members are enjoying Junior Chefs. The members have been trying new recipes each week.  
February vacation week was awesome! Members went to the movies, participated in scavenger hunts, created art projects, played computers games, battled it out in Just Dance, and so much more! Our teens were given the opportunity to hit the slopes at Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort.
We will be open during Spring Break from 9:00am-5:00pm! Don't miss out on all the fun! 





Stay connected with the Club and all the exciting programs we will be offering this year. Check out our calendar on our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! You can also stay up to date with our text alert system- simply text NANTUCKET to 84483.

Boy and Girl Athlete of the Month

Ethan Watson-5th Grade

Ethan, a two sport athlete here at the club, spends all his time either on the basketball court or on the football field. Ethan finished up basketball season, leading the Division I Timberwolves throughout the season to the quarterfinals. Ethan not only handles the ball and can score but does a wonderful job of getting his other teammates involved. Ethan has been a huge help this winter during basketball season, helping Joe and Matt in the gym with the score table, doing the clock, and the scoring book. Ethan is a role model for not only kids his age and younger but also for his sister Ava. Ethan having finished up basketball season will have little time to rest before spring starts up. We look forward to seeing what Ethan does in the spring and going forward for years to come!  
Congratulations Ethan!

Makayah Viera -4th Grade
Makayah, a two sport athlete here at the Club. She participated in cheerleading this fall and currently is playing basketball. Makayah has become an avid basketball player and it has shows on and off the court. Playing for her fourth consecutive year, Makayah plays for the Division II Sky. This past week she led them to the championship game and came out on top, becoming Division II Champs. Makayah is not only becoming a great player on the court but also does a great job off the court. When not in the gym, Makayah can be found around the Club with friends with a smile on her face and generally with candy in her hand (NEVER IN THE GYM!). When needed, she happily helps Joe and Matt with tasks that they need done and also at the score table whenever help is needed. Makayah after her win in the championship game, looks to play lacrosse this upcoming spring.  
Congratulations Makayah!
The 2018-2019 basketball season has been one to remember. We would to congratulate our DI girls champions the Mac Davis Flooring Lynx, DI boys champions Cheney Brother's Hornets, DII girls champions Sean Dyer Electric Sky, and DII boys champions Bistany Irrigation Jazz.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for this year's basketball season! Big shout-out to Atlantic Landscaping, Barrett Enterprises LLC, Bistany Irrigation, Brownell's Garage, Cheney Brothers Building, Ciarmataro & Son, Inc., Cross Rip Construction, Don Allen Auto Service, Eastwood Trading Company, Edgewater Landscaping, Ferrantella Landscaping, Fusaro's, Glidden & Glidden P.C., Grey Lady Marine, Holdgates Island Laundry, J Brown Builders Inc, Joe Manning & Associates Physical Therapy, Keepers, Local 2509 Nantucket firefighters, Mac Davis Flooring, Maxwell Plumbing and Heating, Nantucket Bank, Nantucket Engineering & Survey P.C., Nantucket Lighthouse School, Nantucket New School, Nantucket Cottage Hospital Sports Medicine, Nantucket Island Resorts, Oh Deer, Pinnacle Alarm, Pioneer Cleaning, Rest A Shore Management, Russell Simpson Inc, Santos Rubbish Removal, Inc, Seagrille, Sean Dyer Electric, Steve Ciarmataro Plumbing, The Chicken Box, The Nantucket Chamber of Commerce, and Tom Hanlon Landscaping, Inc. Thank you for your support of the Club! 

This past weekend, our travel basketball teams competed in the Barnstable Youth Basketball Tournament held in Hyannis. Our 4th grade boys were named runner-up.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who volunteered their time to coach youth basketball here at the club, without your help none of this would be possible.

Division I Champions Mac Davis Flooring Lynx and Cheney Brothers Building Hornets

Division II Champions Sean Dyer Electric Sky and  
Bistany Irrigation Jazz
Beginning March 18th, we will offer floor hockey on Mondays & Wednesdays for members in 1st-8th grade. Please check the calendar for times.

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Nantucket Boys & Girls Club | PO Box 269 | Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554 | 508-228-0158