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October, 2016

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Community Halloween Party
The Club will be closed on Friday, October 28th as we join the Nantucket Fire Department to put on our annual Community Halloween Party. From 5:00pm-7:00pm the Club will be open to the public for a Haunted House, games and prizes for all ages, along with other activities throughout the Club. In order to do our best to accommodate everyone's tolerance for spoooookiness, from 5:00pm-6:00pm we will cater to younger children and those of us who don't want quite the same level of heebie-jeebies as others! But don't fret- for those of you who like a good scare, from 6:00pm-7:00pm we will be AMPING UP the fear factor!
Admission is FREE for everyone (you do NOT have to be a Club member to attend)!
Parents, please note- the Club will be closed for the evening. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no drop offs!
REMINDER: The Club will not be open after school tomorrow, Friday, October 28, 2016. The Club will only be open from 5:00-7:00pm for our Halloween Party.


Thank you to Hanley Development!
Thank you to Jay Hanley and his crew at Hanley Development for making our Gaga Pit dreams a reality! Also, big thanks to Marine Home Center for donating the lumber to help make this project happen. Our members LOVE it!
For those of you wondering - Gaga Ball is a fast paced sport played in an octagonal pit with soft foam balls, a sort of modified version of dodgeball. Our members are CRAZY for Gaga!
Nantucket Atheneum Presents...
Acrobat Li Liu: Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics
We are so happy to be a part of the Nantucket Atheneum's, "Atheneum on the Road!" program. On Friday, November 4th, we are proud to be hosting Acrobat Li Liu here in the gym at the Club.
The program will include demonstrations of hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing, and the manipulation of Chinese water bowls and Chinese yo-yos. Students will get a glimpse of Chinese culture and learn a few phrases in Li Liu's native Mandarin.
Club members will be given the chance to volunteer to be selected to attempt a few of the easier (and safer!) acrobatic skills. Students will learn the historical significance of traditional lion and dragon dances, as Li encourages them to think about what it might have been like to grow up in a different time and place and what can be accomplished through disciplined training.
The event will begin at 3:00pm, don't miss out!


Fall Program Updates
Starting on Monday, November 7th, we will be participating in the Nantucket Ice, "Kids on Ice" program. Each Monday we will take a field trip to the rink, where kids will get FREE skate rentals and ice time. Please see Doreen for more information.
We are excited to announce, in partnership with the Nantucket Music Center, we are bringing back our weekly music lessons here at the Club. This is such a wonderful opportunity for Club members to learn the fundamental skills of playing an instrument, from trained music instructors. Be on the lookout for more details, to come soon!


Member & Youth of the Month
Each month our staff recognizes a member (11 year or younger and a youth (12 years and up) who exemplifies a "Club kid"- someone who is kind, abides by Club rules, helps other Club members and staff members, participates in Club activities and who is well rounded. Here are our October Member and Youth of the Month!
Member of the Month
Julia N.
Julia has been nominated for Member of the Month for October 2016! Julia is 8 years old and in 2nd grade at NES.  She has been a member of the Club since 2015.  Julia dabbles in many club activities -  You can find her quietly and dubiously doing her homework in the Learning Center, playing her favorite game of bumper pool in the Games Room, or playing dodgeball in the Gym or painting in the Art Room.   Julia has a quiet and sensitive soul and will lend a helping hand or provide kind gestures for anyone in need.  She is funny, smart, sweet and has three older siblings.    Her favorite food is macaroni, her favorite book is Pigeon, her favorite color is aqua and her favorite movie is Minions.
Youth of the Month
Amanda N.
Youth of the Month -Amanda has been nominated for Youth of the Month for October 2016!  Amanda is 13 years old and in 8th grade and she shines at the Boys & Girls Club.  She exemplifies a well-rounded club kid and has been a member since 2011!  You can find Amanda in the Learning Center getting her homework done most days right after school.  She will stick around in the Learning Center to help other club members with their homework when she is finished with hers. Amanda can be found in the Teen Room on most days too.  She is artistic, smart, funny and always willing to lend a helping hand with or without being asked. Amanda is well liked by peers and staff and is a big sister to three younger siblings all of whom are club members too.  Some of Amanda's favorite things to do at the Club are playing Bingo, Trivia, scattergories, drawing and creating in the Teen Room.  Congratulations to Amanda!

a positive place for kids

Another fantastic fall sports season has come to an end, and we would like to again thank all of our volunteer coaches for their hard work and dedication to our Club members. We had a busy fall with 3 divisions of football, cheerleading, field hockey and golf. We would also like to thank Miacomet Golf Course, Phil Truono and his staff for giving 20 of our Club members the opportunity to use their facility and participate in golf lessons.

Club Basketball
Club Basketball signups will begin on November 2 nd and end on November 12 th. Please do not wait to sign your member up, as late sign-ups will not be accepted. Please contact Joe or Andrew to sign-up.
Basketball Clinics will begin on November 14th. Please check our online schedule for specific days/times.

NBGC Travel Basketball
Again this year, the Club is offering travel basketball for 5th and 6th grade girls and boys. We are excited to embark on our second season being a part of the Cape Cod Youth Basketball League, traveling off island to play against Cape Cod teams, as well as hosting teams from off-island here at the Club! We are happy to be able to continue this program, giving our members the chance to better prepare themselves for high school basketball.
Tryouts for boys will be held November 1st and 2nd, girls will tryout on November 3rd and 4th.
Please note, this is a travel team with additional expenses to the Club. Additional fees beyond the Club registration fee will apply. Financial assistance will be made available to those who need it.

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