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January, 2019
Upcoming Events
January 21st- MLK Day! Club Closed  
January 23rd- NPS Early Release. Club open 12:00pm-6:00pm  
February 1st- Summer Camp Registration begins!  
February 1st- Family Fun Night 5:30-7:30pm
February 15th- Middle School Valentine's Day. Club closes at 6:00pm  
February 18th- President's Day! Club Closed
February 25th-March 1st- NPS Winter Break. Club open 9:00am-5:00pm  
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Club News!
1st Grader, Member, and Youth  
of the month!
Megan Olson-1st Grader of the month 
Megan has been a positive influence to the Club and other members. Megan's eager attitude and readiness to try new things has been great for her and her fellow 1st graders. She has a current love for basketball and hopes to continue playing.
This year, Megan has been part of Power Hour and Book Nook, two programs she actively participates in.
She enjoys playing foosball in the Games Room, all crafts in the Art Room, and loves the chance to play soccer outside.
TV Show: Elf Story
Book: Elephant & Piggy by Mo Williams
Color: Green
Food: Strawberries
What do you want to be when you grow up? - Employee at Disney World

Cailyn Lopez- Member of the month 
Cailyn's shining personality shows through everything she does at the Club. Her smile brightens up everyone else around her.
During the football season, Cailyn was part of our cheerleading squad, where she cheered on her fellow members and loved every minute of it. As the cheerleading season came to an end, Cailyn was part of the DII Chelsea soccer team.
In addition to athletics, Cailyn is part of Triple Play and Power Hour, both National Boys & Girls Club programs.
She also enjoys cooking in the Art Room, playing outside, and dodgeball in the gym.
TV Show/Movie: Home Alone
Book: Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
Color: Light Blue
Food: Lasagna
What do you want to be when you grow up? - Teacher
Hayden Schell- Youth of the month

Hayden's love for basketball has been a positive part of his life and influence at the Club. He loves any opportunity to play in the gym, where his passion can thrive. He's excited about his basketball season starting up in February.

When Hayden isn't playing and practicing basketball, you can find him in the Teen Room alongside his friends and fellow members. Hayden's always excited for manhunt and playing Xbox games. Hayden likes to join in on the monthly Teen Room competitions.

Hayden wants to be a role model for younger members.

TV Show/Movie: The Flash
Book: unsure
Color: undecided
Food: Watermelon and Steak (sometimes even together)
What do you want to be when you grow up? - Professional Basketball Player (Any team is fine)


What's happening

Happy New Year from all of us at the Club! We hope everyone had a wonderful break. We are happy to be back and are looking forward to an amazing 2019!   
NBGC is proud to launch Torch Club, a "club within the club" designed specifically for 5th and 6th graders. Torch Club aims to develop and strengthen leadership skills by giving Torch Club members specific responsibilities and projects both at the Club and throughout the community. The Torch Club kids are excited to take charge of "Popcorn Fridays" at the Club, raise money for local organizations like NISHA through bake sales and special events, and serve as role models for the younger club kids.
After months of learning about healthy after-school snacks, Triple Play members are excited to show their peers and parents the new Snack Shack menu (and decorations) right outside the Snack Shack. This month we plan to brainstorm a list of healthy meals and snacks that can be made at the Club or at home with limited fuss and cooking!
The Power Hour Homework Club has been very busy, with well over 40 kids a day coming into the Learning Center to do their homework and over 120 different members who have come in and done homework so far this year. Power Hour is Monday through Thursday from 2:30-4:00 and our next Power Hour Party will be held on February 8th.
Are you concerned about your child's reading, or would you like to see them receive more reading instruction? You should encourage them to join BookNook!
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
LEGO Robotics is starting back up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-5:45 for the rest of the 2018-2019 school year! 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. 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. Members in third grade and above are invited to stop in and try it out.
Happy New Year from the Art Room! The New Year brings so much new energy and inspiration! Holidays, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day make it easy and fun to dream up and create meaningful, colorful and amazing pieces of Art! Decorations for Family Fun Night ( Friday February 1st) and the NBGC middle school dance (Friday February 15th) will come out of the Art Room this year too! Each week, members have the opportunity to do an Oil Pastel Piece during an instructional session.  Sewing is also a popular art form that kids have an opportunity to learn and do.  Book Bingo with Leslie from the Nantucket Atheneum, happens each Tuesday in the Art Room at 3pm too! 
NBGC has also started the National Fine Arts Club.  This National Program allows members to plan and create beautiful works of art using many forms of design, materials and mediums. This Club meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For our first week, the members participating in the Fine Arts Club made paper mache sculptures!  The kids made some impressive and detailed sculptures. Be sure to come down to the Art Room to check them out.  However, all of the member's works of art from the Fine Arts Club will be showcased towards the end of the school year at NBGC's very first Art Show - Keep your eyes open for the date and time. Some of the pieces will be chosen for a regional art show and then possibly chosen for the National BGC Fine Arts Show and Contest.     
 We have been busy working on MyFuture an online platform for the children to learn about online safety, typing, computer skills and more. The last few weeks we have been focusing on learning how to do coding on the computer. They have been enjoying learning how to create different dance routines using different characters in the program. We have also been working on completing different sections of prodigy and typing practice. They start out on Typing Club and once they have started typing faster they move on to doing Nitro Type and racing their friends.
SMART Girls is group of girls learning about healthy habits, societal attitudes, self respect, and much more. Smart Girls is designed to meet the developmental needs of girls ages 8-10 ,11-13 and 14-18. Each week the girls learn something new with each session and this week the girls ages 8-10 have hit 9 weeks in our 10 week program! The girls really have enjoyed the time away from the boys to just talk about "Girl Stuff" and learn some tips about becoming/being a SMART Girl and getting prepared to make their footprints into this world with a good head on their shoulders . We have grown so much within these 9 weeks! The program started with 8 girls and now we have 30! Two members who have stood out enormously have been Sophia Gomes and Daraliz Garcia. These two girls have always been welcoming to anyone new and are always positive and polite . To congratulate all the girls on their time and dedication, we will be hosting a sleepover at Boys & Girls Club for the girls at the end of our 10 week program.
The Teen Room is extremely popular with our older members. The Teen Room's monthly tournament is Cornhole for the month of January. The teens enjoy competing and showing off their skills.   
Junior Chefs Culinary Club has been a HUGE success. Our members love cooking up delicious treats with their friends. The kitchen is always full of members eager to try a new recipe.  
Photo Club continues to grow! The enthusiasm the members have shows through in their photography.  Members love displaying their work for everyone to see what they've been working on. On Fridays, Photo Club members have the opportunity to create movies, skits, and talent shows while still learning about photography.  
The Computer Lab has been busy with members  working on MyFuture, an online platform for the children to learn about online safety, typing, computer skills and more. The last few weeks, the focus has been on learning how to do coding on the computer. Members have also been working on completing different sections of prodigy and typing practice. Members start out on Typing Club and once their tying speed has progressed, they move on to Nitro Type.
The Holiday Party was a BLAST! Everyone had a great time and Santa made a special guest appearance. Check out some our pictures from the party!  


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 Congleton-6th Grade

Ethan is a two sport athlete at the Club. Ethan participated in Division 1 soccer and is now playing Division 1 basketball for the Spurs. Ethan is an avid basketball player. He even won the Knights of Columbus free throw shooting competition in his age group, making 13 of 15 of his shots. Ethan is not only a good player on the court, he is a great role model off the court for his younger brother Riley and his other peers at the Club.  
Congratulations Ethan!

Drea Perry -6th Grade
Drea lives and breaths the sport of basketball and has been playing since she started coming to the Club. Playing for the girls travel team for her second consecutive year, she has been an instrumental part in taking the team to new heights. Last year, Drea won the Knights of Columbus free throw competition for her age group. Drea is an outstanding role model for her peers and younger members! Her younger brother Nate has fallen in love with basketball just the way Drea did.   
Congratulations Drea!
With basketball in the midst of another competitive season, we invite everyone to come out and support our youth.

Thank you to all the volunteer coaches who dedicate their time to molding our youngsters into the best basketball players that they can be.

On Sunday January 20th & Saturday January 26th our travel basketball teams will host teams from Hyannis and surrounding cities.  Please check our website for game times and upcoming athletic events.


Attention Parents

Summer Camp
Registration begins on February 1st! This year we are offering an EARLY BIRD special.  
20% off FULL payments made by March 31st!  

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