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December, 2017
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1st Grader, Member, and Youth of the month

      Sofia Merlos- First Grader of the month 
Sofia is one of the happiest 1st graders of the whole rambunctious bunch. Every single day she greets all the staff with hugs and the biggest smile. So far this year she has already played on the NBGC "New York Red Bulls" Soccer Team. She also enjoys cheerleading and playing basketball. When she isn't running around outside with her friends and a soccer ball, you can often find Sofia in the Art Room making bracelets. Her favorite day at the Club are Tuesdays, when there is Culinary Time in the Art Room. Fruit smoothies get her super excited! Another fun fact about Sofia is that she has a twin brother who is just as sweet as she is.

    Color: White
                                  Book : The Lion King
                  Movie/TV Show : Beauty and the Beast
                                Food : Pepperoni Pizza

Goals : Wants to be a doctor and a police officer.

  Anabela Gaurilcikas- Member of the month 
Anabela is an active 4th grader. She is on the NBGC Division 3 "Sparks" Basketball Team. She participates in Smart Girls and Power Hour, both National programs. When asked why she enjoyed coming to the Club, she explained that it allows her to do what she loves most - be active and have fun. You can usually find Anabela in the learning center doing her homework or outside playing soccer with her friends.
     Color : Blue
                 Book : Bad Kitty and Captain Underpants
                      Food : Spanish Food and Sweets
                          Goal: Wants to be a model

 Stephany Zavala- Youth of the month
Stephany is a 7th grader and one of the giggliest girls at the Club. Always laughing at everything and everyone, including herself, she brings such a positive and happy vibe to the Club. This year Stephany played on the NBGC "Barcelona" Soccer Team. Moving to the US from El Salvador in 2015, her English has improved significantly and she loves teaching the staff new Spanish words. Every day when Stephany comes into the Club she helps tremendously with the 1st grade program. She assists in delegating the 1st graders to their activities for the day and enjoys coloring with them in the Canteen. Stephany can also be found outside or in the Teen Room socializing with her friends or playing games in the Computer Lab.
       Color: Pink
                               Movie/TV Show: Fuller House
                                      Food - Cheese Pizza
Goal: Wants to work at the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club


What's happening
Lego Robotics League
December 3rd marked the second straight year that the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club competed in the FIRST LEGO League qualifiers in Worcester, MA. Our NBGC RoboWhalers LEGO Robotics team, Annie, Charlotte, Dakara, Danny, Olivia, Rocky, Shayquan, and Siena, traveled to the qualifier at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where they competed against 34 other teams in the HYDRO DYNAMICS competition.
            Once there, they were judged on their teamwork, the code they wrote to guide the robot, and their project: an innovative solution to this year's challenge: to improve the way people find, transport, use, or dispose of water. Our members' idea was to develop a more eco-friendly alternative to sanitary wipes, which currently jam up sewers and water treatment plants everywhere, causing blockages and costly cleanups. Their solution was to create a prototype cleansing spray that can be applied to toilet paper and perform the same task, but also break down once flushed. They presented a slideshow and demonstrated their product to the judges (on one of their computers, don't worry).
            Around the judging sessions, over the course of several hours, our team competed in five heats where they navigated their robot around a table with obstacles they must avoid and missions they must accomplish in order to score points. In our fifth and final heat of the competition Rocky and Danny were able to post our best score of the day. The score they earned of 75 points was good enough to place 13th out of the 35 teams competing, a huge improvement over last year's performance of 23rd out of 30!
            The day finished off with the Closing Ceremony, where the awards are given. Our team left it all out on the field and were pleasantly surprised to be presented with the Award for Strategy and Innovation, our first ever award and a huge testament to the hard work and ingenuity displayed in the programming of our robot. It was a great way to cap off the 2017 year for our LEGO Robotics program, and also a great foundation for the future. Seven of our eight members are in fifth grade or under, so, in a league where children may participate until eighth grade, the future of our NBGC RoboWhalers is looking bright!
Thank you to our amazing coaches Hugh Robbins and Danny Kurash.

Triple Play
Christine and Shantoi, two of our amazing staff at the Club have been running Triple Play this year. Triple Play is a national program through the Boys & Girls Club of America and it teaches members about healthy habits. Here is an update from Christine and Shantoi:
The kids have been really excited and involved this year and we have a lot going on. We've started off the year with fitness trials, keeping track of and encouraging their improvement every week. We've also been focusing on community service with the kids taking a lead role in running the projects. They include a healthy snack bake sale to profit Inky Santa as well as making ornaments to benefit Sailing Stork. As for health and nutrition, the kids have been taking a lot from the MyPlate program. With the kids taking more of a leadership role in the Triple Play Club, we've seen some of them truly shine and become great role models for their peers. 
Computer Lab
The My.Future programming is continuing to be a success at the club. The members who have been actively engaging in this have learned everything from the importance of digital safety and online privacy, to understanding binary digit and text compression as they relate to computer programming.
The computer lab is becoming more of a learning hub for our members as our computer lab coordinator is keeping the club, and our members, at the forefront of the latest technology. Some of the activities that Hugh has lined up for the kids at the start of 2018 include: computer coding, system programming, robotics, application design and development stages, plus much more! 
Games Room
Now that football season is over, the Games Room is especially busy! More than 60 members use the Games Room each day. There are a variety of tournaments going on in this exciting area of the club. The tournaments include carpet ball, bumper pool, foosball, air hockey, and many more. Members not participating in the tournaments are able to play chess, checkers, ping pong, and numerous board games.
Art Room
The Art Room has been busy with members making friendship bracelets for the Club's Christmas tree downtown. The NBGC tree received the Chamber of Commerce 3rd place prize in the youth category. Next time you're in town, stop by and see the wonderful work they created!
Members are continuing to learn about fabric printing and sewing as well as playing book BINGO once a week.
Teen Room
The teen room participated in a November Lifeline tournament. Congratulations to Marc-Anthony for taking home the 1st place prize. He was rewarded with a Stop & Shop gift card.
Culinary Club continues to be a big hit! Our 6th grader members are able to attend Culinary Club on Mondays and members in 7th grade and older attend on Wednesdays. The Culinary Club has been cooking up some delicious treats including chicken quesadillas, frittatas with cheese, egg, ham, and vegetables, and ice-cream cone cupcakes.
The Teen Room just purchased an exciting new X-Box app called Jackbox TV Party Pack 4.  It is a compilation of 6 different games. The teens use their phones to answer questions and vote while mixing technology with peer comradery.


Congratulations to all of our soccer champions this year. It was an awesome first season and we look forward to next year!



      Division III Champions- DYNAMO

 Division II Champions- MANCHESTER UNITED 


Division I Champions- BAYERN MUNICH 



Thank you to our generous soccer sponsors! We appreciate your support!


Joe Manning Roofing

Clarke Brothers Construction

  Cape Cod Express

  Eastwood Flooring 

Open Gym during the holidays
Need something to do during the holiday break? The Club will be open December 26th- December 29th from 11:00am- 2:00pm. The gym will be the only area in the club open during this time. Join us for soccer and basketball!
Members are free and any non-members are $5 per day.
Attention Parents


There is a large amount of items in our lost and found. Please come by the Club and look to see if any items belong to your member. The staff will be cleaning out our lost and found during the holiday break.
We also have a number of bikes on the bike rack. Many of those bikes have been there for a long period of time. Please check to see if any of the bikes belong to your child. Please do not leave any bikes here during the holiday break.
We will be donating ALL unclaimed bikes and lost and found items after December 23rd.
We wish you a safe and happy holidays! See you in 2018!                
Nantucket Boys & Girls Club | PO Box 269 | Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554 | 508-228-0158