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February, 2018 
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Club News!
    1st Grader, Member, and Youth
                    of the month!

Jolette Barragan- First Grader of the month 
Jolette is a sweet, soft-spirited 1st grader. She loved being on the DIII "Chaos" Dodge Ball team.

Any chance she gets to explore her creativity, Jolette jumps on it and heads straight to the Art Room. Whether the activity is water color painting or 1st grade cooking, her hand is always one of the first ones raised to be in the Art Room.

She also enjoys a good battle of Air Hockey and Bumper Pool in the Games Room.



                  TV Show/Movie- Teen Titans Go and Moana

                                  Color- Pink and purple

                   Book- That's Not my Dolly by Fiona Watt

                                  Food- Vanilla ice cream


                    Goal- Wants to be a police officer

         Deniro Graham- Member of the month 
Deniro is a quiet, respectful 2nd grader who loves being active. When he comes to the Club, he looks forward to open soccer in the gym. When the gym isn't open, he is likely to be outside playing soccer or gaga with his friends.

His interest in history and architecture show in his drawings of landmarks. He enjoys drawing the Pyramids and the Eiffel Tower. 

The NBGC Lego Robotics program also captures Deniro's attention. 

                          TV Show/ Movie- Henry Danger
                                          Color- Blue
               Book- Atlantis the Lost City by Andrew Donkin
                              Food- Boiled eggs and noodles

                    Goal- Wants to be an architect

            Ella Mae Fox- Youth of the month
Ella Mae is a lovely 6th grader who spends almost all day, every day in the Art Room. She possess not only a uniquely creative energy, but also a strong willingness to help others around the Club. She helps organize projects in the Art Room daily, volunteers to help the staff set up for special events, and always does it with a smile on her face.

Ella Mae participates in Thursday Teen Nights and enjoys playing Pictionary and Scattegories in the Learning Center.
TV Shows/ Movie- Grey's Anatomy and Secret Life of Bees
                                       Color- Aqua
                        Book- Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
                                        Food- Salad
          Goal- Wants to be an artist or work with kids

What's happening

The Art Room has been full of members working on various Valentine's activities. Members are creating pieces of jewelry, pencil holders, silk screen prints, and cards for their loved ones.
The first Monday of each month, members are given an opportunity to participate in button making. This is a popular activity among our members! Every Tuesday, Book BINGO is played in the Art Room and on Thursdays, members are learning hands on about silkscreen printing.
The Computer Lab has been filled with members every day. The cold weather outside allows more members to participate in the computer lab programs, games, and movies. Educational games and online free time have been the main attractions in the Computer Lab
Members are continuing to participate in Power Hour Homework Club every day in the Learning Center! The next Power Hour Party will be on February 16th.
On Monday afternoons, members can be found playing Wheel of Fortune, white board Pictionary, and Trivial Pursuit.
The LEGO Robotics program has continued and we've been seeing a lot more members become proficient in coding the robots and completing challenges. On Tuesday afternoons, 5th and 6th graders are given the opportunity to participate in Robotics Challenge. Our 2nd and 3rd grade members are enjoying Intro to LEGO Robots on Wednesday afternoons. Robot Programming free time is offered to 2nd-6th grade members on Thursday afternoons in the Learning Center.

The 1st graders have been really involved with reading buddies!  Jolette Barragan and Cailyn Lopez will both be receiving an award for perfect attendance January. Great job girls! Our 1st graders are paired with a 5th or 6th grade buddy and read a book of their choice to them. The 5th and 6th graders have been really enjoying this as well and continue to encourage their younger "buddies" to read! Christine, our fabulous Assistant Program Director, organizes a variety of activities for our young members. This month they have been busy working on projects for Black History Month as well as Valentine's day! Christine is constantly encouraging our 1st graders to try new activities throughout the Club.
This month in the Teen Room, members are battling it out to be named Ping Pong champion. There are daily tournaments with prizes and members are enjoying showing off their skills. 
The Culinary Club has been busy in the kitchen. Lasagna, biscuits,  and Valentine's cupcakes are just a few of the delicious treats they've been cooking up!


Winter Break Activities

Ready to step up your game and show off your skills?
There will be  3 vs. 3 basketball tournaments and skills competitions throughout the week. Sign up with Andrew!
Come rock out with Danny! He will be playing Rock Band and Just Dance during the break. Danny will also be taking member to play disc golf on Wednesday afternoon and geocaching on Friday morning. Don't wait to sign up!  
If you love the Art Room, you do not want to miss out on all the activities Caitlin has planned! Making sun catchers, pearler beading, 3-D drawing, splatter painting, sewing, and jewelry making are just some of the exciting art projects Caitlin will be creating!
Join Hugh in the Computer Lab for movies and free time on the computers throughout the week! Love XBOX games? Hugh will be challenging members on Tuesday and Wednesday!
On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, members will have the opportunity to attend Winter Discovery Days at the Whaling Museum. On Wednesday, there will be a field trip to the African Meeting House. Sign up with Christine!

   Daily Themes:
     Monday - Hat Day
 Tuesday - Pajama Day 
               Wednesday - 70s Day 
              Thursday - Sports Day 
       Friday - Olympic/Cultural Day 

STEM Highlight Campaign


Boys & Girls Club of America ranked NBGC 2nd best club for Computer Science. We are extremely proud of our members hard work and determination on the Myfuture program. Our club was rewarded with a new desk top computer and a virtual reality headset!
Two club members will be selected to be interviewed by Microsoft for a Boys & Girls Club of America STEM highlight campaign that will be distributed to all clubs nationwide as well as  shared on social media outlets, newsletters, and websites!

With school winter break fast approaching, basketball season for 1st and 2nd grade is coming to an end. We invite everyone to come and support our DIII boys & girls teams as they begin playoff games next Tuesday. On February 20th, our 4th grade boys will play the Benson Ballers in a exhibition game here at NBGC with the tip-off set for 6:15pm. On March 5th, our 6th grade boys travel team will take on the 7th grade Select Team here at NBGC with tip-off slated for 6:15pm. Everyone is welcomed to attend as doors will open for both games at 5:45pm.
A huge thank you goes out to all of our volunteer coaches. Without your support none of this would be possible!

Attention Parents
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Super Bowl themed Family Night! We had an awesome time playing games, eating delicious tailgate snacks, and supporting our favorite football team!





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