Happy fall, S.T.A.R. families!

What a beautiful October we enjoyed!  We were thrilled to see our Adventure Pods venture out.  So far, groups have explored Gardner Farm and the Audubon property off of Hummock Pond Road.  What a joy it was to see the children interact with each other, staff and volunteers!  The crisp air and blue skies set the perfect tone for groups to laugh, learn and play.  We saw birds, animal tracks, insects and more.  Although we had to cancel last week due to bad weather, we are looking forward to reconnecting this week at the Milestone Cranberry Bog!  The weather looks perfect to walk the bogs and learn about the cranberry harvest on Nantucket.  We will be rescheduling last Saturday’s missed trip, so stay tuned!

Our littlest community members also began Saturday Mornings with S.T.A.R., outdoors at the Community Music Center.  Tina spends the morning hour with children birth -4 and their caregivers, providing a developmentally rich environment to play, craft, sing and enjoy each other’s company.  This group is always such a joy and is offered in partnership with the Community School and generously funded by ReMain Nantucket and the Community Foundation of Nantucket.

As we move into November, we are grateful for the opportunity to be together and enjoy.  This month, board member and mother, Terri Dion, will be hosting two cooking classes!  On Saturday, November 6th from 3-4pm, we will learn how to make a crustless cranberry pie.  A perfect treat as we move deeper into autumn.  If you have yet to do so, please email Kerry if you are interested in participating.  Classes will be conducted via zoom and materials will be delivered.  Stay tuned for another cooking class later this month!

November also brings fundraising opportunities, and the Nantucket Police Department has graciously selected Nantucket S.T.A.R. as the recipient of their ‘No Shave November’ fundraiser.  Members of the NPD are required to remain clean shaven, except during November, when they are allowed to let their facial hair grow for donations a local nonprofit.  This is always a fun event for the NPD and community members.  Thank you NPD!  Donations can be made by scanning the QR code on their flyer.  Please spread the word!

On a personal note, I would like to thank all of you for the warm welcome I have received from our S.T.A.R. community.  I am thrilled to be stepping into the role of Director and beyond excited to build on the wonderful programming that S.T.A.R. already has to offer.

Warmly,

Kerry Ray

Dear Star Family and Friends,

The Board of Directors at NantucketSTAR is happy to welcome our new Program Director, Kerry Ray. Kerry has been a year round resident since 2006 and is the mom of two beautiful boys, Homer and Harrison. Kerry grew up in New Hampshire and has always had a passion for working with children and families. She spent several summers working for Strong Wings Adventure School, she was a teacher at Nantucket New School and head of their early school. Kerry taught Little Lighthouse where she helped with events and fundraising at the Lighthouse School. Kerry serves on the board of Friends of Nantucket Public School and an active member at the First Congregational Church.

Welcome Kerry!!!!

 

 

Happy Fall!

This is my favorite season on Nantucket and I love getting out and enjoying all Nantucket has to offer. We have some exciting things happening at Nantucket STAR! We are will be offering our pod adventures this fall and are thrilled to be able to be offering our playgroup Saturday Morning With STAR.  Be on the look out for virtual cooking classes later this fall.

Nantucket STAR is happy to announce the hiring of Kerry Ray as our new Program Director and Many Mason will be taking over the business aspects of STAR. Kerry brings a wealth of educational and non-profit experience and a passion for Nantucket STAR! Mandy is a long time family member and fan of STAR and is bringing her bookkeeping/business talents to our day to day operations. We will be featuring both of these talented women in our next blog!

Tina for the Nantucket STAR Gang

Woo Hoo! We are headed back to the beach and into the water!!!!

Hi STAR Friends and Families,

We are super excited to be able to offer adapted water sports in partnership with Nantucket Community Sailing  during the month of July! We also have some great programming in the works for August. It has been a long year and we are looking forward to some fun in the sun and out in the water!

Cheers and fair tides,

The STAR Gang

 

 

Nantucket STAR 2020-2021 Winter Newsletter

Dear STAR Families and Friends,

Happy New Year to you and your family!  With 2020 behind us, we at Nantucket STAR are looking forward to the possibilities 2021 will bring.  We are grateful to all of you for being a part of and supporting Nantucket STAR, especially as it looked outside the box to provide pandemic safe programming this past year. One of the benefits of a New Year is that it allows one to think about the future while reflecting on the past and we want to share some of our thinking with you…

In the fall, we were able to continue with our  pandemic-inspired Adventure Pods, which allowed the participants to be outside and explore the beautiful scenery and nature Nantucket has to offer.  As happened this summer, students were grouped into pods and each pod visited different sites on different days.  The itinerary included a visit to the Audubon property, Linda Loring, the University of Massachusetts Field Station, and Squam Swamp.  After each visit, students did a bit of journaling to reflect on their experiences.  The success of the program was based on good weather and the assistance of families who were so supportive and helped make shifts when venue changes were required when a property was too crowded.  The safety and health of the children and staff was the highest priority and this was made possible with quick thinking and family support.  Thank you!

In addition to outdoor activities, there was also a Nantucket STAR Chopped Class offered in conjunction with Chef Greg and the Nantucket Culinary Institute.  Chef Greg and his staff put together cooking packages, which were delivered to participants with the required recipes and ingredients so they could learn to make some delicious fall treats which included Apple Hand Pies, Thanksgiving Stuffing, Nantucket Cranberry Sauce with Local Apples, and S’more Rice Krispies Roll Ups, while being instructed to do so over Zoom.  As you can see, fun was had by all!

As we continue into the pandemic for the foreseeable future, we are looking to continue with some winter and spring programming that allows for social distancing and to be outdoors or on Zoom as we did in the fall.  Some of the possibilities for winter include a Winter Virtual Cooking Class and a Virtual Art Class, to be held in January and February.  In March, we are looking to offer a “Home Skills” Thinking and Creating Class to teach some life skills at home, and another Adventure Pod series.  We will be in touch once the itinerary is in place with dates and times.

 

Again, we wish you the best in the New Year and look forward to “seeing” you when we do!  Thank you for your support of Nantucket STAR!  Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @starnantucket and to like us on Facebook!

Dear Supporter of Nantucket STAR, 

 

Nantucket STAR began in 2003 and has grown from 1 program of 6 students, to serving 50+ students and families a year. This is a benefit to our community that has also  grown up and diversified in need and challenges. Each year as we have grown, we have given back to our community, raised children and given them strength while also being supported by many donors, Sponsors and individuals.

 

As an active teacher of programs, I have had the honor and privilege of watching children and families grow from timid beginnings to confident participants in recreational fun with us and then on their own. The tools given by STAR leaders to parents and students are to help them become more independent and self-sufficient in participation, be it small or large group activities.

 

We, as a board, rose to the challenge of the health and community restrictions by thinking outside the box and creating a Covid-19 Response Plan. We knew many of our families were isolated and showing regression and sadness from lack of stimulation. After surveying staff and families, we created “STAR Adventure Pods” and began. Family responses were of thanks and gratitude for providing activities and friendships to their children. This was the greatest gift STAR leaders could receive. 

 

This year due to closure of CV-19, we were unable to host our annual event that sustains and provides the financial security to continue our work. We are gravely concerned that our small non-profit will become a victim of this time of many closures. Each program we provide has costs for staffing, insurance, processing, and now PPE for all. Without our event, we are seeing the impact and we may not be able to sustain our finances and need to make difficult decisions. 

 

Before we make those decisions, we are asking for support. This is different for us, and uncomfortable, but we are plainly just asking. 

 

We are a non-profit with a tax ID to help those that can give. And if you are able to give, please know, your impact will support this community in boundless ways. The mental health and physical health of our youth is critical, and we are concerned if we fade away, so will many of our families and friends that rely on STAR. 

 

Here is a glimpse of what this summer provided, even in a pandemic. Nantucket STAR Summer 2020 video

 

Please consider a donation through this link  on our web page, or mailing to Nantucket STAR, PO Box 3423, Nantucket, MA 02584

 

With Gratitude,

 

Kim Albertson

Hello STAR Families and Friends,

We are excited to be able to offer some summer programming. It will definitely not look the same, but the STAR Team has put together some fun activities that will get our STAR kiddos  “movin and groovin” while adhering to the protocols set forward by our local and state governments. Thank you so much for your patience and we are all super happy to be able to connect with all of you!!!

Best,

The STAR Team

Hi Families,

Please click on the link below to get connected to some fun Zoom Meet Ups with our STAR Staff! We miss all of you very much and thought this would be a great way to stay connected until we can meet face to face.

 

Be well!

The STAR Gang

Let’s Zoom!(6)

Dear Families,

Out of an abundance of caution and the state’s recommendation regarding Covid-19, Nantucket STAR and its Board of Directors  have  decided to cancel all programming until April 10th. Given that many of STAR’s participants are immunocompromised we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to take a break from programming. Nantucket STAR will issue a full credit to go towards a future STAR program of choice for those who have already paid for the Cross Fit program. We are planning to resume programming on April 11th with our “Learn to Swim” classes and will keep everyone informed of any changes.
As of now our dinner fundraiser at Dune Restaurant on March 22nd has been postponed until the fall.
We will miss all of you! Stay healthy!
Best,
Tina
Be Good to Each Other!!!!

Hi STAR Families and Friends,

I know most of you are eagerly anticipating February break and while we are looking forward to some time off, our spring programming will begin the first week in March. We will be offering our “Learn To Swim” classes along with Cross Fit at Nantucket Cycling Center. Be on the look out for a respite night early in March and for more information regarding our fundraiser dinner at Dune Restaurant on Sunday, March 22nd for our summer camp STAR Troopers and our annual Gala event at The Chicken Box on Saturday, May 9th. Save the Date!

We have had so much fun at STAR Chopped this winter. A huge thank you to the ReMain Fund and the Nantucket Culinary Center for helping to make this incredible program possible! We have had 10 families participating in our Saturday Morning Play Group with STAR this winter and appreciate our partnership with Nantucket Community School in this vital program.

More good news from Nantucket STAR coming your way in March!

Best,

Tina