From all of us at Nantucket STAR Happy Holidays and joyous New Year!

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Gratitude: the quality of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

I know that we will all be gearing up for the holiday season that is soon to be upon us. I imagine that like most of you, I am trying to purposefully not get caught in the mayhem and enjoy all those small moments that come my way each day. I am thankful for Nantucket STAR and for all the amazing children it has brought into my life. I have had more than one staff/volunteer comment on the highlight of their week being their time spent with STAR. It’s those kids! They are funny, courageous, daring, a bit wild at times, and full of life. Where else to you get to play, create, and enjoy our lives while at the same time working hard on social skills, learning to work together and communicate. Most of all, the children that participate in our programming cause us to remember to take joy in the small things and that a kind word goes a long way. May all of our hearts be filled with gratefulness and remember to be kind to one another.

One of our skaters handed me a beautiful drawing a few weeks ago with several sentences written underneath. It was obvious  he had worked hard not only on the illustration but his handwriting as well. It said, “I went ice skating last week. It was a lot of fun. I really like skating”.  That says it all!

I love football. You are probably wondering what does that have to do with STAR- it’s the cheering. I spend a fair bit of my time cheering in this job and that’s a wonderful thing.  I get to cheer on the children in our programs both in encouragement as they face a new challenges and then in delight when they accomplish their goals. I get to cheer our amazing staff and volunteers as they to face new challenges and then in delight as they see the fruit of their labor. I get to cheer on our families as they face their bumps in the road and then in gratitude as they share their beautiful marvelous children with us. How fortunate are we that we get to witness what once seemed highly unlikely become ‘been there done that’!

I am thankful for all those that cheer me on, to the board that seldom says no and believes in the impossible, to our Nantucket community and businesses who support us, and to my family who makes a way for me to do some of things that mean most to me at STAR.

It’s the eve of what begins the summer season here on Nantucket, Memorial Day Week-end. Although we still have several weeks of school left, summer feels right around the corner. We have a few weeks left of our spring session “Learn to Swim” program and what a great time we have all had. It is very satisfying to see the children in our programs  move forward as they conquer their fears, learn new skills and just have fun! You will find STAR in the “water” this summer. We have our summer “Learn To Swim” classes at the Nantucket Community Pool, kayaking and paddle boarding with Nantucket Community Sailing down at Jetties Beach and one of our all time favorite weeks of the summer, Adapted Water Sports the first week in August.  What’s better then a summer afternoon at the beach windsurfing or singing from the tops of our lungs as we paddle around the harbor in the outrigger canoe. We have the best job in the world! We at STAR are looking forward to re-connecting with our summer families and meeting new friends!

See you at the beach………

We can finally see the ground! I have never been so happy to see spring! There is lots going on over the next few months for STAR. We are just finishing up our skating and cross fit programs, are in the middle of our “Saturday Morning with STAR” and are ready to jump back into the pool for our swim classes in a few short weeks. I am so thankful for our STAR families and their willingness to entrust their kiddos to us and for the wonderful team of staff and volunteers that help to make the magic happen. There is a quiet, but very involved group of committed individuals that are the heart of soul of STAR that I would like to recognize this month. Thank you to the Board of Directors of Nantucket STAR who give countless hours of their time, who cheer me and our families on, and who are superb at “keeping the main thing the main thing”! “Joining Hands to Make a Difference”

Dear Families,

Nantucket S.T.A.R. is excited to be offering two new programs for our early 2015 winter programming, a cooking class and a fitness class. Our sensory art class will be taking place in the early spring when the AAN has moved into their new building on Amelia Drive. Skating will be beginning in January as well! Please sign up promptly as space is limited in each program and do not hesitate to contact the office for program scholarship information!

Nantucket S.T.A.R. wishes you all a very happy holiday season. May the upcoming year be filled with grace, laughter, and joy for the journey!

Cheers!