February 2019
Hello Families, 

This month we are focusing our Service Learning Project to help the community program End 68 Hours of Hunger! End 68 Hours of Hunger  is a private, not-for-profit, effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school-children experience between the free lunch they receive in school Friday and the free breakfast they receive in school Monday. We encourage you to send your child to program with a non-perishable item to help support this cause. Last year we collected 1200 items and this year we would like to give back 2000 items! You can drop off items until March 8th. 
We will be hosting our 2nd Annual Children's Carnival on March 9th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Exeter Area YMCA! This is a free family fun event for you all to attend and includes an animal show, magician, jugglers, and more! Please come join all the School Age Child Care Staff for a fun exciting day at the Carnival! If you can, please bring a non-perishable item to donate at the door to help support End 68 Hours of Hunger! We hope to see you there! 
SACC is on Facebook! Please be sure to join our new Facebook page " Southern District YMCA School Age Child Care"     to see what everyone is doing at their before and after school programs and to stay up to date with all of our events and more! 


Stephanie Sturgis 
Director of School Age Child Care

Check out these upcoming YMCA events:

YMCA School Age Child Care:

When School's Out... The Y's In
When school is out during the holidays or vacation weeks, the YMCA offers full-day activities for elementary-age students. Daily field trips allow students to get out and explore a new museum or location each day, while parents can stay at work knowing their kids are safe and having fun! Upcoming trips this month are:

February Vacation Camp! (February 25-March 1)
Spend your February vacation worry-free, knowing your kids are off having loads of fun exploring and playing! Registration is now open online and trip/bus stop descriptions can be found at

Our February Vacation Camp Trip Schedule is as follows:

February 25 - Gymnastics Day at the Granite YMCA
February 26 - EcoTerium in Worchester, MA
February 27 - Boston Museum of Science
February 28 - YMCA Camp Lincoln
March 1 - Planetarium

Contact Nicole Souza with any questions!

Exeter Area YMCA

Winter Programming!
The Exeter Area YMCA's winter programming is in full swing! You can check out all of the programs they have to offer, ranging from youth to adult to family programming, here with the Winter Program Guide:

Registration for Spring 1 Session opens on February 11th for members and February 18th for the community. Don't miss out!
Busting Boredom and 
Staying Organized!

February vacation is coming up quick as well as many cold weekends cooped up inside! That means parents are frantically trying to come up with how they are going to keep their kids entertained and engaged while  preventing  boredom!  Try out this handy trick from one Pinterest user to get the kids involved in planning out a week filled with fun and family bonding:

Try to guide your kids into coming up with weekend or vacation activities that keep their minds and bodies active and limit screen time! And of course- involve the whole family when available for some quality bonding!

Of course, if you are looking for ways to keep the kids engaged for the upcoming break from school, don't forget to check out School Age Child Care's February Vacation Camp trips! And if you want some fun quality family time in the upcoming weekends, be sure to join us for our 
2nd Annual Children's Carniva
at the Exeter Area YMCA on March 9th from 9a-12p! Admission is free and smiles are guaranteed!

Good luck boredom busting and have some fun!

Here you'll find any staffing updates for our sites!
Brentwood: Taylor Grijalva - Site Director
East Kingston : Courtney Copp - AM Group Leader
Exeter: Amy Randolph  - Site Director
Hampstead: Collin LaSala - Program Assistant
Stratham: Anthony Bedard - Group Leader
Each month, we select a child from each site who always does an excellent job displaying the YMCA's 4 core values: Caring, Respect, Honesty and Responsibility.

Kaya Nishina

Aryn Simmons
Alex Wrisley
East Kingston


Zachary Chute & Rebecca Goulet

Febi Dow

Kendall Johnson

Jocelyn Betts & Charlotte Cromer

Ronan Champney
Hampton Falls

Lucy Bean


Connor Paradis

Colin Murphy
Abby McNamara
North Hampton

Jaden Taylor

Christian Peters
S eabrook
 Cole Cammarata & Madison Gionet

Tax Information:

Our tax identification number is 04-3383996. 
SDYMCA provides monthly billing statements. Families are responsible to maintain necessary financial records for their child care expenses for tax purposes. Families can print out a payment history from their child(ren's) online account. End of year statements are not provided through the SDYMCA office.

Please be reminded:

 All changes in enrollment for the following month, including withdrawal notifications, are due in writing to Beverly, our Office Manager, by the 25th of the month prior to the change.
All payments are due in full on the 1st of each month.  You have until the 7th to pay before a late fee of $20 may be accessed on the 8th of the month.


Beverly Bowles
Office Manager
603 319 5940
Stephanie Sturgis
Director of School Age Child Care
603 319 5942

Nicole Lambert
Assistant Director
603 319 5941
Nicole coordinates: 

Jacob Sidney 
Program Coordinator
603 319 5949
Jake coordinates:
Exeter, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, and Raymond

Nicole Souza
Program Coordinator
603 319 5943
Nicole coordinates:
Brentwood, Danville, East Kingston, Fremont, Newton, North Hampton, and Seabrook
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Brentwood: Hello everyone! Very excited to be back around the students and the families that I've connected with last school year. This month is filled with lots of fun crafts and activities for the kids to enjoy. We are focusing on the importance of kindness, to our friends, families and others around us. Let's practice kindness not just at the YMCA, but in and out of the classroom as well. Stay warm and keep on smiling!!

Danville: This month is all about kindness. We are going to focus on how to be kind to ourselves, friends, family, and strangers. We will be making a banner with many different acts of kindness we can perform and see how many we can check off before the month is over. 

East Kingston: Hi East Kingston families! We hope you are all enjoying a wonderful winter and that the kids are looking forward to a fun-filled February vacation! Our East Kingston kids are busy this month exploring our theme of kindness and continuing to engage in fun activities both outside and in! We appreciate your patience as we continue to search for a permanent EKES site director! 

Exeter: Hey Exeter families hope you are all doing well! Exeter has already had a fun start to the month, engaging in a ton of fun active group games outside in the gorgeous stretch of weather we had last week and spending some time in enrichment exploring the different ways kindness makes people feel! Our Exeter group is super excited about some fun new toys and games and our admin team has been busy reorganizing the space and getting everything set up as we prepare to (re)welcome our new Exeter site director Amy! Looking forward to a fantastic rest of the school year!

Fremont: Hi Fremont Families! I cannot believe we are into February already! This month I am really excited for a special art project we will be doing. We will have a special guest come in the week before February Break to work on something special with the kids. More details to follow! As always, we go outside everyday so I cannot stress enough how important it is to encourage your kids to bring out their hats and gloves with them!

Hampstead: Hi Hampstead families! February is in full swing and while many of our friends have been busy with after school activities and enrichments, our School's Out group has also been plenty busy with some exciting enriching games and science projects! We are looking forward to a great month of exploring kindness and how we can show it to each other! Also, be sure to say hi to the newest addition to the Hampstead SACC team Collin! Collin is a program assistant and will be working with the kiddos in both the AM and PM programs!

Hampton: Hi Hampton families! The cold weather is definitely upon us..brr! This month we will be focusing on kindness. We will be continuing to collect donations for End 68 Hours of Hunger. What a great way to show kindness to our local families who are food insecure. Every little bit helps! Looking forward to a great month of activities and crafts to show our children that "If everyone gives a little, it amounts to a lot". 

Hampton Falls: Happy February Hampton Falls! We can't believe we are already past the one month mark in 2019 and that February vacation is almost upon us! Our Hampton Falls kids are looking forward to learning about all the different ways we can show kindness towards others, including collecting donations for our End 68 Hours of Hunger service learning project!

Kensington: Hi Kensington families it's Cody! Just wanted to start out by saying thank you for welcoming me in with open arms the past month, I'm so excited to be here! In this upcoming month we are going to be focusing on different types of kindness and how it is always around us! We are still planning to be going outside so please make sure to pack the winter clothes as well!

Kingston: Hello Kingston Families! A big thank you to those of you who were able to join us and talk about your careers and the paths you took to get there. Your support and interest in our program means a lot to us! We are looking forward to exploring the many ways to express kindness in the coming month and we are excited to welcome Challenger Sports to our Early Release day. We are still accepting donations for End 68 Hours of Hunger, and are challenging ourselves to reach the new SACC goal. 

Newton: During the month of February, Newton will be focusing on friendship and kindness not only in human interactions but of those in nature as well.  We are excited to learn of natures odd couples and how different species get along despite their differences.  We are looking forward to teaching our children that even though we are different it is important to have respect and kindness for those around us.

North Hampton: We had a great month learning about the diverse people in our communities and the importance to treat everyone as an equal. Next month we will spread kindness like confetti and practice new ways to be kind to everyone!

Raymond: Happy February!!! Although it is a short month we are jam packed with kindness activities!!! This month we are really going to dive into what it means to be kind and how it makes us feel! We will be doing some experiments such as the domino effect, as well as some crafting with our kindness rocks! We look forward to another great month and being kind to one another! 

Seabrook: Can't believe that January has come and gone and seeing how the kids at Seabrook have grown. For the month of February, we will be focusing on feelings, on finding positive ways to help learn about their feelings, and how we can help support them! We will also be doing some cool Valentine's day activities along with some new group games that we can all do together!

Stratham: For the month of February we are so excited to be learning about the impact of kindness.  We'll be spreading kindness to each other through Valentine's notes, mantra bracelets and practicing yoga.  We will be putting on a performance of Horton Hears a Who. Our older students will be learning how to show kindness to the environment by "upcycling" clothes.  

A huge THANK YOU to Northeast Passage for coming out to our Stratham program and teaching the kids all about adaptive sports and inclusivity! Definitely an unforgettable experience for our kids!

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