Happy Thanksgiving!

We began preliminary placement this week.

  • If we sent you an email regarding a new incoming student –
    • please respond to your email right away.
  • If you were not contacted, please know that we will continue to place students right up until the arrival day.
  • Winter quarter is one of our smallest quarter for incoming students. We are trying to be fare with placements but there will not be enough new students for each host family.
  • We appreciate your patience with our placement.
Boeing Trip 2017

Boeing Trip November 2017

Vacation policy: ‘Tis the time of year when we are all thinking about a vacation. Me – I am thinking about warm water and sandy beaches……. Here are a few reminders to take into consideration if your student chooses to go on a vacation over Winter break.

  • Finals are over December 14th.
  • Winter quarter begins January 3rd.
  • Remember the student always pays on their anniversary date – if they normally pay on the 20th they will continue to pay on the 20th. If they are leaving on the 15th, have them pay prior to leaving and then they will not pay again until January 20th.
  • If a student is gone less than 2 weeks, nothing changes, they will pay their shared living expense in full. We suggest having the student pay prior to leaving.
  • If your student is gone for 2 weeks or more, they will pay you half of the shared living expense for that month.

For more information on vacations and some examples of scenarios, please read your host family manual. If you don’t know where your host family manual is, go to the host post link, look at the top of the page and you will see many tabs to choose from. One of those tabs is the Host Family Manual.

Host Post Tabs

  • If your student is part of the 16 year old program – their information is on page 24.
  • If your student is 17 or older – their information is on page 17.

From The Housing Team


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Did you send in your availability?

Prelim placement begins next week! If you haven’t replied to our availability list email, be assured your name is NOT on our list.


Students sitting by the fire in the SU building.

As a friendly reminder, please remind your students the importance of student safety.

  • Do not dress in dark clothes in the dark.
    •  Put reflection tape on the backpack or clothing.
  • Do not walk alone, be aware of your surroundings.
  • Don’t be on your phone or ear bugs in when walking on the street.
  • When walking – walk away from traffic, not facing traffic.
  • Be aware of who is at the bus stop when you are.
  • Leave your cash or valuables at home when ever possible.
  • Report any incident or suspicious activity immediately.
    • Call 911, notify Green River College Campus Safety and Housing (Housing Emergency: 253-740-8422)
  • In case of incident, make sure your student calls 911
    • Be sure your student knows they will not get in trouble if they call 911.
    • Some students’ English level may be low, but 911 has interpreters for a variety language.

Upcoming Events:

  • Decorate Kent Campus: November 20, 1:45-5p. Meet on the sky bridge for hot chocolate and cookies and help decorate for the holidays!
  • Leavenworth Christmas Village: December 2; 8a-10p, $25 for GRC students, $35 for non-students. Sign up on line: greenriver.edu/campus-life
  • Santa Parade, snacks & crafts: December 2; 11:30a-6p. Meet at bus circle. contact James, International Student Ambassador at ychen@greenriver.edu
  • Let Em’ Know; December 4th, 12-2p. Student-led showcase through performing and visual arts.
  • Joy be With You All: December 4; 7:30p. Students $8, non students $9. Vocal performance in the Performing Arts Center.

No evening classes, Wednesday, November 22nd. No classes next Thursday and Friday, November 23 & 24

Have a wonderful weekend!

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8 Weeks Until Arrival!

Yes, we have begun the countdown! Our official arrival day for winter quarter is Wednesday, December 27th.

Hopefully you all received the availability email that was sent out on Tuesday,  November 7th. If not, please contact us right away.

  • Please reply to the availability email by Tuesday, November 14th
    • Yes – even if you do not have a room available for hosting
    • Yes – even if your name is on the “current availability” list
    • Why – the old availability list will go away on November 20th and if you have not replied, your name will not be on the list for winter quarter
    • If – you received an email back from us asking for more information, please reply or call us asap
    • Why – the Housing team works very hard to keep our database up-to-date. This is your way of helping us to be sure we have accurate information

If you are thinking about hosting a 16 year old student for winter quarter and you did not host a 16 year old fall quarter, remember there are additional requirements. The first requirement is you must attend an orientation. So -> please come to our next orientation on Thursday, December 7th at 6:30p in the IVC building, room 101, located on the main Auburn Green River campus.

Veterans Day: is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served our country. A time to celebrate, remember and honor our veterans for their patriotism and their willingness to serve.

  • The Housing team would like to thank all our veterans and your family for the sacrifices you have given to serve our country and protect our freedom. May you enjoy this day, may you feel honored and appreciated.

Come celebrate our Veteran at Auburn’s 52nd Veterans Day parade – Saturday morning, November 11th at 11a.

Veterans Day

All GRC campus’ will be closed tomorrow, November 10, 2017.

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What??? It’s snowing!!!

Halloween 2017Greetings from the Housing Team,

We had some peculiar guest for Halloween. Hopefully you and your family had a fun day also. 703 students attended the Halloween dance last Friday! Biggest group ever!

Frequently asked questions:

Host family: My student just told me tonight that they are moving out tomorrow. I just did all my grocery shopping! This doesn’t seem right. Shouldn’t they have to give notice?

*this policy only refers to students 17 or older*

Housing: We do our best to instruct the students to tell you as soon as they know they are moving, but no, your student does not have to give notice.  A lot of times the students says that they really like their host, their host is so kind but they can’t tell them in advance because they don’t want to hurt their feelings. We try to explain that waiting to tell you is often what hurts your feelings the most.

Also students feel that their host will be mad. Hopefully you are all aware that students are  committed to one month at a time and then they may move. They may want to live closer to campus or with their friends, maybe it is just time for them to move. This happens all the time, please don’t take it personally. If the student chooses to move after they have already paid their shared living expense, the host does not have to refund them. (you may choose to, but that decision is yours).

This policy goes both ways – the Host may ask the student to move. If the housing match is not working, you may call/email Housing and we will find another host family for your student. However, if you ask the student to move out early, you must pay them  back the portion of the shared living expense for the days they won’t be in your home – prorated at $24.50 a day. For questions please contact Housing.

Student: I really like my knew host family I chose, but their house rules are so strict, why don’t all families have the same rules?

Housing: All host families will have rules. Everyone’s home is different and so are their rules. When you move into your host family, please talk to them about their house rules. If you are having a problem with a rule, please speak with them about it. Be respectful of your host families schedule or rules and ask in advance for any special requests such as  a friend spending the night.

We will send out the availability email next week. Please watch for it.

  •  Please respond to the email even if you don’t have any rooms available.
  • Please respond even if you are already on the current availability list.
    • Our current list will go away the week of November 20th and we will only be using the names of the families who respond to our availability email.
  • Please respond to the email even if you told us verbally – it is best to have it is writing.


Have a wonderful weekend.

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We made it through week 5!

Tonight, Friday, October 27th!

  • Halloween Dance Party
    • 8:00p – 12:00a
    • $5.00
    • SU Building, Gator Hall
    • Wear costumes, enter the costume contest, have fun dancing the night away!

Two of our students and their host mom having fun volunteering!

Frequently asked questions:

Student:  I am 17 or older, do I need to pay my host family during my vacation?

If your vacation is shorter than two weeks, you will pay regular monthly shared living expense ($725.00). If your vacation is over 2 weeks (such as over a vacation quarter or summer break), you will pay $12.25 per day that you are not in the home and you may leave your belongings in your room. Your host family may not host another student in your room. If you decide to not pay your host family, you must move all of your belongings out of your room.

Student: I am 16, do I need to pay my host family during my vacation?

If your vacation is shorter than two weeks, you will pay regular monthly shared living expense ($850.00). If your vacation is over 2 weeks (such as over a vacation quarter or summer break), you will pay $14.25 per day that you are not in the home and you may leave your belongings in your room. Your host family may not host another student in your room. If you decide to not pay your host family, you must move all of your belongings out of your room.

I am 16, how do I change to a new host family?

At the end of the quarter, you can come into the Housing office, tell the Housing staff what is most important to you in a new host family. IP Housing staff will give you two host families to choose. Within 48 hours, you can contact the host family, go to their home to talk to them and check the room. And then email the Housing Office at housing@greenriver.edu to tell the Housing staff which host family where you decided to move in.

I am 17 or older, what should I do if I want to move out of housing program?

If you are 18 years old and older, please email the Housing Office at housing@greenriver.edu to notify them if you want to leave. If you are 17 years old, you MUST come into the Housing office to sign the Housing Release Form before moving. Also the Housing staff will send the Housing Release Form to your parent. Once the Housing staff gets the signed form from your parent, you can move out of housing program. You are obligated to inform the Housing Office if you (17 years old) move out of your home. Remember when you move to change your address with the school and all vendors (such as your phone company). Click here update your address in Green River’s database.

Next week we will have Advising Day. There will be NO day or evening classes for Academic students but there will be classes for IEP. The shuttle will run as normal to and from Auburn and Kent campuses.

Two of our International Program receptionist, Chika and Annie, made this beautiful art work! 




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If April showers bring May flowers. What do October storms bring? Green soggy grass…….

Greetings, can you believe all this rain. Some of us are already experiencing power outages. Be sure you have batteries in your flashlights!

Now would be a good time to sign up for the campus safety alerts if you haven’t already. If you have, please check your status to be sure it is still active. By signing up you will receive text and/or email notifications regarding GRC closures and safety related information. Such as: no power on campus – classes cancelled or postponed. Campus closed due to snow or wind (we have lots of trees on campus). This alert system is for everyone –  host families, students, faculty and staff. Click the link below to stay informed.                                                                                https://www.greenriver.edu/campus/campus-safety/emergency-safety-alerts/

Frequently asked questions:

Student: “I don’t have a study desk in my bedroom, does my host family have to provide one?”

Housing: No. Each student must have a private, quite study area. If there is not a desk in your bedroom their must be a study area somewhere in the home where you can study without being disturbed.

Host family: “My 16 year old student came home today and told me Housing said he could ride the bus to the mall on Saturday. I thought 16 year olds could not ride the bus”?

Housing: That is correct. Host families are required to drive their student to GRC during the school week and for all sanctioned school activities. Students are allowed to ride the bus or take a Uber on the weekend if they would like. Please be sure to go over safety awareness with your student and keep communication open. Where are they going? Who are they going with? Ask them to text you when they arrive and when they are on their way home.

In-Service Day:

  • Wednesday, October 25th
  • No day class for all academic and IEP students
  • Yes, night classes beginning at 4p

Advising Day:

  • Tuesday, October 31st
  • No day or evening classes for academic student
  • Yes, there will be class for all IEP students

I think it is going to be an indoor kind of weekend. Maybe some board games, baking, pop corn and a movie.

Its raining

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Mid October – how can it be?

It has come to our attention that some of you are unaware of some of the policies required to be a Host Family. With that said we have decided to mention the frequently asked questions every week.

  • I thought my host family had to provide all my food and cook my meals. They say they only have to provide dinner. Is this true?
    • It is a requirement that host family’s provide all the food for the student. The host must have food available for the student to make their own breakfast and lunch. Yes, you may prepare these meals also if you wish. The host is required to prepare the students dinner. We ask that this is a “family style” meal. Hopefully you are able to sit down to a meal with your student. This is a great time for them to work on their English and for you to learn about how they are doing. Are they making friends, going to class, are they struggling with something???
  • What if I don’t like cereal for breakfast and cold sandwiches for lunch? Can’t I have something else?
    • This is a big issue for a lot of our students. They are not familiar with common breakfast and lunch foods in the US. We always ask them if they have talked to their host about this. Sometimes they have and sometimes they feel like they can’t “bother you because you are so busy” or “they are never home in the morning”, “they show me what I can have but I don’t know how to cook it.” When I ask students what they are accustom to eating for breakfast they will say noodles or rice, maybe some fruit/vegetables, maybe some meats.
    • Please check with your student, ask their preferences, ask what they would usually eat at their home. Maybe you already have the food in the kitchen, they just don’t know it. Please take the time to teach them how to cook what it is they like. Our students aren’t accustom to leftovers. They may say “we always have to eat the same food everyday” but what they really mean is you serve left overs occasionally. Please communicate with your student, explain to them some of our cultural differences.
    • We aren’t asking you to change your way of eating but we are asking that you accommodate when you can.
    • Fall drive over Chinook Pass Scenic drive-Chinook Pass

What’s happening on campus:

Clubs: There are over 30 clubs on campus! If your student is interested in something it is most likely being offered or possibly they can organize a new club. For more club information – ask  your student to go to the Student Life office located in the SU building.

Campus Talk: Students enjoy chatting/playing board games with local volunteers and student leaders. Free snacks and beverages. Every Tuesday and Friday from 11:30a-2p in the SU building, Willow Room.

Transfer Information Session: Is your student looking to transfer to a 4-year university? Ask them to attend the transfer session Wednesday, October 18th at 11a or 12p in the  SA building, room 149.

International Transfer Fair: Your student can meet with over 115 colleges and universities in one day! Monday, October 23rd at 2p in the SU building.

Happy hosting from the Housing office!

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