Final week of classes for Winter Quarter!

study dayAre all classes cancelled on Tuesday, 3/20/2018 for Study Day? NO, This is for Academic students only! IEP levels 1-5 may have a altered schedule, please check with them.

Finals - CopyNEXT week! Please check with your students regarding their schedule. Exams are not always held at regular class time. (Level 5 students actually began on Thursday, March 15th)

  • Levels 1-3 Finals are Tuesday/Wednesday, March 20/21 – Kent Campus.
  • Level 4 Finals are Tuesday/Wednesday, March 20/21 – Auburn Campus
  • Level 5/Bridge Finals begin Thursday, March 15 – Tuesday, March 20.
    • This is for their IEP classes, they may also have exams in their Academic class at a different day/time.

celebrate - Copy   IEP Celebration                                                                                 All are welcome, please come and celebrate with our IEP students. Be sure let us know you will be attending.  RSVP

Shopping  Ask your student if they are checking their GRC email. If not, they will be missing out on fun adventures like this one. Shopping in Portland all day!

16!Are you hosting 16 year olds? Do you want to continue with this student for Spring quarter? Is it time for a change? Is your student planning to move? Does this student want to stay in your home, but they are now 17? Please notify Housing with any changes.

Spring Break - CopyLast day of Winter quarter is Friday, March 23rd. Spring quarter classes will begin Monday, April 2nd. Do you have any plans? Some of the students plan to go to Mexico, Florida, OR, Skiing, Sleep, a cabin in the mountains, the ocean, going home, shopping…. Housing will be in the office but we would love to hear about all your adventures (photo’s???).

spring arrivalOfficial arrival day for Spring quarter is Tuesday, March 27th. If you were assigned a new student and we have received their flight information, packets are being mailed out to you. Please open the packet and read the information prepared for you. You will find a calendar of orientation which begins on Wednesday, March 28th at 8:30am.  Any questions or concerns regarding schedule or transportation, please call Housing.

Best regards, The IP Housing Team

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New students alert – 2 weeks out!

In like a Lion

What is your student missing my not reading the weekly IP Student news Letter: Ask them if they have checked their GRC email lately.

  • Student Global Tea Tuesdays – Nepal: March 13th
  • Students who Studied Abroad in Barcelona share about their trip: March 13th
  • Student production – Kaleido Scope Culture
  • Student on-campus Lunch Byte: March 14th
  • Student Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities: Come to the IVD building to inquire
  • Has your Student taken the IP Student Survey  2018?

Nepal Tea 3-2018       Kaleido Scope Culture      jobsBarcelona

Help us protect our students:  The student attacks and robberies are continuing. GRC Safety Officers are aware and are doing their best to protect our students on campus. The GRC Safety Ride Shuttle now begins at 3:00p instead of 5:00p. Please remind your students to take the Safety Ride home if you live within 2 miles from campus. If you need more information about this, please contact Housing.

Does your student ride the bus?  Some students are having their phones/backpacks taken by someone getting off the bus. Or they are being followed from the bus stop. Please – this is very serious, no one ever thinks a crime will happen to them but it is happening to our student. Is it possible for you to pick your student up from campus or from the bus stop? Remind them – get off their phones when walking, be aware of who is around them when riding the bus or walking.

What to do if your student is attack:

  • Call 911 – report the crime. The local police are aware this is happening but they can’t help if they don’t know.
  • Does your student need to go to the urgent care? Please go with them.
  • Please notify Housing – email/call us with your students name and ID. We will check in with your student and see how they are doing and if can assist.

Have a wonderful weekend! Go do something fun!!!!!       The Housing Team




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Welcome to March


Our Danish students have been here for nearly a month! We will miss them when they leave next week! Here are a few of them having fun at the ice skating rink!


Did you know that our International students can have a job? Yes they can! BUT most of our students are here on a F-1 visa, this only allows them to work on GRC campus. Please pass the information below on to your students.

Your F-1 Student status does allow you to work on-campus at Green River College.  For more information about on-campus employment:

  • Sign up to attend the On-Campus Lunch Byte on March 14th
  • Visit
  • Download international student job resource guide where you will find the following information:
    • Types of student jobs on campus
    • Departments that hire students
    • How to find jobs on campus
    • Ways to improve your chances of getting hired
    • Eligibility to work on campus / employment rules/etc
      • How many hours you can work
    • Who to contact for help
    • How to write a resume and cover letter
      • To include tips, resources and examples

Placement is still continuing for Spring quarter. Thank you for your patience.

Have a wonderful weekend!



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If you’re reading this….

Jude 1 The Grand Canyon, Arizona


If you are reading this then I know you not only check your emails but you also click on the link to visit our weekly host post. Thank you!

If you are reading this maybe you could encourage your students to check their GRC email. We had a student come into the IP office. Jude spotted him and went out to talk to him. Jude had been trying to communicate with him via email and he never responded. The students claimed he never got an email from Housing. So Jude asked him to open his GRC email at that time and guess what? Not only 4 emails from Jude but 242 emails from GRC that were never looked at! Remind your students that emails that come from GRC are priorities. By not checking emails they could be dropped from a class, miss out on a fun activity, miss many different updates from their Advisor – such as registration time!

Language exchange2018Information sent in the Weekly Advisor News Letter

If you are reading this post you get the opportunity to see some beautiful photo’s Jude took on his vacation to Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon!

Jude3Antelope Canyon, Arizona

If you are reading this email you know that Preliminary Placement began this week. If you received an email regarding placement,  please respond asap! No – we are so sorry but you all will not get a new student. We wish we had enough students to fill all rooms but we won’t. Please be patient with us as we place. We are doing our best to be fair to all.

Peer Volunteers2018If you are reading this maybe you could mention the Peer Volunteer opportunities on campus. There are IEP and Academic Peer Volunteer positions for Spring & Summer 2018. If your student hasn’t already picked up their application form they need to go to IVD right away and get going on it. Applications are due by 5p Monday, February 26!

Jude 2 Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Have a wonderful weekend! Will there be more snow?

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GRC will be closed February 19th

Lunar New YearWhat are your students doing tonight? Hopefully they are attending the much anticipated, highly attended Lunar New Year celebration. 7:30-11:30p in the Student Union building on the main Auburn GRC campus.

Pres DayThere will be NO classes on Monday, February 19th and ALL GRC campus’ will be closed.

Pt Defiance ParkWhat are you doing over this long weekend? Are you tired of taking your student to the mall? Have you considered a walk on any of the many WA beaches?  These three students are enjoying their time down at Pt Defiance beach in Tacoma.

early-spring-clipart-19Preliminary placement will begin next week.  With that said, there are a few things you should know:

  • If you did not reply to our Availability email, you are not on our Spring list.
  • There will not be enough new students for every host family. We will do our best to be fair with placement.

16As you know – 16 year old students are committed to living with their host family for a quarter at a time. How is that going? Is it time for your student to move on? Is your student asking to move? Now would be the time to contact Housing about these changes if you want to be available for another student.

Bjorn in AsiaThe world keeps getting smaller and smaller and you never know who you’ll meet next! This amazing host mom and one of our outstanding Marketers sat next to each other on their recent trip to Seoul!

winterWinter isn’t over yet! The forecast is calling for wind, rain, power outages and even snow this weekend. Hopefully you have signed up for safety alerts.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Don’t forget to send in your Spring Availability.

Thank you to those of you who have sent in your response to the Spring Quarter  Availability email. Many of you have yet to respond. Please reply this weekend – even if you do not have any current opening.

This is how one of our YEAR students is spending her time. She stars as Elaine in the production of “Arsenic and Old Lace”.

Upcoming events on the main GRC campus:

Student questions:

  • “What are the rules for host families? Do they have to buy the toilet paper and laundry soap?” Housing: Yes, this is included in your monthly shared living expense, but you are responsible for your personal hygiene products such as shower gel and toothpaste.
  • “I feel lonely and not wanted at my host families home. Aren’t I suppose to be part of the family?” Yes. We know one of the reasons you live with a host family is because of the interaction. One of the ways you improve your English speaking skills is by talking. This is one of the reasons we ask host families to eat the evening meal with their students. It is not always possible to eat dinner together every night but hopefully they are spending the majority of the evening meals with you. Host- please take time to eat with your student, invite them to go to the grocery store, a movie, to watch your child/grandchildren’s sporting events ect.

Host questions:

  • “My student did not tell us she was planning to move until the night before she moved. This just isn’t right!” Housing agrees with you. The nice, respectable thing to do is to give someone notice that you are planning to move. Believe me – we do ask the students to let you know as soon as they know. Sometimes they say that they can’t because you will get mad or angry. We tell them that you definitely won’t be happy if they leave without notice. Since the students (and hosts) do not sign a contract (except for those in the 16 year old program) they are not required to give a notice. Please keep the lines of communication open with your student, talk about this situation, explain to them how it would make you feel if this happened to you/them. Another thing to remember is – we can never guarantee a student in your home or how long they will stay. Please think about why you are hosting and if you are hosting for financial reasons -> you take a big risk of not having students in your home when you “need” them.

Don’t forget this fun activity tomorrow!

20th Annual New Year Celebration 1-2018

Have a wonderful weekend! We just might get some outdoor weather, enjoy.

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The countdown has started!

Student Fun!

Did you know that we are 8 weeks out before our new Spring students arrive?! What does this mean for you:

  • Housing will be sending out the Availability email the week of February 5th.
    • Spring availability responses are due by February 12th.
  • You will only be on the Spring availability placement spreadsheet IF you reply.
    • even if you are already on the Winter availability list, you MUST reply.
  • This is our time to update our database. There are 7 questions on this email to respond to. We need this information. Please avoid saying ->
    • “no changes”, “nothings new”, “same as I told you a month ago”, “all updated”, “I called you last week”.
    • my student “Sam” moved out. Who is Sam – please use students legal name and the date when they moved out.
  • If you are interested in increasing the number of students you have been approved for – please include a photo of the new room.
  • Official arrival day is March 27th. This is the “official” day. Some students will arrive earlier. If we place a new student with you and they intend to arrive early, we will let you know as soon as we know.
  • Also – we have a lot of host families. Not everyone who wants a new student will get one Spring quarter. We do our best to be fare with placement.

Faculty in-service day: Tuesday, February 6th.  NO IEP or ACADEMIC DAY CLASSES

Please watch for your emails and contact Housing with any questions or  concerns.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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