Winter Quarter 2018!

Welcome to winter quarter! We made it. There were a few arrival glitches, a few stumbling blocks but over all we feel it all went great!  Thank you to all of you, thank you to those who stepped up at the last minute to bring a parent to the hotel. Thank you to those of you who waited so patiently at the airport and your student didn’t show up or they decided to call a friend. Thank you for your happy smiling faces at the airport, thank you for remembering to bring your sign, you even brought a snack for your students to munch on while you waited for your other student.Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Those of you who have students at the Kent campus – Your students can’t always get to Auburn campus to see us, please let them know that Housing will be in Kent on Thursday, January 11th from 11a – 1:30p. We will have  “Lunch with Housing”. At that time we will go over Housing information, inform them of the days we will be in Kent, and basically share IP Housing information with them. Plus – we will bring them lunch! Who doesn’t enjoy a free lunch!

Thank you to all of you who are hosting 16 year olds this quarter. We had our mandatory orientation/contract meeting this past Tuesday. Some of you missed this meeting. Please check for an email from us and please come into the office with your student to review the policies and sign the contract.

Did your student buy an ORCA card at orientation? Academic students will not have an opportunity to go to King County Metro in Seattle during their Seattle trip on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

  • If your student is 16-18 years of age they can purchase a discounted student ORCA pass at the Seattle office.
  • Please call the main Seattle office for hours and locations.
    • 888-988-6722 or 206-477-6066
  • The discount is not available to students 19 and older. They can purchase their pass online at or most local Safeway and Bartell stores.

IEP students will get to visit King County Metro during their Seattle trip on Friday, January 5th, 2018.

Have a wonderful week – remember campus will be closed on Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King Jr day.

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Arrival Day, December 27, 2017

Yes, can you believe it, arrival day is in 5 days!  Students began arriving this week and a few are arriving over the weekend. Thank you to all who agreed to pick up your students during the holiday.

This is an exciting time for our students and can also be scary. I can’t imagine traveling alone to a new country, not knowing what to expect. Maybe not even knowing the language. I am sure they are wondering all about their host family. Will I like them, will they like me? Will they have pets, will they have strict rules, what if I don’t like their food, what will I call them, do they live close to campus? And then they are traveling alone. Our students are so brave, so much braver than I ever was at their age.

Host families are also excited, full of anticipation. Maybe even a bit scared. Maybe you have never been a host before and you too don’t know what to expect. Will the student fit well into your family, will they like your cooking? Will they participate in all the activities you have planned????? Hmmm – we never know until they get here. Remember that each students individuality is different. They may be out-going, love to sit around visiting with you, they may be quite, love spending time in their room on the computer. They may love your pets and your children. They may not have told us they are allergic to pets. They may not need any guidance from you or you may need to remind them to shut the front door as they leave for the day. We never know do we. That is half the challenge/fun of this hosting experience.

Some of us from Green River assisted with the Auburn Food Bank this morning delivering Holiday food baskets. The food bank is always looking for volunteers – this may be an activity you could do together with your student.

Please feel free to contact Housing over the break if you have any questions or concerns. We will be back in the office on Tuesday, December 26th. We will all be out of the office on arrival day, December 27th. We will either be at the airport or at the Campus Corner apartments greeting students. If you have any arrival questions please be sure to call the arrival phone at 253-740-0874. If you have a Housing emergency please call the emergency line at 253-740-8422.

Do you know anyone interested in hosting? Please pass on our information. The next orientation for prospective host families will be Thursday, January 4th at 6:30p on the main GRC Auburn campus, building IVC room 101.

The Housing Team would like to wish each and everyone of you a wonderful holiday.

  • Cyndi, Amber, Emilee, Theresa, Jude and Ron
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Say Good Bye to Fall Quarter!

Students, what are you going to do over break?

  • Go home to my home country
  • My Mom, Grandma, sister are coming to visit me
  • Sleep…
  • Travel to Cincinnati, New York, Hawaii, Oregon, Canada, Texas, Idaho, Disneyland!
  • Read for fun
  • Bake cookies and candy with my host sister
  • Spend Christmas with my host family
  • Go Skiing (I’ve never been before), learn how to use snow shoes and go sledding, we’re going ice fishing, going to Whistler, going on the train to Mt Rainier

Housing is busy preparing for Winter quarter. At this time all students have been placed. We will be notifying families as we get additional students. If you hear from your student regarding their flight information, please be sure to notify Housing.

It has come to our attention that some of our host families are unaware of a few of the Housing policies. Let me remind you of a few of the more common ones:

  • Do I have to prepare dinner every night? Yes. If you are not going to be home for dinner, there still needs to be dinner prepared for the student to warm.
  • Does “dinner every night” include weekends? Yes. If you choose to go out on the weekend, and not invite your student, you still need to be sure there is a meal prepared. This is a meal prepared by the host family.
  • Do I have to buy the toilet paper for the students? Yes, host families provide toilet paper, paper towels and laundry detergent.
  • My student is going on a vacation, they still have to pay me right? Yes, but if your student is gone more than 2 weeks (15 days or longer) then they will pay you half the daily rate for each day that they are gone. (age 16 = $14.25 a day and age 17+ = $12.25)

Enjoy the winter break, Happy Holidays to each and everyone of you, from each and everyone of us!


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Last full week of Fall quarter

Yes, this was the last full week of classes. Students have classes as normal on Monday. (although I have heard a lot of students mentioning that they were finished this week. Some instructors have finished all instruction and students have this time to prepare for their finals.)

Monday, December 11th:

  • There will be NO classes for Academic students
  • YES there will be IEP classes. Levels 1-5 will all be taking their finals on the 11th & 12th. Their schedules may be varied a bit, but they all are aware of their changes. Ask them, hopefully they know.
  • IEP’s last day for this quarter will be Tuesday, December 12th.
  • Level 5 – these students also have Academic classes – they should know when their finals are. Most finals for Academic students are Tuesday – Thursday.

Student Safety – I transposed one of my sentences in my last safety post and it made the statement total wrong. Please note:

  • When walking, if there are no sidewalks – always walk facing the traffic, so you can see what is coming at you. Don’t walk with your back to traffic.

more safety notes ->

  • Students are still dressing in dark clothing and walking in the street. Please speak with them again, suggest reflectors, flashlights……
  •  IT IS VERY DARK OUT and our students are walking targets for a mugging.
    • Please remind your students to walk with a buddy
    •  Call you for a ride
    • Do you live within the Safety Shuttle route – please have your students ride the GRC Safety Shuttle in the evenings.
    • If you have any questions on the shuttle, please contact Housing or go to the main Host Post page, look under resources. This is for both students and hosts.

It’s Graduation Time! Do you have a student who is in Level 5? If so, are they graduating to Academic classes? If so, please plan to attend the Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, December 14th from 12-1:30p, on the main Auburn campus, in the River Room located in the SU building. (even if your student isn’t graduating and you would like to attend, you are more than welcome to join us for the celebration!)

Next week we start the two week out count down to arrival! If we placed a new Winter quarter student in your home, we will be sending you the Welcome package soon. We like to send packages out once we have the students arrival information. Currently we have not received all arrival information. If you get a package without arrival information, please trust that we know and we will send it to you as soon as we have it. Do you have it??? Did your student send it to you??? If so, please forward it to us.

Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the beautiful winter weekend we are suppose to have.

IP gifts for Adopt a Family

Adopt a Family



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5 Weeks until Winter Students Arrive!

December 2017

Yes can you believe it? Not only is it December but our new incoming students will be here in 5 weeks!

The importance of communication has never been greater than now. If you have any changes in your home, please let us know right away.

  • did you get a new pet
    • maybe you no longer have a pet
  • a child moved out
    • you had a baby
  • a student moved in
    • a student moved out
  • you would like to change the gender preference
    • for example you now prefer males only
  • are you going on vacation and won’t be here for arrival day

Currently Housing has placed all new student, but this does not mean that we won’t continue to get more. Please be aware that Winter quarter is usually one of our lowest quarters for new incoming student. With that said, everyone will not be getting a new student this quarter. Current students – students like to move at the end of a quarter. When these students come into our office, we give them 2 host families as an option and they will contact you so you both can meet. The Housing office will also email you when we have given your information to a student.

Does your student ride the bus or walk to campus?

  • 16 year old students may not ride to bus to and from campus and they may not walk if the distance is more than 15 minutes.
  • Students only need to ride one bus. If it takes two buses to get to campus, the host family is to drive the student to the transfer location so they only ride one bus.
  • Are there sidewalks on the route to the bus?
    • It is cold and wet, not to mention dark. Please insure your students safety. Drive them to the bus stop, provide them with reflectors, provide a flashlight. What if they were your child, would you do something differently?
  • How far is your student  walking? Do you need to go pick them up – would you want to be walking?
  • If your home is within the walking area to campus – your student may still need a ride. Yes, students may take the Safety Ride home, but they may not call for a ride in the morning. Are you available to drive them if the weather is bad or it is dark? Many of our streets do not have side walks. Please think about everyone’s safety.

Is your student going on vacation over the break? If your student is gone less than 2 weeks, there is no difference in what they pay you. If your student is gone over 2 weeks,  they would pay you half of the daily rate (prior to leaving) for each day they are gone; $14.25 per day if they are in the 16 and $12.25 per day if they are 17 or older. The day they return becomes their new anniversary date and they would pay you the full rate on that day. Please email or call the office if you have any questions.

Hopefully you were all able to enjoy your Thanksgiving. Here are a couple photo’s we received.

Have a wonderful weekend, don’t forget the Santa Parade in downtown Auburn on Saturday, December 2nd at 4:30p.


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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:
  • Santa Parade, snacks & crafts: December 2; 11:30a-6p. Meet at bus circle. contact James, International Student Ambassador at
  • 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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