Tomorrow – Host Family Appreciation Picnic!

The Housing Team is looking forward to spending the day with all of you tomorrow. We know summers are busy, and some of you will not be able to join us (you will be missed) but we are looking forward to a fun day in the park with those who are able to attend.

  • Lea Hill Park at 1:00pm
  • 31693 124th Ave SE (right next to the new GRC Trades Buildings)
  • Auburn


  • Your lunch is provided!
  • Bring a lawn chair
  • It will be HOT, come prepared with a hat & sun screen

Housing has been busy all week updating the Availability list for Fall quarter. If you have not already replied to the availability email, please do so or you will not be added to the Fall quarter list.

Preliminary placement for incoming Fall students will begin on Monday. Official arrival day is September 12th and 13th.

Stay cool this evening and we will see you tomorrow.

The Housing Team

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July 27 Host Post Update

7 weeks out until Fall arrival!

  • You should have received the Fall Availability email yesterday. Please respond by August 2nd. You must respond to the email if you want to be added to the Fall availability list. Even if you have told us previously that you will be available – please respond to the email.
  • If you want to host 16 year old students for Fall quarter, and you have NOT attended an orientation – you have 3 more opportunities to attend one.
    • Tonight – 6:30p in IVC room 101
    • August 3rd and 17th – 6:30p in IVC room 101
  • Do you know anyone who may be interested in hosting GRC IP students? If so, please have them attend one of the orientation meetings listed above.

Thank you to all of you who have already RSVP’d for our Annual Host Family Picnic! If you haven’t yet rsvp’d, please do so soon. The picnic is Saturday, August 5th at 1p at Lea Hill park, right close to GRC.

Housing will be at Kent campus on Tuesday, August 1st. Please let your students know we will be there to assit them with any housing questions. 12:55-1:45p

Upcoming Events for you and your students:

  • Mount Rainier – Longmire, Paradise and Narada FallsTomorrow, July 28th,
  • Ocean City Beach Camping – Friday, August 4th
  • Wild WavesFriday, August 11th
  • Mount Saint Helens Volcano Visit and Hiking – Friday August 18th
  • Olympic National Park Camping – Friday, August 25th
    • sign up online at

summer2Have a wonderful weekend



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July 20th Host Post Update

  • 8 weeks out from Fall Arrival (September 12th and 13th)

    • The countdown has officially begun; we are 8 weeks out from Fall Quarter arrival days! We will be sending out our availability email next week. Be sure to reply to it so we can get you on the availability list!
  • Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Quakes (Sunday, July 23rd)

    • Seattle’s beloved team vs the San Jose Earthquakes at Century Link Field in Seattle! This game will definitely be fun to watch. Bring money for snacks and souvenirs. No one under the age of 16 allowed. Students may sign up online (click here) or at the Student Life Information Desk.
  • Host Family Appreciation Picnic (August 5th)

    • If you have not signed up for the picnic, please do, even if you can’t come! We are very excited to spend the afternoon of August 5th with you!
  • Next Prospective Host Family orientations are 7/27, 8/3, and 8/17

    • If you know anyone who may be interested in hosting for our GRC Housing Program, please have them reach out to us at

Rainier’s Game with our Chinese Short Term Program!

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Summer Time Fun

Fair Season is here!

  • King County Fair in Enumclaw: this weekend
    • July 13th-16th
  • Monroe County Fair:
    • July 30th-August 5th
  • Washington State Fair:
    • September 1st-24th (closed Tuesdays and Sept 6th)

Fun in the park:

  • Kent Cornucopia Days: this weekend
    • July 14th-16th
  • Renton River Days:
    • July 21st-23rd

A reminder of GRC Summer Hours of Operation:

  • GRC Auburn Campus Offices M-Th, 8a-5p
  • GRC Kent Campus Offices M-Th, 7:30a-5p
  • IP Office/Housing Office Hours: M-Th, 9a-5p

Barbequing with Xiwai – Short Term program


Have a wonderful weekend!

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Happy Friday


Upcoming Events:

  •  Ikea Shopping: Friday, July 14th; 10a-2p; $3 student, $8 non-student. Shopping, meatballs, fun.  Price includes transportation.                                          
  • Mariners vs Yankees Baseball game: Saturday, July 22nd; 4p-10:30p, $20
  • Sounders vs Earthquakes Professional Soccer: Sunday, July 23rd; 5p-11p, $20
  • Mt Rainier, Longmire, Paradise and Narada Falls: Friday, July 28th; 8a-7p, $10
    • if your student is interested, please have them contact the Student Union office in the SU building.
  • Host Family Appreciation Picnic: are you coming? Please RSVP.

What are some of the fun experiences your family is planning for the summer months? Please share your ideas and photo’s.

Office hours are changing on GRC Campus: July 10th-September 1st, 2017

  • GRC Auburn Campus Offices: M-Th, 8a-5p
  • GRC Kent Campus Offices: M-Th 7:30a-5p
  • IP Office/Housing Office Hours: M-Th, 9a-5p

Have a wonderful weekend!



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Summer quarter has begun!


Welcome to Summer quarter! Hopefully it is starting out smoothly for all. The Housing team has had many encounters with our new incoming Summer students – and we all agree, this is a great group of students. They seem so enthusiastic, always smiling, asking lots of questions. Maybe all this sunshine has something to do with the happy faces but we are loving it. I hope you are experiencing the same.

Speaking of Summer and sunshine – there are many activities happening all summer on campus. Be sure that both you and your student stay informed. Please see below for more details: (Students may also go to the SU (Student Union building) for more updated information)

The Housing team met with our new IESL students, levels 1-3 yesterday for lunch at Kent campus. We discussed safety and awareness. We encouraged them to be active and involved with their host families and new opportunities while they are here at GRC. Please continue this conversation, help them to adjust and blend with your family.

Those of you who were Greeters, and dropped your students off at CCA – it would be great if you would reach out to your student, asked if they need anything, maybe suggest getting together,  maybe invite them to your home for dinner or an outing.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Host Family Appreciation picnic – August 5th – all are invited!

Thank you for all you do for our students and have a happy, fun and safe 4th of July!



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GRC Commencement Tonight!

graduationSpring quarter has come to an end and there is much excitement on campus for all the festivities happening today!

  • IESL Graduation Celebration – today, Friday June 16th at 12; SU River Room
    • This is a celebration for all our IESL students graduating from level 5!
  • IP Graduation lunch celebration – today, Friday June 16th at 1p; SU Grand Hall
    • This is a celebration for all our IP graduates!
  • GRC Commencement – tonight, Friday, June 16th; Kent ShowWare Center
    • Graduates check in at 5:30p, check in at the loading dock area
    • Doors open at 6p for guest
    • Ceremony begins at 7p

Other news:

  • You should have received an invitation via your email for our annual Host Family Appreciation Celebration. Please be sure to RSVP!
    • Saturday, August 5th; 1p
    • Lee Hill Park, 31693 124th Ave SE Auburn

16 Years Old Orientations: If you are interested in hosting 16 year olds beginning Fall 2017, you must attend (if you haven’t already) one of our orientations. Please note we will be having an orientation for all new prospective host families every Thursday between now and July 6th. During these orientations we will be going over the new 16 year old policy. If you have not yet attended an orientation, and want to host 16 year olds – please attend one of these orientations.

Speaking of hosting 16 year olds: The Housing Team is currently going through all applications for those interested in hosting. We will keep you posted.

New Students:

  • Long term students arrive on Tuesday, June 20th
  • Short term students arrive:
    • KU Japanese short term program – arrived on June 12th
    • SUSI short term program – arrive Thursday, June 29th
    • High School students from Taiwan short term program – arrive Monday, July 3rd & Tuesday, July 4th
    • Xiwai/Tongling short term program – arrive Sunday, July 9th
    • YEAR short term program – arrive Sunday, July 23rd

Thank you and  have a wonderful weekend!

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