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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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 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 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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