Newsletter October 2014

Dear Au Pairs and Host families,

It is October when everything is turning yellow, orange and red around us and it is time to enjoy beautiful fall in Colorado! For those who are experiencing October in the U.S. for the first time it will be exciting experience with Halloween costumes, pumpkin carvings, Halloween decorations, haunted houses (only for those who dare!) etc.  Here is some information about Halloween in America:

Halloween is a yearly celebration on October 31st, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows (or All Saints).  Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror movies. Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?” The word “trick” refers to “threat” to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Over time, in the United States the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses. Because Halloween comes in the wake of the yearly apple harvest, candy apples (known as toffee apples outside North America), caramel or taffy apples are common Halloween treats made by rolling whole apples in a sticky sugar syrup, sometimes followed by rolling them in nuts.

I encourage you to take part in all activities: go to the pumpkin patch with the family to pick and carve your own pumpkin, find your way through a corn maze, take a hayride, wear a costume and go trick-or-treating with kids, face your fear at one of the haunted houses and just enjoy this colorful time in Colorado!

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Travel information for Au Pairs

Au pairs who want to travel outside the U.S. during their initial program year or as extension au pairs must pay close attention to travel restrictions placed on J-1 visitors. Leaving the U.S. often requires action on the part of the au pair before their departure. Please also be aware that while on the program, au pairs are permitted to travel outside the US for no more than 30 days at a time. It is important to keep this restriction in mind when making any travel plans.

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Last month we went to Rockies game! It was lots of fun! Thanks to everyone who came!

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In October we will have 2 separate meetings- one for Au pairs and One for Host Families!

Au Pair October meeting!

Monday, October 6th @6:30 – pumpkin carving at my house (see my address in the email). Please bring a pumpkin (or two?!) to carve. You can purchase different sizes pumpkins at any grocery store. Stencils and tools will be provided. Also apple cider and fall cookies will be served. Lets enjoy the fall! 🙂

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Host Family annual event!

Reminder: Each family must attend at least one annual Host Family event held by me to be in compliance with program rules.

Monday, October 20th @6:30pm -Second host family event (2014). Happy Hour at my house. Host Families only. If you missed our first event in April or you are a “new” host family to the program, you are required to attend it. Please see your email for address and details. I am excited to see you all for a fun night together! 🙂

Upcoming meetings- save the date!

November– Wednesday, November 5th , @ 6:30. Pottery painting. Details to follow.

December– Christmas party at my house. Details to follow.

P.s. if any of you have a great idea for a monthly meeting please let me know. All ideas are considered. Dates could change if we agree to do something fun that is not available on the dates I picked. Friends are always welcome.

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Arriving, October 3rdJola, 22, from Germany, is joining the Millice family. She will be taking care for a 2-year-old boy and  3-month-young baby twins (a boy and a girl)! Jola has had training as a Pediatric Nurse. Jola likes playing table tennis, swimming, playing soccer, hiking, reading books, going out with friends, going for movies,playing board games, cooking, traveling and photography.

Au Pairs, I expect every one of you to at least make a phone call to our new au pair and welcome her.  This is so important! I will send an updated contact list to your emails.  Please make an effort to invite Jola to join you for a coffee or an evening out.

~ Dana

Monday, 29 September 2014 1:20 AM

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