January 1, 2012

January 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to 2012!

The holidays were great! Thanks to everyone who came to the party last month. Now it's time to say Happy New Year!

In the United States, many people will make a "New Year's Resolution", resolving to make a change that will improve their lives in the coming year. What are the traditions in your home country for New Year's Day?

As we head into a new year, it's a good time to reflect on your role as an au pair. Being an au pair is a special time with many exciting experiences. But don't forget that the focus of the program is childcare. Families who have au pairs appreciate the great care their children receive. If you know a family that might like to host an au pair, please send me their name and contact information. If they apply to the program, you will receive a $400 bonus when their au pair arrives!

It's Not Too Late to Register for Classes!

Au pairs who have not already completed the education requirement should register for classes that start in January. Classes fill up quickly, but there may still be space available at the community colleges and adult schools.

Don't forget that only courses taken at accredited schools will satisfy the requirement. For a list of approved schools in the area, go to www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx Enter the name of the city and select the state. Courses taken at schools listed on this search page are acceptable for au pairs to attend.

January Au Pair Activity

Plan to join us for an afternoon of ice skating! We will meet on Sunday, January 8th at the Benton H. Wilcoxon Municipal Ice Complex at 2pm. Admission is $7.00 and skate rental is $3.00. Bring a couple quarters to rent a locker for any valuables you don't want to leave in the lobby. Remember that the ice is chilly, so wear gloves and maybe even a scarf and hat!

Save These Dates

February - Sunday 2/12 for a mall scavenger hunt

March - Sunday 3/12 for a trip to Harmony Park Safari

Note: dates are subject to change if there's something fun we'd like to do that doesn't correspond with the dates I've chosen. Just let me know what you want to do!

Au Pair Birthdays

There are no Au Pair birthdays this month.

Arrivals/Departures

There are no Au Pair arrivals or departures this month.