The Homefront

The CCN Homestay Newsletter, Issue 3, Volume I

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'Tis the Season... be thankful! We have loved receiving pictures of your Thanksgiving feasts and holiday activities. Keep them coming! Making our international students feel welcomed during the holidays can sometimes be challenging. This edition of the Homefront will give you tips on how to make the most of the holiday with your blended family.

(Pictured above: Audrey Kang, Pictured left, Christmas cookies by Bruce Zhao)

Gift Giving Suggestions

Gift cards are a great solution when you are purchasing gifts for your student that will be opened at the same time as gifts that other family members will be opening theirs. You could give a $50 gift card to your daughter, and a $25 gift card to your student and none would be the wiser. Below are some great gifts that your student would find both fun and useful:

  • PJ/Robe/Slippers (perhaps matching with your other kids!)
  • Luggage Scale
  • Gift Certificates to Starbucks, or Movie Theater
  • Gift Certificate to the Asian Market
  • Electric Blanket
  • Scrapbook or Photo Album

Community Service

This is the time of year where our students are in need of community service hours. If you know of an event that could use some help, please contact your local coordinator!

Korean Christmas Song:

K.will,SISTAR,BOYFRIEND - Pink Romance (K.Will, Sistar & Boyfriend )

Chinese Christmas Song:

祝你圣诞快乐 - Zhù nǐ shèngdàn kuàilè (Wish you a Merry Christmas)

The Holiday Blues

Knowing that the holiday season is a time of happiness with loved ones, host families often want to involve their students in their cherished customs and share with them a cheerful holiday spirit. In many cases, expectations for a cheery Christmas are totally fulfilled, but there are also times when the holidays turn out the be more stressful than joyous. With all the talk about the magic of the holidays, students often become preoccupied with memories of loved ones back home. A longing for family and friends and an awareness of being an outsider in the midst of merriment can result in a period of mild homesickness. A way that you can help your student during the holidays is to help them to be a part of your own festivities as well as their natural family's celebration. You might (1) help to see that cards and packages are mailed early so that they will reach home in time for the holidays, (2) ask the student to prepare a favorite food or tell you about a custom from home that can be part of your activities here and (3) encourage your student to talk to their family and friends back home to wish them a Happy Holiday.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Click here to learn how to say Merry Christmas in Korean!

"Jilgohun Christmas bonoseyo"

Click here to learn to say Merry Christmas in Chinese!

"Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan!" (Mandarin)

"Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun!" (Cantonese)

Need some extra holiday cash?

We are always looking for potential host families. If you know of anyone that may be interested, please have them contact us! CCN will pay a referral bonus of $100 if we end up placing a student in the home of a family you refer. We have students in many of the parochial schools in Oakland and Macomb counties.

Happy Holidays!

Your CCN Michigan Team:

Jessie Kubacki, Michigan Director
(248) 302-1984
Anne Kelly, Homestay Coordinator, Macomb
(586) 489-8722

Kim Adragna, Homestay Coordinator, Oakland
(248) 298-6400
Janet Gerula, Academic Coordinator