Welcome Party - Please join us at Thomas Middle School on Thursday, May 16th at 4:00 to welcome our exchange students to Arlington Heights. After the party, you will take your exchange students home with you. They will attend school with your child on Friday and spend the weekend with you. Please drop them off at school on Monday morning.
Sayonara Party - Please join us at South Middle School on Monday, May 20th at 4:00 to celebrate all the wonderful experiences of the weekend and to say a final farewell to our new friends.
There will be two meetings to help families know what to expect and to exchange ideas for weekend activities.
Tentative Meeting Dates:
What is involved with hosting students in our home?
These students are looking for an opportunity to learn more about daily life in America so please follow your typical routine and feel free to take them with you to sporting events or whatever else is on your family calendar.
In years past some families have gotten together and/or people share out their plans and impromptu get togethers have occurred over fro-yo, bowling, movies, trips to Woodfield, etc. along with more planned events like Cubs games or Great America outings. Some families have come together to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal to share one of our traditions with our Japanese students. Often, the best memories have come from backyard BBQs and family game nights at home.
From both sides, regardless of the activities that took place, we have always heard the same message of what an amazing time everyone had, and there are always tears shed when it is time to say goodbye. This has truly been a life-changing experience for many families and one of the most remarkable sentiments our kids express is how connected they felt and how close they grew to one another in such a short time. We invite your family to share in this eye-opening and heart-warming experience. Please see below to learn about the application process.
Hosting a Student
This year, 25 students and 4 teachers will be traveling from Tsugu and Shitara Japan and staying with host families in Arlington Heights beginning on Thursday, May 16, 2019 through Monday, May 20, 2019.
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