Monthly Archives: August 2012

A Movie in the Park

Twilight 005On the last Tuesday evening in August, some of the Suffolk County APIA au pairs met their Community Counselor, Cindy Garruba, at Harborfront Park in Pt. Jefferson Village.  It was a beautiful evening and a perfect night to watch Twilight Breaking Dawn Part I.   The Pt. Jeff Chamber of Commerce has been showing free outdoor movies on Tuesday nights this summer!

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Time for Au Pairs to Register for Classes

School Registration is NOW!

Global Awareness Presentation by Bruna
Global Awareness Presentation by Bruna part of the UCLA Advantage Class course requirement.

August is lots of fun and it is easy to forget that September is quickly approaching.  On the right hand column of this blog there are links to all the education opportunities for au pairs in Suffolk County.  Make sure you register for your classes NOW!

Educare Au Pairs must take 12 credits or 160 hours of education at the college level for their year in America.  All other Au Pairs must take 6 credits or 80 hours of education at the college level for each year in America.  If you have questions, please email or call me!

Host families should assist their Au Pairs to make sure the classes fit into the schedule and works best for childcare and for your Au Pairs!

School is something that adds to the cultural exchange experience for the Au Pair and is a requirement of the Department of State for the program.

Sunflower Maze in Cutchogue!

sunflower mazeNorth Fork Potato Chips has created the area’s first sunflower maze in Cutchogue.

The local potato chip company, which is owned by Sidor Farm in Mattituck, opened the nearly 3-acre sunflower maze at the intersection of Route 48 and Cox Lane on Aug. 4.

Carol Sidor, who owns North Fork Potato Chips with her husband, Martin, said several varieties of sunflower seeds were planted in May to resemble the company’s logo.

“We use sunflower oil to make our chips,” Ms. Sidor said. “We grew two fields last year, but [Tropical Storm Irene] destroyed everything.”

The sunflower maze is open everyday at 10 a.m., weather permitting. Admission costs $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children age 3 and under.

Camp Au Pair Week #10 – Butterflies & Bugs

very hungry caterpillarWeek 10 is fun with butterflies and bugs!  What kid doesn’t want to know more about bugs and butterflies?  Read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”  with your kids and make this snack.  Go to the library and get some books out on bugs!  Go on a nature hunt in the backyard and look for bugs!  Go firefly catching in the evening (use a jar with holes punch in the top to keep the fireflies in)   Just have fun!!

Get lots more fun ideas at:

Week #9 of Camp Au Pair in America – Detective/Spy Adventures

detective campThis week  your host kids can be detectives and spies!  Take a look at these great ideas from Camp Au Pair in America: Spy-Kids

A fun movie to watch with your host kids!

 red coats and petticoats

Here on Long Island, and mainly in Setauket there was a revolutionary spy ring that helped the Americans gain their independence from England many years ago.  Take a look at some of the great information about the Revolutionary Long Island spies to share with your host kids.  Read this book with your host kids about one family in Setauket and how they helped the revolution as spies!