September is an important time of year for Long Island families. The kids go back to school and routines change. Au Pair in America Suffolk County Au Pairs gathered at Community Counselor, Cindy Garruba’s house to get some important tips.
The meeting began with making ornaments for the International Holiday tree au pairs and host families will decorate for the Stony Brook Village Promenade of Trees in December. Everyone painted a heart ornament to represent their country or their experience in the USA. The au pairs are so creative. They spend a lot of time doing arts and crafts with their host kids!
The agenda included Minimizing Morning Madness, School Bus Stop Safety, Safe Driving including no cell phones and distractions from kids in the car. We discussed the use of the child’s backpack as the communication tool between school and home, keeping on top of homework and school notices. We also talked about baby safety because September is Baby Safety month!
Cluster meetings are an important part of the au pair experience. Not only do they learn important tips for a successful year as an au pair, but they also have an opportunity to make friends with other au pairs!
On Sunday, September 18th the Suffolk County Cluster of Au Pairs gathered for a fun and useful cluster meeting. Each au pair painted a heart ornament for a holiday tree we will decorate in December. The hearts represented their country or time in the USA.
The craft project gave each au pair a chance to be creative. She also had time to socialize with other au pairs. Many of the au pairs arrived during the summer months and this was their first meeting! Beautiful ornaments will be added to the holiday treeThen we had a few safety and back to school tips to review:
- Playground safety
- Minimizing morning madness
- The backpack – communication between school and home
- School bus stop safety
- Distracted driving
- Driving tips for all au pairs
- September is Baby Safety Month and safety was reviewed