- APG residents can attend AWN free spouse events at Fort Meade
- Join us for Resident Appreciation Movie Night!
- Bike helmet safety
- Back-to-School Brigade
- Resident Reminders
- We are looking for more residents just like you!
- One last barbecue? Keep it safe
- Give us your feedback for a chance to win!
- Back to School Bullying: Not Just Sticks and Stones
- Corvias shares highlights of life at Forts Bragg, Polk, Rucker and Sill
- Green Corner
- Heart to Heart: Tips for Single Parent Service Members
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An event filled with friendship, laughter, prizes, advice and self-discovery is coming September 18-19 to Fort Meade. Corvias Military Living is proud to partner with Army Wife Network, a multi-media resource site for Army spouses, to bring the Field ExerciseTM: Battle Buddies to military spouses.
The Field ExerciseTM: Battle Buddies is a networking and military appreciation event for spouses. Army Wife Network’s Tara Crooks, Janet MacIntosh and Paula Swanson will host two, free sessions from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 18 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, September 19. Both sessions of the Field ExerciseTM are free and focus on creating a personal support network to help navigate Army life.
“Our Field ExerciseTM will have a room full of talking and laughing spouses engaged with each other and recharging their spirits by putting themselves first,” said Crooks, co-founder of Army Wife Network and 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year. “This is the first time the Army Wife Network team has visited Fort Meade, and we could not be more excited.”
The two four-hour sessions are identical and will feature a full lunch or dinner, door prizes and giveaways.
Registration for these events will open in August at www.armywifenetwork.com under the events section. Space is limited and a ticket will be required for event entry. Remember, only register for one of the two sessions. Watch for more details and information from Corvias and Army Wife Network as the registration date approaches.
Bring your blanket and chairs and join us on the lawn at the Bayside Community Center for a night of fun on 16 August from 6 to 9 p.m. Come early to enjoy food, games, balloon artist and ice cream from Kilby Cream! The movie will begin at dusk.
Bike riding is a lot of fun, but accidents can happen. That's why it's so important for you and your children to wear bike helmets each time you ride a bike, even for short rides. The helmet should have a sticker that says it meets standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and should fit properly. It should not be too small or too big or be worn with a hat. It should be worn level and cover the forehead. The straps should always be fastened and snug enough that you can't pull or twist the helmet around on your head.
Operation Homefront is distributing school supplies to children of deployed, wounded and active-duty service members ranked E-1 through E-6 in August across the Washington, D.C., metro area. To register, visit the events page of their site, operationhomefront.net.
All propane grills and stoves, charcoal grills, fire pits and patio heaters are only permitted to be used outdoors. These items are to be used at least 15 feet from your home. Using grills to close to a home can melt the vinyl siding or start a fire.
Wadding pools are a great way for children to beat the summer heat. If you use these pools they must be drained daily and removed when not in use. An adult must supervise wading pools at all times when in use. Slip ‘n Slides, or similar items, are prohibited.
Broken or disheveled mini-blinds should be replaced. Flags, sheets, blankets and other non-standard coverings are prohibited as a replacement for supplied shades and blinds. Please contact your Community Office about replacements.
Refer a friend to live on post and receive $300. APG housing is open to active-duty military, retirees and Department of Defense civilians. Tell a friend about us and when they move in to family housing or Reece Crossings you get $300, it’s that simple. Contact your Community Office for more details.
The end of summer frequently means one last barbecue—your final chance to enjoy warm weather before school starts for kids and work ramps up again for everyone else. You don’t want to spoil the fun with an accident at the grill, though. Keep these important safety tips in mind for a good time:
- Read the instructions. Whether you’re using a gas grill or one that burns charcoal, take some time to read the owner’s manual before starting your fire. Be sure you’re following the manufacturer’s safety guidelines.
- Always grill outdoors. This may seem elementary, but not everyone understands the need for proper ventilation and basic fire precautions. Your garage, or a tent, isn’t a safe location for a grill.
- Keep the grill stable. Check the surface you’re placing your grill on. You don’t want it to tip over unexpectedly. Also, take care to place it well away from the flow of people and pets, and especially children.
- Clean the grill first. Scrape off any grease or fat that can make a fire difficult to control.
- Stay close by. Never leave your grill alone while you’re talking, getting food, or enjoying yourself.
- Dispose of coals safely. Once you’re finished, douse the hot coals thoroughly, cover the grill, and wait at least 24 hours before emptying it. Never store coals in paper, wood, or plastic containers.
Congratulations to our RCI quarterly housing survey winners! The Kirk family and the Hopper family were chosen at random to receive $100 for completing and returning their RCI housing survey.
Every family living in on-post housing will receive a housing satisfaction survey from RCI this year. The survey is sent to 25 percent of residents each quarter and includes questions such as “How satisfied are you with the accessibility of your maintenance staff?” and “How satisfied are you with the overall services you receive?”
The feedback you provide helps RCI and Corvias understand how we’re doing in meeting resident needs and helps shape future plans in your community. The next survey will be sent out in the Fall, so remember to check your mailbox for your opportunity to provide feedback and for a chance to win cash!
With summer coming to a close and the start of a new school year right around the corner, parents are preparing their children for a variety of changes. This year while tackling your normal routine of back to school shopping, we encourage you to discuss school bullying with your children.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly a third of all children report having been bullied in school. Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive or covert behaviors. Bullying can occur in the form of verbal, social or physical harassment.
Research today shows bullying has significant short and long term effects that impact the education, health and safety of our children. As a parent, it is important to understand the dynamics of bullying, and the warning signs bullied children may exhibit.
Warning signs of bullying:
- Loss of interest in school
- Suddenly prefers adult company
- Sudden behavior changes
- Sleep problems
- Depression or self-harm
- Suicidal ideation
Tips for Parents:
- Parents play a vital role in preventing bullying and recognizing the signs of bullying.
- Talk to your kids about bullying
- Keep open lines of communication
- Establish responsible use of technology and social media
- Model kindness and respect in the home
If you would like more information on bullying check out the following resources:
As the saying goes, “Home is where the Army sends you.” The summer PCS season is well underway and many Army families are exploring new installations, communities and neighborhoods. Check out the following Army Wife Network blogs to learn about the advantages of being stationed at Forts Bragg, Polk, Rucker and Sill:
1) Fort Rucker: Read more about peanuts, boll weevils and beaches.
2) Fort Polk: Read why you will call Fort Polk your Fort Beautiful.
3) Fort Sill: Read more about this hidden gem of the Army.
4) Fort Bragg: Read about adventures you and your family can take while stationed at Fort Bragg.
A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. That's a lot of containers -- make sure they're recycled!
If you’re a single parent and a service member, you know how difficult it can be to balance your military and parenting commitments. Check out these tips that can ease the many stresses you may face:
1) Register with Youth Programs and Child Development Center. They can provide all service members with a list of Family Child Care (FCC) certified providers. This is a great resource to have in the event that you unexpectedly need someone to watch your children.
2) Utilize your resources. No matter where you are based, be sure to check out the support that is available to service members who are single parents. Start by being open with your unit about being a single parent. Be sure to reach out to Military OneSource, which will connect you with childcare providers, support groups, professional counseling, and financial assistance specific to your needs, free of charge. Look to your friends as a support system and as your extended family. If you need a break for a few hours to run to the store or your child is sick, ask your friends if they can help you.
3) Don’t assume being a single parent puts your children at a disadvantage. Many successful and historic figures were raised by single parents, including President Barack Obama, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, and John Lennon. Every parent has their own unique strengths, so don’t compare your family to others. Instead, focus on your family’s strengths of independence and teamwork. The more confidence you have in yourself as a parent, the more responsive your children will be to your parenting. Check out this blog on the Army Wife Network about how competitive parenting can be harmful to your kids.
4) Laughter goes a long way! As a single parent, your time is limited and you have the added hurdle of having to be both the nurturer and disciplinarian. Look for creative ways to build strong relationships and to maximize quality time with your kids. Laundry is a must-do in every family, but folding clothes together with no TV or other distractions allows time for talking. Fix dinner together. Your children will learn a valuable skill, and you will create memories they will long remember. Pick a favorite family activity to do regularly. It can be a nightly walk after dinner, playing board games every Tuesday night, or a family round of “guitar hero” or “American idol”. Take your children to the park and on play dates. Whatever it is that your family enjoys, do it together and consistently spend quality time with each other.
5) Take time for you. Children tend to mirror the temperament of their parents. When you make time to relax away from work, nurture your hobbies, and foster relationships in your life, you enhance your overall well-being. In turn, you not only boost the well-being of your child, but you also strengthen your bond with them. Click here for ways your positive behavior can be beneficial to your children.
There is no doubt that being a single parent service member has its challenges. When you feel like you’re in a jam, take a deep breath and remember these tips. Seek help, when necessary.
Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on trash, recycling, lawn care, resident events and community activities.
You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
Upcoming events and important dates
- August 1, 8, 15, 22,29; 10 to 11 a.m. –Story Time at Bayside Community Center
- August 19; 10 to 11 a.m.: Garrison Town Hall at the Aberdeen Area Post Theater
- August 25: First Day of School
- Sept. 1: All offices closed