- Resident Referral Program
- Back to School
- Bullying: Not Just Sticks and Stones
- Yard of the Month
- Green corner
- Want to know what is happening in your community
- Upcoming Events
We now accept DOD contractors! Current residents can receive $500 for referring someone to live at APG when the new residents move in by August 31st. Hurry and take advantage of this limited-time offer. Contact our office to check availability or for more information on this program.
Where did the summer go? The first day of school is just around the corner. The beginning of the school year can be overwhelming. With a little preparation, you and your family will be ready to begin the new academic year. No one can be fully prepared for the year ahead, but these tips might make it a little easier:
Obtain school information
Check out the Hartford County Public Schools website for the school calendar, lunch menus, policies, teacher links, homework and grading. School personnel report to work weeks before classes start, so be proactive. The School Liaison (410-278-2857) is a great resource for any school related questions or issues.
Check-Ups and Immunizations
Review your child’s immunization record to ensure it is up-to-date. It’s also a great time to have your child’s physical, eye and dental exams completed before school starts. Remember, students will need a sports physical or signed release form to participate in sport activities. Visit Tricare for more information.
The cost of clothes, shoes and supplies doesn’t have to bust your budget. Most school websites have supply lists posted. Before going shopping, take a complete assessment of what you have and what you really need. Maryland offers “Tax-Free Week” during August 14th-20th. This means qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item, is exempt from the state sales tax during this week.
Get back into a routine
Two to three weeks before classes start, have your child go to bed earlier and get up earlier. Increase the time increments every few days and your child will be less resistant to the early morning wake-up calls for school. In addition, have your child lay out clothing the night before. It teaches organization and saves time.
Establishing a homework routine and providing a quiet, well-lit place to complete assignments is important for children. Tutor.com can help too, with tutoring sessions available to children in grades 1-12.
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:
We would like to congratulate our July 2016 Yard of the Month winners. Thank you to all of our residents who help keep our community looking great! Remember the program runs until October. To nominate your yard, please email a photo to the Community Center Office. Winners are selected based on the number of likes the photo receives on our Facebook page.
How can you beat the heat this summer? Avoid using heat generating appliances during the hottest part of the day! Things such as your clothes dryer, oven and dish washer can all generate a lot of heat, which can make it harder to cool your home.
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.
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August 3: Job Fair & Employment Resource Day Expo; AA Rec Center 11am-2pm
August 14th-20th: Maryland Tax Free Week
August 16: School Transitions workshop; CYSS Admin Bldg - Incoming 6th graders 9:30-10:30 a.m., Incoming 9th graders 12:30-1:30 p.m.
August 25: First Day of School