The beginning of the school year brings concerns for many children and parents. Good grades, getting enough sleep and getting along with teachers and other students are all important. Many kids are excited to go back to school after summer break. But for a child that has been bullied before in the past, returning to school can be very stressful.
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, cyber or physical harassment.
As a parent, talk to your child about how they can stand up and prevent bullying. Be familiar with the schools bullying policy and prevention efforts. Preventing and stopping bullying involves a commitment to creating a safe environment where children can thrive, socially and academically, without being afraid.
Remind your child to:
Be kind to the kid being bullied. Show them that you care by trying to include them. Sit with them at lunch or on the bus, talk to them at school, or invite them to do something. Just hanging out with them will help them know they aren’t alone.
Treat everyone with respect
Stop and think before you say or do something that could hurt someone
Challenge others to be kind
If you would like more information on bullying check out the following resources:
We are excited to share that the city of Aberdeen is in the process of creating a dog park at Victory Street Park. Victory Street Park is located right off of APG Road, near the water tower. The details of the design for the park are still being determined, but you can expect a 1/3 acre park, with a separate section for both large and small dogs. To keep track of the opening for the dog park and other upcoming events, sign up for the weekly e-newsletter provided by the city.
Trash containers should be placed out on the curb after 6:00 PM on Monday which is the scheduled pick up day. Please ensure all containers are cleared from the curb area no later than 6:00 PM on Tuesday. Trash containers must be emptied and stored in the rear yard or garage.
Service Members and their families are strong and face many adventures throughout their military career. Military life can also be stressful at times and some may start to feel isolated, overwhelmed, or angry when dealing with challenging situations. These reactions can be common responses to life events. However, these feelings may be signs of more serious conditions. People coping with challenges may feel like there is no escape from their symptoms, leading them to have thoughts of suicide. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) – press ‘1’ for the Military Crisis Line or send a text to 838255. You can also visit http://www.militarycrisisline.net.
If you or someone you know is talking about suicide get them assistance immediately with these three steps – Ask, Care, Escort. Ask your loved one if they are thinking of killing themselves. Care for your loved one – actively listen to show understanding, remove any means that could be used for self-injury. Escort your loved one – never leave them alone! Escort them to their chain of command, a chaplain, a behavioral health professional, or primary care provider.
Keep your refrigerator and freezer at the right temperature. The refrigerator should be between 38° F and 42° F and the freezer between 0° F and 5° F.
To learn about upcoming events at APG go to: http://www.apgmwr.com/pdf/indemand/InDemand-CURRENT.pdf
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September 4th: Labor Day; all offices closed
September 4th: Last day of pool season
September 5th: Back to School
September 28-30: Oktoberfest