- Pool hours reduced
- Back-to-School safety tips
- Back to School Bullying: Not Just Sticks and Stones
- Bike helmet safety
- Heart to Heart: Tips for Single Parent Service Members
- Resident reminders
- One last barbecue? Keep it safe
- Let’s all go to the movies
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
Monday, Aug. 11, the community pools begin operating with reduced hours through the week. The Bowden Terrace pool will continue to operate on their normal schedule until Sept. 1. The August pool schedule is below.
- Allen Heights: Mondays-Fridays 4 to 8 p.m. (Closed on Tuesdays)
- Munson Heights: Tuesdays-Fridays 4 to 8 p.m.
- Bowden Terrace: Mondays-Fridays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays)
All pools will remain open on the weekends with the normal operating hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The Bowden Terrace pool will remain open through September with reduced hours through the week.
The end of the summer is here and it’s once again time to get ready for school. With that in mind, residents should be mindful of increased vehicle, bike and pedestrian traffic during peak school hours. Below are the top Back-to-School safety tips from safekids.org:
Reminders for drivers:
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential areas and school zones.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours.
- Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- When parking vehicles in driveways, do not block sidewalks.
Reminders for school children:
- For their safety, children should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars.
- Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them.
- Wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
- Walk in groups of three or more.
We wish you a safe and fun school year!
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:
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.
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 Child, Youth, and School Services (CYSS). 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. Do not feel like you need to do everything on your own. The happier you are, the happier your children will be as well.
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.
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 too 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.
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.
Did you know Fort Rucker has a first-run movie theater on post? The theater recently upgraded all of their equipment and allows you and your family to enjoy going to the movies while saving you money. For times and listings visit their website at http://www.shopmyexchange.com/ReelTimeTheatres/Movies-FtRucker.htm
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!
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
Aug. 1: International Spouses Get Together, 9 a.m. at the Allen Heights Community Center
Aug. 7: Story Hour, 9:30 a.m. at the Munson Heights Community Center
Aug. 13: Fort Rucker Job Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ozark Civic Center
Sept. 1: All offices closed