- Fort Rucker’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Fort Rucker Community Spouses Club
- National Night Out August 2
- Getting into the school routine after Summer Break
- Resident Reminder-Boats and Trailers
- Resident Spotlight
- Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)
- Green corner
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EAP counseling services are available for all employees and Family members of Active Duty Military, DOD Civilians, Military Retirees and Civil Service Retirees. When Army National Guard or Reserve Soldiers are not on orders the EAP is here to help. The Fort Rucker EAP program provides free, solution focused counseling and consultation services to help manage the problems that we face. The EAP office is located at Building T-301A on Andrews Avenue. For assistance call (334) 255-7678/7509. The EAP program can help you find a path to a healthier you!
The Fort Rucker Community Spouses’ Club (FRCSC) will hold their annual Membership Super Sign-Up and Exposition Thursday August 18th. Attendees can enjoy music, food, shopping, door prizes and more while meeting new friends from 10am to 2pm at The Landing, Fort Rucker.
Since 2001, the FRCSC has distributed more than $271,000 in scholarships to local students through fundraising events such as the annual Hollyday Bazaar. Each year the FRCSC members and volunteers donate thousands of volunteer hours to support its various programs to include its Scholarship Program.
Participants can shop with local and national vendors while meeting new and old friends. Membership information for monthly luncheons, fundraisers for scholarship outreach, and volunteer opportunities will be available. There will be free food, over 30 shopping vendors, games, and door prizes.
This event free and open to spouses of active duty and retired military personnel residing in the Wiregrass area and to civilian employees and spouses of civilian employees employed at Fort Rucker. Visit the Fort Rucker Community Spouses’ Club Facebook or website for additional information.
Daleville & Fort Rucker Police invites you to National Night out 2016, ''America's Night Out Against Crime.” Tuesday, August 2 from 4 to 8 pm at Culpepper Field in Daleville. Get involved in the partnership between public safety and communities to prevent crime and drugs in our neighborhoods. Enjoy a night fill with fun games, waterslides, and food. For more information read here.
Whenever your kids have a summer break from school, it may seem like an uphill battle to get them back into the school routine. Their sleep schedule may be off. Their enthusiasm may be low (or non-existent). And they may balk at going back to school. Whether your child goes to a year-round school or one that has a three-month summer break, consider these ideas to get kids back into the school routine.
Tips for all parents:
- Be compassionate. Summer breaks are like vacations. Think about what it’s like for you to make the transition back from a great vacation (yes, it’s not fair that kids get so many more breaks than you do, but try to focus on that tough transition).
- Talk about the value of education. Even if school isn’t always easy, that doesn’t mean that it’s not important. Emphasize how working hard at school helps kids to succeed. Consider using some of the ideas on emphasizing the value of school from What Kids Need to Succeed.
- Even though summer break is over, continue to have fun with your kids. Set aside some time each week to spend having fun together as a family.
Parents with children ages birth to 5:
- Keep young children on the same daily routine (if possible) whether they’re going to preschool or not. This helps to keep their energy and moods at an even keel.
- Teach your kids the differences between days. Many get confused as to why they go to child care five days a week and then stay home for two. Take a calendar and have them mark off the days. Consider color-coding the days so that “yellow” days mean preschool or child care and “orange” days mean home days.
- Talk about the importance of “home time” and “school time” so that kids see the value in both (or talk about the importance of “play time” and “work time”).
Parents with children ages 6 to 9:
- Help your child look forward to school. Purchase a “lucky pencil” or “lucky folder” for her to keep track of homework. Be enthusiastic about school. Your excitement will often rub off on her.
- Be honest about the fatigue that can happen during the first week back to school after a long break. Encourage your child to take a short nap after school, if needed.
- Talk about the benefits of summer breaks and the benefits of going to school. For example, it’s fun to choose what you want to do during breaks. It’s also exciting to learn new things and meet new kids at school.
Parents with children ages 10 to 15
- Don’t be surprised if you find that your child strongly resists going back to school. That’s normal. Many kids at this age love spending time with friends and would prefer to hang out with them outside of school. At the same time, other kids really look forward to going back to school.
- Help your child name what he likes best about school. Even if it starts out only with lunch and recess, go with that. As the school year progresses, see which subjects begin to interest him.
- Admit that some parts of school are hard. If you didn’t enjoy the junior high or middle school years, say so. But then talk about how much better high school is. That often helps kids to stick with the hard stuff.
Parents with children 16 to 18
- As older teens become more independent, they may become more resistant to school. Continue to emphasize how important a high school education is—and why. Show teens that the more education they acquire, the more money they make. See the chart on page 2 of the U.S. Census Bureau report "The Big Payoff."
- Focus on the parts of school your teen enjoys. Remind her of the soccer team, the newspaper staff, the choir, or another activity that she gets excited about.
- Help your older teenager apply for a part-time job, apply to a college, or prepare for college-required tests (such as the ACT, or SAT). Older teenagers can get overwhelmed or paralyzed in doing some of these new, important tasks. Your guidance can be a big help.
- Encourage your teen to connect with teachers that he/she likes. Having a good rapport with a teachers can also be helpful in writing job, college and scholarship recommendations. For more useful tips for parenting go to parentfurther.com.
Parking for boats, trailers, recreational vehicles, campers, camper shells, and utility trailers is prohibited in the community. They may not be permanently parked, left overnight, stored on the streets, stored outside a garage, in driveways, yards or parking lots in any housing area. They may be stored in carports and garages as long as the equipment does not extend beyond the carport and/or allows the garage door to fully close. They may be stored at the Fort Rucker Recreational Vehicle Park Storage Facility located near the Equestrian Center. Register at the Arts and Craft Center at building 9205 at 255-9020. Residents may have their RVs and equipment in driveways during weekends and holidays from 6 p.m. the day prior to the weekend or holiday to 9 a.m. the first day following the weekend or holiday. Please review the Fort Rucker Regulation 190-5 for additional information regarding recreational vehicles and equipment.
Congratulations to our spotlight award winners: CW3 Charles Ray, W01 Robert Sherwood and Mr. and Mrs. Nestor. These residents are being recognized for going above and beyond in improving the front entrance of their home and yard. Winners will receive a $25 gift card. Thank you for helping to make Fort Rucker a great place to live.
This a two-day workshop is for parents with children with special needs. It will be held at the Commons on Aug 25th and 26th. Learn how to advocate for your child’s needs and receive information about Tricare, SSI and Medicaid for the military family. Click here to learn more about the workshop.
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.
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Aug 4, 11, 18, 25: Basic Spanish Classes: Allen Heights. 10 to 11:30 am. 255-2887.
Aug 5: International Spouses Get Together. Allen Heights. 9-11 am. 255-3735.
Aug 6: Family Bingo. The Landing. 255-9626
Aug 16: Baby Sign Language Class. Munson Heights. 9-11 am. 255-9647
Aug: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: English as a Second Language (ESL). Allen Heights. 9 to 11 am. 255-2887.
Aug 11: Resiliency Training, 9 -1130. The Commons. 255-3735.
Aug 2, 9, 16: Basic Conversational German Workshop. Bowden Terrace. 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. 255-3735.
Aug 19: Newcomers Welcome. The Landing. 8:30 am to 11 am. 255-3161
Aug 20: 2 mile Color Run. Rucker Festival Field. 8 am. 255-2296