- Your community calendar
- School’s back in session
- Green Corner
- Recycling means money for Fort Riley
- The heat is on: Don’t overwork yourself in hot temperatures
- Heart to Heart: Tips for Single Parent Service Members
- Back to School Bullying: Not Just Sticks and Stones
- Water Safari and kids free day at Sunset Zoo
- Ghost stories wanted
- What are those large flying insects?
- Corvias shares highlights of life at Forts Bragg, Polk, Rucker and Sill
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 2 - Water Safari and Kids Free Day at Sunset Zoo
- August 12 – First day of school for USD 475; pool hours change
- August 22 – Story Hour at McClellan Place Community Center
All USD 475 schools begin classes on August 12. If you are uncertain what school your child will be attending or if they can ride the bus, find the answer by visiting the USD 475 website and then click on the infoFinder link at the bottom of the page. You will be taken to the infoFinder website where you will type in your home address and zip code. Once you select your address you will be able to find out what schools correspond to your area and if busing is available. For more information on busing and enrollment, visit usd475.org/enrollment. On the left side of this page you will find the USD 475 transportation guidelines, boundary changes and other back to school information. The boundaries set for Fort Riley will remain in effect for this school year, for a detailed list of busing boundaries please review the transportation guidelines information. If you have transportation questions, please contact Annette Krinhop at 785-717-4000.
We want to remind our residents to be aware of increased vehicle, bike and pedestrian traffic at 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 the residential neighborhoods 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.
Reminder for your kids:
- 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.
Beginning Tuesday, August 12, all Corvias community pools will be open Mon.-Fri. 4 to 8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun. 1 to 6 p.m. Pools are open through Labor Day, September 1.
A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. That's a lot of containers -- make sure they're recycled!
Recycling is bringing in the green – literally. Family housing residents recycled 35 tons of materials in June 2014 – which is an 84 percent increase over June 2013. The Fort Riley Recycling Center invests the profits from family housing recyclables into services and programs on the installation. Some programs that have benefitted include Outdoor Recreation, Bowling Center, Whitside CDC and Fort Riley unit activities.
Want to recycle? It’s simple and curbside service is offered at no additional charge! Download and complete the recycling opt-in form and return it to your Community Office. A recycling toter will be delivered to your home within a few days of signing up.
If you’re working or playing outside under the hot August sun, you know that staying cool can be a challenge. It’s vital to your safety, of course, so take the proper steps to keep the heat from striking you down:
• Water. Drink lots of it. Keep a water bottle handy in a shaded location so it doesn’t get too warm, and try to drink at least a cup every 20 minutes, whether you feel thirsty or not.
• Shade. Avoid direct exposure to the sun when possible. Look for areas that aren’t already hot from sunlight earlier in the day, and where breezes can cool the air somewhat. Remember your sunscreen.
• Breaks. Schedule regular breaks so everyone has a chance to cool down, get some water, and recover from the heat.
• Acclimation. The body can learn to adapt to hot conditions, but don’t force it. Build up your tolerance for heat by gradually extending the amount of time you are in the sun.
• Buddies. Keep an eye on your friends and family, and ask them to watch you for any signs of heat-related illness. People often don’t recognize the symptoms quickly enough.
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). This is a great resource to have in the event that you unexpectedly need someone to watch your children. They can also provide all service members with a list of Family Child Care (FCC) certified providers.
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.
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:
Cool off in the wild of Sunset Zoo with family-friendly activities from Noon to 4:30pm on Saturday, August 2. Kids visit free with a paid adult admission from 9:30am to 5:00pm.
The Historical and Archeological Society of Fort Riley is seeking ghost stories to be included in a fourth edition of the Fort Riley ghost story books. If you have a story to share, please contact HASFR by email.
Cicada killers are large, ominous looking wasps that evoke a good deal of fear among people. They look like a giant hornet or huge yellow-jacket, but are not likely to sting. Typically male wasps are seen patrolling the nesting area. Although they can be a nuisance as they may fly about people, dive bomb, or even hover in front of faces, they are not dangerous as males do not have stingers. In contrast, females do not defend their burrows, and will sting only if mishandled. Adults normally live 60 to 75 days from mid-July to mid-September.
Source: Purdue University Department of Entomology
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.