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- Be a responsible pet owner
- Educational Grants for spouses of active-duty service members
- Fort Riley Kids Fishing Day
- Balance work and your family life with the right priorities
- Household hazardous waste collection event
- Severe weather season in Kansas
- Lawn care tips
- Submit work orders online
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- April 3: Spring into Fun at Rally Point Field 2-4 pm
- April 6: Story Hour 10:30pm at Ellis Community Center
- April 18: EFMP, FAP, and NPSP Spring Fling 10-12 pm at ACS Building
- April 18: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event at PX
- April 22: Earth Day
- April 25: Fort Riley Kids Fishing Day 12-4 pm
- April 26: MOMC Kidsfest at Riley’s Conference Center 12-3 pm
The Easter Bunny will be hopping by Corvias Military Living’s Spring into Fun event on Friday, April 3rd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Rally Point Field.
Planned activities include egg hunts by age group, face painting, crafts, train rides, games, magician, prizes, and a petting zoo.
While the petting zoo and train are sure to be big hits, the main attraction is the egg hunting. Egg hunts will be held at the following times:
- 0-1 year olds: 2:00-3:00 pm
- 2-3 year olds: 2:15 pm
- 4-5 year olds: 2:25 pm
- 6-8 year olds: 2:35 pm
- 9-12 year olds: 2:45 pm
One parent per child during the egg hunts for children in the 0-1 year and 2-3 years age groups.
The Spring Into Fun event is free for all Corvias Military Living residents. Don’t forget your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny! No pets, please.
April is Month of the Military Child. During this month, we take time to recognize the sacrifices of our military children, and celebrate their strength, courage and resiliency. Our youngest heroes serve by adapting to frequent moves, change of schools, parental deployments and life transitions.
In conjunction with Month of the Military Child, Purple Up! is an initiative calling the community to show support for children in military families. You can do this by wearing the color purple on April 15th. Why purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is a combination of Army green, Marine red, and Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard blue.
Corvias Military Living would like to salute our military children and show appreciation for all that they do! Please join us at Spring Into Fun on Friday, April 3rd and stop by the Information Booth to pick up a small token of our gratitude.
For more information on other Month of the Military Child events go to: http://rileymwr.com/main/.
Fort Riley Garrison’s annual Yard of the Month program is set to begin in May. The program recognizes residents in family housing who are making a special effort to enhance the appearance of their yard. Each community will have a winning Yard of the Month. From these five winning yards, one is selected as Post-wide Yard of the Month.
Residents are encouraged to nominate their yard or the yard of a neighbor by contacting your Community Office before the first of each month.
Lawns and flower beds will be judged using the following criteria:
- Driveway free of grease, oil and litter
- Yard free of trash and debris
- Flower beds free of weeds
- Vegetation must be natural
- Yards must be in full compliance with requirements set forth in the Resident Responsibility Guide
Judging for Yard of the Month will be conducted during the first week of the month, beginning in May, by installation-selected personnel.
The Yard of the Month winning family from each community will receive a recognition letter from the Garrison Commander, temporary Yard of the Month signage for the home and a prize. For more information on this program, please contact your Community Office.
80 to 90 percent of energy used to wash clothes is used to heat the water. To save energy, consider washing your clothes in cold water.
Late last year, families living on-post received a housing survey from SatisFacts to determine resident satisfaction. The data collected from this survey, as well as the quarterly RCI surveys, helps Corvias improve your experience living on-post.
Out of a possible 5.00 score, Corvias Military Living residents gave the company a 4.29 in the 2014 survey. Corvias earned the Superior Service distinction at 32 of the military communities the company manages throughout the country with a score of 4.0 to 4.49. Eight communities earned the highest honors, Exceptional Service achievement, with a score of 4.5 or above. This award marks the seventh year in a row that Corvias has ranked first nationally in the SatisFacts Annual Resident Survey, and the eighth consecutive year it has achieved the Superior Company Score award.
"We are committed to our mission of improving the quality of life for the service members and their families living on all of Corvias' installations," said Chuck Parker, Division President of Corvias Military Living. "This award speaks volumes about how passionate Corvias employees are nationwide about their jobs and those they serve. Achieving the highest rating from our residents is a tremendous honor and we are humbled by their recognition of our efforts."
To find out more information and see the complete list of winners click here.
The annual Fort Riley Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) for calendar year 2014 has been posted here. It is important that customers be aware of the efforts that are continually made to improve their water systems. Information about CCRs can be obtained from the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791. Copies also can be obtained by contacting the Water Quality Protection Regulations Manager at 785-239-2630. A link to the CCR is also posted on Fort Riley Environmental Division Facebook page here.
Fort Riley is a poop and scoop community. It is the responsibility of the pet owner to pick up after their pet’s waste. Be courteous to your neighbors by removing all pet waste from yards and community common areas.
American Pool is now hiring lifeguards, and head guards for the summer of 2015 at the Corvias Community pools at Fort Riley. Upcoming hiring events will be Open Houses on April 18th 10:00am - 2:00pm and May 3rd 2:00pm - 5:00pm at the Forsyth Community Center. Everyone is welcome to come and fill out an application and interview for a summer position. We are looking for responsible adults and teenagers, so please RSVP if you plan to come to the event. Contact Jerry Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org 785-317-1911 or visit our locations tab on our website www.guardforlife.com.
Apply now! Spouses of active-duty service members are eligible to apply for $5,000 Educational Grants for college. Applications are due May 7 and are available at corviasfoundation.org.
Fort Riley will be holding a Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, April 25th from 12-4 pm at Moon Lake. Loaner rods and reels are provided for those who do not have them. Read more about the details of the event here.
Are you worn out with trying to succeed at work while wrangling responsibilities at home? Try these ideas for creating strategies to help you balance work and family life:
- Decide what you want. Think about what you really want from life for you and your family. How does your job fit into that? Are you working for self-fulfillment or merely for the paycheck? Read more…
- Decide what’s important. Based on your values, figure out which tasks are absolutely essential and which are less so. Don’t just say, “My family comes before work.” Set priorities for deciding what activities come first. Review your priorities regularly.
- Transition between the two worlds. It usually takes 15 to 20 minutes to shift gears from work to family. Clear your head on the way home by listening to music you enjoy as you travel, or meditating, or reading a book on the train or bus. Once home, take a 15-minute break to change clothes and make the shift.
- Be realistic. There is always more to do than time available, so figure out what you can and can’t do. You may need to adjust your expectations of both your work life and your home life.
- Give your kids some extra school help. Lots of children need special help in school. Here are a few ways you can help your kids develop skills that will help them in the classroom:
- Help your child become organized. Have a place for books, papers, pencils, and other study materials, and require that everything always gets put back where it belongs. Establish routines for daily study and homework, and provide work charts or checklists as reminders for complicated tasks.
- Repeat learning experiences. Don’t assume that your child has learned a skill or task, such as spelling a word or tying shoes, just because he or she managed it one time; an hour later he or she may seem to have forgotten it completely. Repeat directions, perhaps using different words.
- Work with the school. Request conferences with the teachers. They’ll inform you about their methods, which you can reinforce at home.
Celebrate Earth Day by properly disposing of leftover and unwanted household chemicals. For more details about this event please read here.
Kansas can experience extreme weather year round. However, the spring and early summer months pose a higher than usual risk for high winds, heavy rain, lightening, hail and tornadoes. Prepare and plan in advance for severe weather. Stay alert to the potential for rapidly changing weather conditions via local television, local radio or NOAA weather radio. For additional information on emergency preparedness, please visit www.spc.noaa.gov or http://www.ready.gov/natural-disasters.
We’re pleased to offer lawn care to our families here at Fort Riley. Mowing will start mid to late April. These tips and information from our lawn care provider will help you prepare for their visits and keep your yard looking its best:
Yards should be clean and clear. Pet owners should make sure that their lawns are free of any pet waste. On lawn care days, please remove toys from all grassy areas and ensure that pets are inside your home. These conditions create major challenges for the lawn care teams and will result in a “missed’ day of care. A “No Mow Tag” will be left on your front door, identifying the reasons your yard was “skipped”.
Solar landscape lights are a hazard for mowing crews. IF you install these in your yard, please remove them on mowing days to avoid unintentional damage or “skipped” service.
Did you know you can submit work requests online? Corvias Military Living offers an online work order submission for routine work orders. Always call your community office immediately if your work order is an emergency.