Yard of the Month Winner
One last barbecue? Keep it safe
Community happenings are on our website’s calendar
Back to school
Back to school bullying: Not just sticks and stones
Heart to heart: Tips for single parent service members
Lawn care during hot temperatures
What you may not know about your cooling system
Preventative maintenance visits
Upcoming events and important dates
Dear Seymour Johnson AFB resident,
As a reminder Friday, August 1 is our Resident Appreciation Celebration! We are so excited to have all of you come out and watch a family-friendly movie in the field next to the Corvias Community Office (268 Squier Avenue). The free event begins at 8 p.m., and we will have popcorn and drinks. Don’t forget to bring blankets, chairs and your favorite movie snacks.
Keep reading the Corvias Community News resident newsletter each month for details on our upcoming resident events. This is a great opportunity for us to get to know you better, and for you to be with your fellow on-base residents!
Congratulations to MSgt Mathew and Dena McAvoy of 203 Don Allen Court for being named the Seymour Johnson AFB Yard of the Month winner in July.
The program is designed to recognize residents who make a special effort to improve their home’s landscaping. Judging for Yard of the Month will take place the third Friday of each month from July through September. Judges will select one home as the winner.
This month’s yards will be judged on August 15. On that day, judges will ride through the community and select the home that best meets the following criteria:
- Overall appearance (landscaping, lawn ornaments, etc.)
- Flowerbeds free of weeds and grass
- Driveway free of grease and oil
- Free of trash , debris and pet waste
The winner will have the have the Yard of the Month sign displayed in front of their home, their picture in Corvias Community News, and will also receive a $50 gift card.
The end of summer frequently means one last barbecue—your final chance to enjoy warm weather before school starts for kids. 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. Your garage or tent isn’t a safe location for a grill.
• Keep the grill stable. Check the surface on which you’re placing your grill. 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, etc.
• 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.
Want to know what is happening in your community? 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.
Wayne County schools re-open on August 25! To begin the school registration process, please click here.
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:
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 Youth Programs and Child Development Center, which can provide all service members with a list of Family Child Care (FCC) providers who are certified by Child Development Services (CDS). 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, such as President Barack Obama. 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.
The temperatures are high, and not only can you feel the heat, but your lawn can too! Think “green” when watering your grass, and use water wisely. About one-inch of water every other day is recommended to keep grass healthy. Efficient lawn watering is encouraged to promote healthy grass growth, reduce erosion and prevent ant nests. However, excessive watering is discouraged. To measure your watering amounts, install a small, inexpensive rain gauge in your yard. Remember, the best times to water your grass are early morning and late afternoon. Don’t forget to remove your hoses, extension cords, pet waste, toys, etc. in preparation for your lawn mowing day!
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, so be sure to recycle!
Heat pumps are widely used across the South and other temperate climates. During the summer, a heat pump absorbs heat from inside and releases it outside, cooling the interior in the process. Heat pumps in Seymour Johnson AFB homes are designed to keep the interior temperature 15 to 20 degrees below the outside temperature. Turning the thermostat lower will not lower the interior temperature below this 20 degree threshold.
This is completely normal and doesn’t mean that your cooling system isn’t working properly. In periods of extreme heat, you may need to take active steps to help your home maintain a comfortable temperature. Setting the fan switch on your thermostat to “auto”, and changing your air filter(s) every 30 days will help your home remain a comfortable temperature regardless of the season.
We are continuing to complete our annual preventative home maintenance visits on each of the Seymour Johnson AFB homes. We will ensure that your fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, mechanical system and applications, etc. are in tip-top shape.
This work does require entry into your home, so we will be sure to inform you of your preventative maintenance visit in advance. The next group of homes to be visited will be 207-235 Kirtland, 600-615 Lackland, and 301-314 March during the week of August 18.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Community Office should you have any questions or concerns.
- August 1: Resident Appreciation Celebration
- August 6: Corvias Community Office closed from 1 to 3:15 p.m.
- August 15: Seymour Johnson AFB End of Summer Celebration
- August 15: Yard of the Month judging
- August 18-22: Preventative maintenance visits
- August 25: First day of school
- September 1 (Labor Day): Corvias Community Office open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.