Program Manager message – RRG refresher
Your community calendar
School’s back in session
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
FCC childcare information
Our goal is to provide you with a home and service that makes you feel happy, safe and confident in your community. You are encouraged to make your house a home and enjoy the services and amenities offered at McConnell Air Force Base.
Last year at this time we first provided many of you with our Resident Responsibility Guide (RRG). This guide is very similar to the former Air Force Housing Handbook and outlines expectations for all family housing residents. If you haven’t looked at it in a while, please take a few moments to review the RRG online. Additionally, we continuously receive comments and questions from residents regarding:
- Storage of BBQ grills - When cool and not in use, store grills in the garage, under a carport or in the backyard.
- Recreational and play equipment – These items should be in the back yard and not visible from the street. Portable equipment, when not in use, should also be stored in the rear of the home.
- Trash and recycling containers – must be cleared from the curb at the end of the day on the day of pick-up
- Boats, trailers, etc. - must be stored off base at a recreational storage facility. This equipment may not be permanently parked, left for more than 48 hours, stored on streets, garages, driveways, carports, yards or parking lots in the housing area.
Thank you for choosing to live on-base. It is our pleasure to provide your family a great place to call home.
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 1 – 2014 Beach Party, 4-8 p.m.
- August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 – Freeze Pop Fridays
- August 8 – Youth Center Back-to-School Block Party, 3-6 p.m.
- August 13 – Story Hour, 3 p.m.
- August 14 – First day of school for Derby Public Schools
Derby schools are back in session beginning August 14. Where did the summer go?
If you are needing before or afterschool care for school aged children, the McConnell School Age Program offers safe, enriching activities in a supervised environment for school children 5-12 years during out of school times. Fees are based on total household income. For more information, call 316-759-6859 for more information.
We want to remind our residents to be aware of increased vehicle, bike and pedestrian traffic at peak school hours. Safekids.org promotes the following Back-To-School safety tips:
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.
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!
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 and resources that may ease the many stresses you face:
1) Register with Youth Programs and Child Development Center. 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.
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:
An Air Force FCC Affiliation Certificate is required for providing child care in Corvias Military Living homes. Child Care is defined as caring for other families' children more than 10 hours a week on a regular basis (example: 3 children for 4 hours, one afternoon, equals 12 hours). There are a few exceptions that the Family Child Care staff would be happy to discuss these with you. If you have any questions or know of someone providing care without FCC affiliation by the Air Force call the FCC Office at 316-759-5783.