I hope everyone has taken time this summer to get out and about in our wonderful state of Alaska. If you haven’t there is still time before school starts. August brings less daylight, the Tanana Valley State Fair, and the start of school.
The Tanana Valley State Fair has their Military Appreciation Day on August 11th, so a great way to wrap the busy summer! Check out tananavalleyfair.org for more information.
August will also be the last full month that the Tanana Valley Farmer’s Market will be open. For great local vegetables, honey, and art make sure to get by before they shut down for the season in September.
And lastly, please remember to slow down and pay extra attention as the children head back through the school doors.
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.
Break- 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.
Where did the summer go? The first day of school is just around the corner. The beginning of the school year can be overwhelming. With a little preparation, you and your family will be ready to begin the new academic year. No one can be fully prepared for the year ahead, but these tips might make it a little easier:
Obtain school information
Most schools websites provide information about policies, teacher links, homework and grading, lunch menus and the year’s calendar. If not, use the old-fashioned method and call. School personnel report to work weeks before classes start, so be proactive.
Check-Ups and Immunizations
Review your child’s immunization record to ensure it is up-to-date. It’s also a great time to have your child’s physical, eye and dental exams completed before school starts. Remember, students will need a sports physical or signed release form to participate in sport activities. Visit Tricare for more information.
The cost of clothes, shoes and supplies doesn’t have to bust your budget. Most school websites have supply lists posted. Before going shopping, take a complete assessment of what you have and what you really need. During the month of August, some states offer a “sales tax holiday,” which means that certain products will not be taxed during a set period of time. Get the most “bang” for your buck; check to see if your state participates in sales tax holidays.
Get back into a routine
Two to three weeks before classes start, have your child go to bed earlier and get up earlier. Increase the time increments every few days and your child will be less resistant to the early morning wake-up calls for school. In addition, have your child lay out clothing the night before. It teaches organization and saves time.
Establishing a homework routine and providing a quiet, well-lit place to complete assignments are important for children. If you go to https://www.khanacademy.org/ they can help as well they have videos, practice tests, and you can even personalize individual learning plans. They currently offer help for K- 12 and even college prep. Check it out your child will thank you!
Safety and Bullying
Create a plan in case of an emergency. Practice a safety word or code with younger children. Talk to your child about bullying and how to stay safe at school.
Have a great school year!
Come see the pageantry of the 90th Annual Tanana Valley State Fair. The fair will run August 4th to 13th. The fair will include exhibits, arts and crafts, rodeo, live entertainment and food. The fairgrounds are located at 1800 College Road in Fairbanks. For more information you can go to http://www.tananavalleyfair.org/
The first Saturday after school has started? Do your children need a little bit of fun??? Come down to the Goldstream Regal parking Lot from 11am-3pm Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union is hosting an event free to children and their families. Some activities include their Bike Safety Rodeo Course, train rides, smoke safety house, FMH car seat safety check, and even a fire slide. They have partnered with the Boy scouts, Girls scouts, City of Fairbanks police and fire departments and also Alaska State Troopers will be at this event. Did I mention once your children finish all the activities they are entered into a drawing to a win bike? Come enjoy a great end to the first week of school!
Corvias Military Living provides 24-hour maintenance services for all resident needs. If something in a home needs immediate attention the maintenance staff is available after normal business hours for emergencies. Call 907-302-2180 or toll-free 866-610-5578 day or night, for any maintenance issues. Also, work orders may be submitted on the website.
Work order classification
Emergency – Response time in one hour or less with repairs completed in 24 hours. Response times may differ based on the particular issue or weather conditions. Some examples of maintenance emergencies include burst or frozen pipes, sewer back-up, electrical short or fire. An example of a weather related emergency would be the loss of heat during the winter months.
Urgent – Response time in 24-hours or less with repairs completed within five days. Urgent work is required to correct a condition that may become an emergency. Some examples include a broken garage door, a broken garbage disposal or a cracked window.
Routine – Response time in three business days with repairs completed within 15 days. Routine work is needed for an inconvenience that does not pose a hazard or potential hazard. This may include a broken drawer or towel bar.
Please contact the Community Office if there are questions concerning any maintenance issues.
Looking to get rid of some of your belongings? Base Wide Yard Sales will be every last Saturday of the month during the summer! To sign up for one of them contact the Community Office at 907-302-2170.
- August 29th
Please ensure you are following the proper guidelines which can be found in our Resident Responsibility Guide:
- No soliciting or special advertising is allowed through off-installations media outlets
- Only one sign may be posted, and only on the property where the sale is taking place. No other signs may posted anywhere on the Installation or in the housing areas
Any community sale or yard sale may be held solely for the purpose of disposing of personal household items. The resale of new items (as in a business) is not permitted.
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August 4th -13th – Tanana Valley State Fair
August 17th – First day of school
August 19th – 10th Annual Youth Safety Day
August 29TH – Base wide Yard Sale