- School's out, now what?
- It's quarterly survey time!
- Corvias Military Living earns top score in national resident satisfaction survey
- Corvias Foundation awards $500,000 in scholarahips
- 4 ways you can have a fun and safe summer
- Hidden hazards: the window blind cord
- Child proof your home
- Tips for a less stressful move
- Green Corner
- Lawn care tips
- Want to know what's happening in your community?
If you've got children, you know what June means: summer vacation. Weeks and weeks of uninterrupted freedom, maybe a family trip or two—and lots of time for kids to grow bored
because they have nothing to do. You don't have to be a fulltime cruise director for your family. You can, however, consider these ideas for keeping children busy and happy until school starts again in the fall:
- Museums. Scout your community for offbeat little museums in addition to the major institutions of art and history that may be nearby.
- Libraries. Visit your local library often. In addition to checking out books and DVDs, look for summertime activities that many libraries offer to children.
- Volunteer work. Older children can get a lot out of volunteering for charities and other causes in your community. Look for age-appropriate opportunities that allow kids to do good for others.
- Sports programs. Find a sport your child is interested in. Many park districts and schools offer programs in baseball, soccer, and other sports during the summer months.
- Berry picking. If you live anywhere near the country, look for farms that offer the chance to pick fresh fruit and vegetables. You'll get some healthy produce at a good price while spending a few productive hours outdoors.
- Down time. Don't try to schedule every minute in your kids' days. Give them some time to relax and chill out so their vacation really feels like a vacation.
Towards the end of May, 25 percent of Corvias Military Living residents will receive a housing survey in the mail. This is a prime opportunity for you and your family to tell us how well we are doing in meeting your on-post housing needs.
By completing and returning the survey and the enclosed prize entry form, you are eligible for a drawing to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards from Corvias Military Living.
Congratulations to the winners from the February survey drawing: the Richardson family, the Waugh family, the Jemison family, the Leger family and the Denson family.
In recent months, you may have received an e-mail asking for you to complete the SatisFacts national resident satisfaction e-mail survey. As a result of the feedback collected from current on-post residents, Corvias Military Living once again received the highest score in resident satisfaction for properties with at least 10,000 homes. SatisFacts also awarded Corvias with the 2013 SatisFacts Superior Resident Satisfaction Company Award. The SatisFacts survey is for all types of residential management companies. Corvias Military Living has earned a superior rating from SatisFacts the past seven years and has also achieved the highest score for companies with at least 10,000 homes six times.
Corvias Foundation, the private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias Group, is committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education and has awarded 11 college scholarships of up to $50,000 to outstanding high school students, marking the ninth class of Our Future scholarship recipients. Since its founding in 2006 by Corvias Group CEO John Picerne, the Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in scholarships to the families of active-duty service members.
Among this year’s scholarship recipients are aspiring publishers, scientists, doctors, and those with social justice aspirations and business dreams. The eleven graduating seniors are the children of active-duty service members stationed at Fort Bragg and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina, Fort Meade in Maryland, and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
From Fort Bragg, Jeanmary Aray Freites plans to attend St. Lawrence University, NY in the fall to work toward medical school; Megan Conroy will attend Duke University to study science; Cherrel Manley plans to study pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Katelyn Mann will attend Green Mountain College to pursue her interest in environmental and sustainability studies; and Zia Matti plans to attend St. Cloud State University to pursue a degree in chemistry, to eventually become a pharmacist.
Carla Aviles-Jimenez of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will pursue her interests in publishing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Kamrie Risku will pursue a degree in psychiatry at North Carolina State University.
Chris Buckley and Sara Russell, both of Fort Meade, will attend the University of Maryland and University of Texas at Austin to study mechanical engineering and environmental science, respectively.
From Fort Sill, Samantha Ciaramitaro plans to pursue her interests in advertising and broadcasting at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Oluwasegun Paul Emenogu Ntia will begin his studies at The Ohio State University to pursue being a neurosurgeon.
After a long winter season, we are all ready to welcome warmer weather. Before running outdoors to greet the sunshine, consider these four reminders to help you have a fun and safe summer:
- Sun Safety - Beginning the summer season with sunburn is no fun. To minimize your opportunity of becoming the sun's next victory, come prepared with your SPF armor. You can also protect yourself by wearing protective clothing and a brimmed hat. Loading up on H20 is another way to stay cool and safe in the summer sun.
- Water Safety- Never leave children unattended near any water to include: filled-buckets, bathtubs, toilets, wading or swimming pools. Wading pools should be empty and properly stored when not in use. A child can drown in 1 inch of water. Parents should stay within an arm's length of young swimmers. Consider CPR certification to better prepare yourself in the event of an emergency.
- Bike Safety- Always wear a properly fitted helmet when riding bikes, scooters or skateboards. Wear bright clothes and put reflectors on the bike so that you can be seen. Be sure to check bikes tires to ensure proper inflation. Young children should stick to sidewalks and paths when bike riding.
- Playground Safety- Encourage your child to use the playground equipment properly. To prevent injuries don't allow pushing or rough playing when at the playground. Always check the playground equipment in the summertime-it can get very hot. If you notice any issues with neighborhood playground equipment, please contact your community office.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children dying each year from accidental strangling, is window cords. Since these blind and curtain cords are a serious risk for our children, Corvias Military Living wants to remind you and your family on the proper steps to staying safe. Be sure to keep all window cords out of the reach of children. This includes ensuring that all furniture and toys are away from windows and if possible, moved to another wall. Examine all shades and blinds in the home. If your home does not have the cordless blind style, make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords. Make loose cords inaccessible. If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.
Following these tips will help keep you and your family safe from this hidden hazard. More information can be found by visiting the Window Safety Cord Council's website, windowcoverings.org
When it comes to your child's safety, do you know the best practices for preventing injuries in and outdoors? Proper supervision is the best way to ensure your child's safely, but another helpful tool is to childproof your home. According to a study by the International Association for Child Safety in 2011, childproofing your home can reduce the risk of injury to kids in the home by 70%.One of the best ways to get started child proofing is to crawl on the floor throughout your home and see your home through your child's eyes. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Make sure that all furniture is stable and any glass or breakable is out of your baby's reach.
- Lock away any household chemicals and poisons, such as basic cleaning supplies and any medications.
- Pad all sharp edges or corners of furniture and be sure all sharp tools and utensils are properly stored.
- Hide all small items, such as small toys, blind cords, plastic shopping bags, small batteries, buttons, etc. to prevent a child from choking.
- Utilizing safety gates and cabinet locks is the key in keeping your children away from anything that could pose a risk to your child's safety.
For more information on this topic, please visit: http://www.safekids.org/
Military families move throughout the year, but summer is typically known as peak PCS season. We're here to help you!
- Please provide written notice and a copy of your PCS orders to your Community Office at least 30 days prior to your desired move-out date.
- If you are preparing to move, you may request a pre-inspection of your home at any time. During this pre-inspection, we will walk through your home, and let you know if there are any potential charges that you may receive upon move-out. Addressing these issues prior to move-out will help you avoid paying these charges.
- Please leave your home in a surface clean condition upon move-out. This policy is designed to ease the moving process for our military families. If you regularly clean your home, a simple wipe down and sweep/vacuum prior to move-out would meet the surface-clean policy.
- Be sure to check out the Corvias Military website prior to your PCS – we manage housing at seven Army bases and six Air Force installations. If you are Fort Rucker-bound, be sure to check out this column on the Army Wife Network website for more information. Headed to Fort Polk? Click here for more information about all of the fun things you can do around the area. No matter where you go, if you are PCSing, be sure to read about your next duty station. The more you know, the more you'll enjoy your next home!
Prepare aluminum cans for recycling by either crushing the cans to save space or leaving them uncrushed. Cans that are rinsed out will have little or no odor and are less likely to attract bugs.
While we will provide lawn mowing services, residents may beautify the area immediately adjoining their homes with annuals and perennials. Vegetables and herbs may be grown in Fort Polk communities only in pots or raised beds at the rear of the home. Families are required to maintain their flowers and other plantings in living condition, free of trash, weeds, dead vegetation and fallen leaves. Flower gardens are restricted to areas currently landscaped for this purpose. Residents who wish to create or expand existing flowerbeds must obtain prior authorization through an Alteration Agreement from their Corvias Community Office.
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
- June 6 – Commanding General’s Golf Scramble
- June 15 – Father’s Day Buffet
- June 19 – Story Hour, Dogwood Terrace, 10 a.m.
- June 27 – Mulligan’s Karaoke Night