- Message from the Business Director
- Back to School Bullying: Not Just Sticks and Stones
- Getting Rid of Bulk Trash & Hazardous Waste
- Back to School Tips
- Base Wide Yard Sale
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- Want to know what is happening in your community
- Upcoming Events
Dear Eielson Air Force Base Residents:
I would like to introduce you and your family to the Resident Energy Conservation Program. This is an Air Force program in which military members, military families and civilian employees are encouraged to be more conscious of the energy you use and how your actions can affect the environment.
The Resident Energy Conservation Program is an Air Force energy conservation program congressionally supported by a Department of Defense policy which holds residents of privatized housing responsible for their utility usage. This program helps residents “Go Green” by becoming accountable for their gas and electric bills.
This Air Force program places the responsibility for utility consumption on each resident. A monthly energy baseline is calculated by averaging the energy consumption of occupied “like homes” on the installation. The established average baseline is covered by the utility component of the service member’s basic allowance for housing (BAH). This is a rolling average which is recalculated monthly. This average will be used to establish that month’s actual credit or bill. Those who consume energy conservatively may earn a rebate. Those who choose to use energy less conservatively may be billed for their “excess” consumption.
In order to manage this more efficiently, payment of bills and credits will be subject to a minimum trigger point of $50. If the amount owed to you as a credit or by you as a bill is less than $50, that amount will accrue to the next month. Once any amount owed by you or to you is $50 or greater, a bill will be generated or a rebate check will be issued.
Starting Oct. 1, there will be a three-month “mock billing” period in which residents will receive a consumption report, but will not be required to take action. Additionally, refunds will not be distributed at this time. This period will be used to ensure all meters are working properly and the groupings are as fair as possible. The first “live bill” will be distributed in Feb. 2017 for Jan. 2017 utility usage. I encourage you to use the “mock billing” period to monitor your homes utility usage in order to make any necessary adjustments prior to receiving your first “live bill.”
We will be conducting a Resident Town Hall at 6:30PM on August 9th, 2016 at the Base Theater. Please join us as we discuss the details of this program and we answer any questions you may have.
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:
Corvias offers a variety of services to make your life easier including trash, lawn care, and pest control.
Please visit the calendar on our website for your service dates: http://airforce.corviasmilitaryliving.com/eielson/trash
Some types of trash shouldn’t be placed in your trash can. Large items like old furniture or other bulk items won’t fit. Corvias will pick up your bulk trash. If you have any bulk trash items, you can place it at the curb on your scheduled trash collection day. We will pick up all trash items, except hazardous waste.
Hazardous waste like motor oil, household chemicals, or old appliances should never go into your trash. Hazardous waste should be disposed of at the Auto Hobby Shop, and the HazWaste facility at Building 4388. Old fluorescent light bulbs can be turned over to Corvias maintenance technicians for disposal during regular business hours at Building 2571 on Acrtic Avenue. Keeping hazardous waste out of the local landfill will help us and the environment stay healthier.
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. Tutor.com can help too, with tutoring sessions available to children in grades 1-12.
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!
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 907-372-2300.
- August 27th
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.
How can you beat the heat this summer? Avoid using heat generating appliances during the hottest part of the day! Things such as your clothes dryer, oven and dish washer can all generate a lot of heat, which can make it harder to cool your 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.
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August 5th – 14th Tanana Valley State Fair
August 17th – First Day of School!
August 26th – Summer 5K Fun Run