- April is Month of the Military Child!
- Be Weather Aware
- Scholarships for Spouses
- Join Corvias for our annual Spring Into Fun!
- Army Survey, Coming Soon!
- Help keep your community clean!
- Yard of the month
- Submit Work Orders Online
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your community
- Upcoming Events
In 1986, the Department of Defense designated April as Military Child month. This special celebration was established to recognize the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. During this month, we recognize the sacrifices of our military children and celebrate their strength, courage, and resilience. Our youngest heroes serve by adapting to frequent moves, change of schools, parental deployments, and life transitions.
In honor of all the Military Children, we share the poem the Dandelion – The Flower of the Military Child.
The Dandelion – The Flower of the Military Child
"The official flower of the military child is the dandelion. Why? The plant puts down roots almost anywhere, and it's almost impossible to destroy. It's an unpretentious plant, yet good looking. It's a survivor in a broad range of climates. Military children bloom everywhere the winds carry them. They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. They're ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands, and new friends.
Experts say that military children are well-rounded, culturally aware, tolerant, and extremely resilient. Military children have learned from an early age that home is where their hearts are, that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world and that education doesn't only come from school. They live history. They learn that to survive means to adapt, that the door that closes one chapter of their life opens up to a new and exciting adventure full of new friends and new experiences." ~ Author Unknown
Stay alert to the potential for rapidly changing weather conditions via local television, local radio, or NOAA weather radio.
Prepare and plan in advance for severe weather. Perform drills with family members and neighbors to ensure everyone knows how to respond and where to go during severe weather. Know where and when to take shelter:
- Tornado – inside a basement, safe room, interior room or central shelter, take shelter immediately if a tornado warning is issued (a tornado has been spotted in the local area). Remember the acronym, DUCK – Downstairs, undercover, in the center of the home, and keep away from windows.
- Thunderstorms - inside home or business, stay away from windows; seek shelter if a warning is issued for the local area. Stay away from windows and move inside to prevent being struck by lightning.
- Flooding – high ground, move toward the high ground if flash flood warnings are issued for the local area. Do not drive through low-lying areas or around barricades. You are liable if you ignore safety barricades and endanger yourself and others by driving through flooded roadways.
- Extreme Heat – stay inside an air conditioned home or business during the heat of the day, refrain from outdoor activities between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm during the summer months. Stay hydrated and cool to prevent injuries during summer months
- Provide pets with shelter during any severe weather – they are just as vulnerable to the effects as we are.
Neighborhoods – use your own basement, nearest house with a basement or safe room or the nearest public shelter. Coordinate with neighbors to determine the closest access.
Public shelters are available when a tornado warning has been issued. Public shelter locations include:
- Snow Hall (Bldg 730), use north entrance
- RACH (Bldg 4300), use the north entrance
- Troop Billeting – use basement located in the building, an interior room on the lowest floor, or the nearest public shelter
- Units, Agencies, and Tenants – use basement in the building, an interior room on the lowest floor or the nearest public shelter
For more information on preparing for severe weather you can go to https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes
Apply now! Spouses of active-duty service members are eligible to apply for $5,000 Scholarships for college. Applications are due May 4, 2017, and are available at corviasfoundation.org.
Fort Sill Family, MWR and Corvias invite you to attend the annual Fort Sill Easter Egg Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 15 at Butner/Cowan Field. Festivities take place from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Enjoy carnival style games, prizes, face painting, pictures with the Easter bunny, food and beverage concessions and more. The Egg Hunt will begin at 12:00 pm for all age groups. The field will be divided into 4 groups: 18 mos-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-8 years, and 9-11 years. There will be a separate area set up for EFMP Families.
We want to hear from you! Keep an eye out in May 2017, for an e-mail from ARMYHousingSurvey@celassociates.com containing a link to your 2017 Army Survey. This important survey will help ensure the continued success of the RCI program in meeting your needs and will help guide the Army and Corvias in the development of future improvements to our homes and services. This survey will be administered through a third party, CEL & Associates, Inc. (CEL). The survey results are confidential, so please express your true opinions and thoughts. All residents who complete the survey will have a chance to enter a drawing. Prizes to be announced!
Corvias offers convenient, curbside trash and recycling pick-up every week. In addition to the curbside collection of household refuse, residents can also place bulk trash items at the curb on collection day. Please do not place your trash bin curbside until 6:30 a.m. the day of your scheduled pickup. Containers must be promptly returned to storage locations the same day. Household and bulk trash pickup days are every Tuesday and the recycling is collected every Thursday.
Additionally, when a resident moves out of their home, we ask that you do not leave excess trash or rubbish. Please notify the community office to arrange a pick-up time for bulk trash items. For more information about disposing of bulk trash items, please contact your Corvias Community Office.
As many of you have experienced, Southwest Oklahoma is known for its windy days. In order to prevent trash from flying out of the bins and dirtying up the streets, Corvias encourages residents to bag the trash inside the container. Corvias also asks if you see trash lying around your neighborhood to be a good steward and pick it up. We appreciate your attention in keeping your community beautiful.
Corvias is proud to launch the Yard of the Month program for 2017 next month. The program is designed to recognize on-post residents who make a special effort to improve the landscaping of their homes. It’s a monthly competition that runs from May through July.
Judging for Yard of the Month will take place on the first Friday of each month during the three months of the program. Judges will select one Community Yard of the Month for each on-post housing Community. Yards in Buffalo Soldier Acres will be judged with Southern Plains.
Judging for next month will take place on May 5, 2017. On that day, judges will ride through their designated neighborhood 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 and debris
The Community Yard of the month will receive a yard sign, a $25 gift card.
In addition to Community Yard of the Month, there will also be one Installation Yard of the Month. Judges will assess the two on-post Yard of the Month winners and award the overall champion. The winner will have the Installation Yard of the Month sign displayed in front of their home, a picture in the monthly newsletter and will also receive a $50.00 gift card.
So let the gardening begin!
Did you know you can submit work requests online? Corvias offers an online work order submission for routine work orders. Always call your community office immediately if your work order is an emergency.
80 to 90 percent of energy used to wash clothes is used to heat the water. To save energy, consider washing your clothes in cold water.
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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April 1st – Youth Summertime Expo at Fort sill Youth Center 1pm-4pm
April 5th - Corvias community offices are closed until 10am
April 14th - Pop Over to See Us (Popcorn Friday). Enjoy free popcorn at your community center
April 15th - Easter Egg Extravaganza/ Spring Into Fun resident event; Butner Field; 11 am-2 pm;
April 19th - Corvias community offices are closed until 10am
April 23rd – Month of the Military Child Presents “Forever in Your Mind” Free Concert
April 25th – Military Spouse Appreciation “Spouse-A-Palooza”