Hey McKinley Residents,
It's that time of year again! School is about to be in full swing, and we're ready for it here in Champaign, IL. Are you?
I've compiled a list of back-to-school activities, tips, and reminders that will hopefully inspire everyone to have a fun, enjoyable, safe, and most importantly educational school year.
Your children have probably had a fun summer, but it's coming to an end. It's time to prepare the children for a successful start to the new school year. I found a list of tips at http://www.cleveland.com/parents/ to help make the transition from summer to classroom a bit easier:
1) READ! It's too late to sign up for library summer reading programs, but if you've got elementary-aged kids, you could make up your own. Maybe an ice cream cone reward after they read five books. For really little ones, head to the library for an air-conditioned story hour, as practice for preschool.
2) Cook. Your kids can read the recipe, practice math by measuring ingredients, and get to taste yummy concoctions.
3) Visit a museum or a nearby zoo. Have the kids help you with directions, do math to figure out how far you have to drive, and how long it'll take you. Read about exhibits and ask questions. Maybe look up the answers together afterward. At the very least, the trip will give your kids something to write about in the standby "What I did on my summer vacation" essay.
4) Play games! Memory, puzzles, board games and Go Fish can all work kids' brains.
5) Compile your favorite summer snapshots into a scrapbook. Have them help you cut up tourist brochures and write captions.
6) If your kids have stayed up until sunset all summer long, start pushing their bedtimes earlier, by about 10 minutes each day. Then enjoy a few extra minutes of peace and quiet. Of course your mornings are about to get much more hectic.
7) Arrange play dates with classmates your kids may not have seen for months, to rekindle friendships.
8) Shop! School supplies shopping is fun for kids and everyone likes showing up to school in a new school outfit.
9) Enter important dates – parent-teacher conferences, school concerts, science fairs, bake sales, etc. -- into your calendar, so they don't sneak up on you.
10) Designate a well-lit, comfortable homework spot and keep it clear of clutter.
11) Designate a spot for important papers, and figure out what you're going to do with all those coloring pages and kid creations.
Finally, make some back-to-school resolutions. Maybe you resolve to make lunches the night before, or pick out outfits for a week at a time, so you avoid scrambling for socks or trying to talk down an I-HAVE-NOTHING-TO-WEAR! tantrum.
Classes are starting soon, and the all-to-familiar crunch time is here. Don't wait til the last minute. I've found the a "College Survival Guide" with ideas and checklists to get you prepared for the coming school year. You can visit http://www.gocollege.com/survival for the complete list, but here's a quick summary of important topics:
-Financial Responsibility on Campus
-Use Classroom Time Wisely
-It's Okay to Have Fun
-Dealing With Dorm Life
While you may not be in school or preparing children or family members, there are important reminders for all of us during this busy time of year. Straight from the City of Champaign website, please remember the following:
Reminders for Drivers:
When approaching a marked school crossing zone between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., on days when school is in operation and when schoolchildren are present, a driver must:-Stop all wireless phone communications; -Yield to any children or adults crossing in the crosswalk area; -Reduce vehicle speed to 20 mph; speeding in a school crossing zone could result in a $150 fine.
Reminders for Pedestrians:-Pedestrians should cross at designated intersections and crosswalks, and such movement should only occur when the pedestrians have the right of way. -No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a moving vehicle, which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.
I wish everyone a great start to the school year! Best,
Senior Sales Associate
My wife and I recently moved out of the Hessel on the Park apartments (1813 Valley Road Apartment B) at the end of June. At the time of move-out, everything was squared away and we left on great terms. We even received praise from the staff for the excellent condition of the apartment, and verbal confirmation that we would receive our security deposit.
However, we have not received any payment yet. I am messaging to touch base with you and check on the status of that payment. I tried contacting Rocky Singleton, but the email at which I reached him before was discontinued. Do you know when we can expect to receive our security deposit or who I can contact? Thank you very much for your help.
I am living in Apt B3 1609. My refrigrator is having this issue of leaking water for long time now. Everyday I have to remove water which gets collected at the bottom box. Probably the cooling is broken.
I would like to have it fixed soon
(217) 356-4012 is the number that shows up on a Google search. However, the phone just goes to voice mail, and I am never able to reach a person irrespective of the time I call. I have a couple of friends who I wanted to refer to this apartment and they wanted to call to find some details, book an appointment to come for a showing etc but could never reach a person to talk. Is there another number I can actually talk to someone on?
So, I got a notice on my door yesterday stating that I owe you guys over $2,000... This is not.acceptable, I told you guys my predicament and everyone seemed.fine. I don't know why my end of lease date changed from the 28th to the 26th. But we werr out by the 28th, as per my original lease agreement. I understand I still owe you guys a littlenmoney but this is absolutely ridiculous. If this is not fixed I will be calling the tenants union and the better business bureau. I will not stand for such a blatant error on my account, and will not pay a penny more than what I should owe. Which should be no more than $300
Josh 1609 A3