January 10 2018 FEA Europe Update

Terry's Update

January 10, 2018

1. Transfer Questions/Deadlines
2. Unity
3. National School Counseling Week
4. Area Director's Travels
5. IRS Forms for 2017
6. NEH Programs from NEA
7. NEA Grants for DoDEA Europe Schools
8. Mark Your Calendar
9. Martin Luther King Jr Day
10. Withdrawals from TSP site
11. 100 Days of Kindergarten
12. EAC minutes link

1. TRANSFER QUESTIONS/DEADLINES --The answer to this question and more; Q -- When and where can I find the list of vacancies that have reported for use in the transfer program? -- you can check this site for openings and other help click here or also at When at the FEA site use your FEA number and name to go to "Tips for Transfers" from Connie. If you have submitted questions regarding your eligibility and have not yet received an answer, please contact Connie Shanaghan at FEA HQ. The transfer round is scheduled to begin this Thursday, January 11.

2. Unity -- The FEA Europe Unity will be coming out this month, and have information from our FEAUniserv attorneys as well as information about the candidates running for FEA offices for the 18-19 SY. It will be sent to all FRSs so look for it in your school mailboxes or teachers' lounge. The ballots for voting for the candidates will also be coming out near the end of the month.

3. National School Counseling Week -- This special week celebrating school counselors will be held this year from February 5-9, with the purpose of focusing public attention on the unique contributions of professional school counselors within the U.S. school systems. In DoDEA, we are blessed with wonderful counselors who give much time and effort to helping students achieve school success and plan for their careers. For further information visit this site

4. Area Director's Travels -- I was recently in Sembach for a JCC with Dr. McMullen and those minutes will be coming soon. I will be at AFNorth, Kleine Broegel, Brussels, and Shape schools from 16-23 January. If there is any ‘Breaking News' I will distribute it as quickly as possible. Visiting the FEA website at will give you up to the moment information.

5. IRS Forms and Publications -- As tax season approaches, this site has all of the forms and publications that you will need to complete your 2017 tax filing. Most can be done electronically. Also, be aware that most military installations offer tax services for civilians at no cost--check with legal office on your base/post. Click here for IRS forms

6. NEH Summer Programs -- NEH Summer Programs in the Humanities for School and College Educators offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,300 help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs. For more information and application instructions, please visit the websites for the individual programs as well as instructions. NEH site

7. NEA Grants for DoDEA Schools -- Congratulations to Hohenfels ES, Vogelweh ES, Stuttgart HS, Stuttgart ES, and Patch ES for attaining Read Across America Grants from NEA. Because of the wonderful work of our colleagues at these schools they have received money to fund Read Across America projects at their schools. It is worth the time to write a proposal for grants and hope others will take the chance for the great ideas DoDEA teachers have.

8. Mark Your Calendar
January 15 -- Martin Luther King Holiday
January 18 -- Winnie the Pooh Day (The Birthday of Winnie's author A.A. Milne)
January 23 -- National Handwriting Day (re-introduce ourselves to a pen or pencil) also John Hancock's birthday
February 2 -- Ground Hog Day
February 5-10 -- National School Counseling week

9. Martin Luther King Jr Day - is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

10. Update on Withdrawals for TSP -- Congress approves wider withdrawal choices for Thrift Savings Plan investors - The Washington Post. This link will take you to the article that explains the choices and answers questions. View article here

11. 100 Days of Kindergarten -- The site here has math and literature activities to celebrate the 100th day of school. It is for kindergarten and could provide interesting info for all teachers. As the day is different for many places in Europe, I hope whenever it happens it's a great day for all. 100th Day of School resources

12. EAC Minutes -- The minutes from the September EAC are finalized, and are here at the FEA site.

Terry McClain
FEA Europe Area Director