January 28, 2017, FEA Europe Report

Lisa's FEA Europe Update

28 January 2017

Read Across America
Training Opportunity for Graduate Credit
Retirement Articles
February Teaching Ideasd
February Holidays and other Important Dates
NEA Members' Benefits
Thank a Teacher Campaign
Quote for the Week
Fun Facts

READ ACROSS AMERICA: Don't forget to plan now to celebrate Read Across America on March 2, 2017. Materials are available at the following website to assist you with planning a reading event in your school. NEA's Read Across America Page

Training Opportunity for Graduate Credit: FEA is very pleased to once again offer a training opportunity to our teachers. A course entitled "Leadership Skills in 21st Century Skills: LGBT Issues" will be offered in the Lakenheath complex the weekend of 17-19 March 2017.

This is a course aimed at developing Leadership Skills necessary for teachers to be successful in 21st Century schools. The first portion of the course involves training in basic leadership skills. Another aspect of the course involves using advocacy skills in a variety of educational settings, both for colleagues and students. This particular course will address Leadership Skills as they relate to the implications of LGBT students and families in schools and school communities. The LGBT section of the course will focus on creating a better understanding of LGBT issues and investigates statistics involving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals as they relate to school. This course will involve a variety of techniques available to educators of LGBAT students and will focus on elementary and secondary level sample lessons and ideas to create an awareness and understanding of LGBT issues in the classroom by integrating them into standards and curriculum areas.

Instructors for the course are John Crowe and Lisa Ali. Please email John or Lisa if you wish to participate in the course and information will be sent to you regarding registration and course requirements.

Retirement Articles:
Protect Your TSP Account from Identity Theft (
2017 Tax Laws on Withdrawing from your TSP Account (
Using OPM's Retirement Services Online (
TSP Returns January 4, 2017 (
Federal Retirement Planning Checklist 5-10 Years Prior (
Best Dates to Retire 2017, 2018, 2019 (

February Teaching Ideas:

February Holidays & Other Important Dates:

National Freedom Day 01 February 2017
National Freedom Day in the United States
National Freedom Day is an observance in the United States that honors the signing of a resolution that proposed the 13th amendment of the nation's constitution on February 1, 1865. Abraham Lincoln, who was the president at the time, signed the resolution to outlaw slavery. This anniversary is annually observed on February 1.

Groundhog Day 02 February 2017

Rosa Parks Day 04 February 2017
Rosa Parks Day is an American observance to honor civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who was known for refusing to give up her seat on a bus. It is a legal observance in California on February 4 and Ohio on December 1.

Super Bowl Sunday 05 February 2017
Houston, Texas
Patriots VS. Falcons
Half-Time Show: Lady Gaga

Paul Bunyan Day February 12, 2017
Paul Bunyan Day is always on February 12. Why? Because according to the people of Bangor, Maine, Paul Bunyan was born there on February 12, 1834. (

Valentine's Day 14 February 2017

Susan B. Anthony Day 15 February 2017
Celebrated on February 15, Susan B Anthony Day marks the birthday of one of the United States' most prominent female civil rights leaders. It is a legal observance in some states.

Presidents' Day 20 February 2017

Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras 28 February 2017
Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras in the United States
Mardi Gras is a holiday in some parts of the United States and often serves as a festive occasion featuring large celebrations. It is also known as Shrove Tuesday, as it is the last day before the long fast for Lent in many Christian churches.

NEA Members' Benefits: Don't forget that membership in FEA/NEA also grants you access to numerous benefits. This includes access to NEA Click & Save for members-only discounts for clothing, electronics, restaurants and more. Check out the NEA Members' Benefits website for more information on this and other money-saving programs available to you as a member of FEA/NEA. NEA Member Benefits

2017 NEA Thank a Teacher Campaign: Join NEA and the National PTA in saying "Thank You" by sharing one of the following on social media during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-13:
*A picture of yourself with your favorite teacher, past or present;
*A picture of your child with his or her teacher;
*A picture of yourself holding a piece of paper with a simple message saying Thank You to a teacher and why you're thanking him or her.
Be sure to use the hashtag #ThankATeacher when sharing.

Quote for the Week: "Always remember, writers of anonymous notes are cowards!" (from Clues for Real Life: The Classic Wit & Wisdom of Nancy Drew)

Fun Facts:
In Tibet, distances were traditionally measured by the number of cups of tea needed for the journey.
Britons drink 60 billion cups of tea every year.
In 2011, under pressure from animal-rights activists, PG Tips agreed to stop testing its tea on animals.
In the UK, octopi enjoy the same legal status as vertebrates.
There is a fish that mimics an octopus mimicking a fish. Prozac makes fish angry.
Fiat is an acronym of the Italian for "Italian Car Factory of Turin".
Mazda is the ancient Zoroastrian god of wisdom.
Samsung means "three stars" in Korean.
Mitsubishi means "three water chestnuts" in Japanese.
CT body scans expose the patient to the same amount of radiation as that experienced within a mile and a half of the Hiroshima bomb.
Marie Curie exposed herself to so much radiation that her kitchen cookbooks are still radioactive.
Half of the world's 6,000 languages are not expected to survive into the next century.
AND, last but not least,
New Yorkers bite 25 times more Americans than sharks do.
(from 1,339 Facts to Make your Jaw Drop)


Lisa Ali
FEA Europe West Area Director
Isles, Wiesbaden, Stuttgart, Cuba