January 31 2018 FEA Europe Update

Terry's Update

January 31, 2018

1. Transfer Information
2. Unity
3. National School Counseling Week
4. Area Director's Travels
5. IRS Forms for 2017
6. NEH Programs from NEA
7. Black History Month
8. Mark Your Calendar
9. President's Day
10. Withdrawals from TSP site
11. NEA Foundation Award Info

1. Transfer Information --A reminder that the DoDEA transfer round is still ongoing ( however progressing more quickly than believed possible and could be finished by the time you read this ) and that transfer notices will not go out until the transfer round has been completed and DoDEA staff has had time to generate those notices (which may take several days). As per our standard agreement with DoDEA, FEA is not able to provide information on any individual transfers until all transfer notices have been sent out by management. Any FEA members sending questions to Connie Shanaghan about the transfer round are reminded to include their transfer group and their Service Comp Date (SCD) with their message.

2. Unity -- The FEA Europe Unity has been mailed and we hope you have received them. If your school did not please let us know so we can ensure you get them. It was sent to all FRSs so look for it in your school mailboxes or teachers' lounge. The ballots for voting for the candidates are also being mailed as of this writing so look for them soon.

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 will be at Landstuhl, Ramstein HS, Ramstein MS, and Vogelweh schools from 6-8 February. 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. IRS Forms.

6. NEH Summer Programs -- NEH Summer Programs in the Humanities for School and College Educators Visit the NEH site Each year, NEH 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.

7. Black History Month -- Begun in 1926 by black scholar and historian Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month was originally celebrated as a weeklong event. In 1976, Congress expanded the observance to the entire month of February. You can find more useful information at: this site.

8. Mark Your Calendar
February 1-28 -- Black History Month
February 2 --- Ground Hog Day
February 5-10 -- National School Counseling week
February 14 -- Valentine's Day
February 19 -- George Washington's Birthday observed
February 26 -- National Tell a Fairy Tale Day

9. President's Day - Washington's Birthday, also known as Presidents' Day, is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. The day honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the USA's first president. Washington's Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880. It was made a federal holiday in 1885. The holiday was originally held on the anniversary of George Washington's birth, on February 22. In 1971, this holiday was moved to the third Monday in February.

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.

11. HCR Newsletter -- The European HCR newsletter can be found here at this link. It has information about unconscious bias as well as HCR best practices, and your FEA HCR Contacts.

12. NEA Foundation Award -- Each year the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence recognizes educators whose professional practice and advocacy for the profession are exemplary. All state affiliates, including FEA, are allowed to nominate one candidate a year (we are looking for a nominee for 2018 -- our 2017 nominee was Michael Pope from Japan). The application is attached and the deadline for submission of all materials to FEA is April 1, 2018 and should be sent to the Washington FEA Office at 1201 16th St. NW, Suite 117 Washington D.C. 20036 or scanned to Gary Hritz at (

Terry McClain
FEA Europe
Area Director