October 11 2017 FEA Europe Update

Terry's Update

11 October, 2017

1. FEA Elections
2. Open Season
3. Area Director's Travels
4. View Pure
5. Red Ribbon Week
6. Puerto Rico News
7. Mark Your Calendar
8. Acacia University Information
9. National Day on Writing
10. HCR News and Newsletter site

1. Election for FEA Offices for SY 18-19 -- The nomination forms for the Division Representative and Division HCR Representative of Europe West, Europe East 1, Europe East 2, as well as All Europe HCR Representative, and NEA Representative Assembly (RA) are attached with this update. The information should be clear in these attachments, however, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to write to me at this email or call the phone number listed in the FEA calendar. This link will take you to the timeline for these elections posted on the FEA website. These nomination forms are to be ‘received by' December 1, so do not delay.

2. Open Season -- Open season starts November 14 and runs through December 12. It seems as with everything, things will increase. According to OPM's news release premiums will increase an average of 4.4%. This site will give you the premium prices of health insurance for federal employees like us.

3. Area Director's Travels --Dr. McMullen and I held our first JCC this month and those minutes will be sent out shortly when finalized. I will be in Ansbach, October 24-26 to visit with members and learn how FEA can help with concerns related to educators and students. 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.

4. View Pure -- If you would like to remove inappropriate ads and comments from videos to show kids or remove unwanted related videos at the end to show students or memorable URLs or YouTube search with a cleaner UI and filtered result cleaner interface to view YouTube videos. This site can help you. This site gives you the information to make it work. Thank you to member Brian Chance for giving us the information.

5. Red Ribbon Week -- Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. Camarena worked his way through college, served in the Marines and became a police officer. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. "I'm only one person," he told her, "but I want to make a difference." In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena's memory, the red ribbon. The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The National Family Partnership (NFP) and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign. Red Ribbon Week is scheduled for October 23 through October 31. See this site for more information.

6. Puerto Rico -- As we are all aware of Hurricane Maria that went through Puerto Rico it seems important for us to think of our DoDEA colleagues there. The schools closed at this writing are still closed because of standing water or debris in the DDESS schools located there. The GOV has declared a disaster emergency across the island and the Navy has sent two ships to provide relief to citizens. Some of our colleagues have been evacuated and some are still there. Supplies are almost nonexistent in some of the most upscale areas of the island. There are many plans for restarting the schools, and as we all know, they are the corner stone of the communities. While there are difficulties here in Europe, it is worth thinking of our colleagues there, and sending our positive thoughts to them.

7. Mark Your Calendar
October 20 --National Day on Writing
October 23 -- 31 -- Red Ribbon Week
October 29 -- Daylight Savings Time Ends (Europe)
November 5 -- Daylight Savings Time Ends (United States)
November 14 - December 12 Open Season

8. Acacia University Online Courses -- These programs are specifically priced for FEA members, and are 100% online from the accredited Acacia University. All master's level courses are $180 per credit ($45 savings). The cost for a single 3-credit graduate level course is $540 ($135 savings) Acacia will waive the application fee and the graduation fee ($175) E-textbooks and digital materials are included. The total cost for a 36-credit master's degree program is $6,480. A 22% savings! The Doctorate program will cost $330 per credit hour and this includes e-textbooks and digital materials. Total fee of $19,800 for 60 credits. Residency fees, application fee, graduation fee, and dissertation fee are waived. Total savings of $1,525! For More information contact Tim Moman at Acacia or go to Acacia University's web site.

9. National Day on Writing -- What Is the National Day on Writing? Every October 20, NCTE celebrates the importance, joy, and evolution of writing through a tweetup, using the hashtag #WhyIWrite and events hosted by thousands of educators across the country. This year we've launched a new website. Visit for resources, the latest hashtag conversation, and a brand new podcast series.

10. HCR Newsletter and Update -- You can find the information at this link. This issue contains information about virtual field trips, a lending library, and offerings for courses. Thanks to member and FEA HCR Europe Coordinator Patricia Hannon for this information. It is also attached in this update.

Terry McClain
FEA Europe Area Director