October 21 2016 FEA Europe Update

Lisa's FEA Europe Update

21 October 2016


1.   Retirement Articles

2.   November Teaching Resources

3.   Jazz Seminar

4.   EEO Information

5.   Payment for Early Return Days


7.   Veterans Day

8.   Timeline for CCRS Implementation

9.   New FEA Europe Officers

10.                 FEA Member News

11.                 Did You Know?

12.                 A Little Humor

13.                 Nancy Drew Quiz

14.                 Quote for the Week



1.    Retirement Articles:


2017 Federal Retiree COLA Watch


How CSRS Offset Employees' Pensions and Social Security Benefits Are Impacted


Some Federal Employees and Retirees Benefit from the FEHB 'Self Plus One' Coverage


Tips on Updating Beneficiaries to Your Federal Benefits


TSP Withdrawal Option: Full Withdrawal - TSP Annuity


Thrift Savings Plan Returns:
Monthly and Annual - G, F, C, S, I and L Funds
Updated: October 4, 2016




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2.    Links to November Teaching Resources



3.    Jazz Seminar:  Several people have written to me regarding the Jazz Seminar.  I wrote to the Area Office and have been told that an announcement regarding this activity should be forthcoming very soon. If you are an affected teacher, please let me know if you have not received information.


4.    EEO Information from Weekly Packet:  There are several attachments outlining EEO procedures. These were located in last week's packet.  If you are not receiving the weekly packet, please let me know.


5.    Payment for Early Return Days:  It has come to FEA's attention that several of our teachers have not been paid for the required early return days in August.  If you are one of the affected teachers, please notify your FRS, so that your name can be shared with FEA Leadership.



Do you need GOOD resources for implementation of College and Career Standards in Language Arts or math?  Check out the resources at and click on the top for LA or Math (or Next Generation Science Standards).  These lessons have been done by master teachers who were trained and vetted.  These lessons have had many eyes on them and teachers have reflected on what works and doesn't work.  They are organized by standard or there is a very useful search engine to look for topics of interest.  These lessons can be printed and make GREAT sub plans too!


Another resource is which is a similar site sponsored by AFT.  This site has more subject areas but have not been viewed as intensively as BetterLesson.  (Thank you to Anita Lang, Europe West Division Representative/NEA Director for FEA, for sharing.)

7.    Veterans Day: History of Veterans Day

World War I -- known at the time as "The Great War" - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of "the war to end all wars."

Veterans Day websites:


They Did Their Share

On Veteran's Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.

Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it's been many years;

In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.

Some came back; some didn't.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.

No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.

Let every veteran be honored;
Don't let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can't repay.

We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let's say "thank you" to every wearer.

By Joanna Fuchs


8.    Timeline for CCRS Implentation:  It has come to my attention that there may be some confusion over the dates of the CCRS in our schools.  Following is a link to the DoDEA webpage that outlines the implementation dates.


9.    FEA Congratulates New Officers:


Europe West Human & Civil Rights Representative, Estelle Brown, Lakenheath MS


European Human & Civil Rights Representative, Patricia Hannon, Hohenfels ES


10. FEA Member News:  FEA welcomes input from our members.  If you have some good news to share or informational items for our weekly updates, we would love to hear from you.  Please send any items to your Area Director and we will try to include it in our next update.


11.Did You Know? 


      Croquet was dropped as an Olympic sport after 1900 because only one spectator turned up to watch.

      The first man to swim from John O'Groats to Land's End grew a beard to protect his face from jellyfish stings.

      The tobacco hornworm uses its terrible breath to fend off predators.

      Only 1 percent of a tree is actually alive.

      The mortality rate of pop stars is 1.7 times higher than the average.

      Charitable donations of clothing to Africa have led to the collapse of its textile industry.

      40 million tons of dust is blown from the Sahara to the Amazon every year.

      If you tickle a rat every day, it will start laughing as soon as it sees you.

      In 2014, police in the Maldives arrested a coconut on suspicion of vote rigging.

      In 2007, police in Iran detained 14 squirrels suspected of spying.

      Everyone has at least 50,000 thoughts a day, but 95% of them are the same as the day before.

(1,411 Facts to Knock You Sideways)



12.A Little Humor for the Week:  An accountant goes into a pet store to buy a parrot.  The store owner shows his three identical parrots on a perch. "The parrot on the left costs $500," says the owner.

"Why does that parrot cost so much?" asks the accountant.

"It knows how to do complex audits," says the store owner.

"How much does the middle parrot cost?" asks the accountant.
"That one costs $1,000," replies the owner. "It can do everything the first one can, plus it knows how to prepare financial forecasts."

The accountant asks about the third parrot. It costs $4,000. "So, what can that one do?" he asks.

"To be honest," says the store owner, "I've never seen him do anything. But the other two call him Senior Partner."---from Man Walks into a Bar


13. A Little Nancy Drew Quiz:

a.     Where does Nancy live?

b.     What is the name of Nancy's father?

c.     Who is Nancy's boyfriend?

d.     Who are Bess Marvin and George Fayne?


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