October 3, 2012

1. NEA Academy
2. NEA Life Insurance
3. NEA's Bully Free: It Starts With Me
4. GPS Codes for European Continent Bases
5. Share Your News
6. FEA President's Report
7. Retirement Information
8. Red Ribbon Week
9. Mark Your Calendars

1. NEA Academy: Below is the link to the NEA Academy, which is just one of the many resources available to our teachers, and offers a variety of online courses for graduate credit as well as online degree programs. Be sure to check out this website if you are in need of coursework, especially for recertification.

2. NEA Complimentary Life Insurance: Included here is the link to NEA Complimentary Life Insurance information. This insurance provides complimentary, automatic coverage for all eligible members. Although you are automatically covered by being an eligible member, please take a moment to register a beneficiary of your choice. Click here for NEA Complimentary Life Insurance information.

*I understand that some of you were unable to access the link published in last week's update, so I have provided an updated link for you to try. Let me know if you are still having trouble accessing the site. You must sign in and register to be able to complete this process.

3. NEA's Bully Free: It Starts With Me: Follow this link to find out more and participate in NEA's Bully Free campaign.

4. GPS Codes: Attached are the current GPS codes for bases in continental Europe. I hope you find these helpful. (Thank you to Chuck McCarter for providing these.)

5. Share Your News: Remember to keep FEA informed of the good things happening in your schools. We would like to include items in our future updates, UNITY magazine, and on the FEA website. Send your information to Lisa Ali (, Alex Veto (, and Gary Hritz (

6. President's Report: If you have not signed up for direct delivery of the FEA President's Report please do so. Follow this link to sign up -- you must type in your FEA membership number and your last name in ALL CAPS.

7. Retirement Information: I have attached several articles from the website. Included are articles containing information pertaining to important retirement planning strategies for federal employees, 2013 FEHB rate increase, understanding your TSP withdrawal options, and how to submit a healthy federal retirement application package.

8. Red Ribbon Week: Attached is the signed memo announcing this year's Red Ribbon Campaign Week, which will take place October 23-31. Red Ribbon Week is held each year in memory of Kiki Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Agent killed in the line of duty.

9. Mark your Calendars: Education events for October.
September 15-October 15 Hispanic Heritage Month: National Hispanic Heritage Month is a national observance authorized by Public Law 100-402. The observation was initiated in 1968 as National Hispanic Heritage Week but was expanded in 1988 to include the entire 31-day period.
National Bullying Prevention Month: Traditionally held the first week in October, the event has been expanded to include activities, education, and awareness building for the entire month.
Cyber Security Awareness Month (also National Cyber Safety Awareness Month): October 4-10 World Space Week: Each year, World Space Week encourages, educates, and supports space exploration through programs and activities centered on a theme.
October 5 World Teachers' Day: Teachers and education workers and children, young people, and parents across the globe celebrate World Teachers' Day on October 5. They pay tribute to the teaching profession and its unique role in promoting recovery from crises.
October 5 International Walk to School Day: Whether your concern is safer streets, healthier habits, or cleaner air, Walk to School Day is aimed at encouraging a more "walkable" America.
October 8 Columbus Day: Celebrated annually on the second Monday in October, this federal holiday honors all explorers and commemorates Columbus' sighting of the New World in 1492. It is also a time to remember a group of people who discovered America before Columbus: the nomadic ancestors of modern Native Americans.
October 7-13 National Metric Week: Each year, the week containing October 10 - the tenth day of the tenth month - is National Metric Week, reinforcing the fact that the metric system is based on a system of 10.
October 15-19 National School Lunch Week: Created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, this week celebrates the benefits of the National School Lunch Program (the largest federal child nutrition program, established in 1946). This year's theme is "School Lunch - Let's Grow Healthy."
October 14-20 Earth Science Week: Since October 1998, the American Geological Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth.
October 14-20 Teen Read Week: This year's theme is "Picture It @ Your Library" - encouraging teens to read poetry, audiobooks, books about music, and more.
October 15 Multicultural Diversity Day: Celebrated on the third Monday in October, this day was adopted as a national event by NEA's 1993 Representative Assembly.
October 15-19 National School Bus Safety Week: The third week in October is National School Bus Safety Week. This year's theme is "I See the Driver. The Driver Sees Me!" See the National Association for Pupil Transportation website for the 2011 national poster contest. Their downloadable Activity Book ( PDF, 1.32 MB, 42pp), includes information about the contest, ways to promote school bus safety, sample information for school district newsletters and news releases, and public service announcements.
October 16 World Food Day: Since 1979, this worldwide event has sought to increase awareness, understanding, and informed year-round action to alleviate hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.
October 20 National Day on Writing: Recent research suggests that writing, in its many forms, has become a daily practice for millions of Americans. It may be the quintessential 21st century skill. America's writing will be front and center on National Day on Writing, when writers from every walk of life will pause to share their work. Get ready for the National Day on Writing.
October 21-27 National Character Counts Week: This event focuses on the Character Counts initiative, founded on six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
October 21-27 National Chemistry Week: This annual event communicates the importance of chemistry to our quality of life. This year's theme is "Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science."
October 24 United Nations Day: In the spring of 1945, representatives of fifty nations gathered in San Francisco to put the final touches to a document of far-reaching consequences - the Charter of the United Nations. The UN Charter went into effect on October 24, 1945. Two years later the UN General Assembly adopted a U.S.-sponsored resolution declaring October 24th United Nations Day.
October 26 Eid al-Adha: This holiday is the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice, the most important feast of Islam. The three-day festival recalls Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah. It concludes the Hajj - the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. It occurs approximately 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan. This year, in North America, it starts on October 26.
October 27 Make a Difference Day: Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of helping others, is sponsored annually by USA Weekend Magazine and its 700 carrier newspapers. Make A Difference Day takes place on the 4th Saturday in October each year.
October 28 Statue of Liberty Dedication: On this day in 1886, President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty, officially titled "Liberty Enlightening the World." This universal symbol of freedom and democracy was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States.
October 29 National Organization for Women (NOW) Founding: Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women.
October 30 Mix It Up at Lunch Day: Mix It Up at Lunch Day is a national campaign that helps K-12 teachers develop inclusive school communities.
October 31 Halloween: Also known as All Hallows' Eve--the evening before All Saints Day or All Hallows Day--this event has roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (SOW-an). In Gaelic culture, it is a celebration of the end of the harvest season and a time to remember loved ones who have died. Today, in the United States and some Western countries, it is customary to wear costumes and take part in revelry.

Have a GREAT week!

Lisa Garmon Ali
FEA Europe Area Director
PSC 41 Box 5569
APO AE 09464
Tel: 44-1638527662 (outside UK)
01638527662 (local)
226-7662 (DSN)