October 3, 2014 FEA Europe Update

Lisa's FEA Europe Update

03 October 2014

Resources for Digital Literacy and Citizenship
Blue Ribbon School
DoDDS-Europe Telephone Directory
Mandatory Trainings
RAT & PCS Travel Claims
NEA Member Benefits
Fire Prevention Week
Retirement News
Food For Thought
Yom Kippur/Eid al Adha
Art Education Websites
Focus on the Contract

Resources for Digital Literacy and Citizenship: Here are two links, courtesy of Brian Chance, NEA Director for FEA. These sites provide free materials designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in the digital world. Enjoy.
Common Sense Media

Blue Ribbon School: Congratulations to Aukamm Elementary School in Wiesbaden, Germany on being selected as a Blue Ribbon School.

DoDDS-Europe Telephone Directory: Attached is the latest copy of the DoDDS-Europe Telephone Directory. Please be advised that this is only valid through mid-November and will be updated after the Area Office completes its move to Sembach.

Mandatory Trainings: Attached is an updated list of mandatory trainings for teachers.

Submitting Travel Claims for RAT & PCS Moves: Below are two websites outlining the procedures for filing Travel Claims. The first link (Travel Voucher Direct) allows you to submit your voucher and receive an email confirmation that DFAS has received it. This site is secured. This site also has FAQ's and instructions on how to use the site. The second link is another link to DFAS where you can search different topics.
Travel Voucer Direct

Member Benefits: Michael Gavin, from NEA Member Benefits will be on the continent in the coming days. Please take advantage of the opportunity to see Michael if he is in your area. He visited a few years ago and gave great presentations on a variety of topics, so I'm sure this visit will be just as useful and productive.

Fire Prevention Week: Fire Prevention Week is October 5-11 in the UK. This year's theme is "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives---Test Your Every Month."

Retirement News: Below are links to several retirement articles I thought you might find interesting. All of this information may be accessed at the following website: My Federal Retirement
Annuitants Likely to Receive Larger COLA Than Employee Pay Increase For the Second Consecutive Year
Changes to Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) in 2015 Announced

Food For Thought: When sales of these items to up, say economists, it's a sign that a recession is underway---doughnuts and hotdogs. In hard times, people who can't afford a full breakfast at a restaurant will often trade down to a doughnut and coffee. Hot dog sales do well for the same reason: In the 1930s they were known as "Depression sandwiches." (from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader)

Yom Kippur/Eid al Adha: Yom Kippur begins at sundown today. Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in the year for Jewish people. The Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha begins tomorrow, the 4th of October. Eid Al Adha is also known as the "Greater Eid" or the "Feast of the Sacrifice" and honors the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son as submission to God's command.

Art Education Websites: Below are links to several websites offering free programs from the National Gallery of Art. These programs and resources integrate Art with Technology, Literature, Math and Ecology. Thank you to Terese Sarno, for sharing.
The NGAkids Art Zone - interactive art that you can make online
Who Am I?: Self-Portraits in Art & Writing
Counting on Art
New Angles on Art
Greco-Roman Origin Myths
Art & Ecology
19th-Century America in Art & Literature
Heroes & Heroines

Focus on the Contract: Article 21: Teacher Leave
Teachers accumulate leave at the rate of one day for each calendar month of service or part thereof in a school year. If the school year includes more than eight months, any full-time unit employee who has served for the entire school year is entitled to 10 days of cumulative leave for that school year. The Employer shall accept the unit employee's last "leave and Earnings" statement, pending receipt of official documentation from the last finance office, as evidence of accrued leave when a unit employee returns to duty. Ten days' leave shall be credited to full-time unit employees hired for the full school year at the beginning of the school year. Educator Leave may be advanced for use within the school year. Such advances are normally limited to the amount which be accrued within the school year. Under unusual circumstances, a supervisor may approve up to 30 days of advanced Educator Leave. Such advances shall be subject to subsequent earnings of Educator Leave or repayment upon separation for any leave advanced but not earned. Educator leave may be used for maternity purposes, in the event of illness of a unit employee, in the event of illness, death, or contagious disease in the immediate family of the unit employee, or in the event of any personal emergency.

For the complete listing of Article 21, or more information on how our organization works, please refer to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which may be found in its entirety at You will need your membership number to log in.

"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."--
Benjamin Franklin, American diplomat

Have a great weekend!

Lisa Ali
FEA Area Director
Isles, Kaiserslautern II, Stuttgart, Cuba