October 30 2014 FEA Europe Update

Lisa's FEA Europe Update

30 October 2014

Area JCC Minutes
BENEFEDS Open Season
Retirement Articles
NEA RA Election Information
School Psychology Awareness Week
November Events Calendar for Educators
Veterans' Day
End of Quarter Parent Conferences
Flu Season
10.A Little Humor

Area JCC: Attached are minutes from the most recent Area JCC meeting.

BENEFEDS Open Season: The 2014 Federal Benefits Open Season (for the 2015 plan year) runs from Monday, November 10, through Monday, December 8, 2014. Your FEDVIP plan will continue automatically into the 2015 plan year, even if you retire, but you must take action if you wish to make changes or cancel your coverage.

Check your 2015 premium amount and research your 2015 FEDVIP plan to determine whether or FEDVIP plan premium will change in 2015, at the following site:

Review carrier plan brochures to determine which plan may be best for you and your family at this link:

To make changes to your FEDVIP plan during the Federal Benefits Open Season, please log in to your account at

Retirement Articles: A selection of retirement articles is available at the links below. For more information, log into

Federal & Postal Disability Retirement: A Reflection of Life's Changes

2015 TSP Contribution Limits Announced by IRS

Comparing a Phased Annuitant and a Reemployed Annuitant Part II: FERS

Comparing a Phased Annuitant and Reemployed Annuitant Part I: CSRS

Health Plans to Offer New Screenings for 2015

What's Best for a Couple who are Both Federal Employees?

Federal Retirees to Receive 1.7% Cost of Living Adjustment in 2015

OPM's Retirement Claims Backlog Inches Downward

Being Prepared Before Your Retirement Date

NEA Representative Assembly Election: Shortly you will be receiving information about running for election as a delegate to the 2015 National Education Association Representative Assembly. This is America's biggest gathering of Educational Leaders all in one place. Over 15,000 attendees, representing 3 million National Education Association members nationwide and overseas, will meet at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida next summer. FEA Europe currently has 6 delegate positions to the RA, one from each division and one at-large delegate from each area. Check out the link below for news from this past summer's RA held in Denver, Colorado.

School Psychology Awareness Week: The annual School Psychology Awareness Week is scheduled for 10-14 November 2014. The theme for this year is Strive. Grow. THRIVE! The goal is to engage students at all levels of learning and development to promote personal growth, achievement and resilience, as well as a sense of connectedness and wellbeing. Check with your local school psychologist to see what you can do to promote these activities in your school.

Check the link below for more information.

November Events Calendar for Educators: Below is a link to The Teachers Corner, a resource website for teachers. This link will take you to a calendar listing of educational events for the month of November.

Veteran's Day: November is Veteran's Day: Below is a link to specialized activities for this celebration.

End of the Quarter/Parent Conferences: Below are links to tips for conducting successful Parent/Teacher Conferences. Check some out for ways to make this stressful time, a little less stressful.

NEA---Preparing for and Conducting Parent Conferences

Scholastic Teacher Tips for Successful Parent Teacher Conferences

About Education: 10 Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences

Edutopia: Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing

Navigator by Compass Learning: Top Parent-Teacher Conferencing Tips for Teachers

Flu Season: Flu season is fast approaching. One of the most important things we can do to combat the flu in students is to teach them healthy habits. The following websites offer flu prevention advice.

Keeping Kids and Teachers Healthy During Flu Season

CDC: "Take 3" Actions to Fight the Flu

5 Ways to Combat Flu in Your Home

A little humor to end the update: You Know You Are Getting Older When…
*the candles cost more than the cake
*you get the same sensation from a rocking chair you used to get from a roller coaster
*your back goes out more than you do
*you sink your teeth into a steak and they stay there
*the gleam in your eye is the sun hitting your bifocals
*work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work.
(from the book Man Walks into a Bar, by Stephen Arnott and Mike Haskins)

"When that time comes, only two things matter: being prepared to seize the moment and having the courage to take your best swing." Hank Aaron, American baseball player.

Have a great weekend!

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