November 14 2014 FEA Europe Update

Lisa's FEA Europe Update

14 November 2014

Open Season
NEA Health Information Network
Retirement Articles
TSP Returns
TSP Catch-Up Contributions
NEA Representative Assembly Election
HCR Newsletter
Recertification Credits
November Events Calendar for Educators
A Little Humor

Open Season: Don't forget that the deadline to make changes to your Federal Employees Health Benefits is 08 December 2014.

NEA Health Information Network: The NEA Health Information Network, through a generous grant from the Sprint Foundation, created The School Crisis Guide in order to foster the creation of crisis teams with the ideas, tips, tools, and, resources that spur effective leadership and crisis management. Click on this link for more information: Social Crisis Guide (Thank you to Brian Chance, NEA Director for FEA, for sharing.)

Retirement Articles: A selection of retirement articles is available at the links below. For more information, log into
2014 Open Season
Federal Employees and Annuitants Must Make Important Decisions During Upcoming Benefits Open Season
2015 TSP Contribution Limits Announced by IRS
Comparing a Phased Annuitant and a Reemployed Annuitant Part II
Estimate Your Retirement Costs

TSP Returns: Updated as of 04 November 2014.

TSP Catch-Up Contributions: Please see the attachment for dates for TSP contributions for this year. Deadlines to make this election are fast approaching.

NEA Representative Assembly Election: By now you should have received your nomination form for next summer's NEA Representative Assembly. If you haven't, please contact your FRS for a copy. The summer 2015 RA will be held in Orlando, Florida, in conjunction with the FEA Annual Membership meeting.

FEA Europe HCR November Newsletter: Attached is the November Newsletter from our European HCR, Alina Rozanski.

Recertification Credits: The University of San Diego has an array of Independent Study and Self-Paced courses available. There is even one entitled Infusing Art in the 21st Century Classroom. For more information, follow the link below. click here. (Thank you to Terese Sarno for sharing.)

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. Teacher Corner

A little humor to end the update: Audiences
If all the world's a stage, where does the audience sit?
(from the book Man Walks into a Bar, by Stephen Arnott and Mike Haskins)

"When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he didn't start by trying to improve the candle." Wendy Kopp, American education activist.

Have a great weekend!

Lisa Ali

FEA Area Director
Isles, Kaiserslautern II, Stuttgart, Cuba