February 14, 2018 FEA Europe Update

Terry's Update

February 14, 2018

1. Transfer Information
2. Ballots for Europe Elections
3. BAS Update
4. DLA Site/Retirement Info
5. NEA's Read Across America
6. Area Director's Travels
7. Winter Athletic Championships
8. NEH Summer Programs
9. Injury on the Job
10. Black History Month
11. Mark Your Calendar
12. President's Day
13. NEA Foundation Award (Deadline 1 April)

1. Transfer Information --The letters for the transfer program have now gone out to most, however there are a few still left that will be placed as places become available. If you were not and excessed teacher and have not received a transfer notice you did not receive a transfer. Any FEA members sending questions to Connie Shanaghan about the transfer round are reminded to include their transfer group and their Service Comp Date (SCD) with their message.

2. Ballots for Europe Elections -- The ballots for the FEA Europe Elections have been sent to all FRSs in the schools. They will be giving them to members soon and the deadline to return them to the election committee is 14 March, so the ballots will need to be in the mail no later than sometime in the beginning of March. If you have not gotten a ballot please see your FRS.

3. BAS Update -- Kindergarten teachers are currently forced to give the BAS to students without the assistance of substitute teachers. This change puts students at a disadvantage since the classroom teacher is involved in a one on one assessment for most of the literacy block. FEA SR shared its concerns with the agency. We have filed a grievance over the change.

4. DLA Site/Retirement info -- This site will give you a close estimate to ‘certify your time in service. It also should be noted you will need this before getting your paperwork in order for retirement. Attached also is the power point for retirement that HR Supervisory Specialist Richard Crisp uses for his presentations.

5. NEA's "Read Across America" -- March 2nd there will be the biggest reading celebration in the world. For lots of ideas on how your school can take part in the fun and help to create lifelong readers, go to NEA's Read Across America site. Remember, this is NOT just for elementary schools; there are materials and ideas for all levels. This is also a great time to reach out to parents and involve them in a fun, positive, and educational way.

6. Area Director's Travels -- I will be in Sembach for a JCC on 6-7 March and will get to again see the great schools there. If there is any ‘Breaking News' I will distribute it as quickly as possible. Visiting the FEA website at will give you up to the moment information.

7. Winter Athletic Championships -- The Wrestling Championships will be held 16-17 February. The Basketball and Cheerleading Championships will be held 21-24 February. All competitions will be held in Wiesbaden and good luck to all that have qualified!

8. NEH Summer Programs -- NEH Summer Programs in the Humanities for School and College Educators Click here for info. Each year, NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,300 help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs. For more information and application instructions, please visit the websites for the individual programs as well as instructions.

9. Injury on the Job - Should you be injured while on the job or school property (parking lot, sidewalks, steps) please make sure your supervisor is notified, the proper forms are filled out and the nurse has it in their log. With some of the interesting weather that we experience in the winter here, it is especially a good idea to be aware. There have already been a number of teachers and school employees who have fallen in recent icy conditions.

10. Black History Month -- Begun in 1926 by black scholar and historian Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month was originally celebrated as a weeklong event. In 1976, Congress expanded the observance to the entire month of February. You can find more useful information at: this site.

11. Mark Your Calendar
February 1-28 -- Black History Month
February 14 -- Valentine's Day (Today)
February 16-17 -- DoDDS Wrestling Championships Wiesbaden
February 21-24 -- DoDDS Basketball and Cheerleading Championships Wiesbaden
February 19 -- George Washington's Birthday observed
February 25- March 2 -- International Student Leadership Institute (ISLI)
February 26 -- National Tell a Fairy Tale Day
March 2 -- Read Across America
March 3 -- Air Force/Navy JROTC Drill Finals

12. President's Day - Washington's Birthday, also known as Presidents' Day, is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. The day honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the USA's first president. Washington's Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880. It was made a federal holiday in 1885. The holiday was originally held on the anniversary of George Washington's birth, on February 22. In 1971, this holiday was moved to the third Monday in February.

13. NEA Foundation Award -- Each year the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence recognizes educators whose professional practice and advocacy for the profession are exemplary. All state affiliates, including FEA, are allowed to nominate one candidate a year (we are looking for a nominee for 2018 -- our 2017 nominee was Michael Pope from Japan). The application is attached and the deadline for submission of all materials to FEA is April 1, 2018 and should be sent to the Washington FEA Office at 1201 16th St. NW, Suite 117 Washington D.C. 20036 or scanned to Gary Hritz at (

Terry McClain
FEA Europe
Area Director