February 16 2016 FEA Europe Update

Lisa's FEA Europe Update

16 February 2016


1.   Elections Update

2.   JCC Minutes

3.   TSP Returns

4.   Retirement Articles

5.   DLA:  Information You Need

6.   Free Technology for Teachers

7.   Links to March/April Teaching Resources

8.   Project READ

9.   A Little Humor

10.Quote of the Week




1.    Elections Update: Ballots have been mailed to FRSs for the Election for Candidates for this summer's NEA Representative Assembly.  If you have not received your materials within two weeks, please let me know.  Applications for the positions of Division Representative, Division Human and Civil Rights Coordinator, and European Human and Civil Rights Coordinator should be postmarked by February 26, 2016. Information pertaining to that election will be forthcoming soon. These elections are separate to the election currently being conducted by FEA Washington.  If you have any questions, please consult your Division Representative or Area Director.


2.    JCC Minutes: Attached are the minutes from last week's JCC meeting at the Area Office.


3.    TSP Returns:  Click on the link below to access the latest TSP returns.


4.    Retirement Articles: Below are links to several retirement articles I thought you might find of interest. 


Second Chance: Limited Enrollment Period for FEHB Self Plus One Option Starts Feb. 1


Tax Form 1099-R Now Available for TSP Withdrawals and Federal Retirement Annuity Payments


Guide to Thrift Savings Plan Loans


Best Dates to Retire for CSRS and FERS Employees During 2016, 2017 and 2018


Get a Free Subscription to the My Federal Retirement Email Newsletter


5.    DLA Information You Need: Attached are two documents containing DLA contact information.

(Thank you to Brian Chance, NEA Director for FEA, for sharing these resources.)


6.    Free Technology for Teachers:  If you are watching trends in technology for the classroom this is a nice newsletter.  The newsletter also highlights many resources easily available for educators/students. Not all of them will work for our DoD environment but there are many great items that are useful. As always -- preview any item you use in the classroom.


(Thank you to Brian Chance, NEA Director for FEA, for sharing this resource.)


7.    Links to MARCH/APRIL Teaching Resources:  Scroll down to find links to activities on a range of elementary school topics, as well as Music in our Schools Month, March Madness, and Women's History Month. (Music in our Schools Month)  (Music in our Schools Month) (Music in our Schools Month)


8.     Project READ: Project READ for DoDEA/Int'l School Educators Series


Project READ is an independent study program designed for busy educators who wish to remain on the "cutting edge" in their chosen disciplines. Project READ was developed by the University of San Diego's Division of Professional and Continuing Education in conjunction with educators from the Department of Defense Education Activity and Overseas International Schools. The courses in this series are approved by DoDEA.


(Thank you to Brian Chance, NEA Director for FEA, for sharing this resource.)


9.    A Little Humor for the week---depending upon your point of view:


An anthropologist is traveling the world filming tribal dances when he hears of a mystic Australian Aboriginal ceremony call the Butcher Dance. The dance has never been seen by outsiders so the anthropologist travels to the Australian outback to try and film it. It turns out the Butcher Dance is only performed in one remote settlement, so the anthropologist puts together an expedition and the group drives out into the bush. Bad luck strikes the expedition and their gas tank gets punctured forcing them to take to their feet. They walk for days and days and the expedition members gradually drop through exhausting, sun-stroke, and thirst. Finally, only the anthropologist is left struggling along with his camera. Finally, he too has enough and collapses in the dust. That evening he wakes to find he's been rescued. He's in a tribal encampment, and is delighted when he discovers that his saviors are the very tribe that performs the fabled Butcher Dance. It turns out the Butcher Dance is usually performed only once every ten years, but since the anthropologist has suffered so much, the tribal elders agree to put on a performance especially for him. The anthropologist sets up his camera and the tribal dancers get into a circle. The tribal chief claps his hand, the anthropologist starts records, and the Aborigines start their mystic dance. "You butcher left arm in. You butcher left arm outů."


---from Man Walks into a Bar, by Stephen Arnott and Mike Haskins



10. Quote for the Week:  "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena."---Theodore Roosevelt, US President


Have a GREAT week!


Lisa Ali

FEA Europe North Area Director