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February 25, 2015 FEA Europe Update

Alex's Update

2/25/2015

1. Transfer Applicants
2. Area Director's Travel
3. W2
4. Grades
5. Injury on the Job
6. Update
7. IRS Forms and Publications
8. Women's History Month
9. Mark Your Calendars
10. Area JCC
11. NEA's Read Across America
12. Daylight Savings Time
13. U.S. Citizens Abroad Tax Information
14. European Election
15. St. Patrick's Day
16. Intervention Plans and PIP's
17. Unity
18. Pi Day

1.Transfer Applicants - Here are the current numbers for applications to this year's transfer program, listed by transfer group:
Group A+ - 292
Group A -- 127
Group B -- 144
Group C -- 90*
Group D -- 195
Group F -- 369
Total: 1,217
* - There are a total of 119 excessed educators. Of those, 29 qualified for a higher transfer group and are included in the A+, A, and B totals. Also, excessed educators who are placed through the District Placement Programs will be withdrawn from the transfer program. Therefore, the number of excessed educators may decrease.

As we have reported previously, DoDEA Headquarters has set a budget limit for the transfer program which, we believe, will provide funding for approximately 150 transfer placements (placements of excessed educators are not counted towards the budget limit).

(The above excerpt is from the February 20 FEA President's Report. All numbers were accurate as of that date, but may have slightly changed since then.)

2. Area Directors' Travels -- Now that the RA ballots have been mailed and the Unity published, it will be possible for me to begin planning for school visits. Some of you will hear from me before the end of this week.

3. W2 -- Your electronic W2 is available on myPay at: this link. You will need your CAC reader for best results.

4. Grades -- Thanks to Anton Andren of Bitburg HS for sending me the attached article on grades. It is written from the perspective of colleges and universities, but it wouldn't take much of a leap to substitute the word ‘high school' in the article.

5. Injury on the Job -- Please remember to be extra careful at this time of year. There has been a lot of snow and ice reported recently and it has made both driving and walking hazardous. When you are 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 his/her log.

6. Update - We will always let you know if something newsworthy comes up. In the meantime, check regularly with www.feaonline.org for your best source for breaking news. My next Update will be out on or about March 11.

7. IRS Forms and Publications -- As tax season approaches, this site has all of the forms and publications that you will need to complete your 2014 tax filing. Most can be done electronically. Here is the link to the site. I know that a number of you, for a variety of reasons, like to file early. Click here

8.Women's History Month -- Next month, March, is Women's History Month. Since 1910, March 8 has been observed as International Women's Day by people around the world. Thus, March was chosen for National Women's History Month in the United States. The link will provide you with many useful tools to celebrate this month. Women's History Month

9. Mark Your Calendars --
February 1 -- 28 -- Black History Month
March 1 -- 31 -- Women's History Month
March 2 -- NEA's Read Across America Day
March 8 -- Daylight Savings Time begins (USA)
March 17 -- St. Patrick's Day
March 29 -- Daylight Savings Time begins (Europe)

10. Area JCC -- The next Area JCC has now been scheduled. It will be held in Sembach on Wednesday, March 25 at 1100.We will put the agenda together approximately a week before that.

11. NEA's "Read Across America" -- It's just 4 days away (March 2, to be exact)…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 this 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.

12. Daylight Savings Time -- This is still a little while away but I realized that this will have already started to occur before my next Update comes out. I always look at it as one of the happier events of the school year. Enough darkness! Note that Daylight Savings Time will begin in North America at 2 AM on Sunday, March 8. However, the clocks will not change in Central Europe until 2 A.M. on March 29. For three weeks there will be a 5 hour time difference between the east coast and most of Europe instead of the normal 6. The UK of course is one hour different. Remember -- Spring forward, Fall back!

13. U.S. Citizens Abroad Tax Information -- Attached is information from the IRS for all of us living outside of CONUS for filing our 2014 Income Tax. It includes deadlines, forms, addresses, and other useful information. No one likes to think about it but this site may help. Click here.

14. European Election -- Ballots have now been mailed to all FRS's. The only election this year is for the delegates to the 2015 NEA Representative Assembly in Orlando held in July. Instructions and further information have also been sent and also can be found in the Unity. You can access the Unity on the home page of www.feaonline.org .

15. St. Patrick's Day -- Thursday, March 17, is St. Patrick's Day. You can find many fun activities and other items relating to all things green at this site.

16. Intervention Plans and PIP's - If you are approached by your evaluator about being put on an Intervention Plan or especially if you are placed on a PIP, please contact your District Rep and/or your Area Director. These are serious steps and cannot be treated lightly.

17. Unity -- It is anticipated that the Spring Unity will be published in late April (after Spring Break). If anyone has something that they would want included please send it to me at any time. We are particularly thinking of some photos of activities at your school, and even more especially photos taken during NEA's Read Across America Day on March 2. You can send these items to me at this email.

18. Pi Day -- Now something for our math teachers. National Pi Day is March 14 (3.14). The following website has student activities as well as other useful information that can be used with math classes. It is also Einstein's birthday. Pi Day

Alex Veto
FEA Europe Area Director
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