March 21, 2012 FEA Europe Update

1. Transfer Update
2. UK Visa Procedures
3. Driving in France
4. RA Information
5. PDI: Professional Development Online
6. District Placement Update
7. Retirement Information
8. Dates to Remember for April

1. Transfer Update: The corrected list of vacancies for the DoDDS transfer program was posted March 19 at the DoDDS Human Resources page. You can also access the updated vacancy list directly using this link.
The start of the transfer round is still scheduled for this Wednesday, March 21. The transfer round typically takes about two weeks to complete. Notices to those who receive transfers will be sent out once the round is completed. FEA does not release any information on individual transfer applications until ALL notices have been sent out. A special notice to employees in Europe who've been declared excess: If you were placed locally in the excess district placement program, please be sure to withdraw your application from the transfer program and, if you had sent your application to FEA's Connie Shanaghan for verification, be sure to inform Connie at that you are withdrawing. (From the most recent President's Report) Be sure to visit the, website to sign up to receive the Presidents' Reports directly.
Alex Veto, European Area Director for Bavaria and Kaiserslautern and Debra Degalis, Area Director for the Pacific are participating in the transfer rounds, along with DoDEA Staff and FEA Washington's Connie Shanaghan. Continue to monitor the FEA website for the most up-to-date transfer information.

2. New UK Visa Procedures: Attached is a letter from the UK Home Office detailing charges for the UK Visa/Leave to Remain Stamp. All employees and family members are now required to complete biometrics in conjunction with applying for an initial or renewing their UK visas. I am requesting, through the District Representative, that the DSO publish these new guidelines as soon as possible.

3. Driving in France: Attached is an article outlining 6 new driving rules for France. Please check these out if your drive in the country regularly. (Thank you to Chuck McCarter for sharing this information.)

4. RA Information: Attached are two documents regarding the NEA Representative Assembly, being held this summer in Washington D.C. This information can also be accessed at
5. PDI---Online Professional Development: Many times throughout each year I am asked questions regarding credit for recertification, so I am passing on an advertisement that was sent to me. FEA is not endorsing this program, but I am passing it on in the general interest of helping our members obtain online professional development opportunities. Attached is an advertisement that I received from the Professional Development Institute. You can secure online graduate credit through this program, in a variety of subject areas.

6. District Placement Update: Alex and I would like to thank our District Representatives, Nancy Almendras, Anita Lang, Terese Sarno, and Terry McClain, for all of their hard work with the District Superintendents' Offices in placing our European excess teachers. Thanks to perseverance by all, almost all of our excess teachers were able to be placed in one of their preferred locations. Below is a brief re-cap, district-by-district.
Bavaria: The Bavaria district had only one excess educator, who was able to be accommodated.
Heidelberg: Heidelberg District placed 37 educators who requested in-district placement in the Heidelberg District. Another six educators were placed in the expanded area of consideration. Three who requested in-district placement were not able to be placed and will go on to the world-wide transfer program. Twenty-one other excess Heidelberg educators requested consideration for world-wide transfers only.
Isles: In the Isles District, 18 teachers were declared excess, most as a result of the closure of Geilenkirchen Elementary School. Of these 18 teachers, 11 requested placement within the district. Ten of those teachers were accommodated, most with their first choice of placement. Seven excess educators requested world-wide placement and have entered the world-wide transfer program, along with the one teacher who was unable to be placed within the district.
Kaiserslautern: With the late announcement of the Baumholder drawdown, Kaiserslautern had many unanticipated excesses. Unfortunately, many of those excess teachers required specialized positions, so only one educator was placed within the Kaiserslautern district. The remaining excess educators were placed in the world-wide transfer program. (Exact numbers were not provided by the Kaiserslautern Representative.)

7. Retirement Information: I am attaching three articles from One concerns a bill introduced in Congress which would allow all Medicare-Eligible Seniors to enroll in FEHB. The second is a quiz entitled "What is Your Investment Risk Tolerance?" The last article is entitled "Single in Retirement---What Unique Challenges Do Single Boomers Face"

8. Dates to Remember for April:
April 1-30 ---National Child Abuse Prevention Month was established in commitment to identifying and implementing solutions to child abuse.
April 1-30 ---National Donate Life Month Each day in this country, about 77 people receive an organ transplant, but 19 others die waiting for a donated organ.
April 1-30---National Poetry Month National Poetry Month was inaugurated in April 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. Find resources at Bringing Poetry to the Classroom.
April 1--- April Fool's Day April 1 is widely recognized and celebrated as a day on which everyone tolerates practical jokes and general foolishness.
April 2 ---International Children's Book Day The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) was founded to promote international understanding and good will through books for children and teenagers and to inspire a love of reading. This event is held on or around April 2, the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, author of The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, and The Ugly Duckling.
April 5---End of the Third Quarter
April 6-14--- Passover Passover is a Jewish festival marking the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The dates for 2012 are from sunset on April 6 through nightfall of April 14.
April 7 ---World Health Day Aging and Health is the theme of World Health Day 2012.
April 8 ---Easter In the Christian faith, Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus' resurrection. Lent, Ash Wednesday, and Holy Week mark a period of spiritual preparation for Easter.
April 8-14 ---National Library Week This year's theme is "You belong @ your library."
April 9-13---Spring Break for many schools in DoDDS-E
April 12 ---Anniversary of First Man in Space Yuri Gagarin become the first man in space on this date in 1961, when he made a one-hour, 48-minute voyage, orbiting Earth in a spacecraft launched by the Soviet Union.
April 13 ---Thomas Jefferson's Birthday Jefferson was the third president of the United States and the author of the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom and the founder of the University of Virginia.
April 15-21 ---National Environmental Education Week is the nation's largest environmental education event, and is held each year the week before Earth Day, inspiring environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. The 2012 theme is Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning.
April 16 ---Patriot's Day Patriot's Day commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, which were two of the earliest battles in the American Revolutionary War. It is annually held on the third Monday of April.
April 18 ---Anniversary of Paul Revere's Ride The "midnight ride" of Paul Revere started at about 10 p.m. on this day in 1775.
April 19 ---Holocaust Remembrance Day The internationally recognized date marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising.
April 22 ---Earth Day On this day each year, we talk about ways we are protecting the environment and ways we can take stronger action during the coming year.
April 23 ---William Shakespeare's Birthday William Shakespeare, poet and dramatist in Elizabethan England, was born on this date in 1564 and also died on this date in 1616.
April 28 ---OSHA Established The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established on April 28, 1971. Since then, the nation has made dramatic progress in reducing work-related deaths and injuries.
April 26 ---Pay It Forward Day The Pay It Forward concept was first articulated by Benjamin Franklin, who realized that the world would be transformed if just a few people started doing good deeds and asking that those who they helped would pass along good deeds to others. The book and film of the same name helped to popularize the idea. See also Pay It Forward Day website .
April 26 ---Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Always the fourth Thursday in April, this program encourages parents to bring their kids to work with them and show them the wide range of jobs available to them. For more information, see the Daughters and Sons to Work website.
April 27 ---National Arbor Day Celebrated the last Friday in April, this event encourages people to plant and care for trees.
April 30 ---El día de los niños/El día de los libros/Children's Day Día, sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Have a great week!
Lisa Garmon Ali
FEA Europe Area Director
PSC 41 Box 5569
APO AE 09464
Tel: 44-1638527662 (outside UK)
01638527662 (local)
226-7662 (DSN)