March 26, 2014 FEA Europe Update

Alex's Update


1. Moving Forward
2. Area Directors' Travels
3. Vote Early
4. Sign Up for FEA's Email Reports Lists
5. Excess Placement
6. Update
7. Traveling for Spring Break?
8. Area JCC
9. Daylight Savings Time
10. Mark Your Calendars
11. The Local
12. Autism Awareness Month
13. Honors Musical Fest 2014
14. Child Abuse Prevention Month
15. Recertification
16. How True!
17. Area JCC Minutes
18. Teachers of the Year

1. Moving Forward -- In spite of the beautiful spring weather in some parts of Europe, this is a difficult time of year. In addition to the recent TerraNova testing and other things going on in our schools, waiting for excess placements and VERA/VSIP offers, scheduling for next year along with teaching assignments, and a host of other issues, there seems to be a rise in the stress level in many of our schools. Please work to support and help each other in any way you can. We need to look after each other. Your FEA leadership will continue to work at all levels to support you. Spring Break is coming soon!

2. Area Directors' Travels -- Last week I had the opportunity to visit both Ansbach ES and Ansbach HS. Thanks to all for the hospitality I was shown there. Note: Whenever my ‘Out of Office' reply message comes up it does not necessarily mean that I am unavailable. It may just be a CAC issue as I am traveling. In that case, if you need an answer quickly, write to this email . I will be able to get on there from almost anywhere. Also, if you feel the need to actually speak with me, please leave me a message at that same address with a number and I will call as soon I can.

3. Vote Early - Ballots for the election of FEA Area Directors (two in Europe and one each for Stateside and the Pacific) were mailed to all FEA Active members at the end of February. If you've not received your ballot in the mail by now, you can ask your FRS/Local President for a copy of the ballot, which you can then complete and mail back to FEA. Please be sure to complete the return address section on the return envelope and sign it. Failure to do so will result in your ballot being declared invalid and your vote not counting. Ballots for the FEA Area Director elections must be RECEIVED by April 22 to be counted in the tally. It is important that as many members as possible vote. It is indicative of a strong and active organization, which all of us at FEA certainly believe we are. We want others to know it as well.

4. Sign Up for FEA's Email Report Lists -- If you would like to receive reports, especially the FEA President's Report, directly from FEA as they are posted, then please follow these directions: Simply click on this link for the Email List you are interested in. There you will be asked for your E-mail address and your name. Type them into the spaces provided and hit the "submit" button. That's all you have to do to have FEA Email reports sent directly to you whenever they come out.

5. Excess Placement -- Latest reports are that the actual placement round will likely begin on April 1. For a full up to date report on this issue please go to and read the latest update posted there. I hesitate to put anything more concrete in this Update as the situation is still very fluid, as this most recent change indicates.

6. Update- Next week Lisa will be back and I will return on or around April 23. This will be after Spring Break and the European Area Council. In the meantime, as always, keep up to date at

7. Traveling for Spring Break? - For those of you traveling during the upcoming Spring Break, here are some travel tips.(It really is not that far away!) Make sure you have copies of all your passports and other important documents stored separately from the originals when you travel. Make sure you have up-to-date contact information in your wallet or purse in the event of an accident or sudden illness, etc. You may want to include local (European) contact information as well as stateside contacts. It is also a good idea to let a colleague know your travel plans and contact numbers in case of emergency. And, should you find yourself ‘stuck' in an airport then the guide that you can find here might prove valuable.

8 . Area JCC -- The next Area JCC is scheduled for 1000 on Tuesday, April 15, in Wiesbaden. Minutes will be distributed shortly after that date.

9. Daylight Savings Time -- Our clocks will change in Europe at 2 A.M. on March 30. For another four days 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!

10. Mark Your Calendars --
March 30 Daylight Savings Time (Europe)
April 1 April Fool's Day
April 1 -- 30 Autism Awareness Month
April 1 -- 30 Child Abuse Prevention Month
April 16 -- 18 European Area Council

11. The Local -- I found this website a while back and thought that everyone else had found it by now as well. However, I discovered that was not the case. Who is The Local for? According to the site itself, "In brief, The Local is for anyone who is interested in finding out what's going on in Germany and who reads English." You can find the current edition here. The Local is also published in France, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

12. Autism Awareness Month -- April has also been designated as Autism Awareness Month. It is a condition that affects more and more of our students every year. Learn more here.

13. Honors Musical Fest 2014-- A reminder that the annual Honors Musical Festival will be held this year on April 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wiesbaden Kurhaus Concert Hall. DoDEA students from all over Europe will be performing. Tickets are free and may be claimed at the Kurhaus from 1630 the evening of the concert. It may be difficult for many of you to attend in person it can also be viewed at I attended before and it is an exceptional evening, highlighting all that is good about our students. (Thanks to Hope Matthews and Lucky Moore for this information.)

14. Child Abuse Prevention Month - In the early 1980s, Congress resolved that the week of June 6-12, 1982, should be designated as the first National Child Abuse Prevention Week, in commitment to identifying and implementing solutions to child abuse. The following year, in 1983, April was proclaimed the National Child Abuse Prevention Month

15. Recertification - A reminder about your DoDDS certification: All educators must be recertified every six years. The basic requirements for Recertification are: Educators must complete six semester hours of undergraduate or graduate level course work taken at a U.S. regionally accredited educational institution after the date the last DoDEA certificate was issued. You can find more info here.

16. How True! -
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17. Area JCC Minutes -- Attached are the minutes from the Area March 10 JCC.

18. Teachers of the Year -- Attached you will find a Stripes article from March 17 naming the four winners from DoDDS-E for Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. Congratulations and Good Luck as they proceed further. You do us all proud !!


Alex Veto
FEA Europe Area Director