March 3 2016 FEA Europe Update
2. Area Directors' Travels
3. NEA Foundation Award (Part 1)
4. IRS Forms and Publications
5. Area JCC
7. Emily J. T. Perez Scholarship Fund
8. NEA Foundation Award (Part 2)
9. Women's History Month
10. Daylight Saving Time
11. Mark Your Calendar
12. Injury on the Job
13. Member Benefits
14. Prior Written Notice
15. DoDDS Reunion
16. Pi Day
17. St. Patrick's Day
1. Transfers -- The latest information was included in the FEA President's Report of February 24 and 26 which can be found at www.feaonline.org To summarize, the transfer round is now over and those having received a transfer are being notified. Originally there were 20 unplaced excess educators but as of this report the number is down to 18. Expect further news on this as it comes out.
2. Area Directors' Travels -- On Thursday March 10 I will be traveling to Hohenfels for their EA Day. On March 22 I will be in Sembach for the next Area JCC. Additional school visits are in the works.
3. NEA Foundation Award (Part 1) -- 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 2016 -- our 2015 nominee is John Crowe of Feltwell ES) for this prestigious award. The application is attached and needs to be returned to your Area Director no later than April 1. For further information on this go to: this page and also to this page
Also, please read number #8 below.
4. IRS Forms and Publications -- As tax season approaches, this site has all of the forms and publications that you will need to complete your 2015 tax filing. Most can be done electronically. Also, be aware that most military installations offer tax services for civilians at no cost--check with legal office on your base/post.
5. Area JCC -- The date for the next Area JCC (March) in Sembach has been set for March 22 at 1100. We will publish the minutes as soon as they are available.
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. The next Update will be the President's Report on or about March 15 or sooner. Please also be reminded again that if you do go to FEA online you can sign up to have the President's Report emailed directly to you.
7. Emily J.T. Perez Scholarship Fund - Emily Perez, attended Mannheim ES, Mannheim MS and the Heidelberg HS.She returned to the states in 1998 where Emily attended and graduated from Oxon Hill HS. From there she went on to United States Military Academy at West Point where she graduated in the top 10% of the Class of 2005.She was assigned to Fort Hood, TX and November 2005 was deployed to Iraq. On September 12, 2006, a month shy of her tour ending, she was leading a convoy when an IED blew up under her HUMVEE. In honor of her life her parents started a foundation in her name wherein they granted yearly scholarships to graduating females as well as started a Enrichment and Mentoring program for HS girls.
The following YouTube video (7:37 minutes long) will provide a snapshot of Emily. Click here
(Attention HS Counselors: Attached is more information, including timelines and applications, for this scholarship.)
8. NEA Foundation Award (Part 2) - Congratulations to John Crowe, information specialist from Feltwell Elementary School (United Kingdom), who was one of the 42 educators honored at the NEA Foundation's Award for Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C. on February 12, 2016. John was the only information specialist awarded the 2016 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence and represented the FEA at the ceremony. This award "recognizes, rewards, and promotes excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession." John also serves as the FEA Europe Membership Processor.
You can view the Gala at this page .
9. Women's History Month - This 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
10. Daylight Saving Time - Please be reminded that clocks throughout Europe will move to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 27. They will already have been moved in the U.S. two weeks earlier on Marc13. For more information on DST, check here
11. Mark Your Calendar-
March 1 -- 31 - Women's History Month
March 14 -- Pi Day
March 17 -- St. Patrick's Day
March 27 -- Daylight Saving Time (Spring Forward!)
12. 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 good advice.
13. Member Benefits -- Members often forget the multitude of benefits that are at their disposal. Everything from credit cards, saving plans, online courses, various insurances, etc. Check out the full range of these benefits at www.neamb.com.
14. Prior Written Notice (PWN) -- This has been another big issue recently as it affects Special Education and related educators. Here is the most recent update on this issue from FEA Washington: "We have heard a number of issues and concerns from educators in the field on management's trainings on its planned implementation of new Prior Written Notice (PWN) forms and procedures. The Association has sent bargaining proposals concerning the PWN implementation with management, to try and reduce the impact on educators. We will keep members informed of management's response and any action on this front."
15. DoDDS Reunion--The annual DoDDS reunion will be held July 14-July 17, 2016 in Spokane, Washington at The Oak Brook Marriot Hotel. For registration information go to: DODDS Reunion .Register early as prices go up as the event gets closer.
16. 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
17. 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. As an aside, the largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in Europe (outside of Ireland) occurs on Sunday, March 13 in Munich.
18. VLTP -- I have noticed a number of names of members being approved for VLTP coming in to my mail box. The Voluntary Leave Transfer Program allows us to donate leave to others who have exhausted their own leave, generally due to illness of either themselves or of family members. I often wonder if the stresses of our job situations don't help to acerbate this situation. Regardless, the deeper we get in to the school year the harder we find it to donate, as we can only donate APL days at this time, a situation I would hope we could eventually have changed. If you are in a position to do so, please consider helping these members who often find themselves in rather dire straits. You merely need to pick a recipient and fill out the forms that you will get in your school office. You'll feel good for having done it.
FEA Europe Area Director