Report highlights Foundation’s impact on OSD students

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The Olympia Education Foundation’s annual report, Empowering Every Student,* is available on the Foundation’s website. Inside you can learn about both the impact the Foundation is having on OSD students, families and staff, and its current programs, including:  

  • Principal’s Emergency Fundwhich assists students who have urgent basic needs — to ensure they feel successful in school and life. 
  • Teaching & Learning Grants, which enhance student learning in all OSD schools.
  • Mental Health Initiative, which supports the mental health and social-emotional needs of students. 

Questions? Contact Executive Director Katy Johansson at katy@osdef.org or (360) 596-6110.

*The Foundation’s fiscal year runs Sept. 1 – Aug. 31. This report covers the period of Sept. 1, 2020 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Final opportunity for Olympia Education Foundation grant funding this year!

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Application Period 4 Grant Requests are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 22 and must be submitted electronically to info@osdef.org. OSD employees who work directly with OSD students are eligible to apply.

Easy to complete, grant requests can be made in any amount up to $2,000. Application forms, guidelines and examples of grants awarded by the Foundation last year are all available at www.osdef.org/grants.

The Foundation will begin accepting grant requests for the 2022-23 school year by mid-August.

Questions? Contact Executive Director Katy Johansson at katy@osdef.org or (360) 596-6110.

Local grocery store campaign benefits students through OSDEF

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The following article is submitted by the Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF)

If you have shopped at the westside Olympia Haggen lately, you may have been asked in the checkout line if you would like to make a donation to support students in the Olympia School District.

This vague question has led to confusion about what these donations would support.

The Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) would like you to know that any donations made at Haggen between now and March 18 will directly benefit the Principal’s Emergency Fund, Teaching & Learning Grants, and Mental Health Initiative.

Now through March 18, Haggen is running its annual Building Brighter Futures Together campaign, which last year benefited the Foundation — and its mission to empower every Olympia School District student — to the tune of $13,000.

Questions? Contact Foundation Executive Director Katy Johansson at katy@osdef.org or (360) 596-6110.

OSD staff feedback critical to Foundation’s new strategic plan

The Olympia School District Education Foundation recently adopted a new three-year strategic plan. Feedback provided last spring by OSD staff and students through several focus groups and by families through a survey was critical to the final document, which is comprised of five overarching priorities:

  • Increase community awareness of the Foundation.
  • Develop a Board of Trustees and leadership that is representative of our community.
  • Ensure the Foundation’s long-term fiscal viability.
  • Enhance and continue to evaluate the Foundation’s current programs.
  • Expand the Foundation’s programs.

More details are available via an executive summary, which can be found on the Foundation’s website.

Questions or comments can be directed to OSDEF Executive Director Katy Johansson at katy@osdef.org or (360) 596-6110.

Third round of Foundation’s Teaching & Learning Grants due February 11

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Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) Grant Requests for Application Period 3 are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2022.

Requests, which are easy to complete, can be made in any amount up to $2,000 this year (except Browsers Books grants, which are eligible for up to $500). Grant request forms, guidelines and examples of grants awarded by the Foundation last year are all available at www.osdef.org/grants.

Any OSD employee who works directly with OSD students may apply. Please select only one category. Grant requests must be submitted electronically via info@osdef.org. Funding is available until it runs out.

Questions? Contact Executive Director Katy Johansson at katy@osdef.org or (360) 596-6110.

Automatic Payroll Deduction Campaign benefitting OSDEF continues

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The Olympia School District Education Foundation continues to encourage OSD employees to make a monthly contribution through Automatic Payroll Deduction. Since 1998, the Foundation has awarded nearly $2 million in assistance to OSD students and educators through such programs as the Principal’s Emergency Fund, Teaching & Learning Grants and the Mental Health Initiative.

Donations in any amount can have a significant impact. For example, if every OSD employee donated $1 per month, the Foundation could award one additional $1,500 grant every month. A single employee’s donation of $15 per month could help provide Internet access to a student in need for a year.

Registration is paperless and takes only a couple of minutes. Visit https://www.osdef.org/donate , scroll down to the OSD logo, then click the “Payroll Deduction” button. Enter the amount you wish to donate, then select “I would like to make my donation ongoing” if you prefer that option. Once you’ve added your building, first and last name, work email and phone number, you’re all set.

Employees already making a monthly donation through OSD Payroll never need to re-enroll.

Second round of Foundation Teaching & Learning Grants due November 19

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Grant Requests for Application Period 2 are due by 5 p.m. Friday, November 19.

Requests can be made in any amount up to $2,000 this year (except Browsers Books grants, which are eligible for up to $500). Grant Request forms, guidelines and examples of grants awarded by the Foundation last year are all available at www.osdef.org/grants.

Any OSD employee who works directly with OSD students may apply. Please select only one category. Grant requests must be submitted electronically via info@osdef.org. Funding is available until it runs out.

Questions? Contact Executive Director Katy Johansson at katy@osdef.org or (360) 596-6110.

OSDEF sets aside $40,000 to support student mental health

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As part of its Mental Health Initiative (MHI), the Olympia School District Education Foundation this year has set aside $40,000 to help support student mental health/social emotional needs. Principals, counselors and other district staff engaged in student mental health support/SEL are encouraged to apply for up to $2,000 per building for supplies, projects and programs that would benefit their students. The brief Grant Request Form can be found on the Foundation’s Grants page under “Quick Links.” To be considered during the next review period, forms must be submitted to info@osdef.org by 5 p.m. Friday, November 19. Questions may be directed to OSDEF Executive Director Katy Johansson at katy@osdef.org or (360) 596-6110.

Grant Requests in all other categories – Closing the Opportunity Gap, Creativity and the Arts, Cultivating Engaged Citizens, Innovative Teaching and Learning, Meet a Need and Browsers Books – also must be submitted by November 19 to be considered during the next review period. The Foundation will notify applicants of their grant’s status by no later than December 17.

OSDEF launches annual wreath sales online to benefit Foundation programs

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Holiday wreath sales are open online on the Olympia School District Education Foundation website. Proceeds will help support all of the Olympia School District Education Foundation’s (OSDEF’s) programs: the Principal’s Emergency Fund, Mental Health Initiative and Teaching & Learning Grants.

The 22-inch locally sourced and created wreaths are $25 each and will be available for contactless pickup at either Capital or Olympia high schools on Sunday, Nov. 21 only. Pickup location is chosen at the time of purchase. Those who cannot pick up on Nov. 21 may send a designee.

While this fundraiser has typically helped offset the cost of outdoor education for fifth graders, this year, with the uncertainty of field trips due to COVID-19, sales will instead benefit other programs that support the Foundation’s mission to empower every student.

Questions? Contact OSDEF Executive Director Katy Johansson at (360) 596-6110 or katy@osdef.org.

OSDEF Teaching and Learning Grant applications due this Friday, September 24

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Applications are due this Friday, September 24 for Teaching and Learning Grants offered by the Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF). This is the first of four opportunities during the 2021-22 school year for OSD employees to apply for the Teaching and Learning grants.

Requests can be made in any amount up to $2,000 this year (except Browsers Books grants, which are eligible for up to $500). Grant request forms, guidelines, due dates, a scoring guide and examples of grants awarded by the Foundation last year are all available at www.osdef.org/grants

Any OSD employee who works directly with OSD students may apply. Please select only one category. Grant requests should be submitted electronically via info@osdef.org. Funding is available until it runs out.

Please Note: If you received a grant in 2020-21 and wish to apply for another in 2021-22, your request cannot be considered until you have submitted a Post-Grant Report for your 2020-21 project.

Questions? Contact OSDEF Executive Director Katy Johansson at katy@osdef.org or (360) 596-6110.