Principal’s Emergency Fund virtual breakfast fundraiser is Thursday, September 24

OSDEF Logo with image of stick figures of an adult and children and the name of the Foundation beneath

The annual Principal’s Emergency Fund (PEF) fundraiser breakfast is virtual this year and includes both live and prerecorded interviews from 8-8:30 a.m. Thursday, September 24.

The breakfast raises money for the PEF, which provides every OSD principal resources to help meet urgent basic needs of low-income students and their families.

The livestream of the Foundation’s first-ever online event is being emceed by King 5 News South Bureau Chief Drew Mikkelsen, and there is musical entertainment by the Olympia-based Nana’s Pant Suit band.

Participants will hear from:

  • Families whose lives have been improved because of the PEF;
  • Principals and counselors about why, in the face of COVID-19, this resource is more critical than ever; and
  • This year’s “Hecks’ Heroes”: Kevin Stormans of Stormans, Inc., and Olympia High School student Nidhi Krishna Kumar. The award is named in honor of PEF founders Paula and Denny Heck and recognizes people and organizations that go above and beyond to help students and families with urgent basic needs in the Olympia School District.

For more information and the link to the live broadcast on YouTube, visit the OSDEF website.

Apply for OSDEF Grant Requests; first-quarter grants due by Sept. 28

OSDEF Logo with image of stick figures of an adult and children and the name of the Foundation beneathThe Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) has begun accepting Teaching & Learning Grant Requests for the 2020-21 school year and will be reviewing them on a quarterly basis. Grant Requests submitted by 5 p.m. Sept. 28 will be considered for approval in mid-October.

In recognition of the fact that educators will be teaching via a distance learning format for at least a portion of the 2020-21 school year, the OSDEF Board of Trustees will allow a limited number of Grant Requests to be approved for the purpose of professional development in 2020-21. Grant Requests for professional development: must fall within one of the current OSDEF grant categories; cover only program costs and/or materials; and cannot exceed $500.

Additionally, the Foundation remains committed to removing barriers for OSD students. To encourage more requests for programs and projects with a focus on equity, diversity and bias, the Foundation has renamed the “Building Student Character Grant” the “Cultivating Engaged Citizens Grant” and incorporated language that supports OSD Student Outcome #4. Cultivating Engaged Citizens supports: “students in their efforts to develop the skills, knowledge, and courage to identify and confront personal, systemic, and societal bias. It also supports students seeking to understand the value of community service and advocate for improvement using natural resources in an efficient and sustainable way. This includes the development and implementation of programs that address: equity, diversity and bias; civics; philanthropy; and being good stewards of the earth. Activities funded by the grant may include: assemblies; workshops; athletics; nutrition; school beautification projects; and community service projects.”

Grant deadlines, instructions and applications may all be found on the OSDEF webpage. If you received a grant last year, you must submit a Post-Grant Report prior to applying for a grant this year.

 

Equity, Diversity are focus of updated OSDEF grant category

OSDEF Logo with image of stick figures of an adult and children and the name of the Foundation beneathThe Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) will begin accepting Teaching & Learning Grant Requests for the 2020-21 school year on Monday, August 3.

OSDEF remains committed to removing barriers for OSD students. To encourage more requests for programs and projects with a focus on equity, diversity and bias, the Foundation has renamed the “Building Student Character Grant” the “Cultivating Engaged Citizens Grant” and incorporated language that supports OSD Student Outcome #4.

The Cultivating Engaged Citizens Grant supports “students in their efforts to develop the skills, knowledge and courage to identify and confront personal, systemic and societal bias. It also supports students seeking to understand the value of community service and advocate for improvement using natural resources in an efficient and sustainable way. This includes the development and implementation of programs that address: equity, diversity and bias; civics; philanthropy; and being good stewards of the earth. Activities funded by the grant may include: assemblies; workshops; athletics; nutrition; school beautification projects; and community service projects.”

Most OSDEF Teaching & Learning Grants can be awarded in amounts of up to $1,500. This year, grant requests will be reviewed quarterly instead of monthly. Deadlines, instructions and applications may all be found here. If you received a grant last year, you must submit a Post-Grant Report prior to applying for a grant this year.

 

OSDEF Teaching and Learning Grant requests open August 3

OSDEF Logo with image of stick figures of an adult and children and the name of the Foundation beneathThe Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) will be moving Teaching & Learning Grants to a quarterly cycle from a monthly cycle beginning this fall. This will allow the Foundation more time to thoughtfully review grant requests.

Important Teaching & Learning Grants dates for 2020-21:

  • Grant Request Cycle Opens: Monday, Aug. 3, 2020
  • Q1 Grant Request Due Date: Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 (by 5 p.m.)
  • Q1 Grant Request Notification Date: By no later than Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
  • Q2 Grant Request Due Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 (by 5 p.m.)
  • Q2 Grant Request Notification Date: By no later than Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
  • Q3 Grant Request Due Date: Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 (by 5 p.m.)
  • Q3 Grant Request Notification Date: By no later than March 12, 2021
  • Q4 Grant Request Due Date: Monday, April 26, 2021 (by 5 p.m.)
  • Q4 Grant Request Notification Date: By no later than May 14, 2021

Any other changes to the process will be noted on the OSDEF website by Aug. 3.

If you received a grant in 2019-20 and wish to apply for a grant in 2020-21, your request cannot be considered until you have submitted a Post-Grant Report for your 2019-20 project.

Questions? Contact OSDEF Executive Director Katy Johansson @info@osdef.org.

OSDEF offers new Mental Health Initiative Grant up to $1,500

OSDEF Logo with image of stick figures of an adult and children and the name of the Foundation beneath

The Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) added a new Teaching & Learning Grant category this year specifically for projects and instructional materials that address mental health and social-emotional learning. The grant is part of the Foundation’s greater Mental Health Initiative, which also enabled the OSD Crisis Team to establish a Mental Health Resource Library this year. Details on a fall 2020 mental health training for OSD educators and a mental health event for the community, both of which will be funded by the OSDEF’s Mental Health Initiative, are forthcoming.

To apply for a Mental Health Initiative Grant, available in amounts of up to $1,500, visit the OSDEF Teaching and Learning Grants webpage. (Please note these grants cannot support professional development opportunities at this time. The OSDEF Board will explore this as a possibility for the 2020-21 school year.) Like all OSDEF Teaching & Learning Grants, the Mental Health Initiative Grant is available on a first come, first-served basis.

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

As a reminder, OSD staff interested in applying for grants should make sure their principal is aware of the request and that the request supports and does not supplant curriculum. If there are online elements to the grant request, please also be mindful of accessibility and confidentiality requirements.

OSDEF Automatic Payroll Deduction Campaign runs through November 30

OSDEF Automatic payroll deduction campaign informationSince its inception in 1998, the Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) has been a proud partner of the Olympia School District, awarding nearly $2 million to projects and programs that support the OSDEF’s mission to remove barriers and enhance educational success for all OSD students. In September, the OSDEF held its annual Principal’s Emergency Fund (PEF) Breakfast. In October, the OSDEF turned its attention to wreath sales that help fund outdoor education at Cispus for OSD fifth graders and to its annual Automatic Payroll Deduction Campaign, which goes through November 30.

During the campaign, the OSDEF is asking OSD employees to consider automatically deducting $1 from their paycheck per month. Contributions will go where the need is greatest, whether that be Teaching & Learning Grants, Middle School Math Tutoring, the Performing Arts Initiative, the new Mental Health Initiative, or the aforementioned PEF or Cispus programs.

Employees who wish to sign up for the monthly OSDEF automatic payroll deduction may do so by downloading the attached form and returning a signed copy to the OSD Payroll Office. Forms may be sent through inter-district mail or dropped off in person at the Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia. Hard copies of the forms are also available in each school building and on the OSDEF website.

OSDEF Automatic Payroll Deduction Campaign runs through November 30

OSDEF Automatic payroll deduction campaign informationSince its inception in 1998, the Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) has been a proud partner of the Olympia School District, awarding nearly $2 million to projects and programs that support the OSDEF’s mission to remove barriers and enhance educational success for all OSD students. Last month, the OSDEF held its annual Principal’s Emergency Fund (PEF) Breakfast. This month, the OSDEF turns its attention to: wreath sales that help fund outdoor education at Cispus for OSD fifth graders; and its annual Automatic Payroll Deduction Campaign, which goes through November 30.

During the campaign, the OSDEF is asking OSD employees to consider automatically deducting $1 from their paycheck per month. Contributions will go where the need is greatest, whether that be Teaching & Learning Grants, Middle School Math Tutoring, the Performing Arts Initiative, the new Mental Health Initiative, or the aforementioned PEF or Cispus programs.

Employees who wish to sign up for the monthly OSDEF automatic payroll deduction may do so by downloading the attached form and returning a signed copy to the OSD Payroll Office. Forms may be sent through inter-district mail or dropped off in person at the Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia.

Forms are also available on the OSDEF website.

Annual Principal’s Emergency Fund breakfast is September 26

PHoto of guests at the 2018 OSDEF Principal's Emergency Fund breakfast

2018 Principal’s Emergency Fund breakfast

It’s that time of year again! The annual Principal’s Emergency Fund (PEF) breakfast starts at 7 a.m. on Thursday, September 26 at the Hotel RL Olympia.  The annual early morning fundraiser is open to OSD employees.

The breakfast raises money for the PEF, which provides every OSD principal the resources to help meet urgent basic needs of low-income students and their families.

Employees who plan to attend the early morning breakfast should RSVP to info@osdef.org

OSDEF accepting Teaching and Learning Grant Requests for 2019-20 school year

OSDEF Logo with image of stick figures of an adult and children and the name of the Foundation beneathThe Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) is accepting Teaching & Learning Grant Requests for the 2019-20 school year. Please note there are two new grant categories:

  1. Thanks to Browsers Bookshop, first-year teachers who want to establish a classroom library are eligible for a limited number of Browsers Back to School Build a Library Grants (up to $250 per grant request; one grant request per teacher).
  2. The OSDEF is launching a new program this fall to help ensure that all OSD students can advocate for the social, physical and mental wellness of themselves and others; the OSDEF Board created a Mental Health Initiative Grant as part of the new program.

Another exciting change: With the exception of the Browsers grant, grant requests in all categories — Building Student Character, Closing the Opportunity Gap, Creativity & the Arts, Innovative Teaching & Learning, Meet a Need and Mental Health Initiative — may now be made in the amount of up to $1,500.

One more difference this year: To ensure there is no bias in the grant evaluation process, all identifying information (e.g., teacher name and school) will be removed from grant requests before they are reviewed by the OSDEF Board.

Grants must be received by the last Monday of each month to be reviewed before and considered at the Board’s next meeting (e.g., a grant would need to be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 26 to be eligible for consideration at the September 10 board meeting, or on Monday, September 30 for consideration at the October board meeting).

As always, grant requests are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Once the grants funds are exhausted, the OSDEF will close the grant application process for the school year. Get those grant requests in early. The OSDEF looks forward to reviewing yours soon!

Welcome OSDEF Executive Director Katy Johansson

Katy Johansson headshotThe Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) announced earlier this summer the selection of Olympia native Katy Johansson as its first executive director. Johansson, a product of the Olympia School District and a Capital High School alumna, brings her passion for area schools and experience in K-12 education to the position.

As a former math intervention paraeducator at Hansen Elementary, Johansson says she has seen the power of the Foundation at work in her own school.

“I am excited to lead and promote an organization for which I have so much esteem,” Johansson said. “I’ve persuaded teachers on several occasions to apply for a Teaching and Learning grant to purchase books or classroom supplies that Hansen’s PTO could not finance. Last fall, I observed the Principal’s Emergency Fund in action when I accompanied my principal on a grocery shopping trip for a Hansen family in need.”

Johansson continued, “I’ve heard stories from former Hansen students who, once they move across the street to Marshall (Middle School), are improving in and liking math — thanks to the Foundation’s Middle School Math Tutoring program. And I’ve led fifth graders on their first-ever hike at Cispus, also funded by OSDEF. I truly believe the OSDEF’s programs are enriching and, in many cases, transforming students’ lives.”

Johansson serves on the Capital City Marathon Association board, the Capital High School Foundation and is a Hansen Elementary parent volunteer.

“We could not be more thrilled to have Katy on board as our first executive director,” said incoming OSDEF Board President Kelsey Christensen-Abel. “Katy brings a unique mix of local roots, first-hand experience in Olympia K-12 classrooms and, most importantly, her enthusiasm for our organization and where we are headed. Her understanding of our school district, along with its teachers and leaders, is a tremendous asset as we look to expand the Foundation’s programs.”

Johansson concluded her employment as a paraeducator with the school district in June and began her new position with the Foundation on July 1. Since being hired, Johansson has been busy along with OSDEF Board members preparing for the annual Principal’s Emergency Fund (PEF) breakfast. The event, open to all OSD employees, is scheduled at 7 a.m. on Thursday, September 26 at the Hotel RL Olympia. The breakfast raises money for the PEF, which provides every OSD principal the resources to help meet urgent basic needs of low-income students and their families. Employees planning to attend should RSVP to info@osdef.org