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.

Annual Principal’s Emergency Fund breakfast is September 16 online

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The Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) invites all OSD staff to attend this year’s Principal’s Emergency Fund (PEF) Breakfast, which will be live-streamed on Thursday, September 16. Watch it “live” at 7:30 a.m. or at a time more convenient for you. The program will run less than 30 minutes.

“We want to make sure everyone in the OSD community is aware of this critical resource that every principal has to assist students and families who have urgent basic needs – whether that’s a warm jacket, shoes that fit, Internet access or assistance with rent,” said OSDEF Executive Director Katy Johansson.

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.

RSVP here to ensure you receive the link to the live-stream.

While the event is not in person this year, OSDEF encourages small “watch parties” with coworkers. The Foundation will deliver complimentary breakfast baskets that feed eight people and contain goodies donated by Left Bank Pastry, Ralph’s Thriftway and Bayview Thriftway, as well as orange juice and coffee from Olympia Coffee. Sign up here to order breakfast baskets by Monday, September 13.

Foundation provides free Internet access for students who qualify

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The Olympia School District Education Foundation will continue to provide Internet Essentials to any student who qualifies for free and reduced-price meals and resides in a Comcast service area.

Through Dec. 31, 2021, any debt the family might owe Comcast will not be a barrier to qualification. (After that date, with your building principal’s prior approval, the Principal’s Emergency Fund may be used to pay down or pay off that debt.)

Interested families may reach out to the Foundation at info@osdef.org or (360) 596-6110.

First round of OSDEF Teaching and Learning Grant requests due by September 24

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The Olympia School District Education Foundation’s 2021-22 grants cycle is now open! Grant requests will be accepted and reviewed four different times throughout the year. The first application period closes at 5 p.m. Friday, September 24.

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.

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

Last call to influence OSDEF’s strategic priorities!

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The Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) is eager to receive feedback from OSD employees via a short survey that will help determine its priorities for the next three years. Take the survey, which closes Friday, May 14, here.

This particular survey is for OSD employees only. A variety of other stakeholders, including students and families, will also be consulted throughout the process.

Questions about the survey or OSDEF’s strategic planning process can be directed to OSDEF Executive Director Katy Johansson at katy@osdef.org.

OSDEF strategic priorities survey deadline extended to April 30

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The Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) is eager for feedback from OSD employees via a short survey that will help determine its priorities for the next three years. Take the survey here; it closes Friday, April 30.

This particular survey is for OSD employees only. A variety of other stakeholders, including students and families, will also be consulted throughout the process.

Questions about the survey or OSDEF’s strategic planning process? Contact OSDEF Executive Director Katy Johansson at katy@osdef.org.

Help determine OSDEF’s priorities for next three years via short survey

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) is seeking feedback from OSD employees via a short survey that will help determine OSDEF’s priorities for the next three years. OSDEF exists to support educators and your students, so your input is critical! Take the survey here.

This particular survey is for OSD employees only. A variety of other stakeholders, including students and families, will also be consulted throughout the process.

Questions about the survey or OSDEF’s strategic planning process? Contact OSDEF Executive Director Katy Johansson at katy@osdef.org.