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.

Third-quarter OSDEF grant requests due Feb. 22

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Third quarter OSDEF Teaching & Learning Grant Requests are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22. They will be considered for approval by the OSDEF Board of Trustees on Tuesday, March 9. All applicants will be notified of their grant’s status by no later than Friday, March 12.

Grants are available in amounts of up to $1,500 in the following categories: Closing the Opportunity Gap, Creativity and the Arts, Cultivating Engaged Citizens, Innovative Teaching and Learning, Meet a Need, and Mental Health Initiative.

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.

Questions? Please reach out to OSDEF Executive Director Katy Johansson at info@osdef.og.

OSDEF co-sponsors free ‘Navigating Back to School’ online course

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Co-sponsored by the Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF), the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide has developed a free online tool, Navigating Back to School, to support the ongoing challenges students, families, educators and ancillary services are faced with during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Providing brief modules for different age groups and audiences, this tool focuses on how to support the social-emotional needs of all involved in the delivery of and receipt of educational services during these times of uncertainty.

Learn more about Navigating Back to School

OSDEF Automatic Payroll Deduction campaign 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 just $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 now paperless and only takes 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 are all set.

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

Deductions for forms submitted by the 15th of any month will begin on the 1st of the following month.

As always, donations will be directed where they are needed most. 

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

OSDEF kicks off automatic payroll deduction campaign

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This week the Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) launched its annual Automatic Payroll Deduction campaign, which allows OSD employees to make a monthly donation in support of the Foundation’s programs, including the Principal’s Emergency Fund, Teaching & Learning Grants and Mental Health Initiative. Since 1998, the Foundation has awarded nearly $2 million in grants and programs to OSD students and educators.

Donations in any amount can have a significant impact, ranging from funding Teaching and Learning grants to providing Internet access to students in need.

To sign up for Automatic Payroll Deduction, 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 do not need to re-enroll.

Deductions for online forms submitted by Dec. 15, 2020 will begin Jan. 1, 2021. After the first of the year, deductions for forms submitted by the 15th of any month will begin on the 1st of the following month.

As always, donations will be directed where they are needed most.  Questions? Contact OSDEF Executive Director Katy Johansson at katy@osdef.org.

OSDEF extends wreath sales through this weekend for OSD employees

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The OSDEF is keeping online wreath sales open through the weekend for OSD employees. This year all proceeds will benefit the Principal’s Emergency Fund and Teaching & Learning Grants.

Wreaths must be picked up Sunday, Nov. 22 by the purchaser or a designee. Distribution will be contactless and available at both Capital High School and Olympia High School. Visit https://www.osdef.org/wreathfundraiser to order your locally sourced and locally made wreath before midnight Sunday, Nov. 8.

OSDEF wreath sales start online October 12

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Beginning today, October 12, online sales open for the annual OSDEF wreath fundraiser, featuring locally sourced holiday wreaths. Traditionally this fundraiser has helped offset the cost of Cispus for fifth graders. This year, with the uncertainty of COVID-19, all proceeds will benefit the OSDEF Principal’s Emergency Fund and the OSDEF Teaching & Learning Grant Program.

Quantities are limited this year, and the deadline to order is Friday, November 6, 2020. Wreaths must be picked up on Sunday, November 22 by the purchaser or a designee. Distribution will be contactless and available at both an eastside and westside location.

OSDEF surpasses Principal’s Emergency Fund fundraising goal

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The Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) has exceeded its $110,000 fundraising goal for the annual Principal’s Emergency Fund breakfast.

As of September 28, just four days after the virtual breakfast fundraiser, OSDEF Executive Director Katy Johansson reported the Foundation had raised more than $119,000. The Principal’s Emergency Fund provides every OSD principal the resources to help meet basic needs of students and their families.

“The OSDEF Board of Trustees and I are grateful to see that the community support for the Principal’s Emergency Fund matches the need for this resource, which has never been more critical to our students and families,” said Katy Johannson, executive director of the Foundation. “Whether you sponsored the event, donated, encouraged someone to watch the livestream or just told someone how the PEF helps those with urgent basic needs, you were a part of this year’s success. Thank you.”

If you were unable to watch the virtual event broadcast live last week, the recording, which includes testimonials by several district principals and families served by the fund, is shared on the OSDEF website.

Thank you OSDEF and the community for supporting the success of OSD students!