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.

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.