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!

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

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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

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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.