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

Apply for OSDEF Teaching and Learning Grants

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) continues to accept grant requests for this school year.

The application and grant guidelines are available online. Visit the OSDEF website grants page for the application and further information.

Applications are processed each month of the school year. To be eligible to be considered for the next month, an application must be submitted to the OSDEF office no later than the 15th of each month. Applications received after the 15th will be considered two months out.

Grant money up to $1,500 is available to all teachers and staff members within the Olympia School District. Last year nearly $50,000 was awarded in support of special classroom projects, before- and after-school activities, tutoring and homework clubs, music, equipment, books and more. If you have questions, visit the OSDEF website, contact the Foundation at (360) 596-6110 or email Bev Sperry at bsperry@osd.wednet.edu.

Don’t miss “Mary Poppins” by OSD Players this weekend

Mary Poppins poster with information included in blog article including showtimes and ticket infoGet your tickets for “Mary Poppins,” this year’s annual musical presented by the OSD Players — a group of staff and students from throughout the school district.

This year’s production will run through Sunday, February 3 at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center.

The performance is a fundraiser for the Olympia School District Education Foundation, which uses the funds to provide grants to the school district, schools and educators.

There will be four shows, all at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center (1302 North St. SE, Olympia). Performance dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, Feb. 1; 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 2; 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 2; 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 3; 2 p.m.

General admission tickets are $12. Reserved seating for all performances is $15. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online on the OSDEF website  or at SeatYourself.

For more information or to request seating for those with special needs, please contact the OSDEF office at (360) 596-6110.

“Mary Poppins” opens February 1 starring OSD staff and students

Mary Poppins OSD Players poster giving show times and datesTickets are on sale for Mary Poppins, this year’s annual musical presented by the OSD Players — a group of staff and students from throughout the school district.

This year’s production will run Friday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, February 3 at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center.

The performance is a fundraiser for the Olympia School District Education Foundation, which uses the funds to provide grants to the school district, schools and educators.

There will be four shows, all at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center (1302 North St. SE, Olympia). Performance dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, Feb. 1; 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 2; 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 2; 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 3; 2 p.m.

General admission tickets are $12. Reserved seating for all performances is $15. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online on the OSDEF website  or at SeatYourself.

For more information or to request seating for those with special needs, please contact the OSDEF office at (360) 596-6110.

OSDEF payroll deduction form due October 31

OSDEF Logo with image of stick figures of an adult and children and the name of the Foundation beneathThere are many ways for employees to give to non-profit organizations, including via individual initiative, through annual drives such as United Way, and through the Olympia School District Education Foundation automatic OSD payroll deduction option.

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

Please download and fill out your OSDEF Payroll Deduction form (attached) and return it by October 31, 2018 to the Payroll Department at Knox via inter-district mail.  You can add, change or discontinue your donation at any time by contacting the OSD Payroll Department.

Download the OSDEF automatic payroll deduction form

For more information, email the Payroll Department at help-payroll@osd.wednet.edu.

OSD payroll deduction form