January 2020
Register Now: Northwest Regional Meeting

Registration is open for the Oklahoma School Foundations Network Northwest Regional Meeting. Join us from 3- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Administration Services Center for Enid Public Schools, 500 S. Independence Ave. This FREE training is open to all foundation leaders, board members, and interested volunteers. The training includes a boxed sandwich dinner and a wealth of information you can apply to your foundation’s work. Bring your board along to hear presentations on:

  • Setting SMART goals to move your foundation forward
  • Tech2Teach: fundraising and management of foundation technology initiatives
  • School foundation best practices: proven tips and tricks for bringing out the best in your foundation
  • A panel discussion on building and maintaining a good working relationship between your school foundation and the school district

There will also be time to network and share ideas with other foundation leaders. We hope you will make plans to join us and register now!
Foundation Feature:
Kremlin-Hillsdale Academic Enrichment Foundation Greenhouse Project
Kremlin-Hillsdale Academic Enrichment Foundation: Established in 2002

District Serves : 290 Students

All Volunteer-led Foundation

Great Idea to Share : Jackie Smith Memorial Greenhouse for Agriculture Programming

In 2015, the Kremlin-Hillsdale Academic Enrichment Foundation received an unexpected memorial gift given by the late Doris "Jackie" Smith, who worked in the school district for many years as a bus driver and cafeteria worker. The gift totaled over $145,000 and was a welcome surprise, providing an exciting opportunity for the foundation to fund a special project.
Kremlin and Hillsdale are both agriculturally based communities. Most students in the district have a parent or caregiver working in agriculture. The school has a strong Future Farmers of America (FFA) program that was looking to expand its horticulture offerings for students. The foundation was excited to use this gift to fund a greenhouse to allow expansion of the FFA program and to allow school science classes regular use of the facility as well.

The greenhouse was completed in February of 2019, and this school year marks the first that all Kremlin-Hillsdale students will experience classes taught in the greenhouse. "We believe the controlled environment of the greenhouse allows for learning opportunities all year long. It gives the students hands-on learning through the entire life cycle of plants as well as the responsibilities involved in growing and maintaining their plants," said foundation board member Jacie Brainard.

The FFA club is responsible for the upkeep of the greenhouse. The club also grows an assortment of plants for sale to the community. Proceeds from the sale of the plants are used to help cover costs associated with the upkeep and maintenance of the greenhouse, ensuring the educational opportunities of this investment continue to be enjoyed by students for many years to come.
Survey: Help us plan the Fall Forum for 2020
We are excited to announce the return of the Fall Forum in 2020. We would love to get input from YOUR foundation on what would make this event most useful to your board. Please take this short survey to provide valuable feedback on how we can best support your foundation.
Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Applications Due February 1, 2020
Apply TODAY for Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute fellowships for fifth and eighth grade teachers.

  • Explore Colonial Williamsburg - the world's largest living history museum - and nearby Jamestown and Yorktown

  • Meet character interpreters of 18th-century people

  • Be immersed in history through hands-on activities and reenactments of historic events

  • Meet daily with a Master Teacher to discuss interactive teaching techniques and develop creative lesson plans

Oklahoma Fifth-Grade
Teacher Institute
June 6-12, 2020

Oklahoma Eighth-Grade
Teacher Institute
June 13-19, 2020

Fellowships cover all program activities, airfare, lodging and most meals. Each teacher also receives a $300 stipend for classroom materials. Fellowships are open to public and private school educators. The program is administered by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and funded through support from the Joullian family of Oklahoma City and a group of loyal donors.
Save on NSFA Conference Registration:
Become a PLUS Member!
It is not too late to join the Oklahoma delegation for the 2020 NSFA Conference! Click on the graphic above to check out all the details on this exciting training opportunity for school foundations. Planning to attend? Remember that PLUS members receive discounted registration.

While ALL public school foundations in Oklahoma have access to the free consulting and resources provided by the Oklahoma School Foundations Network, PLUS members will have the added benefit of membership in the National School Foundation Association. PLUS membership, based on your foundation size, is just half of what it would cost your organization to join NSFA separately. NSFA offers its members a large array of benefits, including discounted services and products as well as a large resource library and free webinars. Take a look at the membership application for more information, and contact Katy Leffel with any questions you might have.

We would like to welcome the following foundations as 2019-20 PLUS members:
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