With gratitude and good wishes this holiday season

Dear friend,

On behalf of the board of the Vashon Schools Foundation, happy holidays! As you head into winter break, we wish you a restful and fun-filled few weeks.

Before you enter vacation mode, we want to thank you for your support of Vashon Schools Foundation (VSF). With your help, we’re funding critical programs that benefit students at all three public schools:

  • mental health, suicide prevention and anti-bullying programs have trained staff in crisis response and supported students social and emotional development;
  • the District’s new racial equity initiative educates all district staff to make Vashon schools inclusive and welcoming for everyone;
  • STEM/STEAM integration by teaming STEM professionals with classroom teachers to bring science into everyday curriculum.

As the incoming president of the Schools Foundation board, I’m excited to build on these successes. These investments by VSF are the difference between basic state funding and the advanced programs, initiatives, and equipment that parents and families have come to expect from our schools.

Maybe your family has called the island home for generations or, like mine, you’re a more recent arrival, drawn to the excellent schools. Regardless, you know that the robust education our children receive helps Vashon students make their way in the world.

Our schools are one of the island’s best assets and benefit the entire community. And it takes all of us to keep them that way.

If you haven’t joined us at an event or made a gift during our fall fundraising drive, we hope you’ll do so now. We hope that school families – those who benefit most directly from our first-rate public schools – will make a commitment to the Vashon Schools Foundation. We need your support to keep up our important work.

With gratitude and good wishes this holiday season,

Beth Lindsay –  President, Vashon Schools Foundation board

Every act of generosity counts and each means more when we give together

This year, we hope you will consider a year end gift that will help us meet our schools financial needs to provide an education that is beyond basic. Vashon’s public schools strives to meet the needs of every student and ensure they are equipped to engage, thrive and contribute in an ever-changing world. With community wide support, we hope to raise $200 per a student.

What is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a global awareness campaign to celebrate and encourage giving following the Thanksgiving holiday founded on gratitude and community.

Your gift will help support:

  • Social-emotional, restorative justice and anti-bullying programs helping students increase resilience, build sources of strength among peers, and provided resources for staff helping students in crisis.
  • Our district racial equity initiative to ensure all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or class, graduate from the district prepared to succeed in a racially and culturally diverse local, national, and global community
  • The STEM/STEAM integration in elementary education that enhances education experiences by teaming with classroom teachers and bringing science into everyday curriculum.
  • The purchase of new curriculum for Comparative Government, Calculus, Algebra, and K thru 5 reading.
  • New book acquisitions for Chautauqua, McMurray, and Vashon High School libraries.

Together we can make this happen for our students. Please GIVE TODAY – thank you!

Congrats to our raffle winners!

We would like to give a big shout out to our raffle donors who made this fundraiser for new curriculum possible and to offer thanks for all those who bought tickets.

Winner Sarah Busic  2 night at Wishing Rock Farm Airbnb, massage, facial, custom dessert, $50 gift card to Maven Mercantile

Winner Charles Hecht 2 nights at The Lodges, Gravy dinner, Vashon Adventures full day electric bike and kayak rental to explore island on land and by sea.

Winner Julie Gibson 4 tickets to see David Sedaris, 1 night at Palladian Hotel, dinner, $50 Uber gift card

Winner Scott Rice 5 tickets to see the Bodyguard at the Seattle Paramount Theater


$7800 raised, more to go – WE can do this TOGETHER

Help us reach our goal of $200 per a student and also met our matching grant of $2000. Consider making a sustaining monthly donation of $20. Please give today.

Welcome back to a new school year!  

Have you heard the latest? The State legislature reached agreement on state public school funding per the McCleary court order! Good news, right? It means our public schools will finally get the state funding needed to provide our kids with the education they deserve, right? Well, not so much, at least not yet. School funding and its authorizing legislation are extremely complex.  For now, we cannot be sure that Vashon Island School District (VISD) will be funded as needed to provide the education our community kids deserve and we expect from VISD.

While McCleary and the new legislation intend to level the playing field between poorer and wealthier districts and to ensure a basic education for all Washington State public school kids, it is unclear what basic education means under the legislation; just as unclear is the impact on VISD. We know the legislative priority to provide state funding for teacher salaries and reduce the burden on local levies is partially fulfilled, reducing local levy collections. However, the demand for local levy dollars to sustain current district programs remains high. VISD uses levy dollars to subsidize special education, fund teaching positions, provide professional development, and meet bargained-for salary enhancements — all necessary for basic education. It’s extremely unlikely that the additional State funding will provide enough revenue to meet all the legislatures education-related commitments.  Senator Sharon Nelson anticipates that the legislation will need to be tweaked again to address special education funding and other issues discovered during implementation.  Plainly, there’s a lot basic education doesn’t cover.

The Vashon Schools Foundation will continue to help our community bridge the gap in public education funding just as it has since its inception. The Foundation originated in 2010 as an inspired community’s response to the recession’s impact on State education funding. The prospective loss of teachers, along with projected increases in class sizes, loss of music, art, AP and other programs, was simply untenable.  Recognizing that our teachers are at the heart of the excellence in education, our community gave generously to the Foundation, raising over $400,000 in our initial campaign to Save our Schools – actually to save our teachers, our class sizes, and the programs that define our excellence.  Not one teacher received the dreaded pink slip.

We knew the community could and wanted to do more! All told, our community, through the Foundation’s annual fundraising efforts over the last seven years, has raised almost $1.7 million to preserve teaching positions and school program integrity. Because of you, our schools continued to thrive when many other school districts have struggled.

The mission of the Foundation has now evolved from saving schools to providing enhancement and enrichment.  As an independent entity, we support VISD priorities including increased mental health services and education, implementation of a racial equity initiative, launching preschool programs, enhancing science programs, and updating and revitalizing curriculum and materials in all subjects.

Regardless of the legislature’s intent to fully fund basic education our community wants more for our kids. The Foundation represents our island commitment to educational excellence and enrichment; we facilitate our community’s reasonable desire to go beyond basic education and to provide an exceptional educational experience to our children.  Your Vashon Schools Foundation is the means by which we achieve the extraordinary.  Your contribution is the difference between basic and excellent. You are what makes excellent public education possible!

As we celebrate the back to school season, we present you with an opportunity to invest in our schools and help provide an exceptional education for our kids.  With a 2017 fundraising goal of $350,000 (a big thank you to those generous donors who have already contributed $135,000), we hope to provide funding to VISD to:

  • Enhance a culture of and implement racial equity programming
  • Continue to develop STEM and applied science programs
  • Continue to implement programs fostering mental health, social skills, and suicide prevention
  • Support StudentLink programs for alternative learners
  • Update curriculum in science, calculus, algebra and reading
  • Provide support for students learning English as a second language

Please give generously by September 30th (the official end date of our Fall campaign) to support our public school students and ensure that their beyond basic learning experience continues. Make a donation today or consider a sustaining monthly gift that fits your budget.  Contribute on line at vashonschoolsfoundation.org or mail your gift to Vashon Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 481, Vashon, WA 98070.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Maureen Burke, President, Vashon Schools Foundation

Beyond basic education funding

We need your financial support to provide funding for our students that extend beyond the basic education funding Washington state provides. Our goal is to raise the necessary funds for these essential programs:

Funding Requests 2017 -2018 edit

It is easy to contribute! http://vashonschoolsfoundation.org/contribute/give-today/. 

Whether you choose to make a monthly contribution or gift today – each donation will help us meet this goal. Together we can provide our students the resources and tools they need to succeed.

You did it! THANK YOU for your SUPPORT. $103,000 Raised during GiveBIG

A big thank you to the donors who provided our generous Matching Challenge. What an incredible gift that provided a great catalyst for GiveBIG. 164 Donors helped us meet the challenge!

Our 2017 goal is to raise $235 per a student

Please support student growth and help us provide funds for:

Education resources for Applied Science

Implementation of Racial Equity in Schools Initiative

Digital access and updated curriculum for: Chautauqua Reading, Vashon High School Calculus and Advance Algebra, McMurray Science, and Advance Placement Comparative Government.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programs,

Spanish and English Language Learner support at CES,

Alternative Learning Program Student Link and new library acquisitions

Donate HERE. Contribute a one time or make a sustaining monthly gift that fits your budget.

OR mail your gift to Vashon Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 481, Vashon, WA 98070.
Please contact your employer to see if they provide a matching gift.

GiveBIG 2017 Starts Now

Please help us meet our public schools funding needs. GiveBIG is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need your support.

This year your gift can be made directly to the foundation here or through our Seattle Foundation profile page here.

And your gift’s impact will be BIGGER! Vashon Schools Foundation board members are providing $13,000 in matching funds this year.


Please GiveBIG MAY 10

The Seattle Foundation’s annual community day of giving is almost here! This is Vashon School’s Foundation biggest fundraiser. Can we count on your support? Please donate here https://www.givebigseattle.org/vashon-island-public-schools-foundation-1.

Gifts can be scheduled beginning April 27 through May 10. This year, Seattle Foundation, will be offering DOLLARS FOR CHANGE and will be awarding an additional $350,000 to support King County Non-profits. This additional support will be awarded randomly in $2500 increments through the donations an organization receives.