The Kaiser Woodland Schools Foundation supports interactive, cutting-edge Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) instruction for the students at Kaiser and Woodland elementary schools.


The Foundation’s supplementary science programming is made possible by generous community support: parents, teachers, administrators, business leaders, private grants, and science advocates. Learn what you can do to get involved.



The Kaiser Woodland Schools Foundation is an all volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.The Foundation exists to identify opportunities to enhance student achievement at the Kaiser and Woodland Elementary Schools. The Foundation is committed to securing the resources necessary to enhance our student’s learning experience and academic achievement.


The Foundation supports lab-based science instruction from a designated science teacher for all of Woodland’s 1st and 2nd graders. Woodland was the first elementary school in the Newport-Mesa Unified school district to provide a designated science teacher for these grades, and is one of only a handful of schools currently doing so.


In 2014-2015, the Foundation launched a project-based engineering curriculum for all 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Kaiser is the only elementary school in the Newport-Mesa Unified school district to provide this type of engineering curriculum to its students. The program builds upon Kaiser’s excellent existing lab-based science program, a program supported by the Foundation in the past and now provided by the District.

Beyond STEM instruction, the Foundation’s funds and resources are used to support faculty enrichment, facilities improvements, cutting-edge technology for state of the art teaching, and targeted program enhancements identified by the school principals.

The Foundation works in cooperation with the PFO to provide additional resources for improvements to the educational environment.
Learn more about the history of the Kaiser Woodland Schools Foundation.


Kaiser’s fifth grade students participate in the state’s annual STAR testing in science. Every year since the Foundation began supporting and supplementing the Kaiser and Woodland STEM curriculum, more than three-quarters of Kaiser’s fifth grade students have scored proficient or above on the STAR test.


The Foundation is committed to supporting and advancing our schools’ rich history of excellence in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.


Learn more about the history of the Kaiser Woodland Schools Foundation.



How does a foundation help our students?

The Kaiser Woodland Schools Foundation procures resources and supplements funding for the benefit of the students.  A foundation can raise money for both long term and short term projects.

How can I support the Kaiser Woodland Schools Foundation?

Donate –

The dedicated Science instruction at both campuses is privately funded and dependent upon donations and grant support. Please consider a 10-month subscription.

Learn more.

Grants –

Does your employer offer matching grants? Do you love to write or have experience with grant writing? We need you! Learn more.

Volunteer –

The success of this organization is dependent on volunteers.   Some tasks are small and require no more effort than stuffing an envelope or sending an email.  Other tasks, like helping out at a fundraiser, may only require one or two hours on a specific date.  Foundation Board members make one and two year commitments. Learn more.

How can my business help and benefit from the Foundation?

The Foundation is always looking for community support to help provide supplies for the engineering and science programming. Contact us to learn more.

The Kaiser Woodland Schools represent nearly 1100 students and their families. Foundation Business sponsors will be featured on our website and our email correspondences. KWSF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Why do you need a foundation? How is it different from a PFO?

Many of the school districts throughout California are struggling financially to ensure the best education for their students. Organizations like PTA’s, PFO’s, and Foundations are formed to supplement the educational needs of their students.  A foundation adds an extra arm of support to the existing PFO and without the restrictions present in a PTA.  Funds raised by the Foundation in a single year can be invested over multiple years to fund larger projects, while still being flexible enough to address immediate needs. Learn more about why the Foundations was started.

Can I donate money to a specific project?

Some events are specifically designed to raise money for a specific need. If you would like to make a direct donation to a specific Foundation project please let us know and we make sure to allocate it accordingly.

Learn more about the history of the Kaiser Woodland Schools Foundation.



The Kaiser Woodland Schools Foundation is made of a community of Parents and Teachers like yourself. Please join us at board meetings and community events to become more involved.

Upcoming Foundation Meetings:


ALL meetings held in the Woodland MPR on Mondays at 6:30

October 12
November 9
December 14
January 11
February 8
March 14
April 11
May 9

Upcoming Social Events


Astronomy night is November 3


Spring Flingo is April 23

Come support the Kaiser Woodland School Foundation at our premier fundraising event of the year. Enjoy a fun evening with food, music, and a silent auction at the Ayres Hotel. Mark your calendar! and watch for more details to come.


Camping Under the Stars is June 17th

It was so much fun last year, that we decided to make it an annual event. Pack up your tents and sleeping bags and come camp at Woodland! Watch for more details to come.



The Kaiser Woodland Schools Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships to high school seniors at Newport Harbor High School who attended Woodland and/or Kaiser and plan to pursue a science related major in college. 


If you are a graduating senior, please contact us to learn more and to apply.


Congratulations to past winners!


2014 – Andres Zourelli


2013 – Allison Molstad, Karina Well



The Foundation Board is compromised by parents and teachers like yourself who are interested in improving the science education at Kaiser and Woodland schools. We welcome and encourage your participation. Please see the events page or email us to find out how you can join us and have your voice heard.

2014/2015 Board of Directors


Noah Slater, Chairman

Madeleine Walburger, Vice Chair of Communications

Gary Gahm, Vice Chair of Regulatory Compliance

Tom Leahy, Director of Finance

Rachel Van Exel, Secretary

Board Members

Lee Vujnovich, Director of Marketing

Melanie Hohman, Director of Events

Amy Peters, Director of Grants

Lisa Henderson, Chairman of Social Media

Andy Peters, Board Member

Sherrilynne Dangl, Kaiser Elementary Liason

Maggie Slater, Board Member

Nancy Jang, Woodland Elementary Liason


Questions? Ready to donate? Want to volunteer?

Please contact the Kaiser Woodland Schools Foundation at


Kaiser Woodland Schools Foundation

P.O. Box 11333 Costa Mesa, CA 92627



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