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  • Welcome to your weekly Fort Osage newsletter.  Information is updated weekly on Wednesdays.  If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Smith, Director of Public Relations at ssmith@fortosage.net.         

      

    April 6, 2021 Election Information

    The Board of Education has placed two questions on the April 6 ballot for voters.  Question 1 is a $20,000,000 no tax increase bond issue and Question 2 is a no tax increase $0.32 levy transfer.  Question 1 projects include renovating kitchen facilities, constructing a transportation/maintenance/District office building, and making parking lot and drive improvements.  Question 2 allows the district to construct a new gym at Fort Osage High School, renovate and expand the Fort Osage High School band room, and allows the district to maintain educational programs, help to retain quality staff, and fund other operating costs of the school district.  For more information on Question 1 and Question 2 please visit www.fortosage.net/2021election.  

    There will be a community forum on Question 1 and Question 2 on March 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Fort Osage High School in the Performing Arts Center.  Dr. Jason Snodgrass will share information on why these projects are needed now, what the projects entail, and how the District is able to accomplish both questions in a no tax increase format.  Masks will be required and social distancing will be in place.  Please RSVP to Stephanie Smith at ssmith@fortosage.net or 650-7019 if you would like to attend.  

    There will be a virtual community forum on Question 1 and Question 2 on March 18 at 7:00 p.m. via zoom.  Dr. Jason Snodgrass will share information on why these projects are needed now, what the projects entail, and how the District is able to accomplish both questions in a no tax increase format.  Please RSVP to Stephanie Smith at ssmith@fortosage.net or 650-7019 if you would like to attend.  

    Question 1 is a $20,000,000 no tax increase bond issue that includes renovating kitchen facilities, constructing a transportation/maintenance/District office building, and making parking lot and drive improvements.  You can learn more about the need for all the projects in Question 1 and how the projects will be accomplished by watching this video https://www.fortosage.net/Page/709.

    Question 2 is a $0.32 no tax increase levy transfer that will allow the District to maintain educational programs, retain quality staff and help fund other operating costs of the school district, while at the same time, building a new gym at Fort Osage High School and completing a band room renovation and expansion at Fort Osage High School. You can learn more about the need for the projects in Question 2 and how the projects will be accomplished by watching this video: https://www.fortosage.net/Page/711.

    Filing for the Fort Osage Board of Education closed on January 19, 2021. There are two open seats up for election on April 6, 2021. Three individuals have filed for the two open seats (in order of filing): Floyd Hawkins, incumbent; Kyle Leeds; and Chris Gross. Click the headline to learn more about the candidates.  You can learn more about all three candidates at https://tinyurl.com/2nj7rapv.

    Congratulations

    Fort Osage High School has been awarded the ACAC School of Excellence award by the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development for the 2020-21 academic year based on participation in the Apply Missouri program! Fort Osage hosted the most “events” of any participating school in the state and were able to offer personal help with applications and virtual college visits.

    Around the District 

    The last day of school is now Tuesday, June 1st.   

    Fort Osage has a COVID dashboard on our website that will be updated every Thursday.  As a reminder, if there is a positive case of COVID in your child's school, we will send home information via email to families.  You can access the dashboard at https://www.fortosage.net/Page/637.     

    Elm Grove PTO is selling Eileens Cookie Dough through March 2nd. Please reach out to Lillian at 816-969-0258 or lilliancopeland@yahoo.com to place an order. Money is due when you order and cookie dough pick up will be at Elm Grove Elementary drive through style around March 25th. For complete details visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/11wAGy3ZiA80INemPZEpN7gWawR80nQFJ/view?usp=sharing.

    Fort Osage Project Grad is hosting an online Online Auction this year!  From February 22 , 2021 - March 5, 2021, you can visit https://www.32auctions.com/projectgrad to bid on Chiefs & Royal memorabilia as well as basketball, KU, MU memorabilia, Gift Baskets, Class Ring & Letterman’s Jacket, T-shirt Quilt and much more.  Monies raised go to provide a drug and alcohol free celebration for the class of 2021.  

     The Fort Osage Education Foundation will be hosting their annual Golf Tournament on June 7 at Winterstone Golf Course.  Save the date and look for more information coming soon! 

    Fort Osage Project Grad will hide candy filled eggs  in your yard on Easter Eve (April 3).  A note from the Easter bunny will be left on the front door letting the recipient know how many eggs to gather.  The Egg My Yard is a fundraiser for the Fort Osage High School Project Grad.  It is $10 for a dozen candy filled eggs.  $5 for each additional dozen at the same address.  You can get complete details or place your order at https://tinyurl.com/1fsf8p3t.

    Fort Osage Project Grad is selling Senior Recognition Signs to help celebrate your senior.  The 18"x24" corrugated plastic signs are weather and outdoor proof.  The deadline to place your order is March 20th.  Get complete details at https://tinyurl.com/1q1qwvsh.  You can place your order online at https://forms.gle/y9Xt6AyixeQsid769.

     

     

     

    Around Town  

    Registration is open for the spring lacrosse season.  This is open to all boys and girls K through 8th grade and high school boys.  For complete details visit https://tinyurl.com/yxerx33l

      Fresh, local and raw honey available. Mr. T's Bees is locally owned by Mr. Terhune, who teaches at the high school. Please visit https://tinyurl.com/y5fejyjf for a complete price list.  Wax is also available.  If you have a business that would like to stock honey, please contact Mr. Terhune at 816-261-4684. Nucs will be available this spring if you are interested in keeping bees!

    TMobile's Project 10Million’s Direct to Parent/Guardian program provides internet access to eligible families that have a student enrolled in the National School Lunch program. Approved families receive 100GB of mobile data per year for 5 years and a FREE mobile hotspot, plus the opportunity to purchase devices at a low cost.  For more information visit https://www.t-mobile.com/support/account/project-10million-direct-to-parent-guardian-eligibility.
     
    KC Juniors Blues Rugby invites 9-12 grade students to join the club.  Complete details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y5xtjuxh.
     
    Interested in cheer? Come condition and check out what the Pop Warner cheer program has to offer. Conditioning clinics are happening now visit https://form.jotform.com/210304551729147?fbclid=IwAR1MYCrRT8EYr7bnM6Htjz6AG8GVhbjAZIviXNkRDGiGmkFRVPnLo71FevU  or Pop Warner Fort Osage Indians Cheer on Facebook for more info! Open to ages pre-k to 7th grade. 
     
     
    Engaged Athletics Baseball is looking for players who are coachable and eager to take part in a first-class program.  Open spots include 12u pitchers/utility, 14u catcher, and 15u pitcher/outfilder.  You can learn more about this opportunity at https://www.engagedathleticsbaseball.com/.  
     
      

    COVID-19 Community Information

    Jackson County Health Department Testing
    Testing is available Monday through Friday at locations throughout the community from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be held from 11:50 a.m. -12:40 p.m., and there will not be testing during this time. Call 816-404-6416 if you have any questions about your visit or need to reschedule. There will be NO cost for this testing. Testing will be done using either an NP swab (nasopharyngeal swab) or nasal swab and collected by a healthcare professional. This test only detects current infection with COVID-19. You do NOT need to be currently experiencing symptoms to get this test. However, this is NOT a test to detect if you’ve ever been exposed to COVID-19.  Visit jacohd.org/events to view upcoming dates and locations. 

    Truman Medical Center Testing
    Call (816) 404-CARE to set up an immediate appointment at Truman Medical Centers if you are experiencing symptoms. 

    COVID Vaccine Survey Tool
    With the recent rollout of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, many are wondering: “when will I be able to get vaccinated?”  While the exact answer to that is not known just yet, the Jackson County Health Department developed a new vaccine survey tool to inform residents of their turn as soon as possible and get people set up with their appointments.  The survey asks for contact information, occupation, and pre-existing medical conditions. Responses from the survey will help the health department determine which phase of the state’s vaccination plan residents fall under. All individuals who live or work in Jackson County and are interested in receiving the vaccine are encouraged to fill out the survey here.  As the vaccine becomes available to each tier, the health department will contact individuals who completed the survey with further instructions on scheduling an appointment. Per the guidance provided by the CDC, COVID-19 vaccinations will not be provided to those under the age 16.  Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines in the health department blogs ‘7 Things to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine’ and ‘COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs’.

     

     

     Just for Staff

    Now is the perfect time to review your current insurance policies to see if you are getting the best value for your insurance policies.  Contact Margie Andrist for a free, no obligation, insurance review with Farmers Insurance.  There are discounts for Fort Osage Employees and many other professions.  For complete details, or to contact Margie, visit https://tinyurl.com/y22p2jku.
     
    Could you use more materials or resources for your classroom?  Is there a course or conference that could help you in the classroom? A scholarship, named to honor President Harry S. Truman, was established to pay for materials or instructional programs up to $1000. The City of Independence and the Independence Rotary Club sponsor the scholarship. You can get complete details at https://tinyurl.com/4oaquv4k.  The application can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/u3n6ix0x.  This is open to any Fort Osage teacher.