Virtual Backpack

  • 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.         

     

    Back to School 

    The first day of school is Monday, August 23, 2021.  

    Did you know that completing the free and reduced lunch application does more than qualify you for free meals at school? It provides funding to our schools, provides students and families with discounts and reduced fees within the District, and qualifies students for scholarships and financial aid. You can complete the 2021-22 school year free and reduced lunch application online now at https://frapps.horizonsolana.com/FortOsage.

    The annual Fort Osage online enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year needs to completed prior to starting school. Every family is required to have an annual updated application submitted before receiving their child’s schedule and teacher information. To begin online registration log into the parent portal at https://fortosagemo.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/fortosage.jsp?fbclid=IwAR1q0axbl6vBryh-Ml7liJFBi16V4nP-cO6PhMajBjukXYnG1mRwyfybaHI.

    School supply lists for the 2021-2022 school year are posted in our mobile app in the resources folder and on our website at https://www.fortosage.net/Domain/145.

     

    Congratulations

    Lewis and Clark Academy was awarded a $2,000 grant from Voya Financial for a greenhouse project at school.  

    Around the District   

    The 2021-2022 school year is set to begin on Monday, August 23, 2021. With your help, the Fort Osage Education Foundation wants to provide our families with a head start. We are launching a K-6 Back-To-School Supply Drive. Please consider joining this effort, our kids need you! The Fort Osage Education Foundation has set a goal to raise $10,000 to help 400 students. We understand times are tough and appreciate any support you provide. With everyone lending a hand, we’re hopeful to meet our goal to help our students get off to a successful start by equipping them with essential school supplies. Donations of any size are welcome. A $25 gift will cover school supplies for one student, $50 will sponsor two students, etc. Sponsor a student today at https://crm.bloomerang.co/HostedDonation?ApiKey=pub_756c1f64-c5cf-11e9-9f3d-0aa640fb8062&WidgetId=12232704.
     
     
    Reminder for the Class of 2022 -- Missouri Immunization Law requires a Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV-4) after the 16th birthday, before starting their Senior year.  Please make your appointments now if your child has not received this vaccine. Please bring your shot record with you to registration in August. If you have any questions please contact your doctor or the Jackson County Health Department (404-6416) -- don't wait! We do not want you missing out on the start of your senior year.  
     

    All enrolled students in the Fort Osage School District will not have to pay for meals in the 21-22 school year. Breakfast and lunch are included, however ala carte items on the snack bar are not.  While all students qualify for the free meals, families are asked to fill out the free and reduced lunch forms as a number of other school activity funding is based on how many students qualify for the free meals.

     
      
    Free summer dinner meals for kids and teens will be offered through August 13 Monday-Friday from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Elm Grove Elementary.  For complete details visit https://tinyurl.com/9fj5pbdp.
     
    Free summer meals for kids and teens will be offered through August 13.  First Baptist Church of Buckner will offer breakfast and lunch.  For information on the location at First Baptist Church of Buckner visit https://tinyurl.com/c9yb5mbr.  Hawthorne Place gymnasium will offer lunch.  For information on the location at Hawthorne Place visit https://tinyurl.com/ayeamne.  Lunch will also be offered at McCoy Park in Independence.  For information on the location at McCoy Park visit https://tinyurl.com/t822fx6a.  Starting July 1 kids can get breakfast from 8:00-10:00 a.m. and lunch from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Cler-Mont Elementary and Blue Hills Elementary.  For more details visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/19sJ2SXeyRLDtMY0lfHgcFj3jdt6vA-8h/view?usp=sharing.
     
     
     
    Around Town       

    The Buckner Festival in the Valley will be taking place September 24-25.  There will be a parade on Saturday, September 25 at 10:00 a.m.  To learn more or to enter the parade visit  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSelDdF5R__1BHHjDesf2jQ-GBUYEtaCkmHp8mLuSXwxUrp0eQ/viewform.

     

    The Pop Warner Youth Indians football team is hosting a Queen of Heart's Poker fundraiser on August 7.  For complete details visit https://tinyurl.com/uhstp336.

     

    The Jackson County Health Department is hosting Back to School Vaccination Clinics for 8-12th graders. The vaccinations offered will be Pfizer (not at all sites), MCV4 & Tdap. All will accept walkins until 30 min before closing time, however walk-ins are subject to be turned away if mass capacity has been exceeded for that day, so you are encouraged to make appointments beforehand. For kindergarden vaccines, appointments can be made at the health department.  For a complete listing of all vaccine clinics, visit the jacohd.org calendar.  The MCV and Tdap will be offered at Fort Osage High School on August 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
     

     

    COVID-19 Community Information

    If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you can use the CDC vaccine finder at https://vaccinefinder.org/ to find a location near your home or Fort Osage.   

    LINC is helping those interested in receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine.  Call or text 816-256-5003 for an appointment.   

    The Jackson County Health Department has COVID-19 vaccine appointments available. All clinic opportunities on the community events calendar jacohd.org/events.  Anyone who is 12 and older can attend our vaccine clinics. At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for individuals 12 and older. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is authorized for individuals 18 and older. Anyone younger than 18 will need to have a parent or legal guardian sign their consent form. 

    If you need help finding or setting up a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, you can call: The Jackson County Health Department at (816) 404-6415. Phone lines operate Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m; MARC’s vaccine registry helpline at 816-421-4980 or 1-800-593-7948. Phone lines operate Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or 311.

    To schedule an in-home vaccination appointment, please call MARC’s vaccine registry helpline at 816-421-4980 or 1-800-593-7948. Phone lines operate Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Operators will take down your information and connect you with your local emergency medical services to schedule an in-home appointment.

    How can you receive a COVID-19 vaccine from Truman Medical Centers/University Health?  Call (816) 404-CARE (2273) and press option 1 or walk in from 7am-3:30pm.  Truman Medical Centers/University Health is happy to announce that we are now providing Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for people age 12 and up!  Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
     The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses 21 days apart. An appointment for the second dose will be scheduled immediately after you receive your first dose. To learn more about Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, please visit https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download

     

    Fort Osage Alumni

    The Fort Osage High School Class of 1971 is holding their 50th Class Reunion on Saturday, September 18 from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Buckner Town Hall (32 S. Sibley St., Buckner, MO 64016).  Please RSVP with number of people attending on Classmates.com or to Steve Costigan at stevecostigansr@yahoo.com.
     
    The Fort Osage High School Class of 1970 is hosting their 50th reunion on Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 7:00-11:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence.  For more information contact Shari Bland Miller at 816-678-8900, Candy Dennis at 816-805-3328, or Michelle Hawk Pinkerton at 816-309-3859.