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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        

    This Just In

    Today is the last day of school. It is an early release day.


    Congratulations to congratulations to Denali Hunter, Osage Trail Middle School student, as she received the Starlight 2022 Vincent Legacy Scholarship. Denali is the first student at Osage Trail to ever receive this award!
    Congratulations to Sophia Bell, a Fort Osage High School student, who took 4th place out of 56 athletes at Nationals last weekend. She also placed 3rd on vault and 6th on floor. The top 4 gymnasts from each age division are then placed on the United States Developmental Program National Team. She will be invited to a camp with the other members of the team to be trained by US team coaches. 
    Congratulations to Campus Grounds, the student-led coffee shop that was featured in the Getting Smart blog.  You can read the blog at
    Around the District   
    The Fort Osage High School softball team is hosting a clinic for students in K-6th grade on May 31.  This is a great one-day opportunity for your student-athlete to learn the fundamentals of softball and new softball skills.  For complete details visit
    The Fort Osage Education Foundation is hosting their annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 6 at Winterstone Golf Course.  Cost is just $100 per player and includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and two beverages.  For complete details or to sign up, visit  All monies raised go back to support teacher grants, student scholarships, and various other student needs around the District.  
    The Fort Osage Girls Soccer program is offering summer camps for grades K-6 from June 27-30, 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Fort Osage District Stadium.  The cost is $25 and is due on the first night of camp.  To register visit
    It’s time! Sign up now for the 12th Annual FOABC Indian Pride Golf Tournament! The date is Friday, August 5, 2022 at WinterStone Golf Course. For complete details visit
    Woodland Early Childhood Center invites you to a retirement celebration in honor of Sharon Gossey on Wednesday, May 25 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Woodland.  Light refreshments will be served.  
    The Fort Osage Girls Softball program is offering their Team Camp for grades 7-12  from Tuesday, May 31st - Thursday, June 2nd, from 6:00-7:00 AM at the Fort Osage Varsity Gym & Turf Stadium Fields (bring tennis shoes). The cost is $30 and is due on the first day of camp. To register, click HERE.
    Elm Grove PTO is hosting Popsicle's with the Principal for families to meet the incoming principal, Casey Kuska, on June 7 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
    The District is maintaining a COVID-19 dashboard reporting the number of active positive cases and substitute teacher fill rate average.  The dashboard will be updated each Friday.  You can find the dashboard on our website at Return to Learn or by visiting
    Around Town

    Mid-Continent Public Library’s annual LitUp festival for teens will return on Saturday, June 4, at the Library’s North Independence Branch (317 W. 24 Hwy., Independence, Mo.)! The free, daylong festival will feature presentations and workshops with bestselling authors and acclaimed artists and performers.  You can get full details at Headlining this year’s LitUp are New York Times bestselling authors Christina Hammonds Reed and Neal Shusterman. Reed’s keynote presentation will begin at 9:00 a.m., and Shusterman’s live, virtual keynote will wrap up the day at 3:00 p.m.

    Fort Osage Youth Football League 2022 Season Sign Ups. The season begins August 1st, 2022. Sign up at the following link:

    Dell has a special offer for graduating seniors with recommended laptops for those heading off to college.  Student discounts are noted.  You can learn more at

    Get ready to dive into a summer of fun with books, events, prizes, and more starting May 31! Summer Library Program is a great way to keep kids engaged and active during the summer, combat learning loss, and promote school readiness. Adults are welcome, too. Pick up a reading log at your branch or create an account online now!

    Need an AC Tune-up or a new AC? We've got you covered! Don't wait for summer to get here! Be proactive and make sure you're not going to be left in the heat this year! Feel free to give us a call or send us a message with any questions or to schedule an appointment! 816-368-1362

    Looking for a new career?  Tuition Paid Phlebotomy Training or Certified Nursing Assistant training could be for you.  Courses begin in mid June.  Apply now at or call CSL at 816-491-2013.  

    Free family fun is taking place with the Future Stages Festival on June 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Kauffman Center is thrilled to announce the young artists who will dazzle audiences in-person on Sunday, June 12, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Future Stages Festival.  Performance groups represent a wide range of diverse styles and the future of the performing arts in Kansas City. More than 30 talented youth groups will take the stage.Returning groups include Crescendo Conservatory, Camerata Orchestra - Harmony Project KC and AileyCamp The Group, among many others. The event will also feature 12 first-time festival performers, including St. Joseph’s Arts Academy, Jasmine Dance Group and Lawrence Arts Center Irish Dancers. See a full list of the 2022 Future Stages Festival youth performance groupse Stages Festival youth performance groups.

    Have you ever thought of trying a wig? If so, you won’t want to miss this! This event will allow you to see, feel and try on the most realistic and affordable wigs in the Metro area.  WIGS and WINE is hosted by Mane Attraction Wig Boutique on Saturday June 18th, from 1:00pm- 7:00pm at 3 Trails Brewing on Independence Square, 111 N Main Street, Indep, MO 64050 (Lower Level).  Free wine and cupcakes while you shop! (Must be 21 and have photo ID for the wine) For more information go to Facebook, and search for local events on June 18th

    Colonial Gardens presents Spring Fest on May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Snacks, drinks, yard games, planting, jump pillow, livestock tours, and so much more.  This will be fun you don't want to miss.  The cost is $10 per person and under 3 are free.  

    Mr. T's Bees has raw local honey available.  The bees are managed by a Fort Osage high school teacher.  See the price list at or go to our Facebook page for more information.  If you are interested in having your own bees, we will have nucs and hives available for sale this spring.  Thank you and don't forget. More Honey Please!  816-261-4684.

    COVID-19 Community Information

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

    The Jackson County Health Department offers COVID-19 testing each week.  To register or to check locations, visit  

    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.

    The Fort Osage Class of 2005 missed their 15-year reunion due to COVID. We want a redo, but we need help finding everyone in our class. If you, or someone you know, graduated in 2005, please give them the reunion coordinator’s information. Stephanie (Brown) Watson 816-863-7927 or e-mail
    Just for Staff
    Fort Osage staff received a discount on Friends of the Zoo Memberships.  Contact Stephanie Smith for full details. 
    The Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation offers grants for resources, leadership, research, or materials used by an active Missouri classroom teacher.  A minimum of 126 $500 grants will be awarded.  The deadline to apply is June 30th.  Winners will be notified by August 31.  For complete details, or to apply, visit
    The Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation offers the Maggie Elder Memorial PEERS/Support Staff Grant with funds in the areas of resources, leadership, research, or materials used by an Missouri Support Staff (secretaries, bus drivers, cooks, custodians, nurses, etc) employed by a public school district and are in the PEERS retirement system.  A minimum of 20 $500 grants will be awarded.  The application deadline is June 30th.  Winners will be notified by August 31.  For complete details, or to apply, visit

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