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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         



    Congratulations to Kayla Hedges and Brody Stanback, students at Fort Osage High School, who competed in the Heart of America Junior Bowling Classic.  Kayla competed in the Majors Division and finished 5th.  Brody competed in the Masters Division and took 1st place.  

    Around the District   

    The District is maintaining a COVID-19 dashboard reporting the number of active positive cases, school related quarantines, 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
    What better way to commemorate your senior than to purchase a dedication, honoring him/her forever? Parents, relatives, and/or friends may purchase a senior dedication that will appear in the special section of the 2022 Indian Legends yearbook. The deadline it order is October 31, 2021.   For complete details visit
    Free Drive-Through Dinners are back!  Any child 18 years old and younger can come to Elm Grove Elementary School Monday through Friday between 4:30-5:30 and pick up a free to go dinner.  Menus are located on our website or in our mobile app.  
     The FOHS 2022 Indian Legends Yearbook is now available for online ordering. Go to and enter 3771, click on order a yearbook. Early-bird pricing is available so order now. Nameplates are only available until Thanksgiving. Email if you have any questions.
    Senior signs are currently for sale.  If you'd like to purchase a sign, please contact Tami Henrich at
    Fort Osage Project Grad meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the high school library. Anyone is invited to attend, you do not need to be a senior parent.
    Around Town       
    The Eastview Lions Club is hosting a fundraising night at Pizza Ranch on Monday, October 25th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Donations will go to the Lions Club who helps to provide Fort Osage students with glasses.  
    Buckner Community Trunk or Treat will be held on October 31, 2021 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. (or until we run out of candy!) in Downtown Buckner. We are collecting candy from now until the event. If anyone would like to donate, drop off locations are the following: Buckner City Hall, Buckner Thriftway OR The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library. If you would like to donate, but cannot make it to one of those places, pick-up can be arranged by emailing  If anyone would like to volunteer to hand out candy, please send an email to for more information. 
    Want to get some Fort spirit wear and support JDRF? Orders are being taken through October 26th. For details or to place an order visit
    The Fort Osage Fire Protection District is offering free smoke alarms and co detectors for in-district residents. Please call the administration office at (816) 650-5811 for more information.
    Fall swim lessons with Riptide Swim School are now enrolling.  Level up your swimming skills at the Henley Aquatic Center.  Class are available for ages 5 and older.  For complete details visit
    Come to The Oasis on Saturday, November 6th for a costume night.  Games being at 5:00 p.m. with a light meal at 5:30 and movie at 6:15 p.m. For complete details on this free family fun visit


    COVID-19 Community Information

    If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, 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 on Tuesday and Wednesday each week.  To register or to check locations visit  

    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  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.

    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
    Truman Medical Lakewood campus offers the COVID-19 vaccine Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  For details call 816-404-2273.  Free rides are also available. 

    Fort Osage Alumni

    1970 Classmates: The Class Reunion will still be October 30, 2021 but time and location has been changed due to lower than expected commitments. New location is at Gerald Syler’s home, 2125 N. Six Mile Church Road, 5pm to 10pm. We will have use of the acreage, covered outdoor patio and large home with equally large rec room downstairs . There have been 80 people there at parties and not been crowded, even when it rained. Please dress casual: Jeans, sweater, sweatshirt, etc. We will have fire pits, outdoor heaters, etc. Locals bring a lawn chair. Plowboys BBQ will be served from 5-7 pm and the cost will be $10 per person. Bring your own cooler for beverages. Parking and handicapped parking will have signage. We hope being outdoors/indoors/more spread out will help people feel comfortable during the pandemic. Checks still made to FOHS Class of 1970 and sent to Shari by October 15th at: 3112 S. Arrowhead Drive Indep, MO 64057.  We need your commitment no later than October 15th to order correct amount of food. Questions: Shari Bland Miller 816-678-8900; Michelle Pinkerton 816-309-3859; or Candy Dennis 816-805-3328.  I will return or destroy checks already received for the Hilton amount. Just give me a call to let me know which you prefer. 
     Just For Staff

     Patti Horner, A+ Coordinator at Fort Osage High School, is retiring in December.  You are invited to a party in her honor on December 10 from 2:30-5:00 p.m. in the Fort Osage High School library.  

    Donald McCullough, retired Fort Osage employee, passed away. Details on services are posted at
    Don Beebe, retired Fort Osage employee, passed away.  
    Jan Spencer, retired Fort Osage employee, son Bill Westmoreland passed away.  
    The KC Chiefs have added three games to the Educator Ticket Offer:
    Sunday, December 5 @ 12:00pm – vs. Denver Broncos*
    Sunday, December 12 @ 12:00pm – vs. Las Vegas Raiders*
    Sunday, December 26 @ 12:00pm – vs. Pittsburgh Steelers*
    * Subject to Flexible Scheduling
     To purchase tickets, COPY and PASTE the following link into your browser: chiefs/promotional-page? filterType=MTM3Mw==