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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  


    Back to School 2019-2020


    Applications for the 2019-2020 Free and Reduced lunch program are now open.  Families may apply online at If you received free and reduced lunch last year, you will have to reapply.  

    Ready, Set, Chromebooks!  All Fort Osage students in grades 7-12 will be issued a Chromebook computer as part of the district's One-to-One initiative.  To be sure your student receives a Chromebook in August, parents/guardians must complete the registration process.  Registration is now open and can be completed anytime.  For complete details visit


    2019-2020 school supply lists are now posted on our website at  Simply choose your school from the list on the left.  New this year, we are offering one click ordering.  You can also find the supply lists in our mobile app for your shopping convenience.   


    Osage Trail Back-To-Band Boot Camp is for all rising 7th and 8th grade students in band.  The camp will be held August 5-9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  There will be a performance and ice cream social August 9.  For complete details visit


    Getting a student "back to school ready" is a challenge.  Fort Osage is pleased to partner with the Fox 4 Love Fund and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department to be a school supply collection site.  From now through August 1 you can drop off donations of school supplies at our central office.   The supplies will be distributed August 10 during the Back to School Bash at Silverstein Eye Center Arena.  To see a list of school supplies being collected, visit


    The Jackson County Health Department can help with Back-to-School vaccinations.  Skip the lines and schedule an appointment now.  No copay.  Free or low cost vaccinations.  Most major insurances are accepted.  Call 816-404-6416 to schedule your appointment today.  Complete the patient registration form at least 2 hours prior to your apppointment at



    Around the District 


    The Fort Osage Education Foundation is collecting monetary donations to help the families affected by the Levasy flood.  You can make a donation online at  You can also mail a check made payable to the Fort Osage Education Foundation to 2101 N. Twyman Road Independence, MO 64058.  Donations will be turned into gift cards for the families.  


     2019 Summer Sports Camps are set.  Fort Osage camps are offered for a variety of ages.  For complete details visit


    By a vote of all MSHSAA (Missouri State High School Activities Association) schools, the rule on physicals has now changed, effective immediately.  All physicals are now good for 730 days (two years) from the date of issue.  Any student who has a physical on file at their current middle school or high school dated June 1, 2018, or later will not need another physical for the entire 2019-20 school year.  Physicals on file dated before June 1, 2018, are good for 730 days from the date and may expire before the end of the 2019-20 school year. A student will not be eligible to participate immediately on the day after its expiration (730 total days).  If your student’s current physical is dated before June 1, 2018, to avoid becoming ineligible in the middle of a sports season or having to get a new physical in the middle of a season, we recommend your student get a new physical that will be good for two full years.

    Fort Osage High School soccer is hosting a Youth Soccer Camp July 15-19 for boys and girls in grades K-5 (as of August 2019).  The $20 cost includes a Soccer Camp shirt and basic skills instructions.  For complete details visit  


    Mid-Continent opened the Farview Neighborhood Library in the old ECC building.  They will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. At the Library customers will be able to pick up their MCPL holds, use public computers, access mobile printing, access free Wi-Fi, browse a small collection of books and other items, attend storytimes, and use collaboration rooms.


    The CSL Farview Food Pantry is now open and located just off 24 highway in the old Fort Osage Early Childhood Center.  The pantry will be open on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  CSL provides food that amounts to approximately a 3-5 day emergency supply of food.  They can offer a variety of perishable and non-perishable food items.  Look for more details to come next week.  You can email the Farview Food Pantry at  


    Fort Osage is pleased to offer free meals for kids and teens ages 18 and younger this summer.  Adults may purchase a meal.  Free summer lunch at McCoy Park Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Kids 18 and under get a free lunch at Hawthorne Place Gymnasium as well from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Lunch is served at Susquehanna Baptist Church from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Free breakfast is offered from 8:00-10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Buckner, Elm Grove, Blue Hills, and Cler-Mont Elementaries.  Free lunch is offered from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Buckner, Elm Grove, Blue Hills, and Cler-Mont Elementaries.  


    Recently, Fort Osage staff member Jill Davis passed away unexpectedly.  Indian Trails is selling a t-shirt in her memory with proceeds being donated in her honor to the Honeybee Conservancy. The cost is $10.  The deadline to order a shirt is July 31.  You can find out more or order your shirt at  


    Fort Osage High School parents and students mark your calendars for the following dates for FOHS yearbook portraits.  Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - Grades 9-11 taken in English classes. Yearbook sales will begin.  Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - underclassmen retakes - all-call made approx. 7:45 a.m. FOHS students from the CTC am session will need to be first in line.  Thursday, October 3, 2019 - Seniors LAST CHANCE for portraits! approx. 7:45 a.m. Sitting fee applies.


     Around Town 
    Families affected by the Levasay Flood will need to register with FEMA in order to receive assistance.  You can get complete details at
    Signups are underway for the Fort Osage Youth Volleyball league for students in 3rd-7th grades.   In order to guarantee your preferred team and a spot on a team, registration must be completed by August 1st! League fees are $50 and due before the first game night. Please contact with any questions.  You can register online at  
     Signups are now open for Indians youth football and cheer! There are teams for K-7 grade.  Sign up online at or click on the "contact us" link if you have any questions.  Looking forward to another great season of Indian Football & Cheer!
    Blue Hills Baptist Church invites children going into kindergarten to rising 6th graders to Power Up and join in the fun of Vacation Bible School July 22-26 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  For complete details visit  VBS is free and a snack is provided each night.  
    Church of the Harvest Independence is hosting Vacation bible school at 17902 N Whitney Rd Independence July 17-19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Ages 4-12 welcome!  You can register online at  
    Fort Osage Church of the Nazarene is offering Vacation Bible School August 5-9 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  To learn more or get registered visit


    Plans are underway for the 50th Buckner Festival in the Valley parade on Saturday, September 21st at 10:00 a.m.  Start thinking about your parade entry today!  You can register for the parade at


    The Kansas City Aviation Department announced a series of ten public meetings aimed at figuring out what concessions should be available at KCI's new single terminal when it opens in late 2022 or early 2023.  There are meetings scheduled all over the metro area including Blue Springs, Independence, and Liberty.  You can get complete details at


    The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is offering Beginning Ancestry Library Edition on Wednesday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m.  Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research.  This is a beginner-level class for adults.  Registration is required.  Log on to or call the branch at 650-3212.  


    The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is offering Living Dead Escape Rooms on Friday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.  You have five minutes to escape from two zombie-themed mobile escape rooms.  Can you do it?  For teens.  Registration is required.  Log on to or call the branch at 650-3212.  


    The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is offering Storytime for Families on July 18, and July 25 at 10:00 a.m.  Come share the early literacy experience with the whole family.  Hear stories, sing songs, and join in movement activities, and more.   Log on to or call the branch at 650-3212 for more information.  

    Alumni News 
    Save the Date.  Fort Osage is hosting an a special evening for alumni on Homecoming September 27th.  More details to come soon!
    The class of 1979 is hosting a 40th Reunion on Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Park Ridge Communities (4309 NE Park Ridge Boulevard Lee's Summit, MO 64064).  Prepay $25 - $30 at the door.  More details to come.
    The class of 1969 is hosting their 50th Class Reunion on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17th.  For complete details visit  

    The Fort Osage Education Foundation and Fort Osage Alumni Association are working jointly on an effort to increase alumni and overall community engagement.  Part of this effort includes gathering contact information for participants willing to take a few minutes to complete a very brief, online form.  Who should participate?  All alumni, relatives of students (former/current), district employees (former/current), local businesses, and other interested parties in our school community.  Please complete form at:

    Benefits you receive: 

    *Alumni newsletter

    *Dates for school community events (class reunions, alumni banquets, golf tournaments, Fall Barn Bash, Veterans Day Salute, and more)

    *Business sponsorship opportunities at events

    *See what alumni are doing today

    *Hear inspiring testimonials about the impacts student scholarships and teacher grants are having in the community

    *Giving opportunities to support students and staff in the district

    All information is kept strictly confidential.