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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

    Fort Osage and Cosentino's Sunfresh are teaming up to give you a chance to win a 5 minute grocery grab.  Tickets for the drawing are just $5 and when you purchase a raffle ticket you get a $5 off coupon to use at any Cosentino's location.  One lucky winner will get to take home all they can grab in 5 minutes in the store.  Three other lucky winners will receive gift cards to Cosentino's Sunfresh.  You can purchase your tickets from Fort Osage High School speech and debate students, Fort Osage High School art students, Fort Osage High School band students, Osage Trail Middle School band or choir students, CTC Inspire robotics team students, or Elm Grove PTO.  If you don't know anyone in those programs, you can contact Stephanie Smith at 816-650-7019 to purchase your ticket.  Hurry tickets are only on sale till November 29th!


    The Fort Osage High School football team continues playoff games this Saturday, November 17th at 1:00 p.m. at Staley High School vs. Staley.  Admission is $7 for everyone (children 5 and under are free).  No passes will be accepted.  Exact change is appreciated.  


    The Fort Osage Indians Football Dinner Squad will be selling District Championship football t-shirts this week only.  They are sport grey and are short sleeve.  The cost is $10 for sizes up to extra-large and $15 for plus sizes.  They will be sold on a first come first serve basis.  You can purchase them Wednesday night from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Fort Osage High School cafeteria or Thursday and Friday during lunch times at the high school.  You can view the design at  



    Congratulations to Kim Meneses, Fort Osage High School art teacher, who was named the MAEA Secondary Art Educator of the Year.  


    Thank you to the Fort Osage Early Childhood Center and Elm Grove Elementary who collected food items to help families in need this Thanksgiving.   


    Around the District  


    Fort Osage High School presents Into the Woods November 15-17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students, and under 5 are free.  Tickets are available at the high school office or can be purchased at the door.  


    The Jackson County Health Department will be coming to the Fort Osage School District to administer the flu vaccine to students, with parents permission, in November.  If you would like for your child to receive the flu vaccine at school, please complete the consent forms by November 21.  If you have any questions, please contact Tammy at 816-404-6482.  You can complete the consent online at


     Osage Trail Middle School invites families to a Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead night on November 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  There will be activities for the whole family including robotics team showcase, pult a pumpkin, origami, escape/break out games, CSI activities, Van de Graaff machine, reader's theater, Tessellations, and so much more.  


     The Fort Osage Speech and Debate team is hosting a fundraiser night at Chipotle on November 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.  Eat at the Valley View Parkway location, show the flyer (or mention FOHS speech and debate) and 33% of sales will be donated back to the team.  You can view the flyer at


    Save the Date!  The Fort Osage Scholar Bowl is hosting a Trash Trivia night on Thursday, December 13th at 5:00 p.m.  More details will be coming soon. 


    Help support the Fort Osage High School basketball program by participating in the Holiday Youth Basketball Showcase on December 22nd.  This is open to boys and girls in the 3rd through 7th grade at any skill level.  The cost is $120 per team with a three game guarantee.  For complete details or to register your team, visit


    Fire Prairie PTO and Culver's is teaming up for a Restaurant Night. When you eat at Culver's on Little Blue Parkway from 5-8 p.m. on November 14, you are helping out the PTO. Fire Prairie PTO will receive 10% of the sales that night. No Flyer needed.
    FPUE PTO is offering FPUE and FO Spiritwear for a limited time. Orders are due by 11/21/18. All orders will be delivered before Christmas.


    Fort Osage Adult Education has a couple more classes coming up for you! Our popular Couples Wellness Massage will teach you how to improve your health through therapeutic massage techniques in a safe environment. Couples will learn how to melt muscle tension, create a relaxing environment and full body massage techniques. Our Essential Oils Make & Take is a fun evening of making usable products with essential oils in them. We are always looking for new classes and suggestions on classes you want to take! Call us today or email for information on teaching a class. To enroll online go to or call 816-650-7183.


    Send that special child in your life a letter from Santa or Frosty.  The cost is $3 for one letter or $5 for two letters.  Information must be sent to school by December 12th.  You can get complete details at  


    KFOI Sports will bring live coverage of the following Fort Osage High School 2018-19 Winter Sporting events:

     Nov. 30 – Boys Basketball v Kearney, 7 p.m.
    Dec. 6 – Girls Basketball v Staley, 7 p.m.
    Dec. 11 – Girls Basketball v Belton, 5:30 p.m.
    Dec. 11 – Boys Basketball v Belton, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 4 – Boys Basketball v Raytown, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 8 – Wrestling v Belton 7 p.m.
    Jan. 11 – Boys Basketball v Ruskin, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 14 – Girls Basketball v Grain Valley, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 17 – Girls Basketball v NKC, 7 p.m.
    Feb. 7 – Girls Basketball v Chrisman 7 p.m.
    Feb. 8 – Boys Basketball v Chrisman, 7 p.m.
    Feb. 11 – Girls Basketball v Raytown, 7 p.m.
    Feb. 19 – Girls Basketball v Oak Park, 5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 19 – Boys Basketball v Oak Park, 7 p.m.

    +Post-season coverage of any sport is TBD based on location and arrangements with host schools.Please note that in the case of inclement weather broadcasts may be postponed or cancelled.  Fans, family and alumni unable to attend these events can watch them online or on mobile devices with an all access pass at schools/fort-osage-high- school-independence-mo.  Viewers can purchase a subscription to the NFHS Network by visiting subscribe/retail. You can also sign up for a free Basic Membership to access On Demand content. Live sporting events require a monthly pass (30 days) for $9.95 or a season pass (120 days) for $30. Viewers can also take advantage of Fort Osage’s exclusive offer of $49.95 for a yearly pass by clicking on the blue “Subscribe” button under the “Support This School” heading in the upper right corner of the web page. A portion of your purchase price goes back to the students of Fort Osage High School.


    Around Town

    The Buckner Festival in the Valley presents Family Game Night on Saturday, November 17th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Buckner City Hall.  Admission is $2 per person or $10 per family of 5 or more.  Learn a new game and enjoy fun and games for all ages.  Games will be provided or you can bring your own.  Snacks will be available for purchase.  All proceeds go to the 2019 Buckner Festival in the Valley.  

    The Earl Collins Foundation Scholarship along with scholarships from the Kiwanis Club of Independence is now accepting applications.  The deadline to apply is December 21.  If you have questions, contact  You can find the application at
    The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is hosting Storytime with families every Thursday at 10:00 a.m.  Come share the early literacy experience with the whole family. Hear stories, sing songs, join in movement activities, and more. Bring the whole family, and make some great family memories at the Library! Designed for families of all ages. 
     Kansas City Sports Club offers opportunities in baseball and softball for players of any age and level.  To learn more, visit  
     The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library hosts play and learn time every Monday at 4:00 p.m.  Enjoy a special preschool playtime that is designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. We offer stimulating and fun activities as well as an opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents. The open playtime allows you to come and go as your schedule permits. 

    The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is hosting Marty’s Party on Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m.  Marty the Martian, the library’s mascot, will be celebrating his third Earth birthday and he wants to celebrate with you!   Come to the party, meet Marty, and enjoy stories, songs, refreshments, and fun. No registration.  All ages.


    The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is hosting Adult Afternoon Book Group on Monday, November 19 at 1:00 p.m.  We will be discussing Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.


    All Year Round Heating and Cooling, LLC is the service you want at a price that you deserve.  Through the end of the year they are offering a free programmable thermostat and free humidifier with all full system installs if applicable. Full system installs starting at $3500 and furnace only installs starting at $1500. They offer up to 18 month 0% financing for qualifying applicants.  $75 furnace tune-ups which include a free Carbon monoxide and gas leak check through the end of the month. Service calls starting at $65.  Aprilaire humidifier installs $375 through November. $50 savings.  Contact Brandon to schedule today at,,, or 816-368-1362.  


    The Buckner Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library is hosting Teens at the Library on Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. It’s your time at the library.  Discover what we have planned for you.  No registration.  Teens.


    Alumni News 


    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.


    Just For Staff


    Fort Osage employees have the opportunity to receive discounts from Farmers Insurance.  For every employee of the district that allows The Margie Andrist Farmers Insurance Agency to present them with an insurace proposal, $1 will be donated to the district.  To learn more, visit

      Jeans Days 2018-2019 to support Fort Osage students.  Your $5 donation helps to support groups, activities, and schools at Fort Osage all year long!

    December 11, 2018-benefits the FOHS Band
    January 9, 2019-benefits Fort Osage Special Olympics
    February , 2019-benefits the Fort Osage Education Foundation
    March 7, 2019-benefits Indian Trails Student Lighthouse Team
    April 16, 2019-benefits CTC Skills USA
    May 1, 2019-benefits Fort Osage National Honor Society