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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     



    The Fort Osage High School Broadcasting program, and their teacher Mr. Merithew, were featured in the June issue of School Administrator Today for their efforts to produce at home episodes of Tribal Review and stories posted to The Signal during the COVID-19 School Closure.  


    The Fort Osage School District held an election for the Board of Education on June 2nd.  The unofficial election results are David Shrout with 953 votes, Kelly Scott with 889 votes, Christopher Gross with 773 votes, Gary Thompson with 990 votes, and 34 write-in votes.  Congratulations to David Shrout, Kelly Scott, and Gary Thompson who were elected to serve three year terms on the board.  


    Around the District 


    The Fort Osage Education Foundation, Fort Osage Food Service, and Liberty Fruit have come together to offer boxes of free fresh fruits, vegetables, and limited dairy for the next six weeks.  These boxes are available to anyone who would like to pick one up.  The next pick up will be on Thursday, June 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.(or while supplies last) in front of Osage Trail Middle School. There is a limit of one box per car.  


    This year Fort Osage has put the student report cards in the parent portal for you to view/print.  If you have any problems or need a printed copy of the report card mailed to you, please contact your child’s school. To access your child’s report card log in to Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  If you need help with your username and password please call your child’s school. The specific instructions to follow were emailed to parents, can be found on our Facebook page, and are posted on our website at Detailed screen instructions, and instructions for students to view their own report cards, can be found at  


    The annual Fort Osage online enrollment has opened for the 2020-2021 school year.  Every family is required to have an annual updated application submitted before receiving their child’s  schedule and teacher information.  To begin online registration go online to log into the parent portal at  Specific instructions on what you will need, how to complete the enrollment and how to access the parent portal was emailed to families May 26, can be found on our Facebook page, and information is posted on our website at  



    Fort Osage Adult Education is looking for instructors for our Fall semester. Benefits to working with us are: evening class hours, you set your own schedule, extra income, and you get to teach something you are passionate about. Fort Osage employees can add to their retirement potential as well. Please contact to obtain a Course Proposal or with any questions. 

    Families with students who will be entering Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year should be enrolling online from our website.  You can find complete information at  There will be no screenings at this time.  


    Are you looking for a job?  Fort Osage is now hiring for bus drivers for the 2020-2021 school year.  We are taking applications and interviewing in June, training in July and ready to drive in August for school.  Paid training, benefits, sick and personal days, retirement plan, paid holidays, no weekends, and opportunity for extra trips and money are just some of the perks.  Apply online today at  


    Prom is scheduled for Saturday, July 25th.  More details will come as we get closer to that date.


    Graduation for the class of 2020 has been set for Friday, July 31, 2020.  More details will be coming for families as we get closer to the date.  


    Fort Osage will continue providing breakfast and lunch for kids 18 and under throughout the summer. There are a few changes in our schedule for pick up of food items.  You can pick up food on May 26, 27, and 29th (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)  from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Starting on June 1 and running through July 3, meals can be picked up on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Monday's pick up will include food for Monday and Tuesday.  Wednesday's pick up will include food for Wednesday and Thursday.  Friday's pick up will include food for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. As a reminder our locations for pick up are Blue Hills, Buckner, Cler-Mont and Elm Grove Elementary Schools and Hawthorne Place apartments.  There are new heating instructions for some food items.  Information is included with the lunches or can be found at


    Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, families that qualify for free or reduced price meals during the 2019-2020 school year  may be eligible for a new one-time Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) of up to $302 per child (Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12) to help cover the cost of meals students have eaten at home on days that schools have been closed. Students can receive P-EBT benefits even if they have been or continue to receive meals provided by the school district during the school closure. If your child was not previously eligible for free or reduced price meals, but you have now lost income, you may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits.  Information was emailed to families on May 19 with complete details.  If you did not receive that email, you can find the information on our website at




    Around Town



    The Fox 4 Love Fund and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department presents Love Fund Feeds, a summer initiative to combat hunger in Jackson County.  June distribution days are June 10 at the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, June 17 at Van Horn High School, and June 24th at Grandview High School.  For complete details and locations visit


    Looking for summer fun and out-of-school opportunities? Fort Osage partners with non-profit InPlay to help you find the perfect fit for your child and for your family. Hundreds of programs, including FREE and reduced cost, are nearby and can be found through this free searchable site. Check out 


    The CSL Farview Food Pantry is back open on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  


    Research shows that students can lose 2.6 months’ worth of math skills over the summer. Students have the opportunity to keep their math skills sharp by participating in the Missouri Summer Math Challenge. They can earn badges for mastering math concepts and earn a certificate to celebrate their accomplishments.  You can get complete details online at


    The KCUYA Science of Baseball Summer Camp is going virtual.  Students in grades 3-6 will have a unique experience in learning about the game of baseball while engaging in STEM-based activities.  Register today at


    With families sheltering-in-place, InPlay, our partner for out-of-school learning, has created a list of home-based, instructor-led programs offered by your favorite providers to keep your kids active and engaged! Please check it out at We hope this resource is helpful! 


    If there is someone you know that needs help, please ask them to call 211. This free service has people available 24/7/365 and they will be there to help during this crisis. For more information you can visit  


    Looking for summer camp experiences for your student?  Check out the KC Parent summer camp guide at


    Stone Church Preschool teaching kids for over 51years is now enrolling ages 2 - 5 year olds for the fall school year 2020-2021.  Stone Church Preschool is a not for profit state licensed preschool "Where Kids Play 2 Learn"!  Please check out our website:, email us or call 816-461-0150. We have "Half Day" 9:00-12:00 or Full Day 9:00-3:30 hours with Early Drop at 7:00 a.m. available. 2 day, 3 day, or 5 day a week schooling.  Stone Church Preschool is located at 1012 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, MO. 64050, Debbie Price is the Director. 



    Job Skills for New Careers. The program will provide job training at no-cost for high demand trades including CNA and welding. Partners in the program are the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, the Community Services League, Herndon Career Center, UCM and the Mid-Continent Public Library.  For more information on how you can enroll, visit


     All Year Round Heating & Cooling, LLC is offering a $250 installation referral fee for every referral you send that accepts a proposal through May 15th.  If you're out of work, we want to help, tell your friends and family to call or text Brandon @ 816-368-1362 for a free quote.


    Just For Staff 


    Grants offered by PEERS and the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation were emailed to staff last week.  Contact Stephanie Smith if you did not receive the information.  


    There’s no time like the present to review your insurance coverages. I’d be happy to complete a free insurance review for you. Farmers just increased our auto/home discount so it’s a great time to check out Farmers! Margie Andrist goal is to help you protect your assets, future and quality of life, by providing the best insurance coverage.  As an added bonus,  Farmers offers a discount on your auto policy for any employee of the Fort Osage.  For more details visit