Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
 
We have a big week coming up in the world of school- to- home communication. As you know, strong two-way communication between the classroom and families matters tremendously. That said, as anyone who has ever played phone tag knows, sometimes it can be really difficult to pull off a great connection. We have two intentional strategies to minimize frustration and bolster these important connections. 

  • The annual parent survey which opens today and will remain open until November 1st.
  • This Monday's parent- teacher conferences (in person or via Zoom, sign up link below).

 
Thank you for helping your student have a strong first quarter. One way or another, we hope to see you next week! 
 

  • This week is National School Bus Safety Week and we thank all our mechanics and school bus drivers for keeping kids safe. Click here to find out what students like about riding the bus.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences are Monday, October 25 from 11 am - 7 pm. Click here to sign up for in person or zoom conferences. If you are having trouble signing up for conferences, you can always contact your student’s building and they can assist you.
  • If you missed it in the remarks above, we invite you to take a few minutes to participate in the annual parent survey located at this link: https://forms.hcg.com/f/41588290/a544/. The survey will remain open until NOVEMBER 1ST. 
  • The 34th Annual Senior Citizens’ Banquet will be Thursday, November 18th at the Osage High School. To reserve your seat at the banquet, please call the high school office at 573-348-0115. Click here for more information. 
  • OHS Theatre presents: All Shook Up. Show dates/times are November 18-20 at 7:00 pm at Cummings Auditorium. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
  • If history repeats itself, inclement weather is indeed a possibility moving forward into the near future. The first six such inclement weather days at SOTO will be instructional days through distance learning. Students in our in-person classes will attend classes via zoom and Canvas.  Students in our virtual program will not notice a difference in the day. Click here to access the current year student calendar. In the event of inclement weather, notifications will be sent to families via robocall, text message, on our school website and social media outlets, and local news stations. 
  • This Friday, October 22 is Buckle Up Phone Down Day (BUPD) in Missouri. This program began in 2017 in an effort to encourage Missourians to take two simple actions to save lives on the state’s highways - fasten seat belts and put phones down while driving. Missourians can accept the challenge to BUPH here. For more information, click here.
  • If your family chose not to fill out the lunch application status form for iPad insurance, payments are available on MySchoolBucks.com. Insurance is $10 per student and covers accidental damage including screen breaks and theft. With insurance the deductible is $15 for breaks and $50 for lost or stolen devices. Without insurance a screen break is $100 and a lost device is $350 to replace. This program is optional and offered as a service to families. The last date to opt into iPad insurance for the school year is November 3. 
  • Due to worldwide delays in the shipping industry, we are still waiting on the arrival of some of the prizes for our Summer Reading Challenge.  Once all prizes are received, we will deliver them to the students at their respective buildings.
  • Don’t forget that you can access our partners at the COMC clinic located next to the football field. Already the conveniently located clinic has been utilized by students, their families, and our staff for so many health issues, including immunizations, sports physicals, minor injuries, illnesses, and COVID testing and more. 
  • Flu Vaccines are available for students and family members of staff at our COMC Clinic. Please call COMC to make an appointment at 573-552-8852.
  • For the up-to-date COVID dashboard, please click here. Please remember that one of the most important things you can do to help us is to keep your student at home if she or he is sick. Thank you so much for your willingness to help us with this challenge. 
  • You can easily access event information by clicking here for the Osage Fan Plan. 
  • If you are in need of assistance of any type, please reach out- we have a variety of resources available and/or can connect you with other organizations. Contact us via our Indian Support Hotline at 573-552-8878 or [email protected].

Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
[email protected] 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or [email protected] 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

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