Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 
As a member of the Osage school district community and a reader of this newsletter, you are probably well versed in all the adjustments that were made to this school year: the weekly and daily schedules, visitor management protocols, extra safety and sanitation processes, and using Canvas for distance learning were just a few of the considerations we took into account. Now that we are rolling strongly towards the holidays, we are thinking about next year. As we look ahead and plan, we would like to hear from you. Please tell us what is on your mind. There is a parent survey out right now. You should have gotten the link in an email from your principal. 
 
We would also like to try an additional way to gather information. In an effort to include as many voices as possible in this conversation we are inviting you to participate in a Thoughtexchange by clicking on the following link: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/216813656
 
It is anonymous and quick and easy to use- taking only a minute or two of your time. You'll be asked to respond to a single open-ended question, and then read and rate some of the responses shared by other district members; we are inviting students (grades 6-12) and staff to participate as well. Each participant will see the thoughts in a unique and randomized order, so you don't need to rate them all, but please commit to rating at least 20 thoughts. Your thoughts and ratings are completely confidential, and you are not required to sign up for anything.
 
You can come back to keep participating as often as you'd like in the days ahead. In fact, we ask that you do come back to rate some of the new ideas as they are shared. These ratings will help us understand what is truly most important to most people. If you need technical help, please call Thoughtexchange at 1-800-361-9027 ext. 4 or email [email protected]
 
This is your chance to tell us what is on your mind, so please take this opportunity to contribute. This activity will close on November 6th.  I will report back to you with the results of the Thoughtexchange in mid-November (the parent survey information will take longer to get back).  Thank you in advance for your input!
 
  

  • It appears that summer weather has finally given way to fall. In the event of inclement weather that triggers a school building closure, we will pivot to distance learning (rather than calling school off). In such a case, all teachers will have instructions for students posted by nine; teachers will also be available during their scheduled office hours (i.e. the ones they use on Mondays). Robo calls and texts will still go out alerting families that buildings will be closed. In the event that we close buildings, childcare will not be available. 
  • Launch enrollment for next semester will open next week. Assistant principals in each building will be sending emails with re-enrollment information to those currently participating.
  • School of the Osage has a long standing tradition of honoring our veterans and teaching our children about the sacrifice each and every member of our armed forces has made. While we are unable to allow guest attendance this year, we will be waving our flags and sharing the heroic stories of our men and women in our armed forces. Click here for information on how veterans can participate in our district-wide Veterans Day celebration at School of the Osage. Here you will have an agenda of events.  
  • Monday meals are available for pick-up by reservation at Heritage Elementary between 11 am - 1 pm. If you set up a reservation and are no longer in need please email Cindy Hutzler at [email protected] to cancel. 
  • Thank you to Lake of the Ozarks Idiots Club for their incredible support and ongoing generosity in support of our students! 
  • We are aware that there have been a variety of problems with LifeTouch Photography. I am sorry for this situation. We have a meeting in the near future to fully express our concerns and seek additional short-term remedies even as we seek a longer term solution.
  • Click here if you are interested in how to participate in the Osage Cares pumpkin carving and decorating contest. This challenge is made possible by prizes generously donated by Stonecrest Book and Toy.
  • Thank you to all who participated in Parent/ Teacher Conferences on Monday! Participation via zoom mirrored last fall’s “normal” conferences at the UE, Heritage, and ECC. It was down at the Middle School and High School. We will be using this same format for our winter conferences on February 22 and are working on plans to engage even more parents in the process.

 
 
Be Well.
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