OSSB Panther Paws News

Monday - March 15, 2021



  • 15 & 17 - ACT Testing
  • 29th - 31st NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
  • 1st - 2nd NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
  • 5th NO SCHOOL

Extended Learning Plan Announced, June 7 thru June 18 At OSSB

Dear Parents and Guardians,

With Governor DeWine's support, we are pleased to announce our Extended Learning Plan for all K-12 students. We are providing ten additional days of face to face learning on campus for our students from June 7th through June 18th. Our daily schedule will include core academic learning, expanded core curriculum, project-based learning, and other engaging enrichment activities. Resident life will continue to offer services to those students who qualify.

Transportation, detailed schedules, and more information is coming soon. Please reach out to our building administrators or to me with questions.


Lou Maynus, OSSB Superintendent

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CAPA Goes Virtual

Because we haven’t been able to go on field trips to the theater this school year, OSSB elementary students have taken advantage of the CAPA (Columbus Association of the Performing Arts) virtual 2020-21 Passport to Learning Series.

This year, Mrs. Peirano’s class watched the performances of Step Afrika!, Black Violin, and Full Steam Ahead Live-When Science Goes Viral.

Students have also participated in the Careers in the Arts Series to explore the careers such as graphic designer, programming director, marketing manager, technical director, lighting designer, photographer, director of education, ticketing specialist and community programming manager. All programs have been free! ~Mrs. Peirano

Photo shows Monty and Carter watching one of the CAPA programs in the classroom.

OSSB Panther Gear Sale!!

It’s Spring, and time for the OSSB Panther Wear sale!

  • All orders are due by 9am, Friday, April 9th
  • Cash or Checks Payable to OSSB when picking up order
  • Order to arrive by end of April

OSSB Logo of OSSB PANTHERS above an image of a black panther on all shirts (logo is embroidered on polo shirts and hats)

Any questions, contact Steve Grim at 614-468-8880 or sgrim@ossb.oh.gov

Order Panther Wear - click here

Following Caiden Hooks, Wrestler

OSSB Graphics Merchandise Available

Mrs. Brinkman’s Students "Mask Up"

We started a new unit called Global Passport where we are learning about out world and different cultures. We recently learned about masks and how they are made. A new student joined us recently and is seen here exploring a fun toy.

Don't Forget Physical Fitness Fridays!

OSSB staff will be offering Fitness Fridays on Zoom. Each week, they will offer new and exciting exercise routines. To maximize the health benefits, full and active participation is a must. Be ready to sweat! The sessions will start at 9:30 am and run for approximately 45 minutes. Proper dress is required – tennis shoes and exercise clothes. You may want to keep a water bottle nearby during the activity. We encourage everyone to join!

Mrs. Henry, Ms. Gilliland, Mrs. Kallstrom, and Mr. Lee

Fitness Friday (join here)

Panther Paws Newsletters - 2020-21 Archives

Did you miss one of our weekly newsletters? Find all 2020-21 issues on our website.

OSSB Social Media

OSSB Parent Teacher Staff Foundation Facebook Page

Did you know that OSSB receives support from the OSSB PTSF, a non-profit Foundation? Find out more at www.ossbfoundation.org or click on this link.

Resources and Workshops for Families

Disclaimer: The following information is being provided for informational purposes only. Listed events are not sponsored or endorsed by the Ohio State School for the Blind. OSSB does not guarantee the veracity of the information or data provided at these events. In no way is OSSB instructing students and families to participate in the described events.

Utah School for the Deaf and Blind - Expanded Core Skills

Do you know what Expanded Core skills your child needs in elementary school? In middle or high school? This two part event will cover Expanded Core skills by age group for students who are typically developing or near typical for the home environment. Tuesday, March 9th for elementary school and/or Tuesday, March 16th for middle & high school Both sessions are at 6:30p MST & will be recorded.

Empowering Parents Workshop

Tele-Support Presentation: Empowering Parents

Register for the Lighthouse Guild Family Support Network Tele-support presentation

Parent and Caregiver Training Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

March 17th and April 22nd

*hosted by Nationwide Children's Hospital

  • What are the differences between normal teenage ups and downs and mental health concerns?
  • What are the warning signs for depression and suicide?
  • What are the risk factors that can affect teens?
  • What are the steps to take if you have a concern about your child’s emotional needs?

ASL Interpreters and Captions provided.

Click here to learn more and find Zoom links.

Central Ohio Transition Bootcamp - Ohio Family2Family

Transition Bootcamp sessions are intended to provide information on the transition from high school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Families, individuals with disabilities, educators, and other professionals are invited to attend these sessions at no charge.

Visit our website at www.ohiof2f.org to register, or check for links on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OhioFamily2Family

Please contact: Lynne Fogel – Lynne.Fogel@cchmc.org or 513-814-9181

Location: **Due to COVID-19, our sessions will be presented online via Zoom

Time: Thursday evenings 7:00-8:30 pm

  • March 18, 2021 – Employment Panel – success stories!
  • April 22, 2021 – Lifelong Learning for Everyone

Planning support for Central Ohio Transition Bootcamp is provided by: Disability Rights Ohio, Franklin County Board of Developmental Disability, Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools, and The ARC of Ohio

To see information from past Transition Bootcamp webinars, please go to https://www.ohiof2f.org/columbus-transition-bootcamp-booster-sessions/

Rise Up Yoga with Lilian Beck

Rise Up Yoga - Committed to building an inclusive community by lifting hearts, minds, and bodies.

Weekly Classes on Zoom:

Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 846 7237 7629
Passcode: 075458

Adaptive Yoga

Fridays @ 4:00 pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 883 6614 5821
Passcode: 159615

Saturdays @ 10:00 am

Meeting ID: 816 5788 8567
Passcode: 075458


$5/Adaptive Yoga class

Sliding scales always apply. You are more important than your $$.

Venmo: @riseup-yoga (last 4 digits to confirm: 9437)

PayPal: lilianrbeck@gmail.com

Text/call with any questions:


Background photo in the March newsletters include a photo taken during past NCASB swimming competitions and elementary swim meets. In this photo, OSSB graduates, Alex and Lalita help Little NC swimmer, Josh by tapping him with a tennis ball on a stick, before he reaches the pool end.