OSSB Panther Paws News

Tuesday - April 6, 2021





  • 31st - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day


  • 3rd - Graduation
  • 4th - Last Day of School

OSSB Students Get Creative

OSSB Elementary students AJ, and Lyric chose to draw these illustrations to go along with our story Dragons in a Bag, by Zetta Elliot. ~ Mrs. Sunny Kallstrom, Librarian See photos of artwork in this newsletter.

Panther Gear On Sale Through Thursday, April 8th

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

Extended Learning Plan - 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

OSSB lunch menu week of April 6, 2021
Students sit on the steps outside OSSB ready to eat lunch. Photo shows Adyah, Byata and Rodolfo on the concrete steps in front of the brick building near the OSSB Alumni fountain.

Lunch Outside!

OSSB students Adyah, Byata and Rodolfo take advantage of the beautiful weather on Tuesday, April 6th to eat lunch outside on the front steps of the original OSSB building near the OSSB Alumni fountain. The building was built in 1953 after moving from downtown Columbus, and is still used today for the Auditorium, Gymnasium, lunchrooms and office spaces and more. Photo courtesy of High School ELA Teacher, Mrs. Bardon.
OSSB Cafeteria Menu - April 6 - 9, 2021

Download Accessible OSSB Menu PDF Here

OSSB School Lunch Survey for Students!

Hi Panther Family,

OSSB works hard to make sure that we are providing options for students while we follow the USDA National School Lunch Program. We are excited to hear from our students!! Attached below is a very short survey, that asks students what they would like to have to eat, during the planning for Breakfast and Lunch Programs.
Please help your student fill out at this short survey - the more data we have, the better we can serve our students. Any issues with accessing the form, please let me know!
OSSB School Lunch Survey here

With gratitude from our food service team,

Jason Franklin
Director of Social Emotional Learning and Child Nutrition

Join Us For Physical Fitness Friday at 9:30AM

OSSB staff is still 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)

Meeting ID: 998 911 7625

Passcode: Fq36nR

Wonders of the World Unit - Waterfalls!!

Our latest unit is one where we are exploring different Wonders of the World. Some places we learned about this week were the Grand Canyon, Ayers Rock, and Victoria Falls. We used blue colored water to create beautiful waterfalls on white paper. ~ Mrs. Brinkman, OSSB Early Learning Center

Listen to the Latest OSSB Podcast!

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.
TSBVI Outreach Coffeehour Info

Join the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Outreach Department as they provide this series of Coffee Chats.

BOLDLY BVI - Live. Work. Play - FREE Virtual Event this Saturday from Clovernook


SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2021 FROM 2 – 3:30 P.M.

Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired is excited to announce a FREE virtual event. BOLDLY BVI is at the heart of Clovernook Center’s mission – to enrich the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired by developing the skills necessary to lead active, productive and independent lives. This program is geared towards BVI students and people who care for them.

Boldly BVI will encompass three sections – LIVE. WORK. PLAY. – featuring speakers with visual impairment or blindness who will share their personal stories and the lessons they’ve learned that will be educational, beneficial and interesting for everyone attending.

We hope that you’ll join us for this virtual event!


ARC of Ohio Presents Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities

Medicaid Buy-in for Workers with Disabilities

Presented by Rachel Hopmoer & Erica Munerlyn of the Ohio Department of Medicaid

Join us:

6:00 pm

Monday, April 12, 2021

Advance registration is required for this free presentation and discussion:


Often misunderstood or not known, Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities (MBIWD) is an Ohio Medicaid program that provides health care coverage to working Ohioans with disabilities. Historically, people with disabilities were often discouraged from working because their earnings made them ineligible for Medicaid coverage. MBIWD was created to enable Ohioans with disabilities to work and still keep their health care coverage.

April 13th Webinar on Waivers

Resch, Root, Phillips and Graham are teaming up with provider agency, I am Boundless to present this webinar on what Waivers are, and how to utilize them.

Register for this program here: Meeting Registration - Zoom

Lynne Fogel

Ohio F2F, Family Support Specialist, Central Ohio


Phone: 844-644-6323

Email: lynne.fogel@cchmc.org


Parent and Caregiver Training Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

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.

ACB Ohio Scholarship Window Opens

The American Council of the Blind of Ohio offers six scholarships each academic year. The application and reference forms may be downloaded from www.acbohio.org or requested by calling our office at 614-261-3561 or 800-835-2226. They have scholarships for entering freshmen, undergraduates, and graduate students. Applications are due in August.

An applicant must be an Ohio resident or attend an Ohio school in a two-year or more post-secondary degree program, be legally blind (except for the NOLA WEBB-MCKINNEY SCHOLARSHIP), have a 3.0 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale, and be willing to attend the 2021 ACB-Ohio convention.

Send the completed application packet to ACB-Ohio Scholarship Committee, 3805 N. High Street, Suite 305, Columbus, OH 43214, or via e-mail to acbo.director@gmail.com with “Scholarship Application” in the subject field.

Disability Benefits 101 Website

The Ohio’s Disability Benefits 101 (OHDB 101) website helps people with disabilities make decisions about going to work. The website has Ohio-specific tools and information on employment and career planning; health coverage options; disability benefits; *asset building; education; housing; and community living. OHDB 101 can be used by job seekers with disabilities, service providers or anyone in the community. The website can be found at https://oh.db101.org/.