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October 12, 2021 - Weekly Newsletter



  • 14 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - check with your child's teacher about a virtual or in-person conference - Elementary student - check with your child's teacher to sign up. Jr. High and High School? Sign up here: Parent-Teacher Conference Sign up 4-8 pm
  • 14 - OSSB Parent Teacher Staff Organization - Zoom meeting All are Welcome! 7:30 pm
  • 15 - Student Dismissal at NOON
  • 25 - End of 1st Quarter
  • 27 - Residential Life Presents 'Trunk or Treat' <<<<<Sign up Here - we are working on this link, please check back if you are not able to RSVP.
  • 28 - Dismissal at 2:30 pm
  • 29 - NO SCHOOL/Staff Records Day


  • 12 - NO SCHOOL/Veteran's Day
  • 15 - NO SCHOOL/Scope Day for Teachers
  • 23 - Calendar Update- Tuesday, November 23 is a 12:00 early dismissal
  • 24 thru 26 - NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break

Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences - October 14th 4-8pm

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this Thursday, October 14th from 4-8 pm. You may schedule in-person or zoom conferences. Parents, here is the link to sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences specific to Junior High and High School students, Specials, and Related Services. Is your child an elementary student? Please contact your child's teacher to schedule a conference.

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign up

Once you sign up and choose a specific teacher, you will then be prompted to pick a time slot! Please contact the front office at 614-752-1359 if you have any trouble scheduling your conferences with OSSB staff. We are excited to connect with families and share student progress!

OSSB Culinary Students Provide Meal for State Board of Education Meeting

On September 21st, students from the OSSB Culinary Department catered a luncheon for the State Board of Education. OSSB students, Kurtacee, Maddie and Qua were joined by 3 students from the post-secondary program at the Ohio School for the Deaf (OSD). The menu included Autumn soup (made from scratch!), Chicken and Egg Salad sandwiches made by OSSB students, and salad and homemade Snickerdoodle cookies from OSD. Students received many compliments on the food and service. Many thanks to Ms. Nancy Honse, and Ms. Cindy Swisher, and the Independent Living Skills department for making this happen! Photos show Maddie and Kurtacee making soup, Qua interacting with 2021 Ohio Teacher of the Year, Anthony Coy-Gonzalez, Ms. Honse, Mrs. Swisher and Qua with the soup, and Paolo DeMaria, recently retired State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Unique Boutique at OSSB

The OSSB Horticulture students would like to share their order form for their wellness product store, Unique Boutique. They hand-make their products and grow their own succulents. Purchases help support the Horticulture program. Please use the following link to place your order. Orders may be picked up at OSSB.

Unique Boutique order form

The Horticulture class - Joey, Jayden, Helena, Jonathan S.

~ Ms. Val Kirk

Residential Life Invites Students and Staff to Trunk-or-Treat Night - October 27th

The OSSB Residential Department would like to extend an invitation to all OSSB staff, students, and families to join us for Trunk-or-Treat night on Wednesday, October 27th at 6:45 PM. If you are interested in attending, please take a moment to fill out the Google Form below. We hope to see you there! ~Mrs. Taylor Crokie


Math Using an Abacus

Ms. McCumber's 5th-grade class took advantage of the recent beautiful weather and worked on Math outside. They are learning how to represent numbers on the Cranmer abacus, a type of abacus explicitly developed for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. They are working on this as a part of their Place Value unit in Math and will begin using it to add and subtract soon. The students love this new method of completing Math concepts and have been working together in their free time, challenging each other to create bigger numbers. Photo shows Scotty working with his abacus.

Donations to the Panther Resource Center

The EDGE program is accepting donations. We are accepting shelf-stable food, and personal care items. Our own OSSB students can shop for food and clothing to meet their needs. Donation boxes are located in both the new and old lobbies at the Ohio State School for the Blind. Thank you for any support you can provide!

EDGE Participants

It's Time for Recess at OSSB!

There is a buzz around OSSB! Students and staff have been anxiously awaiting a new, inclusive playground for all! A large semi appeared at OSSB recently, and new playground equipment was delivered on October 4th!

Since then a crew has been on-site, and installation has begun! The ground has been leveled, and workers have started to put colorful playground equipment in place across from the OSSB student dining rooms in the original building. It is hoped that the playground will be finished by the end of this month - workers will finish installing equipment this week, and then will be pouring the playground surface. We are excited that students will have a brand new space to enjoy recess! Photos show the grass covering the space where the new playground will be, the same area now just dirt, with colorful equipment starting to be put in place, and finally an up-close shot of the new slides and climber. The photo in the newsletter background is a closeup of some of the accessible new playground.

White Cane Week at OSSB

White Cane Day is this week, and OSSB's Orientation and Mobility team have been working to develop some learning opportunities for students and staff. World White Cane Day is celebrated every year on October 15.

The mission of White Cane Day has evolved over the years and has and developed into educating about blindness and how the blind and visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities. It also strives to celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by people with visual impairments and to honor the many contributions being made by the blind and visually impaired. Activities at OSSB to celebrate the week will include White Cane Tune-Ups, White Cane Day Crafts, White Cane Day obstacle course, and a panel zoom session from Pilot Dogs about the importance of strong O&M skills when considering guide dog.

Don't forget to order your OSSB White Cane Day shirt by Friday, October 15, at https://www.bonfire.com/white-cane-day-2021-1/

Celebrate White Cane Day with Ohio State School for the Blind. Show your support for White Cane Day and support the Ohio State School for the Blind's Orientation and Mobility Department. The campaign will close next week, and shirts should be delivered shortly thereafter.

~ Mrs. Kate King, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist

OSSB Parent Teacher Staff Organization Meeting - Parents and Staff Welcome!

Thursday, Oct. 14th, 7:30pm

This is an online event.

Join teachers and parents at the OSSB PTSO meeting

Thursday, October 14th at 7:30 pm on ZOOM.

Hope to see you there!

PTSO Zoom link

Meeting ID: 880 5570 7390

Passcode: Panthers

OSSB Cafeteria Menu - October 11 thru October 15

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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.


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 accuracy of the information or data provided at these events.
Ohio's Vax-2-School Lottery Begins

Scholarship contest now open for Ohio residents ages 12-25 who receive at least one dose of a vaccine. Entries may be submitted at ohiovax2school.com or by phone from 9am to 8pm by calling 1-833-427-5634. $2 million in prizes available.

Columbus Recreation and Parks- Therapeutic Rec Blind Sports/ Rec FALL PROGRAMMING

Interested in Fall Sports programming for children and adults who are blind or visually impaired? Reach out to Katie Smith at Katharineatkinso6@gmail.com or download the most recent flyer below for more information.

Lighthouse Guild: Tele-Support Presentation: Adjusting to a Vision Diagnosis for Children

When: Monday, October 18, 2021, 8:30-9:30PM EDT

Where: Online – register below
Speakers: Dr. Linda Gerra

Finding out your child is blind or has a visual impairment can turn your world upside down. You may feel lost and alone, unsure of what your child needs, let alone how to meet those needs. You are not alone! Join Dr. Linda Gerra for a discussion on helpful resources, support services, and strategies for overcoming obstacles to ensure your child reaches their full potential. During this call, you will have an opportunity to ask questions and speak with other parents with similar experiences. This call is open to all parents in the United States.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Linda Gerra’s expertise in the field of blindness and visual impairment encompasses a variety of areas. For many years, she administered programs for children and young adults with visual impairment at Lighthouse Guild in New York City. As a teacher of the visually impaired, she has taught children of all ages. Currently, she serves as a resource for parents, teachers, and administrators working with children with visual impairment and is a consultant for the Perkins Compass College Success Program. Dr. Gerra holds a Doctorate in Blindness and Visual Impairment and a Master’s in Early Childhood Development.


Ohio State School for the Blind

Michelle Wagner, Director of Teaching and Learning

Alison Brewer, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning

Lou Maynus, Superintendent

Al LaBarre, Executive Director of Statewide Services