OSSB Panther Paws News

Friday, September 11, 2020 - Week One

Parents - Please accept invitation to join Google Classroom!

School has officially started and teachers have been busy creating Google Classrooms and uploading lesson materials! Our 7th-12th grade Panthers are up and running with their OSDB email accounts and Google Classroom. As teachers add your student's OSDB account they will have access. After students have accessed the Google Classroom, a guardian email can be linked. Be sure to accept an email invitation sent to your personal email from Google Classroom to have guardian access to all of your student’s Google Classes. This will keep you up to date on assignments and upcoming events within the classes.

After you accept the invitation, every Friday you will get an academic update about your students classes. Below are some helpful links with more information. If you haven’t received an invitation yet, please contact your student’s advocate or the front office at 614-752-1359.

~Mrs. Bardon and Mrs. Brewer



Lights! Camera! Action!

OSSB's Communications department is looking for photos of students completing their work at home! Get out your cell phone and snap a photo of your child meeting with their classroom teacher or therapist, or completing a project at home! These photos may be used for social media, our new OSSB website (www.ossb.ohio.gov), or OSSB publications. Photos may be sent by text or email, whichever is easiest! Please share by texting Mrs. Kaplan at 614-806-2651, or emailing communications@osdb.oh.gov or lkaplan@osdb.oh.gov. Have fun with this!

Child Nutrition Team Rolls Out Food Deliveries to OSSB Students!

Hi OSSB families!

This is Jason Franklin - Director of Social Emotional Services and Child Nutrition. I want to thank each of you for being patient as we have started getting food deliveries out to each family! I also want to send a shoutout to our Food Service, Transportation, Youth Leaders and EVERYONE who have helped make the food delivery program possible for OSSB and OSD students.

All families who requested support should have food deliveries arriving by Monday afternoon, September 14th. All deliveries in the Columbus area were sent out yesterday, with deliveries to families who are farther out of Central Ohio continuing today and Monday.

If you have not received a food delivery, or you have any concerns/questions or would like to be added to future deliveries, please reach out to our OSSB parent mentor, Lauri Kaplan at lkaplan@ossb.oh.gov or 614-806-2651. We are here to support each of your families during this time! ~ Mr. Jason Franklin

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Residential Department Helps All Students Explore Emotions

Each week, a fun theme will be introduced and used as a way to teach students valuable skills that are covered in the Social-Emotional Learning Competencies (SEL) and the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). Next week’s theme is Inside Out! The Disney movie was a hit, showing children and adults what’s going on inside everyone’s brains. The characters (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust) will help the students learn how to identify and cope with their own feelings as well as relate what they have learned to their interactions with others. Join your favorite youth leaders Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 - 7:30pm. If you need the Zoom link, please contact Courtney Hunkele at chunkele@osdb.oh.gov or check out Google Classroom!!

EDGE program - Preparing for the Work day

In our first EDGE meeting, we learned how to be prepared for the workday before we leave the house or log onto a zoom meeting. We have a morning checklist we reviewed and will complete daily to help gain independence. The EDGE team is excited for the new year!

~Mrs. Fisher

Helpful Videos for Students and Families - Using Voiceover on the iPad, and Accessing Google Classrooms

Getting started with Voiceover on your student ipad
Introducing Google Classroom for OSSB Parents

OSSB Students Receive Supplies for Therapy Zoom Visits

Dear Families,

Did you get some weird looking box in your mail? Does your child have current Occupational Therapy (OT)/IEP goals? What you received are some supplies for your child’s OT session. Hang on to them and we will go over what they are and what exercise goes with each one. Put them in a safe place for now. I am looking forward to “seeing” your child virtually! Forward any questions to me!

~ Mrs. Kortyka, Occupational Therapist. dkortyka@osdb.oh.gov

VIRTUAL HOMEWORK HELP CLUB - Monday thru Thursday, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Take advantage of the Homework Center!

Homework Center ZOOM

3:00-4:00 PM Monday-Thursday


Meeting ID: 260 884 3290

Passcode: dEid4M


Exciting options for learning a 'Touch of Braille'!

Two options this fall for families hoping to learn a bit about braille:

California School for the Blind's Beginning Braille, a 6 part webinar series for parents, caregivers, and paraprofessionals. Participants will learn alphabetic braille, numbers, basic punctuation, alphabetic word signs, and some of the most common short form words and initial letter contractions. Each lesson includes a description, examples, and independent practices with answers, using a wonderful resource, Dots for Families.

You can view the full series at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYwqRS8JwdkoW7Kp5IVHoElBAEUz-OrQb

The other virtual option is on September 18, 2020

A Touch of Braille
September 18th
8:30am - 12:00pm

This introduction to braille workshop was developed to assist those who support students who are visually impaired by providing an introductory level of understanding braille.

More Info & Registration »

Ohio State School for the Blind Facebook Page

Click on the link to take you to the OSSB Official Facebook Page!

OSSB Foundation Facebook Page

Did you know that there is an Ohio State School for the Blind Foundation that supports educational programming at OSSB? Check out this non-profit organization by clicking this link.

Photo in the background of this newsletter shows students from OSSB (Trevon, Makayla, Emily and Caiden) gathered around a large tactile globe. Students are exploring different countries and continents during a school-wide Hoops for Heart Event.