OSSB Panther News
April 4, 2022
- 4 Classes resume
- 6 and 7 Signs of Suicide Training for OSSB High School students
- 14 Dismissal at 2:30
- 15 and 18 No School
- 29-30 Varsity Goalball travels to ISVI for NCASB Championships
- 5 OSSB Prom
- 12 Dismissal at Noon
- 13 No School
- 19 Elementary Art Festival
- 20 Dismissal at 2:30 pm
- 30 Memorial Day/No School
SOS Training Coming to OSSB This Week
Immersive Art Experience
Photos show a silhouette of Nolan looking at a portrait projected on the wall. Nolan, Hope, and Makayla wander through the room with visiting artist, Claudia Retter, and a group of students stand in front of a yellow landscape mural with sunflowers. Newsletter background also shows the silhouette of Nolan at the Immersive Exhibit.
2022-23 OSSB Calendar Now Available Below
All About IEP's - Book Club May 11th
It's IEP season! Are you ready? Whether you need a brush-up review, you're joining us for your first advocacy learning session, or you consider yourself an expert advocate this Book Club Meeting is designed just for you! Join OSSB and OSD Parent Mentors, Lauri and Tabby and families throughout Ohio. A limited number of books are available and will be provided at no cost.
All Ohio families and advocates of children who are visually impaired, blind, deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind are invited to join us virtually on May 11, 2022 at 7:30 to 9:00 pm.
Registration is NOW open at:
Registration closes on April 8th.
Space is limited, so don't delay, register today! Contact Lauri Kaplan for more information
Student Council Sponsors Spring Fling
See the information below, and register to help staff, parents and friends raise funds for the OSSB Parent Teacher Staff Organization and the OSSB Foundation
OSSB PTSO Volunteer Opportunity Available!
After two years of postponement, the Cap City Half Marathon is back in person this spring!
The OSSB PTSO has the opportunity to volunteer at an aid station at Mile Two this year. For each volunteer we have, we will receive a donation toward our organization. Volunteers will cheer on runners and walkers and help hand out water and Gatorade. Don't worry - you won't have to complete 13.1 miles!
When: Saturday, April 30
Time Commitment: 6:15 AM - 9:30 AM
What: Share your spirit! Cheer on the runners and help pour and distribute beverages.
Where: 65 S 4th Street
We need at least 30 volunteers to staff our station. The more people we have, the more we will earn!
How: I thought you'd never ask!
If you'd like to sign up, please click the following link. There is no cost associated with volunteering. If we get 30 volunteers registered, we can have them increase the limit, so please feel free to recruit your friends and family members!
If you have any questions, please let me know! I'm happy to help answer them or help register anyone! I can't wait to cheer with you!
~Mrs. Nicole Parrish
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 for Students and Families
Summer Camp and Sports
Envision Blind Sports Camp
Camp is being held on July 17th-23rd at Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA.
- Cost $500. Financial assistance is available.
- Camper Application: https://forms.gle/YdwvipLJCFa9KuLz8
- Counselor Application: https://forms.gle/LuQ1FsF7n6rbzTMYA
- The application deadline for campers and counselors is Friday, June 17, 2022. We will need time before camp to confirm facilities and order apparel so please make sure to sign-up ASAP
- for questions please contact Envision email@example.com
Blind Soccer Activities with Katie Smith
Blind Soccer - Contact Katie Smith 513-460-9785
Blackburn Community Recreation Center, 263 Carpenter St. Columbus, OH 43205
- April 21st - 4:30pm- 5:30pm Youth
- May 12th - 4:30pm- 5:30pm Youth
- June 9th - 4:30pm- 5:30pm Youth
Information courtesy of Katie Smith.
Functional Vision Assessment: An Introduction - The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness
April 6, 10-11 a.m.
This free, one-hour webinar is designed to provide introductory information on the basics of a functional vision assessment, why it matters, who conducts it, and resources to support teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs), families, administrators, related service providers, and general educators.
- Christine Croyle, Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI
- Danene Fast, The Ohio State University
- Megan Flowers, Ohio Department of Education
- Karen Koehler, Shawnee State University
- Al LaBarre, Ohio School for the Deaf and the Ohio State School for the Blind
- Staci Wills, Wills Mobility
Audience: Administrators, TVIs, special education directors, families, related service providers, general educators, school psychologists, and ESC supervisors.
Information provided courtesy of the Outreach Center at OCALI
Parent Connect: A Family Support Group
APH FamilyConnect and The Chicago Lighthouse are pleased to offer this virtual support group for parents and families of children who are blind or visually impaired. These monthly sessions are for families to connect with and learn from each other about the joys, challenges, and adventures of raising children with visual impairments and blindness. These sessions are open to families. Register Here
Information courtesy of American Printing House for the Blind
OCALICONLINE 2022 - FREE when you Register between April 18-30th
Do you want to attend the premier autism and disabilities conference, OCALICONLINE 2022? How would you like it if you could attend it for free?
Now is your chance!
For two weeks only, you can register to attend OCALICONLINE 2022 for free. No strings attached, no gimmicks. You just have to register between April 18-30. Held conveniently online November 15-18, 2022, free registration includes access to both the live event and on-demand.
The conference features breakout and networking sessions by state and national leaders and experts on important topics and issues across the lifespan. Join colleagues and peers from Ohio, across the U.S., and around the world to learn, connect, and share research, best practices, and resources to support the needs of all learners and lifelong challenges and opportunities for people with disabilities.
Welcome to the community. There’s a place for you here. And you can have your very own FREE front-row seat!
To learn more visit ocalicon.org.
YLF Flyer and Outreach Event on April 23rd
Important Decisions to Consider When a Child with a Disability Transitions to Adulthood