OSSB Panther Paws

December 13, 2021



  • 17 - Early Release for Winter Break - Noon ** Winter Break continues through January 2, 2022


  • 2 - Residential Students return to Campus after 5pm
  • 3 - OSSB Day Students return to Campus
  • 17 - NO SCHOOL/Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 31 - Little NC's sports begins

Happy Holidays!

Dear Families,

We are in the home stretch before winter break. So many things are happening this week to keep students and staff busy. I hope you will all get some time to rest and relax during the break. We will see you all in the New Year year on January 3rd.


Mrs. Wagner and Mrs. Brewer-Wood

New Playground - NOW OPEN!

We wanted to share some exciting news with all of you. We have opened a new accessible playground. We are excited to have this new space for all students to play and to get many types of sensory needs met. I want to thank all of those who had a hand in making this happen. The list of people is long, so I couldn’t name everyone here but know that I am so thankful to each and every one of you. This playground has been in the works for a while, and we are so excited to have this new inclusive space for students. ~ Mrs. Wagner

Playing a Game of Dreidel

Last week, some OSSB elementary students learned about the story of Hanukkah and some traditions that go along with the holiday. Students got to see and feel some candles and menorahs, a "candle holder" that holds 9 candles (one for each night of Hanukkah and one for the Shamash, which is the “leader” candle that lights the other candles).

On the first night, families light one candle and keep adding on a candle until the 8th and final night. OSSB elementary teacher, Ms. Klein, made latkes for everyone to try. Latkes are fried potato pancakes that are traditionally eaten with sour cream or applesauce to celebrate the holiday. We also played a big game of dreidel and the students each got one to take home! A dreidel is a top-like toy that you spin during the game. Depending on what side and Hebrew letter you land on, you either 'get' or 'give' a certain number of gelt (chocolate coins) into the pile in the middle. The students really enjoyed playing the game, everyone got lots of coins, and had a wonderful time! ~Ms. Klein

Winter Holiday Basket Giveaway

Students from the EDGE Program are having a winter holiday basket giveaway, and we are asking for donations to help fill the baskets. Ten lucky students will take a holiday basket home this Friday! If you would like, you can donate nonperishable food items such as mashed potatoes, gravy, peanut butter, jelly, canned goods, cereal, oatmeal, dessert/cookie mix, pasta noodles, and pasta sauce. Send donations in by this Wednesday.

Questions? Reach out to:

New 21st Century Learning Center After School Clubs - January 2022

Ohio State School for the Blind and 21st Century Learning Centers after-school program is offering the following activities starting in January for grades 6th-12th. Your student can join clubs like

  • "Game On"
  • Cooking Club
  • Podcast Club
  • 3D Models
  • Blind Soccer
  • Braille Challenge (thru February 22nd)
  • and the HomeWork Center!!

If interested in having your student participate, please contact Sally Williams at swilliams@osdb.oh.gov or Brian Wagner at bwagner@ossb.oh.gov. They will assist in getting your student registered and answer any questions you may have. If interested in the Braille Challenge Club, please contact Dan Kelley at dkelley@ossb.oh.gov

After School Club schedule Monday thru Thursday

** Updated Link to This Moment In Time

This moment in Time - a memory book created with Ms. Claudia Retter and OSSB art teacher, Mrs. Rachelle Smith. The book includes artwork and stories written by OSSB students, as well as quotes and reflections from current and former staff and students. We are currently working to make braille copies of the book available, and hope to have an audio version available soon too. To view and/or order your own copy of the memory book - click here.

College Credit Plus

College Credit Plus (CCP) is Ohio’s dual enrollment program that provides students in grades 7-12 (during the 2022 - 2023 academic year) the opportunity to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking courses from Ohio colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to enhance students’ career readiness and postsecondary success, while providing a wide variety of options to college-ready students, at no or limited costs to students and families (https://www.ohiohighered.org/content/college_credit_plus_about).

If your student is interested in participating during the 2022-2023 academic school year, please click here. This is programming is made available to families every year.

OSSB lunch menu starting December 13th

OSSB Podcast News

The November podcast is LIVE!

SoundCloud Link

iTunes Link

The podcast team welcomes submissions from current and past staff and students, parents, anyone affiliated with the Ohio State School for the Blind. For the month of December, we are focusing on holiday greetings and sharing a special memory, or giving a shoutout to someone.

If you would like to contribute and have your voice heard on the podcast, or recognize someone, please upload your audio file to the following link:


Please keep your contribution to no more than 2 minutes. If you want to write in your contribution, it will be read by one of the podcast members. Please send written contributions to dkelley@osdb.oh.gov

Little North Central (NC's) Sports Begins January 31st

It is time to sign up for the 2021-2022 Little NC's short for Little North Central Association of Schools for the Blind! Little NCs offers K-6th students the opportunity to participate in cheer, competitive swim, basketball and/or goalball teams January 31st - March 17th, 2022.

Coaches are excited to hold practices with your students after school and host our competition against Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Kentucky School for the Blind in March on OSSB campus. Swim and goalball practices take place Mondays and Wednesdays while cheerleading and basketball practices take place Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sign up your student(s) by January 20th, 2022 using this link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EkDx7CPmkqxxCsSPsCOu5zd5goBdNxotGRzqjq41RRE/edit (or return a hard copy to the front office). Please rank your child’s first, second, third and fourth choices. Sports in high demand may not be able to handle all student requests, the goal is to schedule each student, requesting more than one sport, the opportunity to participate in at least two activities.

Once rosters have been finalized your student will be added to the correct sport(s) in FinalForms giving parents the ability to sign the required concussion and sudden cardiac arrest program before the first day of practice on January 31st.

Due to COVID, we ask that students continue to have a mask on while not participating in vigorous activity. This means when students are waiting to enter a game, listening to coaches for directions and any breaks in physical activity. Students must bring a water bottle and socially distance.

Day students and their families, unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate late pick-ups again this year, please take this into consideration when signing up your child for sports. Because of this change, day students must be picked up between 4:45-5:00pm each day after practice. Students in swim will be picked up at natatorium on back half of campus, all other sports will conduct pick up at the front doors. Alternatively, families can request students to stay overnight in dorms.

We are excited to have athletics for students this year!

What's New At Unique Boutique?

UPDATE: Bath bombs are now available to purchase from Unique Boutique! Additionally, for a limited time, you can buy gift sets that include a bath bomb, oil roller, facial mists, and sugar scrubs for only $15! Orders are due by Wednesday, December 15th. All purchases help support the Horticulture program. Order Form Link

Thank you! -The Horticulture class: Jayden, Joey, Jon S., Helena, Junior, and Brady

Webinar for Families of Young Children in Early Intervention and Preschool: The Gift of Music

Please share with families of young children with visual impairments in Early Intervention and Preschool.

"The Gift of Music"

December 15, 2021 - 3:00 & 6:00 pm

Mrs. Jo: Founder of WeJoySing Inc.

As we enter a time of gift-giving, we are going to focus on the gift of MUSIC! It can be soothing or energizing, induce sleep or get us moving and engaged. Music engages multiple areas of the brain at the same time and actually aids in overall development. Whether experienced through sound or vibration, our children can gain so many important skills through the use of music.

Find a comfy spot with your child and experience a music class in the comfort of your own home. We welcome guest Mrs. Jo Kirk – founder of WeJoySing Inc., which provides music therapy and early childhood music-based learning for children and their families. Come sing along with us and explore the many ways to incorporate music throughout your daily routines. Contact Jenni Remeis to register for this event. jremeis@osdb.oh.gov

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.

Building Strong Family-School Partnerships

December 16, 2021 | 4:00pm

Families are an important asset in the equation of ensuring people with disabilities have the opportunity to live their best lives. Explore strategies for building partnerships between families and school staff members, including how to nurture these partnerships and navigate the barriers that have been posed by the pandemic.

Presented by: Gwendolyn Harshaw, Program Director of Family and Community Outreach Center at OCALI; Barbara Boone, Program Director, Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University


This ongoing Zoomcast series is hosted jointly by OCALI Center leads and ODE partners.

Cost of Living Adjustment to Increase SSI Payments

According to the Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Income payments will increase by 5.9% with the January 2022 payment. For a quick explanation, check out Derek Graham's video in the November News from Resch, Root, Phillips and Graham below. Information courtesy of www.ssa.gov and https://www.rrpg-law.com/

Ohio State School for the Blind

Director of Teaching and Learning - Michelle Wagner

5220 N. High Street

Columbus, Ohio 43214



Questions about the newsletter? Contact Lauri Kaplan at lkapan@osdb.oh.gov