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November 1, 2021 OSSB Weekly News



  • 1 - First Day of Varsity Cheer Season
  • 7 - Varsity Basketball Season Begins
  • 11 - *OSSB School Picture Day*
  • 11 - Early Dismissal at 2:30pm
  • 12 - NO SCHOOL/Veteran's Day
  • 15 - NO SCHOOL/Scope Day for Teachers
  • 23 - Early Dismissal at Noon
  • 24 thru 26 - NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break

School Picture Day Coming Next Week - November 11th

Be on the lookout for information about School Pictures coming home with your child. LifeTouch will be here on November 11th.

OSSB Physical Education News

October was a busy month in the physical education department. To start off the school year, students participated in a physical fitness assessment. During the month of September, conditioning occurred which included both cardio and strength training activities.

Once October arrived, pre-fitness data was collected in the:

  • 1 mile run/walk
  • push-ups or planks
  • sit-ups or crunches, and
  • sit & reach to test flexibility.
Data will once again be collected midway through the school year, and at the end of the academic term.

The next unit entailed bicycling. Depending on the class, students either rode outside on the track, or inside using indoor bikes. Tandem, three-wheeled bikes and two-wheeled bikes were available for use. Students and staff alike had a great time. Most classes are now swimming twice a week; this is an activity that is conducted at the OSSB indoor pool the entire year. Varsity swim team in now in season and will run until December. If you have any questions, the physical education department is happy to assist. Photo shows the OSSB track, green grass, trees and houses in the background. On the track riding bikes are students AJ and Wesson.

~ Mrs. Henry, Mr. Mascarello and Mr. Harrington

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OSSB Varsity Sports Schedule - Open to students in grades 7 thru 12

All events are subject to change​ - Open to students in grades 7-12

Virtual Forensic season October 4 - December 9, 2021

  • November 8-10, OSSB host virtual one round practice

OSSB Swim Season October 4 - December 9, 2021

  • December 9, Swim Final Meet for OSSB athletes

Basketball and Cheerleading November 2021 - January 22, 2022

  • January 21-22, Conference Competition in Kentucky

Goalball season March 14, 2022 - April 29-30, 2022

  • NCASB Conference Championships at ISVI

'Light Up Boy' and The New York Times

On October 29th, OSSB elementary student, Miles, and his family were in the New York Times sharing information about creating accessible costumes for Halloween. According to the article, Miles mom, Molly created his "Light Up Boy" costume by sewing LED light strips onto his zip up onesie. Miles was excited to see the lights on his costume changing colors and dimming! Photo shows Miles in his light up costume with friends during OSSB's recent Trick or Treat. His aide helps him maneuver through the crowded hallways. Also shown are Tyreek, Kayden and Jaliah.


Trunk or Treat With Special Guests

OSSB Residential Life held Trunk or Treat last Wednesday evening. The OSSB Marching Band kicked off the event with their final performance of the season. Students, Families and Staff participated in Trunk or Treat which included about 20 decorated cars! Thanks to all who made it such a great event available to OSSB students, staff and and families.

Varsity Basketball Offered at OSSB This School Year

OSSB is pleased to announce that are be offering Varsity Basketball as a winter sport this school year, starting November 7th through January 28th. Students will need to have a physical on file, plus all other completed forms on Final Forms before beginning practice. Also, all students participating in extracurricular activities will need to be enrolled in OSSB’s COVID-19 Screening Testing Program through Thermo Fisher Scientific and Color.


The coaches this season will be Mr. Lee Mascarello and Mr. Ron Heath. Practices will be after school from 3:30 to 4:45, Monday through Thursday. Participants need to wear athletic clothing and shoes. All students are responsible for having their own water bottle. Day student athletes will need to be picked up by 5:00 pm at the front lobby. Practices will focus on conditioning, individual skill development, team concepts, and understanding the rules of the game. The overall goal will be to improve each student athlete’s abilities, understanding, and appreciation for the game of basketball.

Coach Mascarello

Coach Heath

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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.

American Printing House for the Blind with the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind - ParentConnect

ParentConnect: A family support Group offered in partnership with the Virtual Parent Support Group Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind

November 3, 2021 , 7:30 – 8:30 PM EST
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. No ACVREP or professional development credits will not be available.
Register Here for ParentConnect: A family support Group

National Braille Press Holiday Sale and Holiday Gift Ideas

Are you familiar with the National Braille Press (NBP)? Located in Boston, Massachussetts, they promote literacy and produce braille books and textbooks for children and adults. They also offer a Children's Braille Book Club, and a selection of braille jewelry, holiday cards, a 2022 Print/Braille calendar, and more. Holiday Gift Ideas web page

The Annual Print/Braille Holiday Sale!

Order three books from the list below, get the fourth one FREE!

Order two books from this list, get the third one for half-price! (As always, we apply the discount/free book to the most expensive book in the bunch.) Order Your Books Here!

Information shared courtesy of the National Braille Press website

November 11th 7-8:30pm Transition to Adult Healthcare: Spotlight on the Got Transition! Family Toolkit

Central Ohio Transition Bootcamp

We’ve talked about healthcare transition before. This year, we are covering the ins and outs of helping your child with special healthcare needs get ready to participate in their own health decisions and have a smooth transition to adult healthcare providers. We are spotlighting the new Got Transition! Family Toolkit as a resource for helping with this process.

Register today for this workshop at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-ohio-transition-bootcamp- healthcare-transition-tickets-201045611837

Questions? Please contact:
Lynne Fogel – Lynne.Fogel@cchmc.org or 513-814-9181

Date/Time: Location:

November 11, 2021 – 7:00-8:30 pm

This is a virtual online training; once you register at the link above, a Zoom link to join the meeting will be emailed to you on the day of the event. You can tune in via computer, tablet or smart phone.

Planning support for Central Ohio Transition Bootcamp is provided by:

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio State School for the Blind's Parent Mentor, The Arc of Ohio

Envisioning Youth Empowerment One-Day Retreat

13TH Annual Envisioning Youth Empowerment Retreat

(also introducing our 2nd Annual Parent Retreat!)

When: November 13, 2021 10:30am - 4:30PM

Where: Columbus Metropolitan Library Southeast Branch

3980 S Hamilton Rd, Groveport, OH 43125

Student Topics: college, employment, independence and self-advocacy

Parent Topics: IEP's, transition, co-advocating, etc.

Student and Parent Application Link: https://forms.gle/DShH3uH8UJQHr2Bs6

Registration Closes November 5, 2021

Website: http://eyeretreat.org/

Phone: 919.813.0393

Email: alan.chase@eyeretreat.org

Envision Blind Sports and Blind Soccer

November 4th Birds Harvest

Activities: How birds harvest in the fall. Hiking and Crafts
  • Location: Wyandot 3228 Indian Village Rd. Columbus, OH 43221
  • Youth (3-17) 4:30-5:30pm

November 9th
Blind Soccer
  • Location Super Kick 409 Orangepoint Dr. Lewis Center, OH 43035
  • Youth 6:30-7:15

Contact Katie Smith with questions.

513-460-9785 text/call

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Nationwide Hospital Supporting Families of Students with Autism - Family ECHO

Join a community of families learning to better support children with autism. From navigating a diagnosis to learning about new therapies, parents and caregivers of children with autism need an immense amount of knowledge and support in order to provide the best care to their loved ones. But often, that information can be difficult to access.

Family ECHO helps with a virtual learning program that brings clinical professionals and subject matter experts right to your screen. In this series you will learn, engage and build skills around four major topics:

  • Understanding and managing challenging behaviors
  • Building support for your family
  • Anxiety and autism
  • ADHD and autism

This November, Family ECHO will host two virtual learning sessions focusing on understanding and managing anxiety and ADHD in children with autism. Click the link highlighted for more details and to register for sessions on November 10th and 18th.

Information provided courtesy of NCH's Family ECHO series.

Ohio Department of Education Preschool Special Education updates, effective July 1, 2021

The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness is announcing the release of support materials that can be found on the Department's Preschool Special Education webpage.

Preschool Special Education | Ohio Department of Education

Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-11 "Preschool children Eligible for Special Education" has been revised for the required Five-Year Rule Review and went into effect on July 1, 2021. A recorded presentation “Overview of Preschool Special Education Rule 3301-51-11” has been developed to call attention to specific new language for Preschool Special Education requirements that are not otherwise specified in Administrative Code 3301-51-01 through 3301-51-10 and Chapter 3301-37 of the Administrative Code. In addition to the presentation, there are several support documents located on the linked webpage, including:

  • Preschool Personnel Qualification chart
  • Support for LRE Section of Preschool Rule
  • Waiver Application form
  • Guidance for Preschool Special Education Waiver Application
  • Preschool Children Eligible for Special Education Frequently Asked Questions
  • Updated Preschool Universal Supports
  • Updated Indicator 12 Compliance for LEAs Overview

Participants viewing the recorded presentation have an opportunity to submit questions by accessing a question submission form through the QR code posted at the conclusion of the presentation. The same form can also be accessed by clicking the question submission form here. Answers to submitted questions will be added to the FAQ document which will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Newsletter background photo shows a beautiful old large tree at OSSB in brilliant fall colors of oranges, yellows and reds.

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