OSSB Panther Paws News
Friday, November 6, 2020 - Week Nine
9 - NO SCHOOL, Veterans Day
10 - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Professional Development
* NEW * 11-30 - REMOTE LEARNING for all 7-12 grade students and staff
15 - OSSB Dorms Open for Elementary Students
19 - Parent Teacher Conferences
* NEW * 23 & 24 - Remote Learning for Teachers and Students Off-Campus
25,26,27 - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
21 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break begins
Student Shares Voting Experience and OSSB Holds Mock Election
We are so excited for OSSB senior, Jeremiah, who shared his voting day photo from the Cleveland area, and was proud to have voted for the first time! Jeremiah voted in person on Election day earlier this week.
In other election news, the results of our 2020 student mock presidential election are in. Due to COVID-19 and restrictions around the school, students were unable to vote in person. This year students were sent a Google Form link, with two candidates to choose from, Donald Trump and Joe Biden. We had 60 of our 116 students vote, which was a 52% turnout. Out of the 60 students that voted:
- 35 voted for Joe Biden (58%)
- 25 voted for Donald Trump (42%)
It was a pretty close race, if just 5 or 6 of those votes had gone the other direction, we would have had a different winner. So every vote truly mattered and was important in this mock election. ~ Adam Schwamburger, High School Social Studies teacher
OSSB History Book Project Continues
The Ohio Arts Council has extended the grant period allowing artist Claudia Retter to continue working with OSSB students on what’s come to be known as the “history book project.” Due to COVID-19, the project’s plan for a final exhibition is up in the air, but the mission remains the same: to research the school’s history and add OSSB’s own "currently-happening" history and perspectives to it, archiving and presenting student experiences in creative ways.
Stay tuned: we’ll be putting out a general call for submissions to the project and keeping you updated on the progress. Thank you to all who have already contributed! If you have questions about the project, please reach out to Mrs. Rachelle Smith or Claudia Retter, Ohio Arts Council grant recipient.
The image shown with this article is the first official school building of the Ohio Institution for the Instruction of the Blind. This structure was built in 1838 on the corner of Parsons Ave. and East Main Street in Downtown Columbus. Eventually, it was replaced by the building currently on that property.
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Physical Fitness Fridays - Join In on ZOOM
OSSB staff will be offering Fitness Fridays. Each week, new and exciting exercise routines will be offered to participate in. To maximize the health benefits, full and active participation is a must. Be ready to sweat!
The sessions will start at 9:30 am and run for approximately 45 minutes. Proper dress is required – tennis shoes and exercise clothes. You may want to keep a water bottle nearby during the activity. We encourage everyone to join. It will be a fun time!
Mrs. Henry, Ms. Gilliland and Mr. Lee
Physical Education Class Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 998 911 7625
OSSB School Lunch Menu - Week of November 9, 2020
Early Intervention Program Sponsors Family Coffee Chat
On October 28, 2020, a small group of parents met virtually to share experiences and feel some sense of common ground. The connecting factor? These parents have young children from 1 - 3 years old who are blind or visually impaired (B/VI). The group was facilitated by Jenni Remeis, Statewide Coordinator of Early Intervention Vision Services for Ohio that is housed at OSSB. Jenni oversees a cohort who work with families of children ages 0-3 who are blind, visually impaired, and may have additional disabilities.
Jenni has created a series of monthly Family Coffee Chat's to engage parents and give them time to connect with other families of young children, while learning about a specific topic, and from each other. In October, Jenni and OSSB Parent Mentor, Lauri Kaplan, held two virtual sessions for families centered around the theme, Fall Into Sensory Fun!
The next virtual coffee hours will be held on November 18, 2020, at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, and the topic will be Toys Toys Toys!! With the holidays approaching, families will be able to share some of their child's favorites, and Jenni will share gift ideas she has found over the years. For more information on how to register please email Jenni at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lauri at email@example.com.
OSSB Block Bell Schedule
Wear A Mask, Protect Yourself and Your Friends
Improper Use of Face Coverings
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<- Mask Information -> from OSSB Nurses
Shown in the photo are Nurse Angela and Nurse Denise during Halloween Spirit week (not shown is nurse Myriam)
Wearing a Fabric Mask Safely
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New Program Available to Families of Children Learning 100% Remotely
Last week, Ohio Governor Mike Dewine announced Learning Aid Ohio, a grant program that aims to provide supplemental learning support for students with IEPs during this unique school year. The grant provides for a supplemental tutoring program, Learning Aid Ohio that DeWine says can assist parents with the challenges of virtual learning. Eligible families can apply for up to $1,500 in grant funding to cover tutoring costs and other needed support. You must fill out an application and be approved to begin services.
- You must be an Ohio resident
- Your child must be learning full-time remotely
- Child must be on an IEP during the 2020-2021 school year
- You must be experiencing financial hardship
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