OSSB Panther Paws News

Monday - April 19, 2021



  • Spring Testing Begins
  • 19th - Little NC's Practices begin
  • 26th - Swim Timed Finals
  • 28th - Track and Field Finals


  • 31st - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day


  • 3rd - Graduation
  • 4th - Last Day of School
  • 7th - 18th Extended Learning Plan - more information coming soon!

We Want Your Yearbook Photos!

Just a reminder to please upload photos for the yearbook. Yearbook production will be wrapping up very soon. Photos can be uploaded to PhotoCircle or emailed to Art Teacher, Rachelle Smith at rasmith@osdb.oh.gov.

Please send and upload all photos by April 30th.

Little NCs Afterschool Sports Program Begins Today!

Our annual afterschool sports program - Little NC's -for students in grades Kdg - 6th is beginning this afternoon! Students will be participating in cheerleading, basketball, goalball, and swim. Practices will be held after school, and students will be picked up at 4:45 pm.

  • Goalball will be Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • Basketball and Cheerleading will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 19-May 27th.
  • Swimming will start May 3rd-27th and be offered each night of the week.

Please contact Alison Brewer abrewer@osdb.oh.gov for additional support.

OSSB Cafeteria Menu - April 19 - 22, 2021

Download Accessible OSSB Menu PDF Here

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ProgressBook for Parents

OSSB Parents - We now have an easy way for parents to access ProgressBook. Click on this link that will take you directly to our OSSB website. Open Application Logins for Families. In ProgressBook Parent Access, view your child's grades, homework assignments, report cards and more.

OSSB’s Early Learning Center News and Photos

During our Space unit this week we learned about our Earth, Mercury, Mars, and Venus! We mixed colors of paint and added red sand to our paintings of Mars.~ Mrs. Brinkman

Fitness Fridays on Zoom

OSSB staff is still offering Fitness Fridays on Zoom. Each week, they will offer new and exciting exercise routines. 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!

Mrs. Henry, Ms. Gilliland, Mrs. Kallstrom, and Mr. Lee

Fitness Friday (join here)

Meeting ID: 998 911 7625

Passcode: Fq36nR

Observing Ramadan

OSSB continues to offer an alternative space for students observing Ramadan.

Please see Mrs. Sunny Kallstrom, Librarian with additional questions.

To learn more about Ramadan from National Geographic Kids, click here

Panther Paws Newsletters - 2020-21 Archives

Did you miss one of our weekly newsletters? Find all 2020-21 issues on our website.

OSSB Social Media

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.

Resources and Workshops for Families or Students

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 veracity of the information or data provided at these events. In no way is OSSB instructing students and families to participate in the described events.
TSBVI Outreach Coffeehour Info

Join the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Outreach Department as they provide this series of Coffee Chats.

Adaptive Sports Alert! Blind and Visually Impaired Boxing Instruction May 8th in Hamilton, Ohio 10:00am - noon Please email AdaptiveSports@cchmc.org

Parent and Caregiver Training Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

April 22nd

*hosted by Nationwide Children's Hospital

  • What are the differences between normal teenage ups and downs and mental health concerns?
  • What are the warning signs for depression and suicide?
  • What are the risk factors that can affect teens?
  • What are the steps to take if you have a concern about your child’s emotional needs?

ASL Interpreters and Captions provided.

Click here to learn more and find Zoom links.

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ACB Ohio Scholarship Window Opens

The American Council of the Blind of Ohio offers six scholarships each academic year. The application and reference forms may be downloaded from www.acbohio.org or requested by calling our office at 614-261-3561 or 800-835-2226. They have scholarships for entering freshmen, undergraduates, and graduate students. Applications are due in August.

An applicant must be an Ohio resident or attend an Ohio school in a two-year or more post-secondary degree program, be legally blind (except for the NOLA WEBB-MCKINNEY SCHOLARSHIP), have a 3.0 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale, and be willing to attend the 2021 ACB-Ohio convention.

Send the completed application packet to ACB-Ohio Scholarship Committee, 3805 N. High Street, Suite 305, Columbus, OH 43214, or via e-mail to acbo.director@gmail.com with “Scholarship Application” in the subject field.

Supported Decision Making Instead of Guardianship?

Have you heard of Supported Decision Making? Are you considering getting Guardianship of your young adult with disabilities? This two part workshop may be for you - May 12th and May 26th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm (participants should attend both sessions). Presenters from Disability Rights Ohio, and Ohio Family to Family will share resources and information that may simplify the process. Register here or contact Marion Cosgrove Rauch for more information at marion.cosgroverauch@cchmc.org

Disability Benefits 101 Website

The Ohio’s Disability Benefits 101 (OHDB 101) website helps people with disabilities make decisions about going to work. The website has Ohio-specific tools and information on employment and career planning; health coverage options; disability benefits; *asset building; education; housing; and community living. OHDB 101 can be used by job seekers with disabilities, service providers or anyone in the community. The website can be found at https://oh.db101.org/.
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