OSSB Panther Paws

November 15, 2021 OSSB Weekly News



  • 22 thru 23 - REMOTE Online Learning/No students on Campus
  • 24 thru 26 - NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break
  • 30 - Webinar for families - 6:30PM Planning for the Future with Derek Graham - Register Here


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


  • 2 - Residential Students return to Campus
  • 3 - OSSB Day Students return to Campus
  • 17 - NO SCHOOL/Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Unique Handmade Items!

Exciting news! The Horticulture students at OSSB have been developing a new product for their student business, Unique Boutique. Coming soon, bath bombs will available, just in time for the holidays! Make sure you continue to check the weekly newsletter where we will announce when the product is ready for purchase. As always, if you would like to purchase facial mists, oil rollers, and sugar scrubs now, please follow this link to our Unique Boutique order form.

Unfortunately, due to product availability we are not currently selling succulents, but they will return for our Mother's Day plant sale.

Thank you!

~The Horticulture class: Jayden, Joey, Jon S., Helena, and Junior

Guess What??

If you are driving onto OSSB's campus anytime soon, look for a brand new OSSB sign! You may remember, our former school sign was removed during construction of our current school building and dormitories.

Be on the lookout for our new OSSB sign "coming soon!"

Photos show our original sign, a red brick structure with white letters that say "5220 - Ohio State School for the Blind", and a new brick structure awaiting signage. In the background of the second photo is the Ohio Historical marker placed in 2003.

~Mrs. Lauri Kaplan

Photo shows a brick structure, soon to be the new OSSB sign at High Street.  In the background is the Historical marker

OSSB Calendar - November 22nd and 23rd - Online Learning

OSSB and OSD continue to work to keep our schools and dorm environments as safe as possible for students staff and staff from the COVID-19 virus. Due to our historically low attendance on the days before the Thanksgiving holiday, we have chosen this time to move to remote online learning for Monday & Tuesday, November 22 & 23 for all students. This will allow for more students to engage in learning and we are excited for this new way to connect.

This time will allow for students to work with teachers in small groups and individual time for IEP goals. We will provide additional deep cleaning of classrooms and dorms prior to return on Sunday, November 28th for residential students and Monday, November 29th for day students.

Our Directors for Teaching and Learning (Ms. Wagner and Mr. Doudt) will reach out to you soon with additional information concerning the remote online learning for November 22 & 23. We feel extremely blessed and thankful this Thanksgiving season for the minimal effects COVID-19 has had on our schools this fall to be able to keep our schools open. With this additional deep cleaning, we will continue to see such success into the new year.


Office of the Superintendent

OSSB Memory Quilt 2020-21

Hanging in the halls of OSSB is a Memory Quilt, made by OSSB students in collaboration with visiting artist, Claudia Retter. Grant funding was provided through the Ohio Arts Council's TeachArts Ohio grant. Each square represents a student's memory from OSSB. Check out this beautiful tactile quilt! Photo behind this week's Panther Paws shows the Memory Quilt hanging at OSSB.

Another outcome of the grant was a memory book entitled, This moment in Time. The book includes artwork and stories written by OSSB students, as well as quotes and reflections from current and former staff and students. To view and/or order your own copy of the memory book - click here.

November 30th - Webinar for OSSB and OSD families - Planning for the Future

Join OSSB and OSD Parent Mentors on November 30th when Derek Graham from Resch, Root, Phillips and Graham presents information for OSSB and OSD families, staff and the community regarding planning for the future. Join us at 6:30 pm online to learn more about Supported Decision Making, Guardianship, Stable Accounts and Preserving Benefits. Bring your questions and join us for this interactive presentation. ASL interpreting will be provided.

Click here to register >> https://bit.ly/3n4YJt7

OSSB October 2021 Podcast



OSSB Panther Gear On Sale Now!!

It is that time again! The OSSB Panther sale is posted on the google form below. All orders must be submitted before the Thanksgiving break so that we can have them completed before the winter holiday break.

Panther Gear Google Form

Orders due November 23rd at 9am

Cash or Checks Payable to OSSB when picking up order
Order to arrive before the Holiday Break (December 16th)
OSSB Logo of OSSB PANTHERS above an image of a black panther on all shirts (embroidered on polo shirts and hats)
Any questions, contact Steve Grim at 614-468-8880 or sgrim@ossb.oh.gov

Cafeteria menu for the week of November 15th
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.

OCALICONLINE 2021 starts tomorrow - Parents Register for $50

Information from OCALI website:

OCALICON is the premier autism and disabilities conference where thousands of people from around the world come together to learn, network, and share research, best practices, and resources to support the life-long needs of individuals with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and sensory and low-incidence disabilities. This year will mark our 15th anniversary, and we can't wait for you to join us as we celebrate over a decade of transforming inspiration into action.

Event is held exclusively online, and registration includes full access to both live and on-demand content, and all special events, including the extended Inclusive Education Leadership session, the BEST AT Forum and AT for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.

Register Online

Blind Hockey Dates in Central Ohio

Below are the blind ice hockey dates. All practices will be held on Sundays at the Chiller North (8144 Highfield Dr. Lewis Center, OH 43035).

  • November 21 at 4:50 - 6:20 PM at Chiller North
  • December 12 at 4:20 - 5:50 PM at Chiller North
  • January 9 at 2:00 - 3:30 PM at Chiller North
  • January 23 at 2:30 - 4:00 PM at Chiller North
  • February 13 at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM at Chiller North
  • February 27 at 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM at Chiller North
  • March 13 at 2:30 - 4:00 PM at Chiller North
  • March 27 at 2:30 - 4:00 PM at Chiller North

Questions? Please contact Katie Smith by calling or texting 513-360-9785.

Free Self-Paced Course on Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

Free Self-Paced Course on Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) from California School for the Blind.

Free Self-Paced CVI Course from California School for the Blind | Paths to Literacy

Emergency Broadband Benefit information.  PDF is attached below.
Newsletter background photo shows the OSSB Memory quilt hanging at OSSB.