Current Short Courses, Events, Summer Programs & Workshops
MSB offers short course programs to students (1st-12th grade) monthly on weekends throughout the school year and during the summer to promote skill development in the nine areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum.
Check back here throughout the year for course offerings held during the school year.
Summer Course information can be found below.
Student & Family Events
Saturday June 1st 2019 from 10:30am-1:30pm: Join us for a free Touch Tour at the Walter’s Art Gallery. Touch Tours allow visitors with vision impairments to enjoy a guided, hands-on exploration of art. During Touch Tours, both the docent and the visitor wear gloves to examine selected works from the Walters’ collection. Vivid descriptions and discussions of paintings allow visitors with vision impairments to engage more fully with the art. We will also participate in a tactile art activity and participants can choose to go to a nearby park for a BYO picnic at 12:30p. Paid street parking is available on the weekends and the Walters is accessible from the Light Rail (Center Street stop).
Register at https://forms.gle/UPU56XEey9qgw9Kv7
Saturday June 15th 2019 from 10:00am-1:00pm: at The Maryland School for the Blind – Outreach is inviting families with children of all abilities to celebrate Dads (Father’s Day weekend) and join us for a Spring Accessible Playground Group. We understand the obstacles that some families have when attending events, so we wanted to make this easy and accessible for all! As well as a great opportunity for networking and sharing. We will have access to a fully accessible playground, nearby pavilion and restrooms. Feel free to bring lunch.
Register at https://forms.gle/STs8PtiUqB6oZQCR6
**No food or childcare will be provided by MSB
Maryland Regional Braille Challenge
Braille is an important key to literacy! It allows for the enjoyment of reading, leads to school success, and opens the doors to future employment. Each year in February, students who read braille in grade Pre-K through grade 12 are invited to participate in the Maryland Regional Braille Challenge reading and writing contests. Parents are invited to participate in workshops about current topics related to visual impairment , the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) and education, while students are taking the tests. Teachers and school staff are invited to assist with test proctoring and scoring and helping to facilitate the day.
Students whose test scores qualify for the National Braille Challenge will be invited to compete at the annual competition which is held at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles, CA each June.
The following 2019 Maryland Regional Braille Challenge participants qualified for the National Braille Challenge in California!
Noa Hottin, Freshman Category Alexandria, Virginia)
Julia Stockburger, Junior Varsity Category (Nottingham, Maryland)
These 2 students have been invited to attend the National Braille Challenge held on the campus of the University of Southern California on June 21-22. Congratulations to all of the participants and their families for you dedication to Braille literacy! We look forward to seeing everyone again on February 8, 2020 for the 11th Annual Maryland Regional Braille Challenge!
To view photos from the 2019 MD Braille Challenge go to https://photos.app.goo.gl/a519gvgQtPjrDpyr8
For more information, contact:
410.444.5000, ext. 1488 | email@example.com
MSB Camp Abilities (annual event)
MSB Camp Abilities is an overnight sports camp held annually in the summer for youth ages 9-17 who are blind or visually impaired. The camp is held on the campus of MSB every summer, usually in the month of July. Activities include Swimming, Beep Baseball, Goalball, Beep Kickball, Soccer, Fitness Activities, Camp Fires, Field Trips and Social Time.
The cost of the 5 day camp is $175.00. MSB Camp Abilities will be held from July 15 – 19, 2019. Registration is now open! See MSB Camp Abilities Flyer 2019 or MSB Camp Abilities Spanish Flyer 2019 for more details and register at 2019 CA Registration
MSB Camp Abilities at Lions Camp Merrick is a 5 day overnight outdoor education camp for youth ages 9-17 who are blind or visually impaired held at Lions Camp Merrick on the beautiful Potomac River in Nanjemoy, MD. The cost of the camp is $550.00 and will be held from July 28 – August 1, 2019. Registration is now open! See MSB CA Lions Camp Merrick Flyer 2019 or CA Lions Camp Merrick Spanish Flyer 2019 for more details and register at 2019 CA LCM Registration
The following forms must be completed in order to attend MSB Camp Abilities or Camp Abilities at Lions Camp Merrick; if your child is attending both camps, only ONE set of forms is needed.
2018-19 Emergency 911 Transportation Consent Form
2018-19 Maryland State Medication Authorization Form
2018-19 Part I Health Assessment Form
2018-19 Part II Health Assessment Form
2018-19 Over the Counter Meds Permission Form
2019 Parent Authorization Form Outreach Summer Programs
Follow MSB Camp Abilities on Facebook @MSBCampAbilities
M.I.S.L.E. SUMMER INSTITUTE (annual event)
Mastering Independence Skills Through Living Experiences (MISLE) is a worked based, residential (M-F) program for students with visual impairments ages 14-21 years of age, designed specifically to provide intensive instruction in the areas of organization, work experience, social skills, mobility and more. This program runs for 4 weeks each summer.
TRECCK FOR SUCCESS
BECOMING THE BEST YOU CAN BE THOUGH THE ECC
Because it’s never too soon to teach students skills they need to be prepared for life, MSB’s TRECCK FOR SUCCESS is a free one week program that provides instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) through fun themed classes and activities. See 2019 TRECCK for Success Flyer for more information
July 8 – 12, 2019 – Elementary Week (students entering 1st – 5th grades). Register now at TRECCK Elementary Registration
July 22 – 26, 2019 – Middle/High Week (students entering 6th – 10th grades). Register now at TRECCK Middle/High Registration
Braille Literacy Live! Ask the Expert Series
Join experts in the field of educating students with visual impairments to ask your specific questions about braille using the Zoom video conferencing platform.
Sessions will be most months throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Each session will be held on a Monday between 3 and 4 pm eastern time. Additional dates will be provided throughout the year.
Q and A sessions will be with experts such as Anna Swenson and Cay Holbrook.
Please e-mail your questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org