The MSB Weekly News

Updated 03/09/2023

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March 24th

  • Professional day – Ends at 11:30am and no PreK

March 30th

  • Senior Breakfast with the Superintendent: Superlative awards will be presented, 9am

April 3rd-7th

  • Spring Break – School campus closed April 7th-10th

April 20th

  • Senior Trip – Amped up!

April 21st

  • Professional day – Ends at 11:30am and no PreK

April 29th

  • See Beyond Festival – from 10 am-3 pm

May 5th

  • Professional day – Ends at 11:30am and no PreK


Please Complete the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey. Your opinion matters!
Available February 10 to May 19, 2023. Start Now.
Go to to start your survey now!


The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland (NFBMD) is thrilled to administer the John T.  McCraw Scholarship Program for Academic Year 2023-2024.   The Program will award up to four individual scholarships of $4,000 each.  These scholarships will be given to qualified blind students who exhibit academic achievement, community involvement, and leadership.

The John T. McCraw Scholarship Program has been established to promote post-secondary educational opportunities for Maryland’s blind students.  The recipients may use these scholarships to defray the cost of educational expenses incurred at any post-secondary institution during the 2023-2024 academic year.  All John T. McCraw scholarships are merit-based and are awarded based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership.



The 2023 Spring Concert will be held in Knefely Gym on May 17th at 1:15pm. All are welcome to join in person or virtually!

Local Families in Need

Can you believe it?!? We are less than two weeks away from 3/27/23- the day we hand out the Spring Break gift cards to our families in need.  We are still in need of gift cards to Aldi, Target, Giant, and Walmart to reach our goal of helping 34 families.  Gift cards can be given to any social worker or psychology team member, or bring to New Comer 232.  We need gift cards in the following amounts: 

$20- 5 gift cards needed
$30- 9 gift cards needed
$50- 5 gift cards needed

Thanks so much for your support!

Peer Recognition Award Program

Reintroducing the Peer Recognition Award Program! (formerly the STAR Award Program)

The revamped recognition will be fully rolled out in 2023 but in the meantime here is the link to nominate any peers and co-workers that you believe have demonstrated extraordinary examples of the MSB Values (Accountability, Integrity, Collaboration, Transparency).  Please include specific examples of how these values and behaviors have been recognized in the classrooms, dorms, or general work areas.  

Peer Recognition Award Program

Special recognition will be included in the Quarterly Town Hall meetings! Please let me know if you have any questions or need clarification.  Thank you!

Used Instrument Drive

MSB is collecting used band and orchestra instruments for our music students. We are looking for any of the following instruments in fair condition: flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, baritones, euphoniums, violins, cellos, hi-hats, crash/ride cymbals, electric keyboards, electric guitars. We are not looking for pianos or snare drums. If you have an instrument to donate, please drop it off at the front office of the Newcomer building.

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Hoffman at 

GLIDE Spring 2023 Workshop

  • March 25, 2023 – Relationship Building and Conflict Management
  • April 15, 2023 – Finance and Personal Budgeting
  • May 5-7, 2023 – Independent Living (WEEKEND RETREAT)

At each of these day-long workshops, an optional breakfast will be served at 9:00AM, and the workshop will take place from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. BISM will provide transportation for those who request it as well! We hope to see you there!

For any questions or concerns, please reach out to Juhi Narula at or 410-737-2642.

Assistive technology and transition webinar alert!

Join the Maryland School for the Blind and the Maryland Department of Disabilities Assistive Technology Program as we explore services & programs providing access to assistive technology (AT) during & after the transition from school to the community! Learn about the many AT services available through the Maryland AT Program.

Date: Tues. March 28th

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Contact Cynthia at

To register, use the zoom link provided below or the QR code on the flyer.…/reg…/WN_gEJTXVYyRQqbIHWTXXo05Q

Duckpin Cares

This group raised over $2000 to support Riona, the dog that was burned in Memphis last year. They have also worked with the Special Olympics.
In March, they are hosting another event at Parkville Lanes, just up the street in the Parkville Shopping Center. Any student with special needs and one family member can attend for free! See the flyer for details. 
Please note: Parkville Lanes is not handicapped accessible- there is a long flight of stairs with no wheelchair access. They apologize for this inconvenience.

Get Connected: Special Needs Resources Fair

Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
We look forward to welcoming our 200 – 300 guests who are looking to gain access to the various special needs resources available to them.  

The Camp Abilities Story-Webinar

Join us on Monday, April 10, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET

Title: The Camp Abilities Story

Description: In 1996 Lauren Lieberman, then an assistant professor at SUNY Brockport, started a small educational sports camp for children with visual impairments called Camp Abilities with 27 children. In 2000 she expanded to Palmer, Alaska. Today there are Camp Abilities programs in over 20 locations in the US and in 10 countries. Come to this talk and hear the remarkable story of this epic journey to help children with visual impairments and their families around the globe.

Earn 1.0 continuing education credits, available through ACVREP!

Presenter: Lauren Lieberman

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the origin of Camp Abilities
  • Participants will understand where the current Camps are held and how to get their children involved
  • Participants will know where to go for information if they want to start their own physical activity program

Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled hosts CASH Campaign

The library hosts two financial education programs!

The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the CASH Campaign of Maryland. LBPD will host two upcoming programs in honor of Money Smart Week, a national public education program coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago that empowers people with the knowledge and skills to make better-informed personal financial decisions.

The two events will be held virtually via Zoom. Registration is highly encouraged. Registration opens March 20, 2023. 

  • Earn it, Plan it, Keep it  – April 12, 2023, at 6 PM. This class will help participants reflect on their habits, reactions, and values about money;  understand what role money plays in their lives; and understand budgets as a function of income and expenses. This groundwork will assist participants in understanding the concept and application of budgeting, avoid common pitfalls or barriers they may face in sticking to a budget, and create strategies to maximize their earnings.
  • How to Build a Positive Credit Score and History  – April 26, 2023, at 6 PM. Today, strong credit is important for accessing a mortgage loan, personal loans, renting an apartment, and more. This workshop will teach you the main factors that make up a credit score, the costs associated with having a loan, and various strategies on how to build a positive credit history with the right credit products for you.

To register for these events or if you have any questions, please contact Ashley Biggs at, Marketing and Outreach Librarian. 

Adaptive Lacrosse

Anyone interested in doing blind lacrosse you are invited to join Parkville adaptive lacrosse program in April and May.  They begin on April 11th and run consecutive Tuesdays until May 30th.  Our sessions run from 6 – 7:30pm at the Northeast Region Recreation Center, 7501 Oakleigh Rd. (2.3 miles from your campus).  All equipment will be provided.  If anyone wants to just come for 1 or 2 sessions or the whole season they are welcome.  If you have any questions please let me know or reach out to Marty Delaney at the email address below.

American Visionary Art Museum 

Join us for a special guided tour and art-making workshop at the American Visionary Art Museum. Students ages 6 and up are encouraged to join us in exploring creative new territory inspired by our most beloved visionary artists, their unusual art-making materials, and their unforgettable stories! 
The American Visionary Art Museum is the Congressionally-Designated National Museum and Education Center for intuitive artists, creatives and visionaries.

April 15th, 2023
Program time : 10AM to 11:30 AM

American Visionary Art Museum 
800 Key Highway
Baltimore MD 21230

Questions? Contact Sharon Peer 410-444-5000 X1221

Registration link:


Be sure to check out the monthly educational and professional events for students, staff and parents on the

Maryland TVI Portal.  There are many wonderful opportunities for all! 

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Throwback Thrusday!

Are you ready for the 2023 See Beyond Festival? In just a month, it will be back on MSB campus. Come join us April 29th from 10am-3pm. Check out these great photos from the 2022 festival!