The MSB Weekly News

Updated 10/27/2022

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November 24th-25th

  • Closed for the Holiday

November 29th

Giving Tuesday logo
  • Join us in raising money for Student Activities.

December 8th

  • Senior Ring Fitting – West Cottage 10:00am – 10:45am
  • Senior Class Raffle – Tickets will be available in the school store and West 210.

December 15th

  • Winter Concert 1:15-2:15 pm in the Knefely Gym. – Everyone is invited to come and hear the Music Therapy Rockstars, Junior Choir, Concert Choir, Percussion Ensemble, and Blue Duffs! The concert will be recorded and live streamed for those who cannot attend in person. Please email our music teacher, Lynnie Hoffman with any questions.

December 23rd

  • Half day- Ends at 11:30am

December 24th-Janurary 9nd

  • Winter Break

January 16th

  • Schools Closed – Martin Luther King Jr. day

January 20th

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




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!

Fall Food Gift Card Drive

It’s that time of year again. Cool weather, changing leaves, and the FALL GIFT CARD DRIVE! This year our goal is to provide 33 MSB families in need with gift cards for the Thanksgiving Holidays. These gift cards are a HUGE help to our students in need and their families. We need gift cards to Giant, Walmart, Target, and Aldi for $20-$50 each. 

If you would like to donate please contact myself or another member of the Social Work team. Gift cards can be delivered to Newcomer 133. 

Thank you for your support- we are always awed and grateful for your help each year.

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 

TAFFY Presents: Songwriting Workshops

Join Taffy Presents artist, Valerie Leonhart Smalkin, for a two part songwriting workshop at the Maryland School for the Blind. The workshops will take place from 6-7:15 pm on Tuesday November 29th and Tuesday December 6th. Open to MSB Students and Blind/Low-vision Students across the state of Maryland.


On Saturday, December 10, the Technology User Group will profile 20 websites that you will want to use in 2023.  In addition, we will look at the five best new iPhone apps from 2022.

On Saturday January 7th there is the “Bringing Assistive Technology to Marylanders” event through the Maryland Technology Assistance Program.

Holiday Happenings Make and Take Party

Saturday December 10th from 11am to 2:00 pm in Russo Hall – Hosted by Outreach

This event is open to MSB and statewide students and their families.  This is a great opportunity for students to practice social skills and engage in holiday themed recreational activities, as well as an opportunity for parents to network with one another.  Attached is the flyer as a PDF and image as well as the link to register. The registration link and QR code are also embedded in the flyer.  Please share this event with your students and families.  We don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun!!

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.  Thanks for spreading the word!

In-Person Winter Concert

December 15 at 1:15pm in Knefely Gym.

Our concert theme is Family and the concert will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend or choose to watch from their home.

Maryland Regional Braille Challenge

The event will be from 9-4, with check in beginning at 8:30. Lunch will be provided and a parent/guardian must be present at the event. There will be prizes for all of our Braille Challenge participants! 

Deadline to register is December 15th. The clock is ticking! All you need to do is mark your calendar and fill out the google form! Contact Jackie Otwell at with any questions!

2023 Maryland Regional Braille Challenge Registration Form

2023 BELL Registration Form


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! 

Outreach Short Course called Gracious Gratitude

Students were challenged to answer this question as the Maryland School for the Blind Outreach and Blind Savvy USA partnered up on Saturday (11/19) for Gracious Gratitude. This short course focused on how to show gratitude, be a good host, be a good guest, prepare holiday refreshments and practice dining etiquette.

Guests arrived in the afternoon for students to practice greetings, offering to assist with coats and serving food. The day ended with students sharing their wisdom from the day. It was a blast to be with friends, new and old, to learn these skills and kick off the holiday season.