Archive for September, 2008

Student Council Election

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

In the spirit of the Election Year, students at Overbrook are preparing to gear up for the Student Council Speeches on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 9:45am in the Auditorium.

Best of Luck to all of those who are running for office! Make sure you caste your vote and do your part to ensure that the student government will be working for you!

Residential Happenings

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

During the Month of September the residential program visited the Franklin Institute to see the exhibit of Real Pirates. They also visited the IMAX theatre to see a film called Wild Ocean.

October has the students going to Linvilla Orchards for a good hay ride and treats. They will also participate in Make A Difference Day; is a day where they will volunteer their services to an area nursing home in hopes of brightening the spirits of the residents. They staff and students are also planning on taking a trip back in time to see The Persians at the Peoples Light Theatre.

Junior Golf Program — Free Golf Clinic

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Date and Time:
Saturday, October 4, 2008
10AM – 12PM
Free Pizza & Prizes to Follow

Location:
Overbrook School for the Blind
63rd and Malvern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19151

Attendees:
Girls and Bous ages 5-21
for the blind and visually impaired

PLEASE CALL SO THAT WE MAY HAVE A COACH FOR YOU!

JeanAnn Vogelman
javogelman@obs.org

Gil Kayson — 215-884-6589
email sasgil@verizon.net
or
Norman Kritz — 856-428-1420
609-680-5480 (cell)
email jerrynorman2@aol.com

Sponsered by the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association

We will play rain or shine!

Students Prepping for Election

Friday, September 19th, 2008

In Ms. Stein’s Class, Fisher 218, the students are learning about the Presidential election and how important it is to vote. In the upcoming weeks, they are learning the differences between the Democratic and Republican party as well as discussing the important issues in the election. We are exploring the ideas and plans for both presidential candidates in order to make an informed decision come November 6th. The class is also beginning the voter registration process for those that are not registered yet. Ms. Stein’s reports that her class is working so hard and that she is really proud of their dedication.

We are registering to vote before the election in November. We are doing this as a class. We are excited to vote for the first time. – Jill, Student, School to Work

Recycling in School to Work Program

Friday, September 19th, 2008

The School to Work program has started a new recycling program called Project Green. The students in Ms. Glavin’s class are dropping off boxes to classrooms and will be collecting recycling around campus! Everyone can participate in our efforts to keep OSB as green as we can!

Committee Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Overbrook was fortunate to be selected as one of the four beneficiaries of this year’s Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children’s Charities. We will have a booth at the market which will take place on May 6th and May 7th. Mark your calendars now for a fun spring event! A commmittee is being formed to help make this an outstanding day! The committee will help select our plant/flower inventory, help with publicity, and volunteer the day of the event.

The coming school year promises to be a busy and exciting one for Overbrook. Volunteers are needed to join committees to ensure their success! If you would like to participate in the Flower Market or the Aquatic Center Special Events Committee, please contact Kathe Archibald at karchibald@obs.org or at ext. 264.

Staff, Alumni, Students, Board Members, Friends of Overbrook, Parents and Families are all encouraged to participate.

US Women’s Goalball Team Wins Gold

Monday, September 15th, 2008

BEIJING, China–The U.S. Women’s Goalball Team beat Denmark in sudden death overtime to play China for the gold. The U.S. team then beat China, 6-5, in a sold-out Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium to win the gold medal. Read more about the Gold Medal Winners!

Award Winning Poetry

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Ridley was one of the award winning poets in the Creative Communication Poetry Contest. When he was asked if he’d like to share anything about the poem he said, “The poem was a little out of character for me — my parents didn’t think I wrote it!”
He also said that he thought it was really cool being published in a book. Way to go Ridley.

What Happens Next

What happens next when you walk into the darkness,
You hear nothing, you see black
All you can do is feel

What happens next you feel this thing
That’s so soft and warm
Then you get this feeling all through your body

What happens next then you step into the light
But it still looks like it’s night
What a way to live
But when it’s night I don’t feel right

What happens next he’s lost in his eyes
I can see so well but I wish he could
He’s blind he goes through this every day
At night he’s always in the light
But stays in the night.

Middle School Math Monday!!

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Each Monday Mr. Le and Mrs. Vaughan will be posting a math problem or two for you to solve!
See what you can do! Submit your answers directly to your teacher! Have fun!

1. John scored 18 points in his first basketball game, 21 points in his second game, and 15 points in his third game. What was his average score?

2. On a short flight between two cities a plane carried 86 people on way and 62 people on the return flight. what was the average number of people carried on each of the two flights?

Aquatic Center Fundraising is Heating UP!

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Kathe Archibald, OSB’s Development Officer, reported today that $667,455 of our $1 million Aquatic Center fundraising goal has been raised!

We’re getting there!
We are grateful to EVERYONE who has contributed to the fundraising effort so far!
It is quite exciting to see those numbers growing daily!

We hope that you will consider joining our Make a Splash Campaign by supporting this critically important initiative. We welcome your partnership in making certain that all of our students, alumni members, families and staff will have the extraordinary opportunity to enjoy this new facility!

Each contributor to our campaign is an advocate for the valuable programs and services that Overbrook School for the Blind offers its students. Join us today and help us keep our promise to all of our students that we will always be here inspiring them to achieve their highest potential. Your contribution to the aquatic center will forever be a part of Overbrook, as it will be recognized on a specially designed wall in the center. If you are interested in more information, please feel free to contact Kathe Archibald at 215-877-0313 x 264.