Parent Weekly Update: September 18, 2020

Weekly Update
Thanks to the careful and thoughtful planning of the Cotting Reopening Team, in-person and remote learning days are off to a great start! We’ve been saying this since day one of the new school year and it will continue to be our mantra: We’re All In This Together!
For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram.
Information From Cotting School
Mark your calendar and invite a friend to join us for our next virtual session on Thursday, September 24 at 4:00 pm on Facebook Live! Cotting School teachers will share tips for remote engagement! This is a great way for someone new to learn more about Cotting School. https://www.facebook.com/CottingSchool
The Cotting PAC and PTO are starting back up next week! The first meetings of the year will be on Friday, September 25, 2020 on zoom!
  • PTO from 8:30-9:30 am
  • PAC from 9:30-11:00 am
All Cotting parents are welcome to join.
Look for more information, the full year schedule of meetings, and links in your email inbox.
Are you ready for some back to school fun? We just launched our first playlist on Cotting School’s Spotify account, and we need song suggestions from you and your students to make it GREAT!
What is your FUN pick-me-up song?
What is your CELEBRATION song?
What is your POSITIVE song?
…we want to know!
Please submit your song here and we will build a great playlist together! You can listen along and watch our playlist grow at the link below! Let’s have some fun with this.
Did you know you can support Cotting School just by shopping on Amazon?
Shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to
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A big thank you to families for sending in forms and required medical paperwork!
If your student is missing forms please send them in right away. Forms can be found on the Cotting website at: https://www.cotting.org/parent-student-forms-handbooks/
And… a question about daily attestation forms. Are you receiving yours by email?
Thanks again for the diligence shown in making sure the daily attestation forms are filled out for your children on their in-person days. We have heard from some parents, however, that they have not been receiving the forms online and we want to fix that!
If you have been having trouble, here’s what you should know:
The link for the daily attestation form is sent by email at 5 am to parents each day their child is scheduled to come to campus. Clicking on the link in the email will take you to the form, which should be filled out before students arrive on campus.
If you have not been receiving the email with the link to the form on the days your child is scheduled on campus, please look in your trash or junk folder if you haven’t done so already.
If you still can’t find it, please email Rachael Sciola in the Student Services Office at rsciola@cotting.org, and she will help you troubleshoot.
Resources and Events
In the Community
Webinar: Anxiety & Return to School for students with ASD
September 23rd, 2020, 6:30 p.m., with the Lurie Center for Autism in Lexington.
Management of anxiety as students return to school each fall is often a challenge for children and teens with an ASD profile. COVID-19 has exacerbated those concerns immensely.
  • Hear some methods to assess and support students with anxiety challenges as they transition into an
  • increasingly unpredictable school environment.
  • About the speakers
  • D. Scott McLeod, PhD, is Executive Director of MGH Aspire
  • Christopher Keary, MD, is Staff Psychiatrist, Lurie Center for Autism
Registration is required to LurieCenter@partners.org or call: 781-860-1700
Event link will be emailed by 1:00pm on September 23rd
Learn about Self-Directed Adult Services with the Department of Developmental Services
Online: September 24th, 2020, with the Massachusetts Department of Development Services (DDS). Interactive discussions about expanding choices and control in your life through Self-Directed Supports.
  • Hear how participants and their families can design individualized services to meet their needs through the Participant Directed Program OR the Agency with Choice.
DATE AND TIME:
9/24/2020 – 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Offered via WEBEX.
For more information or to RSVP click here or contact jennifer.r.benoit@mass.gov.
College Planning & Transition Conference Produced with the Student with Learning Differences in Mind (Middle School – College Students),
by Let’s Talk LD
Sat, Sep 26, 2020, 11:00 AM –
Sun, Sep 27, 2020, 8:00 PM EDT
FREE Online Event
More information and registration can be found HERE.
Webinar: Housing & Supported Decision Making
Webinar, September 30th, 2020, 8 pm, with a Massachusetts based special needs law firm.  For individuals with special needs or disabilities, their families, and their advocates interested in exploring housing options.
* Families often ask, “Where will my child live when I can no longer care for them?” This webinar will review practical legal and planning tools you can use to prepare for residential and independent living, along with an overview of resources that may be available. Hear about:
Government Benefits that provide residential supports :
  • SSI, SSDI, CDB,
  • Section 8 and other HUD programs
  • SNAP
  • DMH/DDS
  • Mass Medicaid Waiver Programs
  • Legal Tools that supplement or provide Residential Supports:
Guardianship
  • Powers of Attorney and Supported Decision Making
  • Special Needs Trusts, ABLE Accounts
Forging a Public/Private Partnership to Maximize Options in the Community
  • Examples of public/private residential options
  • Group homes, cooperatives, shared living
  • Adult foster care
  • Supervised independent living
The presenters will be Attorney’s Frederick M. Misilo, Jr., Theresa Varnet, and Meredith Greene. Fred’s specialty areas are in elder law, special needs planning, estate planning, estate and trust administration, guardianship, and adult service advocacy. Fred has served as Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, on the The Arc of the United States Board of Directors Legal Advocacy Committee and its Policy and Procedures Committee, gave technical assistance to and had his advocacy work featured in “Autism: Coming of Age”, a PBS documentary.
For more information visit the Fletcher Tilton Event Page  or contact 508.459-8000.
Yoga for Autism classes on Zoom!
Who: For teens and adults with ASD (ages 16 and up)
Time: Fridays 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Dates: 10/2, 10/9, 10/23 and 10/30 (*no class 10/16)
Cost: $75 for 4 classes
Location: The comfort and safety of home! All classes offered remotely on Zoom.
Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance Boston, Newton and the North Shore will have Virtual Classes October 9 – December 31,2020.  The option for hybrid or in-studio classes will be explored for the spring (Mar-May). All classes will be held at the same time of day in the fall and the spring.
  • Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Designed for individuals with disabilities from ages 2 to adult.
Three types of classes are offered:
  • Specialized classes for individuals with Down syndrome ages 2–adult in Boston and Newton (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Specialized classes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders ages 5–adult in Boston and Newton (Sunday)
  • Inclusive classes for individuals of All abilities and needs ages 5–adult in the North Shore (Tuesday) and Newton (Saturday and Sunday)
This program helps enhance:
  • creativity and self-expression, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • increased pride cooperating with and encouraging others
  • increased appreciation and knowledge of music and rhythm
  • distinguishing right and left, attending to and following directions
  • increased focus, improved balance, posture, and alignment
  • Financial aid is available.
For more information visit the Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance page or contact community@bostonballet.org
“Raise the Bar” Disability Employment Conference
Virtual Conference, October 21st, 2020, with UMass Medical School. This one-day annual conference features prominent national keynote speakers, educational sessions, exhibitors, networking opportunities and sharing of best practices on disability employment.
  • For People with disabilities and Family members, Employers, Employment service providers, State agencies, Disability Owned Business Enterprises.
Keynote Speaker:
  • Hosted by Work Without Limits, a network of employers, educational institutions, employment service providers, state and federal agencies, individuals with disabilities and their family members. Work Without Limits programs and services are geared to meet the needs of businesses that actively recruit people with disabilities, individuals with disabilities who are seeking jobs, and the employment providers that serve them.
To register or for more information visit or Work Without Limits or contact michelle.nowers@umassmed.edu
Stay in touch!
Please share your own resources and suggestions! Send them to pvarrin@cotting.org.
Be well and Cotting on!
A Few Helpful Cotting Community Resource Links:
We’ll share photos and updates throughout the year on our Social Media pages! If you don’t already, please consider following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Quick links to our social media pages can be found below.
Do you know someone who would like to learn more about Cotting School? Please share the information at the links below with someone you know. Cotting School parents are our best ambassadors and our team is available to connect with families that may have questions about Cotting School at this time!
Let’s keep in touch!

 

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