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Parent Weekly Update: October 2, 2020

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Information From Cotting School
Hello Families,
Cotting’s Back to School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7th at 6 pm. As much as we would love to welcome you into the building, it will be a virtual event this year. The goal is to come together to share information about classrooms and programs.
Our schedule for the evening will be:
  • 6:00 pm Welcome
  • 6:15 pm Classroom “Visits” in Breakout Rooms
  • 6:30 pm Program “Visits” in Breakout Rooms
Therapies & Services (OT, PT, CT, Tutorial & Counseling)
Specials (Art, Science, Social Studies, Performing Arts, etc.)
Transition Topics (Vocational and Community)
6:50 pm “Poll” it All Together
You will register using the link below. When you register you will be asked to select your student’s homeroom teacher as well as your 6:30 program “visit” choice. We will be using this information to have breakout sessions ready to go. Please register by 4 pm on October 7thso that we can pre-assign the breakout sessions. If you late register, we will move you into your desired room as quickly as possible during the event. Once you register you will receive an email with the link for the evening. This is a personal link, please don’t share or post it to keep our community secure.
We also hope to have a bit of fun together with a few games thrown in. We know that we might see a few student faces popping in or siblings hanging out in the background so we ask that you keep questions and comments focused on general classroom or program topics. If you have a specific question, please reach out for a private conversation.
We are looking forward to seeing you on October 7th,
Bridget, Leah, Karen, Sejal and Jeanine
Attendance Highlights:
If your child will be absent, please email: attendance@cotting.org. This email will go to the medical department and to others who are managing daily attendance. Please do not email attendance information to individual people.
If your child is expected to be in school for in person learning, but will be absent, please make sure you still complete and submit the daily attestation form. We have added a new question to this form.  Your answers will inform faculty about whether or not this student will be attending classes and therapies remotely for the day.
New Question on the Daily Attestation Form:
Friday Falcon Basketball Awards 2019-2020
Please join the Falcon coaches in congratulating all our Falcons players, boosters, and cheerleaders for a great basketball season last year. The following students earned special recognition for their efforts, and many earned their Falcon jacket for 3 years of participation in the program. While our usual end of the season celebration was not to be this year, we are no less proud of our Falcons players, boosters, and cheerleaders. Thank you to all parents, family and other supporters who helped make our season a success!
  1. Most Dedicated: Michael P.
  1. Most Spirited – Sienna B.
  2. Most Dedicated – Anika C.
  3. Team Leadership – Allie B.
  1. Most Valuable Player – Billy C.
  2. Most Improved Player – Zoe C., Tommy P.
  3. Defensive Player of the Year — Ben W.
  4. Falcon Spirit Award – Peter S.
  5. Tanner Sportsmanship Award – Anthony L.
  6. Coaches Award – Will P.
  7. Falcon Pride – Jamie D., Emma D.
  8. Courage Award – Patrick D., Frankie V.
Mark B.
Allie B.
Hannah C.
Alexa D.
Maeve F.
Anthony L.
Brianna M.
Tyler M.
Halle P.N.
Lily P.
Henry R.
Shane S.
Alex T.
Ben W.
Thulasi Y.
Julia M.
Kelly S.
Michael L.
Go Falcons!
Thank you to the Cotting Community Sew Team! Read all about Cotting Parents, Staff, Friends, and Family who have been sewing Cotting School Spirit: https://www.cotting.org/2020/09/28/sewing-school-spirit/
Are you ready for some back to school fun? We just launched our first playlist on Cotting School’s Spotify account!
Resources and Events
In the Community
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.
Free Coronavirus & Family Mental Health
Webinar, October 8th, 2020 – 7:00 pm, with the Discovery Museum in Acton, MA. With Dr. Gene Beresin, Executive Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
  • This presentation is suitable for parents, grandparents, educators, and anyone with concern about the short- and long-term impact of Coronavirus on our communities’ children and families.
  • This second episode in the mini-series will address the realities of the start of the school year.
  • There will be an opportunity to share your questions for Dr. Beresin via a survey link that will go live prior to the event. The museum will also email the link to registrants.
  • Questions will be consolidated and curated in advance of the event.
  • Participation in Part 1 is not necessary.
About the speaker: Dr. Beresin lectures on behalf of the Clay Center’s mission to promote and support the mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being of children, teens, and young adults. Dr. Beresin has focused on prevention, early intervention and treatment of teens and young adults.
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
Supporting Emotional Regulation
Webinar, October 15th, 2020, with the League School of Walpole, MA. Free and open to the public. Join in with exploring the development of self-regulation skills across school and home settings.
  • When children and young adults can effectively manage their emotions, neurological arousal level, and behavior, they can be more actively engaged, independent, and successful in interacting with others and participating in daily life.
  • Learn to incorporate brain-based strategies as well as home and school-based interventions to encourage emotional regulation and success.
  • To participate in this Zoom event, you must RSVP in advance by using the Google form link: https://tinyurl.com/Oct15-RSVP, or with questions or concerns, you may contact Lindsay Wagner
“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
Abilities Dance Boston Virtual Concert
Thursday, Oct. 29, 8 PM
Neighborhood Arts
Celebrity Series Debut
“Dance uses the body to tell stories and process emotions, and we deserve to be able to participate in that,” says Abilities Dance’s founding Executive Director Ellice Patterson. Her visionary company, which brings together professional dancers with and without disabilities and champions artists of color and queer artists, makes its Celebrity Series Neighborhood Arts debut with a program that centers and celebrates the diversity of human movement.
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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