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Parent Weekly Update: October 9, 2020

Weekly Update
Staff members from the Vocational Department at Cotting are teaching remotely, but they still have our in-house jobs underway! Ms. V’s class is sorting and readying paper for shredding while Mr. Teuber instructs and supports them on Zoom!
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Information From Cotting School
Reminder: No school Monday, October 12, 2020
Enjoy the long weekend!
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Family name placards are coming for the parents who transport their children to and from school! Thanks to a great suggestion from a Cotting parent, you will find your placard in your students’ backpack today. All you have to do is display your placard prominently when you come on campus for arrival or dismissal to give Cotting staff a head’s up that you have arrived. And to make things go even more smoothly, we will also have areas labeled by classroom outside so it will be easier to find students and keep them separated. All that said, arrival and dismissal are going well!
Cotting Families, you’re invited to join us as virtual guests for the Groundbreaking Ceremony at Cotting School on Wednesday October 14 at 3pm (rain date: Wednesday October 21 at 3pm).  We can’t wait to “see” you there! RSVP here to receive a link to the virtual event. More information on the Campaign for Cotting School can be found at: www.cottingschoolcampaign.org. #CottingSchoolCampaign #ChampionCotting #BuildOurFuture #ItTakesAVillage
Reminder from The Cotting Medical Department:
State public health officials have announced that influenza immunization will be required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities. The new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided.
Celebration of Jake during the Month of October
A message from Jake Jerman’s mother Julie Kenerson:
Friends of our family are organizing what I like to call a “fun-raiser” and a “fundraiser” in Jakey’s honor for the month of October.  It is a first annual “Jake’s Good Good Good Walk.” It’s filled with things that Jake loved- getting outside, Halloween costumes, dancing, and good music, with any funds raised going to Cotting. I wanted to share this information with the Cotting community and invite anyone who wants to participate to do so. (Here is the website they made if you want to check it out.)
Tech Tip of the week:
It is very important to join your teacher’s Zoom Meeting using your real name. If your teacher does not recognize your name, they may not let you into the meeting. Please click on this link for video tutorials.
Save the dates for monthly PAC meetings!
The Cotting Parent Advisory Committee meets one Friday a month at 9:30 am on Zoom. Please join us on the following dates:
October 23
November 20
December 18
January 29, 2021
February 26
March 26
April 30
May 21
June 9
You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on October 13 & 14. Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/04-2104328 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to Cotting School!
Resources and Events
In the Community
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.
Disability Mentoring Day at the State House
November 5th, 2020, Massachusetts. Location or Virtual Option – Location will be dependent on which company you are matched with for the day.
  • Applications currently being accepted. There is a possibility that not everyone will be matched. However, if you are not selected you will be placed on a wait list.
  • You must be at least 18 years old and your own legal guardian to participate in this event.
  • This event is for all diverse individuals interested in the promotion of Employment First practices and Employment for All. Join in on a unified celebration of Disability Mentoring and Employment opportunities for individuals with varied abilities and strengths.
  • Disability Mentoring Day is a one day event, located at the company where you are matched.
  • DMD is NOT a job interview or an internship.
  • DMD IS a chance to experience what it would be like to work in your field of interest/study, as well as a great opportunity to network, get a sense of the culture and environment, and build a relationship with a professional.
For more updated information on participating companies, and how to apply, please
click here or contact Kathy Muhr at kathy.muhr@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:
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Quick links to our social media pages can be found below.
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Let’s keep in touch!

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