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Parent Weekly Update: October 23, 2020

Weekly Update
Some lucky students got to take virtual class trips this week! Ms. Hassett’s class took
a virtual trip to Washington, D.C. and Ms. Norregaard’s class took a virtual tour of
Horse SenseAbility at Wildstar Farm in Sherborn, MA!
For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram.
Information From Cotting School
Cotting’s online virtual session last month was such a hit that we’re turning these sessions into a series called “Cotting Conversations”. Next up, tune in to learn more from Nico and the team of educators at HOPEhouse by joining us for a (virtual) Cotting Conversation focused on living a curriculum for independence. Join us on Facebook Live on Tuesday, October 27 at 4:00 pm. Help us spread the word by sharing this session with someone you know.
Past Cotting Conversations can also be found at: www.cotting.org/conversations
A Cotting family would like to give away some outgrown equipment:
1.   Go Go Pride Mobility Scooter
2.   Blue wheelchair coat, size 10/12 (runs small/closer to a size 8)
 If you are interested, please contact Pam Varrin at pvarrin@cotting.org for more information.
Coming next Friday: MUSIC, FUN, AND PRIZES!
Friday, October 30, 2020, 6:00-7:30 pm ONLINE
Make sure to DOUBLE CHECK that your email address is correct on the form.
Your bingo cards will be sent to your email address before the event.
COST: $10 for your first Bingo card, $5 for each additional card
Pay at registration via:
VENMO: @TitanFundraising or PayPal: TitanTriviaBingo@Gmail.com
(If you have any questions, email pvarrin@cotting.org)
Brought to you by the Cotting PTO — ALL PROCEEDS will benefit the COTTING CAPITAL CAMPAIGN for the NEW GYM!
Sign Up for Family Photo Day (outdoors) at Cotting School!
We’d love to take your picture! Sign up to stop by Cotting School on Saturday, November 7 (with a rain date of Saturday, November 14)! We’ll welcome Cotting families during scheduled 1/2 hour time slots for a brief photo shoot! Our favorite professional photographer will be joined by a few Cotting Staff to welcome you to our safe, outdoor set-up where you can stop for a family photo. There will be optional video and interview stations as well so that you can share your Cotting thoughts with us!
Indicate your interest and your time preferences here, and we will be back in touch with your scheduled time slot prior to Nov. 7.
Photos taken may be used in upcoming Cotting School publications and we will share digital copies of your family photo(s) with you for your use!
Important Notes:
  • This event is completely optional
  • Masks and social distancing in effect: masks should be worn, but can be taken off for the photo
  • All students must have an up-to-date photo permission form signed and returned to Cotting before participating
  • We ask all families who chose to participate to keep their photo session and visit to campus brief.
Parents, grandparents, other family and friends:
We hope you will join the MAAPS Action Network. MAAPS, our trade association, is a powerful voice, an effective advocate for students at Cotting School. They reach leaders at all levels of government amplifying our message that students with special needs need proper resources to succeed. Bonus: the MAAPS Action Network won’t crowd your inbox or sell your contact information.
Resources and Events
In the Community
How has the COVID-19 crisis impacted your life?
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health wants to hear from you by filling out the Covid-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS)
The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS) is an online survey aimed at collecting data to better understand and identify the social, economic, and health needs and inequities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. While we know a lot about the social, economic and health impacts of the pandemic, the additional information gained from this survey will create more opportunities for action.
The MA Department of Public Health is extending the survey timeline to October 30th to collect even more responses and in particular to capture those voices that typically go unheard. Please take a moment to fill out the survey at
FAQ document: http://bit.ly/CCIS-FAQ
Are you or someone you know caring for a loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability at home?
Apply for a grant from The Fred Gaspari Fund for Families.
Caregivers in the MetroWest area can receive up to $500 to use for anything that will help make caregiving a little easier.
Since 2009, 198 grants have been awarded, with families using them in many different ways from therapeutic horseback riding classes to sensory items
Apply now through October 29, and please encourage caregivers you know to apply. Contact FamilyServices@Advocates.org or call (508) 628-6801 with questions.
Love of the Game is a UMass Lowell club that organizes and runs sporting/fitness events for people with disabilities. We welcome all ages to our events! Most semesters we run in-person events at our recreation center which typically include basketball, soccer, floor hockey etc. This semester we are running virtual events that include yoga, kickboxing, zumba, active charades etc. Our events run on Sundays, and they start at 11:00 AM. This semester we are running a fitness event every other Sunday but are providing a video chat every single Sunday at 10:30 AM. We feel it provides us all with more opportunities to talk with people we do not regularly see due to the effects of COVID-19.
We have a fitness circuit event this Sunday (10/25). If you are interested in joining us or have any questions, send us an email at LOVEOFTHEGAMESPORTS@GMAIL.COM or find us on Facebook: @LOTGSports or Instagram: @loveofthegameuml
The Love of the Game Team
Drive Through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Providence, RI, through November 1st, 2020, 6:30 – 11 p.m. This year the Roger Williams Zoo will offer a Drive-Thru version of their Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.
  • Celebrate Special Places while staying safe inside your car enjoying thousands of intricately carved pumpkins as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Halloween season.
  • Tickets are online sales ONLY and sold for each half hour. Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. NO REFUNDS OR RESCHEDULING.
To purchase your ticket and for more information visit http://rwpzoo.org or contact visitorservices@rwpzoo.org
FREE Online “Open” Q & A for parents, from AANE
Helping Children & Teens Foster Friendships During COVID
October 27 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Free/Registration required
DESCRIPTION: Jim Ross from the Widening the Circle project at the Arc of Massachusetts will speak and answer questions about ways to help our children and teens foster friendships under COVID-19 conditions.
Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council State Plan Input Public Forums
We want to hear from you!
The Council is hosting virtual Public Forums to help determine its goals and activities over its next 5-year State planning cycle. Individuals with developmental disabilities (DD), their families and other community members are invited to voice their thoughts on the critical issues and barriers they face in Massachusetts.
October 27, 2020—English
6PM – 8PM
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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