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Parent Weekly Update: October 30, 2020

Weekly Update
Cotting’s Medical Department loves a dress up day!
We couldn’t mask their Halloween excitement!
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Information From Cotting School
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!
Join us for a virtual fall dance, sponsored by the Cotting Class of 2021!
Or sign up on the Cotting website under “Families”
(Donation to the Senior Class optional)
We will send you the link once you sign up!
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.
Virtual “Lunch and Learn” for Cotting parents:
No Sibling Left Behind
Tuesday, November 17 ~ 12 noon-1:15 pm
Zoom link will be sent via email before the meeting
The Massachusetts Sibling Support Network presentation “No Sibling Left Behind” is geared to parents of young children and teens. It will address the experience of growing up with a brother/sister with disabilities, strategies and tips to support siblings, as well as current trends in sibling research and the growing sibling movement.
You can be part of this exciting time in Cotting School’s history by leaving your mark!
You’re invited to sign the “topping off” beam—the beam that will be the highest beam of the new Cotting School Campus Center Construction.
In the construction industry, when the highest beam is placed atop a structure during the construction phase, it’s traditional to celebrate the topping off of the new structure, and we will be doing that later this winter.
The beam is now set on the pavement near the construction fence outside of the hallway by Industrial Arts and Alada Caughey’s classroom. All students, faculty and staff are invited to sign the beam before it becomes part of the new structure!
If you are unable to be on campus to sign the beam but would like your name on it, please fill out this form by
November 13.
Make a difference this holiday season. Shop for gifts at smile.amazon.com/ch/04-2104328 to generate donations for Cotting School, Inc. and check out our AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate items we need most.
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Check out this comprehensive and “reader-friendly” guide for about everything you need to know about preparing for “Turning 22”.
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.
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
Massachusetts Sibling Support Network (MSSN) is thrilled to announce our
Sibling Mentor Program. Siblings 16 and older of people with disabilities will be paired
with a Sibling Mentor who will provide guidance, one-on-one support, and resource sharing.
If you are interested in being paired with a trained mentor, please fill out the application here.
If you have any questions, please contact us directly: info@masiblingsupport.org.
Lesley University Threshold Program Virtual Open House for Diverse Learners
Virtual Information Session, November 2nd, 4 – 6 p.m., 2020, with Lesley University Threshold Program in Cambridge, MA.
This virtual open house will offer young adults with diverse learning differences and their caregivers and families a chance to get firsthand information about the Threshold Program from faculty, the admissions team, and directly from alumni.
Learn about:
  • Concentrations and Curriculum
  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Social and Psychological Development
  • Plus – Meet a Panel of Current Students
For the Zoom link, visit  our website or for more information contact threshold@lesley.edu.
Social Engagement in Times of Pandemic for Families with Special Needs
Webinar, November 5th, 2020, with Massachusetts’ Families Organizing for Change. Social connections can be sustained, deepened, and even built during pandemic times.
  • This workshop will offer a brief presentation the challenges we face as related to our role and relationship building efforts amidst the current pandemic, as well as the opportunities to stay connected socially within our communities, while physically distancing.
  • Hear how to address the isolation and loneliness experienced during a pandemic, through shared practices in safe social engagement and connecting that foster belonging and friendships for all.
To register for the Zoom Meeting or for more information, visit our website or contact kathleen@massfamilies.org.
Strategies for Strengthening Family Relationships During the Pandemic
Webinar, November 11, 2020, 6:00 p. m., with the Minute Man Arc of Concord.
Free Parent / Guardian Training. Explore ways to assist you in taking care of yourself while maintaining healthy interactions and infusing
some levity and positivity into your life.
  • The changes in our lives over the past 8 months has been especially challenging for those who have loved ones with disabilities. Whether they are living with you with little or no external social interaction or living outside your home with your contact being limited, relationships within families are sometimes struggling with less patience and more tension.
About the speaker: Gail Okerman, Ed.M. , is an educational consultant working with numerous school districts, an Assistant Professor at Fitchburg State University and has co-authored the book “ Developing Minds: Essential Brain Based Strategies to Support Success” with her colleague, Chandler Creedon.
  • Bring your questions to this informative session.
To register for this workshop, R.S.V.P. by Monday, November 9th to Jenny Mell: jmell@minutemanarc.org. Please include your phone number and e-mail when registering.
Virtual “Beyond The Spectrum” Art Classes for Teens 13-18
Online only, November 21st, 2020, with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. For teens with Autism Spectrum and Aspergers Disorders ages 13 to 18.
  • Focus on specific art topics and incorporate discussion, critical inquiry, and sketching in the galleries. Students then work independently on a project with guidance from an experienced instructor.
November Theme – TBA. Instructor: Ali Cohen.
Fees Apply, registration is required, you can register here or artfulhealing@mfa.org or
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
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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