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Parent Weekly Update: November 6, 2020

Weekly Update
Cotting School students learned about the presidential candidates and the voting process.
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Information From Cotting School
A new voice answering your call at the Cotting reception desk!
Please welcome Andie Mitchell to Cotting School! We are very excited to have Andie as our new Front Desk Coordinator. Andie and her husband have recently relocated from Florida to the Boston area, and she has already found her place at the front desk. She has been busy meeting our students and staff and is also looking forward to meeting and speaking with our Cotting School families. Please join us in welcoming Andie to Cotting!
There will be no Cotting Parent Groups this coming week…
The Monday Morning Group on November 9 will not take place due to a scheduling conflict.
The Wednesday Evening Parent group will not meet because school will be closed for the Veteran’s Day Holiday, November 11.
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 10.
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.
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.
Planning for 2 Generations Workshop
Webinar, November 14th, 2020, with Burlington, MA, special-needs planning group.
Many children with a disability must be supported their entire lives, even long after their parents have died. Go beyond the limited boundaries of Wills and Trusts and hear about a road map to address your own family’s Special Needs.
  • Planning for Two Generations covers the host’s Special Needs Planning Timeline™.
  • The timeline highlights the various planning pressure points where parents should be aware of changes relating to their child’s benefits, legal and financial issues.
  • The primary focus is to help parents avoid common mistakes and pitfalls in their own planning.
  • In addition, hear about the new ABLE account and its potential role in planning for your child.
About the Speaker:  Cynthia Haddad is a Certified Financial Planner. She is also has an adult brother with special needs, and is co-author of The Special Needs Planning Guide: How to Prepare for Every Stage of Your Child’s Life.
RVSPs required: register here or contact anadworny@affiniafg.com or 781.365.8586.
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
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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