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Parent Weekly Update: November 13, 2020

Weekly Update
We raised the beam TODAY! Every inch of the steel beam has been covered in names and notes that will become a part of the new building FOREVER! Students, staff and the public were able to watch in person, on Facebook Live or on Zoom. If you missed it, you can view it on Cotting’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.
For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram.
Information From Cotting School
Musical Bingo wasn’t just fun – it raised a lot of money for the gym!
Dear Cotting Families,
Your Musical Bingo evening was so much fun! I loved seeing all of you and your families enjoying the music, dancing, wearing costumes, and having a blast seeing one another. Remote or in-person, nothing beats the Cotting community having a good time together!
I have just learned from Pam that that evening raised a generous $525 (which will be matched by the trustees for a total of $1,050) to help us build our new gym. Wow, wow, and thank you all! Every gift counts, and you all have moved us farther along toward the $10 million finish line.
Thank you all so much! If you host another Musical Bingo night, please invite me. I won’t want to miss the fun- and I would be able to thank you all “in person” onscreen!
Elizabeth Peters
Director of Advancement
Cotting School
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.
Parent Conferences
Wednesday, November 18
1:30-6:30 pm on Zoom – Sign up for your conference time soon!
Cotting PTO Meeting
Friday, November 20 at 8:30 am on Zoom
Cotting PAC Meeting
Friday, November 20 at 9:30 am on Zoom
Zoom links for both meetings will be sent out next week.
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.
Resources and Events
In the Community
Virtual Special Art Classes for Ages 12 – 18
Virtual Classes with the Lexington MA Community Center, Saturdays, November 14 – December 19, 2020. For ages 12 -18. Special Artists brings together individuals with developmental disabilities to work on art projects. Participants work at their own pace in a supportive and fun environment, emphasizing creativity and friendship. Special Artists work on different projects each session and activities can include watercolor or acrylic painting, fabric painting, wood projects, and multi-media art.
* No art experience is required to attend this program.
* Special exhibits are planned to showcase the talent and achievements of the artists.
For more information visit the SNAP Art Program www.snaparts.org/snap-program-registration  contact info@snaparts.org or 781-325-8025
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.
Boston Special-Needs Resource Fair
Virtual Resource Fair, November 19th, 2020, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., with the Boston Public Schools SPEDPac. Free and open to the public. Hosted by the Boston Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Boston SPEDPac) and the Office of Special Education at Boston Public Schools.
  • Speak directly with representatives from local groups who provide services to individuals with disabilities and their families.
  • The Leahy-Halloran Community Center Cafeteria is next to the Richard Murphy School, and is accessible by public transportation.
For the Zoom Link, Passcodes, and interpreter help, visit http://bostonspedpac.org or contact lconnor2@bostonpublicschools.org
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
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.
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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