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Parent Weekly Update: December 4, 2020

Weekly Update
Sofia (left) and Mrs. Trolan connect for art class online, where they recently looked at the work of famous British artist Andy Goldsworthy, known for his incredible installations using natural materials. Sofia got outside and put her creativity to work mimicking one Goldsworthy’s works. Just beautiful!
Stella (right) has been learning all about plant care with Ms. Robinson for her in-house classroom job in Ms. Mayo’s room!
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Information From Cotting School
Reminder: Flu shots required for students by December 31, 2020
Massachusetts now requires influenza immunization for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts childcare, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities. This new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and ​the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Plan ahead — Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season.


A message from the Cotting PTO:
The Online Holiday Marketplace for Students runs all next week, December 7-11!
Things to remember:
  1. In person students who have sent in shopping lists may shop during school hours in their classrooms. Credit/debit cards or card information will be needed from home to complete all purchases. Information will be sent home from each classroom to let you know on which day or days next week payment information will be needed. If financial assistance or other payment arrangements are needed in order to participate, please contact Pam Varrin at pvarrin@cotting.org
  2. We hope that remote-learning students will also participate by shopping the website from home. The link to the website will be sent home to parents by email.
  3. Students can buy a few items at a time if needed, then go back and finish up another time. They will have to check out and purchase each time in order to obtain the items.
  4. There are over a thousand items on the website, but many are one-of-a-kind, so if there is an item a student wants, they should purchase it when they see it.
  5. All gifts will be wrapped and distributed before Christmas. We will deliver to all distance learners. Students in the building will bring their bags home during the week of the 14th.
  6. Teachers can shop the site on Monday, December 14th. We will bag their items but not wrap them.
We are thrilled to be able to continue this Cotting tradition in “Covid-friendly” form. Thanks to all for your support!
The Cotting PTO
Save the dates!
Cotting PTO Meeting
Friday, December 18 at 8:30 am on Zoom
Cotting PAC Meeting
Friday, December 18 at 9:30 am on Zoom
A message from the Cotting Medical Department:
Parents, we need your help!
Mornings are very busy at Cotting and we are working hard to identify if/how students will be coming to school and trying to carefully track each person in our community who has symptoms consistent with Covid 19.
Please submit a daily attestation form even if your child will be absent from Cotting. (This does not apply to our remote-only students.) There is a place to indicate whether or not they will participate remotely. You can also indicate whether or not they are displaying any symptoms that could be Covid 19. This information is helpful to other departments throughout the school in addition to the classroom staff. As an added layer of protection, a member of the Medical Department may reach out to you to follow up for more information.
Thank you for doing your part in keeping our Community safe and Healthy.
Shop the ONLINE Scholastic Book Fair at Cotting!
All orders ship directly to your home.
Limited time only: November 23rd-December 6th
Visit the Scholastic Book Fair Cotting School homepage to get started:
Preview the Online Book Fair Digital Flyer HERE.
If you shop Amazon, consider selecting Cotting School as your AmazonSmile charity of choice! AmazonSmile will donate a small percentage of each purchase you make to CottingSchool, Inc. when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/04-2104328.
Thank you! #AmazonSmile #StartWithaSmile
Resources and Events
In the Community
The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions is seeking participants for a study designed to understand how children with and without language impairments learn from corrective feedback. Our goal is to improve teaching techniques for children with a developmental language disorder. We are looking for children who are 8-12 years old, who were late to develop language, or who currently struggle with language, reading comprehension, or learning. We are not enrolling children who have a diagnosed attention disorder or Autism Spectrum Disorder. For more information, please visit this link: https://rally.partners.org/study/does_your_child_stru
If you would like to speak with us directly, you can email us at cnglead@mghihp.edu or call us at (617) 724-7363.
Adult Family Care (AFC): Is Your Loved One Eligible?
Webinar, December 8, 2020, 6:30 p. m., with the Minute Man Arc of Concord. Free Parent / Guardian Training. Adult Family Care (AFC), also called Adult Foster Care, is a MassHealth funded program for adults with disabilities (and elderly) who cannot live alone safely because of a cognitive, medical, physical, or mental condition and who need daily assistance with one or more activities of daily living (ADLs).
This is an important vehicle for obtaining assistance for your family, including funding. Who is eligible, how to apply, benefits, and other pertinent information will be addressed.
About the speakers:
  • Steven Bouffard is the Manager of the Adult Foster Care, Shared Living and Independent Living programs at Minute Man Arc. In his career in the field of vocational rehabilitation, he has a varied background, having worked as a rehabilitation counselor, a placement counselor, and as the Manager of Vocational Services at two agencies. Steve is also a live-in staff person at a group home.
  • Shailee Anderson has been working at Minute Man Arc for Human Services as a Case Manager in the Adult Foster Care program since 2013. She is always seeking new ways to advocate for the individuals with whom she works and help empower them and families.
Register for this workshop (Zoom link sent following registration) R.S.V.P. by December 4th to Jenny Mell: jmell@minutemanarc.org. Please include your phone number and e-mail when registering.
“A Team to Carry On” Guardian Workshop
Webinar, December 9th, 2020, with the Seven Hills Pediatric Centers in Massachusetts. Hear a Burlington, MA, special-needs planning group cover the considerations beyond the wills and trusts: the details of living.
* Learn from the families the host has worked with over the past 20 years that planning for an individual with special needs requires a different team: a team of professionals, friends and family members who will form an infrastructure to carry on even when you are no longer there.
  • Planning for the future of an individual with special needs requires marshaling financial resources but even more importantly, arranging for the human resources to carry on in the role of the parents.
  • While no one person can duplicate what a parent does, the family should identify a person who will captain a team with at least three members with distinct roles: a trustee, a guardian and a money manager.
  • Having a team provides the checks and balances that protect against any conflict of interest.
RSVPs required for the Zoom link. RSVP here or contact anadworny@affiniafg.com or 781-365-8586.
Friday, December 11, 2020 at 12:00PM
The Arc’s Operation House Call program uses families and individuals to teach doctors how to provide better care for people with I/DD and autism. In this webinar, we are going to flip the focus! How can families and individuals do their part to improve medical care, partner with doctors, and make sure their needs are met? We will explore how individuals and families prepare for healthcare transition. We have some great tips! Register.
Thank you, Agency Sponsors!
The Arc of Massachusetts Agency Sponsorship Program is crucial to our work and continued success. By being a sponsor, agencies and schools that provide services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism are making advocacy and The Arc’s programs possible. The Arc of Massachusetts thanks the following members of the Agency Sponsorship Program for recently renewing their support!
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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