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Parent Weekly Update: December 11, 2020

Weekly Update
Jacob and Mr. Phelan cleaning up after a fun, but messy IA project!
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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.
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
Thanks to the Cotting PTO for making holiday shopping possible for Cotting students this season by putting the Marketplace online!
Many students shopped from classrooms or home this week. Parent volunteer “elves” received their orders and are wrapping and tagging them for delivery back to students in school or at home next week. If your student didn’t have a chance to shop, the Marketplace will continue to be open this weekend for online ordering from home at https://cotting-pto.square.site/!
Who doesn’t love to put on a cozy pair of sweatpants, especially THIS winter?
Check out the newest item in the Cotting Corner Store: cozy Cotting joggers!
We are fully stocked with youth and adult sizes!
While you are online, read the latest Cotting Connects Blog post highlighting a few Cotting Favorite Things! The book suggestions (and more) are FANTASTIC!
Stay tuned — the Cotting cards are coming!
This year’s cards are Cotting classics and will be available for purchase sometime next week.
Package One – 12 cards all in this same design.
Package Two – 12 cards, 3 each of the following 4 designs.
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
In the midst of one of the worst COVID-19 surges so far, we finally have some good news with two new coronavirus vaccines coming to market. While this news is cause for celebration, it doesn’t mean we can throw aside our masks and get back to “normal” life. Not yet, anyway.
Want to keep your family safe and healthy this winter?
You’re invited to our free webinar, “Winter Wellness: Answers for Families” on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 12:00 p.m.
If you’d like to submit questions in advance, please email answers@childrens.harvard.edu.
Massachusetts Secretary of Human Services Marylou Sudders will be holding a stakeholder call Monday, December 14, 2020, from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. to review the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan. Your participation is invited.
This meeting can be accessed by dialing the phone number below:
 Dial-In Number: 888-390-5007 Passcode: 2409210
For information about the COVID-19 vaccine please visit www.mass.gov/covidvaccine.
** Please join at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Please mute your phone to minimize background noise – Thank you.
The Cast of Jack and the Beanstalk Awaits You In Storyland
December 13 & 19 Limited Capacity
Pair your viewing of our family musical Jack and the Beanstalk with a cast meet-and-greet! Following the performance, Jack, her cow Buttercup, the Grandstoryteller, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and the rest of the characters from Storyland will join audience members online to continue the journey.
“I wanted to write a show that was very, very uplifting and positive and happy,” says Playwright and Composer Julia Riew, “Not only because it’s a children’s show, but also because that’s the kind of show that people need right now.”
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.
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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