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Parent Weekly Update: December 18, 2020

Weekly Update


Mr. Ironfield’s class was hard at work prepping for their open mic entry!
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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.
Thank you Cotting PTO…
…for making the annual Holiday Marketplace possible even in a pandemic!
Thanks to the PTO’s determination to carry on the Annual Holiday Marketplace tradition even in a pandemic, Cotting students were again able to shop independently for holiday gifts for family and friends last week in the PTO-designed Online Marketplace store.
Special thanks to the PTO Marketplace Committee “elves”, parents Sheryl Queen, Rebecca Stevenson, and Susan Dykens, for taking the Marketplace online, stocking the shelves, taking the orders, wrapping the gifts, and delivering them to students, all while maintaining social distance!
Thanks, as well, to the teachers and staff of Cotting School, who pitched in to provide support for students to shop online at school. Together, we got the holiday spirit going “the Cotting way”.
The Cotting cards are here!
HOPE single pack – $10 for package of 12 cards
Bright Flowers multi-pack – $10 for package of 12 cards
These notecards, featuring art by Cotting students, are printed and made available for sale by the Cotting PTO each year. This year’s designs are a special printing of past cards whose themes spoke to our unique experiences this year.
The cards are on sale NOW. All orders will be filled on the day they come in.
Email your order to Pam Varrin pvarrin@cotting.org.
Payment by check (made out to Cotting School) or cash.
Thanks for your support!
Cotting PTO
Tune in to listen or share a “Cotting Conversation” with someone you know!
Cotting Conversations are free virtual sessions on a wide range of special education topics designed for parents, professionals, and prospective students who might be interested in learning more about Cotting School. You can find them on our Cotting School YouTube Channel or at www.cotting.org/conversations.
We are always open to ideas for future “Conversations”. Share your thoughts with Lindsay Casavant (lcasavant@cotting.org).
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!
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
Arc of Massachusetts COVID-19 Webinar: Find Support During COVID-19
Webinar, December 21st, 2020, 12 p.m., Kerry Mahoney, Director of Education and Outreach at The Arc of Massachusetts. If you have a question on access to resources, information or support during the COVID-19 Crisis, Kerry will help problem solve and provide information and resources.
  • December 21st topic: Find Support During COVID-19. In the midst of the holiday season and the continued uncertainty created by the ongoing pandemic, it’s a good time to remind families of available support.
  • Hear how Rewarding Work partners with DDS to help individuals and families hire caregivers – including in-home and community support, and respite workers.
  • Theresa Driscoll, Communication Specialist at Rewarding Work, will explain how to find and hire support using Rewarding Work’s online directory and job board, and offers tips for interviewing and hiring during the pandemic
  • Register to The Arc of Massachusetts  or contact (781) 891-6270 or arcmass@arcmass.org.
Arc of Massachusetts COVID-19 Webinar: Affordable & Subsidized Housing Options in Massachusetts
Webinar, January 5th, 2021., 2 p.m., with The Arc of Massachusetts and Catherine Boyle of Autism Housing Pathways. Autism Housing Pathways has updated and expanded its companion website, www.18section8.org, to provide an overview of the full range of affordable and subsidized housing options in Massachusetts.
Affordable and subsidized housing options in Massachusetts will give step by step directions for completing many applications are provided, as is a spreadsheet to help track applications and keep them up to date. There is also a PowerPoint on site to help transition and family support professionals learn how to support families through the housing application process.
Self-Directed Disability Services with the DDS
Webinar Series, January 6th – March 9th 2021, with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. Learn how Self Directed Services for adults with disabilities can help your family.
  • Self-Direction is a process through which an individual/family can design and direct their own services, thus providing people with more options.
  • Self-Direction gives people the opportunity to use their allotted DDS Budget to purchase supports and services that meet their needs and goals.
  • This enables the principal of self-determination to be achieved by Self-Directing Supports.
January 6, 2021, 1-2:30pm and January 27, 2021, 4-5:30pm
February 2, 20021, 10-11:30am and February 24, 2021, 4-5:30pm
March 9, 2021, 10-11:30am and March 31, 2021, 4-5:30pm
RSVPS are required to jennifer.r.benoit@mass.gov
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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