Parent Weekly Update: January 15, 2021

Weekly Update
Congrats to the students in Ms. Cain’s class for winning the Week in Rap Shout-Out Contest for Flocabulary! Check out some behind the scenes footage of their class filming for their contest video earlier this week.
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Information From Cotting School
Cotting School President Transition, 2021
On Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Mr. Manzo announced that he will retire in September 2021. You can read his full letter to the Cotting community, or click here to view his video message.
Today, January 15, 2021, the Trustees of Cotting School were pleased to announce that Bridget Irish has been named the seventh President of Cotting School, effective
September 1, 2021. You can read the full letter from Michael Durkin, Chair of the Cotting School Board of Trustees, here. Mrs. Irish is honored to accept the appointment and you
can read her full letter to the Cotting School community, here.
Our entire community is grateful for Mr. Manzo’s strategic and compassionate leadership for the past 17 years and excited about the excellent decision the Cotting School Board of Trustees has made in choosing Ms. Irish as Cotting’s next President. Please save the date of February 10, 2021 at 6:00 pm when Cotting School will host a Town Hall Meeting for current families to discuss this transition in more detail.
Great news from Ms. Cain’s Upper School classroom:
Today is the day! My class watches the “week in rap” on the Flocabulary website every week for Current Events. We noticed that a lot of schools were getting featured in the start of the videos through a shout-out contest. So we wrote a rap all about COVID and we won a shout-out for Cotting! This week we rocked our Cotting pride and made a pretty cool video. And today is the day when it is featured on the Flocabulary week in rap video. I wanted to share it with you all as a little ray of fun in a continued weird time in the world.
Hope you enjoy!
Erika Cain
Reminders for next week:
Monday, January 18:
  • School closed for Martin Luther King Day Holiday
  • No Monday Morning Parent group due to the holiday
Tuesday, January 19:
  • Professional Development Day – No school for students
Coming up this month:
Friday, January 29
  • Cotting PTO meeting 8:30 am
  • Cotting PAC meeting 9:30 am
Agendas and links for both meetings will be sent out closer to the meeting dates
Resources and Events
In the Community
Film Screening: “Resilience”
1/21/21 7:00 pm
Virtual Event
The Federation for Children with Special Needs and The Commission on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren will be hosting the screening of the film “Resilience”. This film is about the biology of stress and the science of hope.
“Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back.
Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.”
To Learn more about the film, click here:
Overview – Resilience (kpjrfilms.co)
To register for this event, contact: colleen.pritoni@state.ma.us
“Guardianship 102” Virtual Transition Support Group for Parents
Online Groups, January 28th, 2021, and the second and fourth Thursday of each month, with the Lurie Center for Autism in Lexington, MA.
  • Completing all of the court-required paperwork can be overwhelming.
  • This workshop is a hands-on group tutorial that includes the review of checklists for each attendee and required documentation.
  • It also provides guidance with probate court processes and referrals to legal resources.
  • This workshop can also be provided as a private individual family meeting, by appointment only, at a cost of $100/family.
To register or for more information visit www.massgeneral.org/children/autism/lurie-center/ and scroll down to “workshops/events” or contact 781-860-1700
Virtual Support in a Pandemic & Beyond for Teens & Young Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Online, January 27th, 2021, with the with the Lurie Center for Autism in Lexington, MA. Throughout much of previous year, many services for autistic teenagers and adults have transitioned to a virtual format.
  • This will be an open discussion of the unique opportunities the virtual space provides for authentic social connection, and skill development for individuals on the spectrum.
About the speakers:
  • Brett Mulder is Director of Teen and Adult Programs, MGH / Aspire Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School, and Psychologist in the MGH Department of Psychiatry.
  • Andrew Harris is Assistant Program Manager, Teen and Adult Services at MGH / Aspire. He designs curriculum for and working with children and teens with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, and runs teen and young adult groups.
  • Jessica Pappagianopoulos is the Assistant Program Manager for Teen & Adult Services at MGH / Aspire.
Registration is required to www.massgeneral.org/children/autism/lurie-center/ and scroll all the way down to “workshops/events” or contact 781-860-1700.
Peter Boie: Magician for Non Believers
Enjoy this live stream magic show on Sunday, January 31, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
The award-winning “Magician for Non Believers,” Peter Boie presents a live stream magic show that is high-energy, funny, and showcases incredible, interactive magic for people of all ages.
During this one-hour event, everyone watching will be able to participate, and a few lucky people will join the performance via video call. Peter will teach everyone two amazing but simple-to-learn magic tricks, and entertain a brief Q&A at the end of the event.
A minimum donation of $10 is required to register. Click the button below to make your donation. You’ll receive a link to register for the performance in your donation confirmation email.
Autism Insurance: Advocacy & Beyond
February 3, 2021, with UMass Lowell. Free and open to the public.
The UMass Lowell Center for Autism Research and Education (CARE) Online Expert Speaker Event will feature “Autism Insurance: Advocacy and Beyond.”
* The speaker will be Amy K. Weinstock. Amy is Director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center; Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Amy is the parent of a child who has autism; she decided to merge her personal passions and professional experience.
* Amy Weinstock will discuss how grassroots advocacy efforts changed the system of care for people with autism. The presentation will also include current information on insurance coverage for autism, and advice for families and providers.
* This event is co-sponsored by UMass Lowell’s Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies and the UMass Lowell Interdisciplinary Minor in Disability Studies.
For the Zoom link, contact Ashleigh Hillier, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Psychology, Ashleigh_Hillier@uml.edu to register and receive the link.
Stay in touch!
Please share your own resources and suggestions! Send them to pvarrin@cotting.org.
Be well and Cotting on!
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