Parent Weekly Update: January 22, 2021

Weekly Update
Ms. Piscopo’s students marked the inauguration by listening to Kamala Harris read her book “Superheroes are Everywhere” and talked about the superheroes in their own lives. Then they tuned into the ceremony live through the White House Accessible Live Stream!
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Information From Cotting School
Dear Cotting Families,
The increased talk of the COVID vaccine has been a glimmer of positive news amid the recent surge of cases. We have been learning a lot about the vaccine and the options available to us to offer it to our community when it becomes available to us.
Because we are blessed with such a competent Medical team and a great facility, we are pursuing the option of administer the vaccine ourselves on our campus. We have been advised that this is the safest and most efficient way to provide the vaccine to all eligible members of the Cotting Community.
All staff, volunteers and students ages 18 and over will be eligible for this clinic. We will be communicating additional information to the families of those students who are 18+ very shortly. Our goal is to provide as much information about the vaccine and all of the paperwork to families ahead of time so that students and families have a chance to learn as much as possible, ask questions and feel prepared for that time when we receive our supply. We don’t know when that might be, and we may not have a lot of notice.
We have been informed that we will receive the Moderna vaccine, which is why the rollout is limited to students and staff over the age of 18. The Moderna vaccine is approved only for individuals 18 years of age or older, while the Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals 16 and over. We will have separate information for students 16-18 years of age about how to get access to the Pfizer vaccine once the Cotting community is eligible. We are awaiting more clarification from the state.
For more information, please refer to the Cotting ConnectEd message sent to all families on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 3:54 pm, or contact Michele Passanisi in the Cotting Medical Department at
Bridget Irish
Our very own Ryan M. is a twin, an artist, a Cotting student and an optimist. Now you
can own a piece of Ryan’s beautiful artwork while supporting Cotting School’s Capital Campaign!
Ordering Deadline: January 29, 2021
Please tally your order and pay via Venmo or check (Details and Order Form Here).
Contactless Pickup (BONUS: Meet the artist!): February 6, 2021 from 2-4pm.
Delivery & shipping available upon request.
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.
Cotting School Winter Supplemental Services:
Take a look below at the brochure below, filled with terrific after school virtual activities for students scheduled to start on Monday, February 1! There is truly something for everyone – horticulture, music, yoga, art, games, music and dance, and, of course, more Circle of Friends.
Contact Pam Varrin at if financial aid is needed to participate.
Please reach out to Dave Largenton or Marcie Garon with any questions or
Resources and Events
In the Community
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.
Please join us for a lunch-and-learn “Virtual Parent Field Trip” to explore Adult Services at American Training!
Monday, February 1, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Meeting ID: 859 4211 6682
American Training operates three sites providing a variety of post-22 programs and services for adults with disabilities, including Day Habilitation Services, Community Based Day Services, and Employment Training and Support Services. Representatives from all three sites will lead the tour and answer questions.
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, to register and receive the link.
AANE’s Winter 2021 On-Demand Jody Acford Conference
Conference Content Available February 24 – April 30, 2021
This annual AANE conference covers public and private benefits and supports for adults with Asperger and similar autism profiles. This year, AANE has created an expanded conference with pre-recorded presentations for both Massachusetts and New York audiences.
Stay in touch!
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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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