Parent Weekly Update: March 26, 2021

Weekly Update
Ms. Cain’s students have been learning about job opportunities and practicing their interview skills. Last week they turned the table and interviewed Ms. Irish! They learned so much!
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Information From Cotting School
REMINDER:
School Picture Day at Cotting is Tuesday, March 30!
See the slides from Kerry Mahoney’s keynote presentation “Charting the Life Course” here.
Check out the transition vendors resources here.
Please mark your calendars for our next event!
March 31st, 6:00 -7:00 Cotting Alumni Parent Panel: Adult Day Programs (Cotting Families Only). Register in advance for this event using this link.
Please email Director of Post-Secondary Pathways, Sejal Costa, at scosta@cotting.org or Director of Transition Services, Mike Teuber, at mteuber@cotting.org with any questions or for more information.
Growing Up Together: Adult Siblings Share their Stories
Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6 pm
Zoom link will be sent out before the meeting
Possible Equipment Donation to a Cotting family:
Is there a family out there who could use a gait trainer and large car seat, rated up to 100 lbs. for airline use? If so, contact Pam Varrin at pvarrin@cotting.org
Virtual Grandparents and Grandfriends Day is May 6th!
This year’s Virtual Grandparents/Grandfriends Day will provide an opportunity for folks to zoom in from the comfort of their homes! We will update everyone on the latest in Cotting’s Capital Campaign and provide an opportunity to ask questions about this exciting project. While students won’t be with us live for the event, we plan to show a short video starring our students, so that everyone can catch a glimpse of the latest in our classrooms! We miss our Grandparents and Grandfriends and hope this zoom time will suffice until we can safely gather together back at Cotting.
If you are new to Cotting in the last year, or believe we have an outdated or missing mailing address for a student’s grandparents or grandfriends, please use this form to share any new or updated contact information. If you have any questions contact Paul Chiozzi at pchiozzi@cotting.org.
Resources and Events
In the Community
3LPlace is returning to in-person learning!
Group instruction and gathering space at 3LPlace, 212 Holland Street in Somerville
3LPlace is returning to in-person learning on May 4 at our location in Somerville.
We’ve been away from our home base for more than a year as we weathered the COVID pandemic from the safety of our respective homes.
Pandemic year saw us gathering on Zoom as we continued our highly individualized learning at a distance.
Now, with transmission rates falling and vaccines widely available, we’ll be reopening our community space at 212 Holland Street in Somerville. We’ll also be continuing Zoom programming for folks who aren’t yet ready to return to a group experience.
We will of course be following CDC guidelines for meeting safely, including wearing masks and keeping safe distances while moving around our center and during lessons and meals.
We’ll also be keeping an eye on news about the virus and will structure our time and space in response to any changes.
“I’m so proud of the way our community was able to innovate and adapt in response to the COVID threat,” said 3LPlace CEO Deborah Flaschen. “And I am equally excited to be returning to in-person classes in our wonderful space in Somerville. We stayed safe, and will continue to do so!”
Interested about lifelong learning at 3LPlace, for yourself or a loved one? More info here!
You have been invited to Virtual Trivia Night!!!
What’s a Virtual Trivia Night?
It’s just like an in-person Trivia Night, but we will play over Zoom. This Virtual Trivia Night is on Tuesday, March 30th at 6:00 pm EST. You can RSVP by registering as an individual or household at a giving level that is comfortable for you. All funds raised will go to support the young leaders of EPIC.
How to join the event?
On the day of the event, the registered attendees will receive an email with a Zoom link for EPIC’s Virtual Trivia Night.
How will the game work?
When the event starts, as an individual you will be randomly put into teams and assigned a Service Warrior as a team captain. As for households, gather around with your families and come enjoy some fun.
Timeline:
We will open the zoom waiting room at 5:55 pm EST. After introductions and instructions, Trivia will start promptly at 6:05 pm. There will be one 15 minute intermission in the middle that will include a live music performance, and then the event will end at 7:30 pm EST.
Contact:
For questions:
Dorothy Whitfield
Insurance Options for Adults
Free Parent/Guardian Webinar
This webinar will focus on insurance options available for adults in Massachusetts with autism, ID/DD and other disabilities. A review of both public (MassHealth) and private (BCBS, Cigna, etc.) options will be included. An overview of Medicare, SSDI and SSI will also be addressed as well as provision of resources for you to access.
Terri Farrell is the Project Director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center of Massachusetts (AIRC).
The AIRC provides technical assistance to families, providers, and agencies in need of information related to both public (MassHealth) and private insurance. Terri was appointed the chair of AFAM’s (Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts) Government Affairs Committee in 2013. AFAM is the leading Massachusetts autism advocacy non-profit promoting budgetary and legislative initiatives at the state level.
Terri has presented at local conferences focusing on autism insurance, transition and issues affecting homeless youth with ASD as well as SPEDPACS throughout the Commonwealth on the ARICA law and how to access ABA coverage through MassHealth. She has an MBA from Northeastern University and completed a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disability) Fellowship in 2015 to build on her expertise in the field of autism insurance.
Please join us for this informative evening.
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Format: Webinar
(Zoom link will follow registration)
To register for this workshop, R.S.V.P. by Monday, March 29th to jmell@minutemanarc.org
Please include your phone number and e-mail when registering.
What is TOPSoccer?
TOPSoccer is a modified version of the game of soccer, designed to provide opportunities for children who have challenges that otherwise prevent them from participating in a traditional soccer program. Our program invites all athletes with special needs to develop both physically and emotionally, while providing opportunities for fun, fitness, and building self-esteem.
High school soccer players participate in the TOPS program as ‘Buddies.’ A Buddy is partnered with each player providing one-on-one assistance and enabling the player to participate at their desired level, using a recreational, leisurely approach to the game. Buddies facilitate modifications to the game to allow full participation and enjoyment for each child.
North Reading Youth Soccer is devoted to providing a constructive and accommodating soccer experience for children that have challenges – physical, cognitive, or otherwise – through TOPSoccer. Our program has enjoyed great support from the community, the players, and their parents since its inception in 2015. TOPS players join us from all over the region, including North Reading, Reading, Andover, North Andover, Boxford, Burlington, Danvers, Lynnfield, Stoneham, Lawrence, and Derry, NH!
Join Us
  • If your athlete has a challenge that prevents involvement on traditional soccer teams
  • If you and your athlete want a safe environment to enjoy the game of soccer
  • If your athlete is age 4 through 19
Spring 2021 Details
  • Sessions take place on Saturdays from 4:00 – 5:00pm at Ipswich River Park, North Reading
  • The Spring 2021 season runs from April 24 – June 12 (excluding Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Registration is $25 per player and includes a shirt/ soccer ball for new players, and a celebration with a trophy/medal at season’s end
Volunteers Needed
  • TOPS welcomes new volunteers to be Buddies and Coaches. Prior soccer experience not required
  • Buddies earn Community Service hours
  • Enjoy incredible experiences working with great kids!
For Further Information and Registration
Team Verge Spring Season
April 11 – June 13
SUNDAYS
Center Track, Lexington
  • 9:30-10:30am (ages 7-12)
  • 10:45-11:45am (ages 13+)
THURSDAYS
Lincoln Park, Lexington
  • 6-7pm (all ages)
*Note that Sunday location is subject to change due to school sports scheduling during the pandemic.
Pre-Season Orientation/Training is THIS SUNDAY 3/21! (Ages 12+)
QUESTIONS?
Contact Amanda Russell
VOLUNTEER as a peer coach!
Sign up NOW
Registration opens March 21
Fee: $100 per family
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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