Parent Weekly Update: May 28, 2021

Weekly Update
Students in Mrs. Paull’s class are planting experts. The New England weather this week inspired their work outdoors with Ms. Robinson and the results are beautiful!
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Information From Cotting School
No Baseball Tomorrow (5/29/21)!
The last day of challenger baseball is canceled due to the anticipated inclement weather. Thank you for supporting the program!
Plan for FREE fun for all at the Lexington Carnival!
The Lexington Lions Club invites Cotting families to attend their Carnival as their guests on July 1 from 3-5 pm. Rides and snacks (popcorn, ice cream, waters) will be provided at no cost. The Carnival will be held at the intersection of Worthen Street, Mass Ave and Lincoln Street in Lexington. Please RSVP by June 28 to Elizabeth Peters at epeters@cotting.org with the number attending from your family. Happy to answer any questions as well.
Discount tip for Billy shoes from a Cotting family:
Nikki Puzzo, parent of Stella, runs the nonprofit, Stepping Stones for Stella, http://www.steppingstonesforstella.org/ and has partnered with BILLY Footwear. They are offering families a discount to purchase their incredible footwear. Just click the link below and the code will apply.
SSFS is proud to partner with BILLY Footwear! The link below offers a 10% discount to all our families for any BILLY Footwear purchase. BILLY Footwear also donates a percentage of the purchase back to SSFS! Thank you, BILLY Footwear!
The 2020-2021 Cotting School Annual Fund T-Shirt is here!
This year’s Cotting School Annual Fund t-shirt or hoodie (your choice) sale has begun and will be ongoing through the end of the school year and into the summer! Order yours today
at the link below. Your shirt order counts as a generous contribution to the Cotting School Annual Fund!
Use this link to place your shirt order. Help us achieve 100% Cotting community participation by placing your order. If you have questions please contact Omni Raimo (oraimo@cotting.org)
Pam Varrin is available to assist Cotting families in need of financial assistance. You can reach Pam at pvarrin@cotting.org.
The Talk2U 2021 program will be virtual this year.  We will host 4 online sessions (each 45-60 minutes depending on the interest of the group members) during the week of August 9-13, 2021.
 Virtual sessions are scheduled as follows:
  • Monday, August 9: 9-9:45 AM
  • Tuesday, August 10: 6:15-7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 11: 9-9:45 AM
  • Thursday, August 12: 6:15-7:00 PM
Sessions will be held using Zoom. Participants can join all 4 sessions or drop-in to individual sessions as your schedule allows.
The cost of the program is $35 per participant. Each registered participant will receive a t-shirt and materials packet, mailed in advance of the program. Planned activities will make use of the items sent, common household items, and creativity.
Participants can expect:
  • conversation and fun with other people who use AAC
  • short challenges to complete with a partner (either online or someone at home with you)
  • an opportunity to share a joke or a story
  • a mini-mystery to solve together
Please feel free to share with students and friends. We are building our 2021 group now. Talk2U provides AAC enrichment opportunities for teens and tweens. Join us this summer on Zoom!
Contact Melissa Mulvey with questions at 781-862-7323 x257 or mmulvey@cotting.org.
Resources and Events
In the Community
Ready to get into the water?
Massachusetts Accessible Pools & Spray Decks
All DCR swimming pools have outdoor chair lifts to provide access to the water. Several pools also have ramps into the water or offer zero-depth entry. Select pools and spray decks also have beach wheelchairs for use.
For the most updated 2021 information and COVID updates visit the DCR Page link below.
  • Contact the pool or spray deck to reserve a beach wheelchair or for information about other site factors affecting accessibility.
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool Lifts are at all of the State Parks and Recreation’s pools. Accessibility and contact details are on the DCR Massparks Accessible Pools Page.
Spray decks– Spray deck surfaces and water features are accessible. Parking and the approach to the deck varies by location. Contact the spray deck directly with any questions about site access.
All About Guardianship for Special-Needs Planning
Webinar, June 2nd, 2021, at 12 noon, with the Massachusetts’ Sibling Support Network. Free. This workshop is part of the MSSN’s Future Planning Speaker virtual Future Planning Speaker Series . It is for adult siblings, parents, and providers, and hosts expert speakers to address a variety of topics that are pertinent to siblings of people with disabilities, including guardianship, financial planning, special needs trusts & more.
  • June 2nd – All About Guardianship: with Annette M. Hines, the founding partner of Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts.
  • Annette Hines will explore guardianship and considerations for siblings of people with disabilities.
RSVPs required here or visit https://masiblingsupport.org or contact Emily Rubin, Info@masiblingsupport.org or 617-807-0558.
Adult Family Care Program for Families with Special Needs
Webinar, June 16th, 2021, with the Autism Alliance of Natick, MA. If you have a loved one age 16 or older who has MassHealth, you may be eligible to receive funds and support through the Adult Family Care Program.
Hear speaker Beth Gutierrez LICSW, Program Director for the Advocates AFC Program, discuss eligibility requirements and what this program could provide for your family.
For more information visit www.autismalliance.org or contact (508) 652-9900 or AutismAlliance@Advocates.org
Adapted CPR/FA/AED Course through B.I.L.T.*
We will be conducting a CPR/FA/AED course on June 27th from 10am-12pm in the Lexington area (specific location will be announced once a few details are ironed out).
Participants will learn about emergencies, how to react in an emergency, choking care, CPR care, and how to use an AED. All participants will be certified and take-home visual aids, as well as a CPR mask keychain.
About B.I.L.T.
Bridging Independent Living Together, Inc. works to enrich the lives of people with disabilities through compassionate support. Our team is committed to bridging the gap of care to enhance individuals’ independence, maximize their capabilities, and provide meaningful community inclusion by assisting and supporting their choices with regard to housing, socialization, learning, employment opportunities and recreational activities.
For more information about B.I.L.T. go to biltne.org
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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