Parent Weekly Update: June 11, 2021

Weekly Update
Congratulations to our amazing Cotting School Seniors, we congratulate you on your hard work, perseverance, and achievements! We are all so proud of each and every one of you!
For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram.
Information From Cotting School
A huge thank you to the Senior Class of 2021 for generously donating their class gift to support the ongoing construction of the new Campus Center!
The Mutrie family would like to find a good home for a bike, pictured here, that Cotting Middle School student Brendan has outgrown. If you are interested or would like more information, email Pam Varrin at pvarrin@cotting.org and I will connect you.
And in more Cotting bike news…
Anyone Interested in Long Term Use of a VERY Adaptive Bike?
Our friends at Waypoint Adventure are looking for a good summer home for a VeloPlus Wheelchair Transport Bike:
The VeloPlus wheelchair transport bike is designed for transporting people, who can remain seated in their own wheelchair, by cycle. The passenger is not required to be transferred between the wheelchair and the cycle. The co-rider can be wheeled on to the plateau of the cycle easily without having to be lifted. The tilted ramp makes it easy to roll the wheelchair on to the wheel-chair bike and fasten it properly with the wheelchair lock. The optional winch system makes this even easier. Instead of the driver using his or her own power to push the wheelchair user including the wheelchair up or down, the electric winch takes over.
For a picture of the bike and more information go to:
If you are interested or want to know more, please contact Dan Minnich at Waypoint at 781-325-7980 x182!
When you shop for Father’s Day gifts at smile.amazon.com, AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchases to Cotting School, at no cost to you!
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.
Resources and Events
In the Community
Adaptive Indoor Climbing for For All Ages
Somerville, June 13th, 2021. Adaptive Climbing Group-Massachusetts All Ages Adaptive Climbing Sessions includes youth participants. Everyone is encouraged to come climb – accommodations and equipment will help climbers with any disability get on the climbing wall. ACG will provide a safe, fun and supportive environment for people with disabilities to discover and enjoy the sport of climbing.
  • ACG volunteers will be on hand to help fit gear, guide new climbers, and belay the ropes.
  • CLIMBERS: Cost (admission, gear, and climbing support) for participants is $11.
  • Payment can be made at the front desk of the facility on the day of the session.
  • GUEST/ FAMILY MEMBER– Guest and family members can join the session and must fill forms again with your information so the gym has a record of all attendees.
  • If you are climbing, the cost will be $11.
  • Please inquire about updated COVID-19 protocols.
Supporting Siblings During COVID-19
Webinar, July 1st, 2021, with the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network. Free. Sibling Support Program: A Family-Centered Mental Health Initiatives program for caregivers and siblings for families in Massachusetts.
  • This event is a collaboration of UMass Medical School, PPAL, MCPAP, and Greater Worcester Community Foundation.
  •  Sibling Support Program: A Family-Centered Mental Health Initiative Supporting Siblings During COVID-19.
  • Registration is required. Group meets on the first Thursday night of each month from 5:30pm-7:00pm.
DETAILS…
  • Do siblings and parents have separate Zoom sessions? Yes
  • Can parents/caregivers attend even if siblings do not attend? Yes
  • Who is eligible to attend? All caregivers are eligible if the affected child has siblings. Siblings are eligible if they are 6 to 18 years old and do not have behavioral issues
  • Is there a cost? This is a free program
  • How do I register? To reserve your spot, call (857) 523-1145 or email emily.rubin@umassmed.edu. After signing an online consent form, you will receive an email with instructions to log into Zoom
* This virtual space will be run by MSSN Executive Director and Licensed Social Worker, Emily Rubin.
* Pre-registration is required to (857) 523-1145 or email emily.rubin@umassmed.edu
Adaptive Sailing for Youth & Young Adults with Visual or Mobility Impairments
Boston, MA, July 7th, 2021. Free. Adaptive Sports New England and Community Boating invite youth and young adults with a visual impairment and / or mobility impairment for afternoon sailing.
* No experience is necessary and each participant can bring a sibling or friend.
Ready to get into the water?
Accessible Beaches/Beach Wheelchairs in Massachusetts.
Find sand and sunbathing beach wheelchairs in Massachusetts state parks with the DCR Universal Access Program.
  • Please contact the beach or park in advance to reserve a beach wheelchair
  • You will need to bring your own Coast Guard certified personal flotation device (PFD) to use a floating beach wheelchair.
  • Many DCR coastal and inland beaches offer beach wheelchairs for use – find a listing at the link above
  • You will also see a few parks that have the chairs for use on trails, and pools or spray decks that have chairs for use in the water.
  • Free – BUT bring your own transfer help. Because these chairs have large balloon tires, you will also need to bring someone to push you.
  • It is best to call in advance to make a reservation to use a chair, especially at coastal beaches.
  • Please contact the beach or the park before your visit to ask about a reservation.
  • There are two types of beach wheelchairs at DCR beaches. Sand and sunbathing beach wheelchairs are made of PVC pipe. These chairs offer a seat belt, a footrest, a beach umbrella holder, and a movable arm for transfer.
  • This style of chair can’t enter the water.
  • Please contact the beach if you have questions about beach mat availability.
SMILE Mass (Small Miracles in Life Exist) has donated over 100 floating beach wheelchairs to public beaches in Massachusetts. PLEASE CHECK WITH EACH LOCATION FOR COVID-19 UPDATES, RULES and REGULATIONS.
  • These wheelchairs can roll from the parking lot, across the sand, and right into the water — allowing anyone with special needs to access the beach.
  •  You can see all beaches with wheelchairs available on the SMILE Mass website.
  • You may need to contact each beach to see if reservations are needed for the equipment.
  • BEACH LOANER PROGRAM: SMILE Mass rents: floating beach wheelchairs, a Rifton bath chair, a white bath chair with back, a high performance Hoyt running chair, a blue Freedom running stroller, an adapted bike (delivery not available, pick up only), a hoyer lift (provide your own sling) and a portable ramp.
  • If you are planning a vacation and need a beach wheelchair or a bike for any special occasion, contact SMILE Mass at the link below to reservation dates and equipment.
  • To find out more, make a reservation and see the most updated locations visit The SMILE Mass Beach Project or email info@smilemass.org
  • 2021 Updated Locations in Massachusetts where SMILE MASS has donated Beach Wheelchairs.
More information can be found here http://www.spedchildmass.com
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.
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!

Categorized in: