Parent Weekly Update: June 18, 2021

Weekly Update
Last Friday, the Cotting campus was filled with excitement as 45 Cotting Upper School, Capstone, HOPEhouse students, and members of the Class of 2020 danced the night away at the Cotting School Prom under the tent! Exquisitely dressed and with their biggest and brightest smiles, these Falcons spent the night celebrating with friends, dancing, enjoying their favorite music and making marvelous memories!
There are many more pictures from the night on our Facebook page!
For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram.
Information From Cotting School
Wishing everyone a relaxing and fun summer break!
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!
DON’T FORGET–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
Family-Friendly Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru in Foxboro
Foxborough, June 25th – July 11th, 2021, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. The entire family may enjoy seeing more than 70 lifelike dinosaurs with the Jurassic Quest Drive Thru, a realistic dinosaur experience.
  • This is a contactless, family-friendly drive-thru experience that features lifelike dinosaurs, baby dinosaur and trainer meet-and-greets, photo opportunities and a choose-your-own-audio-adventure tour, allowing families to make memories of epic proportions.
  • Jurassic Quest’s herd of roaring and moving animatronic dinosaurs – from the largest predators to playful baby dinos – are displayed in realistic scenes guests will experience from the safety of their own vehicle as they drive through the tour.
  • In addition to the life-like dinosaur exhibits, there will be opportunities to visit with one-of-a-kind baby dinosaurs and the Jurassic Quest team of dino trainers.
  • COVID-19 Protocols: Jurassic Quest operates under COVID-19 safety protocols in accordance with county, state and CDC guidelines. Guests are to remain in their own vehicles and to wear masks in the event they exit the vehicle in allowed areas (restrooms). Social distancing rules are requested of all guests and maintained by Jurassic Quest crew. Jurassic Quest and Gillette Stadium staff will be on-hand to ensure all proper social distancing guidelines are being followed.
  • FEES APPLY
  • PRE PURCHASED Tickets are required for this event to  JurassicQuest.com/events/drive-thru-boston-ma or contact (508) 203-2100
ABLE Accounts Overview
On Monday, June 21, Mary Rubenis from MEFA will be the guest in Leo Live’s Resource Spotlight. Mary will provide an overview of how to open an ABLE account, what the funds can be used for, and some recent changes. Register here.
Understanding Guardianship Workshop
Webinar, June 22nd, 2021, 11 a.m., with the Northeast Arc of Danvers, MA. Presented with the Center for Guardianship Excellence. The Center’s Executive Director, Heather Connors, Ph.D., will give an overview of guardianship and alternatives.
  • Professionals in the fields of aging, disability, and mental health, view guardianship in many different ways.
  • This presentation shares a fresh, practical approach to helping individuals improve their lives, with a personally -tailored balance of guardianship, alternatives to guardianship, social services support, family care, and human rights.
  • Participants will learn how guardians are appointed, standards for guardian decision making, training and services for new guardians, and best practices for collaborating with guardians to drive needed outcomes.
  • Tools and resources will be shared.
  • Join here or contact Phyllis Kizner at Pkizner@ne-arc.org.
“Morningstar Access” Boston Children’s Museum
Boston, June 29th, 2021. Program offers children with special and medical needs the opportunity to enjoy the Boston Children’s Museum in an uncrowded environment, with few other visitors and less concern about infections and large crowds.
COVID-19 Protocols: To accommodate different needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are now two different versions of Morningstar. Please select the one that works best for your family.
1. All Masks On! All staff and visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear masks.
This session happens when the Museum is freshly cleaned with no visitors prior to the scheduled time. No mask exceptions will be considered. Families with any needs are welcome as long as they can follow this strict mask rule, which is in place to create a medically safer environment.
Dates/times
  • Tuesday June 29, 2021, 9-11am
  • Monday August 9, 2021, 10am-12pm
2. Mask Exceptions Considered: All staff and visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear masks. However, mask exceptions will be considered in advance at registration for children who have sensory needs or other types of needs that prevent them from keeping their masks on.
Dates/times
  • Tuesday June 29, 2021, 1-3pm
  • Friday July 16, 2021, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Monday August 9, 2021, 1-3pm
Morningstar Access Admission: A link to pay online will be sent a week prior to your visit.
Half price general admission ($9.00 per person)
Free for Museum members
Other discounts may apply (such as the EBT/WIC discount)
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.
Have a great summer break – we’ll be back in July!
Please share your own resources and suggestions! Send them to pvarrin@cotting.org.
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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!
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