Parent Weekly Update: July 30, 2021

Weekly Update
Lower School and Middle School students had so much fun playing soccer in our Summer Enrichment program! We love seeing our staff and students having so much fun!
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Information From Cotting School
Next week is the last week of Summer Session!
A message from Summer Session Director Leah Thibodeau:
We are planning to cap off our “Summer of Self Care” with a few more afternoon activities on our final day next Friday. Here’s what the students will be doing from 1-2 pm:
Pine Car Derby – (Phelan) on the patio/dining room with Caughey, Russell, Arnst, Walz, VanSteenbergen classrooms
Soccer – (Cuddy) in the gym with Gibbons, Maskin, Piscopo, Hassett classrooms
Movie – (Ironfield) in the Library with Morrison, Mitropoulos, Chaput classrooms
Art – (with Program Assistants) with Girard, Largenton, Herlihy (activities will be set up by Aly Robinson)
Wares Fair (Robinson) – Auditorium with students from Art, IA and Vocational classes who will be selling products.
The Wares Fair is open to students and staff, and items made by students will be available for sale. Most items will be in the $1-$5 range, with some up to $20-25. We are so sorry that we are not able to invite parents in for the Ware’s Fair this year. Students will have an opportunity to visit the fair at the following times:
  • Pine car derby students (1:00-1:15)
  • Soccer students (1:15-1:30)
  • Movie students (1:30-1:45)
  • Art students (1:45-2:00)
Questions? Contact Leah Thibodeau at
Updated Parent and Student handbooks are now available on our website on the Family Resources page.
As you know, we are honoring all our families by designating the courtyard in our new space as the Cotting Family Courtyard. With your gift to the courtyard, your family name will be listed on the plaque. If you have not yet contributed to the capital campaign to make this possible, now is your chance! Gifts of any sizes are welcome and all will make a difference. Our goal is 100% participation. Click here to make your gift.
Save the Date!
Cotting Fall Family BBQ
Hawaiian Luau
Sunday, September 19th, 2021, 12 noon-3:00 pm
Rain or shine on the Cotting Grounds
Currently Seeking Donations!
Own your own Business? Access to Sporting Event Tickets?
Donate Restaurant Gift Cards? Create your own Creative Basket?
Basket Ideas Include:
Family Night Out, Books, Crafts, Game Night, Pet Supplies, Movie Night, Pasta Basket, Sports Basket, Restaurant & Store Gift Cards, Tailgate Basket, Fire Pit, Gardening Basket
No Donation Too Big or Too Small!
Email or send items to Cotting School!
Thank you!! See you at the BBQ!
End-of-School Year Lost and Found items are (still) looking for their homes!
If you see anything below that belongs to your family, contact Front Desk Coordinator Andie Mitchell at Cotting extension 0 or .
The 2020-2021 Cotting School Annual Fund T-Shirt is still available!
It’s not too late to order this year’s Cotting School Annual Fund t-shirt or hoodie (your choice) the sale will be ongoing through 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 (
Pam Varrin is available to assist Cotting families in need of financial assistance. You can reach Pam at
Resources and Events
In the Community
Have you received your Child Tax Credit?
The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides the largest Child Tax Credit ever – and as of July 15th, most families of children under 18 years of age are automatically receiving monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child without having to take any action.
While many families will automatically receive this benefit, families whose income was not high enough to have had to file taxes in recent years may not be aware that they qualify and may need to sign up as a “non-filer” to receive the payments.
If your child or children are under 18 and you have not received your payment, go to Child Tax Credit (click here for Spanish) to find out how to access this benefit. Resources include a two-sided flyer in English and Spanish and this Help is Here flyer in English and Spanish.
Kayak and Hike with Waypoint this summer!
Be outside with friends in a Waypoint Adventure group! See dates/times/locations of all summer programs at Waypoint-adventure!
Don’t wait too long, though – groups are filling up fast!
Support Group for Caregivers of Adults 18+ with Developmental Disabilities
Virtual Group, August 5th – 26th, 2021, with Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Boston. Participants do not need to be a patient at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to join in.
This is a community outreach support group for caregivers of adults (18 years old and older) with developmental disabilities.
The group aims to provide support to caregivers by
  • creating an opportunity to share experiences and tips with other caregivers
  • educating on the importance of self-care for those in the caregiver role
  • providing ideas to improve communication and behaviors, to improve well-being, and to navigate care systems
Group meets weekly for four weeks via Zoom. Meetings are 90 minutes each.
Surfing with Smiles
Hampton, NH, August 5th, 2021. Free. An event for people with special needs and abilities to learn how to surf, and is open for any and all ages. Join in on a night of surfing, beach games, and more.
  • Surfing with Smiles’ aim is to help build confidence and a sense of reward, enjoying the beach, playing in the water, or staying dry on land and playing beach games.
  • Their mission is to enhance the lives of surfers and volunteers by creating a positive and fun environment that builds confidence, gives a sense of reward to all participants, and friendships.
COVID-19 Protocols – please see the link for more information.
  • Registration is required for ALL surfers.
  • It is also required that all surfers are accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian.
  • To register or for more information visit or contact or call Taylor at 603-965-5119 or Lindsey at 978-828-9738.
Introduction to Sexuality Considerations for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Webinar, August 12th, 12 p.m., 2021, with the Massachusetts’ General Hospital Aspire Program. Open to parents and caregivers of individuals with ASD. This introductory webinar will discuss how the features and associated features of an Asperger/autism profile can impact sexuality.
An overview of challenges and interventions will be explored through multiple profile lenses:
  • social
  • communication
  • special interests
  • sensory
  • motor
  • cognitive
  • emotional
Fees apply, registration is required or contact 781-860-1900
Sensory-Friendly Days with Mass Audubon:
In order to continue making nature accessible to all, the Mass Audubon Society has launching a series of Sensory Friendly Days at sanctuaries throughout Massachusetts for Summer 2021.
  • During these times, you can visit when properties are closed to the general public or tend to be relatively quiet.
  • Some sites will have special hikes with nature guides available to recommend appropriate trails and guide your experience, while others provide self-lead opportunities.
  • You can also find All Persons Trails at many of these sanctuaries. These trails feature wide, flat, ADA-accessible paths connecting parking areas to the wilds of nature.
Belmont, August 18th, 2021. Free. Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Belmont, 4:00-5:00 pm
Natick, August 20th, 2021. Free. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick, 8 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
August 23rd, 2021. Free.
For this date, locations are:
  • Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick, August 23, 2021, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester, August 23, 2021, 4:00-6:00pm
Adaptive Summer Sports in Massachusetts with AccesSportAmerica
July & August, 2021, Acton, Boston, Waltham, with Adaptive Sports New England. Windsurfing, Hawaiian Outrigger Canoeing, Stand-up Paddling, Kayaking, and Cycling. Not all sports will be available at all locations.
Their full range of sports includes:
  1. WINDSURFING – Seated and standing adaptations with a full range of tandem, catamaran, and single boards
  2. HAWAIIAN OUTRIGGER CANOEING – Three, four person canoes with paddle adaptations
  3. STAND UP PADDLING – Single, double and 8 person stand up boards with seats and standers
  4. KAYAKING – Single and double kayaks with adaptive paddles
  5. ROWING – A drop-in single rowing setup with room for a trainer
  6. CYCLING – Over 20 recumbent, upright, tandem, foot and hand cycles
  7. TENNIS -Adaptive standing and wheelchair tennis skills.
  • Mask & COVID-19 Protocols – Please see the weblink below for the most updated information.
  • Each sport is adapted to fit every individual’s unique needs, and every athlete will be actively involved in their chosen sport. On site are five AccesSport certified trainers as well as interns and volunteers.
  • Athletes can sign up as an individual or programs & agencies can send groups.
  • Individual sessions include up to four athletes, and group sessions will have 6 – 10 athletes.
  • No previous experience necessary.
  • Try one sport, or try them all.
Fees apply, advance registration is required to  or contact 978.393.1143 or
Wiffle Ball Picnic Celebration!
It will be our second all-Waypoint celebration since the first Wiffle Ball Game in 2019 and we’re so excited to see everyone again! Join us participants, family members, friends, volunteers, donors, and any human connected to Waypoint! We’ll follow “outdoor gathering” guidelines closely and keep you updated with any changes as we get closer.
When? Thursday, Sep 9th from 5:30-8:30pm
Where? Waypoint Adventure Office
453 Concord Ave, Lexington, MA
What to Bring? A picnic dinner, lawn chair, and competitive, lively spirit!
Click link to get more info on how you can sign up as a player, coach, cheerleader, score-keeper, and more!
There are still spots available on hiking and kayaking programs this summer! Sign up now at the Program Calendar! We’re especially looking to fill:
  • Wed, Aug 4th – Robinson State Park in Feeding Hills, MA (11am-2pm)
  • Wed, Aug 18th – Chicopee State Park in Chicopee, MA (11am-2pm)
  • Sun, Aug 22nd – Mt. Watatic in Ashburnham, MA (9:30am-2pm)
  • Thur, Aug 12th – Magazine Beach in Cambridge, MA (2-4pm and 5-7pm)
  • Thur, Aug 19th – Malibu Beach in Dorchester, MA (10am-3pm)
The program calendar can be found here.
Please share your own resources and suggestions! Send them to
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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