Parent Weekly Update: August 6, 2021

Weekly Update
This week during Amelia’s in-house job, she took pictures to share on social media. Amelia’s classmate, Elizabeth, was assembling hygiene kits to deliver to local area shelters and food pantries. Jordan was working hard with Ms. Birmingham in the fitness center, and Amelia thought Ms. Arnst’s class looked like they were having lots of fun in adaptive physical education! Thank you for your help, Amelia; we love the pictures you took!
For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram.
Information From Cotting School
Enjoy your summer break!
The Weekly Update will be taking a break, too. We’ll be back again when school starts up in the fall.
A message from Dave Manzo
Here’s a fun way to learn more about Circuit Breaker, the program in which the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reimburses local school districts for a portion of the cost of educating students in schools like Cotting. Brush up on your advocacy!
Free and Appropriate for All: Putting Students First
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, and the deadline for the courtyard plaque is August 31. 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!
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
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
Movement to Music
Sunday, August 15, 2021
MetroWest YMCA
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of music-making, singing, and dancing! Led by board-certified music therapist Kathlynn Sell, our program offers participants the opportunity to express themselves creatively and improve their communication skills. Sing and dance along to your favorite songs, meet new friends, and make lasting memories. The 45-minute activity will be followed by time to enjoy some light refreshments and socialize with your new friends.
The MetroWest YMCA is located at 280 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham, MA 01701.
Cost: $15 per participant
Important Information
  • This program is not a drop-off situation. All participants are required to bring a parent/guardian/caregiver (18+) who must stay for the duration of the activity.
  • No walk-ins will be permitted. All participants must register in advance.
  • We kindly ask that parents/guardians of first-time participants read and sign a Participant Release and Waiver of Liability Form, which includes an optional Photo Release.
  • COVID regulations may still be in effect, including required mask-wearing for those who have not been vaccinated. You may be asked to sign a COVID-19 Liability Waiver.
  • This program has a limited capacity. If the class is full, you may opt to be placed on the waitlist.
  • Please check in at the front desk upon arriving at the MetroWest YMCA for the class.
If you have any questions about this program, please contact us at
Sensory-Friendly Days with Mass Audubon:
In order to continue making nature accessible to all, the Mass Audubon Society has launched 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-led 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
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 a 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.
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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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