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Parent Weekly Update: October 1, 2021

Weekly Update
So much fun at the kickoff of Saturday morning soccer!
Information From Cotting School
Supplemental Services Fall Session start next week on October 4!
These after school activities take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday after school from October 4 through November 10.
No School Wednesday, October 6th for Professional Development
Students will not come to school on Professional Development Day, but all Cotting staff will! In addition to our weekly professional development time on Wednesday after school, Cotting staff spend two full school days dedicated to learning and improvement during the school year, one in October (on the day of Forward to School Night) and the other in January (this year on January 18, the day after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday).
At the end of our professional day, we will look forward to welcoming parents for this opportunity to learn more about all aspects of the Cotting program.
Cotting Forward to School Night
October 6, 2021, 6 – 8 pm
This will be an in-person masked event.
Our amazing nurses will be available to provide childcare to Cotting students. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate siblings this year. Please let Rachael Sciola know at rsciola@cotting.org if your child will be joining for the evening.
What to expect:
  • During classroom sessions, you can expect to hear about the schedule, curriculum, and classroom expectations. Please save your student specific concerns and questions for parent-teacher conferences or a scheduled appointment with your child’s teacher.
  • You may come to as many or as few sessions as you wish. Although we will not be offering a virtual conference option, you will be receiving a copy of all the classroom information via email. Teachers will also be happy to follow up with a phone call if needed.
6-6:30- Classroom Session #1:
Nagle, Morrison, Mitropoulos, Cain, Birkhoff, Girard, Etre, Caughey/Norreggaard
6:30-7:00- Parent Choice (pick 1):
  • Campus Center Visit: Explore the new addition
  • Drop In: Therapies, Supplemental Services, Gym, Science, Social Studies, The Arts
  • Program Learning Session: Community Trips
  • Program Learning Session: Vocational and Project Bridges
7:00-7:30- Parent Choice (pick 1):
  • Campus Center Visit: Explore the new addition
  • Drop In: Therapies, Supplemental Services, Gym, Science, Social Studies, The Arts
  • Program Learning Session: Community Trips
  • Program Learning Session: Vocational and Project Bridges
7:30-8:00- Classroom Session #2:
Piscopo, Hassett, Arnst, Paull/Adelmann, Vansteenbergen, Mayo, Walz, Russell
Questions? Contact Karen Waddill at kwaddill@cotting.org
Picture Day is Coming Soon!
Picture Day is October 19th!
More information and instructions can be found here.
In Person Information Sessions Are Back!
If you know someone who would like to visit our campus, talk to Cotting School professionals and learn more about our programs, please share this with them. We’ll be holding information sessions at the School from 9:30-11:00 am on:
  • Friday, October 29, 2021
  • Friday, November 19, 2021
To RSVP, please contact Elizabeth Russell, Director of Admissions, at erussell@cotting.org or 781-862-7323 x114.
Community Resources & Events
Check out two Cotting alumni who are rocking it in the Community!
SNAP Singer Profile: Delaney S.
Delaney is a wonderful young woman who attends our Sing Along Chorus. She is very friendly and always up for a good time! Delaney loves music and singing and we are so glad she is sharing her talents with her SNAP friends!
Delaney’s favorite genre of music is Pop. She has many singers and bands that she likes, including: Dua Lipa, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Delaney also loves singing along with favorites from High School Musical. Her favorite part of being in Sing Along Chorus is hanging out with friends, listening to music and singing along with her speech device. The chorus and key words from songs are plugged into her device and she is ready to sing along!
When Delaney is not singing at rehearsals, she loves to go to restaurants and watch “Hey Mamas” and “Tic Tac Toy Cousins” on YouTube. She enjoys live music and going to concerts. Delaney also loves to go to the Price Center in Newton and play soccer with the alumni at Cotting School. Delaney is very active and enjoys riding horses with “Find Your Stride” at Lovelane in Lincoln. She likes to take hikes with her friends at Waypoint Adventures and enjoys going to the Waltham Community Farm every Saturday.
We love having Delaney as a member of our Sing Along Chorus and we look forward to seeing her bright smile at every rehearsal and event, Bravo Delaney!
If you are interested in learning more about joining SNAP’s Sing Along Chorus or any of their other programs, registration for Fall 2021 is underway. Programs are now being held in person at the Lexington Community Center. Access our on-line application.  our at this link. Registration is confirmed once payment is received.
Patrice Bergeron vs Tyler Legasse
On September 9th, Special Olympics Massachusetts participated in the Boston Bruins Foundation’s 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. And when given the option to drive his own ball, or use the ball Tyler Legasse drove for him, Bruins Captain Patrice Bergeron opted for Tyler’s…and given the choice, we would have too!
The Arc Co-Sponsors Massachusetts Historical Society’s “Disability and American Past” Series
The Arc of Massachusetts is a co-sponsor of the Disability and American Past Series (8 separate sessions) hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS). MHS’ first offering is on October 7 and the eighth session is on October 28, with six sessions on dates in between. The series is aimed at members of the public, academic researchers, and educators.
Through panel conversations, presentations, and discussion, MHS will:
  • introduce the field of disability history
  • investigate some major research areas in the field such as activism, material culture, medical history, technology, and citizenship
  • provide a forum to examine new, emerging scholarship in this seminar series
Invitation to participate in a study of caregiver experiences with supporting the use of augmentative or alternate communication methods at home
Invitation to caregivers (e.g., parents, guardians, relatives) to participate in a survey related to your experiences caring for an individual who uses augmentative or alternative ways of communicating (AAC). Our goal is to better understand how your experiences can influence their use of AAC.
This survey should take 15 minutes and all of those who complete the survey will be entered to a drawing to win $100 cash. At the end of the survey, we will ask if you would like to participate in a follow-up interview. We will pay all of those who interview $10 for your time.
Questions about this survey? Feel free to contact Dr. Natalie Andzik at nandzik@niu.edu or Dr. Allison Gladfelter agladfelter@niu.edu.
Dr. Natalie Andzik, Department of Special and Early Education
Dr. Allison Gladfelter CCC-SLP, School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Northern Illinois University
Therapeutic Recreation
We service individuals with diagnoses that include but are not limited to Autism Spectrum disorder, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, Learning Disability, Intellectual Disability, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairments, Hearing Impairments and Physical Disabilities.
The goal of Therapeutic Recreation programs
  • Enhance / Enrich Quality of Life
  • Increase Independence
  • Enhance / Foster Social Skills
  • Increase physical activity
  • Enhance / Foster Community Engagement opportunities
  • Work on individualized goals and objectives through recreation and leisure
  • Increase Recreational opportunities for people with disabilities
What is Therapeutic Recreation?
Therapeutic Recreation is a process that utilizes recreation and leisure programming as a means to enhance/maintain physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual domains. Therapeutic Recreation provides specialized and inclusive programs for individuals of all abilities.
Special Needs Trust, Guardianship & Legal Concerns Workshop
October 19th, 2021, with the MassFamilies Special-Needs Planning webinar series. The speaker will be Annette M. Hines, the founding partner of Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts.
  • Annette Hines will explore Special Needs Trust, Guardianship & Legal Concerns for families with special needs.
Register Today!
Discover New Topics at AANE’s Fall 2021 Virtual
Daniel W. Rosenn Connections Conference
A two-day virtual event for the entire autism community: adults with Asperger/autism profiles, family, friends, and professionals!
Recognizing and understanding the experiences of individuals on the spectrum with intersecting identities is critical. Join AANE’s Fall 2021 Virtual Connections Conference featuring autistic speakers discussing the intersection of autism with race and gender.
Presentations Featuring Intersectionality
  • Keynote: Forged by Fire: The Intersection of Race, Disability, and Gender
  • Workshop B: Understanding the Intersection of Autism and Gender Diversity
  • Workshop I: Myths and Truths: Deconstructing Autism and Women
TIME: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM ET on both October 22 and October 23
WHERE: Online via Zoom
COST: $40 for AANE Members, $50 for non-AANE Members, $75 for professionals seeking CEUs
Contact fundraising@aane.org to learn more about membership. AANE provides discounted and free admission upon request. Contact events@aane.org to inquire further.
College & Career Transition Fair for Students with Learning Disabilities & Mental Health Challenges
Virtual Event, October 26th – 30th, 2021, with School for Children in Winchester, MA. Free. Different Choices 2021, will include presentations, workshops, a college showcase, and a vocational, technical and apprenticeship program expo.
  • This college and career transition fair is for students with learning disabilities and mental health challenges.
  • The Fair’s program focuses on opportunities for students who are approaching the transition to college and young adulthood with a history of IEPs, 504 plans or therapeutic supports.
  • The Fair will provide attendees with information that can assist them in postsecondary transition planning and fill a much-needed gap in transition services.
  • Different Choices 2021 is free to attendees and will include opportunities for students and parents to engage directly with colleges that support students with learning challenges and disabilities, receive expert advice on subjects from financing higher education to self-advocacy, and meet one-on-one with college, career and life skills representatives.
  • A free series of expert talks and panels will provide additional guidance and perspective for students and their parents as well as help educators, guidance counselors, therapists and others in students’ support systems better assist in the transition process.
  • Other workshops will be available for a small fee to help students and families identify their specific needs, acquire new skills and perspectives, and enhance the transition experience.
  • The host is expecting approximately 60+ virtual college and vocational exhibitor booths.
Please share your own resources and suggestions! Send them to pvarrin@cotting.org
Helpful Links
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