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Family Weekly Update: November 5, 2021

Weekly Update
Ms. Girard’s class “went to the movies” for a “field trip”!
Information From Cotting School
Congratulations to Our New Senior Class Officers!
Don’t Miss Cotting’s Family Support Information Session, “Planning for Two Generations,” on Tuesday!
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6:00 pm on Zoom
Presented by: Alexandria Nadworny, Wealth Advisor, CFP®, CTFA
Special Needs Financial Planning
About the presentation: “Special Needs Financial Planning is planning for two generations. Many children with a disability must be supported their entire lives, even long after their parents have died. Our approach reaches beyond the limited boundaries of Wills and Trusts to provide you with a road map to address your own family’s Special Needs.
RSVP to attend this presentation by emailing Pam at pvarrin@cotting.org
Last Chance!
Support the Cotting School PTO
Upcoming In-Person Events at Cotting
Cotting Conversations – SAVE THE DATE!
Learn about the Cotting School Summer Learning Institute, its focus on social and emotional learning and how the curriculum on behavior supports benefits our students and teaching staff. This event is open to the public, so please feel free to share this information, and will be followed by a short tour (including the new campus center).
Friday, November 19
Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am (followed by an optional half-hour tour)
Place: Cotting School, 453 Concord Avenue, Lexington, MA
More information can be found here.
Check the events tab on the Cotting website home page for upcoming event information. Walk-ins are always welcome. Those who wish to RSVP or set up a private tour can contact Director of Admissions Elizabeth Russell at erussell@cotting.org or 781-862-7323 ext. 114
Information Sessions
Cotting Parents! Do you have friends, acquaintances or folks in your community who would be interested in learning more about whether Cotting would be a good fit for their child? You can help keep our admissions strong by spreading the word about our monthly information sessions, now in-person! Visitors can tour our campus, visit our classrooms, talk to Cotting School professionals and learn about:
  • Cotting School - Day program for ages 3-22
  • HOPEhouse - Transition-focused boarding program for young adults ages 17-22
  • Extended-Year Academic Programs and Summer Enrichment Options
  • Cotting Consulting – Providing technology solutions for students in their school environments
  • All the new initiatives at Cotting School
Friday, December 3
Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Place: Cotting School, 453 Concord Avenue, Lexington, MA
Community Resources & Events
Easter Seals Massachusetts Youth & Transition Services Virtual Open House
Online November 9, 2021, 6:00 p.m. Supporting The Next Generation:
Youth & Transition Programs Virtual Open House is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about programs for youth and young adults in Massachusetts with disabilities
Supporting The Next Generation: Youth & Transition Programs
Virtual Open House – Learn more about Easter Seals services available to youth and young adults with disabilities.
There will be representatives from the following programs sharing more information:
  • College Navigator
  • Accessible Recreation
  • Pre-ETS
  • Youth Leadership Network
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Assistive Technology
Webinar to share with family and friends who are not part of the disability community: How YOU can support inclusion!
For Family Members of Children WITHOUT Disabilities
Parents, siblings or peers, this one’s for you!
We welcome you to take part in this webinar presentation, to learn top strategies for a fellow student to consider extending a welcome and getting to know a peer with disabilities.
Thank you Inclusion Matters https://inclusionmatters.org/ for hosting this opportunity to break down barriers, focus on similarities, not differences and imagine what’s possible!
COMING SOON: November 9th 7:00 pm
Danehy Park’s Universal Design Playground is Opening!
The City of Cambridge invites you to the opening celebration of the universal design playground!
11:00 AM
Saturday, November 13
Rain date: November 14
Danehy Park, 75 Field Street, Cambridge
No Sibling Left Behind
Webinar, November 16th, 2021, with the The Northborough/Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council (NSPAC. No Sibling Left Behind provides an overview of the sibling experience, sibling movement, and research trends, as well as strategies and tips to support siblings of people with disabilities.
Presented by Massachusetts Sibling Support Network: The Massachusetts Sibling Support Network supports siblings of people with all types of disabilities in Massachusetts.
* This is offered across the sibling’s lifespan and includes providing information and education, creating welcoming communities for siblings, and improving access to sibling services.
Registration is required to www.nspac.org/Registration or contact NSPAC1@GMAIL.COM  
Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc.
We provide people with developmental and intellectual disabilities recreational opportunities that celebrate each person’s unique abilities while cultivating expression, building peer relationships, and fostering self-esteem through life enhancing activities in art and music.
Many Cotting students and alumni have participated in their programs. Find out more at
Please share your own resources and suggestions with Pam at pvarrin@cotting.org
Helpful Links
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Cotting School every time you shop, at no cost to you. Just select “Cotting School, Inc.” as your charitable organization and remember to shop at smile.amazon.com! Amazon will then donate a portion of your order’s purchase price to Cotting School!
Spread the Word!
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 would like to learn more!
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