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Weekly Update: November 12, 2021

Weekly Update
Lower school students enjoyed a fun fall sensory activity looking for pumpkin seeds!
Information From Cotting School
The Vocational Department Is Collecting Used Book Donations!
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please email Vocational Instructor Mary Beth Rogers at mrogers@cotting.org or Director of Transition Services Mike Teuber at mteuber@cotting.org to schedule an appointment to drop off your quality used books for student processing as part of work skills classes.
Please wait to hear back from Mary Beth or Mike about timing before bringing donations to school. Thank you!
Save the Date: Cotting School Basketball, Tailgate Lunch & Winter Wares Fair
Saturday, December 4
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cotting School alumni, students and their families are invited to join us for the first basketball game of the season—Students v. Alumni—at our state-of-the-art new Campus Center! Come to watch the game and stay to enjoy a special tailgate lunch, plus our Winter Wares Fair. And don’t forget to check out all of the new Cotting gear for sale at our school store (located right across from the gymnasium)! Click here for more details. Please note that parents are responsible for their children’s eating needs during this event.
Please RSVP by November 27 to Carly Churchill, Associate Director of Advancement, at cchurchill@cotting.org.
Save the Date: Cotting PTO Holiday Marketplace
December 6 and 7
What is the Holiday Marketplace?
For this annual event, the PTO transforms the Cotting auditorium into a well-stocked, affordable and accessible boutique to provide students with the opportunity to shop independently for gifts to give to family for the winter holiday they celebrate.
Parent volunteers help students with gift selection and wrap and tag the gifts the students choose. It’s a great opportunity to come together with other parents to create a meaningful and festive occasion for Cotting students.
Set up starts on Friday, December 3 – stay tuned for volunteer schedule and wish lists!
Upcoming In-Person Events at Cotting
Cotting Conversations: Social & Emotional Learning
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 tour)
Place: Cotting School, 453 Concord Avenue, Lexington, MA
Information Session
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
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
Zumba Class
Join Invictus on Sunday, November 14th for Zumba!  This lively class will get everyone moving and grooving!
Please note that individuals who use wheelchairs will be able to participate in this activity.
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  
NDMC’s “American Masters: Becoming Helen Keller” Live Screening & Q&A
November 18th, 7-9pm
Join the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) for a 2-hour virtual screening and Q&A discussion of the new PBS documentary, “American Masters: Becoming Helen Keller.”
This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about disability history, social justice, and Helen Keller’s contributions to disability rights advocacy. The NDMC will also be distributing a discussion guide for mentors and mentees as a part of this event.
While most coverage of Helen Keller fixates on her as the “eternal child” around that “aha” moment at the water pump with her teacher Anne Sullivan, immortalized in play and movie “The Miracle Worker,” this new documentary “Becoming Helen Keller” shatters that disability myth, transcends that image, takes back the narrative, and unlocks little-known and multi-faceted aspects of her life and commitment to social justice, disability rights, women’s rights, voting rights, civil rights, disabled veterans, support of the NAACP and ACLU, setting up State Commissions for the Blind and “talking books,” to name a few.
This dynamic documentary features little-known aspects of Keller’s social justice activism and includes captions, audio description, extended audio description, ASL interpreters and descriptive transcript so that DeafBlind audiences can experience this film independently. You can find out more at http://pbs.org/americanmasters.
Register Now for the Last Two Especially for Me Events of 2021 at Discovery Museum!
Enjoy free admission during dedicated hours when the Museum is closed to the general public and building capacity is limited.
Afternoon for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing and KODA Children Register Now
Sunday, November 21, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Autism-Friendly Afternoon Register Now
Sunday, December 5, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
These events are open to families with children on the autism spectrum, with hearing or vision loss, or facing other developmental challenges. A medical diagnosis is not required. Any family who can benefit from a limited capacity visit is welcome at these events.
Please note: Food is only allowed at designated areas outside at this time.
These events are free, but pre-registration is required as space is very limited.
Know before you go…
You’ll notice that we have some new routines at Discovery Museum. You may like to check out our updated Story Guide: My Visit to the Discovery Museum in order to preview the experience before you arrive. More information about current safety protocols can be found on our COVID-19 webpage.
*Rescheduled* Online “Open” Autism and the IEP – A Workshop for Parents of Children/Teens with Asperger/Autism
December 16th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, $25
Join AANE Child & Teen Services for a workshop with Q&A for parents and guardians on the ins and outs of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students with Asperger profiles. Learn what our staff look for when conducting IEP reviews. Topics will include autism-specific considerations for the concern statement, evaluations, SMART goals, the service delivery grid, transition planning, and more. This workshop is not Massachusetts specific.
  • WHEN: Thursday, December 16, 2021
  • TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET
  • WHERE: Online via Zoom
  • HOST: Amanda Bailey
  • COST: $25 per participant
  • CAPACITY: 200
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:  For programs and events that require a fee, financial assistance is available, and no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Discounted registration buttons can be found below for some programs and events. To inquire about financial assistance, contact events@aane.org. If you are able, please consider donating the cost of an additional registration to support the financial assistance of others.
REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required. After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the event or first session. Early registration is highly recommended as many programs fill quickly.
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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