Weekly Update: December 3, 2021

Weekly Update
Mr. Mitropoulos and his math students have been working on conserving
plastic bottles and practicing their math skills!
Information From Cotting School
Shop our Spirit Wear now!
Check out our new Campus Center apparel, in addition to some old favorites!
How to Order:
  • Order online and have it shipped to your home
  • Order online and have it sent home in your student’s backpack
  • Shop in person at tomorrow’s Big Match!
Join Us Tomorrow for 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. Adapted eating equipment will not be available at this event.
Additionally, families will be responsible for supervising their children at the tailgate lunch. The following food will be available in the Cotting Family Courtyard and lower level of the Campus Center: hamburgers, cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, veggie burgers, Impossible burgers, grilled chicken, macaroni salad, potato salad and bottled water. If someone in your party has food allergies or special dietary needs, we recommend bringing lunch since we will not be able to guarantee allergy-free food.
Carly Churchill, Associate Director of Advancement, at cchurchill@cotting.org. By RSVPing to this event, you certify that everyone in your party is vaccinated. Consistent with our school policy, all guests will be required to wear masks indoors.
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.
If your child has been vaccinated, please let Cotting’s Medical Department know so they can update their student healthcare record.
Community Resources & Events
Accessible Martial Arts DEMO with Easter Seals Massachusetts
Boston, December 4th, 2021. Join in on an Accessible Martial Arts demo at the Boston Self Help Center, BSHC’s Adaptive sports and recreation demonstration.
  • Led by Easter Seals Massachusetts’ Paul Medeiros, President & CEO and Patrick Remy, Public Affairs & Youth Services Program Specialist.
  • Along with an Accessible Martial Arts demo, they will be showcasing Volt hockey, power soccer, bocce, martial arts, and more
  • All sports are designed for those with physical mobility impairments..
Inclusive Chanukah Party with Yachad New England
Brookline, MA, December 4th, 2021, with Yachad New England. For ages 16+ with special needs.
  • Join in on a festive evening in celebration of Chanukah – the festival of lights!
  • Enjoy DJ music, holiday candle lighting, and Chanukah activities set the stage for a holiday party filled with fun.
Music Makes Me Happy Chorus (including Cotting Alumni) Outdoor, In-Person Holiday Performance!
December 5, 2021
We are excited to be a part of the Concord Tree Lighting Event :
  • Our Chorus will be singing at 58 Main St. in front of the Visitor Center from 3-3:45
  • Following our performance is the parade to the tree lighting and carols on the common
  • Shopping and entertainment will continue until 6pm
Fun for people of all ages and abilities – all are welcome!
“Caring Santas” for Special Needs
A private photo experience for children with special needs and their families.Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and have their photo taken with him. Select a Simon Center below to reserve your appointment for a private photo experience. See locations below, along with the link to the Santa Cares page.
December 5th
  • Braintree, MA, South Shore Plaza
  • Burlington, MA, Burlington Mall (December 5th – 12th)
  • Chestnut Hill,, The Shops at Chestnut Hill
  • Holyoke Mall at Ingleside
  • Manchester, NH, Mall of New Hampshire
  • Nashua, NH, Pheasant Lane
  • Natick Mall
  • Peabody, MA, Northshore Mall
  • Saugus, MA, Square One Mall
  • Salem, NH, Mall at Rockingham Park
December 12th
  • Auburn, MA, Auburn Mall
FIND EVENTS – Please use the Eventbrite Calendar Search for a location near you
De-Mystifying the Housing Process of Transition Planning
Webinar, December 6th, with the Riverview School in East Sandwich, MA. De-Mystifying the Housing Process of Transition Planning, with Jillian Copeland, Founder of Main Street in Maryland and mom to a neuro diverse young man.
  • With De-Mystifying the Housing Process of Transition Planning, Jillian will share her personal journey, tell the story of Main Street and provide tips and insight on how to navigate the daunting process of determining what’s next.
  • About the Speaker: Jillian was an educator, staff trainer and technology coordinator for Montgomery County Public Schools, and then founded The Diener School in 2007. In 2014, Jillian created Teens Like Us, a weekend and summer inclusive social program designed to meet the needs of teens with disabilities in the Greater Washington area.
  • Jillian’s latest endeavor, Main Street, is a joint initiative with her husband Scott. Main Street is an inclusive and affordable apartment building and community center serving people of all abilities.
To register or for more information contact the Riverview Transition Coordinator, Ann Phelan at aphelan@riverviewschool.org
Special Education Law in Massachusetts
Webinar, December 10th, 2021, with the Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc in Massachusetts (SPaN). Coffee Talk with Dr. Russell Johnston, Deputy Commissioner of Education. 2022 will be the 50th Anniversary of Chapter 766 Special Education Law for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Deputy Commissioner of Education, Russell Johnston will present a look back on the journey of special education from its early beginnings, current status and where we are going.
This event will be a closer look at topics that SPaN members want to explore in greater depths. Taking the viewpoint of where we are now and where we are heading in the future, explore the following:
  • SEPAC engagement
  • Mental health crisis
  • Equal access in vocational programs
  • Transition and adult outcomes
  • DESE enforcement of the IDEA and Section 504
  • Covid outcomes
When you register for the event, you will have an opportunity to ask your questions and provide information regarding your concerns and experiences on the above topics. SPAN will be providing this information to Russell Johnston in advance to allow his team to gather any statistics or relevant information to share during the workshop.
Register early in order to have your general questions considered or contact Elaine Rabbitt, Event Coordinator, Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc., (508) 655-7999, info@spanmass.org
*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.
While Pam is away, please share your own resources and suggestions with Omni at oraimo@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!
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