Weekly Update: October 28, 2022

Weekly Update

Meet the new Cotting School Senior Class Officers!

Information From Cotting School
Trunk or Treat is TOMORROW (Saturday), October 29
When: Trunk set up from 4-5 p.m. & Trick or Treat from 5-7 p.m.

Where: Cotting School Campus Center parking lot

What: Music, crafts and a prize for the most creative trunk!

Sign up to decorate your trunk or attend here!

Questions? Contact Kelly DeAngelis at kellycottingpto@gmail.com

Announcing the 2022 Cotting Senior Class Officers!

The Senior Class held its election for class officers last Friday. Each candidate prepared and made a speech, and we are very happy to announce the results:


Nicola B. – President

Julian J. – Vice-President

Amelia S. – Secretary

Alex K. – Treasurer


The other members of this fantastic class of seniors include:

Mira W., Anna F., Tori R., Emily M., Gaberiel S., Jack Y., Isabel L., Michael L. and

Emma W.

Cotting Conversations: Development of Self

Join us for a panel discussion about how families help their children with special needs understand their disability and how this may evolve as they get older. This event is FREE and open to the public!


Featured Panelists:

  • School Psychologist Rachel Vorkink (Moderator)
  • Classroom Teacher Katie Norregaard
  • Social Emotional Instructor Aly Robinson

When: Thursday, November 10, 3-4 p.m.

Place: Cotting School

453 Concord Avenue, Lexington, MA

If you plan to attend and would like to request an interpreter, please let us know. To RSVP for this event, please contact Director of Marketing & Communications Amanda Balagur at abalagur@cotting.org or 781-862-7323 ext.205.

Save the Date: Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 16

Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 16. Sign-up sheets will be sent home to families next week. Each family will have the option to sign up for either a 30-minute in-person meeting OR to pick a time slot for a virtual meeting. The first time  slot is for 1:30 p.n. and the last is for 6:30 p.m. You will also have the option to request that your student’s clinical team members join the conference.

or click here!

Community Resources & Events
Real Stories, Real People, Real Progress. Meet the Faces of the Arc!
The videos and stories on our new story hub give a window into the unique challenges people with disabilities face, as well as the dreams and goals we all share. These stories matter and showcase the diversity that makes our communities beautiful. We hope they help expand understanding of our shared humanity and what’s possible for people with IDD in school, jobs, love and life!
Webinars: Self-Directed Adult Services with the Department of Developmental Services

Online, through December 2022, with the Massachusetts Department of Development Services (DDS). Interactive discussions about expanding choices and control in your life through Self-Directed Supports.

Hear how participants and their families can design individualized services to meet their needs through the Participant Directed Program OR the Agency with Choice.

All 2022 Dates:

  • 11/1/22
  • 11/16/22
  • 12/6/22
  • 12/14/22

Offered via WEBEX.

For more information or to RSVP click here or contact jennifer.r.benoit@mass.gov

Wings for Autism


Date: November 5, 2022

Where: Boston Logan Airport, Terminal E

Time: 9 a.m.


A free event!

Travel is stressful in general, but can be particularly stressful for families who have a child with special needs.


Come take a “test run.” Gain the familiarity and confidence necessary to take future trips.


Your child will experience:

  • Entering the airport
  • The check-in process and checking bags
  • Security screening
  • Boarding the plane
  • Preparing for take-off
  • Exiting the plane

Registration is required. 

For more information or to register, click here.
Adaptive Skating for All Ages Across Massachusetts

November 9, 2022-March 25, 2023

Brockton, East Boston, Holyoke and Worcester

Free admission and equipment use. Lace up a pair of conventional skates or slide around the ice in your wheelchair.

  • Ice sleds, skate walkers, helmets, ice grippers are also available.
  • Activities may include obstacle courses, a block tower, races, colorful balls and pucks to shoot around, and gently competitive hockey matches.


  • Buffone Skating Rink – Worcester. Mondays, 1:00 pm–3:30 pm. January 16, February 27, March 20.
  • Fitzpatrick Skating Rink –Holyoke. Sundays, 11:30 am–2:00 pm. November 20, December 4, March 5, 12, and 26.
  • Porrazzo Skating Rink – East Boston. Tuesdays, 11:00 am–1:30 pm, November 9, December 7, January 18, February 15, March 15.

To register and for more information contact the numbers above, or visit the DCR Universal Access Program  or email Kristen.Rhodes@mass.gov

Universally Accessible Treehouse at Simonds Park in Burlington

Meet us in the trees for the GRAND OPENING of the Universally Accessible Treehouse at Simons Park in Burlington, MA! Join us on Saturday, November 19 from 1-5 p.m. for a visit with the treehouse, games, activities and family fun.

The celebration continues at 6 p.m. with fireworks sponsored by Herb Chambers. Click here for more information. 

We are so excited to announce that the 9th Annual Gobble Wobble for SMILE Mass Race is back! Mark your calendars for 10 a.m. on 11/19. We would love to have you all participate and we welcome all ability levels. Register here before the price increase on 11/1 and to be guaranteed a t-shirt!

If you need to borrow a stroller or you need someone to push your loved one, contact us at info@smilemass.org.

Happy fall weekend! Pam

Please share your own resources and questions with Pam Varrin at pvarrin@cotting.org.

Helpful Links
Family Resources Dashboard
2022-2023 School Year Calendar
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