Weekly Update: December 22, 2022

Weekly Update

Social studies teacher Mr. Meredith used a green screen to take Ms. Maskin’s

students on an adventure to Japan!

Information From Cotting School

Happy Holidays from Cotting School

Wishing you all a wonderful winter break and a Happy New Year.

See you back at school on January 3, 2023!

– The Senior Administrative Team

Thank you to the Cotting PTO!

The PTO and parent volunteers surprised Cotting staff and faculty on Wednesday by catering an early morning buffet of hot coffee and breakfast treats to show their appreciation and spread holiday cheer. It was the perfect pick-me-up for the last week before the winter break!

Many thanks for your energy and thoughtfulness–our staff and faculty loved it!

2022 Cotting Student Art Cards

Order your Cotting School Student Art Cards now for delivery next week!

Rifton Bath Chair

A briefly used Rifton bath chair needs a new home! Available for free to a family that can use it. Fits an early-to-mid-elementary school aged child and comes with some accessories.

Contact Pam Varrin at pvarrin@cotting.org if you are interested or would like more information.

Community Resources & Events
Lunchtime Advocacy Roundtable for Massachusetts Families

Webinar, January 10, 2023, with the Massachusetts Family Leadership Series, in partnership with Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Multicultural Community Services of the Pioneer Valley, Riverside Community Care and the Nemasket Group.

  • Network with Advocacy Allies at these lunchtime sessions.
  • The facilitator of these groups will be Haran Phaneuf. Haran is the Central Family Leadership Coordinator and oversees strategic planning and program implementation for the Family Leadership Programs of Central Massachusetts.

All 2023 webinars are scheduled for 12 p.m. on the following dates:

January 10

February 14

March 14

April 11

May 9

June 13

Register here. For more information, contact the Director of Northeast Family Leadership Program, Riverside Community Care, at 781-645-9577.

Boston Ballet Sensory Friendly Performance of The Nutcracker

Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

While we believe this show will be an enjoyable experience for any patron, we have altered this performance to make it easier for guests who are neurodiverse, have sensory sensitivities or other social, learning or cognitive disabilities, and need accessibility accommodations to enjoy the ballet. For more information and tickets, click here.

AANE Webinar: Virtual Book Talk with Essmaa Litim

January 24, 2023 from 7-8 p.m.

Register now and watch this webinar live online via Zoom or later on demand.

As part of AANE’s mission to deepen our understanding and learning surrounding the intersectionality of Autism with Race, Ethnicity, Gender Identity and Sexual Identity, AANE will be hosting a book talk with Essmaa Litim, the author of the recently released book SPEECHLESS: Mama’s Story.  Litim writes a moving biography centered in Boston, MA, that chronicles her Algerian mother’s courage and commitment to her non-speaking autistic son and family as she valiantly navigates the barriers and systems of a new country, language, culture, and autism.

This webinar will be recorded. If you are not able to attend the live presentation, registrants will receive the video link to access the recording two business days after the session ends. Registrants will be able to access the recorded presentation for 30 days.

Advanced registration is required.

Wishing you joy, wonder and a few minutes to slow down during the holiday season.


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

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2022-2023 School Year Calendar
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