Weekly Update: May 26, 2023

Weekly Update

Students presented longevity awards to employer partners at the Project Bridges Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday.

Information From Cotting School
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Visit

This coming Tuesday, DESE is scheduled for an onsite visit to Cotting School for a full program review, which occurs every six years. The DESE team will be touring the campus, reviewing staff and student records, interviewing staff, conducting classroom observations and monitoring DESE standards.

Questions? Contact Leah Thibodeau at lthibodeau@cotting.org.

Grandparents Day Reception

Grandparents, “grandfriends”, relatives and family friends are welcome to attend this event on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 from 5-6 p.m. at Cotting School. Light refreshments will be served, staff will be on hand to answer questions and we’ll be sharing what goes on day-to-day at Cotting with tours and an interactive activity. Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to attend with their guests. After the reception, please stay for Cotting’s annual Art Show (details below). Families may RSVP on behalf of their guests to Mike Drew at 781-325-7997 x168 or mdrew@cotting.org.

Cotting’s Annual Art Show

All Cotting community members are welcome to the Campus Center on Wednesday, May 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. for the annual Art Show, a celebration of creativity and artistic expression! Student artwork, sustainability projects and more will be on display. Thanks to our event sponsor, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals! No RSVP necessary.

Next PTO Meeting

Friday, June 2, 2023 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Want to learn more about the PTO and volunteer opportunities? Join us at the next meeting! You can either attend in person (meetings are held in the school’s Board Room) or online via Zoom. All Cotting parents and guardians are welcome to attend!

Cotting Parent Advisory Council

(PAC) Meeting

Friday, June 9, 2023, 9-10 a.m.

This meeting will take place both in person in the Cotting School Board Room and via Zoom online. The link will be emailed out with the agenda.

Cotting PTO Cornhole Tournament

You’re invited for a fun afternoon of socializing with parents, guardians and Cotting faculty and staff! If you are unable to make it but would still like to support the event, please consider purchasing a ticket for a staff member.

Date: Sunday, June 11, 2023

Time: 1-5 p.m.

Location: Cotting School Field

Tickets: $30 per person (click here to purchase)

Community Resources & Events

How To Talk to Kids about Gun Violence

What: Boston Globe “Parenting Unfiltered” columnist Kara Baskin has helped us assemble a live panel version of two of her most important articles that all parents should read: “How to talk to kids about gun violence” and “Will our kids ever be safe”.


Join us to hear Dr. Patricia Crain de Galarce, Dr. Neena McConnico, and Dr. Anthony Rao—specialists in child behavior, trauma and exposure to violence—discuss how to answer children’s questions about gun violence and manage our own fears as we try to keep them safe.




  • Dr. Neena McConnico is director of Boston Medical Center’s Child Witness to Violence Project
  • Dr. Patricia Crain de Galarce is director of Lesley University’s Center for Inclusive and Special Education, overseeing the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity
  • Dr. Anthony Rao is a pediatric psychologist, lecturer and author
  • Moderator Kara Baskin is the “Parenting Unfiltered” columnist for The Boston Globe


When: Wednesday, June 7, 7-8 p.m., live via Zoom


Free with advance registration, which is required.

The event will be live captioned. Certificate of attendance is available upon request to events@discoveryacton.org.

QBS Training: Safety Care for Families

Virtual Event on Thursday, June 8, 2023 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Safety Care for Families was developed by QBS as a resource for families/caregivers to provide a basic set of prevention skills when working with a person who may engage in challenging behavior. We will meet online to review the essentials part of the manual from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Option to conduct this training in person, as well, if virtual isn’t ideal.

In-Person Event on Thursday, June 15, 2023 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

For families that require training surrounding physical procedures to keep yourself and your individual safe, we will meet in person to review the remainder of the course and complete module 3 .

This course is ideal for families or caregivers of the individuals we currently serve. All participants will be required to fill out training agreements prior to the course electronically, need access to a computer with a webcam for the course and be able to participate throughout the course.

After you complete your registration, you will receive the Zoom link for the virtual meeting on June 8. Cost: $150 for modules 1 & 2, $175 for modules 1,2,& 3

Sign up here.

Accessible & Adaptive Recreation Fair

Artesani Park/Herter Park, Brighton, MA, June 10, 2023, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. With the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Universal Access Program. Free and open to the public.

  • The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Universal Access Program provides outdoor recreation in Massachusetts State Parks for all abilities.
  • Join DCR’s Universal Access Program and many other regional adaptive recreation organizations that offer hiking, cycling, power soccer, sport kite decorating and other accessible activities.
  • Enjoy scenic views of the Charles River and social connections while signing up for disability-friendly adaptive summer programs like sailing, kayaking, canoeing, cycling, hiking and more.
  • 2023 Vendors, Supports and Exhibitors TBA.

For details or to register, please click here or contact Mary at 413-545-5760 or marcy.marchello@state.ma.us.

Boundaries and Consent Training

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This course is ideal for teens and adults who need more information regarding establishing boundaries, respecting others boundaries and consent.

Taught by Christina Gravina, BCBA, an experienced sexuality trainer, the participants will learn these topics through discussion, videos and role playing, with additional visual aids to assist. This is part 1 of our Sexuality training series and can be combined with part 2 or taken alone.

Parents are welcome to sit in on the class if they would like to also hear how the materials are presented or drop off and pick up/come with a 1:1. The main objective of the course is to have individuals come away with the understanding of their own boundaries, how to respect others’ boundaries, know what consent is and how to handle situations where others are not respecting your boundaries.

Click here to sign up.

Have a great weekend!


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

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