Mr. Teuber’s Capstone class had a great time exploring the
Charles River Braille Trail and sensory garden in Watertown!
Information From Cotting School
Trunk or Treat Cancelled
Unfortunately, due to the predicted weather for Sunday, the PTO has made the difficult decision to cancel Trunk or Treat. Thank you for your understanding!
Mark Your Calendar for Our Next PTO Meeting
Friday, November 3, 2023, 8:30-10 a.m.
In person in the Board Room and on Zoom.
A draft agenda and link for joining online will be sent by email prior to the meeting.
Please mark your calendars for upcoming PTO meetings, all on Friday mornings at 8:30 a.m.
Mark your calendars! The Holiday Marketplace is coming to Cotting School on December 4, 2023 and December 5, 2023! Cotting School’s PTO Holiday Marketplace is an opportunity for students to shop independently for holiday gifts for their families during the school day so they can bring home wrapped gifts for their loved ones (back by popular demand, including pet gifts, too!). Keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities coming soon.
Community Resources & Events
Planning a Life (PAL)
November 3, 2023 (virtual) and November 4, 2023 (Charlestown)
Planning a Life (PAL) is a two-day transition conference for parents, caregivers and professionals. Learn useful skills and information to help young people prepare for full, productive lives during and after high school. Topics include the transition planning process, transition goals on the IEP and encouraging independence and self-advocacy.
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.
Many people with disabilities are eligible for Medicaid long-term services and supports to help with everyday needs, such as eating, bathing, dressing and traveling to work, school or appointments. Most people want to receive these services in their own homes.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, states received extra funding for home and community-based services.
This helped providers retain workers and allowed states to provide HCBS to more people. This additional funding is ending, which means many people will lose access to HCBS. Families who need home care will need to make hard choices to care for their loved ones at home.
Tufts University, Medford, November 5, 2023. Join Adaptive Sports New England and other adaptive sports organizations from throughout New England for a day full of fun, games and new experiences.
This day is designed to introduce Paralympic sports and skills to participants with a mobility or visual impairment.
Feel free to stop by at any time from 9 a.m. to noon and check out the sports that interest you..
There is no fee or age requirement.
Try these sports: curling, tennis, skiing, wheelchair lacrosse, wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, rowing, beep baseball, running, volt hockey, boccia and soccer.
Partner organizations: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers, Northeast Passage, Community Rowing Inc., Franciscan Children’s, South Coast Wheelchair Tennis Foundation, New England Disabled Sports, Boston Self Help Center, CP Soccer New England, Achilles International and Boston Fencing Club.
Join Waypoint for a rock climbing skill-building series, where participants climb each Tuesday for one hour. The structure is a little different than other group programs–it is more of a one-on-one lesson with a volunteer instructor.
November 7, 2023
November 14, 2023
November 21, 2023
The rock climbing gym at Arsenal Yards in Watertown
Links to register and more information can be found here:
Sensory-Friendly Afternoons are all about inclusion. During these events, the Discovery Museum is open to the general public, but group visits and birthday parties are not scheduled to avoid crowding and support access to exhibits. Try a fun hands-on activity and use your sense of touch to explore a variety of textures.
Bounce Out the Stigma
This camp is geared for children with autism, ADHD, epilepsy and emotional needs. Kids with learning disabilities and slow motor skill development along with social interaction issues will do well in our nurturing camp environment.
Three-Hour Basketball Clinic
Ages: 8-21 coed
Date: November 19, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Winchester High School Gym
80 Skillings Road, Winchester, MA
Camp Fee: $75.00 per attendee. Each attendee receives a camp basketball and tee shirt.
Tuition: $400/week cash discount or $425/week by check/Venmo.
Drop-in available $140/morning.
SourceAmerica Employment Resource
SourceAmerica believes every person with a disability should have the opportunity to obtain employment. We work toward that goal every day when we team with the nonprofits in our network who employ people with disabilities.
SourceAmerica is an online resource for connecting disabled individuals with jobs. They see themselves as a connector between people with disabilities and employers looking to hire neurodivergent people. They have some great resources which some of our transition-aged students and their families may benefit from.
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!