Ms. Esswein’s students had a wonderful time practicing so many
great skills on their community trip to Wilson Farm!
Information From Cotting School
Reminder–No School Tomorrow
Cotting School will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 9, 2023, in observance of Veterans Day. Have a great long weekend, see you Monday!
Reminder that Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for next Wednesday, November 15, 2023 between 1:30-6:30 p.m.
Please let us know if you have questions.
Mark Your Calendar for Our Next PAC Meeting
Friday, November 17, 2023, 9-10 a.m.
In person in the Board Room and on Zoom.
A draft agenda and link for joining online will be sent by email.
Please mark your calendars for upcoming PAC meetings, all on Friday mornings from 9-10 a.m.:
Mark your calendars! The Holiday Marketplace is coming to school Dec. 4-Dec.5, 2023! Cotting School’s PTO Holiday Marketplace gives students the opportunity 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!).
Coming Soon: Keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities!
Register for Basketball, Cheerleading and Boosters!
A modified and sensory friendly program that will pay close attention to adjustments for all individuals to allow a supportive and inclusive environment. Students will be exposed to social pragmatic experiences that will focus on self-confidence, taking turns and supporting each other.
This year our Adaptive Program will produce SpongeBob the Musical!
The program will run from November with a performance in May (20 rehearsals).
Rehearsals will be on Saturdays 9:45-11 a.m., contact us for full rehearsal schedule.
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.
The rock climbing gym at Arsenal Yards in Watertown
Links to register and more information can be found here:
Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA, November 18, 2023. Join Adaptive Sports New England for a Wheelchair Football Clinic hosted by the Patriots Foundation and supported by Move United and the NFL/Bob Woodruff Foundation Salute to Service initiative.
Clinic participants will learn the fundamentals of wheelchair football and develop new skills over the course of the session.
Youth and adults, especially U.S. military veterans, are encouraged to register.
Clinic participants must have a permanent physical disability that reduces the function of the lower limbs to a degree where they cannot play running football.
Players must be able to propel themselves in a manual wheelchair, but do not need to be an every day wheelchair user.
Sport chairs will be provided for those without their own.
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.
(We will send you the Zoom link following registration)
Do you have questions about how Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance work for your adult disabled dependent?
What happens when you retire? What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?
Attend this free workshop to learn about navigating this often-tangled web as you pursue assisting your loved one.
Our speaker, Terri Farrell, is a senior project director at the Insurance Resource Center for Autism and Behavioral Health. She came to this work through her son, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3. Terri is the event chair for AFAM’s (Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts) annual Autism Awareness and Advocacy Day held at the State House as well as the chair of AFAM’s Government Affairs Committee. In 2017, Terri joined the MBHP (Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership) Family Advisory Council and was appointed to the Massachusetts State Autism Commission 22+ employment sub-committee that same year.
To register for this workshop, R.S.V.P. by Monday, November 27, 2023 to
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“Navigating the Holidays for Parents of Autistic Individuals”
Read the full article by Cornelia Elwood, MA Parent Support Specialist, MGH Aspire here.
The holiday season arrives with a flurry of flashing decorations, gifts, social gatherings, songs and enticing aromas wafting from the kitchen. While this time of year is synonymous with joy and celebration, many parents of children on the autism spectrum often face unique challenges. The sensory overload, social demands, transitions and unstructured times that accompany holidays can be overwhelming for autistic individuals.
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!