Weekly Update: August 5, 2022

Weekly Update: August 5, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Summer vocational car detailing service! Information From Cotting School Talk2U PopUp Party Talk2U, our summer enrichment experience for tweens and teens whose primary mode of communication is high-tech or low-tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), is back for a summer shindig! Register your Cotting student and get more information here. Questions? Email Melissa Mulvey at mmulvey@cotting.org. 2022-23 Info Sessions Know someone who might be interested in learning more about sending their student to Cotting? We'll be hosting information sessions on the following Fridays: 9/16 10/28 11/18 1/20 2/17 3/17 4/28 5/19 Learn more here. To RSVP,… Read More

Weekly Update: July 29, 2022

Weekly Update: July 29, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Ms. Caughey's students had so much fun marble painting flowers. Great for hand-eye coordination, motor skills and developing creativity! Information From Cotting School befree: an Adaptive Clothing Company from a Cotting parent! befree is dedicated to improving lives by addressing the real, everyday challenges of people living with limited mobility and are committed to making adaptive and inclusive fashion that really works. Our goal is to offer a product that provides freedom during a time when freedom feels so far away. To learn more, go to https://befreeco.com/ Celebrate the ADA! #ADA32 Last… Read More

Weekly Update: July 22, 2022

Weekly Update: July 22, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Ms. Norregaard's students are learning about stained glass in art and making their own beautiful artwork inspired by the technique. Information From Cotting School Has Ch. 766 Made an Impact on Your Child's Life? July 20, 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of Chapter 766. This landmark legislation is the foundational special education law that guaranteed all students the right to an educational program best suited to their needs. Massachusetts was the first state in the nation with this kind of provision for students, and much of the Federal IDEA legislation followed the work… Read More

Weekly Update: July 15, 2022

Weekly Update: July 15, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Ms. Paull's students had a great time picking out containers they will use to make their own time capsules! Information From Cotting School July is Disability Pride Month! The diagonal lines in the Disability Pride Flag represent lightning bolts and each color represents something unique about the disability community. What is Disability Pride Month? “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed on July 26, 1990, to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. Following this legislation, Boston held the first Disability Pride Day event in July 1990 and Disability Pride Month… Read More

Weekly Update: June 10, 2022

Weekly Update: June 10, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2022! Information From Cotting School Annual Fourth Of July Carnival In Lexington Cotting students and families are invited to enjoy a special time at the Lexington July 4th carnival for FREE without the crowds! Thursday, June 30th from 3-5 pm Hastings Park (corner of Mass. Ave and Worthen Rd) in Lexington, MA If you plan to attend, please RSVP by June 23rd to oraimo@cotting.org with the number of peoplein your party. Congratulations Cindy Kaplan! Cotting parent Cindy Kaplan's memoir, “Freefall: One Mother’s Journey Raising a Child With Special Needs,” is… Read More

Weekly Update: June 3, 2022

Weekly Update: June 3, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Comparing a real farm to the farm in Charlotte's Web! Information From Cotting School Congratulations to Our Graduating Seniors and Their Families! “Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.” August Wilson From early on, families take on the important work of holding and carrying this belief for their children, and this act of love has helped them to arrive at this day. In this milestone, and in the many to come, we all celebrate their growing capacity to carry this belief for themselves. Pam Varrin, Family Support… Read More

Weekly Update: May 27, 2022

Weekly Update: May 27, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Thank you for the amazing staff appreciation event! Information From Cotting School A message from the Cotting PTO: Thank you! Thank you to the entire parent community for putting together a fantastic afternoon of appreciation for Cotting staff and faculty. There were tons of thank you notes. The food and drinks were special and plentiful. There were plenty of parent volunteers to receive food, set up, serve and clean up. All in all, every single Cotting staff member was delighted and moved by your generosity! Thank you!!! Transition Fair 2022 Have you… Read More

Weekly Update: May 13, 2022

Weekly Update: May 13, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Ms. Girard's students had a great time on their community trip to Mahoney's Garden Center! Information From Cotting School A Message from the Cotting PTO It’s that time of year, for the Annual Cotting Staff Appreciation Celebration! Wednesday, May 25, 2022 1:30 pm in the Cotting Dining Room   Join the Cotting PTO for a special day of appreciation to recognize the 100+ dedicated, caring staff at Cotting who work hard to make a better future for our children. Each year, a Wednesday afternoon is set aside for Cotting staff to gather… Read More

Weekly Update: May 6, 2022

Weekly Update: May 6, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Baseball season is off to a great start! Information From Cotting School Yearbooks Now On Sale The last day of school is just six weeks away, which means it's school yearbook time! If you would like to purchase a 2021-2022 yearbook ($30), please complete this form and return it to Cotting (Attention: Carly Churchill). Payment by cash, check or Venmo (@cotting-school) is accepted. Please note that seniors (class of 2022) receive one yearbook free of charge. Prom is Coming! Information for families whose students are attending this year and an introduction to this Cotting… Read More

Weekly Update: April 29, 2022

Weekly Update: April 29, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Ms. VanSteenbergen's class had a successful scavenger hunt for recyclable materials at a local supermarket. Information From Cotting School Cotting School Family Support Information Session: A Team to Carry On Tuesday, May 3, 2022 6:00 pm on Zoom Presented by: Alexandria Nadworny   Who will take your place when you can no longer do all that you do for your child? While no one can replace a parent, it helps to begin the process of building a Team to Carry On™ throughout every stage of the timeline.   To receive the Zoom meeting link,… Read More

Weekly Update: April 15, 2022

Weekly Update: April 15, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Students recently worked on functional money skills in Capstone. Information From Cotting School April is Sibling Month! Each spring, Sibling Groups at Cotting School provides an opportunity for the brothers and sisters of our students to feel understood, find support by connecting with others who share their experiences and help them to feel more of a part of our community. This year’s event was led by our mental health interns, Sofia DiPace and Rachel Moreno, on March 26. We provided a tour of Cotting, games and snacks, age-appropriate activities and an opportunity for… Read More

Weekly Update: April 8, 2022

Weekly Update: April 8, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Congratulations to the fabulous cast and crew of Frozen! Information From Cotting School Camp Season Is Coming! It's the time of year when you may be looking for camp experiences that take place before or after Cotting summer session. Has your child had a great summer camp experience (day or overnight) that you can recommend to other Cotting parents? If so, please send the name of the camp and a few words describing why it was great to Pam Varrin at pvarrin@cotting.org. For general reference, here are some links to information about camps… Read More

Weekly Update: April 1, 2022

Weekly Update: April 1, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Students have been having a blast learning the basics of tennis! Information From Cotting School Cotting Summer Term 2022 dates have been finalized! The Summer Term dates noted as tentative on the 2021-2022 School Calendar are now finalized. The program will run from Monday, July 11 through Friday, August 12, 2022. Nominate Your Favorite Cotting Staff Member for a MAAPS Award! Application deadline is April 8! Who do you think deserves recognition for their work at Cotting School? Nominate them for a MAAPS award by April 8 and share your hero story! Nominations… Read More

Weekly Update: March 18, 2022

Weekly Update: March 18, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Spirit Week has been so much fun! Information From Cotting School Exciting News: We have added a new live feed calendar to our website! Subscribe to the calendar and choose your preferred language by scrolling to the bottom of the page and selecting from the dropdown menu. Are you attending the FCSN 2022 Virtual Visions of Community Conference? Don't miss Director of Cotting Consulting Tim Richmond's presentation this Saturday, "Assistive Technology Tools to Support Caregivers and Families." Support a Cotting Alum's Fellowship -- Participate in a Survey The main focus of my project is… Read More

Weekly Update: March 4, 2022

Weekly Update: March 4, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Ms. Walz and her students recently took a community trip to Target and discussed the best types of clothing for a cold winter day. Looks like they will be warm and fashionable! Information From Cotting School Service Canines at Cotting We have updated the information regarding Service Dogs at Cotting events and it will be added to the parent handbook this week. In short, service dogs in their working states are allowed at Cotting events open to the public, not during school programming. Cotting works very hard to ensure that all… Read More

Weekly Update: February 11, 2022

Weekly Update: February 11, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Upper School & Capstone students had an amazing time on this week's ski trip! Information From Cotting School Cotting School Family Support Information Session: The Housing Workshop: Housing and Transition Tuesday, March 1, 2022 6:00 pm on Zoom Presented by: Alexandria Nadworny WEALTH ADVISOR, CFP®, CTFA Special Needs Financial Planning About the presentation The Housing Workshop is a step-by-step guide to planning for your child when they transition to adulthood and it is time to move out. It will focus on combining personal resources and government benefits to create a home for your loved one. The goal is to… Read More

Weekly Update: January 28, 2022

Weekly Update: January 28, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Our students have been engaging their senses and creativity on the pottery wheel in Ms. Trolan's class! Information From Cotting School The Cotting Community Thanks Susan D. To show its appreciation to Susan D. for her lasting contributions to the PTO, the Cotting community shared its thoughts about her (see below). Susan and her family are preparing to transition to Cotting alumni-hood. “Many thanks for ALL the time you expended to make wonderful experiences happen for our kids… grateful for the special moments those experiences afforded.“ “Susan, through the years, you have brought so… Read More

Weekly Update: January 21, 2022

Weekly Update: January 21, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Our budding scientists in Lower School recently learned what praying mantises eat. Information From Cotting School At-Home Rapid Antigen Tests Available in February Cotting will be offering at-home rapid antigen tests to students and staff for weekly surveillance testing in addition to our weekly Safety Testing on Tuesdays. This opt-in program will begin in February. We hope all families will join our staff in this new, second surveillance measure. Please complete this form for access to the free at-home tests. Additional information and details about the program were sent directly to families via ConnectEd message… Read More

Weekly Update: January 14, 2022

Weekly Update: January 14, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Ms. Cain's class showcased its presentation skills and shared how winter holidays are celebrated around the world. Information From Cotting School REMINDER: Monday, January 17: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Tuesday, January 18: Professional Development Day N95 Masks Are Now Available at No Cost for Students Please feel free to contact Clinical Director Lynn Coleman at lcoleman@cotting.org to request one for your child. NEW Info Sessions Know someone who'd like to learn more about sending their child to Cotting School? We'll be holding in-person info sessions (including a brief tour) 9:30-11:00am on: Thursday,… Read More

Weekly Update: January 7, 2022

Weekly Update: January 7, 2022

Weekly Update Click here to read in another language Gianna, Elisa and Olivia made dough for cinnamon decorations. Such a fun activity to incorporate almost all of their senses! Information From Cotting School REMINDER: The Falcons v Nobles game scheduled for tonight, Friday, 1/7, has been canceled. We hope to reschedule it for later in the season. Change of Term Classes that meet the first half the year will end on 1/28. Classes that meet the second half of the year will begin on 1/31. NEW Info Sessions Know someone who'd like to learn more about sending their child to Cotting… Read More