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Parent Weekly Update: April 30, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: April 30, 2021

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! 单击此处以任何语言阅读每周更新! Our Best Buddies connections remain strong! Cotting’s Capstone Chapter recently connected with their Best Buddies from Lasell to hang out and talk about friendship and inclusion. Together they created some fun posters and listened to a playlist of songs about friendship! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Virtual Grandparents’/Grandfriends’ Day is Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 10:30-12:00! Contact Abby Farquharson at 781-862-7323 ext. 174 or afarquharson@cotting.org with questions.... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: April 16, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: April 16, 2021

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! 单击此处以任何语言阅读每周更新! We wish you could have been a “fly on the wall” for this great lesson and conversation in Ms. V’s classroom. Everyone contributed ideas! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Wishing everyone a relaxing, fun and healthy April Vacation! Coming up after April school break: New from the Cotting PTO – two opportunities to join in with fellow parents to plan activities and events! For those... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: April 9, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: April 9, 2021

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! 单击此处以任何语言阅读每周更新! Cierra was excited to work on writing a reply to her pen pal! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School To the Families of Cotting School Students, THANK YOU for your generous donations of travel-sized hygiene products over the past few weeks. These items are being sorted and assembled by students in Vocational classes and are being delivered to two local organizations, Bristol Lodge in Waltham and the food... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: April 2, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: April 2, 2021

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! 单击此处以任何语言阅读每周更新! Highlight of the week? Therapy sessions! Avery and Melanie have been working hard and doing great! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School SAVE THE DATE! Growing Up Together: Adult Siblings Share their Stories Panel presentation by the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6 pm Zoom link will be sent out before the meeting Continue to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day with “The Hiring... Read More

Transition – New Look, Same Vision!

Transition – New Look, Same Vision!

Project Bridges and Transition Services remain a bedrock of our Cotting curriculum, even as we continue to reimagine the programs within COVID-19 parameters. Students are keeping busy learning all about jobs, building relationships with colleagues, and self-advocacy among other topics. Nothing beats getting out into the community, but the staff and students have managed to build a fun, progressive new look for the program! Several students are busy with jobs around the school, including sorting, filing, jewelry assembly, and building hygiene kits to donate to local agencies. Others are offering a hand with sanding projects in the Industrial Arts classroom,... Read More

Transition Boarding at HOPEhouse

Transition Boarding at HOPEhouse

For the residents of HOPEhouse – Cotting School’s five-day transition boarding program for students ages 17-22 – it’s business as usual these days. Adjusting to their “bubble” took some time, but no one used the pandemic as an excuse. At HOPEhouse, it’s all about creating and pursuing a vision for the future. Post-secondary education, employment, and adult-living opportunities are the three primary foci from which residents choose to envision their future beyond Cotting. Successful HOPEhouse students are motivated to be independent and interested in working with the staff to design a program that works for them. Plans include work, higher... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: March 26, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: March 26, 2021

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! 单击此处以任何语言阅读每周更新! Ms. Cain’s students have been learning about job opportunities and practicing their interview skills. Last week they turned the table and interviewed Ms. Irish! They learned so much! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School REMINDER: School Picture Day at Cotting is Tuesday, March 30! Cotting’s Virtual Transition Fair is continuing! See the slides from Kerry Mahoney’s keynote presentation “Charting the Life Course” here. Check out the transition... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: March 19, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: March 19, 2021

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! 单击此处以任何语言阅读每周更新! Based on all of the smiles we think Spirit Week was a success! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Cotting’s Virtual Transition Fair is continuing! See the slides from Kerry Mahoney’s keynote presentation “Charting the Life Course” here. Check out the transition vendors resources here. Upcoming Transition Fair events: March 24th, 6:00 – 7:00 Housing: Join us as we welcome three Cotting Alumni families to learn from their varied experiences... Read More

A Wall of Honor at Cotting School

A Wall of Honor at Cotting School

The hallmark of Cotting School’s tradition of innovation and excellence rests in our extraordinary faculty and staff. Each day, professionals commit themselves to providing our students with the educational, therapeutic, medical and support services needed to increase student independence while creating a “community of belonging.” A new Cotting Wall of Honor, located in our school’s history foyer, recognizes individuals who have given twenty years of exemplary service. This plaque is displayed to honor those past and current dedicated individuals who have reached this significant milestone. (View the Cotting School Wall of Honor up close, here.)  

Meet Cotting School’s Boston College PULSE interns

Meet Cotting School’s Boston College PULSE interns

Cotting School has a unique relationship with students at Boston College who participate in the PULSE program. PULSE educates students about social injustice by putting them into direct contact with marginalized populations and social change organizations and by encouraging discussion on classic and contemporary works of philosophy and theology. Students in the program are placed at organizations all over the Greater Boston area. Cotting is a new partner with PULSE this year and this partnership looks a little different than it would have in normal years – especially for those students helping with the Circle of Friends and Project Bridges... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: March 12, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: March 12, 2021

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! 单击此处以任何语言阅读每周更新! Zachary and Anna in Ms. Kostell’s class enjoyed the beautiful spring weather this week! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Follow-up to Cotting’s Annual Transition Fair! Thanks to all who attended our Transition Fair kick-off event on March 10. Slides from guest speaker, Kerry’s Mahoney’s talk are available, here and at www.cotting.org/transition. Additional upcoming Transition Fair events for Cotting Families are as follows: March 24th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Cotting Alumni... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: March 5, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: March 5, 2021

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! 单击此处以任何语言阅读每周更新! Cotting students have been showing off their skills doing on-campus jobs. Here you’ll see Allie, Erin, and Cierra are hard at work! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Come join us at Cotting’s Virtual Transition Fair! Join us for a series of live events (below) and look for resources that will be available on our website at: www.cotting.org/transition. March 10th, 6:00 -7:30, Transition Fair kick-off event, featuring... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: February 26, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: February 26, 2021

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! 单击此处以任何语言阅读每周更新! Mrs. McGovern and Lizzie enjoy working together in OT group! Lizzie is getting an upper extremity stretch and some fine motor strengthening by squeezing the glue to add decorations onto her snowman. For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Covid Attestation Form Update Now that we have begun to give the second doses of the Covid 19 vaccine, you will see some changes in the attestation form... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: February 12, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: February 12, 2021

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! 单击此处以任何语言阅读每周更新! The Cotting Falcons staff basketball team has a message for the Cotting students ahead of February break…It looks like they are gonna need 365 days to practice! #GoFalcons #SeeYouOnTheCourt #DribbleDribbleShoot #CottingSchool2021 For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Save the date: PTO and PAC meetings on Friday, February 26 PTO at 8:30 am PAC at 9:30 am Zoom links will be sent out via email. The lunch-and-learn “Virtual Parent... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: February 5, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: February 5, 2021

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! 单击此处以任何语言阅读每周更新! Mrs. Paull’s class took a virtual trip to Glass Botanicus, former Cotting physical therapy assistant Ms. Lopez’s business! She made a cool video and answered all of their questions about her beautiful botanical-inspired art glass panels. Thanks for a great trip, Ms. Lopez! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Cotting Town Hall Meeting: February 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Dave Manzo, Cotting School President; Bridget Irish,... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: January 29, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: January 29, 2021

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! 单击此处以任何语言阅读每周更新! Today is a great, hope-filled day at Cotting School and HOPEhouse! Some frontline staff members and young adults are able to receive their first Covid-19 vaccination, on campus, administered by our own school nurses! Though it may be small on the global scale, we could not be more proud to be a part of the solution to the largest health crisis this world has seen in a century. Special thanks to the medical and administrative teams... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: January 22, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: January 22, 2021

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! 单击此处以任何语言阅读每周更新! Ms. Piscopo’s students marked the inauguration by listening to Kamala Harris read her book “Superheroes are Everywhere” and talked about the superheroes in their own lives. Then they tuned into the ceremony live through the White House Accessible Live Stream! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Dear Cotting Families, The increased talk of the COVID vaccine has been a glimmer of positive news amid the recent... Read More

Leadership News at Cotting School

Leadership News at Cotting School

Cotting School President David Manzo Announces Retirement in 2021 Cotting School President David Manzo has announced that he will retire in September 2021, at which time he will havespent 17 years leading Cotting School as only the 6th President in Cotting’s 128-year history. Dave shared the news at Cotting School on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. A letter from Dave to the Cotting School community was shared with the greater community. Read Dave’s full letter to the Cotting community, or click here to view his video message.           Trustees of Cotting School Announce  Bridget Irish as 7th President... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: January 15, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: January 15, 2021

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! 单击此处以任何语言阅读每周更新! Congrats to the students in Ms. Cain’s class for winning the Week in Rap Shout-Out Contest for Flocabulary! Check out some behind the scenes footage of their class filming for their contest video earlier this week. For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Cotting School President Transition, 2021 On Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Mr. Manzo announced that he will retire in September 2021. You can read his full letter to... Read More

Cotting Falcon Trivia – 4th Annual Goes Virtual!

Cotting Falcon Trivia – 4th Annual Goes Virtual!

On Friday, January 8th we continued our trivia fundraiser tradition with a new, virtual look…and it was a great success!  Teams from ARC (Architectural Resources Cambridge), Marsh & McLennan Agency, Sperling Interactive, Erland Construction, Prime Buchholz, and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals joined us for a fun night of trivia competition and fundraising for our students.  ARC took home top prize this year, pictured below after their big win:   We are grateful this year more than ever for the support from these outstanding companies.  Our relationship with these folks goes beyond a business transaction; they take our mission seriously and show up... Read More