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Parent Weekly Update: January 8, 2021

Parent Weekly Update: January 8, 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! Screens and faces of students and staff lit up as we reconnected for the first time in 2021! What’s better than fireworks on New Year’s Eve? The Cotting School Community! Here’s to a great start as we welcome 2021. For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Happy New Year from Cotting School! 2020 will be remembered as a year that our school community moved forward with incredible... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: December 18, 2020

Parent Weekly Update: December 18, 2020

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!   Mr. Ironfield’s class was hard at work prepping for their open mic entry! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Reminder: Flu shots required for students by December 31, 2020 Massachusetts now requires influenza immunization for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts childcare, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities. This new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce... Read More

Cotting Breaks Ground on Gym Addition

Cotting Breaks Ground on Gym Addition

  Unlike many schools nationwide, Cotting student learning never skipped a beat during COVID. Starting with fully remote learning from mid-March through June, we carefully added in-school time so thatstudents are now on campus four days a week. PPE notwithstanding, they love being with their peers and staff. At our school where students hate snow days, nothing beats being at Cotting! Simultaneously, we have moved ahead with our new addition, the first brick and mortar campaign in 30 years.         The Campaign will enhance academic programs and the arts; build a full-size gym, two candlepin bowling lanes,... Read More

Cotting’s New Medical Fellow

Cotting’s New Medical Fellow

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Arielle Spellun as our newest Cotting Medical Fellow! Dr. Spellun graduated from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and completed her Pediatrics training at Boston Children’s Hospital. She grew up in Rhode Island and received a B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked with the department to create a minor in American Sign Language. After medical school, she was an instructor in pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. Her specialty as a Fellow in developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital now... Read More

Meeting Communication Therapist Jane Perera

Meeting Communication Therapist Jane Perera

Jane Perera’s path to Cotting School was anything but straightforward. Her interests in medicine, music, and teaching ultimately lead her to the field of speech language pathology nearly 20 years ago. At Cotting School, Jane is one of six Communication Therapists who enable students to communicate through a variety of therapeutic interventions and services. “Communication therapy shares the burden of all other professions at Cotting because communication is a part of everything we do” explains Jane. “As a communication therapist, I use technology to teach students how to socialize and interact in the community, whether that’s in a big classroom... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: December 11, 2020

Parent Weekly Update: December 11, 2020

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! Jacob and Mr. Phelan cleaning up after a fun, but messy IA project! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Reminder: Flu shots required for students by December 31, 2020 Massachusetts now requires influenza immunization for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts childcare, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities. This new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: December 4, 2020

Parent Weekly Update: December 4, 2020

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! Sofia (left) and Mrs. Trolan connect for art class online, where they recently looked at the work of famous British artist Andy Goldsworthy, known for his incredible installations using natural materials. Sofia got outside and put her creativity to work mimicking one Goldsworthy’s works. Just beautiful! Stella (right) has been learning all about plant care with Ms. Robinson for her in-house classroom job in Ms. Mayo’s room! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow... Read More

Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Gift Ideas for People You Love Are you looking for new, creative ideas, games, or even books for gift giving? The staff and students at Cotting School have got you covered! We’re proud to debut a list of some favorite things compiled by Cotting staff and students, especially useful for the special needs community. This list contains links to items Cotting students and staff love! If you’re in dire need of new book suggestions, do not worry- our experts are here to help! In addition, we’ve linked to some fun at home craft ideas and winter themed activities that will... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: November 20, 2020

Parent Weekly Update: November 20, 2020

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! So much great learning, whether masked and in person or remote and on screen, is still happening every day at Cotting! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Wishing you all a Warm and Safe Thanksgiving holiday! As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holidays, please remember that our plans while we are away from Cotting have ramifications for our community in ways they never have before. As you... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: November 13, 2020

Parent Weekly Update: November 13, 2020

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! We raised the beam TODAY! Every inch of the steel beam has been covered in names and notes that will become a part of the new building FOREVER! Students, staff and the public were able to watch in person, on Facebook Live or on Zoom. If you missed it, you can view it on Cotting’s Facebook page or YouTube channel. For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Musical Bingo... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: November 6, 2020

Parent Weekly Update: November 6, 2020

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! Cotting School students learned about the presidential candidates and the voting process. For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School A new voice answering your call at the Cotting reception desk! Please welcome Andie Mitchell to Cotting School! We are very excited to have Andie as our new Front Desk Coordinator. Andie and her husband have recently relocated from Florida to the Boston area, and she has already found her place... Read More

Project Bridges Relationships: Adapting to A Virtual World

Project Bridges Relationships: Adapting to A Virtual World

It has been a year like no other at Cotting, many of our programs have quickly adjusted to the reality of COVID-19, still providing vital services to students and remaining connected with our community partners. One example is Project Bridges, a community-based volunteer work experience program inside Cotting School. Being community focused, the Project Bridges program has had to adapt to providing valuable experiences without physically being able to go into the community. Students in the program strive to build and sustain connections with community leaders- developing their vocational and transitional skills. We are proud and thankful for our relationships... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: October 30, 2020

Parent Weekly Update: October 30, 2020

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! Cotting’s Medical Department loves a dress up day! We couldn’t mask their Halloween excitement! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School TONIGHT! Friday, October 30, 2020, 6:00-7:30 pm ONLINE REGISTER FOR THE EVENT ANY TIME UP TO 6 PM!!!! https://forms.gle/oWGdyybnQCbfyc6i7 YOU MUST FILL OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM IN ORDER TO PLAY! Make sure to DOUBLE CHECK that your email address is correct on the form. Your bingo cards will be... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: October 23, 2020

Parent Weekly Update: October 23, 2020

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! Some lucky students got to take virtual class trips this week! Ms. Hassett’s class took a virtual trip to Washington, D.C. and Ms. Norregaard’s class took a virtual tour of Horse SenseAbility at Wildstar Farm in Sherborn, MA! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Cotting’s online virtual session last month was such a hit that we’re turning these sessions into a series called “Cotting Conversations”. Next up, tune... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: October 16, 2020

Parent Weekly Update: October 16, 2020

Weekly Update Click here to read the Weekly Update in any language! Haga clic aquí para leer la actualización semanal en cualquier idioma! On October 14th, we welcomed a limited number of guests for an outdoor Groundbreaking Ceremony (and close to 100 special guests, virtually, via video link)! Remarks by Ben, Senior Class President of the Cotting Class of 2021, were certainly one of the highlights! If you missed it, you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School SAVE THE DATE… for a spectacular Cotting Community... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: October 9, 2020

Parent Weekly Update: October 9, 2020

Weekly Update Actualización semanal para padres de Cotting School (Spanish) Staff members from the Vocational Department at Cotting are teaching remotely, but they still have our in-house jobs underway! Ms. V’s class is sorting and readying paper for shredding while Mr. Teuber instructs and supports them on Zoom! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Reminder: No school Monday, October 12, 2020 Enjoy the long weekend! {YOUR NAME HERE} Family name placards are coming for the parents who transport their children to and from school! Thanks to a great suggestion from... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: Special Edition October 6, 2020

Parent Weekly Update: Special Edition October 6, 2020

Special Edition Update Actualización semanal para padres de Cotting School (Spanish) Special Edition Parent Update! Remember, Wednesday, October 7th, our faculty and staff will come together for a full day of professional development. We will spend our day diving into curriculum and instruction in Zoom room after Zoom room, while our students get a Zoom free no school day. Then we will host our virtual Back to School Night. Please register by 4 pm Wednesday using the link below to facilitate breakout room scheduling. Late registrants are welcome, we will move you into breakout rooms as quickly as possible during the... Read More

Partnering Up with Parents During Back to School

Partnering Up with Parents During Back to School

The back to school season for 2020-2021 has taken on a different look and feel from previous years. Parents everywhere have been in discussions about reopening plans, remote vs. in-person school decisions, and are staying on top of news from teachers and administrators more than ever. A time of year that has been routine and even celebratory for parents is looking different in every school community. In a typical year, once summer ends, it can feel good to settle back into a normal schedule including back to school routines. It’s important to acknowledge that this year is different and to... Read More

Parent Weekly Update: October 2, 2020

Parent Weekly Update: October 2, 2020

Weekly Update Monday math lesson with Morty and Ms. McDonough! For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram. Information From Cotting School Hello Families, Cotting’s Back to School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7th at 6 pm. As much as we would love to welcome you into the building, it will be a virtual event this year. The goal is to come together to share information about classrooms and programs. Our schedule for the evening will be: 6:00 pm Welcome 6:15 pm Classroom “Visits” in Breakout Rooms 6:30 pm Program “Visits” in Breakout Rooms Therapies... Read More

Cotting Community Sews School Spirit

Cotting Community Sews School Spirit

A community building activity has been underway at Cotting School community, and it is a sign of the times.  From the beginning of plans to change school learning environments across the nation in response to the global pandemic, everyone at Cotting knew that the school community connection that’s such a hallmark of “the Cotting way” would be present, whether members of our community were apart or together. Abundant examples appear during school hours (whether in-person or remote) and extend far beyond the school day and into the community. Case in point:  A Socially Distant, Mask-Making Sew-Along Twenty members of the... Read More