The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - March 7, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Dear Families,

I hope you have all enjoyed a great March weekend. The weather is sure finicky here with me (pouring, sun, wind, and dark, ominous clouds, and now back to raining). Seems pretty reflective of a typical day here in the northwest. :)

As our plans continue to unfold for our launch to hybrid learning, I will be sharing updates I have with you. There are still details being confirmed, so be on the lookout for updates I share with you. I would believe there will be a parent survey sent out very soon to each family to share if you are interested in the return to hybrid learning or if you want your student(s) to stay fully remote. I ask that when you do receive this survey, please answer it as quickly as you can. This will help me begin to construct our A and B (Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday) groups. As the district surveys parents, they will also be surveying staff. After all surveys are in, I will also be able to put our pieces together. I appreciate your patience. There are so many moving pieces as we transition and while we also maintain fully-remote learning, as well. There will certainly be more information shared soon, so please do check your email for updates.

If your student needs to have medication at school, please carefully read the information below from Nurse Audrey. If you have questions, please do reach out to her via email.

I have also included information regarding a parent forum opportunity with Dr. Reid on Thursday, March 18, You will find the exact time below in that section. Feel free to mark your calendars.

I am keeping this intro short this week. Please remember we have a PTA meeting this Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 PM. You can find the link below in the "PTA News" section.

I wish you all a great week ahead and hope you all continue to stay healthy and remain kind to one another.

Take Care,

Jen Welch, Principal


Medications at school

Hello Cottage Lake families!

I am very excited that we have a timeline for your children to return to school, some starting as soon as March 22, 2021! It’s been a long time coming, but we are all so happy to see our Cottage Lake Sailors returning to campus. While it is March instead of August, I am taking this opportunity to review with you the process for bringing your child’s medication to school before they return to campus.

If your child requires ANY type of routine, as needed, or emergency medication to be given at school, you must provide a completed Authorization for Medication form that is signed by your child’s doctor and yourself. The form is available on the website. [] This requirement applies to prescription AND over-the-counter medications (like Tylenol, ibuprofen, or cough drops) and is only valid for this 2020-21 school year.

Elementary students are not permitted to self-carry any medications, including inhalers, without prearranged medical authorization.

Medication cannot be left at the front desk in the office, as it has to be counted and co-signed by the parent and nurse. I cannot accept any medication without having the authorization form completed. I will be on campus to check-in medications the week before our first students return on campus for their Bridge Week activities :

  • March 15, 16, 18, and 19: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • March 17: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Emergency medications for any life-threatening conditions MUST be at school before your child’s first day. If medications are not here at school, your child cannot stay on campus, no exceptions.

Important details:

  • All prescriptions and over-the-counter medication must be in the original container. (Your dispensing pharmacy can provide an extra bottle for school with a duplicate label.)
  • Bring only enough medication to last one month at a time.
  • Please remember to wear a mask when you come to school to check in medications.

I’m here to answer any questions you may have.

I look forward to seeing everyone!

Nurse Audrey

Phone: 425.408.4206, Fax: 425.408.4202

Dr. Reid visits Cottage Lake Elementary - March 18, 2021

Each year, Dr. Reid visits classrooms around the district and engages in conversations with both parents/guardians and students. This year, the visit is on March 18, 2021. She will start the time with a parent/guardian forum between 8:25-8:55 AM. After that, we will be visiting classrooms and then her time will conclude with a "lunch bunch" with a group of students from grades 2-5.

If you would be interested in attending the virtual time with her on March 18 from 8:25-8:55 AM, please mark your calendar. I will share the Zoom link in next week's newsletter.

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Kindergarten registration is OPEN!!

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now OPEN! To enter Kindergarten in September, students should be 5 no later than August 31. All registrations will be completed online, including providing immunizations and uploading other documents as needed.

Spread the word!! We want Kindergarten students!!

If there are questions about the registration process, please email Mrs. Negrin ( or Mrs. MckInnon ( Email is the best communication avenue at this time. We do not have staff regularly working on site.

We are excited to welcome new families to Cottage Lake!

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Book Circulation for ALL!!

Readers, Readers..... we are looking for more readers!!

You can now order books EVERY WEEK!!

We are now moving our book circulation to EVERY WEEK!! The schedule will stay posted for reference, but if your student wants books weekly or needs to keep them an extra week, they can order any time and the books will be ready the following Thursday. If you want to borrow a book, please complete the link below to reserve books for your student(s).

  • ALL STUDENTS - Your upcoming book distribution day is: Thursday, March 11
  • We are extending the book ordering window until Monday evening.
  • If you want books, please fill out this form by MONDAY, March 8 @ 8:00 PM.

Please click on the button below to locate the book circulation schedule (this is updated regularly) and find the request form in one place.

Happy Reading!

2020-21 Library circulation schedule & request links

Please click on this link to find our online library book request forms and the upcoming schedule of delivery and pick-up weeks. This schedule will continue to be updated. Happy Reading!

•• District News ••

Northshore Family Partnership Information Meetings

Northshore Family Partnership is a Kindergarten through ninth-grade site-based choice school that supports an inclusive, supportive community of families that seek an alternative model of learning for their children. NFP is intended for families who have made the choice to teach their children at home. In this program, certificated teachers oversee learning plans in which parents serve as the primary educators. Families collaborate in a true partnership with teachers to plan for instruction, observe student growth, and prepare for learning activities that excite and motivate each child as an individual.

Because parents provide education in all subjects required for promotion and graduation, students supplement their home learning by selecting courses from a catalog of on-site classes available through NFP. Certificated teachers guide students in learning with peers and participating in meaningful, real-world learning experiences. Classes are small, project-based, multi-age, multidisciplinary, collaborative, and hands-on, providing students with the opportunity to dig deep into exploring ideas, concepts, and skills.

NFP has a robust and supportive parent community with a PTSA that provides additional enrichment and resources, including supplemental educational resources and workshops for both parents and children. For more information, see the Northshore Family Partnership link on the NSD website. In addition, there will be two NFP information meetings for new families. Please join Principal Gary Keeler to ask questions and learn more about NFP. We look forward to serving your family in NFP.

NFP Information Meetings

  • Wednesday, March 10th from 6 to 7 PM
  • Monday, March 15th from 3 to 4 PM

Use the following zoom link to attend the information meetings:

•• REPEAT of District News ••

The launch of hybrid learning


As the district prepares for the launch of hybrid learning, we continue to confirm some of the structures and details around hybrid learning and those who remain 100% remote. This is nothing we've ever done before, and there are so many details to consider. Dr. Reid shared last week that we have confirmed we will follow an AA/BB schedule for our hybrid learners. This means students would be on-site for 2 days and then asynchronous learning for 3 days per week. We have also confirmed that our completely remote students will continue to engage in synchronous and asynchronous learning throughout the week.

I have heard from a couple of you regarding the message Dr. Reid shared on Friday. Please know there are still a few of those details being confirmed, but I anticipate there will be further details shared soon.



One week ago, our school district released the beginning details of our reopening plan including some specific dates. While there are several additional details that will be shared in the coming weeks, I wanted to provide you with a few items for information to help you in your thinking and planning. As soon as I have more details I will share them with you.

  • Here is a video providing some further details regarding in-person return and safety measures. While there may be a few details that are different for Cottage Lake, you can gain a little understanding of the safety procedures that will be in place for students who return for hybrid learning.

  • The district will be sending out an updated survey where you will be asked to choose either an in-person hybrid learning model (this will be 2-days in person and then 3 days of asynchronous learning. Wednesdays will stay mostly asynchronous learning, as it is now.) or you can choose to remain fully remote if that is the best option for your family.

  • At this time, we are unsure of the specific staffing impacts a return to a hybrid learning model versus remaining fully remote might have on classroom teacher assignments and class placement. As we are provided the details of families' choices and the district's agreed-upon parameters for our classrooms, we will continue to be in communication about how this model will come off the page.

  • Once we have received family survey results regarding the intent to return for in-person hybrid learning, we can begin to determine which students will be in Group A (this is a Monday/Tuesday in-person) and which students will be in Group B (This would be a Thursday/Friday in-person). At this time, I do not have any specific groupings I can share with you.

  • Bridge Weeks identified in the return plan are specifically designed to provide a variety of learning experiences related to safety at school and to also provide in-person social interactions before we begin in our hybrid model. This will happen in partnership with the YMCA Navigators team as they have been engaging in these types of learning and safety teaching throughout the pandemic. I am also not sure about the length of these activities. More information to come soon.

  • Linked here is a printable, more visual version of the reopening plan with dates and outline for student groups. Please read the descriptions on page 3 to understand the groupings more fully.

Please know there will be a lot of information shared with you in the coming weeks, so please do look for emails from me and/or the district. I will share anything I know and when I hear surveys are being resent to families, I will do my best to notify you, as well. There is more information to come.

School Waivers

Waivers for the 2021-2022 school year will soon be accepted. This is earlier than before, as we look to have a better understanding of our student numbers for the next school year. Please see below for the dates we will begin accepting waivers.

If you live In-District:

  • Grades K-12 - February 22, 2021
  • IHS IB Program - December 7, 2020
  • ILHS 10th Grade - December 7, 2020

If you live Out of District:

  • Current Students staying at their current school - February 22, 2021
  • Current Students transitioning to 6th or 9th grade - April 19, 2021
  • New Students - May 7, 2021
  • IHS IB Program - December 7, 2020
  • ILHS 10th Grade - December 7, 2020

You can also find further waiver information by visiting:

Meals during remote learning and hybrid learning

Beginning Wednesday, September 9, we are offering free meals for ALL children ages 18 and younger. Students do not need to be enrolled in the Northshore School District to receive meals. This is GREAT news for each of our families; these are your tax dollars at work. I am so pleased this funding has been continued, allowing us to extend these meal services until the end of December.

Please visit our District website for more information about how and when to place your order, times and locations for meal pick-up, pricing, and how to apply for free and reduced-price meals.

For quick links:

  • CLICK HERE to place an order for DAILY MEALS. [The order window time will be 2:00 PM-11:59 PM the day prior to meal pick-up. Orders include breakfast and lunch, including 16oz of milk. Orders placed for a Friday pick-up will also include meals for the weekend.]
  • CLICK HERE to place an order for WEEKLY MEAL PACKS. [Weekly Meal Packs will include breakfast and lunch for an entire week, including a gallon of milk. The order window will open at 2:00 PM every Wednesday and close at 2:00 PM every Thursday. Pick up for these meals will be on Wednesday the following week.]

Please consider ordering food! Our district is committed to feeding our children during this challenging time.

•• PTA NEWS ••

Amazon Smile!

Purchase with purpose!! Amazon provides an opportunity to give 0.5% of your participating purchases back to our school when you select the Cottage Lake PTA while you shop. It is honestly that easy! Visit:

Search: Cottage Lake PTA.

[YES, our PTA accounted is listed in Tacoma, but it IS our school's PTA located in Woodinville, WA.]

After selecting our school's PTA, each time you want to shop, begin with visiting, and then shop. You must first log into the for purchases to be eligible for the cash back opportunity.

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