The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - October 18, 2020

A Note from Principal Welch

Dear Families,

Happy Sunday!

It was an absolute joy of mine to ride the "Books on the Bus" delivery route this past Thursday to launch our library book delivery. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your faces, along with your student's faces!! Thank you for sharing your love for books! If you were unable to pick-up from Cottage Lake or meet the bus for our delivery, please know it is not too late. Mrs. Sterling is passionate about providing books to our students, so please reach out to her if your student still needs books.

If you did pick-up books from the bus or curbside from Cottage Lake, please read the section below regarding your next delivery. Each week, we will also be collecting back books that you have finished reading or even those books that are still with you from last spring. :) We will have a bin for you will place those books in to return back to school. The books do need to sit for at least a week and then we can move them back into circulation for other students. Our goal is to have every student at Cottage Lake with books at home they can enjoy. <3

We are looking forward to our next student materials pick-up scheduled for Thursday, October 29. Please take a look at the times below and do place this event on your calendar. Teachers have begun gathering those materials that will be sent home to you. I can't wait to see your faces again soon!

As you read in Dr. Reid's Friday COVID-19 update, the district (and many districts around us) is pausing moving into our next stage; a modified Stage 3, due to a rise in positive cases in both Snohomish and King Counties. When we do move forward, this will begin with both ECEAP and Headstart (both Early Childhood programs) and our Adult Transition Program, ATP. None of these students attend Cottage Lake. After we find that launch to be successful, we will then move to include our FSA students. That dial turn does include students who attend Cottage Lake. This will be in a hybrid model and students would be at school for 2 days/week. To find other important district updates regarding our Learning Model Status, please visit this district link.

Lastly, this is a reminder we are holding our rescheduled PTA meeting this Tuesday, from 7:00-8:00 PM. Please find the Zoom link below in the PTA section. Hope to see you there!

I hope you all have a great Sunday afternoon and look forward to seeing you soon.

Take Care!

Jen Welch, Principal


Our Book Circulation continues!

We are so excited about our book circulation to continue! Last week's launch was fabulous and we can't wait to provide books to even more of you. Please see the information below to find when your next delivery or p/u date will be. From now on, we will alternate weeks for pick-ups.

  • Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, & 5th - Your next delivery is: Thursday, October 22
  • If you want books, please fill out this form: by Sunday, October 18 @ 9:00 PM. (Since students just received books last week, you could keep your books until the November 5 delivery.)

  • 1st, 3rd, & FSA - Your next delivery is on: Thursday, October 29
  • If you want books, please fill out this form by Sunday, October 25 @ 9:00 PM.

ALL grades---- If you didn't pick up books this past Thursday, we are able to put them on the bus this week. We have stacks of books ready for each student, so please reach out to share how you would like to gather them.... pick up at one of the bus stops or curbside pick-up at Cottage Lake. Please email Mrs. Sterling ( to let her know how you will pick up your books if you missed this past week! 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!

Next Materials Pick-Up event scheduled for October 29

As we move to the middle of October, I want you to mark your calendars for Thursday, October 29, as our next materials pick-up event. We will run the event just like the previous one, where times will be set times for specific letters of the alphabet. Teachers will be thinking through what materials students will be accessing through December 2020.

Times for the event are as follows:

  • Last names A-H, pick-up from 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Last names I-O, pick-up from 2:00-3:00 PM
  • Last names P-Z, pick-up from 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Those families who couldn't come at the earlier times, 4:30-5:30 PM

Counselor Corner

Hello Cottage Lake families! I am excited to announce that I have officially launched my new school counseling website and Schoology course. On the website you will find links to several different resources related to topics such as social emotional learning and wellness, self-care, COVID relief and supports, and much more. Please see below for specific links you and your student's might find helpful.

Additionally, Cottage Lake officially has a school counseling Schoology course page. Within the Schoology course, students will have access to my virtual counseling space which includes multiple interactive rooms with a ton of social and emotional content, and a link for students to request a check-in with me. I will be adding resources and materials to this Schoology course as the year goes on. Please look below for the code to Mr. Wallinger's counseling course.

Mr. Wallinger's counseling website:

Student request for check-in form:

•• District News ••

Conversations with the School Board for Spanish-speaking Families

We invite our Spanish-speaking families to a virtual conversation with our School Board. The School Board members will have some prepared questions relating to the strategic plan, but please come with questions, comments, discussion topics, and ideas. Please RSVP to receive the login information and updates.

Date: Monday, Oct. 19, 2020
Location: Virtual
Time: 6:00 p.m.
RSVP for Conversations with the Board

Coffee with the Superintendent for Families Receiving Special Education Services

Families with students receiving special education services are invited to join Superintendent Reid for a virtual conversation. Please come with questions, comments, discussion topics and ideas. Please RSVP to receive the login information.

Date: Monday, Oct. 26, 2020
Location: Virtual
Time: 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
RSVP for Coffee with the Superintendent for Families Receiving Special Education Services

Online After-school Enrichment

During the fall of 2020, the Northshore School District is exploring opportunities to provide online after-school enrichment opportunities. The District is piloting a project through 6crickets, who will maintain a database of providers and community organizations that are offering such opportunities. Learn more about enrichment opportunities.

Community Assistance

During the COVID-19 outbreak, our community continues to come together to provide assistance to families and community members in need. This assistance includes childcare, employment, food, mental health support and other resources. To learn more about organizations that are offering support visit the Community Assistance webpage

•• REPEAT of District News ••

Becoming a volunteer

At Cottage Lake, we have always had a very strong foundation of classroom and PTA volunteers. This year, we are all thinking outside the box and looking for new, creative ways we can welcome volunteers into the remote classrooms. As our classrooms continue to establish routines and systems, teachers will be ready to think about how volunteers could be helpful to them.

To prepare for becoming a volunteer, there are several steps we need you to complete. One important note is that our background check form will need to be updated EACH YEAR! In the past, we have asked for them to be updated every two years, but to keep our information the most up-to-date, this is a shift we are making district-wide.

Please visit this NSD LINK to find all the steps you will need to follow to complete your volunteer paperwork. Please click on the bar that says, "Online Volunteer Application Process" for all the steps that need to be completed.

Thank you for considering becoming a Cottage Lake volunteer!

Need Technology?

Does your Cottage Lake Elementary student need a device for online learning? Please use the link below to sign up and sign the waiver. After you submit your form, Mr. Paganini will be in contact with you to set a pick-up time for you. For students in Kindergarten & Grade 1, we are issuing iPads. For students in Grade 2 through Grade 5, we are issuing Chromebooks. Students will keep these devices at home until we return to school.

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. Order 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.

Free & Reduced Applications

We are now accepting free and reduced-price meal applications for the 2020-21 school year. Has your financial situation changed? Did you qualify for free or reduced-price meals last school year? If so, be sure to complete an application.

Remember: families must reapply every year! Only one application per family is necessary.

Submit a Free or Reduced-Price application.

•• 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.

Cottage Lake Elementary

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