The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - August 14, 2022

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Cottage Lake is almost ready to set sail

Hello Sailor families,

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! I am so excited to see students and families again very soon at school. Over the summer, the construction crew has been busy making improvements to our school. This summer we received a new roof, new gutters, lighting, painting updates, and HVAC updates. Thank you, voters! The construction crew is still working hard at school and this next week, I hear will be focused on finishing some of the work, but also landscaping. If you are at school, if there is a barrier fence up, please stay out of that area. Thank you!

Our facility crew has also been hard at work cleaning each of our classrooms, waxing floors, moving classrooms, and getting our school ready to open on August 31. Our teachers started professional development classes at the end of June and again this coming week to learn about our new English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum, Into Reading. I'm looking forward to diving into this work with our teachers and supporting the school-wide implementation. This is going to be a great year together!

This newsletter is the first of the school year. I will be planning to send out communication each Sunday morning. This should arrive in your inbox at 8:01 AM. For the beginning of the school year, I will send the newsletters weekly. I will then move to an every-other-week communication beginning in October. The newsletter will contain school-specific information, as well as news from the district and our PTA. I ask that you please review the information below. I've provided a lot of school information and I ask that you also read closely the information from our Food and Nutrition department. School lunches are changing this year and we will begin charging for breakfast and lunch, unless families qualify for the Free & Reduced program. You will find the application link below to check if you are eligible and if you are, you can apply.

Next Sunday, August 21, is our Community Serve day at Cottage Lake. This is a day I always look forward to. This is a time for us to work together to beautify our grounds, and also help out classroom staff with different projects. Thank you to Buffy Anson who will lead our charge this week. Please find the link below to sign up to volunteer. Adults and students are welcome!

With the construction fence down around the building, if you need to stop into the office, please do so. I've also shared email addressed below should you need to contact anyone in our office area.

I'm looking forward to an exceptional year together of teaching and learning! I am excited to partner with you all to support our amazing Sailors. Please do reach out with questions.

Let's do this Sailor family! Welcome to the 2022-23 school year!

See you soon,

~ Jen Welch, Principal

•• New & Important Information ••

NEW school hours for 2022-2023 school year

We have new school hours this fall.

  • Our hours are now: 9:30 AM-4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
  • On early release Wednesdays (most Wednesdays), the school day will run from 9:30 AM-2:30 PM.
  • Please be aware that the first day of school (August 31) is a FULL DAY of school.

Community Serve Day - NEXT Sunday, August 21 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

We are so thrilled that Community Serve Day is back this year! Please join us in helping Cottage Lake prepare for the 22-23 school year. We will focus on beautifying the outdoor campus with limited indoor projects this year. Please mark your calendar for NEXT Sunday, August 21, from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, to be a part of the fun!

If you are interested in volunteering with your family please sign up at

August Meet the Teacher event

Save the date!

Thursday, August 25, from 3:00-4:00 PM

Come say hello to your teacher, see your classroom, take a self-guided campus tour, and drop off your school supplies. This will be an informal event where families can stop by the school during our Meet the Teacher time. Please know this is a very busy time for our school and our parking lot will fill quickly. Please drive safely!

We are looking forward to seeing you all soon and welcoming students and families back to campus!

First Day of School - August 31, 2022

We are excited to welcome all Grade 1-5 students as they start school on August 31, 2022. If you are a Kindergarten parent, please read the next section below for your start date information. Welcome, all Sailors!

Welcome to Kindergarten!

We are getting ready to welcome our youngest sailors! Below is information regarding the start to the school year for our Kindergarten students and families.

I'd like to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! This is an exciting time for you and your families. As we look to the beginning of the school year, I wanted to provide you with some very important dates to mark on your calendars. You will notice Kindergarten starts with family conferences and then we have staggard start days for students. This allows us the opportunity to learn about students before they start in our classroom and then on the staggard days, this provides us an opportunity to start small before all students are together. Please do review the dates below carefully.

Below you will find dates that pertain to the beginning of Kindergarten.

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - No School for Kindergarten students. Teachers will be holding WaKIDS family conferences where they will meet with each family during one of these three conference days. Families will be asked to sign up for a date and time.
  • Thursday, September 1, 2022 - No School for Kindergarten students. Teachers will be holding WaKIDS family conferences where they will meet with each family during one of these three conference days. Families will be asked to sign up for a date and time.
  • Friday, September 2, 2022 - No School for Kindergarten students. Teachers will be holding WaKIDS family conferences where they will meet with each family during one of these three conference days. Families will be asked to sign up for a date and time.
  • Monday, September 5, 2022 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day observance

  • Tuesday, September 6, 2022 - First Day of School for Kindergarten students with the LAST NAMES beginning with letters A-I. (Students attend this day but NOT on 9/7/2022)
  • Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - First Day of School for Kindergarten students with the LAST NAMES beginning with letters J-Z. (Students attend this day but NOT on 9/6/2022)

  • Thursday, September 8, 2022 - ALL Kindergarten students attend school together.

Please mark your calendars with the above information. After September 8, your student will follow the regular Northshore calendar for elementary-aged students. We are looking forward to welcoming our youngest Sailors!

Welcome to Cottage Lake!

School Supplies

You can find our 2022-2023 requested school supplies list by CLICKING HERE.

If you need assistance with school supplies for your student(s), please reach out to our Office Manager, Sarah McKinnon (, in our front office. Thank you!

Classroom Placement

Classroom placement letters will be emailed home to families on Wednesday, August 24. I am hoping to have the emails reach families at approximately 5:00 PM. There are still staffing and classroom changes happening at the school, so please know anything you may find online is not finalized until August 24. I will be reviewing lists for final balancing and placing all our new students. We will also be turning on ParentVue teacher placements on Wednesday, August 24.

Over the summer, I watched our enrollment numbers closely. We have continued to lose some students since June, but we have also gained a few, as well. Since teacher assignments are dependent on student enrollment, I continue to watch our numbers extremely closely. If there are any new Kindergarten families who have not registered yet, I ask that you do so ASAP!!

Bus Routes

Bus routes and stops will be posted on the E-Link the week before school starts. Bus routes will not be mailed out.

2022-2023 School Calendar

To see the one-page calendar for this school year, please click the button below. Below you will find a few dates to mark on your calendars.

Important Dates:

  • August 31 - First Day of School for Grades 1-5
  • September 5 - No School for Labor Day
  • November 11 - No School for Veteran's Day
  • November 17 through November 23 - Early Release for Parent-Teacher conferences. Dismissal time is 12:40 PM.
  • November 24 & 25 - No School for extended Thanksgiving break
  • December 19 through January 2 - No School for Winter Break
  • Tuesday, January 3 - Welcome back to school
  • February 20 through 24 - No School for President's Day & Mid-Winter Break
  • April 10 through 14 - No School for Spring Break
  • June 20 - Last Day of School for Grades K-5

Connecting with our Office Staff

Email is always a great way to get a hold of any staff member.

To get a hold of the main office, please dial 425-408-4200.

Office Manager - Sarah McKinnon @

Secretary - Teri Negrin @

Principal - Jennifer Welch @

Nurse - Brittney Schlee @

School Counselor - Stephen Wallinger @

Dean of Students - Sam Maynard @

Fall Curriculum Night dates and times

The connection with our families is a critical component of your student's success. One way we do this is through our annual curriculum nights. This is a time for adults to come to school to listen and learn from your child's classroom teacher about their classroom, the curriculum used, and other specific ways you can support your student.

These curriculum nights are intended for parents and/or guardians only. There is no childcare provided for these events.

Tuesday, September 13

  • Kindergarten @ 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Grade 4 @ 6:45-7:45 PM

Monday, September 19

  • Grade 1 @ 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Grade 5 @ 6:45-7:45 PM

Tuesday, September 20

  • Grade 2 @ 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Grade 3 @ 6:45-7:45 PM

My goal is to achieve at least 95% attendance at these curriculum nights, though I always strive for 100%. If at least one parent can attend, we sure appreciate that! Thank you for your support!

•• PTA News ••

Cottage Lake PTA webpage

You can stay up to date with our PTA by reading through newsletters I send, but you can also visit their website: We are looking for a great year of partnership ahead.

2022-2023 PTA Board members

Below are the members of our 2022-23 PTA Executive Board members.


  • Beth Yost
  • Kati Kennedy


  • Sheila Esmeralda


  • Toni Stewart

Co-VP Communications

  • Mandy Reichmuth
  • Carol Farris

Co-VP Events

  • Natalia Pappe
  • Suzanne McLaughlin

Co-VP Fundraising

  • Tatiana Case
  • Lisa Weinstein

PTA Ice Cream Social

Mark your calendar for our PTA Back-to-School fall Ice Cream social.

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022

Time: 5:00-7:00 PM

Where: On the Cottage Lake playground

Who: All families are invited to attend

•• District News ••

NEW District Visitor Management system new this fall

The Northshore School District is continually making improvements and investing in safety measures through the generous support of our voter-approved 2018 Capital Bond. One example of this work is the recent completion of the SafeVisitor pilot in six of our schools and the decision to roll it out districtwide. SafeVisitor is a web-based program to streamline and improve security.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the new system.

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School Meal Plan updates for 2022-23

The Northshore School District, like all others in the state, will again begin to charge for school lunch and breakfast at the start of this school year. This means families who apply for benefits and qualify for free or reduced-priced meals will continue to receive meals at no charge in 2022-23, and students who do not apply for or qualify for benefits will be charged at the paid meal price for breakfast and lunch when participating.

What can you do to prepare for this coming year?

  • Reapply for benefits in August! Students need to qualify each school year for free or reduced-priced meals in order to continue receiving benefits. Applications will be available in August to apply for 2022-23 school year benefits. In addition to meals, those who qualify can also receive discounted or free school services including athletic fees, field trip fees, ASB fees, college application fees, and more!
  • Set up a Titan Family Portal account. Be prepared for purchasing meals by opening a Titan Family Portal account where you can add money to your student's account, set up recurring payments, see purchases, set low-balance reminders, move money between siblings and even apply for benefits!

CLICK HERE to set up your Titan Family Portal account


Below you will find the 2022-23 Meal Prices:

Elementary Breakfast

  • Free & Reduced - $0.00
  • Paid - $2.25

Elementary Lunch

  • Free & Reduced - $0.00
  • Paid - $3.75


Below you will find additional updates from our Food and Nutrition department.

  • All schools offer breakfast and lunch. Menus are available online along with nutritional information at Milk is included in the price of a full meal. Cartons of milk can also be purchased separately.

  • Parents whose income falls within guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture should apply for free or reduced-price meals. Families must reapply each year to receive benefits for the current school year. All students who qualify for free, as well as those who qualify for reduced-price meals, will receive both breakfast and lunch at no charge. Applications are available after August 1. You can apply online or download an application at or pick up a paper application from your school or district’s Food and Nutrition Services offices. To have an application mailed to you, call Food and Nutrition Services at 425.408.7657.

  • Parents may pay online with Visa or MasterCard using a secure internet site called Titan School Solutions. To set up a Titan Family Portal account for making online payments, visit There is no charge for parents to register for a Titan account; however, there is a $2.60 convenience charge for each payment made online. Parents can also pay by cash or check (made out to Northshore School District) at the school. There is no fee for paying with cash or check. Checks should indicate “school meals” in the memo.

  • You can view your student’s meal account balance and cafeteria purchases and transfer money from one sibling to another at no charge on the Titan Family Portal online or with the mobile app at Families that have registered on the Titan Family Portal will receive a low-balance notification by email when their student’s account drops below $5.00. Families can also set custom low-balance notifications through Titan. Written low balance notices may also be sent home when the balance on the meal account is low. The notice will be placed in the teacher's box to be given to the student to take home.

  • When a student account balance reaches the equivalent of negative two lunches, automated calls will be sent out from the Food & Nutrition Services Department to ensure notification of account standings. Regardless of account standing, students will always be offered a reimbursable breakfast and lunch at school and allowed to charge on a negative balance. Charging for a la carte purchases, including milk-only, extra entrees, or non-reimbursable meals, will not be permitted if a student's balance is negative. Unpaid meal charges must be paid in full when a student graduates or moves to a new school district.
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Cottage Lake Elementary

At Cottage Lake Elementary, it is our united mission to build a safe, engaging, and inclusive environment of resilient lifelong learners. In partnership with our vibrant community, we embrace our diversity and strive to foster trust and kindness.