The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - February 6, 2022

A Note from Principal Welch

Hello Sailor families,

I hope you are enjoying the month of February thus far. I loved the sunshine late this afternoon and as I look at the forecast for this week, I see there is sunshine in our future, as well. I hope you can take a moment to step outside and take in the rays and the fresh air.

This week also brings our Northshore Bond and Levy Election, our 100th Day of School, and it is also National School Counseling Week! Frist, On Tuesday, Northshore is part of the Special Election for our Bond and Levy measures. Cottage Lake will benefit directly if the measures are passed. I encourage each and every adult who can vote to please vote! Next, I would like to share a special recognition to Mr. Wallinger, our school counselor, during the national week of recognition. Mr. Wallinger has been at Cottage Lake for a couple of years and it has been amazing to learn all the ways he can support our staff and students. If your student has benefited from working with Mr. Wallinger, please encourage them to share a moment of thanks this week to Mr. Wallinger. We are really lucky he continues to choose Cottage Lake! Finally, on Friday, Cottage Lake's 100th Day will be celebrated. Our specific 100th day is one day later than others, as we had a no-power day earlier this fall. Many of our teachers will be recognizing the day throughout the week. It's always a fun day and time. That also means we are more than 50% through the school year. We can do this, Sailors!

I hope you have a fabulous week ahead and look forward to connecting soon.

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal

•• School News ••

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Northshore Bond and Levy information

February 8 election: Have you voted yet?

Please remember to VOTE! Northshore School District has three measures to support our students on the Feb. 8 ballot.

To learn more about this important work, watch our video or visit Check out our voter resources page for more information on how to register to vote, where to drop off your ballot, or what to do if you lost your ballot.

If you have any final questions, please let us know at

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Kindergarten Registration is Open for the 2022-2023 school year!

Kindergarten registration for the 2022-2023 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 (

At this time, we have scheduled two, Kindergarten parent tours. These events are geared to adults. Our dates are:

  • February 15, 4:30-5:30 PM
  • March 22, 10:00-11:00 AM

Families interested in attending the Kindergarten tours do not need to register. We will have parents sign-in when you arrive on campus.

We are excited to welcome new families to Cottage Lake!

Taco Thursday!

Join us at Lifted Taco on Thursday, February 10th, 2022 between 4-7, and help to raise money for the Cottage Lake Elementary PTA!

Lifted Taco will donate 20% of proceeds from Cottage Lake friends and family back to our school. Be sure to mention Cottage Lake when you place your order.

Offer applies to dine-in and carry-out orders.

We hope to see you there!

Run, Sailors, Run!

We are so excited to announce that our school will be participating in a Fun Run on Thursday, March 17th, 2022! Please look in your child’s folder and check emails and flyers that will be sent home as the Fun Run draws near!

COVID batch testing update

This week we submitted 55 vials for our COVID batch testing.

We had 2 vials return positive.

National School Counseling Week, February 7-11

This coming week, February 7-11, is the National School Counseling Week. I hope you will join me in thanking and recognizing our amazing counselor, Stephen Wallinger this coming week. Stephen splits his time between Cottage Lake and East Ridge Elementary. Stephen connects with many of our students, families, is visible around campus, presents lessons in classrooms, and helps wherever he is needed.

In the past couple years, Northshore has added elementary counselors into our school. This was a need that has been present years before it began, but I am so incredibly lucky that Stephen is part of our team!

If you have a moment, please don't hesitate to reach out to share your appreciation for the work Mr. Wallinger does at Cottage Lake!


COVID safety updates

Families can find the most up-to-date COVID health and safety information by clicking the links below.

Health Check Question to review daily

Before you send your student to school each day, I ask you to think through the 5 questions below. If you answer "yes" to any of the questions, I ask that you please keep your student(s) home. You can also reach out to Nurse Audrey to ask questions, as well.

Health Check Questions:

1. In the past 24 hours has the student experienced any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever of 100.4 or above
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
  • Chills
  • Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Pain or Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Other signs of new illness that are unrelated to a preexisting condition (such as seasonal allergies)

2. Has the student had any of the symptoms of COVID-19 listed above within the past 3 days that lasted more than 24 hours?

3. Has the student been in close contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 within the last 14 days? Close contact means being within 6 feet (2 meters) of an infected person for 15 minutes or more.

4. Has the student had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?

5. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told the student to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19?

Home Internet Access

The FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) has become the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Information about these excellent programs for providing families true high-speed Internet access at their homes (and not just the limited access that a hot spot provides) is available at

The website above provides information regarding eligibility and application process. Any family eligible should definitely apply.

Registration with CIC Health

In order for your student to participate in any confirmatory testing at school, we need you to follow the directions below to register your student in the CIC Health system. If you have already registered your student because they have already had a PCR test, you do not need to register again.

If you register now, this will speed up the process should your student need to be tested due to a positive batch or a close contact test.

Directions for registering in the CIC Health database:

  1. Visit this link:
  2. You will enter information about your student(s) and you will also need to verify your email with a code, as well.

If you have questions, please reach out to Nurse Audrey or Principal Jen Welch.

i-Ready online instruction available

Did you know all our students have access to iReady online instruction?

After your students take the new winter iReady diagnostic assessment in the areas of Math and Reading, all students have access to an individualized online instruction pathway. The pathways are created from their iReady diagnostic assessment, which highlights their successes and areas of continued development and learning.

Students access their learning pathway by logging into iReady through their Clever page.

As a guideline, we would like students to be using this online instruction between 30-45 minutes, each week, for each subject (Reading AND Math). Some of our teachers are providing some time during the school week for students to engage in the online learning, but if you are able to have your students access this learning at home, that would be great!

Last week, we had 134 students access the online learning, with 60% of students accessing it between 10-29 minutes. Our student's average score for lessons passed was 84%. This learning tool has shown it can help reduce learning gaps and increase achievement for students.

If you would like to know your own student(s) time engaged in the iReady online learning from September to current, please reach out to Ms. Welch.

Child Sick or Change of Plans After School?

If your child is going to be absent, sick, going to be late or picked up early, or change of plans for after school please email your child's teacher as well as our attendance email at Using the cottage lake attendance email ensures that all will be notified of these changes. Last thing: If parent is emailing the office or teacher regarding an absence due to illness, please cc Nurse Audrey as well. Thank you

If you have a trip planned and are going to be gone during school days please fill out the request for excused absence form at this link Cottage Lake Pre-Approved Absence Form



State of our Schools w/ Superintendent Reid

The fifth annual State of Our Schools event will be held on February 3, 2022. Superintendent Michelle Reid, Ed.D. will share important initiatives and successes, as well as provide a look ahead to what’s next in Northshore. More details will follow.

Dual Language program

Northshore Families… Have you ever thought about Dual Language?

The K-5 Dual Language Program at Woodin Elementary is a bilingual educational program integrating multilingual learners and English-speaking students for instruction in and through two languages (Spanish and English) with the goal being to create students who are multilingual, multiliterate, and multicultural.

Find out if the dual-language program is the right choice for your family at an upcoming information night!

Tuesday, February 8th, 2022

Chinese Language Program

The Northshore School District Chinese Language Program, housed at Sunrise Elementary, will welcome a new cohort of first graders in the Fall of 2022. Students in this class will have the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese and will spend roughly 20 percent of the day speaking, listening, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese.

If you are interested in hearing about the details of this choice program, please join the informational meeting (held on Zoom) on Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30. Go this website, where broadcast details of the event will be posted soon.

Parents Active in Cooperative Education (PACE)

PACE (Parents Active in Cooperative Education), a choice educational enrichment program offered through the Northshore School District, is currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. All applications are due prior to the Feb. 10 PACE lottery drawing deadline, and a virtual tour is required prior to application.

PACE builds a learning environment that includes active family participation; innovative teaching techniques; and a unique partnership of teachers, families, and students. The PACE program serves students of all learning capabilities, follows the Northshore School District curriculum, and also provides an enriched educational experience through additional field trips, events, and speakers. Placement for PACE is by blind lottery, open to children in grades 1-5, space permitting. Lottery application forms are due no later than Feb. 10, 2022. A virtual tour is required prior to submitting your application.

CLICK HERE to learn more about PACE.

Lunch menu changes

Due to supply chain issues across the nation, we are finding we are needing to frequently make changes to the lunch menu this year.

If you are printing out the menu at the beginning of the month, there will inevitably be changes before the month is over.

Although our department strives to make changes at least 7 days ahead, there are weeks when we must make a change with 2-3 days' notice due to delivery shortages, today we have had to make a change to Friday's menu.

For up-to-date menu information please review our menu online (see the link below).

Free and Reduced lunch application

We are now accepting free and reduced-price meal applications for the 2022-2022 school year. Has your financial situation changed? Did you qualify for free or reduced-price meals last year? If so, be sure to complete an application.

Remember: families must reapply every year!

Submit a Free or Reduced-Price application.

You can also visit the Northshore Free and Reduced Priced meals website here:

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Calling All Volunteers!

As 2022 swings into action, the Cottage Lake Elementary PTA is going to be busy with various events, fundraisers, and programs. If you are interested in helping, please click on the link below and specify your area(s) of interest! Thank you for your continued support!

Sign up link:

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