The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - June 13, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Dear Families,


We did it! You did it! We have reached the final week of the 2020-2021 school year! This is a full week of school and I want to remind our Cohort B students, Friday is a full day of school. This week we also distribute the Yearbooks that our PTA created. A special THANK YOU to our PTA as they have again funded a yearbook for every student at Cottage Lake!


This week is also our technology collection for ALL students who have a district-issued device or hotspot. We need to collect back ALL devices and hotspots that are Northshore devices. When you return the device, please don't forget the charger, as well. If your student is a hybrid student, your classroom teacher has sent home the form that should be returned with the device and charger. If your student is remote, we will have the forms on hand so we can give you a receipt for returning the device and charger. If your student needs a device for summer learning, there is a link below where you can request one. The pick-up for those summer devices is separate from the device return. The device & hotspot return dates are:


  • Cohort B students - Wednesday, June 16 between 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Cohort A students - Friday, June 18 between 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Fully remote students - Friday, June 18 between 10:00 AM-4:00 PM


There is other important information below I am sharing with you. Please do take the time to read the information over. Please know that our front office is closed for the month of July. I am encouraging all staff to close their computers and take a break from work during this time. If you send an email, please know staff may not respond to your email until they are back to work which is in August. Sarah and I will return to the office in early August. I will be sending emails with further information at this time. Class placements and teacher assignments will be sent towards the end of August.


For my 5th grade families - Be on the lookout for an email from me a little later with all the details of the fun events planned for this week to celebrate your students. Our promotion video will go live tomorrow, June 14, in the evening. The specifics of this event will be included in the email. I thank each of you for sharing your students with us! Many of you have been involved greatly in our PTA for so many years, you have been present in classrooms, and you have been willing to lend a hand any time we asked. Thank you! You have amazing children and we will miss both you all, as well as your students. You are off to your next middle school adventures. I wish you all the best in the years to come! Congratulations to the graduating class of 2028!


For other families who are leaving Cottage Lake - Thank you for sharing your students with us! We will miss you and your students and hope our paths will cross again another day. I wish you the very best in the years to come.


For those returning in the fall - See you soon. :)


I hope you all can take a little time to make memories this summer! Play hard. Get outside. Have fun!


Thank you for a great year, one I will never forget!

Let's have a great week!


~ Jen Welch, Principal

•• SCHOOL NEWS •• 

COVID batch testing

We have concluded our COVID batch testing for the school year. We started testing the week of April 5 and Cottage Lake had ZERO positive tests come back. Continue to stay safe over the summer!

UPDATED technology return and summer device information

Hello Sailors,


Below is updated information around technolgy return and asking for devices for the summer, as well. Please do read this information for all updates.


  • All student devices and hotspots must be collected by June 18

To request a device for Summer learning opportunities please fill out the following form. https://nsd.jotform.com/202085825509053. Any new summer technology requests will be picked-up from a district location, not at Cottage Lake

You do NOT need to complete this form to request a device for Fall 2021.

Remote students will be assigned devices in Fall 2021 from a centralized location.


Key Dates for device return for THIS WEEK:


Wednesday, June 16

Cohort B Drop-Off Event

Cohort B students can come by the school to return their computer device AND charger!

  • Return window: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Friday, June 18

Cohort A Drop-Off Event

Fully-Remote student Drop-Off Event

Cohort A or Fully-Remote students can return their computer device AND charger!

  • Return window: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Monday, June 21

Summer Device Distribution

This is for those students who have requested a summer device.

  • Pick-Up window: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

IMPORTANT! Please return library books ASAP!

All library books are due ASAP! Please look through your homes, bedrooms, under beds, cars, grandparents' houses, and anywhere else books may have been enjoyed over the past year. We would love to clear up all the overdue book designations and fines ASAP!


Any books that are not returned will result in a library fine.

Please reach out to Mrs. Sterling (ssterling@nsd.org) if you have questions.

Final Report Cards

Your student's final report cards will be mailed home on June 24. We will also include our 2021-2022 supply lists in this mailing.

Summer i-Ready use

We are pleased to inform you that i-Ready will be available during the summer through August 13th. We believe that all children will benefit from the use of i-Ready this summer. Please support your child to spend about 30-45 minutes per week on i-Ready Math and 30-45 minutes per week on i-Ready Reading throughout the summer. Consistent use of i-Ready will help your child to continue to grow and prevent learning loss.


I-Ready Personalized Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so your child can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your child engaged as they learn.


To log in during the summer, your child will first log into Clever (my.nsd.org) using their NSD account. Then they will click on the I-Ready icon.


Here is a link to the I-Ready family guide, which gives more information about how to support your child and see their progress.


Mrs. Skinner, one of our Cottage Lake teachers, will be keeping an eye on student i-Ready use over the summer. If you need help with your child’s account during July or August, please reach out to Mrs. Skinner at kskinner@nsd.org.

End of Year Medication pick-up from Nurse Audrey

If your student has medication on-site with Nurse Audrey, it is important to know we need your medication picked up no later than 3:45 PM on Friday, June 18!! Please reach out to Nurse Audrey with questions. Thank you for helping us close up the school year and ensuring we do not have extra medications.

A look ahead to the 2021-2022 School calendar

We are just 4 weeks away from wrapping up the 2020-2021 school year and as some of you might look into the future to make plans for travel or other adventures, I wanted to provide you important dates.


  • September 1 - First Day of School
  • September 6 - No School for Labor Day
  • November 11 - No School for Veteran's Day
  • November 18-24 - Early Release (half-days) for Elementary Conferences
  • November 25-26 - No School for the Thanksgiving Break weekend
  • December 20-31 - No School for Winter Break



Click Here to access the 1-page calendar for the 2021-2022 school year and other important dates for the upcoming year.

•• Important PTA News ••

Your 2021-2022 PTA Presidents are Beth Rampson and Mindy Dolan. They can be contacted at president@cottagelakepta.org


2021-2022 PTA Board Openings

Looking for an opportunity to connect with other parents, staff and be a leader in your child's education? There are still a couple of spots open on the Executive Board next year:

  • 1 VP Fundraising
  • 1 VP Events

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Beth Rampson, Elizabeth.g.Rampson@gmail.com, or Mindy Dolan, mdolan@bluetooth.com.


THANK YOU to all the volunteers who gave what little "free time" they had to help shape the direction of the PTA this year. Because of each of you, the PTA accomplished so much - The art docent program, follies, holiday party, ice cream parade, teacher appreciation, spirit wear, yearbooks, teacher grants, parent education speaker, membership and so much more!


Keep in Touch Over the Summer!

Check out our Facebook group "Cottage Lake Elementary Connections" to: Organize playdates, share activities/camps/sports your kids are doing, meet other families, ask questions, and stay connected over the summer.

The "Cottage Lake Elementary PTA" group will also keep families informed of upcoming events, back-to-school information, and more.


The Cottage Lake Elementary PTA wishes you and your family a safe and fun-filled summer!

•• District News ••

Northshore Early Childhood

Northshore Early Childhood is currently enrolling for the Ready Start Tuition Program. It is a blended multi-age, inclusive model, serving students, ages 3-5. We are currently have openings at Sorenson for the 2021/22 school year.


Classrooms are taught and supported by a general education teacher, a special education teacher, and a para professional. Inclusive classrooms create a dynamic learning environment for all students. The average class size is 16 students, with class make-up of 8 students with IEP’s, 4 students who pay tuition, and 4 students who are income eligible. Classrooms utilize The Creative Curriculum & Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment Tool. The staff is committed to fostering student learning and cultivating friendships while creating a sense of community for our students. Utilizing developmentally appropriate teaching strategies to support a whole child approach to learning, within an inclusive environment, fosters high levels of student learning and social and emotional growth for all students.


For more information and enrollment paperwork please visit our Northshore School District website: https://www1.nsd.org/schools/programs-services/early-childhood/ready-start-tuition-program or contact Sorenson at (425) 408-5570.


Return all forms including deposit to:

Sorenson Early Childhood Center

19705 88th Ave NE

Bothell, WA 98011


Tuition Cost:

$300 per month

Unleash the Brilliance (UtB)

The Northshore School District was one of two districts in the state, awarded with the Racial Discipline Gap grant from OSPI. We have partnered with Unleash the Brilliance (UTB) to empower youth to make positive decisions and build a positive partnership between schools and families. The collaboration between Northshore and UTB is to inspire youth to share ideas and tools with students that empower and inspire them to value the process of learning and proactively engage in their education, in their future, and with their community. Unleash the Brilliance (UTB) is hosting parent and student success workshops in partnership with the Northshore School District to reduce infractions and discipline. These informational workshops will in turn help staff to become aware of related issues affecting our students.


These free workshops are open to all Northshore families and will focus on:

  • Best practices on how to prevent suspension or expulsion
  • How to manage the disciplinary hearing, appeal, and review procedures to work collaboratively to find alternatives to suspension or expulsion
  • Share your thoughts, hopes, concerns and hear from other parents


To learn more, click the link below about dates and times.

Click here for more information about Unleash the Brilliance (UTB) workshops

•• REPEAT of District News ••

Meals during the final weeks of June and during the summer

Our Food and Nutrition department is continuing to ensure our students and families have food available. Families will still be able to order weekly meals online, with pick-up times on Wednesdays. Cottage Lake continues to be a pick-up location.


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 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.

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: www.smile.amazon.com.


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 www.smile.amazon.com, and then shop. You must first log into the smile.amazon.com for purchases to be eligible for the cash back opportunity.

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.