The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - December 5, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Hello Sailor families,

Welcome to December! It was wonderful to see our students back at school this past week after the extended holiday weekend. I hope you enjoyed time with loved ones and made memories that for many of us, have been almost 2 years in the making. For our families who are currently celebrating Hanukkah, I wish you a blessed holiday.

I want to bring special attention to a challenge we have started to see surface at school, in several classrooms, and grade levels. As students (and adults) learn how to come back together in shared spaces and problem solve situations, we are finding that we are needing to spend time teaching/reaching and reinforcing kind language to be used with others. In the past several weeks, we have seen an increase in students using unkind, mean, and inappropriate language towards other students. I am asking for your partnership at home as we continue to support students using language that uplifts others at school. Calling other students names, using swear words, or purposefully hurting others will not be tolerated.

While we do not all have to agree with each other, I do expect all students (and adults) to be respectful of each other. Teaching others how to respectfully disagree and work collaboratively in shared spaces (classrooms, specialists, recess, and in the community and world) is an essential aspect I want to focus on. Our school is enriched by our differences and everyone is welcome at Cottage Lake!

In this newsletter, you will find a lot of information below regarding holiday supports, our book fair that runs this coming M-W, upcoming spirit days at school, and more.

Thank you for sharing your student(s) with us!

I wish you all a great week ahead.

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal

•• School News ••

Book Fair: "Bundle Up for Books"

For: Kids & Families

Dates: December 6-9

Times: After School-

Monday & Tuesday 4:15-7

Wednesday 2:40-7 (open during the Paint & Pottery party)

Place: Outside the library under the overhang, unless it is raining sideways ☔, and we must retreat into the library

Students will have a "Wish List" day on Friday and bring home some ideas that inspire them. This is a "case only" fair with fewer fluffy items (mostly books!!)

We will only be selling what comes in the cases "while supplies last" as I cannot guarantee that any re-orders will come in a timely fashion. (classroom book orders have been delayed this year, as you know). There will be an "Online" fair component, but delivery time is not guaranteed.

Book Fair Donations

People have been asking how they can help with the Book Fair so that more books can get into more kids' hands. We have set up an eWallet to which you can donate.

Click here to Donate

* If you would like to attend the book fair, but purchasing a book would add a financial strain on your family, please know we are here to help in providing books for students. Please reach out to Ms. Welch, Mrs. McKinnon, or Mrs. Sterling if we can assist you in providing a book for your student.

Giving Tree Up in the Office

Cottage Lake community if you are wanting to give or donate this year we will have our giving tree set up in the office starting Dec. 1, 2021. All items will need to be turned into office by Dec. 14, 2021.

Thank you!

Lost & Found

Lost and Found is overflowing! Please come take a look and see if your child has something hanging on the rack. Any item left when we go to break will be collected and donated .

North Creek High School Theatre Musical

The North Creek Theatre Co. is proud to present our Holiday ’Two-for-One’ Musical Production- “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Timmy Perlmutter’s Extraordinary Hanukkah.”


  • Friday, December 3rd @ 7pm
  • Saturday, December 4th @ 4pm and 7pm
  • Friday, December 10th @ 7pm
  • Saturday, December 11th @ 4pm and 7pm

Purchase tickets here:

Purchase Tickets Here:

Young Timmy Perlmutter’s family has a surprise holiday visitor, Timmy’s well-meaning but often, unthinking uncle. Although Timmy can’t possibly keep the astonishing gift that Uncle Jerome has brought him, his disappointment gives way to understanding, and this Hanukkah turns out to be Timmy’s most extraordinary Hanukkah of all. Book by Paul Lewis and Carissa Meisner Smit. Music and Lyrics by Paul Lewis.

The classic, animated TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Approximate running time of each show is 30 minutes. There will be a 30-minute intermission for Hot Chocolate sales and change of scenery.

Please keep in mind that we will be following the WA Department of Health recommendations. Masks are currently required for all audience members. State and district rules may change without much warning. Due to limited seating patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time. Tickets at the door may be extremely limited.

Join us for an evening of fun, holiday cheer. Bring the family to view the work of this wonderful cast and crew.

We hope to see you there!

Northshore Rotary Drive through Santa Breakfast 2021

Santa Breakfast brings the holidays to children and families in our community.

You and your family are invited to participate in the Northshore Rotary Santa Breakfast. This year due to COVID-19 we will be doing a drive-through event for safety, but you and your family will still be able to do all the best parts of the event.

Attendance includes:

  • to-go style breakfast and beverage
  • a toy for each child
  • a warm coat for each child ( if needed and as supplies last)

New this year! You and your family have the opportunity to take a socially distant photo with Santa & his antique fire truck using your own camera or phone.

Reservations required ~ Spaces limited. Please RSVP with a time slot choice (9am-10am, 10am-11am, or 11am-12pm) and number of people in your vehicle,

If you are in financial need and your children could use a warm coat or hat & gloves, please be sure to indicate that on the registration form and know your student's coat size upon arrival.

EL CLUB Rotario de Northshore PRESENTa… Drive Through Desayuno con Santa

Usted y su familia han sido invitados a participar en el Desayuno de Papá Noel de Rotary Northshore.

Este año, debido a COVID-19, haremos un evento de conducción por seguridad, pero usted y su familia aún podrán hacer todas las mejores partes del evento.

La asistencia incluye:

  • desayuno y bebida estilo para llevar
  • un toy para cada niño
  • un abrigo para cada niño (si es necesario y como últimos suministros)

¡Nuevo este año! Usted y su familia tienen la oportunidad de tomar una foto socialmente distante con Santa y su antiguo camión de bomberos usando su propia cámara o teléfono.

Reservas requeridas ~ Plazas limitadas

Por favor, confirme su asistencia con una opción de franja horaria (9 a.m.-10 a.m., 10 a.m.-11 a.m. o 11 a.m.-12 p.m.) y el número de personas en su vehículo,

Si tiene una necesidad financiera y sus hijos podrían usar un abrigo o sombrero y guantes, asegúrese de indicarlo en el formulario de inscripción y conozca el tamaño del abrigo de su estudiante a su llegada.


Holiday Assistance/ Asistencia para las Festividades 2021

Gifts: King County

Salvation Army Angel Tree:

  • For residents of Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville
  • Submit forms by the end of November
  • First complete the wish list then email it to Nargiz at: (see your Family Support Specialist for the wish list)
  • Complete the online application at:
  • Documents to include when applying:
  • ..... ■ ID’s for all adults
  • ..... ■ Birth Certificates for all children
  • ..... ■ Last month’s water/PSE Bill
  • ..... ■ Copy of lease agreement for proof of residency
  • For questions please contact Nargiz at: (425) 452-7300 ext: 769

Salvation Army Angel Tree:

  • Kenmore residents
  • Submit online form at:
  • Limited quantity available. Apply ASAP
  • For questions please call: (206) 783-1225

Helping Hands Ministries $25 gift cards to use at their thrift store

  • Thrift store location: 19213 Bothell-Everett Hwy. (425) 481-6682
  • Open from 10am-6pm
  • $25 gift vouchers available through your Family Support Specialist

Salvation Army Toys for Tots

FOOD: King County

Northshore YMCA

  • 11811 NE 195th St. Bothell, 98011 (425) 395-7560
  • Provides Holiday meal cards for underserved families in the community
  • School will send home a holiday assistance request form. Return it to the YMCA on or before the date requested on the form
  • Requests are not guaranteed and are processed on a first come basis

GIFTS: Snohomish County

Toys for Tots

Christmas House

  • Boys and Girls Club in North Everett: 2316 12th Street, Everett
  • Open December 1st -18th, Tuesdays - Saturdays.
  • At 7AM they begin handing out tickets for the day at the Boys and Girls Club. They hand out tickets until they are gone. (200 tickets are given out each week)
  • Once you have a ticket you will be given a time for later in the day to come back and shop. You will be given an intake form with your ticket. You must complete the intake form before your shopping appointment.
  • Information needed in order to shop:
  • ..... ■ Completed Intake form (forms are only available in English. Ask your Family Support Specialist for help if needed)
  • ..... ■ ID for Adults
  • ..... ■ Birth Certificates for all kids
  • ..... ■ Proof of income
  • ..... ■ Proof of residency (Families must live in Snohomish County)
  • No pre-registration. Must show up for a ticket. Masks required to shop
  • Families will be accompanied by a volunteer and will be able to select up to 5 items per child

FOOD: Snohomish County

Northshore YMCA

  • 11811 NE 195th St. Bothell, 98011 (425) 395-7560
  • Provides Holiday meal cards for underserved families in the community
  • School will send home a holiday assistance request form. Return it to the YMCA on or before the date requested on the form
  • Requests are not guaranteed and are processed on a first come basis

Saint Vincent De Paul North Sound Council Holiday Food Baskets

  • 6424 Broadway Ave, Everett 98213 (425) 355-3501
  • Requests begin 11/18/2021
  • Call to request a basket. Spanish speakers ask for Sara
  • Information Required:
  • ..... ■ Birthdates of all household members, name, address, total number of people living in the household, ages of children, and a working phone number
  • You will be paired with a local church. Basket contents vary by location.

Familias Unidas Latino Community Resource Center

  • 215 W Mukilteo Boulevard Everett, WA 98203 Phone: 425-513-2880
  • Hours: M-Th, 9 am-4 pm
  • Clients may receive meals, vouchers or other items for holidays. Items/food available are dependent on donations. Call at the beginning of November to request food in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Sign ups for December holidays are at the beginning of December. Does not provide toys.

REGALOS: Condado de King

Árbol del ángeles del Ejército de Salvación:

Para los residentes de Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville

  • Envíe los formularios antes de finales de Noviembre
  • Primero complete el documento “la lista de deseos” y luego envíela por correo electrónico a Nargiz a: (consulte a su especialista en apoyo familiar para obtener el documento para la lista de deseos)
  • Complete la solicitud en línea en:
  • Documentos para incluir al presentar la solicitude:
  • ..... ■ ID de todos los adultos
  • ..... ■ Actas de nacimiento de todos los niños
  • ..... ■ Factura de agua / PSE del mes pasado
  • ..... ■ Copia del contrato de arrendamiento como prueba de residencia
  • Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Nargiz al: (425) 452-7300 ext: 769

Árbol del ángel del Ejército de Salvación (para Residentes de Kenmore: 98021):

  • Envíe el formulario en línea en:
  • Cantidad limitada disponible. Aplicar lo antes posible
  • Si tiene preguntas, llame al: (206) 783-1225

Helping Hands Ministries tarjetas de regalo de $25 para usar en su tienda de segunda mano

  • Ubicación de la tienda de segunda mano: 19213 Bothell-Everett Hwy. (425) 481-6682
  • Abierto de 10am-6pm
  • Vales de regalo de $25 disponibles a través de su Especialista en Apoyo Familiar. available through your Family Support Specialist

Ejercito de Salvacion Juguetes Para Niños

COMIDA: Condado de King

Northshore YMCA

  • 11811 NE 195th St. Bothell, 98011 (425) 395-7560
  • Provee tarjetas de regalo para comprar comida festiva para familias
  • La escuela va a mandarle un formulario para pedir ayuda por este programa. Ud puede devolverselo al YMCA.
  • Las solicitudes no están garantizadas y se procesan por orden de llegada.

REGALOS: Condado de Snohomish

Juguetes para niños

Casa de Navidad

  • Boys and Girls Club en North Everett: 2316 12th Street, Everett
  • Abierto del 1 al 18 de diciembre, de martes a sábado.
  • A las 7 de la mañana comienzan a repartir entradas para el día en el Boys and Girls Club. Reparten boletos hasta que se acaban. (Se reparten 200 entradas a la semana)
  • Una vez que tenga un boleto, se le dará un tiempo para más tarde en el día para regresar y comprar. Se le entregará un formulario de admisión con su boleto. Debe completar el formulario de admisión antes de su cita de compras.
  • Información necesaria para comprar:
  • ..... ■ Formulario de admisión completo (los formularios solo están disponibles en inglés. Solicite ayuda a su especialista en apoyo familiar si es necesario)
  • ..... ■ Identificación para adultos
  • ..... ■ Actas de nacimiento para todos los niños
  • ..... ■ Prueba de ingreso
  • ..... ■ Comprobante de residencia (las familias deben vivir en el condado de Snohomish)
  • No hay preinscripción. Debe presentarse para obtener un boleto. Cubrebocas obligadas para entrar en el edificio
  • Las familias estarán acompañadas por un voluntario y podrán seleccionar hasta 5 artículos por niño

COMIDA: Condado de Snohomish

Northshore YMCA

  • 11811 NE 195th St. Bothell, 98011 (425) 395-7560
  • Provee tarjetas de regalo para comprar comida festiva para familias
  • La escuela va a mandarle un formulario para pedir ayuda por este programa. Ud puede devolverselo al YMCA.
  • Las solicitudes no están garantizadas y se procesan por orden de llegada.

Canastas de alimentos para los días festivos de Saint Vincent De Paul North Sound Council

  • 6424 Broadway Ave, Everett 98213 (425) 355-3501
  • Empiezan a aceptar solicitudes el 18/11/2021
  • Llame para solicitar una canasta. Las personas de habla espanol puedan preguntar por Sara
  • Información requerida:
  • ..... ■ Fechas de nacimiento de todos los miembros del hogar, nombre, dirección, número total de personas que viven en el hogar, edades de los niños y un número de teléfono que funcione.
  • Serás emparejado con una iglesia local. El contenido de la canasta varía según la ubicación.

Centro de Recursos Comunitarios Latinos Familias Unidas

  • 215 W Mukilteo Boulevard Everett, WA 98203 Teléfono: 425-513-2880
  • Horario: lunes a jueves, de 9 a. M. A 4 p. M.
  • Los clientes pueden recibir comidas, vales u otros artículos para los días festivos. Los artículos / alimentos disponibles dependen de las donaciones. Llame a principios de noviembre para solicitar comida a tiempo para el dia festivo de Acción de Gracias. Las inscripciones para los días festivos de diciembre son a principios de diciembre. No proporciona juguetes.

Community Support

Local Community Support Info Share:

NAMI Eastside works to improve the quality of life for those affected by mental illness. They offer support groups as well as educational opportunities at various locations throughout eastern King County.

NAMI Eastside Mental Health Support Groups offer insights, emotional support as well as successful strategies for coping with everyday challenges, plus are led by nationally certified facilitators with lived experience of mental illness. All support groups are free, do not require insurance, and are held on a drop-in basis with no required length of participation. Offerings include:

Family Support Groups:

  • NAMI Eastside Family Support Groups are peer-led support groups for any adults with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences.

Peer Support Groups:

  • NAMI Eastside Peer Support Groups are safe and confidential spaces for adults living with mental illness. These groups meet weekly and are led by individuals with lived experience
  • Visit the link below for more information. To protect you during this time of social distancing, our support groups are now online. Visit the link below for more information:

Family to Family Classes:

  • NAMI Eastside is hosting Family-to-Family Classes beginning on January 4th and February 24th. The class will meet online on Tuesdays (Jan. start) or Thursday (Feb. start) from 6 - 8 PM. Register and see more info at:

COVID Vaccines:

The health room continues to see questions on the expanded COVID vaccine availability for 5–11-year old's. Everyone age 5 years and older is currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. COVID-19 vaccine options for teens and children include:

  • Pfizer: age 5 years and older
  • Johnson & Johnson: age 18 years and older
  • Moderna: age 18 years and older

There are several info links on our district website page for COVID vaccine location options at:

Additionally, if you have questions about COVID vaccination and your child, it is highly recommended to reach out to your child’s primary care provider to discuss the current COVID vaccine recommendations as it relates to your child’s current health plan.

Mobile Clinics at Your Student's School (5-11 years of age):

NSD continues to planning and scheduling clinics that will take place at your student’s school during the school day based on availability of community resources. Check back periodically at the following link for more details and updates:

Additional Vaccine Location Options for all ages:

Click the Vaccine Locator button or check the King County vaccination sites listed below for site schedules, drop-in options, and available vaccine types.

  • Public Health vaccine sites at Auburn, Kent, Bellevue Eastgate, and Seattle are using a waitlist for appointments (drop in appointments are unavailable). Register to be waitlisted or schedule appointments (depending on availability) at:

Upcoming Spirit Days - 7 Days of Spirit

The Cottage Lake team is excited to share a couple of upcoming spirit days. Most of our spirit days will fall on a Friday, except for the upcoming weeks to round out December. Spirit days are for all students, all staff, and all adults who are on campus. Let's have some fun together! Participation is always optional.

Thursday, December 9

  • Grade Level Color

    • Kindergarten - Orange

    • 1st - Blue

    • 2nd - Purple

    • 3rd - Yellow

    • 4th - White

    • 5th - Red

    • Staff - Grade level color or Green

Friday, December 10

  • Flannel Friday

Monday, December 13

  • Monochromatic Monday

    • Wear the same color for a top and bottom

Tuesday, December 14

  • Twinkle Tuesday

    • Wear something that shimmers or sparkles

Wednesday, December 15

  • Warm Wednesday

    • Wear your warm hat and/or scarf

Thursday, December 16

  • Winter weather Thursday

    • Wear your favorite holiday or winter sweater and/or socks

Friday, December 17

  • Comfy & Cozy Friday

    • Wear your favorite pajamas or comfy clothes for our final day before winter break!


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?

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

•• PTA News ••

PTA Updates

Thank you!

Thank you to our Cottage Lake Elementary community for participating in our Cereal & Oatmeal Food Donation Drive. Over 80 boxes of oatmeal, 90 boxes of cereal, other much-needed non-perishables, and a generous gift card to a local supermarket were delivered to the Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank this week.

Save the Date - Paint & Parkas

December 8th, 4:00-7:00 PM

We’re excited to bring back the December paint party! Bundle up for a fun evening of painting (pottery must be pre-ordered and table reservations required), complimentary crafts & warm refreshments in the breezeway.

Please visit for more details including links for reservations and pottery ordering.

Next PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, January 11 @ 7:00 PM. At this meeting, we will have special guests from the district's Capital Projects team presenting to our community regarding the upcoming Northshore Invests: Bond and Levies election held on February 8, 2022. We hope to see many, many parents and guardians.



School Board approves three funding measures

During the Oct. 11 meeting, the Northshore School Board voted to place three funding measures on the February 8, 2022 ballot.

These three measures continue our work to build better together: modernizing schools, sustaining technology, and increasing opportunities.

  • The Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O) and the Technology Levy are not new taxes, but renewals of funding measures that are set to expire this year. These two levies would continue to provide funding for critical staffing and programming that support all Northshore students.
  • The Capital Projects Bond would replace an expiring bond and help us address our highest facility needs.

This fall and winter, we will be sharing more information about the proposed projects and how they support our students and District.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the measures.

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:

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.