The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - October 17, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Hello Sailor families,

Happy Sunday! I hope you have enjoyed your weekend.

Below you will find a lot of information for your reading. Please do take the moment to review the information shared. You will see information regarding Veteran's Day, COVID, a recap from our Math parent night, and other district updates.

In addition to the information below, students came home this week with a flier from PTA announcing our "Penny Wars" this coming week. The goal is for students to bring in change to donate to their classroom. All the coins will be collected in a giant jug and whichever class collects the most money will earn a pizza party. It's time for students to lift those cushions on a couch, look under the seats in a car, perhaps in the pockets or purses of their adults, or anywhere else. I can't wait to see our jars grow this week. Let the competition begin.

I want to share that this Tuesday, our Cross Country team will host our home meet at Cottage Lake. All students and families are invited to attend this event and cheer on our Cross Country team. The meet should run from approximately 4:45-5:45 PM. We ask that all visitors continue to practice social distancing and all students and adults need to wear appropriate masks. Our Sailors have done a great job over the past few weeks at their meets and I want to thank everyone for your support. Go Sailors!

Let's make this week ahead great! Thank you for sharing your students with us.

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal


Parent Math night follow-up

This past Monday evening, national math consultant Shannon Kiebler provided a math parent evening for the five elementary schools in the East Region of our district. Mrs. Kiebler touched on building math fluency, and how students can do this in a variety of ways with an emphasis on developing number sense and conceptual knowledge. A couple of key messages from the time included important reminders that it’s OK to go slow, and that we shouldn’t be afraid of making mistakes. So much learning comes from errors we make. Click here to see Mrs. Kiebler’s website, which has a number of resources to explore, and click here for specific resources she shared from Tuesday evening. She also has a free youtube channel with many videos. Finally, Mrs. Kiebler highly recommends the work of Stanford Professor Jo Boaler, whose website You Cubed provides a wealth of resources to support math development.

The hour spent with Mrs. Kiebler was engaging and thought-provoking for the parents who attended, and the principals are looking into further opportunities to connect parents with Mrs. Kiebler. The principals of the East Region schools are so appreciative of our respective PTAs for making Monday evening possible.

Attention all Veterans!

Hello Cottage Lake Families,

Veterans Day is soon approaching and we cannot wait to showcase a virtual concert to our Cottage Lake community! Do you have a Veteran or an Active Military Personnel in your family?

Here is what we need from you to help make our virtual concert memorable and special:

  • Choose a photo of your Veteran or Active Military family member to send in. Feel free to provide us the name of the service member and any additional information we can include in our virtual concert.
  • Please send this photo to my e-mail at:
  • We will add submitted photos to our presentation!

Thank you for helping to honor this important holiday!


Mrs. Hanning


Picture Retakes

Picture retakes have been scheduled for Thursday, October 28.

Would love to have a couple of volunteers to be runners if needed to get our students that will need retakes or that missed picture day. Dorian Studio will be here taking pictures 11am-1:30pm. If you are interested in being a volunteer please email Sarah McKinnon at Thank you

A new positive COVID case at CL

October 15, 2021

Dear Cottage Lake Parent or Guardian:

An individual at Cottage Lake Elementary is confirmed to have COVID-19. We have already contacted the families of the students that came into close contact with the individual.

A close contact is:

  • anyone who has been within 6 feet (2 meters) of a person infected with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes

  • anyone who has had unprotected direct contact with infectious secretions or excretions

  • This definition still applies even if both the person with COVID-19 and the close contact used a mask or face covering.

The person with COVID-19 will not be able to return to school until after their contagious period has passed. This period is 10 days after the start of symptoms and 24 hours after fever and symptoms improve without the use of medications.

We would like to remind families that if at any time your child shows symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, cough, headache, body aches, diarrhea and nausea/vomiting), please contact your healthcare provider and ask that your child receive testing for COVID-19. Keep your child at home while they show symptoms and keep us informed.

COVID-19 continues to spread in King County. Public Health – Seattle & King County asks for your ongoing support to help slow the spread by:

  • Wearing a face covering when you leave home

  • Keeping at least 6 feet from others as much as possible

  • Washing hands often with soap and water

If you have questions about COVID-19 or need help finding health care or a free testing site, call King County’s COVID-19 Call Center at 206-477-3977. The call center is open between 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM. They have interpreters in multiple languages available.

In Partnership,

Jennifer Welch, Principal

Audrey Wilde, Nurse

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?

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).


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.


PACE (Parents Active in Cooperative Education) Information Night

Parents Active in Cooperative Education (PACE), is a choice educational enrichment program offered through the Northshore School District. Placement is by blind lottery, open to all Northshore School District students in grades 1-5 (space permitting). 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 District’s curriculum and also provides an enriched educational experience through additional field trips, events and speakers.

Find out if PACE is the right choice for your family at this year’s Virtual Information Night.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021

Location: Virtual

Time: 7:00 PM

CLICK HERE to learn more about the PACE program

The Great ShakeOut is Coming on Oct. 21

Northshore students and staff will join millions of people across the nation in the Great ShakeOut on Oct 21.

The ShakeOut provides an opportunity for students and staff to practice how to be safe during big earthquakes and to “Drop, Cover and Hold on.” This is also a time when schools can review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies.

Being prepared at home is just as important as being prepared at school. Families are encouraged to talk about their plan for what to do during an emergency with their students. To help facilitate this conversation, the Great ShakeOut has a number of resources available. If you have questions about your school's plans for earthquake drills, contact the school's office.

CLICK HERE to view Great ShakeOut resources.

Conversations with the Board for Spanish-speaking Families

Spanish-speaking families and Spanish-speaking community members are invited to attend Conversations with the Board, Monday, Oct. 18 in the commons at North Creek High School. This evening forum is designed to allow for two-way conversation in an informal setting.

School board members would like to hear from parents and community members about the opportunities they see for Northshore and their priorities for the District over the next 3-5 years.

Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, food and drinks will not be allowed and seating is limited. There will be a wait list.

In accordance with Washington State Department of Health Secretary Umair Shah's health order 20-03.5, every person in Washington State must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when they are in a place where any person from outside their household is present or in a place that is generally accessible to any person from outside their household.

Date: Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

Location: North Creek High School commons

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM

CLICK HERE to register for Conversations with the Board

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.