The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - May 2, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Dear Families,

Welcome to May! The month of May begins with an exceptional opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate our phenomenal Cottage Lake staff!! All of them! They continue to inspire me, amaze me, and motivate me! We have a top-notch staff at Cottage Lake and I hope you will join me in celebrating them this week!! PTA has planned a few special events for staff throughout the week, but if you would like to recognize staff who support your student(s), you are welcome to do so. Feel free to write a special note, email a special note, have students draw pictures or anything else you wish. Thank you for helping me celebrate this exceptional group of adults who support our students every day!

I will keep this note short, but please do read the sections below regarding the COVID batch testing, along with the intent to return the survey reminder. Our amazing PTA has several important updates below, as well.

I want to wish all our mom's a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY this next Sunday, May 9! We wouldn't be on this journey together without you!

Thank you for sharing your students with us!

Take care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal


COVID batch testing for grades 2-5

Over the past two weeks, students and staff have participated in batch testing in both Cohort A and Cohort B groups if families have provided consent. The testing is occurring at the beginning of the school day and is pretty quick. At this time, we are testing each cohort weekly.

For a school update: ALL tests collected to date have returned NEGATIVE!! Let's keep that up, Cottage Lake!!

Attention parents in Grades 2-5:

Beginning this coming week, May 3, if you have not yet provided consent for your child to participate in the batch testing or if you have not completed the Opt-OUT link, we will be contacting you. We would like every family with a student in grades 2-5 to either complete the Opt-IN form or the Opt-OUT form.

For your reference, the links for both forms are below

  • Please click this link to Opt-In for COVID batch testing.

  • Cottage Lake’s unique code is: ns-cottagelake

  • To Opt-OUT your child from the batch testing, click on this link

Are you planning to return to Cottage Lake in the Fall?

This is the time of year where I look closely at student numbers which directly informs our staffing decisions. I am in this process right now, so we are reaching out to gather your Intent to Return to Cottage Lake information.

I am asking ALL Kindergarten-Grade 4 families to complete this Google survey so I can plan accordingly for what classrooms we will need and how many staff members we will need, as well.

** As of May 2 @ 8:00 AM, we have 85 families who have responded to the survey. We would like all K-4 families to respond. Thank you!

Google survey link:

I would appreciate this survey being completed no later than Wednesday, May 7 @ 8:00 PM.

Thank you!

Special PTA Announcements!

Please read below for FIVE important bits of information:

1. It's Staff Appreciation Week!!

This new version of face-to-face learning and remote learning has put additional work on everyone and this upcoming week is a time to show our appreciation to all the Cottage Lake Elementary staff who have worked so hard for our kids! The PTA encourages your student(s) and family to show appreciation to their classroom teachers, specialists, principal, and staff. There are several ways this can be accomplished without allowing Covid to disrupt the fun!

Here are a few ideas we have thought of:

  • Draw a picture,
  • write a poem,
  • Write or email a thank you note or letter,
  • find a picture of something that reminds you of them,
  • a special (pre-packaged) treat,
  • surprise gift for them.

Check out the email you got from the PTA for more ideas! If you have questions, please reach out to Toni Stewart ( or Tawni Case (

2. *** 2021-2022 PTA Executive Board Openings!! ***

Would you like to help shape the direction and vision of the PTA? This is a great opportunity to connect with other parents and staff, be a leader in your child's education, and have fun!

Open positions: 2 Co-Presidents, 2 VP's Fundraising, 1 VP Events.

Contact Rachel Tarr ( for more information

3. Our May PTA Meeting

Tuesday, May 18 @ 7pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 556 758 0614

Everyone's welcome!

4. Don't miss out on Cottage Lake's FINAL "Domino's Dough Raising Night" of the school year!

Tuesday, May 18 from 4:00 -7:00 PM

Order pizza for the family and join the PTA meeting that night

Dominos donates 30% of your total purchase to Cottage Lake Elementary PTA!

5. Golden Sailboat (Outstanding Educator) & Golden Acorn (Outstanding Volunteer) Award Nominations are now OPEN!!

Each year our PTA gives the Golden Sailboat/Outstanding Educator Award to a Cottage Lake Elementary staff member and the Golden Acorn Award to a person who has given exemplary volunteer service to students and families in our school. This is an excellent way to honor Cottage Lake staff and volunteers for their contributions to our students, our school, and our community.

Nominate here:


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Kindergarten registration is OPEN!!

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 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 ( Email is the best communication avenue at this time. We do not have staff regularly working on site.

We are excited to welcome new families to Cottage Lake!

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NEW Book Circulation

We are ready to roll with our new Book Request and circulation plan. Mrs. Sterling has worked so hard for this!

Please use the form below for hybrid students AND fully remote students. There is information at the top of the form for pick-up dates. Hybrid students will gather their books on either Tuesday or Friday while they are at school. Fully Remote student's pick-up will now be held on WEDNESDAYS, between 12:15-1:00 PM.

Here is the new book request form.

Please request your books!!

If you have questions, please email Mrs. Sterling @

Happy Reading!

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Meals during remote learning and hybrid learning

With school moving to launch hybrid learning, 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 a pick-up date on Wednesdays.

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.

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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:

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, and then shop. You must first log into the 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.