The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - March 28, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Dear Families,

Happy Sunday! This newsletter contains a lot of information for our transition to hybrid and fully-remote learning. Please do take the time to read over the information included below.

This coming week we continue Bridge Week activities for our students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. We will continue to teach games that could be played at recess, emphasize social distancing and health precautions we will use, and we will make sure students understand where they will go upon arrival. Bridge Week activities are optional. The schedule for Bridge Weeks is the same as last week, but there is a schedule below for you to reference.

Please do read the information I sent on Friday and the information below regarding the asynchronous learning days this coming week. Most all our classrooms will have three days of asynchronous learning this week, so teachers can set up for their hybrid learning or fully-remote learning. Teachers will be connecting with other staff, families, and planning and prepping for the change in our learning model. Our students in FSA should check with their classroom teachers regarding their schedules for the coming week. Lastly, all specialists are also asynchronous this week. Students will have access to two videos for PE and two videos for Music this week. Mrs. Sterling is also connecting with the classrooms she would see, as well.

Please be on the lookout for class placement letters tomorrow. I am aiming to send them out around 10:00 AM.

Thank you for your partnership along this journey!

Take care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal


-- All Things Reopening --

Class Placement information to be sent Monday, March 29, via email.

At Cottage Lake and around the district, we are working hard to plan a successful conclusion to the school year. Some of our students will be returning to campus on Monday-Tuesday, some on Thursday-Friday, and some will be finishing the year by continuing with remote learning. I know that our staff is creative, collaborative, and capable, and I believe that together with your partnership, we will make it the best spring possible for your child.

Please know we have carefully planned our student placements staffing to match the survey that families completed.

I plan to email families on Monday, March 29, with your child's teacher assignment information and if your child will be attending hybrid learning, I will share the days your student(s) will be on campus.

Asynchronous learning days this coming week

During this upcoming week, March 29-April 2, classrooms will have three days of asynchronous learning. These days have been agreed upon and provided for teachers to set up their physical classrooms, change their virtual classrooms, and for our specialists to recreate their Schoology classrooms, as well.

There was an email sent on Friday outlining the week ahead, but I will share this information below for you. In addition to our classrooms, all specialists will be remote this coming week to prepare their new classes and to recreate all their Schoology pages. Special education teachers will also have asynchronous days next week, and they will be in communication with their students and families.

Below is the schedule of asynchronous learning by days of the week:

  • Monday - Students in Kindergarten, First, and Fourth Grade

  • Tuesday - Students in Second, Third, and Fifth Grade

  • Wednesday - All Students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, including students with FSA IEP's.

  • Thursday - Students in Kindergarten, First, and Fourth Grade, and all students with FSA IEP's

  • Friday - Students in Second, Third, and Fifth Grade, an all students with FSA IEP's

School supplies

As we transition to Hybrid learning on April 5, Cottage Lake has partnered with our incredible PTA to make sure we are not asking you to provide basic school supplies for your students during hybrid learning. You've already been doing so much!

When your child(ren) return for hybrid learning, all basic school supplies will be provided for them. These supplies will also stay at school, in your child's specific container. These supplies include pencils, glue, scissors, markers, crayons, etc. There may be a few items teachers ask students to bring back with them to school on hybrid days. Those include their math workbook, possibly math manipulatives that were sent home, and other items specific to your grade or class. Please be on the lookout for information from your child's teacher regarding specifics they will need to bring back and forth.

If your student is remaining fully remote, we are also happy to provide you new/updated school supplies, as well, If you are in need of replenishment of any supplies, please reach out and we will set up a time for you to come by and pick up those supplies.

Water Bottle usage

For the rest of the school year, our drinking fountains have been covered and are closed for usage. We do have a couple of water stations in the C-Building for students where they can access a cup of water.

For students to always have water at their fingertips, we are highly encouraging students to have water bottles with them. Please make sure they are clearly labeled with their name, as well. If we could offer any suggestions, we would encourage students to have water bottles with straws, so they can drink their water without taking off their mask. Students could pull out the bottom of their masks to drink and then the mask is back over their face after.

Thank you for your support!

Meals at school

Every student will have the opportunity to have breakfast at school this year. We will have items set up for a grab-and-go when students move through the Health-Check station each morning. These food items could be eaten in the morning or saved for a snack later in the day.

All students will eat in their classrooms, at their desks, this spring.

For lunch, students can bring lunch from home or purchase lunch at school. Teachers will take a lunch count each morning as part of their entry routines. There will be two options for lunch each day, and one will always be a vegetarian option. The meals will be pre-packaged in paper bags and food storage containers and placed in tubs per classroom. I will share the menu for lunch choices as soon as it is available.

School Hours for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year

We have been told our school hours will be very similar to our hours last year. While we haven't received official confirmation of our hours, below are the school hours I am believing we will follow to the end of the school year.

Hybrid Learning, In-person days:

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM*

Asynchronous learning days and Fully-Remote students:

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

* School is ending 30-minutes earlier than last year because specialists (PE, Music, and Library) will be taught on student's asynchronous learning days. This means, for those students who are coming to school for in-person learning, their specialists will be on the days they are learning at home. For those students who will remain fully-remote, your student will continue to access all the specialists, but days and times may be different.

For all students, they will receive one live lesson and one asynchronous lesson per week in Music and PE. Library will continue an every-other-week lesson delivery, while also continuing regular book circulation for both hybrid students and those remaining fully-remote.

Bridge Weeks are only for students in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade.

Important Information for Bridge Weeks....

Week one of Bridge Week activities was a huge success!! We are looking forward to our final week of Bridge Week activities. Here is the schedule for this week:

  • Monday (March 29): KA - 9:30-11:30 AM & 1A - 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Tuesday (March 30): 2A - 9:30-11:30 AM & 3A - 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Thursday (April 1): KB - 9:30-11:30 AM & 1B - 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Friday (April 2): 2B - 9:30-11:30 AM & 3B - 2:00-4:00 PM

On your student’s designated Bridge Week day, you can expect your child will:

  • Have their temperature checked upon arrival;

  • Have their Health Check form verified for completion (Each morning, parents and guardians must complete a Health Check form for their student prior to their student arriving on campus during Bridge Weeks. Health Check forms are located in ParentVUE and instructions are explained at;

  • Engage in activities with peers;

  • Learn from a Northshore School District employee who will facilitate their small group time; and

  • Move with their small group through a series of activities, which will change each week.

The majority of your child’s time will be spent outside, practicing health and safety protocols, learning recess games, and understanding how to move about the school campus. The activities have been designed with children’s developmental level and age-appropriateness in mind. The Northshore leaders understand our school’s SAIL expectations (Show Respect, Act Safely, show Individual Responsibility, and be Learning Ready), as well as Northsrhore’s COVID health and safety protocols.

To ensure your child is prepared to fully participate in Bridge Week activities, please ensure they wear and/or bring the following items:

  • Warm coat or jacket

  • Clothes that are appropriate for outdoor activities

  • Close-toed outdoor shoes (e.g., athletic shoes)

  • Masks (having an extra mask is desirable in case the one worn becomes soiled)

If your child requires medication to be administered at school, please contact Audrey Wilde at Medication will need to be sent to school in the original container and with a physician’s prescription. There will not be time built in for students to eat snacks.


When you drop off your child, Northshore employees will be there to welcome your child. Please remain in your car when dropping off your child. If you need to contact the school, please park and call or email the office.

At the end of your student’s Bridge Week time, please be ready to either pick up your student at school or meet their bus at their designated bus stop. Please see the information below regarding transportation routes.

AM Session (9:30-11:30 AM): The pick-up times and locations are listed on e-link (see e-link instructions below).

  • AM Drop off: Please be at the bus stop 5 minutes after the end of Bridge Week activities. The bus may be late the first day. After the first day, the drop-off times will likely be consistent. Please be at the times/location listed on e-link.

PM Session (2:00-4:00 PM): The pick-up times and locations are listed on e-link; Please add 4 ½ hours to the AM pick-up time.

  • PM Drop off: Please be at the bus stop 5 minutes after the end of Bridge Week activities. The bus may be late the first day. After the first day, the drop-off times will likely be consistent. Please be at the times/location listed on e-link.

EAP students will ride into their service area school (please check the e-link); They will then shuttle to their EAP site (the shuttle buses are listed below.)

  • Cottage Lake to Sunrise; Bus 154

E-link Instructions:

  • For the E-link bus stop location/time look-up;

    • Enter the word public for the username and password

    • Enter your student's grade level, house number, street address, and zip code

    • Click “Find School/Transportation Info”

Thank you for helping your child prepare for their Bridge Week experience. We’re so excited to welcome students back to Cottage Lake!

A little of this and a little of that for hybrid learning

As we move to launch Hybrid learning on April 5 for all K-5 students, I wanted to share a few more pieces of information with you.

  • All students will have their temperature checked every day.
  • All students must have a completed Student Health Check completed EACH day BEFORE they arrive on-site for learning. We ask that all Student Health Check forms are completed by 9:00 AM. We will print the list before greeting students.
  • All students in 2nd grade through 5th grade and all staff will be regularly COVID tested. This testing is a nose-swab, that is completed by each student/staff. Tests will be completed by cohorts (or classes).
  • There will be NO before school recess this year!
  • All students will be able to access breakfast at school.
  • All students will eat breakfast and lunch in their classrooms.
  • Students should be wearing a face mask for the entire day. Students will also be practicing social distancing while walking in hallways and out at recess.
  • At this time, all recess playground structures are CLOSED during school hours. Additionally, we will not be sharing recess equipment either. Students are being taught games during Bridge Week they can play by not touching others, keeping their mask on, and remaining socially-distant. Students will also stay with their cohort/class during recess.
  • For dismissal, we have assigned every family a number. If you are picking up or dropping off your student, we have created a bright PINK paper that has your last name and the number for your family. You can use this when picking up your student(s). In the past, we have called names for students to come forward we will be changing to numbers, as I feel those will be easier to understand with masks on. I encourage you to keep this paper in your car, so it is super handy.


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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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Book Circulation changes

There is NO BOOK CIRCULATION this week! There is no book pick-up this Thursday, April 1 (This is not an April Fool's joke.)

Stay tuned for the re-launch of the Book Request form with changes that will carry us through to the end of the school year. Hybrid students will have the opportunity to check out every other week with the books being delivered outside your classroom on your designated day. Remote students will follow a protocol similar to our current method.

All books from Hybrid students should be returned by Friday, April 9. There will be "Book Return" bins or boxes by the student health check areas under the breezeway and in the upstairs and downstairs hallways in the classroom buildings. Drop your bag there on your way to Bridge activities or class.

However, if you are in love with a book or not finished with it, please email Mrs. Sterling and she will renew it.

•• PTA Update ••

A note from PTA President, Rachel Tarr....

Hello Sailor families,

I wanted to share two things with you:

  • We need your help! We have several openings on the PTA Executive Board for the 2021-22 School Year: 2 Co-Presidents, 2 VP's Fundraising, 1 VP Events. Please contact Rachel Tarr for more information.
  • PTA "Spring Break" Scavenger Hunt - Looking for something fun to do over Spring Break to reconnect with CLE families and friends? Using the mobile app, GooseChase, we've created a scavenger hunt to keep you busy all week! More information to come.

Pictures needed for the yearbook!

Calling all photographers! We need yearbook photos!

Visit our PTA website to upload photos of your kids for the 2020-2021 school year. Did you capture their first day of school or the ice cream parade? Playing in the snow? Paint and PJs? Halloween? Kids working in your home "classroom"? Art Docent? We'd love to see them all! Please make sure if photos include other kids that you have permission from their parents to submit them for the yearbook.

Name the photos with your child's grade and subject area and visit for upload instructions.

Photos are needed ASAP!

Class photos: If your child attended picture day we'll get them from Dorian. If you have portraits you'd like to use instead, upload them to the folder with their teacher's name under ClassPhotos.

** Name the file with your child's grade, teacher, and name (ex. 1st-McGonagall-HermioneGranger.jpg).

Show us those smiling faces and help us create a keepsake for our Sailors!

Questions? Contact

•• District News ••

•• REPEAT of District News ••

School Waivers

Waivers for the 2021-2022 school year will soon be accepted. This is earlier than before, as we look to have a better understanding of our student numbers for the next school year. Please see below for the dates we will begin accepting waivers.

If you live In-District:

  • Grades K-12 - February 22, 2021
  • IHS IB Program - December 7, 2020
  • ILHS 10th Grade - December 7, 2020

If you live Out of District:

  • Current Students staying at their current school - February 22, 2021
  • Current Students transitioning to 6th or 9th grade - April 19, 2021
  • New Students - May 7, 2021
  • IHS IB Program - December 7, 2020
  • ILHS 10th Grade - December 7, 2020

You can also find further waiver information by visiting:

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.

•• PTA NEWS ••

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.

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