The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - November 22, 2020

A Note from Principal Welch

Dear Families,

Another Sunday is upon us and it's time to share a weekly update from Cottage Lake. I hope you have enjoyed your weekend thus far and you are gearing up for the week ahead. This week will be a short one, as we only have school Monday-Wednesday. Wednesday will continue with the structure you are accustomed to; full of asynchronous learning. We will return to a full week of learning on Monday, November 30.

During this week, I hope you find time to reflect on all you might be thankful for. I am personally thankful for health, my children and family, working in a career I love, and being part of an amazing school community! I am thankful for all our Cottage Lake students and each of you, as well. Together, we are able to support the greatness in our students. This year, I am even more thankful than before for your support during remote learning and overcoming obstacles with us.

I hope on Thursday and Friday, our students (and staff!) take time away from their computers, relax, play, spend some time outside, and reflect on ways they experience and share kindness with others and share what they are thankful for, despite the pandemic.

I wish you all a fabulous week ahead. If you celebrate Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving.

Take Care!

Jen Welch, Principal


Progress Reports

Progress reports will be sent to families tomorrow, November 23. If you asked for your child(ren)'s report to be emailed, watch for that email tomorrow. If you asked for a paper copy or forgot to complete the parent/family survey, your child(ren)'s progress report will be delivered to the district office mailroom tomorrow. I would suspect you should receive them by Wednesday.

To accompany your progress reports, the district has prepared a letter to help explain this report. Please click on the link below that matches your students. I am sharing the forms this way so teachers do not have to attach them to each email or add them to each mailing.

After you receive the progress reports, if you find you have questions, I ask that you please reach out to your child's teacher. In this progress report, we are stating if your student is on standard or if a particular area or skill is an area of needed growth. Lastly, if your student receives support through Special Education (Learning Center, FSA, Speech, or OT), you will also receive progress reports at this time.

Asynchronous specialists

Did you know your child has asynchronous (recorded) lessons for PE and Music each week? These lessons can be found on these respective teacher's Schoology page. Most of the teachers also have a Google Form for the students to complete after these activities so students can get credit for the lesson. If we were in school, students would have PE or Music two times per week, so this provides the same for students. Each classroom has one synchronous (live) and one asynchronous (recorded) lesson each week.

If your student has Mr. Darling as their PE teacher, please feel free to watch this video he created to show you how to access the asynchronous lessons. If your student has Mrs. Cumberland, Mrs. Hanning, or Mrs. Hoffman for their specialist teacher, the asynchronous lessons can also be found on their Schoology page.

If you have challenges finding the videos, please reach out to your specific PE or Music teacher.

Music Department changes

This week families will see a change in our Music department staffing. Tomorrow, Monday, we welcome back Mrs. Hanning who has been out for family leave since the beginning of the year. Mrs. Hanning is looking forward to being back with everyone! With Mrs. Hanning returning to Cottage Lake, we must sare farewell to Ms. Gorordo (or Ms. G). Ms. G has done a great job filling our students with music opportunities and engaging them in fun activities.

At this time, Ms. G will transition with Mrs. Hanning both Monday and Tuesday.

Thank you, Ms. Gorordo for sharing your musical talents with our Cottage Lake students. We wish you the very best in your next adventures!

Our Book Circulation continues!

We are so excited about our book circulation to continue on Thursdays. We appreciate all the feedback we have received and love seeing pictures of your students reading, as well! Below is information regarding upcoming book circulation.

  • 1st, 3rd, & FSA - Your next delivery is on: Thursday, December 10
  • If you want books, please fill out this form by Sunday, December 6 @ 9:00 PM.

  • K, 2nd, 4th, & 5th - Your next delivery is on: Thursday, December 3
  • If you want books, please fill out this form: by Sunday, November 29 @ 9:00 PM.

ALL grades---- Please click on the button below to locate the book circulation schedule and find the request form in one place.

Happy Reading!

2020-21 Library circulation schedule & request links

Please click on this link to find our online library book request forms and the upcoming schedule of delivery and pick-up weeks. This schedule will continue to be updated. Happy Reading!

•• District News ••

•• REPEAT of District News ••

4th & 5th grade Science Olympiad

Welcome to Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO)! This is a sincere, self-driven program initiated by Diya Gupta, a high school student from North Creek High School, Bothell, WA.

The Science Olympiad will provide elementary students with an opportunity to collaborate and compete in various science and engineering-related events. All 4th and 5th grade students in Northshore School District schools are invited to compete in the first districtwide elementary science Olympiad!

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020

Location: Virtual, Join Here

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

Location: Virtual, Join Here

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with the Eastside Native American Education Program

The Eastside Native American Education Program (ENAEP) is hosting a series of virtual events to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. Admission is free. For more information and get a link to the events, contact Mary Wilber at or 425-936-1402.

  • Monday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m.: ENAEP Native Art Museum
  • Monday, Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m.: ENAEP Frybread Cooking Fest
  • Monday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.: Favorite Books by Native Authors

Family i-Ready Night

The “i-Ready: Supporting Student Learning at Home” session is designed to provide Northshore School District families with an understanding of the i-Ready Online Instruction for reading and mathematics. Families will learn how the i-Ready Diagnostic is used to create a personalized pathway of instruction for every student. The i-Ready Team will share ideas for motivating learners, monitoring progress, and supporting children when they need assistance. Finally, tips and resources will be shared to support families in preparing for the next i-Ready Diagnostic assessment.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 2

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Register for Northshore i-Ready Family Night:

Highly Capable Screening and Assessment

The Accelerated Models and Programs Department is working on the 2020-2021 testing plan for students with highly capable needs.

Students in grades 6 & 7

We plan to begin by remotely administering the NNAT3 to students who were referred for testing or are new to Northshore in grades 6 and 7. Our department will contact the families of these students when we are ready to begin screening their student(s). Questions may be directed to

Students in grades K-5

We are still working on the highly capable screening and assessment schedule for grades K-5. Our department will update families when we can test.

Thank you,

Accelerated Models and Programs Department

Community Assistance

During the COVID-19 outbreak, our community continues to come together to provide assistance to families and community members in need. This assistance includes childcare, employment, food, mental health support and other resources. To learn more about organizations that are offering support visit the Community Assistance webpage

Becoming a volunteer

At Cottage Lake, we have always had a very strong foundation of classroom and PTA volunteers. This year, we are all thinking outside the box and looking for new, creative ways we can welcome volunteers into the remote classrooms. As our classrooms continue to establish routines and systems, teachers will be ready to think about how volunteers could be helpful to them.

To prepare for becoming a volunteer, there are several steps we need you to complete. One important note is that our background check form will need to be updated EACH YEAR! In the past, we have asked for them to be updated every two years, but to keep our information the most up-to-date, this is a shift we are making district-wide.

Please visit this NSD LINK to find all the steps you will need to follow to complete your volunteer paperwork. Please click on the bar that says, "Online Volunteer Application Process" for all the steps that need to be completed.

Thank you for considering becoming a Cottage Lake volunteer!

Need Technology?

Does your Cottage Lake Elementary student need a device for online learning? Please use the link below to sign up and sign the waiver. After you submit your form, Mr. Paganini will be in contact with you to set a pick-up time for you. For students in Kindergarten & Grade 1, we are issuing iPads. For students in Grade 2 through Grade 5, we are issuing Chromebooks. Students will keep these devices at home until we return to school.

Meals during remote learning and hybrid learning

Beginning Wednesday, September 9, we are offering free meals for ALL children ages 18 and younger. Students do not need to be enrolled in the Northshore School District to receive meals. This is GREAT news for each of our families; these are your tax dollars at work. I am so pleased this funding has been continued, allowing us to extend these meal services until the end of December.

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 DAILY MEALS. [The order window time will be 2:00 PM-11:59 PM the day prior to meal pick-up. Order include breakfast and lunch, including 16oz of milk. Orders placed for a Friday pick-up will also include meals for the weekend.]
  • 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 ••

  • Our next PTA Meeting of the year is December 8, 2020 from 7:00-8:00 PM.
  • Learn more about the PTA and get your 2020/21 membership at
  • Your 2020/21 PTA Presidents are: Carrie Mizenko & Rachel Tarr and can be contacted at

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.