The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - September 6, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Hello Sailor families,


This past week was the launch of our 2021-2022 school year. I cannot share how amazing it feels to see our students again! Hearing classrooms engaging in discussions, community building activities, and learning and hearing students laughing on the playground is such good "medicine" for our hearts and souls. Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with us at Cottage Lake! It's going to be a great year!


To help our school run the best it can, I ask you to look closely at a few sections below.

  • For all students in grades 2-5, we need each family to complete a Technology agreement form for each child before we can hand out devices for students to use.
  • I ask all adults to log into ParentVue and sign all our yearly required forms. You will need to sign your name exactly as it appears in your ParentVue account. Nicknames are not considered official.
  • Lastly, I do ask that you review our arrival and dismissal procedures. We are refining a few of our practices and need your help making sure we are meeting students in the appropriate locations. If you have questions, please be sure to reach out and ask them.


In closing, Back-to-school is traditionally a joyful time of year when we celebrate new beginnings - the very beginning of an educational journey or the beginning of a new grade. The beginning of this school year also brings new challenges with COVID-19 and the diverse perspectives on the methods of keeping our community safe. I am confident in our community of Sailors that we will weather the rough seas together and come out of this pandemic stronger. Our children are watching us. As we follow state mandates in response to COVID-19, I encourage everyone to continue treating each other with respect and kindness.


Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal

•• SCHOOL NEWS ••

District Technology Device Information

This year, all our students will have devices assigned to them. All Kindergarten through 1st-grade students will be using iPads, but they will stay at school. All 2nd through 5th-grade students will be assigned a Chromebook that should be taken home and returned each day. Staff will be teaching students how to care for their devices and also be sure they bring their computers back each morning fully charged.


In order for students to receive their device, we need parents/guardians to complete a "Student Device Use agreement." This can be done by clicking HERE, using the QR code in this section, downloading the PDF attachment, or come by the office to complete a paper copy of the form. We would like for ALL 2nd through 5th-grade families to complete a form for each of their students no later than Friday, September 10. We are hoping to deploy devices to students ASAP, but we must have forms submitted before we can do so.


Before any device is handed to a student, the Student Device Use Agreement needs to be completed by a parent or guardian.

Parents can sign the use agreement online by visiting https://bit.ly/nsddeviceform and looking up their student(s) by student ID. OR you may go to the below QR code to form.


When signing the Student Device Use Agreement, we are asking parent/guardians to agree to:

  • This agreement is to be used when issuing a Northshore School District device or other technology for use by a student at home. Use of any technology in the context of teaching and learning is governed by the guidelines and expectations set forth in the NSD Responsible Use Procedure (RUP) and School Board Policy 2022 and Procedure 2022P. As stated within those documents, access to NSD technology is a privilege, not a right, and as such, students and guardians must seriously consider the responsibilities associated with the opportunity to use technology devoted to activities that support learning.

  • We understand that the student takes full responsibility for the issued device and related accessories, and the school is not responsible for the security and safety of the student-issued device.

  • We understand that if the device is stolen, damaged, or lost, the student or parent/guardian shall make every reasonable effort to notify school staff as soon as possible.

  • We understand that the student will use the device in ways consistent with the Northshore School District Responsible Use Procedure (2022P) and will use the device only for school-related purposes.

  • We understand that the device will be configured with a web filter that will ensure the student’s web activity is limited to those web services that have been approved for use by the district.

  • We understand that all web activity on this device is monitored and can be used at any time to aid in student support and/or disciplinary action.

  • We understand the expectations for device care:

    • Student will not leave the device unattended at any time while at school or in a public place.

    • Student will not remove the District barcode labels or mark the device in any way with markers, stickers, scratches, engravings, etc.

    • Student will not remove the hard drive and/or modify the device’s operating system in any way.

    • Student will not install, or attempt to install, any unauthorized software or browser extensions.

    • Student will not remove or bypass, or attempt to remove or bypass, any software or extensions.

  • We understand that the student may lose his/her technology equipment privileges as a result of inappropriate behavior, damage, neglect, or loss.


Below are ways families can access the needed Agreement forms. EACH student will need a separate form completed. These forms are needed for students in 2nd grade through 5th grade.

  • Electronically completing agreement by clicking HERE
  • Use the QR code above to complete the form,
  • PDF of the form can be accessed here. (This form will need to be printed and then sent into school.)
  • Please stop by the school office to complete the paper copies of the form we have available.

Required Yearly forms to be signed

On Friday afternoon, the below message was sent to all families. We encourage you to log into ParentVUE and complete your student's forms as soon as you can. Thank you!


"Dear Northshore Families,


Annually the District provides parents/guardians with notification of forms that must be acknowledged, including:

  • WA State Attendance Letter
  • Rights and Responsibilities Handbook
  • Weapons Letter
  • Student Housing Questionnaire
  • Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information


We ask that you login to ParentVUE today to view these forms. If you have never logged into ParentVUE, you will find instructions on how to do so when you click the link above. Please know that when you next login to ParentVUE, you will be prompted to download, read, and take action for each of the forms listed above. Additionally, secondary students will be prompted to download, read and acknowledge the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook when they login to StudentVUE. Families with elementary students are encouraged to review the handbook together in ParentVUE with their students. These forms must be completed no later than Oct. 15.


The forms are available in English, Spanish, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Russian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Korean, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. If you would like to access a paper copy of these forms, please contact your school’s main office.


If you have any questions about these forms, please contact Student Services at (425) 408-7725 or by email at studentsvcs@nsd.org."

COVID safety updates

Families can find the most up-to-date COVID health and safety information by clicking the links below.

School Pictures!

Mark your calendar!

School pictures will be Thursday, September 23, between 9:30-2:00 PM.

More information coming soon!

Construction is coming!

For the past several years, I have been working with our Northshore transportation department, Security, Capital Projects, and King County Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding the safety of our crossing beacon on Avondale. We have had several students almost get hit by cars trying to cross the street. Unfortunately, the placement of the crossing beacon is not great. After some review, I am excited to share we are moving our crossing beacon to the opposite side of our driveway.


We are still in the bidding process for this job, but Capital Projects believes this job should not exceed 30 days. We will be working in partnership with King County during this project. I don't believe our parking will be impacted much, as I believe construction vehicles should be outside our gate. As we finalize the bids for the job and we narrow down a more exact start date for the project, I will be sure to keep you all updated. In the meantime, we do have an anticipated start date for this project at the end of September.


More information will be shared as it is available.

Arrival and Dismissal

Below are a few important reminders for Arrival and Dismissal. We are refining a few of our procedures and need your help to keep students safe. Most important, teachers MUST know your student's going home plans. If plans are changing, we must be notified in writing.


Arrival:

  • Students should not be on campus before 9:20 AM. We do not have any supervision before this time.
  • Students line up at their teacher's sign once on campus.



Dismissal:

  • We have three main areas for dismissal: Bus, In-person pick-up and Car pick-up.
  • ..... We have three large buses at CL and several small buses. The large bus lines are spaced out in the middle of our campus. Staff walk students to their lines and then a staff member will escort the buses to their bus. If your student rides one of the small buses, they will be escorted to their bus.
  • ..... I'd like all "in-person pick-up area" (that means you are out of your car and standing on campus) to occur along the walkway that runs in front of the office building. When parents stand in various locations around campus, this can be challenging for our staff who are sending students to specific areas.
  • ..... Our "car pick-up area" (that means parents are in their car and waiting in the pick-up line..... which we highly recommend!) is located between the cafeteria and main office doors. There are painted dots on the cement for students to stand and distance themselves on. We ask that all same household families stand together.
  • ..... We ask that all parents who are picking up in their car use the bright yellow forms that were sent home last week that have your last name printed big on them. Please place this in the upper right corner of your dash at pick-up. This helps to expedite dismissal.

•• REPEAT SCHOOL NEWS ••

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?

•• REPEAT of DISTRICT NEWS ••

Bus Routes

Bus routes and stops will be posted on the E-Link the week before school starts. Bus routes will not be mailed out.

http://versatrans.nsd.org/elinkrp/Login.aspx

How will students be receiving devices this year?

This fall each of our students will be assigned a device. Our K-1 students will have an iPad checked out to them that will stay at school. Our 2nd-5th grade students will have a Chromebook checked out to them that will go to and from school. We will send out more information soon.

2021-2022 School Calendar

To see the one-page calendar for this school year, please click the button below. Below you will find a few dates to mark on your calendars.


Important Dates:

  • September 1 - First Day of School
  • September 6 - No School for Labor Day
  • November 11 - No School for Veteran's Day
  • November 18 through November 24 - Early Release for Parent-Teacher conferences. Dismissal time TBD
  • November 25 & 26 - No School for extended Thanksgiving break
  • December 20 through December 31- No School for Winter Break
  • January 3 - Welcome back to school

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: https://www.nsd.org/schools/get-started/food-services/free-and-reduced-price-breakfast-lunch

•• PTA NEWS ••

Upcoming PTA event

Mark your calendar for our first PTA meeting of the school year.

  • Tuesday, October 18 from 7:00-8:00 PM. More information will be shared soon.

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.