The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - March 13, 2022

A Note from Principal Welch

Hello Sailor families,

Welcome to the week of our Fun Run, Walk, and Roll! I thank each of you who have registered your student at and have gathered pledges for this event. We are so close to reaching our fundraising goal of $15,000! I also want to thank those of you who have submitted for corporate matches through your employers, as well. This is such a fabulous bonus to our fundraising! Thank you! I am really looking forward to this fun event this coming Thursday from 2:00-3:05 PM. We have created two times for the event which is shared below. If you would like to come and cheer on your student(s), yes, parents and guardians are welcome. We ask that you do sign in outside the office and take a visitor sticker for the event. If you have further questions, do let us know.

This week also brings new masking optional guidelines at school. Beginning Monday, masks are now optional both inside and outside at school. Masks are also optional on school buses. I ask that you please talk with your student so they are aware of your wishes as it pertains to masks. We are not able to enforce each family's wishes at school, but we will continue to reinforce an environment of respect and individual responsibility. Our students have done great with the masking change at recess and I believe we will do the same moving forward. Thank you for showing respect for each student and family.

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA) testing dates for students who are in 3rd-5th grades. In the spring, only our 4th and 5th graders took the assessment, but students in 3rd-5th will engage in the assessment this spring. I will share testing dates with you soon.

Let's have a great week! Thank you for sharing your students with us each day.

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal

•• School News ••

Masking Option change

Beginning tomorrow, March 14, masks are now optional both inside and outside at school. Dr. Reid shared a message to all members of our community this past week to outline the change. Cottage Lake will continue to support any students and adults who choose to wear their masks at school. I encourage each family to talk with their students so they are aware of your family's wishes regarding mask-wearing.

We will continue our batch testing as we move through these changes and continue with encouraging social distancing in lines and in the classroom whenever possible.

As we move into this next phase, I again ask for your respect for each other and respecting each family's choices with masks. Families will do what is right for them. Staff will do what is right for them. Thank you for being kind and supporting Cottage Lake being an inclusive environment for each student and family.

•• PTA News ••

Fun Run Walk & Roll News

The Fun Run, Walk & Roll takes place this Thursday!

Here are three ways to help raise money:

  1. Create a Student Star Video in your Boosterthon account
  2. Use the Easy Emailer Function
  3. Check out the daily character traits
  4. Share your donation link on social media and via text

Visit for more event information

Parents are welcome to come support their children at the fun run. The first run starts at 2:00 PM for grades K-2 so visitors can arrive at 1:45 PM. The second run will begin at 2:35 PM for grades 3-5.

Thank you for your support!

Save the Date!

We are teaming up with The SweetSide to host a fundraiser/event on Friday, March 25th! 20% of all proceeds between 10AM-9PM will be donated to CLE. More information to follow

PTA Virtual BINGO night

Virtual BINGO Night is coming to Cottage Lake Elementary!

Save The Date - Friday, March 25th 6-7pm

Be on the lookout in the upcoming weeks for more details on how to participate.

The CLE PTA is hosting an online auction this spring!

Do you have gift certificates, experiences, items, wine/spirits, local connections, etc.? No donation is too big or too small! We are collecting donations through March 18th. Please contact Kati Kennedy for more information or to donate.

Thank you for your support!


COVID safety updates

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

Looking for volunteers during Morning Arrival

We are looking for a few parent volunteers to help with our morning arrival from 9:20-9:35 AM.

The duties include walking along our morning line-up lines to ensure students are safe and talking with students. We are seeing an increase in behavior right now and could use a few more bodies monitoring our lines. Please contact either Mrs. McKinnon or Mrs. Negrin if you are available and interested. Thank you!

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?

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Kindergarten Registration is Open for the 2022-2023 school year!

Kindergarten registration for the 2022-2023 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 (

At this time, we have scheduled two, Kindergarten parent tours. These events are geared to adults. Our dates are:

  • February 15, 4:30-5:30 PM
  • March 22, 10:00-11:00 AM

Families interested in attending the Kindergarten tours do not need to register. We will have parents sign-in when you arrive on campus.

We are excited to welcome new families to Cottage Lake!

i-Ready online instruction available

Did you know all our students have access to iReady online instruction?

After your students take the new winter iReady diagnostic assessment in the areas of Math and Reading, all students have access to an individualized online instruction pathway. The pathways are created from their iReady diagnostic assessment, which highlights their successes and areas of continued development and learning.

Students access their learning pathway by logging into iReady through their Clever page.

As a guideline, we would like students to be using this online instruction between 30-45 minutes, each week, for each subject (Reading AND Math). Some of our teachers are providing some time during the school week for students to engage in the online learning, but if you are able to have your students access this learning at home, that would be great!

Last week, we had 134 students access the online learning, with 60% of students accessing it between 10-29 minutes. Our student's average score for lessons passed was 84%. This learning tool has shown it can help reduce learning gaps and increase achievement for students.

If you would like to know your own student(s) time engaged in the iReady online learning from September to current, please reach out to Ms. Welch.

Child Sick or Change of Plans After School?

If your child is going to be absent, sick, going to be late or picked up early, or change of plans for after school please email your child's teacher as well as our attendance email at Using the cottage lake attendance email ensures that all will be notified of these changes. Last thing: If parent is emailing the office or teacher regarding an absence due to illness, please cc Nurse Audrey as well. Thank you

If you have a trip planned and are going to be gone during school days please fill out the request for excused absence form at this link Cottage Lake Pre-Approved Absence Form



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).

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.