The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - August 29, 2020

A Message from Ms. Welch

Good Afternoon, Families

We are just a few days away from the start of the 2020-21 school year and I am so excited to see all our student's faces online in just a short amount of time. This past week, all staff engaged in over 24 hours of professional development around launching our school year, student engagement, and planning during remote learning. Additionally, staff engaged in a full-day of technology training and then professional learning for Equity and Educational Justice and mental health supports. I will speak for our staff that we were all exhausted at the conclusion of this week, but we are ready to support our students and engage back in teaching and learning. We know how to teach and we know how to love our students!

I want to thank you for your patience as you are navigating our new technology platforms: Clever and Schoology. We are learning right with you. There are things I don't have answers to, so we need to reach out to the technology department to help uncover answers. We are doing this work as fast as we can, and please know technology is also working so hard to support our district. I thank you for your kindness and understanding as we all learn our new tools together.

Our first three weeks of school will begin with family conferences (including our students!) and these will allow our staff to focus on building relationships with students and you. This is a time for us to learn more about your family and each of our students. Teachers have shared links with families to schedule your family meeting with them. Please do schedule a time to meet. This is so very important! We are looking forward to a very thoughtful and intentional launch to our year.

Daily attendance is an expectation for all students. If your child needs to attend class by viewing the recorded lessons, please be sure to let your classroom teacher know before each morning for the first 4 days of school. Although the preferred method for students to demonstrate attendance is live participation, we understand that this does not work for all families. Please take the time to watch an important message regarding attendance by clicking HERE. Thank you!

The Cottage Lake staff and I are so very excited to see you all soon!

~ Jennifer Welch, Principal

•• New and Important Information ••

Who's who for the 2020-2021 school year

Each year, there are changes to our staffing and this year is no exception. With pride, I share our certificated staff for the 2020-21 school year.

Principal: Jennifer Welch

Office Manager: Sarah McKinnon

Secretary: Teri Negrin

Nurse: Audrey Wilde

Counselor: Stephen Wallinger (shared with East Ridge Elementary)

Psychologist and Administrative Intern: Melissa Ward

Kindergarten: Kara Morrison, Emily Ninmol, Sue Wright

First Grade: Michelle Baer, Kailee Price, Lisa Stookey

Kindergarten & First Grade FSA: Casey Klinich

Second Grade: Brooke DeVlieg, Cheryl Stief

First & Second Grade FSA: Laurie Roberts

Third Grade: Alison Castro, Mairead Kinney, Linda Mismas

Fourth Grade: Vicky Cohen, Janice Rendahl

Fifth Grade: Ann Dawson, Kamille Skinner

Third & Fifth Grade FSA: Julie Hakamada

Learning Center: Radhika Shyamsundar

PE: Cyrus Darling, Leia Cumberlund

Music: Jan Abrahamson (covering Mrs. Hanning's leave), Kelsey Hanning (on leave until end of November), Elaine Hoffman

Library: Suzanne Sterling

OT/PT Specialists: Gretchen Colonious, Kari Galvagno

Speech Specialists: Erik Jensen, Tricia Walker

EL/LAP Specialist: Christy Michaelis

Technology Update

Thank you for your patience as we gear up for the 2020-21 school year. With the year beginning in 100% remote learning, it is critical that parents, caregivers, and students are able to access the variety of systems that we will be using for teaching and learning and for communication. Please read this email completely to ensure that you have up to date information about logging into these systems.


Clever is our District’s new portal system. All parents and students have an account in Clever to help them get connected to all the other systems we will be using. Students and parents log into Clever differently.

Parents will log in to Clever at

The parent portal will give parents access to buttons for ParentVUE, Schoology, and other district systems. It also provides a method for helping students to get logged in on their device. This is called “Instant Login” and should be used only when a student has trouble logging themselves into Clever.

Parents were sent invitations to join Clever the week of August 17. If you did not receive your invitation, please visit and click “Reset Password”. Enter the email associated with your Northshore account. An email will be sent with password reset information. If you have not received the email within 48 hours, please contact your school office.

Students will log in to Clever at

Student accounts follow this pattern: the username is their email address and their password is the password they ended last school year with or the default (for new students). Student accounts use the student’s ID number. If you do not know your student’s ID number please look at their information in ParentVUE. If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you can request an account and activation code here:


Returning student:

Username is, for example

Their password is the password they used last year. If they don’t remember that password, a staff member can reset their password for them.

New student in grades K-3:

Username is, for example

Their password is their student id number followed by “nsd”. For example, 4444444nsd.

New student in grades 4-12:

Username is, for example

Their password is their 8-digit birthdate, for example 04042010.


Schoology is our district’s new Learning Management System. It replaces systems that were used last year to distribute class assignments and learning materials, such as Google Classroom. All parents have access to an account in Schoology to monitor student progress, view course materials and assignments, and communicate with teachers.

To login to Schoology, parents will login to Clever ( and click on the Schoology for Parents tile. Enter your email and password. If you have not activated your account, click “Forgot your password” on the Schoology login screen. Enter the email associated with your Northshore account. An email will be sent with password reset information. If you have not received the email within 48 hours, please contact your school office.

Students will log into Schoology by logging into Clever ( and clicking on the Schoology tile.

Commonly Reported Issues:

I cannot see all of my children in Clever/Schoology.

This is likely due to incomplete information in Synergy, our student information system. Please log into ParentVUE and review the information associated with your account to ensure that you can see all children and have all contact and educational rights to all of your students. If that information is correct, please contact your school’s main office to research further.

I never received an email invitation to Clever and/or Schoology.

Check your email spam and junk folders to ensure that the emails didn’t get misplaced. If you still don’t see those invitations, visit Clever and/or Schoology and use the “Reset My Password” or “Forgot your password” links to generate a new email from one or both systems.

Additional Resources:

Video: Introducción a Clever y Schoology para los Padres

Video: Getting Started with Clever and Schoology for Parents

Video: Getting Started with Clever and Schoology for Students (English):

Video: Getting Started with Clever and Schoology for Students (Spanish):

Northshore Technology Orientations

Northshore is providing ongoing opportunities to learn about our Remote Learning model and to gain an understanding of these new systems and getting started with Clever and Schoology. We are actively updating our website with information based on questions we are getting from our community. To see the schedule of Orientations and to view other important information regarding device checkout, meals, and other programs, please visit

To provide quick access, here is a list of parent orientation classes coming soon. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions through Q and A during each session. Sessions will be held at the following times:

Please know that space is limited to 3,000 participants per session. Each of the orientations will be recorded. To view orientations after they are recorded, visit our website.

News from the Heath Room & Nurse Audrey

Hello Cottage Lake families!

I am contacting all families of students who have life threatening conditions, or those who require health care plans, medications, or procedures during the school day - when on campus.

Although we have a remote start to this school year, we are still required to collect all health care planning documents, do all emergency care planning and individual health plans, collect medication authorizations and treatment orders at the start of the school year, as with any other school year. Obviously, we are not collecting medications at school until your student is able to attend on campus.

At the point when a transition can occur from online à on campus learning, we anticipate there may be a very short turn around. It will likely leave inadequate time for me to complete your child’s health plan, or for you to receive treatment orders and medication authorization forms in a timely manner from your provider. If we have all the paperwork in order, then when your child can return to campus, you simply bring the medication to school and we’re ready to go.

If your child attended Cottage Lake Elementary last year, had a life threatening condition, and/or required medications/procedures at school, a packet of forms was mailed to you at the end of May to complete for this school year. These can dropped off by appointment when they are completed (you stay in your car and we will come get them from you). You can be mail them to the school (attention: nurse); or your health care provider can fax any forms or medication authorizations directly to the school. If you need any documents, or can't find yours, please let me know and I can send an email with these attached.

I will have intermittent office hours on campus and can be reached at the number below. Or for the quickest response, please email me with any questions. My office phone, fax number and school address are below. Messages are checked often.

Looking forward to a healthy and fun school year!

Audrey Wilde, BSN, RN

School Nurse

Cottage Lake Elementary School

Office: 425-408-4206

Fax: 425-408-4202


School address: 15940 Avondale Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98077

Phased Login times for families

During the summer work of planning for the launch of Northshore Learns 3.0, the district heard the frustrations of parents who needed to have their children all log in at the same time. In order to provide some flexibility to families, I am here to provide a suggestion for login structure. I am providing an example of when your students could log in, if multiple students are doing it at the same time.

An example of the phased login times is:

  • 5th Grade: 8:30-8:35 AM
  • 4th Grade: 8:35-8:40 AM
  • 3rd Grade: 8:40-8:45 AM
  • 2nd Grade: 8:45-8:50 AM
  • 1st Grade: 8:50-8:55 AM
  • Kindergarten: 8:55-9:00 AM

When students log in, they will be directed to the teacher's "waiting room." While there, students could be silent reading, finishing work for the class, helping a sibling log in, and/or waiting for class to start.

Please know teachers will not turn on their own cameras until 9:00AM.

Kindergarten start of school

For the past several years, our Kindergarten start has looked different than the rest of our school. The year has always started with individual parent conferences and then the first day for students came after that. This year, our year will start similar to years past, but will also start with a classroom class meeting Zoom each morning.

Kindergarten teachers have collaborated together to front-load many of their critical family conferences to the first three days of school. We believe these conferences and easing into the school year is very important for our youngest Sailors. During the first three days, each morning will still start with a class meeting and this is where the teacher will take attendance, do something fun with their staff and share what students should be working on throughout the day. The Kindergarten teachers may also ask for students to come back at 3:00 PM for a closing class meeting circle, as well.

Overall, the first day of school for Kindergarten continues to be September 2. Teachers won't have as much time live with students due to conferences, but they will still provide items they can do through recorded activities or providing other links to websites, etc.

Students will spend a lot more time with their teacher with live learning and lessons beginning Tuesday, September 8.

The First Day of School - September 2

Wednesday, September is the first day of school for the 2020-21 school year! Below is an overall outline for the day. Teachers have been working hard to design activities to engage with students and begin to get to know each of them, along with developing a community of learners within their classroom. Here is a generic overview:

  • 9:00 AM - School begins! Welcome Back!! Teachers turn on their cameras and welcome students
  • 9:00-11:00 AM - Students join teacher's Zoom link and teachers with students engaging in get to know you activities, beginning to teach routines, etc.
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Teacher lunch and planning. Students lunch & recess
  • 1:00-1:45 PM - Cottage Lake Welcome assembly... virtually (More details to come)
  • 1:45-2:00 PM - Student Break
  • 2:00-3:30 PM - Students join back to their teacher's Zoom link for further classroom activities.
  • 3:30 PM - Dismissal. See you tomorrow!

Meals during distance & hybrid learning

Continuing to provide access to nutrition has been a priority in Northshore throughout the pandemic. While in stages 1-4 of our staged approach to reopening school buildings, we will offer meal packs for pick up at 38 locations across the District. Each pack includes five breakfasts and five lunches, along with a half gallon and two half-pints of milk, which is intended to cover a school week at a time. All students enrolled in the Northshore School District are eligible to pre-order meals each week. 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.

Childcare Options for Fall

Details for childcare during Northshore Learns 3.0 are now available! Please visit our website to review the information and pricing from our community partners, Northshore YMCA and Champions. You may register for either provider, but please know that space is limited.

The information is based on a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) that is being finalized this week. The childcare providers have opened registration with the understanding that the MOU will be finalized before Sept. 2, 2020.

Cottage Lake will welcome the Northshore YMCA for onsite care.

•• Repeat information from previous newsletters •• 

Contacting the school office staff

If you find that you need assistance from our school office, please contact us via email. Our opportunities to work on site are limited and not consistent. All staff are required to obtain permission to be on campus, so if you are calling, you may not reach one of us in person. If you do call the main office, please leave a message if we do not answer. We are checking messages remotely and will get back to you as quickly as possible. If you'd like a quicker response, email is the best form of contact at this time.

School Supplies

At this time we ask that all students have the following items available as their learning tools:

  • writing utensils (pencils or pens)
  • crayons
  • colored markers
  • glue sticks
  • scissors
  • paper for note taking (loose or within a spiral-bound or composition notebook)
  • an organization tool for their work (bins or boxes, a notebook, an accordion folder, etc).

Some teachers may also provide some additional materials at our Materials distribution time during the week of September 14. If you would like more information regarding school supples, Visit our School Supplies webpage to learn more.

The Northshore Schools Foundation is generously providing in-home school supply kits for families in financial need. Complete the Northshore School Foundation’s In-Home School Supply Kit form to request supplies or please reach out to Sarah McKinnon in our front office. Sarah can be reached at (425) 408-4201 or

Free & Reduced Lunch Application

We are now accepting free and reduced-price meal applications for the 2020-21 school year. Has your financial situation changed? Did you qualify for free or reduced-price meals last school year? If so, be sure to complete an application.

Remember: families must reapply every year!

Submit a Free or Reduced-Price application.

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