The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - April 17, 2022

A Note from Principal Welch

Hello Sailor families,


I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break and we are all ready for the final 9 weeks of school. The time will go by quickly and I hope we can make the best of everything we have in store. As you look at the weeks ahead of school, I want to be sure you all know that Friday, May 27 IS a full day of school! This is our snow make-up day. We do have Monday, May 30 off for Memorial Day! Please mark your calendars accordingly.


As we look at the week ahead, those students who are showing gaps in reaching standards in any academic area or behavior will be receiving a progress report home this coming week. They will be MAILED home to families and should be in the mail on Friday, April 22. If you have questions regarding this progress report, do reach out to your classroom teacher or your IEP case manager. We look forward to supporting your student as enter the final stretch of the school year.


I'm looking forward to our time together as we close out the 2021-2022 school year. We still have 9 weeks of school remaining and I'm looking forward to amazing student progress and achievement to celebrate with you!


Please reach out if I can be of additional support.

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal

•• School News ••

Return to CL family survey

As part of our planning for next year, I want to survey families and ask for EACH family to please complete this survey to share your intentions of returning to Cottage Lake during the 2022-2023 school year. Please CLICK HERE to respond to our 2022-2023 family intent to return survey. Your survey results help us plan for our enrollment, which directly informs our staffing, for next year.


Thank you for responding to this survey ASAP!

Class Picture Day 4/26

Class Pictures will be taken on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

We are in need of some volunteers for class picture day 9:30AM-12:30PM. If you can volunteer please contact Sarah McKinnon smkinnon@nsd.org or 425-408-4200


We are hoping for nice weather so the pictures can be taken outside. Portrait flyers will be coming home this week.

•• PTA News ••

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Save the Date - PTA Auction

Save The Date

For Cottage Lake PTA’s Online Fundraising Auction & In-Person Preview Party


Our biggest fundraiser of the year is back! Our procurement team has been hard at work getting some incredible donations for families to bid on, plus you’ll get a chance to mingle with parents at an in-person preview party.


Theme: Business On Top, Party On The Bottom

ONLINE SILENT AUCTION – May 6 – 14

AUCTION PREVIEW PARTY – Friday, May 13 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM @ 20 Corners Brewing


Invitations with all the details will be sent home in the next few weeks.

Garden Club Volunteers Wanted

Dear Cottage Lake Families,


We are currently looking for volunteers to assist in our school garden. The school garden is a volunteer-run program to engage students in garden science activities, such as planting/watering, scavenger hunts, and harvesting. We are looking for some extra volunteers to help with the garden and our weekly lunchtime Garden Club.

Time commitment: seasonal, drop-in basis.

If interested, please contact garden@cottagelakepta.org

•• REPEAT SCHOOL NEWS ••

COVID safety updates

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

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?

Adult assistance at arrival

Morning arrival continues to share its challenges with minimal adults available to supervise our students. We are reaching out again to ask if there are adults who are willing to help with supervision? We would love if you could commit to even one day per week and if we could have a few parents each morning, that would really help our morning line-ups.


I am looking for assistance from 9:20-9:35 AM.

If you have this availability and can help, please contact Sarah McKinnon at smckinnon@nsd.org or call (425) 408-4201. Thank you!

ATTN Grade 3-5 families - Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) testing schedule

Each Spring, Washington students take state and federal tests regularly to assess their learning growth as well as the progress of the educational system as a whole. Students in Grades 3-5 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in English language arts (ELA) and math tests for federal and state accountability. Students in 5th grade will also take the Science test.


This year, our testing will occur in May. It is VERY important that students are at school on a regular basis and that you avoid all appointments for your students on their testing days. There are guidelines for how long the test may take, but the test is not timed.

Please find your grade level's testing information below.


GRADE 3 (Castro & Kinney)

  • May 9 - ELA Assessment, Part 1
  • May 13 - ELA Assessment, Part 2
  • May 18 - Math Assessment, Part 1
  • May 24 - Math Assessment, Part 2


GRADE 4 (Rendahl & Sleister)

  • May 3 - ELA Assessment, Part 1
  • May 12 - ELA Assessment, Part 2
  • May 17 - Math Assessment, Part 1
  • May 26 - Math Assessment, Part 2


GRADE 4/5 & 5 (Dawson & Skinner)

  • May 2 - ELA Assessment, Part 1
  • May 5 - ELA Assessment, Part 2
  • May 10 - Math Assessment, Part 1
  • May 16 - Math Assessment, Part 2
  • May 23 - Science Assessment

5th grade families... Camp Cedar Springs

Hello 5th grade families,


Due to Covid, Camp Cedar Springs has transitioned to a 2-day environmental education experience for fifth-graders for the 2021-2022 school year. Students will not be staying overnight.


Cottage Lake will attend Camp Cedar Springs on May 18 & 19.


If you wanted to watch the recording of the Parent Information Night, please CLICK HERE to be directed to the website.


Mrs. Dawson is our staff lead for camp at Cottage Lake. Below are important dates she has shared.

  • Camp Cedar Springs registration packets were sent home this past week.
  • April 1: Volunteer Interest Forms (pink paper) due
  • April 20: Student registrations are due
  • April 21: T-shirt/Sweatshirt Orders (orange paper) due NO LATE SHIRT ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED
  • May 13: Medication forms and Medication due to Nurse Audrey
  • May 18 & 19: Camp Cedar Springs!


If you have questions, do reach out.

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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 (tnegrin@nsd.org) or Mrs. MckInnon (smckinnon@nsd.org).


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!

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 clattendance@nsd.org. 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

•• DISTRICT NEWS ••

•• REPEAT of DISTRICT NEWS ••

2022-2023 School Year calendar

We are happy to share the 2022-23 school year calendar with you. CLICK HERE to access the online copy of the calendar. Please note some important dates below.



  • First Day of School - August 31
  • Elementary Conferences - November 17-23 (These are half-days.... with a dismissal time around 12:45 PM.)
  • Winter Break - December 19-January 2
  • Mid-Winter Break - February 20-24
  • Spring Break - April 10-14
  • Last Day of School - June 20

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).

https://www.myschoolmenus.com/instance/449/district/448/school/3797/menu/20136

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

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.