The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - August 28, 2022

A Note from Ms. Welch

Hello Sailor families,

We are just days away from welcoming our Sailor family back to school. We have been polishing up our school and the classrooms are looking ready to welcome our amazing students. This is final reminder that school begins on Wednesday, August 31 for students in grades 1-5. Our Kindergarten students start the school year with family conferences and then they will begin next week. Kindergarten families can find specific information below regarding their start. PLEASE BE AWARE ONLY HALF OF OUR STUDENTS ATTEND SCHOOL ON SEPTEMBER 6 OR 7. See below for specifics.

Speaking of polishing, I want to share a Thank You to all our volunteers that helped during Community Serve day. We had 77 volunteers and I appreciate everything that was done. We had volunteers focusing on the grounds of our school, but also helping in our classrooms. Thank you, Thank you! Our staff also has a special surprise that started from our PTA leaders. During community serve, our PTA Co-Presidents (and their families) began painting walls in our staff room to provide a face lift. With your help of donations, our staff now has a pantry filled with items to keep our adults fueled and ready to support our students. Our staff room looks and feels amazing!! Thank you, Thank you to all those who donated or had a hand in making this happen.

As we get ready to return to school, please remember to look carefully for adults and students in our school parking lot. I ask that everyone slows their speed in the parking lot. If you are dropping off your student at school, please do everything you can to have them on the passenger side of the car at drop-off. We will again have adults out welcoming our students to campus each day. (This is one of my personal FAVORITE times of the day!)

I ask all parents to mark your calendars for the Curriculum Night dates and times that are listed below. These are very important times for teachers and parents to connect regarding the success of your students. This is a time for parents and guardians to learn about the classroom and how to support their students during the school year. I would love 100% attendance for these events!

One last piece and you will also see this information in the construction update below. It is VERY important that families talk to their students about REMAINING OFF ALL THE GRASS AREAS AT SCHOOL. The landscaping company that has been making substantial improvements around the school will be hydroseeding our grass areas on Monday. They will also be setting up portable sprinklers around the grass areas. It is important everyone stays off these areas so the grass can seed properly and then grow. Thank you for talking with your student(s) about this change.

If you have last-minute questions, don't hesitate to reach out. Thank you for sharing your amazing students with the staff at Cottage Lake! We have the best of the best ready to educate and support your children and I'm looking forward to a wonderful year when we are Better Together!

Take Care and I'll see you soon,

~ Jen Welch, Principal

•• New & Important Information ••

Who's Who at Cottage Lake

Below are members of our 2022-23 staff:

Principal: Jennifer Welch

Office Manager: Sarah McKinnon

Secretary: Teri Negrin

Nurse: Brittney Schlee

Counselor: Stephen Wallinger

Dean of Students: Sam Maynard

Kindergarten: Kara Morrison and Sue Wright

First Grade: Emily Ninmol, Alison Rohrich, Lisa Stookey

Second Grade: Michelle Baer and Cheryl Stief

Third Grade: Alison Castro/Carly Castillo and Linda Mismas

Fourth Grade: Vicky Cohen/Kailey Sleister and Mairead Kinney

Fifth Grade: Marina Sheldon and Kamille Skinner

Special Education case managers: Angela Macklin, Carrie Kaltenbach, and Ingrid Walerious

Special Education paraeducators: Vicki Angellar, Robin Heide, Tonya Bedell, Ashley Sarmany, Simona Teeny, Donna Wilson, Ellie Blakemore, Suzanne Darling, and TBD

Library: Suzanne Sterling

Music: Kelsey Hanning and Elaine Hoffman

Band: Kayla Smith

Orchestra: Missy Newman

PE: Cyrus Darling and Heidi Jones

Computer Specialist: Mike Paganini

LAP and ML: Christy Michaelis

ML paraeducator: Jolene Johnson

Speech Therapist: Tricia Walker

Occupational and Physical Therapists: Gretchen Colonius and Brooke Geller

Recess supervision: Rebecca Braun, Linda Wood, and TBD

Kitchen staff: Kim Burns and Caroline Brandmeier

Facility staff: Chris Payne and Steven Shogren

We are all looking forward to supporting your students this school year!

Construction Update

Our construction crew is wrapping up a few final projects and final inspections to ensure everything has been completed to the best of expectations. You will see a few final projects around the front of our building as a crew builds a new pergola and frame for our school sign. I appreciate the attention to detail the construction crew has paid to everything around the school!

One other piece to finalize is the landscaping. On Monday, there will be a crew in to hydroseed our grass areas and install temporary watering. They will also be install about 12" high temporary fencing around our grass areas. It is VERY important to share with your students that we need all adults and students to REMAIN OFF THE GRASS AREAS in front of the school and in the middle of the school to allow the grass seed to grow. I will share with students and families when the fencing will be removed. Thank you for helping keep our school beautiful and allowing our grass to grow.

Thank you!

Student Arrival information

As students arrive on campus, below is what they can expect.

  • There will NOT be a before-school recess this year.
  • Students should arrive on campus no earlier than 9:15 AM.
  • Breakfast will be available between 9:15-9:35 AM
  • If students arrive to campus through either of our side gates, students should walk straight to their class line-up location.
  • If students arrive to campus by bus, students would wait in line, until a staff member comes out and invites students onto campus at 9:15 AM.
  • If students arrive to campus by car, students will be greeted by adults in our car loop. Students should plan to exit their car on the passenger side of the car, whenever possible. Students then walk to their line-up location.

Student Dismissal Information

As students are dismissed from campus, below is our protocol for dismissal.

  • If students are riding the bus home, students will line up in their bus lines and then the lines will be escorted to their bus.
  • If students are riding home in a car, students will stand in the area between the main office and the cafeteria until their name is called to come forward to meet their car. (On the first day of school, we will distribute a bright sheet of paper that shares your family's last name. This should be displayed in the right order of your dash for car pick-up.) Student family members should stand together for pick-up.
  • If students are being greeted by an adult to walk home, parents/guardians should meet their students on the walkway that is parallel to the front office. This is separate from the car pick-up area.
  • If students are meeting parents/guardians at the back gate, students can walk to this location.

A note from our Counselor, Mr. Wallinger

Hello Cottage Lake Families,

Welcome to the 2022/2023 school year! I want to start by sharing that this year I will be the full-time school counselor for Cottage Lake Elementary. Needless to say, I'm beyond excited. This year I look forward to connecting with your student(s) in a variety of ways via classroom lessons, small groups, individual check-ins, and being visible around the school as much as possible.

As a school counselor, my work is student focused and grounded in building trust and relationships. This means supporting students directly and indirectly while at school, as well as sharing resources, providing referrals, and consulting with families about concerns, challenges, and needs in the home as well. I don't have all the answers, but I love to partner with families to think through ways to best support their little ones.

If you would like to find a time to connect with me about your child, please reach me via email at

If you would like to know more about the role of a school counselor and school counseling programs, check out this document from the American School Counseling Association.

Stephen Wallinger, M. Ed.

School Counselor

Cottage Lake Elementary

Northshore School District



Required forms reminder

Earlier this past week, there was an email sent to families regarding our yearly required forms that families must complete. These forms include:

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

I ask that you follow the instruction shared with each family and log into ParentVue to complete the forms for EACH of your students. Thank you for your attention to the forms.

•• Repeat Information ••

NEW school hours for 2022-2023 school year

We have new school hours this fall.

  • Our hours are now: 9:30 AM-4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
  • On early release Wednesdays (most Wednesdays), the school day will run from 9:30 AM-2:30 PM.
  • Please be aware that the first day of school (August 31) is a FULL DAY of school.

First Day of School - August 31, 2022

We are excited to welcome all Grade 1-5 students as they start school on August 31, 2022. If you are a Kindergarten parent, please read the next section below for your start date information. Welcome, all Sailors!

Welcome to Kindergarten!

We are getting ready to welcome our youngest sailors! Below is information regarding the start to the school year for our Kindergarten students and families.

I'd like to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! This is an exciting time for you and your families. As we look to the beginning of the school year, I wanted to provide you with some very important dates to mark on your calendars. You will notice Kindergarten starts with family conferences and then we have staggard start days for students. This allows us the opportunity to learn about students before they start in our classroom and then on the staggard days, this provides us an opportunity to start small before all students are together. Please do review the dates below carefully.

Below you will find dates that pertain to the beginning of Kindergarten.

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - No School for Kindergarten students. Teachers will be holding WaKIDS family conferences where they will meet with each family during one of these three conference days. Families will be asked to sign up for a date and time.
  • Thursday, September 1, 2022 - No School for Kindergarten students. Teachers will be holding WaKIDS family conferences where they will meet with each family during one of these three conference days. Families will be asked to sign up for a date and time.
  • Friday, September 2, 2022 - No School for Kindergarten students. Teachers will be holding WaKIDS family conferences where they will meet with each family during one of these three conference days. Families will be asked to sign up for a date and time.
  • Monday, September 5, 2022 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day observance

  • Tuesday, September 6, 2022 - First Day of School for Kindergarten students with the LAST NAMES beginning with letters A-I. (Students attend this day but NOT on 9/7/2022)
  • Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - First Day of School for Kindergarten students with the LAST NAMES beginning with letters J-Z. (Students attend this day but NOT on 9/6/2022)

  • Thursday, September 8, 2022 - ALL Kindergarten students attend school together.

Please mark your calendars with the above information. After September 8, your student will follow the regular Northshore calendar for elementary-aged students. We are looking forward to welcoming our youngest Sailors!

Welcome to Cottage Lake!

School Supplies

You can find our 2022-2023 requested school supplies list by CLICKING HERE.

If you need assistance with school supplies for your student(s), please reach out to our Office Manager, Sarah McKinnon (, in our front office. Thank you!

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.

2022-2023 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:

  • August 31 - First Day of School for Grades 1-5
  • September 5 - No School for Labor Day
  • November 11 - No School for Veteran's Day
  • November 17 through November 23 - Early Release for Parent-Teacher conferences. Dismissal time is 12:40 PM.
  • November 24 & 25 - No School for extended Thanksgiving break
  • December 19 through January 2 - No School for Winter Break
  • Tuesday, January 3 - Welcome back to school
  • February 20 through 24 - No School for President's Day & Mid-Winter Break
  • April 10 through 14 - No School for Spring Break
  • June 20 - Last Day of School for Grades K-5

Connecting with our Office Staff

Email is always a great way to get a hold of any staff member.

To get a hold of the main office, please dial 425-408-4200.

Office Manager - Sarah McKinnon @

Secretary - Teri Negrin @

Principal - Jennifer Welch @

Nurse - Brittney Schlee @

School Counselor - Stephen Wallinger @

Dean of Students - Sam Maynard @

Fall Curriculum Night dates and times

The connection with our families is a critical component of your student's success. One way we do this is through our annual curriculum nights. This is a time for adults to come to school to listen and learn from your child's classroom teacher about their classroom, the curriculum used, and other specific ways you can support your student.

These curriculum nights are intended for parents and/or guardians only. There is no childcare provided for these events.

Tuesday, September 13

  • Kindergarten @ 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Grade 4 @ 6:45-7:45 PM

Monday, September 19

  • Grade 1 @ 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Grade 5 @ 6:45-7:45 PM

Tuesday, September 20

  • Grade 2 @ 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Grade 3 @ 6:45-7:45 PM

My goal is to achieve at least 95% attendance at these curriculum nights, though I always strive for 100%. If at least one parent can attend, we sure appreciate that! Thank you for your support!

•• PTA News ••

Cottage Lake PTA webpage

You can stay up to date with our PTA by reading through newsletters I send, but you can also visit their website: We are looking for a great year of partnership ahead.

PTA event news

Ice Cream Social Volunteers Needed

We are excited to kick off the new school year with an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, September 8th! We are looking for volunteers to help make this event a success. Click on the link below for more information.


Mariners Day at T-Mobile Park

Bring your family and friends and join Cottage Lake Elementary at the Mariners game on Sunday, October 2nd! We have a large block of seats reserved for the game so order your tickets now (you can order online or pay via check at the school).

We hope to see you there! Go Mariners!


Tears & Cheers Kindergarten Breakfast

Send some cheers and shed a few tears at the Tears & Cheers Kindergarten Breakfast - September 6th & 7th at 9:45AM More information can be found here:

•• District News ••

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School Meal Plan updates for 2022-23

The Northshore School District, like all others in the state, will again begin to charge for school lunch and breakfast at the start of this school year. This means families who apply for benefits and qualify for free or reduced-priced meals will continue to receive meals at no charge in 2022-23, and students who do not apply for or qualify for benefits will be charged at the paid meal price for breakfast and lunch when participating.

What can you do to prepare for this coming year?

  • Reapply for benefits in August! Students need to qualify each school year for free or reduced-priced meals in order to continue receiving benefits. Applications will be available in August to apply for 2022-23 school year benefits. In addition to meals, those who qualify can also receive discounted or free school services including athletic fees, field trip fees, ASB fees, college application fees, and more!
  • Set up a Titan Family Portal account. Be prepared for purchasing meals by opening a Titan Family Portal account where you can add money to your student's account, set up recurring payments, see purchases, set low-balance reminders, move money between siblings and even apply for benefits!

CLICK HERE to set up your Titan Family Portal account


Below you will find the 2022-23 Meal Prices:

Elementary Breakfast

  • Free & Reduced - $0.00
  • Paid - $2.25

Elementary Lunch

  • Free & Reduced - $0.00
  • Paid - $3.75


Below you will find additional updates from our Food and Nutrition department.

  • All schools offer breakfast and lunch. Menus are available online along with nutritional information at Milk is included in the price of a full meal. Cartons of milk can also be purchased separately.

  • Parents whose income falls within guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture should apply for free or reduced-price meals. Families must reapply each year to receive benefits for the current school year. All students who qualify for free, as well as those who qualify for reduced-price meals, will receive both breakfast and lunch at no charge. Applications are available after August 1. You can apply online or download an application at or pick up a paper application from your school or district’s Food and Nutrition Services offices. To have an application mailed to you, call Food and Nutrition Services at 425.408.7657.

  • Parents may pay online with Visa or MasterCard using a secure internet site called Titan School Solutions. To set up a Titan Family Portal account for making online payments, visit There is no charge for parents to register for a Titan account; however, there is a $2.60 convenience charge for each payment made online. Parents can also pay by cash or check (made out to Northshore School District) at the school. There is no fee for paying with cash or check. Checks should indicate “school meals” in the memo.

  • You can view your student’s meal account balance and cafeteria purchases and transfer money from one sibling to another at no charge on the Titan Family Portal online or with the mobile app at Families that have registered on the Titan Family Portal will receive a low-balance notification by email when their student’s account drops below $5.00. Families can also set custom low-balance notifications through Titan. Written low balance notices may also be sent home when the balance on the meal account is low. The notice will be placed in the teacher's box to be given to the student to take home.

  • When a student account balance reaches the equivalent of negative two lunches, automated calls will be sent out from the Food & Nutrition Services Department to ensure notification of account standings. Regardless of account standing, students will always be offered a reimbursable breakfast and lunch at school and allowed to charge on a negative balance. Charging for a la carte purchases, including milk-only, extra entrees, or non-reimbursable meals, will not be permitted if a student's balance is negative. Unpaid meal charges must be paid in full when a student graduates or moves to a new school district.
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