The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - April 4, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Dear Families,

This week brings about new changes to our schooling schedule. Monday marks 13 months since we transitioned to remote learning. This week is a big deal! We have students who will begin hybrid learning, which is changing to being on-site for two days and then learning from home the other three days of the week. Some of our students are staying fully remote, but many have new teachers and all have new classroom communities. This is a week of change. All our teachers have worked incredibly hard to prepare for their new students and the new way they will be delivering instruction in the final weeks of the school year. I can confident in their preparations and I believe we will do all we can to meet student needs! We've got this, Sailors!

I thank those of you who were able to join me Friday evening for our parent hybrid presentation. I had several requests to record the event. You will find that information below. I've also shared a few pieces below in the body of this newsletter, as well. This launch for hybrid will take us all. I appreciate the support we have received and I am thankful for all your kind words and best wishes. Our Sailor teachers are excited to see students again in the classroom. I believe in us!

Please do read all the information below and also check to make sure you know if your student is Hybrid learning or Fully Remote learning. If your student is hybrid, please make sure you know if they are attending school Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday. Lastly, don't forget to complete your student's Student Health Check form. This MUST be completed EVERY DAY they attend school. We would really like those completed by 9:00 AM. For those students whose forms are not completed, we will be holding the students near the office until we can get ahold of an adult. We'd like all students in class, so please help us complete the forms. They must be completed the DAY OF school... not the day before.

I am really excited for students to be on campus. We have a practice run this next week, the week of April 5, and there may be changes after we have students on campus. We've never done this before. I thank you for your flexibility and understanding of new procedures and protocols. We are doing all we can to keep students and staff safe.

Please don't forget there is NO SCHOOL April 12-April 16. This is for Spring Break. We will come back the week of April 19 and we will run strong to the end of the school year. We are #SailorsStrong!

Please do reach out if you have questions. I'm super excited for Monday....the 2nd First Day of School.... our second launch of the 2020-2021 school year! ;) We've got this!

Take care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal


-- All Things Reopening --

Parent Information Night information

It was great to see those of you who could join me Friday evening, April 2, for the family hybrid launch information. Below you will find a copy of the slideshow and the link to the recording.

Students should not be on campus before 9:15 AM!

Arrival at school

PLEASE DON'T FORGET ALL PARENTS MUST COMPLETE THE STUDENT HEALTH CHECK FORM EACH DAY THEIR STUDENT IS ON-SITE FOR LEARNING. We would like this completed by 9:00 AM each day. This cannot be completed the day prior to a student attending. The system resets at midnight each day.

  • When students arrive on campus, they will be directed to our two Student Health Check stations. If your student is arriving by car or walking through the front of the campus, your student will go to the health check station by the cafeteria.
  • If your student is arriving by bus or walking through the side gates off the playground, your student will go to the health check station between the library and the main office.

Please remind your students to keep an increased distance from each other.

Dismissal from School

For dismissal, we will have a few modified procedures.

Bus riders -

  • For our large busses, riders will line up in the breezeway by their bus sign. We have three large busses this year.... Bus 140 (Dragon), Bus 154 (Sun), Bus 170 (Windmill).
  • For our small busses, students will be escorted to the buses and assisted with loading.
  • Our large buses will load the bus according to the bus stop order.

Car Pick-up:

  • Students will be standing on the dots located on the pavement.
  • Family members should stand together around the same dot.
  • As parents/guardians drive up, please display your bright pink paper that shows your last name and number on your dash. If your student is in 4th or 5th grade, they will receive this paper on their first day of hybrid learning. If your student is in K-3rd grade and you need another copy of the paper, please let the office know and we will make you another copy.
  • Students need to listen for their last name or number your family has been assigned.
  • Students should load their car on the passenger side of their vehicle.


  • For students in grades 3, 4, and 5 - Students will be dismissed and permitted to walk to the back gate or walk home without a parent meeting them.
  • For students in grades Kindergarten, 1, and 2 - Parents should plan to walk onto campus and line up on the walkway that runs parallel to the front office building. Students will be asked to line up on the walkway between the library and main office. We will then match student(s) to parent and you can walk away. We do ask parents to line up and please also remain socially distanced.

School supplies

As we transition to Hybrid learning on April 5, Cottage Lake has partnered with our incredible PTA to make sure we are not asking you to provide basic school supplies for your students during hybrid learning. You've already been doing so much!

When your child(ren) return for hybrid learning, all basic school supplies will be provided for them. These supplies will also stay at school, in your child's specific container. These supplies include pencils, glue, scissors, markers, crayons, etc. There may be a few items teachers ask students to bring back with them to school on hybrid days. Those include their math workbook, possibly math manipulatives that were sent home, and other items specific to your grade or class. Please be on the lookout for information from your child's teacher regarding specifics they will need to bring back and forth.

If your student is remaining fully remote, we are also happy to provide you new/updated school supplies, as well, If you are in need of replenishment of any supplies, please reach out and we will set up a time for you to come by and pick up those supplies.

Water Bottle usage

For the rest of the school year, our drinking fountains have been covered and are closed for usage. We do have a couple of water stations in the C-Building for students where they can access a cup of water.

For students to always have water at their fingertips, we are highly encouraging students to have water bottles with them. Please make sure they are clearly labeled with their name, as well. If we could offer any suggestions, we would encourage students to have water bottles with straws, so they can drink their water without taking off their mask. Students could pull out the bottom of their masks to drink and then the mask is back over their face after.

Thank you for your support!

Meals at school

Every student will have the opportunity to have breakfast at school this year. Each classroom will have a bag of breakfast items for each student. Teachers will pass this out to students at the beginning of the day. Students may choose to eat the item for breakfast or save it for a later snack.

All students will eat in their classrooms, at their desks, this spring.

For lunch, students can bring lunch from home or purchase lunch at school. Teachers will take a lunch count each morning as part of their entry routines. There will be two options for lunch each day, and one will always be a vegetarian option. The meals will be pre-packaged in paper bags and food storage containers and placed in tubs per classroom.

There is no option for a milk-only purchase this spring.

April lunch menu:

Students can be on campus NO EARLIER than 9:15 AM!

School Hours for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year

We have been told our school hours will be very similar to our hours last year. While we haven't received official confirmation of our hours, below are the school hours I am believing we will follow to the end of the school year.

Hybrid Learning, In-person days:

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM*

Asynchronous learning days and Fully-Remote students:

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

* School is ending 30-minutes earlier than last year because specialists (PE, Music, and Library) will be taught on student's asynchronous learning days. This means, for those students who are coming to school for in-person learning, their specialists will be on the days they are learning at home. For those students who will remain fully-remote, your student will continue to access all the specialists, but days and times may be different.

For all students, they will receive one live lesson and one asynchronous lesson per week in Music and PE. Library will continue an every-other-week lesson delivery, while also continuing regular book circulation for both hybrid students and those remaining fully-remote.

Yearbook Photo's Needed!

Calling all photographers! We need yearbook photos!

Visit our PTA website to upload photos of your kids for the 2020-2021 school year. Did you capture their first day of school or the ice cream parade? Favorite Mask? Playing in the snow? Paint and PJs? Halloween? Kids working in your home "classroom"? Art Docent? Favorite pictures of the school year? We'd love to see them all! Please make sure if photos include other kids that you have permission from their parents to submit them for the yearbook.

Name the photos with your child's grade and subject area and visit for upload instructions.

Photos are needed by APRIL 20th!

Class photos: If your child attended picture day we'll get them from Dorian. If you have portraits you'd like to use instead, upload them to the folder with their teacher's name under ClassPhotos.

** Name the file with your child's grade, teacher, and name (ex. 1st-McGonagall-HermioneGranger.jpg).

Show us those smiling faces and help us create a keepsake for our Sailors!

Questions? Contact Selina Homan,


A little of this and a little of that for hybrid learning

As we move to launch Hybrid learning on April 5 for all K-5 students, I wanted to share a few more pieces of information with you.

  • All students will have their temperature checked every day.
  • All students must have a completed Student Health Check completed EACH day BEFORE they arrive on-site for learning. We ask that all Student Health Check forms are completed by 9:00 AM. We will print the list before greeting students.
  • All students in 2nd grade through 5th grade and all staff will be regularly COVID tested. This testing is a nose-swab, that is completed by each student/staff. Tests will be completed by cohorts (or classes).
  • There will be NO before school recess this year!
  • All students will be able to access breakfast at school.
  • All students will eat breakfast and lunch in their classrooms.
  • Students should be wearing a face mask for the entire day. Students will also be practicing social distancing while walking in hallways and out at recess.
  • At this time, all recess playground structures are CLOSED during school hours. Additionally, we will not be sharing recess equipment either. Students are being taught games during Bridge Week they can play by not touching others, keeping their mask on, and remaining socially-distant. Students will also stay with their cohort/class during recess.
  • For dismissal, we have assigned every family a number. If you are picking up or dropping off your student, we have created a bright PINK paper that has your last name and the number for your family. You can use this when picking up your student(s). In the past, we have called names for students to come forward we will be changing to numbers, as I feel those will be easier to understand with masks on. I encourage you to keep this paper in your car, so it is super handy.
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Kindergarten registration is OPEN!!

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 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 ( Email is the best communication avenue at this time. We do not have staff regularly working on site.

We are excited to welcome new families to Cottage Lake!

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NEW Book Circulation

We are ready to roll with our new Book Request and circulation plan. Mrs. Sterling has worked so hard for this!

Please use the form below for hybrid students AND fully remote students. There is information at the top of the form for pick-up dates. Hybrid students will gather their books on either Tuesday or Friday while they are at school. Fully Remote students pick-up will continue on a Thursday. Pick-up time is forthcoming.

Here is the new book request form.

Please request your books!!

If you have questions, please email Mrs. Sterling @

Happy Reading!

•• PTA Update ••

A note from PTA President, Rachel Tarr....

Hello Sailor families,

I wanted to share two things with you:

  • We need your help! We have several openings on the PTA Executive Board for the 2021-22 School Year: 2 Co-Presidents, 2 VP's Fundraising, 1 VP Events. Please contact Rachel Tarr for more information.
  • PTA "Spring Break" Scavenger Hunt - Looking for something fun to do over Spring Break to reconnect with CLE families and friends? Using the mobile app, GooseChase, we've created a scavenger hunt to keep you busy all week! More information to come.

•• District News ••

•• REPEAT of District News ••

School Waivers

Waivers for the 2021-2022 school year will soon be accepted. This is earlier than before, as we look to have a better understanding of our student numbers for the next school year. Please see below for the dates we will begin accepting waivers.

If you live In-District:

  • Grades K-12 - February 22, 2021
  • IHS IB Program - December 7, 2020
  • ILHS 10th Grade - December 7, 2020

If you live Out of District:

  • Current Students staying at their current school - February 22, 2021
  • Current Students transitioning to 6th or 9th grade - April 19, 2021
  • New Students - May 7, 2021
  • IHS IB Program - December 7, 2020
  • ILHS 10th Grade - December 7, 2020

You can also find further waiver information by visiting:

Meals during remote learning and hybrid learning

With school moving to launch hybrid learning, our Food and Nutrition department is continuing to ensure our students and families have food available. Families will still be able to order weekly meals online, with a pick-up date on Wednesdays.

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.

For quick links:

  • CLICK HERE to place an order for WEEKLY MEAL PACKS. [Weekly Meal Packs will include breakfast and lunch for an entire week, including a gallon of milk. The order window will open at 2:00 PM every Wednesday and close at 2:00 PM every Thursday. Pick up for these meals will be on Wednesday the following week.]

Please consider ordering food! Our district is committed to feeding our children during this challenging time.

•• PTA NEWS ••

Amazon Smile!

Purchase with purpose!! Amazon provides an opportunity to give 0.5% of your participating purchases back to our school when you select the Cottage Lake PTA while you shop. It is honestly that easy! Visit:

Search: Cottage Lake PTA.

[YES, our PTA accounted is listed in Tacoma, but it IS our school's PTA located in Woodinville, WA.]

After selecting our school's PTA, each time you want to shop, begin with visiting, and then shop. You must first log into the for purchases to be eligible for the cash back opportunity.

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.