The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - October 25, 2020

A Note from Principal Welch

Dear Families,

I hope you have all enjoyed this crisp, fall weekend. I have personally loved the sunshine and I am also a fan of taking a walk and enjoying all the colors the season has to offer. This is a beautiful time of year!

I want to point special attention to this Thursday! We not only have our regular book circulation, but we also have our materials pick-up event. If you want to pick-up your library books during your materials pick-up time, please email Mrs. Sterling or I and we will add the library books to your student's materials bag. I am really looking forward to seeing you this week! As part of our materials pick-up event, students will also receive a fun goody bag from our PTA! I love our Sailors community!

At our PTA meeting, I heard some feedback focusing on how things have been going with remote learning. Overall, I am hearing a lot of positive feedback. Thank you! I will say this is not easy for any of us. One point I did hear is how much you appreciate having schedules for the week, as that helps you as a family. We agree with you. All grade levels are sharing overall schedules for the week on their Schoology page and/or via email. Teachers are often making final instructional decisions throughout the day and therefore, the specific lesson content may change up to the lesson beginning. This is part of the monitoring and adjusting that all educators do and I support this practice.

I thank you for supporting our teachers and all they are doing to lift their instruction and moving that to a remote setting. There are so many details that teachers are thinking through. If you would like to talk further about successes or challenges you are facing, please feel free to reach out via email or you can also schedule an appointment with me by visiting this link:

I hope you all have a great week ahead and look forward to seeing many of you this Thursday at our Materials pick-up event. Don't forget this coming Sunday, November 1, Daylight Saving time ends. This is when we set our clocks BACK 1-hour.

Take Care!

Jen Welch, Principal



Attendance is being taken everyday, it is very important that if your child will be out sick, gone on vacation, or for any other reason that they cannot attend class you need to email our attendance email at Thank you

Materials Pick-Up event scheduled THIS Thursday, October 29

THIS Thursday, October 29, is our materials pick-up event. We will run the event just like we did in September. The alphabet times below are sorted by student's LAST NAMES. Teachers have been thinking through what materials students will be accessing through the end of December 2020.

Times for the event are as follows:

  • Last names A-H, pick-up from 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Last names I-O, pick-up from 2:00-3:00 PM
  • Last names P-Z, pick-up from 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Those families who couldn't come at the earlier times, 4:30-5:30 PM

To follow safety guidelines for everyone, here are important pieces of information for each family when they come to school:

  • All families will need to pick up materials in their vehicle, via the front of the school, in our car pick-up loop.
  • Prior to picking up, prepare a sign with your child’s LAST name written clear and BIG. Please display the sign on your passenger side of your dash, so that it is clearly visible to staff.
  • Our drop-off/ pick up will occur in front of the school, in our car pick-up loop. No parking is allowed.

  • Remain in a single file line along the curb. Continue pulling forward as you are able. There will be staff directing you.

  • If you happen to be picking up materials for another family, we need you to come back at that family’s designated time. We will only have bags out for the last name letters listed.

  • When you leave the school driveway and head back onto Avondale, please only turn RIGHT to keep traffic moving.

All staff will be wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing to make sure we are doing all we can to keep each other and you safe.

What will you be picking up?

Teachers have been preparing items that you should anticipate using between now and the end of December. All students will also be receiving a special goody bag from our Cottage Lake PTA!

** If you need other supplies that are not provided, please do reach out to a member of our office staff, or myself, and we will do our best to supply you with the needed materials. These items could include a student desk, an appropriate chair or alternative seating option, or if you need more school supplies. Please reach out if we can assist you in creating a workspace for your student that also matches their size.

Free Tutoring by Woodinville High School (WHS) students

"Women in STEM Club" at Woodinville High School is offering a fabulous resources to families and students. As a club, they have started a free online tutoring program for elementary and middle school students

The club will offer support with computer science classes, regular help on math or English homework, languages (such as Spanish), and teaching students how to use Schoology (turning assignments in, etc.). The tutors will be recording all of their tutoring sessions, following district policy for zoom meetings, and all tutors must undergo a 1-hour training session before they start to tutor.

Please email the Women in STEM Club at for more information.

Got Pictures?

I would love to update our school website with updated pictures of current Cottage Lake students. Do you have pictures of your student(s) participating in remote learning? Do you have pictures of your student(s) gathering new library books? Do you have pictures of your student(s) wearing any Cottage Lake spirit wear? How about any pictures of your student(s) showing their fabulous smiles? I'd love to see them!

Please use this link to upload pictures you would like us to potentially use for our school website.

Thank you, Sailors!

Our Book Circulation continues!

We are so excited about our book circulation to continue on Thursdays. We appreciate all the feedback we have received and love seeing pictures of your students reading, as well! Below is information regarding upcoming book circulation.

  • 1st, 3rd, & FSA - Your delivery is on: Thursday, October 29
  • If you want books, please fill out this form by Sunday, October 25 @ 9:00 PM.

  • Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, & 5th - Your next delivery is: Thursday, November 5
  • If you want books, please fill out this form: by Sunday, November 1 @ 9:00 PM.

ALL grades---- Please click on the button below to locate the book circulation schedule and find the request form in one place.

Happy Reading!

2020-21 Library circulation schedule & request links

Please click on this link to find our online library book request forms and the upcoming schedule of delivery and pick-up weeks. This schedule will continue to be updated. Happy Reading!

•• District News ••

•• REPEAT of District News ••

Coffee with the Superintendent for Families Receiving Special Education Services

Families with students receiving special education services are invited to join Superintendent Reid for a virtual conversation. Please come with questions, comments, discussion topics and ideas. Please RSVP to receive the login information.

Date: Monday, Oct. 26, 2020
Location: Virtual
Time: 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
RSVP for Coffee with the Superintendent for Families Receiving Special Education Services

Online After-school Enrichment

During the fall of 2020, the Northshore School District is exploring opportunities to provide online after-school enrichment opportunities. The District is piloting a project through 6crickets, who will maintain a database of providers and community organizations that are offering such opportunities. Learn more about enrichment opportunities.

Community Assistance

During the COVID-19 outbreak, our community continues to come together to provide assistance to families and community members in need. This assistance includes childcare, employment, food, mental health support and other resources. To learn more about organizations that are offering support visit the Community Assistance webpage

Becoming a volunteer

At Cottage Lake, we have always had a very strong foundation of classroom and PTA volunteers. This year, we are all thinking outside the box and looking for new, creative ways we can welcome volunteers into the remote classrooms. As our classrooms continue to establish routines and systems, teachers will be ready to think about how volunteers could be helpful to them.

To prepare for becoming a volunteer, there are several steps we need you to complete. One important note is that our background check form will need to be updated EACH YEAR! In the past, we have asked for them to be updated every two years, but to keep our information the most up-to-date, this is a shift we are making district-wide.

Please visit this NSD LINK to find all the steps you will need to follow to complete your volunteer paperwork. Please click on the bar that says, "Online Volunteer Application Process" for all the steps that need to be completed.

Thank you for considering becoming a Cottage Lake volunteer!

Need Technology?

Does your Cottage Lake Elementary student need a device for online learning? Please use the link below to sign up and sign the waiver. After you submit your form, Mr. Paganini will be in contact with you to set a pick-up time for you. For students in Kindergarten & Grade 1, we are issuing iPads. For students in Grade 2 through Grade 5, we are issuing Chromebooks. Students will keep these devices at home until we return to school.

Meals during remote learning and hybrid learning

Beginning Wednesday, September 9, we are offering free meals for ALL children ages 18 and younger. Students do not need to be enrolled in the Northshore School District to receive meals. This is GREAT news for each of our families; these are your tax dollars at work. I am so pleased this funding has been continued, allowing us to extend these meal services until the end of December.

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 DAILY MEALS. [The order window time will be 2:00 PM-11:59 PM the day prior to meal pick-up. Order include breakfast and lunch, including 16oz of milk. Orders placed for a Friday pick-up will also include meals for the weekend.]
  • 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.

Free & Reduced Applications

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! Only one application per family is necessary.

Submit a Free or Reduced-Price application.

•• PTA NEWS ••

  • Our next PTA Meeting of the year is November 10, 2020 from 7:00-8:00 PM. Please consider joining, as we will have a guest speaker, Mr. Wallinger, our school counselor. :)
  • Learn more about the PTA and get your 2020/21 membership at
  • Your 2020/21 PTA Presidents are: Carrie Mizenko & Rachel Tarr and can be contacted at

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.