The Sailor Signal
Cottage Lake Elementary - June 12, 2022
•• School News ••
Volunteers should plan on supporting from 1:45-4:00 PM.
Thank you for your continual support!
Calling our classroom and school volunteers!!
This Wednesday, June 15, we will have a volunteer tea recognition for those who have supported Cottage Lake and volunteers in the classroom, library, field trips, etc. The volunteer tea will run 4:15 - 5:00 PM. We will serve tea and cookies & pasteries.
We hope our volunteers will consider attending. We'd love to celebrate you!
Student absences this week
If your student will be gone for any part of this week, please be sure you are emailing our Cottage Lake attendance line (email@example.com ) and your classroom teacher, as well. We want our students at school this week, but the sooner you let us know about absences, the better.
A Note from Nurse Audrey...
Dear Cottage Lake families,
I came to Cottage Lake 5 years ago, after 32 years of working in a variety of hospital intensive care units, and I knew I had found my home for the rest of my nursing career. It had taken a friend/colleague 8 years to convince me that I would love school nursing, but I thought I would be bored and there wouldn’t be enough challenge.
I take it back, all those misconceptions, of what school nursing would be. I am a better nurse for having had the opportunity to be here. I know, without a doubt that these kids have enriched my life and helped me to laugh (almost) every day. I hadn’t realized that work could have fun and laughter in the midst of all the hard events, choices, and experiences of life. While the work is important, serious, and abundant, there is a joy to be found amidst the occasional tears. There is nothing like a child’s perspective of the newness of life experiences, their unbridled joy, total lack of filters, and infectious laughter to help us all not take life for only the seriousness it has to offer. I learned to look for the funny, watch bravery in action as a child succeeds after not giving up, and remember that not all hard things are bad. This has been the hardest best job ever.
My tears now are bittersweet as I say goodbye to my Cottage Lake family and move into the next chapter of my life. My husband and I have sold our home here in Washington and are beginning a new adventure in Arizona. It hurts my heart to accept that the cost of this new adventure is far more emotional than I ever expected. I hadn’t planned to leave Cottage Lake so soon, but the sunshine is calling me and I must go. Plus, my husband needs me to join him and my daughter in scorpion hunting adventures…apparently, it’s a “thing” in Arizona.
I will carry with me the memories of building friendships I’ll cherish forever, the adventure of taking care of your kids and being in a community that has made me feel a part of something very special. This is the best group of people with whom I have ever worked and I am beyond thankful!
Thanks for the memories.
i-Ready available all July
Please encourage your student to continue to use this free resource for our students.
Technology for Summer
As we approach the summer break, I wanted to share some technology information with parents. As an overall decision, students will be keeping their technology over the summer to access summer learning. If you do not want your student to keep their technology or you are leaving Northshore, your student will return their devices before June 17.
Please read the sections below to identify which sections is best for your family and student.
“Students will keep their devices this summer!”:
Students will be keeping their assigned computing devices over the summer months to allow for continuous learning. Students and families are expected to take care of their assigned device by keeping it charged and in its bag when not in use. Students who are enrolled in summer learning programs are expected to bring their device to summer programs each day. If families need support using their device or troubleshooting technical issues, they should call 425-408-7631 or create a help ticket at http://go.nsd.org/studenttechhelp.
For families withdrawing from the district - “Withdrawing students must turn in devices by June 17”:
Families who are withdrawing from Northshore are expected to return any technology devices assigned to their student, including computers, tablets, hotspots, and all accessories such as bags and chargers. Our school will be collecting devices on June 16 and June 17. Withdrawing students who do not return their devices and accessories will be issued a fine for replacement.
“Families who wish not to keep a device over the summer need to complete this opt out form.”
Families may not need or want to take their student’s device home over the summer. Families who wish to opt-out of keeping their student’s assigned device will need to indicate that they are “opting out” by completing the form at https://go.nsd.org/optout . This form will help our staff to plan efficiently for sending devices home for summer learning. When students return to school in the Fall, any student who does not have an assigned device will be assigned one for school year learning.
Spirit days to end the year
- June 13 - "I" - Inside Out day [Dress in something that is inside out]
- June 14 - "L" - Let's Shine BRIGHT day [Dress in Neon]
- June 15 - "O" - Organize by Color day [Wear your grade level color for field day]
- ..... Kindergarten - Red
- ..... 1st Grade - Orange
- ..... 2nd Grade - Yellow
- ..... 3rd Grade - Green
- ..... 4th Grade - Blue
- ..... 5th Grade - Purple
- ..... Staff - Pink
- June 16 - "R" - Relaxation is Around the Corner day [Dress in your best beach attire]
- June 17 - "S" - See 'ya Later, Sailors! [Bring your shades and get ready for an 11:35 AM dismissal]
Each day will have a focus that begins with the letters that spell out "Sailors." Please feel free to participate in some or all of the days. Have fun!
•• PTA News ••
Purchase your yearbook now!
Yearbooks are on sale now and are $11 each.
The presale of yearbooks ends on June 10.
You can purchase a yearbook online by visiting the following website:
(Balfour charges an additional $1 fee to process credit card payments.)
There were also paper order forms sent home last week with students. If you wish to pay by check or cash, please return the paper order form and money to the front office.
•• REPEAT SCHOOL NEWS ••
COVID safety updates
Families can find the most up-to-date COVID health and safety information by clicking the links below.
- King County Quarantine and Isolation Guidance
- Families can access the 2021-2022 NSD COVID-19 Safety Protocols by clicking here.
- Families can access our NSD COVID-19 Data Dashboard by clicking here.
Health Check Question to review daily
Health Check Questions:
1. In the past 24 hours has the student experienced any of the following symptoms:
- Fever of 100.4 or above
- Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
- Loss of Taste or Smell
- Muscle Pain or Body Aches
- Sore Throat
- Congestion or Runny Nose
- Nausea or Vomiting
- 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?
End of year events
Below are some of our big end-of-year events.
- June 3 - PTA Spring Carnival, 5:30-8:00 PM
- June 7 - 2022-23 Kindergarten Open House, 5:00-6:00 PM
- June 13 - 5th grade party
- June 14 - Yearbook distribution
- June 15 - All-school Field Day, 2:15-3:45 PM
- June 16 - 5th grade Promotion event, 5:30-7:00 PM
- June 17 - Last Day of School! Dismissal at 11:35 AM
Kindergarten Registration is Open for the 2022-2023 school year!
Spread the word!! We want Kindergarten students!!
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!
•• DISTRICT NEWS ••
•• REPEAT of DISTRICT NEWS ••
Lunch menu changes
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).
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.