The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - June 12, 2022

•• School News ••

Lost and Found

If you are at school or driving through the drop-off area, please take a look at our lost and found. It is overflowing with great items to return to their homes. Any clothing remaining after June 17 will be washed and donated to our Northshore Threads and Treads.

Thank you!

Field Day

Thank you to those volunteers who have signed up for field day this Wednesday, June 15. I will be there to provide direction for the games that will occur during our field day time. If you have additional questions about volunteering for field day, please reach out to Mrs. Stookey @

Volunteers should plan on supporting from 1:45-4:00 PM.

Thank you for your continual support!

Volunteer Tea

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 ( ) 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.

Thank you!

School Hours on Friday, June 17

This is a reminder that school on Friday will only be 2 hours long; 9:35-11:35 AM.

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.

Nurse Audrey

i-Ready available all July

This summer, iReady will again be available for all students from June 17 - end of July (likely through July 29). As a reminder, we encourage all students to engage in iReady online lessons between 30-45 minutes, for each subject (Math and Reading), each week.

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

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 . 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.

If you have further questions about technology over the summer, please reach out to Mr. Paganini at or Ms. Welch at Thank you.

Spirit days to end the year

To end our school year in "Sailors" style, please find the attached document highlighting spirit days during the final 7 days of the school 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!

COVID Batch testing

This past week, we had 50 batches and 0 positive batches after our testing on Wednesday, June 8.

•• 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.


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?

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
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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 ( or Mrs. MckInnon (

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!



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).

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.