The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - June 5, 2022

•• School News ••

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.

Carnival Mixup - Help Needed!

This past Friday was our fabulous school carnival. Thank you to everyone who attended!

I have heard from a family whose child's shoes were taken from outside the bouncy house. The shoes were a size 3, blue & black Nike Flex Runner shoes. The shoes were new and a recent gift. The ones that were left outside the bouncy house were the same, but very old and worn.

If your student went home with a different pair of shoes than they arrived in, could you please reach out to the front office? I'd really like to return this student's pair of shoes to them.

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 9 - "S" - Superhero Day [Dress like your favorite superhero]
  • June 10 - "A" - Animal Print day [Dress in Animal Prints]
  • 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!

Construction is coming to Cottage Lake

This summer, Cottage Lake will be receiving a new roof, upgrades to our HVAC system, and new lighting both inside and outside our buildings. To ensure the safety from falling debris and the safety to the workers, during the week following dismissal, June 21-24, fencing and a construction trailer will be delivered to campus. After the fencing is put up, any visitors who need to enter the school buildings part of the campus need to go through the construction team in the trailer.

Our field and parking lot will remain open to the public throughout the summer.

Construction is due to conclude in early August.

Thank you to our voters! This upgrade is possible due to the approval of the 2022 Bond.

COVID Batch testing

This past week, we had 53 batches and 1 positive batch after our testing on Wednesday, June 1.

This coming week, on June 8, will be our final batch testing date of this school year.

•• PTA News ••

Nominations for Golden Acorn & Golden Sailboat accepted now

PTA Now Accepting Nominations for the 2022 Golden Acorn and Golden Sailboat Awards

Each year our PTA gives the Golden Sailboat/Outstanding Educator Award and Golden Acorn/Outstanding Volunteer Award to a Cottage Lake Elementary staff member and volunteer who have given exemplary service to students and families in our school. This is an excellent way to honor Cottage Lake staff and volunteers for their contributions to our students, our school, and our community.

The Awards and Grants Committee will determine the recipients, based on total nominations, and make contributions to the Washington State PTA in their names. Let the PTA know who you think deserves to be recognized for their extraordinary efforts this year. Nominations are due by Friday, June 10, 2022.

Submit your nominations here:

Thank you Volunteers!!

Thank you to all who came and participated in the first-ever Cottage Lake Elementary PTA Carnival. It was so great to see all the students and families enjoying time together. We hope you had fun as well!

We wanted to express our gratitude and appreciation to all the volunteers who came and gave their time to the event. We couldn’t have done it without you and we look forward to next year with you all.

-Jen and Beth (PTA Co-Events Chairs)

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?

Community Serve day is August 21, 2022

Community Serve Day is back! Mark your calendars for August 21st, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Registration opens June 1st and we'll share more information here as the event gets closer. Our site lead is Buffy Anson.

This year we'll be back able to go in the buildings and we are focused on helping teachers and staff as they prepare for the new school year.

Please visit the below link for more information and to sign up.

All Library books are due 6

In order to close out our library and take a thorough inventory, all library books are due back to Cottage Lake by Monday, June 6. There will not be any books checked out to students after June 3.

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
YMCA information for 2022-2023 school year

Click the button above to learn more about YMCA before and after-school care at Cottage Lake during the 2022-2023 school year. Registration opens on May 2.

Scholastic Book Fair is coming

Cottage Lake Summer Book Fair - June 3 - 8

Summer Reading is so important and Scholastic books are so fun. Let's help CL students get ready for a reading summer!

Friday, June 3 from 5:00-8:00 PM

  • Festivities begin with our Grand Opening during the Cottage Lake Carnival

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, June 6-8

  • Students shopping at lunch recess
  • After school hours are M & W until 5:00
  • Tuesday - Late shopping for families (during the Kindergarten open house) and until 8:00 PM

Book Fair Volunteers are needed to make this event a success!

Please use this link to sign up for a shift or two.

Book Swap Booth at CL Field Day - Elementary Books Wanted

Have you been going through your student's old books and wanting to find a good home for them? Please send them to the library or drop them off in the CL office any time between May 16 and June 13.

This year, we are bringing back our "book swap" event. This is a time when our students can come and take books they would like to read over the summer. The idea is our families/students donate books and then they can take some new books for them to enjoy.

This year, the event will take place during our school-wide Field Day.

Students will come by, choose a few books, put them in a labeled bag, then go to other stations. (No wet books!)

The books will be delivered to classrooms for taking home the next day, or may be picked up on the way home from Field Day.

Reminder of calendar change

This is a reminder that Friday, May 27 is a full day of school. This is our snow make-up day from earlier in the year. We will still have Monday, May 30 off as part of the extended Memorial Day holiday.

Field Day is coming!

Field Day is Wednesday, June 15 from 2:15-3:45 PM. This will be a whole-school event. We need many volunteers to run the stations and to help make this event a success. We will need volunteers a little longer than the event, so volunteer hours are 1:45-4:15 PM. A few examples of stations are: arm wrestling, water cup relay, and oversized clothes relay. All volunteers must complete our background check process and need to be fully vaccinated, as well.

If you can help, please follow the sign-up genius link below and sign up to help run a station. You will not need to prepare in any way - all supplies and game directions (if needed) will be given to you. Just show up, help set up, and have fun! Thank you for considering! Y

~ Your Field Day Committee - Mrs. Stookey & Mrs. Darling

Field Day volunteer sign-up
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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!



Updated school hours beginning the 2022-2023 school year

The Northshore School board has confirmed our school hours for next year. We will shift our start and end times by 5 minutes.

  • School hours M/T/Th/F will be: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • School hours on all early-release W will be: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

New Visitor Management system is coming to all schools

The Northshore School District is continually making improvements and investing in safety measures through the generous support of our voter-approved 2018 Capital Bond. One example of this work is the recent completion of the SafeVisitor pilot in six of our schools and the decision to roll it out districtwide. SafeVisitor is a web-based program to streamline and improve security.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the visitor management system.

2022-2023 School Year calendar

We are happy to share the 2022-23 school year calendar with you. CLICK HERE to access the online copy of the calendar. Please note some important dates below.

  • First Day of School - August 31
  • Elementary Conferences - November 17-23 (These are half-days.... with a dismissal time around 12:45 PM.)
  • Winter Break - December 19-January 2
  • Mid-Winter Break - February 20-24
  • Spring Break - April 10-14
  • Last Day of School - June 20

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).

Free and Reduced lunch application

We are now accepting free and reduced-price meal applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Has your financial situation changed? Did you qualify for free or reduced-price meals last year? If so, be sure to complete an application.

Remember: families must reapply every year!

Submit a Free or Reduced-Price application.

You can also visit the Northshore Free and Reduced Priced meals website here:

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.