The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - March 20, 2022

A Note from Principal Welch

Hello Sailor families,

Last week sure proved to be LUCKY on so many levels! On Thursday, we welcomed back our PTA Fun Run, Walk & Roll. It was amazing being back together, including parents to cheer studnets on, for this wonderful fundraising event. I am in AWE of our community and all you have done to help raise money for our school. I can share with you that when we level for the weekend, we were inching closer to almost $30,000 in money raised for our event. Thank you! As I look at the Boosterthon website this evening, I am also so very thankful to those of you who have the ability to submit for corporate matching of funds. As of now, our corporate matches are sitting at over $7600. WOW!! Pledges close this evening, so if you are able to submit for a corporate match, please do so. Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU for all you to do support our school and community!!

Because of our incredible fundraising work, we have a week of celebrations this coming week. Please read this information in the next section to learn what is happening each day. We are going to have fun together, Sailors!

I am looking forward to a great week ahead!

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal

•• School News ••

Fun Run Celebration Week!

Our school and community raised so much money for our Fun Run, Walk & Roll, so we have a week of celebrations this coming week. We will have fun events and items each day for our students. Please see the information below regarding our celebration week events each day.

Monday, March 21

Pajama Day + Kinder Pizza Party

Tuesday, March 22

Hat Day + Popsicle Recess

Wednesday, March 23

Wacky Hair Day

Thursday, March 24

Extra Recess with Popcorn

Friday, March 25

Bingo Night + SweetSide Fundraiser


La semana próxima: Una celebración del “Fun Run”!

lunes (el 21 de marzo):

Día de pijama (los estudiantes pueden ir en pijama a la escuela

ese día) y una “fiesta de pizza” para lonche para los Kinders

martes (el 22 de marzo):

El día de gorro: los estudiantes pueden ir un gorro a la

escuela para disfrazarse.

Una paleta de recreo para todos los niños

miércoles (el 23 de marzo):

Día de pelo chistoso

(los estudiantes pueden usar peinados chistosos).

jueves (el 24 de marzo:

Un recreo adicional con palomitas de maíz

para todos los estudiantes

viernes (el 25 de marzo):

Recaudación de fondos en la noche, “BINGO night”.

Una noche de diversión con las familias en la escuela

COVID Batch testing information

This past week, we had 3 batches return positive, though one batch appears to be a false positive. We have received our confirmatory test results back and will be processing those Monday. We do continue to ask those students who are not feeling well to please stay home. Thank you!

•• PTA News ••

Garden Club Volunteers Wanted

Dear Cottage Lake Families,

We are currently looking for volunteers to assist in our school garden. The school garden is a volunteer-run program to engage students in garden science activities, such as planting/watering, scavenger hunts, and harvesting. We are looking for some extra volunteers to help with the garden and our weekly lunchtime Garden Club.

Time commitment: seasonal, drop-in basis.

If interested, please contact

Save the Date!

We are teaming up with The SweetSide to host a fundraiser/event on Friday, March 25th! 20% of all proceeds between 10AM-9PM will be donated to CLE. More information to follow

PTA Virtual BINGO night

Virtual BINGO Night is coming to Cottage Lake Elementary this Friday, 3/25 from 6:00-7:00 PM! Enjoy your treats from The SweetSide while you play with your fellow Sailors. You must reserve your spot in advance by visiting

The CLE PTA is hosting an online auction this spring!

Do you have gift certificates, experiences, items, wine/spirits, local connections, etc.? No donation is too big or too small! We are collecting donations through March 18th. Please contact Kati Kennedy for more information or to donate.

Thank you for your support!


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?

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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!

Child Sick or Change of Plans After School?

If your child is going to be absent, sick, going to be late or picked up early, or change of plans for after school please email your child's teacher as well as our attendance email at Using the cottage lake attendance email ensures that all will be notified of these changes. Last thing: If parent is emailing the office or teacher regarding an absence due to illness, please cc Nurse Audrey as well. Thank you

If you have a trip planned and are going to be gone during school days please fill out the request for excused absence form at this link Cottage Lake Pre-Approved Absence Form



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 2022-2022 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.