The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - September 18, 2022

A Note from Ms. Welch

Hello Sailor families,

Thank you to all families who attended the Kindergarten or Grade 4 curriculum nights last week. This week, we have two more evenings. On Monday, we have Grade 1 and Grade 5. On Tuesday, we have Grade 2 and Grade 3. These events are intended for adults and teachers will be spending time presenting about curriculum, classroom routines and expectations, homework, etc. These are very important events to attend. If your child's curriculum night is this week, I hope you will attend.

Thank you to those parents who joined our first PTA meeting of the year last week. This year, PTA is back to holding monthly meetings. These will occur on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The meetings are held both in person and via Zoom. We would love more families to attend and to be part of the PTA! Our PTA supports our school in extraordinary ways and is such an incredible partner in our work. To this, I ask that you please look below at the PTA section of the newsletter. There is a lot of information shared there for you to review. Some of this includes the current CL Spirt Wear that is on sale now, our upcoming Fun Run, Walk & Roll event, and we are advertising the PTA annual reflections opportunity for all students. Thank you PTA for all you do!

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal

Upcoming Events

  • September 19 - Volunteer Training @ 10:00 AM at Cottage Lake Elementary
  • September 19 - Grade 1 Curriculum Night, 5:30-6:30 PM at Cottage Lake Elementary
  • September 19 - Grade 5 Curriculum Night, 6:45-7:45 PM at Cottage Lake Elementary
  • September 20 - Grade 2 Curriculum Night, 5:30-6:30 PM at Cottage Lake Elementary
  • September 20 - Grade 3 Curriculum Night, 6:45-7:45 PM at Cottage Lake Elementary
  • September 21 - Early Release Wednesday. Dismissal @ 2:30 PM
  • September 22 - Picture Day!
  • September 23 - Volunteer Training @ 3:30 PM at Cottage Lake Elementary
  • September 28 - Volunteer Training @ 12:00 PM at Cottage Lake Elementary
  • September 28 - Early Release Wednesday. Dismissal @ 2:30 PM
  • September 29 - PTA's Fun Run, Walk & Roll event
  • ..... 1:55-2:25 PM - Grades 3-5
  • ..... 2:30-3:00 PM - Grades K-2

•• New & Important Information ••

COVID update

The Department of Health (DOH) requires schools to inform families and students about COVID-19 case numbers and potential outbreaks. Over the past two weeks, there have been a total of 4 confirmed cases for people who work at some point at our school. The accuracy of our data depends on self-reporting. Thank you for continuing to let the school know if your child tests positive for COVID-19. To view additional information, including school and district trends visit the District’s COVID-19 data dashboard. The dashboard is updated weekly on Monday evenings.

If your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 keep them home and test for COVID-19. Families can order free COVID-19 tests from the state. Together, we can keep our schools healthy and safe.

Fall Curriculum Night dates and times

The connection with our families is a critical component of your student's success. One way we do this is through our annual curriculum nights. This is a time for adults to come to school to listen and learn from your child's classroom teacher about their classroom, the curriculum used, and other specific ways you can support your student.

These curriculum nights are intended for parents and/or guardians only. There is no childcare provided for these events.

Monday, September 19

  • Grade 1 @ 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Grade 5 @ 6:45-7:45 PM

Tuesday, September 20

  • Grade 2 @ 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Grade 3 @ 6:45-7:45 PM

My goal is to achieve over 95% attendance at these curriculum nights, though I always strive for 100%. If at least one parent can attend, we sure appreciate that! Thank you for your support!

•• Repeat Information ••

Volunteer Training

Welcoming volunteers into our school is an important part of our work to support our students. There are a few requirements our volunteers must follow.

  • Yearly complete a new background check form
  • All volunteers must complete a volunteer training with Ms. Welch, Principal
  • All volunteers must be fully vaccinated.

If you have already attended a volunteer training with Ms. Welch, you do not need to attend another training. If you are new to Cottage Lake or you have not attended this training, we ask that you please attend the training before you volunteer at Cottage Lake. This training shares common information to all adults in our school and shares expectations as you work in classrooms or other supports around the school.

You do not need to register for the training. You can just show up. Below are the times we have scheduled volunteer training so far this school year. If there is not a time that works for you, please call the front office to find another time.

Volunteer trainings are scheduled for:

  • September 19 @ 10:00 AM
  • September 23 @ 3:30 PM
  • September 28 @ 12:00 PM
  • October 18 @ 3:30 PM
  • October 21 @ 10:00 AM
  • October 26 @ 12:00 PM

Required forms reminder

Earlier this past week, there was an email sent to families regarding our yearly required forms that families must complete. These forms include:

  • WA State Attendance Letter
  • Rights and Responsibilities Handbook
  • Weapons Letter
  • Student Housing Questionnaire
  • Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information

I ask that you follow the instruction shared with each family and log into ParentVue to complete the forms for EACH of your students. Thank you for your attention to the forms.

•• District News ••

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•• PTA News ••

Cottage Lake PTA webpage

You can stay up to date with our PTA by reading through newsletters I send, but you can also visit their website: We are looking for a great year of partnership ahead.

Cottage Lake Spirt Wear

Cottage Lake spirit wear orders are now being accepted. Please use the QR code below in the picture, a flyer classroom teachers shared in their newsletters, or by using this link:

Ordering deadline is September 29.

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Meet the PTA Special Ed Representatives

Meet the PTA Special Ed Representatives

The Cottage Lake Elementary PTA would like to introduce our Special Education Representatives, Angela Dawson and Jane Pearl Peterson. As representatives, they are here to support you (the families) in the PTA. They are also here to get you connected with community resources, other families, and friends. If you have any questions that relate to the PTA and IEP/504’s,please reach out to them and they can help answer your questions. Their email address is

PTA Reflections

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity. Students of all grades and abilities may participate by submitting original pieces of work in 6 categories (Dance, Musical Composition, Visual Arts, Film, Literature and Photography) against the theme of "Show Your Voice!"

Students will create their work of art AND write a short artist statement. Judging is based on both the artwork and artist statement.

Our PTA can send 20 Reflections art pieces plus 6 Special Artist submissions to Northshore Council PTSA in December. Those students' works of art will be celebrated at a districtwide showcase in January. Council will judge the pieces in each category and some pieces will continue onto State PTA and National PTA for further judging. Regardless of where a student places, our PTA will celebrate any student artist who submits a piece of art for Reflections.

For more information and student packets (rules and forms) go to (make sure you scroll down the page to see the student packet links in each category).

Pieces are due to Buffy Anson no later than November 18th by midnight.

For any questions, please contact Buffy at

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PTA event news

The Foghorn Newsletter

Click on the link below to check out the latest PTA Foghorn Newsletter.


Become a PTA Member!

Do you love coffee? Enjoy supporting CLE? We would love to have you join and be part of the CLE PTA this school year! New memberships purchased before the next PTA meeting, will be entered to win a $30 Mercury Coffee gift card. The winner will be announced at the PTA meeting on 10/11. Sign up today for your chance to win!

Join here:

Please contact if you have any questions.


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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.