The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - May 9, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Dear Families,

Thank you all for showering our staff with appreciation and love this past week. I loved seeing sweet notes, a few flowers, and goodies from our PTA provided to our staff. Thank you! We couldn't do this without you, but we have an amazing group of professionals supporting our students at Cottage Lake!

This newsletter is fairly short, but please do read over the PTA section! We are still really looking to fill a few critical positions in our PTA for next year. We absolutely must have at least one person to lead our PTA as President, so if you are interested, please reach out to Rachel Tarr to express your interest and to learn more about the position(s). Lastly, we have open nominations right now for our Outstanding Educator and Outstanding Volunteer. Please see the link below in the PTA section. We have so many people to consider and nominate!

It is my hope in next week's newsletter I will be able to share a family input form for next school year. I am still working through staffing numbers and confirming families who are returning to Cottage Lake in the fall. There is a possibility we will have a couple of splits next school year, so I am working hard to confirm our numbers to see if we can reconfigure our class numbers. More to come.

It is hard to believe we are down to 6 weeks of school remaining in this school year. I thank you all for all you have done to support Cottage Lake! We are so blessed to have you as our partners!

Let's have a great week!

Take care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal


COVID batch testing continues

We have continued to test our Cohort A and Cohort B students as part of our batch testing. Parents provided consent for those students who were tested. As of this morning, all our tests have continued to come back Negative. Let's keep this up, Sailors! Continue to wash hands, keep maks on and keep a distance. We can do this!

PTA update from President Rachel Tarr

Below are a few important updates from our PTA.

1. *** 2021-2022 PTA Executive Board Openings!! ***

Would you like to help shape the direction and vision of the PTA? This is a great opportunity to connect with other parents and staff, be a leader in your child's education, and have fun! Please know we must have a few of these positions to run a PTA next year. Please reach out, if you are interested. Open positions: 2 Co-Presidents, 2 VP's Fundraising, 1 VP Events.

Contact Rachel Tarr ( for more information

2. Our May PTA Meeting

Tuesday, May 18 @ 7pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 556 758 0614

Everyone's welcome!

3. Don't miss out on Cottage Lake's FINAL "Domino's Dough Raising Night" of the school year!

Tuesday, May 18 from 4:00 -7:00 PM

Order pizza for the family and join the PTA meeting that night

Dominos donates 30% of your total purchase to Cottage Lake Elementary PTA!

4. Golden Sailboat (Outstanding Educator) & Golden Acorn (Outstanding Volunteer) Award Nominations are now OPEN!!

Each year our PTA gives the Golden Sailboat/Outstanding Educator Award to a Cottage Lake Elementary staff member and the Golden Acorn Award to a person who has given exemplary volunteer 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.

Nominate here:


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Kindergarten registration is OPEN!!

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 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 ( Email is the best communication avenue at this time. We do not have staff regularly working on site.

We are excited to welcome new families to Cottage Lake!

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NEW Book Circulation

We are ready to roll with our new Book Request and circulation plan. Mrs. Sterling has worked so hard for this!

Please use the form below for hybrid students AND fully remote students. There is information at the top of the form for pick-up dates. Hybrid students will gather their books on either Tuesday or Friday while they are at school. Fully Remote student's pick-up will now be held on WEDNESDAYS, between 12:15-1:00 PM.

Here is the new book request form.

Please request your books!!

If you have questions, please email Mrs. Sterling @

Happy Reading!

•• District News ••

Northshore Council PTSA presents with special guest National Alliance on Mental Illness(NAMI) Eastside: Returning to Populated Places: How to Calm Your Anxieties

After over a year of staying at home, it is normal to feel anxious seeing large, or even small, groups of people. This presentation, which will be given by NAMI Eastside's Executive Director, Barbie Collins Young, is designed to give attendees tips to calm these feelings.

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Online via Zoom

This event is free and open to the community including Northshore families and staff. Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Learn more about this event here

•• REPEAT of District News ••

Meals during remote learning and hybrid learning

With school moving to launch hybrid learning, our Food and Nutrition department is continuing to ensure our students and families have food available. Families will still be able to order weekly meals online, with a pick-up date on Wednesdays.

Please visit our District website for more information about how and when to place your order, times and locations for meal pick-up, pricing, and how to apply for free and reduced-price meals.

For quick links:

  • CLICK HERE to place an order for WEEKLY MEAL PACKS. [Weekly Meal Packs will include breakfast and lunch for an entire week, including a gallon of milk. The order window will open at 2:00 PM every Wednesday and close at 2:00 PM every Thursday. Pick up for these meals will be on Wednesday the following week.]

Please consider ordering food! Our district is committed to feeding our children during this challenging time.

•• PTA NEWS ••

Amazon Smile!

Purchase with purpose!! Amazon provides an opportunity to give 0.5% of your participating purchases back to our school when you select the Cottage Lake PTA while you shop. It is honestly that easy! Visit:

Search: Cottage Lake PTA.

[YES, our PTA accounted is listed in Tacoma, but it IS our school's PTA located in Woodinville, WA.]

After selecting our school's PTA, each time you want to shop, begin with visiting, and then shop. You must first log into the for purchases to be eligible for the cash back opportunity.

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.