The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - October 10, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Hello Sailor families,

I hope you have all enjoyed this great fall weekend.

I am very excited to offer families a learning opportunity this coming Monday, October 11, but a math trainer, Shannon Kiebler. Ms. Kiebler worked with our staff this August as we launched the school year. As part of our work together, we are providing this webinar to families that will focus on increasing math fluency and the importance of models to show mathematical thinking. I would love to have many of you joining this event. I will definitely be attending!

This week, our 4th and 5th-grade students begin the Fall Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA). Students this fall will be taking the math and literacy tests based on standards from the previous grades. For example, our 5th graders will be assessed on the end of 4th grade standards. Our 4th graders will be assessed on the end of 3rd grade standards. If your student has a 504 for academic supports or an IEP, those appropriate accommodations will be in place. It is critical our students are at school on time in the morning and it is also encouraged that students eat a healthy breakfast in the morning. I believe in our Sailors!

I hope you have a great week ahead! Thank you for sharing your student(s) with us.

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal


Online Parent Math training - October 11

Would you like to know more about how to support your child's math fluency learning?

Have you ever wondered why there is so much emphasis on students building, modeling, drawing, and explaining in math, rather than only learning the algorithms or short cuts?

Please join the East Region Elementary Schools for Math Parent Night! This parent education night is made possible by PTAs from Cottage Lake, East Ridge, Hollywood Hill, Sunrise, and Woodin!

Math teaching and learning consultant, Shannon Kiebler, will be our presenter. Ms. Kiebler has also been working with our teachers this year.

Please join us on Monday, October 11th

6:30-7:30 PM via Zoom webinar

Zoom webinar link:

COVID safety updates

Families can find the most up-to-date COVID health and safety information by clicking the links below.

Update from Nurse Audrey

We are still looking for three more volunteers for our Health Screening on October 28. The screening runs from 9:45 AM - 2:00 PM. All volunteers must have completed the volunteer application and uploaded their vaccine information, as well. If you are interested in being a volunteer for this event, please reach out to Nurse Audrey at or call (425) 408-4206. Thank you!

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes have been scheduled for Thursday, October 28.


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?

Highly Capable screening and assessments

The Accelerated Models and Programs Department is beginning our 2021-22 eligibility process for highly capable designations to begin in the 2022-23 school year.

All students in grades K, 1, and 5 will take the NNAT3 screener in their classroom with their teacher. Kindergarten students will complete this before winter break while grades 1 and 5 will have until October 15 to complete this screener. Students new to Northshore will also take the screener.

Students in grades 2,3,4,6, and 7 will have the option to take the screener if they are referred for highly capable services. If you are interested in referring a student, please click this link:

You should expect the results of the screener to be mailed to you by the middle of November unless you have a kindergarten student. (They will be mailed in January.)

For additional information about our eligibility process, please visit our highly capable services page.

Thank you,

Accelerated Models and Programs Department

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).

Permission to Release Student Directory Information Form Reminder

Annually, the District provides an opportunity for families to opt-out of releasing their student’s directory information. Families can choose to complete the form entirely online, print the form, or complete it via a fillable PDF and email a copy back to their school’s office, or request a paper copy to complete. Forms must be submitted by October 15.

Forms will be accepted after the deadline, but the District cannot be responsible for the release of Directory Information if the Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information form is received after the October 15 deadline of the current school year.

CLICK HERE to access the Permission to Student Directory Information.

Fall state testing is coming

To fulfill the state assessment requirement for the spring of 2021, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) postponed the Smarter Balanced (SBA)/Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) until fall 2021. Because fall 2021 testing is a postponement of the spring 2021 testing window, students will be assessed at the grade level they were enrolled in last spring. OSPI has worked with the Smarter Balanced Consortium and WCAS to reduce the amount of testing time by 20 to 30%. Time spent testing this fall is estimated by the state at 75-minutes for English/Language Arts, 60-minutes for math, and 45-minutes for science.

These assessments are used for state and federal accountability, as well as an option for high school students to meet their Graduation Pathways requirement. The English/Language Arts (ELA) and math Smarter Balanced Assessments are administered in grades 3 through 8 and 10, while the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) is administered in grades 5, 8 and 11.

  • At Cottage Lake, our current 4th and 5th-grade students will participate in the fall Smarter Balanced assessment during the weeks of October 11 and October 18. Our students will take the Math assessment the week of October 11 and English Language Arts the week of October 18.

As we want each student to perform at their best, we encourage students to get good sleep and nutrition during these times. It is also important for families to minimize student absences during your school’s testing schedule. If you have any questions, please reach out.


PACE (Parents Active in Cooperative Education) Information Night

Parents Active in Cooperative Education (PACE), is a choice educational enrichment program offered through the Northshore School District. Placement is by blind lottery, open to all Northshore School District students in grades 1-5 (space permitting). PACE builds a learning environment that includes active family participation; innovative teaching techniques; and a unique partnership of teachers, families and students. The PACE program serves students of all learning capabilities, follows the District’s curriculum and also provides an enriched educational experience through additional field trips, events and speakers.

Find out if PACE is the right choice for your family at this year’s Virtual Information Night.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021

Location: Virtual

Time: 7:00 PM

CLICK HERE to learn more about the PACE program


The Great ShakeOut is Coming on Oct. 21

Northshore students and staff will join millions of people across the nation in the Great ShakeOut on Oct 21.

The ShakeOut provides an opportunity for students and staff to practice how to be safe during big earthquakes and to “Drop, Cover and Hold on.” This is also a time when schools can review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies.

Being prepared at home is just as important as being prepared at school. Families are encouraged to talk about their plan for what to do during an emergency with their students. To help facilitate this conversation, the Great ShakeOut has a number of resources available. If you have questions about your school's plans for earthquake drills, contact the school's office.

CLICK HERE to view Great ShakeOut resources.

Coffee with the Superintendent for Families with Students Receiving Special Education Services

Each school year Dr. Michelle Reid hosts several Coffee with the Superintendent events around the Northshore community. Families and community members with students who are receiving Special Education services are invited to join Superintendent Reid for an open chat in the commons at Bothell High School. Please come with questions, comments, discussion topics and ideas.

Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, coffee will not be served, food and drinks will not be allowed, and seating is limited. There will be a wait list.

In accordance with Washington State Department of Health Secretary Umair Shah's health order 20-03.5, every person in Washington State must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when they are in a place where any person from outside their household is present or in a place that is generally accessible to any person from outside their household.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021

Location: Bothell High School commons

Time: 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 PM

CLICK HERE to register for this Coffee with the Superintendent event.

Conversations with the Board for Spanish-speaking Families

Spanish-speaking families and Spanish-speaking community members are invited to attend Conversations with the Board, Monday, Oct. 18 in the commons at North Creek High School. This evening forum is designed to allow for two-way conversation in an informal setting.

School board members would like to hear from parents and community members about the opportunities they see for Northshore and their priorities for the District over the next 3-5 years.

Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, food and drinks will not be allowed and seating is limited. There will be a wait list.

In accordance with Washington State Department of Health Secretary Umair Shah's health order 20-03.5, every person in Washington State must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when they are in a place where any person from outside their household is present or in a place that is generally accessible to any person from outside their household.

Date: Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

Location: North Creek High School commons

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM

CLICK HERE to register for Conversations with the Board

Required Yearly forms to be signed

On Friday afternoon, the below message was sent to all families. We encourage you to log into ParentVUE and complete your student's forms as soon as you can. Thank you!

"Dear Northshore Families,

Annually the District provides parents/guardians with notification of forms that must be acknowledged, including:

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

We ask that you login to ParentVUE today to view these forms. If you have never logged into ParentVUE, you will find instructions on how to do so when you click the link above. Please know that when you next login to ParentVUE, you will be prompted to download, read, and take action for each of the forms listed above. Additionally, secondary students will be prompted to download, read and acknowledge the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook when they login to StudentVUE. Families with elementary students are encouraged to review the handbook together in ParentVUE with their students. These forms must be completed no later than Oct. 15.

The forms are available in English, Spanish, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Russian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Korean, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. If you would like to access a paper copy of these forms, please contact your school’s main office.

If you have any questions about these forms, please contact Student Services at (425) 408-7725 or by email at"

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.