The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - May 15, 2022

A note from Principal Welch

Good Morning, Sailor families


We blinked and we are in the middle of May. With just 5 weeks remaining in the school year, please know your child's attendance at school is even more important. If your child will be gone during the last stretch of school, please do make sure you are emailing our front office and your child's teacher.


As we continue to monitor the health and safety at Cottage Lake and beyond, we are seeing a rise in COVID cases. This week, we had 4 batches return positive. We also have positive cases outside of batch testing, as well. Please do monitor your student's health and if you are in need of home antigen tests, do reach out. We do have some tests we can give to you so you can test at home. Let's do everything we can to keep our sailors and families as healthy as we can.


There is a lot of important information below for you to read over. If you find yourself with questions, do reach out. I want to publically share a huge THANK YOU for all the appreciation you showed during our Staff Appreciation week last week. We felt the love. Thank you! Our auction was also a huge success and want to share a thank you to all those who bid and purchased items. We raised over $11,000 for Cottage Lake!! THANK YOU!


I hope we have a great week ahead.

Take Care,

~ Jennifer Welch, Principal

•• School News ••

OPTIONAL parent input placement form

As we begin the process for class placement for the 2022-23 school year, it has been common practice to provide parents with an OPTIONAL parent input form. This is a form we review as we are creating our balanced classes each spring.


If you are interested in completing this OPTIONAL parent input form for class placement and your child will be at Cottage Lake next year, please click on this link. Please note we do NOT accept specific requests for specific teachers.


Please respond no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

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.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C48AAAE2BA7FC1-summer

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

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.

THANK YOU CL FAMILIES!

Cottage Lake’s auction was a HUGE success! We raised $11,777.64! Thank you to the donors, families, and the entire Cottage Lake community for your support.


*If you have not picked up your items, please email kennedy.kati@hotmail.com to arrange a time.

COVID Batch testing

This past week, we had 4 positive batches after our testing on Wednesday, May 11.

•• PTA News ••

End of Year school Carnival

Mark your calendars for our end-of-year School Carnival!


Date: Friday, June 3rd

Time: 5:30-8:00 PM


The Cottage Lake PTA is going all out for this year’s end-of-school event and will be throwing an EPIC carnival featuring classic carnival games, delicious food trucks, snow cones, popcorn, and much more! Save the date and stay tuned for more details.

•• REPEAT SCHOOL NEWS ••

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?

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.

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
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040948ABAA22A46-clefield

ATTN Grade 3-5 families - Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) testing schedule

Each Spring, Washington students take state and federal tests regularly to assess their learning growth as well as the progress of the educational system as a whole. Students in Grades 3-5 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in English language arts (ELA) and math tests for federal and state accountability. Students in 5th grade will also take the Science test.


This year, our testing will occur in May. It is VERY important that students are at school on a regular basis and that you avoid all appointments for your students on their testing days. There are guidelines for how long the test may take, but the test is not timed.

Please find your grade level's testing information below.


GRADE 3 (Castro & Kinney)

  • May 9 - ELA Assessment, Part 1
  • May 13 - ELA Assessment, Part 2
  • May 18 - Math Assessment, Part 1
  • May 24 - Math Assessment, Part 2


GRADE 4 (Rendahl & Sleister)

  • May 3 - ELA Assessment, Part 1
  • May 12 - ELA Assessment, Part 2
  • May 17 - Math Assessment, Part 1
  • May 26 - Math Assessment, Part 2


GRADE 4/5 & 5 (Dawson & Skinner)

  • May 2 - ELA Assessment, Part 1
  • May 5 - ELA Assessment, Part 2
  • May 10 - Math Assessment, Part 1
  • May 16 - Math Assessment, Part 2
  • May 23 - Science Assessment
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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 (tnegrin@nsd.org) or Mrs. MckInnon (smckinnon@nsd.org).


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 clattendance@nsd.org. 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

•• DISTRICT NEWS ••

•• REPEAT of DISTRICT NEWS ••

NSD now accepting applications For Early Learning Programs 2022-23 School Year

NSD is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year for our

Tuition-Free Early Learning programs for income eligible families!


The Northshore School District is proud to offer multiple early learning programs that are free of charge for income-eligible families. The three Early Childhood Education Programs include Head Start, ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) and Ready Start.


Eligibility for our programs is determined by child’s age, family income and circumstances.

Children must turn 3 years of age by August 31st, 2022 to be considered for the 2022-23 school year.

Please contact one of our Family Support Specialists with any questions and to start the application process.


For more information about our programs and to download a copy of our application

(in English and Spanish) please follow this link:


https://www.nsd.org/schools/programs-services/early-childhood/income-eligible-free-programs


Please contact 425-408-6013 with any questions.

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

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).

https://www.myschoolmenus.com/instance/449/district/448/school/3797/menu/20136

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: https://www.nsd.org/schools/get-started/food-services/free-and-reduced-price-breakfast-lunch

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.