The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - May 8, 2022

A note from Principal Welch

Good Morning, Sailor families

I want to start by wishing each of our mothers, or those who are referred to as mothers, a very Happy Mother's Day! Thank you for all you do to support and love our students each day. Without you, we would not have our Sailor students. I am so thankful for all you do each day and I hope you are shown how much you are loved today.... and every day.

Next, I want to share a thank you to all families for showering our staff with thoughtful notes of appreciation this past week. Thank you for the notes, the reflection paper, the flowers, and the acts of kindness. Thank you for going out of your way to show our staff how much they mean to you and your family.

Thank you to our PTA for showing love to our staff, as well. They provided treats thought-out the week and lunch on Friday. Thank you for always being there for our staff and showering them with love and appreciation. We are grateful!

On Friday, our auction kicked off. I have been looking at items this weekend and I'm getting ready to bid on a few numbers. Please see the note below from the PTA regarding our auction. This is a huge fundraiser for our school community and so much of the proceeds go right back to supporting our students and school. I hope you will consider participating. The auction ends this coming Friday at 10:00 PM, so don't wait!

Please take the time read over the information below in the newsletter. Some items are new, there are some repeats and other is also a reminder of the Interim Superintendent survey that was sent to all families. I encourage you to complete the survey to share what you would like to see in the next NSD Superintendent.

I hope we all have a great week ahead!

Take Care,

~ Jennifer Welch, Principal

•• School News ••

Please Do Not Block Disabled Parking Spaces

Sailor families, please be aware and help keep our disabled parking spaces free from blockage or loading and unloading. We have families that need and use those disabled parking spaces. Thank you for your help and for working together to make sure our school is accessible for all.

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:

Please contact 425-408-6013 with any questions.

COVID Batch testing

This past week, we had 2 positive batches after our testing on Wednesday, May 4.

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
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.

•• PTA News ••

Cottage Lake's school Auction

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and the Cottage Lake auction is the perfect place to shop for the perfect gift. In fact, we have put together an exclusive Mother’s Day gift basket that will be available early! Visit to preview it now!

The basket is valued at over $400 and includes:

  • Massage Envy
  • TJ Maxx
  • Woodhouse Wine Estates
  • Heritage Restaurant
  • Nothing Bundt Cake

PTA School Auction, May 6-13

Our annual auction is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Cottage Lake PTA. Programs like art docents, gardening, staff appreciation, teacher grants, classroom magazine subscriptions, events, and celebrations, wouldn’t exist without PTA fundraising.

This year’s Business On Top, Party On The Bottom themed auction will be 100% online and starting today you can now preview items up for bid! Online bidding will begin at 8 AM on May 6th and ends at 10 PM on May 13th. You must register to participate in bidding. This auction is available for everyone to bid on, so please invite your friends, family, and neighbors to help support our school.

Here are some of our featured items you won’t want to miss!

  • Ultimate Birthday Party - Ascend Gymnastics, Trophy Cupcakes, Pagliacci Pizza
  • Dad’s Day Out - Echo Falls Golf Club, Woodinville Whiskey
  • Cottage Lake Elementary Street Sign - Custom street sign at the school
  • Hot Air Balloon - Hot air balloon ride & wine tasting
  • Alderbrook Resort & Spa - Romantic getaway for two

Questions? Learn more at and register to participate at

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.


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?

Return to CL family survey

As part of our planning for next year, I want to survey families and ask for EACH family to please complete this survey to share your intentions of returning to Cottage Lake during the 2022-2023 school year. Please CLICK HERE to respond to our 2022-2023 family intent to return survey. Your survey results help us plan for our enrollment, which directly informs our staffing, for next year.

Thank you for responding to this survey ASAP!

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 ( 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


Interim Superintendent survey

Reminder: Please complete the Interim Superintendent Community Input Survey by Friday, May 13.


Dear Northshore School District community,

As we move through the process of finding our interim superintendent - who will begin a one-year position in June - it is important that we hear from our community and understand the type of leader who would best fit our district’s unique needs.

Please take a moment and complete our survey. Because of the shortened timeline to identify the best-qualified candidate for this interim superintendent position before July, the online survey is your opportunity to share your thoughts with the School Board. It should only take around 10 minutes to complete. Please share this survey link with other members of the Northshore community who may be interested. If your younger student would like to complete the survey, please assist them in filling it out.

The survey is open until Friday, May 13.

The School Board is committed to a transparent and thorough process when conducting the search for our interim superintendent and permanent superintendent. Please visit the Superintendent Search website for updates, the anticipated timeline, and details about how families, students, staff, and community members may engage in the Superintendent search process, which will begin this fall.


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).

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:

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.