The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - November 15, 2020

A Note from Principal Welch

Dear Families,

Happy Sunday! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I spent some time with my family and enjoyed a fabulous hour walk today with my dog. He is hoping this activity continues! :)

Thank you to those who attended our PTA meeting to listen to our new Counselor, Stephen Wallinger, speak. He introduced himself, shared a little about what a school counselor is and isn't, shared thoughts around Anxiety and Trauma, and shared several resources with us all. If you have not visited his Counseling website, I highly encourage you to do so. There are so many resources available to you. If you are looking for additional resources and don't find them, please feel free to reach out to him at

I also presented that I was hoping to hold a school picture day in early December, but with the skyrocketing COVID cases, along with Governor Inslee's press conference today, we have moved our picture day to mid-January. I will continue to inform myself about cases in our area and communities and will share a further update in January. It is my primary focus to keep students, families, and staff safe. I could not bring everyone into school for pictures with such a high risk.

I will close my remarks by hoping you stay healthy, stay safe, and express kindness to one another. We are #SailorsStrong!

Take Care!

Jen Welch, Principal


Progress Reports

Thank you for those families who responded to the progress report survey I shared with you last Sunday and again last Thursday. We had 181 families respond. I have turned off the feature of accepting responses at this time so we can prepare envelopes. If you did not submit a response, your student(s)' progress reports will be delivered to the district office on Monday, November 23 for mailing.

** Note, if you are a Kindergarten family, your progress reports will be mailed slightly earlier so you have these reports for your meetings next week.

After you receive the progress reports, if you find you have questions, I ask that you please reach out to your child's teacher. In this progress report, we are stating if your student is on standard or if a particular area or skill is an area of needed growth. Lastly, if your student receives support through Special Education (Learning Center, FSA, Speech, or OT), you will also receive progress reports at this time.

Veteran's Day video

Thank you to all the students and families who submitted videos, pictures, and drawings for our Veteran's Day tribute assembly. I appreciate how many students, families, and staff in attendance for our event on Tuesday, November 10. If you wanted to share the video or view it again, here is the YouTube link for the video.


Our Book Circulation continues!

We are so excited about our book circulation to continue on Thursdays. We appreciate all the feedback we have received and love seeing pictures of your students reading, as well! Below is information regarding upcoming book circulation.

  • 1st, 3rd, & FSA - Your delivery is on: Thursday, November 12
  • If you want books, please fill out this form by Sunday, November 8 @ 9:00 PM.

  • ALL STUDENTS - Due to there being No School on Thursday, November 26, ALL STUDENTS are eligible to receive books on November 19.
  • If you want books, please fill out this form: by Sunday, November 15 @ 9:00 PM.

ALL grades---- Please click on the button below to locate the book circulation schedule and find the request form in one place.

Happy Reading!

2020-21 Library circulation schedule & request links

Please click on this link to find our online library book request forms and the upcoming schedule of delivery and pick-up weeks. This schedule will continue to be updated. Happy Reading!

•• District News ••

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with the Eastside Native American Education Program

The Eastside Native American Education Program (ENAEP) is hosting a series of virtual events to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. Admission is free. For more information and get a link to the events, contact Mary Wilber at or 425-936-1402.

  • Monday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m.: ENAEP Native Art Museum
  • Monday, Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m.: ENAEP Frybread Cooking Fest
  • Monday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.: Favorite Books by Native Authors

4th & 5th grade Science Olympiad

Welcome to Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO)! This is a sincere, self-driven program initiated by Diya Gupta, a high school student from North Creek High School, Bothell, WA.

The Science Olympiad will provide elementary students with an opportunity to collaborate and compete in various science and engineering-related events. All 4th and 5th grade students in Northshore School District schools are invited to compete in the first districtwide elementary science Olympiad!

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020

Location: Virtual, Join Here

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

Location: Virtual, Join Here

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Family i-Ready Night

The “i-Ready: Supporting Student Learning at Home” session is designed to provide Northshore School District families with an understanding of the i-Ready Online Instruction for reading and mathematics. Families will learn how the i-Ready Diagnostic is used to create a personalized pathway of instruction for every student. The i-Ready Team will share ideas for motivating learners, monitoring progress, and supporting children when they need assistance. Finally, tips and resources will be shared to support families in preparing for the next i-Ready Diagnostic assessment.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 2

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Register for Northshore i-Ready Family Night:

Highly Capable Screening and Assessment

The Accelerated Models and Programs Department is working on the 2020-2021 testing plan for students with highly capable needs.

Students in grades 6 & 7

We plan to begin by remotely administering the NNAT3 to students who were referred for testing or are new to Northshore in grades 6 and 7. Our department will contact the families of these students when we are ready to begin screening their student(s). Questions may be directed to

Students in grades K-5

We are still working on the highly capable screening and assessment schedule for grades K-5. Our department will update families when we can test.

Thank you,

Accelerated Models and Programs Department

•• REPEAT of District News ••

Online After-school Enrichment

During the fall of 2020, the Northshore School District is exploring opportunities to provide online after-school enrichment opportunities. The District is piloting a project through 6crickets, who will maintain a database of providers and community organizations that are offering such opportunities. Learn more about enrichment opportunities.

Community Assistance

During the COVID-19 outbreak, our community continues to come together to provide assistance to families and community members in need. This assistance includes childcare, employment, food, mental health support and other resources. To learn more about organizations that are offering support visit the Community Assistance webpage

Becoming a volunteer

At Cottage Lake, we have always had a very strong foundation of classroom and PTA volunteers. This year, we are all thinking outside the box and looking for new, creative ways we can welcome volunteers into the remote classrooms. As our classrooms continue to establish routines and systems, teachers will be ready to think about how volunteers could be helpful to them.

To prepare for becoming a volunteer, there are several steps we need you to complete. One important note is that our background check form will need to be updated EACH YEAR! In the past, we have asked for them to be updated every two years, but to keep our information the most up-to-date, this is a shift we are making district-wide.

Please visit this NSD LINK to find all the steps you will need to follow to complete your volunteer paperwork. Please click on the bar that says, "Online Volunteer Application Process" for all the steps that need to be completed.

Thank you for considering becoming a Cottage Lake volunteer!

Need Technology?

Does your Cottage Lake Elementary student need a device for online learning? Please use the link below to sign up and sign the waiver. After you submit your form, Mr. Paganini will be in contact with you to set a pick-up time for you. For students in Kindergarten & Grade 1, we are issuing iPads. For students in Grade 2 through Grade 5, we are issuing Chromebooks. Students will keep these devices at home until we return to school.

Meals during remote learning and hybrid learning

Beginning Wednesday, September 9, we are offering free meals for ALL children ages 18 and younger. Students do not need to be enrolled in the Northshore School District to receive meals. This is GREAT news for each of our families; these are your tax dollars at work. I am so pleased this funding has been continued, allowing us to extend these meal services until the end of December.

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 DAILY MEALS. [The order window time will be 2:00 PM-11:59 PM the day prior to meal pick-up. Order include breakfast and lunch, including 16oz of milk. Orders placed for a Friday pick-up will also include meals for the weekend.]
  • 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 ••

  • Our next PTA Meeting of the year is December 8, 2020 from 7:00-8:00 PM.
  • Learn more about the PTA and get your 2020/21 membership at
  • Your 2020/21 PTA Presidents are: Carrie Mizenko & Rachel Tarr and can be contacted at

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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.