The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - November 7, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Hello Sailor families,

Welcome to Sunday! I hope you've enjoyed your weekend thus far!

This past week, our PTA collected unwanted Halloween candy to share with our troops. I am so thankful to you all! WE collected over 200 pounds of candy!! This is remarkable! We can all put a smile on our faces as we donate this candy to bring a smile to someone else. Thank you! Please read below about another giving opportunity for our PTA in November. This will be a food drive and we will partner with the Woodinville Food Bank. More details to come.

As we look towards this coming week, Mrs. Hanning and Mrs. Hoffman have been working so hard to create a virtual Veteran's Day concert. Mrs. Hanning has shared we have received pictures of many veterans and I am so thankful you shared your images with us. Mrs. Hanning is finishing creating the movie this weekend and our classrooms will view this virtual concert on Wednesday, November 10. I will look to sharing this concert with you all this coming weekend. Thank you to Mrs. Hanning and Mrs. Hoffman for all your work to create this virtual concert!

To all our veterans, THANK YOU for your service! Thank you for committing to serve our country and fighting for the liberties and freedoms we enjoy each day. In observance of Veteran's Day, we will have No School on Thursday, November 11. We WILL have school on Friday, November 12 before heading into a weekend.

I hope you do take the time to read the information below, as there is a lot of new and updated information. If you have questions about items shared, do reach out and let us know.

Thank you for sharing your children with us each day at Cottage Lake!

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal

Colder Weather & Holidays are Approaching!

As our weather grows colder, we know that the holiday season is right around the corner. An exciting time for kids and parents alike! But, when finances are uncertain, it can make things more difficult and stressful for families. The Cottage Lake Elementary/PTA community has several organizations that join together to help families during the holiday season.

If you would like to be a part of the Helping Hands group by donating needed gifts or funds, please contact the school at 425-408-4200.

If your family is experiencing difficult times this season and you would benefit from help, please contact the school office and we may be able to help.

Some specific ways may be:

  • Thanksgiving Help. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and there is help available for groceries for your Thanksgiving meal. Contact the office to sign up. The deadline is Thursday, November 18th.
  • Gift Assistance. If you would like to receive assistance with gifts for your children, there are community groups that would like to help. Please let the school office know by Monday, November 29th. Let us know the age and gender of your kids and some needs and interests they have.

Please contact Sarah McKinnon in the school office, or 425-408-4200, if you have questions, would like to help, or would like some assistance.

Return to School Requirements After Illness

Please note the following guidelines when determining if your student can attend school, or when you are required to get a COVID test for school return. We follow the DOH "Tree 1" when assessing illness or symptoms in any student or staff.

DOH Decision Tree:

Students with any ONE symptom: congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fatigue, sore throat:

  • Can return without COVID testing if the symptom resolves within 24 hours

A single symptom lasting more than 24 hours, more than one symptom, or fever (100.4 or higher) or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, cough:

  • Must receive a negative COVID test, or have an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider explaining symptoms
  • and symptoms must also be significantly improved
  • and no fever within the past 24 hours (without the use of medication)
  • Without a negative COVID test, students must isolate and can return to school after 10 days have passed and no fever within the past 24 hours, and symptoms have significantly improved.


Cold & flu season is upon us, and the average viral illness can last at least 7-10 days. Please assess your student carefully in the morning to determine if they can attend school. If they require medication in the morning for any symptoms, they should not be sent to school. Students presenting on campus with any of the above symptoms will be sent home.

If you are uncertain about whether to send your student, please call Nurse Audrey at: 425-408-4206, or email at Please be sure to update your emergency contact information if you are not available to pick up your student from school. Ill students should be picked up in under an hour and they will be required to wait in our isolation room until they are released to an authorized adult. Ill students will not be allowed to ride a bus home.

COVID testing:

The district does not allow home COVID test reporting. A COVID test after illness can be a PCR or Rapid Antigen test but must be done at a point of care provider, clinic, or other testing location. The report must be sent to school stating the clinic/provider name who completed the test, type of test done, your student's name, date of the test, and results. If your child has residual symptoms (ie congestion, improved cough) and they have a negative antigen test, they will need a confirmatory PCR negative to return to school with those mild symptoms.

Confirmatory COVID testing from a positive batch result:

If your student is required to test due to a positive batch test result, this must be a PCR COVID test. Negative Batch test results are not a substitute for individual COVID testing for any symptomatic student or staff.

Please see the following links if you are looking for where to test your student:

For additional up to date COVID information, see the links below:

Audrey Wilde, BSN, RN

Cottage Lake Elementary School Nurse
425-408-4206 (office)

425-408-4202 (fax)

Volunteer Training with Ms. Welch

As we get more volunteers signed up to volunteer through NSD at

We want to remind our volunteers that Ms. Welch presents a volunteer training that our new volunteers must attend. Newly added dates for the volunteer training are:

  • November 8th at 10:00 AM
  • November 17th at 12:30 PM

These two trainings above will be in-person.

Thank you, we appreciate our volunteers and look forward to seeing you!

Art Docent Volunteers Needed

Dear Cottage Lake Families,

We are currently looking for volunteers to assist in our Art Docent Program. We need some extra hands to help out with art projects for your students. No art background needed, coordinators will train and guide you. We will be adapting the art docent program this year to meet Covid safety protocols. Please contact if you are able to help or with any questions you might have about volunteering.

Thank you, Becky and Venece (Art docent coordinators)

Thank you for giving!

Thank you to our Cottage Lake Community for your participation in the Treats For Troops candy donation drive this past week helping us hit our 200 pound goal!!

Giving November will continue with a cereal and oatmeal food donation drive taking place November 15-24 in partnership with the Woodinville Food Bank.


Thank to our volunteers who helped with health screening day on 10/28/21.

It's a vital annual event and we couldn't do it without you! 🎉🎉🎉

Book Fair is coming in December!

Suzanne Sterling, our Librarian, has been working with Scholastic and is proud to share that we have a modified Book Fair coming to Cottage Lake in December. She has been working with some of her volunteers to help make this come off the page. Below are the details.

Dates: December 6-8

Times: After School:

  • Monday 4:15-7:00 PM,
  • Tuesday 4:15-7:00 PM, and
  • Wednesday 2:40-7:00 PM for families.
  • ** (Mrs. Sterling will be sending out a sign-up genius for times & have stand-by. That will be coming in a few weeks.)

Location: Outside the library under the overhang.

Theme: Bundle Up for Books

We will only be selling what comes in the cases as I cannot guarantee that other orders will come in a timely fashion.


Parent Teacher Conferences and Dismissal changes are coming!

During mid-November, we will be holding Parent-Teacher conferences. On these specific days of the conferences, we will have adjusted release times. Below you will find specific release times for Cottage Lake.

  • Wednesday, November 17 - Regular Early Release time - Dismissal @ 2:35 PM
  • Thursday, November 18 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - Dismissal @ 12:45 PM
  • Friday, November 19 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - Dismissal @ 12:45 PM
  • Monday, November 22 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - Dismissal @ 12:45 PM
  • Tuesday, November 23 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - Dismissal @ 12:45 PM
  • Wednesday, November 24 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - Dismissal @ 12:45 PM

Additional Calendar notes: we will have NO SCHOOL on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26.

Dr. Reid is coming to Cottage Lake

On Tuesday, November 23, Dr. Reid will be holding a Meet & Greet for parents and guardians from 9:05-9:35 AM. This will be held both in-person and via Zoom. The Communications Department will be sharing the Zoom link with our community soon. This is a time you can come and ask questions or hear updates from our Superintendent.

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?

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

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).


FAA Airport Design Challenge

In Dr. Reid's Thursday Thoughts this week, she shared the following opportunity I wanted to forward onto you all.

"Recently, I’ve been made aware of an outstanding opportunity for students from kindergarten through grade 12. They are being invited to replicate an actual airport in Minecraft with the help of experts from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)! “In order to educate and inspire students (K-12) to better understand airports and their leading role in the National Airspace System, the FAA is hosting another run of its Airport Design Challenge competition which utilizes Minecraft to help develop a model airport with all of the required airside elements. Individually or in small teams, participants will receive instruction from FAA experts who specialize in specific areas of the airport. With that information, students will research a local airport of their choosing and then recreate that airport in the virtual world of Minecraft!” You can learn more at this website. about Imagining the possibilities…"

Interest Survey for COVID Vaccine Clinic for 5-11 year olds

In anticipation of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine receiving final approval for ages 5-11, we are planning three vaccination opportunities for families who choose to have their student(s) vaccinated.

  • Weekend Clinic: first dose Nov. 13 or 14, second dose Dec. 11 or 12
  • Vaccination clinic at your student's school during the school day (first dose dates will likely be in November)

Clinics will be free for all Northshore families. If you've already completed the interest form, thank you! If not, please help us plan these events by completing an interest form. We will need volunteers for all of these clinics. Please look for an email about volunteering on Monday.

Emergency Notifications

Emergencies such as inclement weather, power outages and hazardous road conditions can alter school schedules and affect bus transportation. The decision to close or delay schools is made by the superintendent as early as possible, usually around 5:30 a.m. Early dismissals will occur only if a delay in dismissal significantly increases hazards.

Click Here to learn more about Emergency Notifications

A Reason to Celebrate calendar prompt for November

Make sure your student gets their submission in for the November A Reason to Celebrate Northshore calendar prompt, Make Your Own Page.

Take a few moments to reflect on what you are thankful for or what school looks like to you. Share with us by drawing a picture, writing a poem or a story or in another creative way.

Click Here to submit your student's submission.


School Board approves three funding measures

During the Oct. 11 meeting, the Northshore School Board voted to place three funding measures on the February 8, 2022 ballot.

These three measures continue our work to build better together: modernizing schools, sustaining technology, and increasing opportunities.

  • The Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O) and the Technology Levy are not new taxes, but renewals of funding measures that are set to expire this year. These two levies would continue to provide funding for critical staffing and programming that support all Northshore students.
  • The Capital Projects Bond would replace an expiring bond and help us address our highest facility needs.

This fall and winter, we will be sharing more information about the proposed projects and how they support our students and District.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the measures.

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:

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