The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - January 30, 2022

A Note from Principal Welch

Hello Sailor families,

As we wrap up our final calendar days of January, we are able to reflect on all we have accomplished so far this school year. Friday was our 92nd day of the school year, which means we are already 50% through our year. We have continued to navigate another unique school year with increased health and safety measures in place. Thank you! Thank you for sharing your students with us and supporting our school. We are stronger together!

As we continue to reflect on the first half of the school year, teachers are busy preparing report cards to come to families next week. The report cards will contain more specific academic and behavioral information than the progress reports that were sent home in November. If you have questions about your child's report card, please do reach out to your child's classroom teacher.

For your planning purposes, I want to be sure you are aware of the following No School or special Early Release dates.

  • January 31 - No School for teacher grading day
  • February 4 - Early Release @ 12:45 PM for parent-teacher conferences
  • February 21 - No School for President's Day
  • February 22-25 - No School for Mid-Winter Break

As I channel the Olympics beginning on Thursday, I wish for all our students to continue to reach for greatness and push themselves to their personal bests. We have a great team here at Cottage Lake and I'm looking forward to the second semester of learning.

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal

•• School News ••


Thank you to everyone who supported our Dough Raising Night earlier this month. We raised $1200! As always, a BIG thank you to Domino’s for their continued support!

Report Cards

Report Cards will be sent home via Kid Mail this coming Friday, February 4. If your family has shared information of a second household to send report cards to, those will be mailed out on Friday, February 4. If your student is also supported through Special Education, your student's progress report will also be included with their report card.

Early Release on Friday, February 4

We will have an early release on Friday, February 4 for parent-teacher conference afternoon. Students will be dismissed at 12:45 PM. If teachers wanted to meet with families, they should have already reached out to you. If you would like to meet with your teacher and haven't heard details to sign-up for a time, do reach out via email to your child's classroom teacher.

Northshore Bond and Levy information

Northshore has three local funding measures for our students and schools in the February 8, 2022 election.

  • Renewal of the Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy continues day-to-day operations that are not funded by the state.

  • Renewal of the Technology levy continues funding to maintain our investment in technology for our students, including a 1-to-1 ratio of take-home devices to students and teacher training to support learning.

  • The Capital Projects bond will address our highest facility needs by funding additional classrooms and reducing the reliance on portables while also making necessary repairs to our buildings.

Specific to our school, Cottage Lake will receive a new roof and a new, fully inclusive playground. District-wide safety and technology infrastructure improvements including updated equipment for video monitoring systems, emergency preparation, wireless networks, and updated network wiring in older locations as well as expanded wireless coverage in under-served areas will also be added. We will also receive technology devices for students and staff on a four-year replacement cycle, new classroom technology tools to support innovative learning, adaptive technology tools to support individual student learning needs, and ongoing training opportunities for staff.

The annual school tax rate is projected to decrease during the four years of the measures. With an all-mail election, please watch for your ballot arriving around January 20 and remember to vote. Ballots must be returned by Election Day on February 8.

To learn more, please visit If you have any final questions, please let us know at

Want to know more about how to register to vote, where to drop off your ballot, or what to do if you lost your ballot? Check out Snohomish County Elections at or King County Elections at

COVID batch testing update

This week we submitted 58 vials for our COVID batch testing.

We had 2 vials return positive.

I continue to be thankful to all you families who have registered your students on the CIC Health website which helps tremendously when we are conducting confirmatory testing. Additionally, thank you families for keeping students at home who are sick. While we continue to receive notifications of positive test results from families, we have not seen huge batch testing impacts. Thank you! We can do this together!


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?

Home Internet Access

The FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) has become the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Information about these excellent programs for providing families true high-speed Internet access at their homes (and not just the limited access that a hot spot provides) is available at

The website above provides information regarding eligibility and application process. Any family eligible should definitely apply.

Registration with CIC Health

In order for your student to participate in any confirmatory testing at school, we need you to follow the directions below to register your student in the CIC Health system. If you have already registered your student because they have already had a PCR test, you do not need to register again.

If you register now, this will speed up the process should your student need to be tested due to a positive batch or a close contact test.

Directions for registering in the CIC Health database:

  1. Visit this link:
  2. You will enter information about your student(s) and you will also need to verify your email with a code, as well.

If you have questions, please reach out to Nurse Audrey or Principal Jen Welch.

i-Ready online instruction available

Did you know all our students have access to iReady online instruction?

After your students take the new winter iReady diagnostic assessment in the areas of Math and Reading, all students have access to an individualized online instruction pathway. The pathways are created from their iReady diagnostic assessment, which highlights their successes and areas of continued development and learning.

Students access their learning pathway by logging into iReady through their Clever page.

As a guideline, we would like students to be using this online instruction between 30-45 minutes, each week, for each subject (Reading AND Math). Some of our teachers are providing some time during the school week for students to engage in the online learning, but if you are able to have your students access this learning at home, that would be great!

Last week, we had 134 students access the online learning, with 60% of students accessing it between 10-29 minutes. Our student's average score for lessons passed was 84%. This learning tool has shown it can help reduce learning gaps and increase achievement for students.

If you would like to know your own student(s) time engaged in the iReady online learning from September to current, please reach out to Ms. Welch.

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


State of our Schools w/ Superintendent Reid

The fifth annual State of Our Schools event will be held on February 3, 2022. Superintendent Michelle Reid, Ed.D. will share important initiatives and successes, as well as provide a look ahead to what’s next in Northshore. More details will follow.

Dual Language program

Northshore Families… Have you ever thought about Dual Language?

The K-5 Dual Language Program at Woodin Elementary is a bilingual educational program integrating multilingual learners and English-speaking students for instruction in and through two languages (Spanish and English) with the goal being to create students who are multilingual, multiliterate, and multicultural.

Find out if the dual-language program is the right choice for your family at an upcoming information night!

Tuesday, February 8th, 2022

Parents Active in Cooperative Education (PACE)

PACE (Parents Active in Cooperative Education), a choice educational enrichment program offered through the Northshore School District, is currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. All applications are due prior to the Feb. 10 PACE lottery drawing deadline, and a virtual tour is required prior to application.

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 Northshore School District curriculum, and also provides an enriched educational experience through additional field trips, events, and speakers. Placement for PACE is by blind lottery, open to children in grades 1-5, space permitting. Lottery application forms are due no later than Feb. 10, 2022. A virtual tour is required prior to submitting your application.

CLICK HERE to learn more about PACE.


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 2022-2022 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:

•• PTA News ••

Calling All Volunteers!

As 2022 swings into action, the Cottage Lake Elementary PTA is going to be busy with various events, fundraisers, and programs. If you are interested in helping, please click on the link below and specify your area(s) of interest! Thank you for your continued support!

Sign up link:

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