The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - October 31, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Hello Sailor families,

What a beautiful weekend we have had thus far and what an incredible difference from a few days ago. It was so nice to get outside a bit to rake up leaves yesterday and take my dog for a walk. I am a lover of the sunshine, even on a crisp fall day. I hope you have found some joy this weekend yourself. For those of you who celebrate, Happy Halloween! I hope each of our students and families has a fun day and a fun and safe evening. If you have purchased candy or you are out gathering it and you have unwanted Halloween candy, our PTA will be collecting any unwanted candy Tuesday-Friday this coming week for Treats for Troops. You can read a bit more about this below. Lastly, we do ask that you watch how much candy might be sent to school as part of a student's lunch. Eating a lot of candy can often result in a "sugar crash" at school and sometimes includes a visit to the nurse.

I want to thank the 34 people who responded to the survey I added to last week's newsletter to gather how frequently you would like to receive my newsletters. Over 61% of those who responded shared they would like the community newsletters to continue to arrive weekly. At this time, I will keep them coming to you weekly.

I ask that you do read the sections below carefully, as there is a lot of information. Information includes release times for parent-teacher conferences, submissions for our Veteran's Day virtual concert, PTA Dough Raiser, and an update from Mr. Wallinger, our school counselor, to name a few.

I also want to remind you all that Tuesday, November 2 is Election Day. I encourage you to practice your civic duty and vote.

Let's have a great week ahead!

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal


Attention all Veterans!

Hello Cottage Lake Families,

Veterans Day is soon approaching and we cannot wait to showcase a virtual concert to our Cottage Lake community! Do you have a Veteran or an Active Military Personnel in your family?

Here is what we need from you to help make our virtual concert memorable and special:

  • Choose a photo of your Veteran or Active Military family member to send in. Feel free to provide us the name of the service member and any additional information we can include in our virtual concert.
  • Please send this photo to my e-mail at:
  • We will add submitted photos to our presentation!

We need all photos no later than Wednesday, November 3.

Thank you for helping to honor this important holiday!


Mrs. Hanning


PTA "Dough Raiser" @ The Pizza Coop

Join Cottage Lake Elementary at The Pizza Coop on Thursday, November 4th, and help us raise some dough! 25% of the proceeds will be donated to our school.

The offer runs ALL DAY and applies to all dine-in and take-out orders.

We hope to see you there!

PTA is collecting unwanted candy for our Troops

Please join the Cottage Lake Elementary PTA community by donating any unwanted Halloween Candy. We are partnering with Treats for Troops who will send care packages to our Troops and Veterans. Candy must be individually wrapped. Volunteers will collect candy from students upon arrival on campus from Tuesday, November 2 to Friday, November 5.

Bullying Information from Mr. Wallinger

Hello Cottage Lake Families,

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and so I wanted to provide you all with some information and resources so that you can further understand the importance of this work, and so you can help us prevent bullying at our school. First, I’d like to highlight some data from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and the National Center for Educational Statistics:

  • One out of every five (20.2%) of students report being bullied

  • 41% of students who reported being bullied at school indicated that they think the bullying would happen again.

  • Of those students who reported being bullied, 13% were made fun of, called names, or insulted; 13% were the subject of rumors; 5% were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on; and 5% were excluded from activities on purpose.

  • The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students include physical appearance, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation.

Over the past week and in the coming weeks I will be visiting classrooms to talk with students about bullying prevention at our school, but you can help too! Talking with your children about bullying is a great way to reinforce the importance of preventing and reporting bullying at school.

Below you will find a list of helpful information and resources related to bullying prevention:

Wishing you and your family all the best,

Mr. Wallinger

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. 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

Thank You Volunteers

Thank you to Jessica Dark and Amy Flinn for helping with picture retake day! We appreciate your help. Thank you

Additionally, Thank You to all the volunteers who assisted with our Health Check day this past Thursday. We appreciate your willingness to spend the day at school assisting in this important event. Thank you!

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?

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. 7, second dose Nov. 28
  • 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:

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.