The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - January 16, 2022

A Note from Principal Welch

Hello Sailor families,

I hope you are enjoying your extended weekend. We have this opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday on Monday. This day provides us with a day to remember and never to forget Dr. King's contribution to the American Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and his dream of the United States that was free of segregation and racism. There is still a lot of work to do to meet this dream, but I will continue to stand and fight for an environment at Cottage Lake where each student and family are valued, seen, heard, and welcome.

Below you will find a lot of information regarding our most recent batch testing updates and our NSD policies and procedures as they pertain to COVID. I ask that you do look through this information and then register with CIC Health. Please see that section below.

I hope you all enjoy the remainder of the weekend. If you have questions about anything in the newsletter, please do reach out to Ms. Welch at

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal

•• School News ••

COVID batch testing update

This week we submitted 59 vials for our COVID batch testing.

We had 8 vials return positive.

Our final results returned early Saturday morning this week.

Once we receive notification of positive batch results we will notify families by email and provide your next steps there. We will also do all we can to reach families by phone. If school is open, we will be calling all families for our unvaccinated students, as students will need to go home to quarantine until we receive results from the confirmatory testing. If students are fully vaccinated, including two weeks past the final dose, students can remain at school.

This week, I sent emails to families of each student who was in a positive batch. Teri called families and Sarah and Audrey worked on administering confirmatory PCR tests for each of our students in those batches. I am so thankful for our team and for doing all we can to keep students safe!

Once we do receive the results from the confirmatory PCR tests (which I am still waiting on), we then begin contact tracing. If your student is a close contact, you will receive notification from Ms. Welch and most often you will also receive a phone call, as well.

If you have questions regarding the process, do reach out to ask your questions.

Newly expanded testing at Cottage Lake

Beginning this past week, Cottage Lake is now part of a pilot to test more students at school, which reduces the need for you to make confirmatory PCR test appointments outside of Northshore. Cottage Lake is now able to test ALL students, regardless of vaccination status, who are in positive batch testing vials. Previously, we were only able to test those students and adults who are fully vaccinated.

Beyond the batch testing, we are also now able to test close contacts at school, as well. If students are fully vaccinated (which includes 2 weeks after the final shot), students remain at school if asymptomatic and we can test students after day 5 of exposure. If your student is unvaccinated, we can make an appointment for a time for you to bring your student by school so we can test them after day 5.

All confirmatory tests will be processed through our partners at CIC Health. Results right now are taking between 30-72 hours. We hope results will be processed quicker again very soon. We are excited about this change in testing so we can have our students in school and this also helps with the challenges in finding PCR test availability in our community.

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 have to answer a few questions 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.

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.

Device routines

Beginning this week, our Kindergarten and 1st-grade families may see their student's iPads being sent home each day. We are doing this to match the rest of our school and to establish those daily routines where students take their technology home and bring it back to school the next day.

When students do bring it home, it is important to think about charging those iPads at home to be sure students' devices are charged and ready to use when at school. We are also sending home the devices just in case we transition to remote learning for a period of time. This way, students would have the technology they need for learning.

If we move to remote learning, further resources will be shared with families that will specify technology supports, etc.


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?

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


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


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.

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:

Cottage Lake Elementary

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