The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - January 18, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Dear Families,

Happy Monday and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I hope you found this to be a day to give, reflect, think, and act. We have so much to be grateful for and Dr. King fought for so much for what Cottage Lake stands for today. I am looking forward to our work together advocating and fighting for each of our students at Cottage Lake.

This coming Friday, January 22, marks the end of our first semester of school. Teachers will be working on completing report cards for students during the week of January 25. All report cards will be mailed home to families the week of February 1. Thank you for your partnership.

Please do look at the new information in the "District News" section, as there are a few new entries. I hope you all have a great week ahead. I am looking forward to a great week of teaching and learning.

Take Care,

Jen Welch, Principal


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 the upcoming book circulation.

  • 1st, 3rd, & FSA - Your upcoming book distribution day is: Thursday, January 21
  • If you want books, please fill out this form by Sunday, January 17 @ 9:00 PM.

  • Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, & 5th - Your upcoming book distribution day is: Thursday, January 14
  • If you want books, please fill out this form: by Sunday, January 10 @ 9:00 PM.

Please click on the button below to locate the book circulation schedule (this is updated regularly) 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!

Picture Day is rescheduled for February 11

I have been working with Dorian to reschedule our Picture Day for students. At this time, we have moved it to Thursday, February 11. Sarah McKinnon will be sending out a sign-up, where students/families can sign up for a 15-minute time frame to get their picture taken. All safety precautions will be in place: ensuring social distancing, temperature taking of students, wearing a mask, and coming for pictures at a set time.

As we move through the next two weeks, I will be watching COVID cases closely. I will let you know if we need to move pictures even further out due to risks. Thank you for your understanding.

•• District News ••

•• REPEAT of District News ••

Our Chinese Language Program is growing!

We are excited to announce our Chinese Language Program at Sunrise Elementary will be adding another class of 1st graders next year. If you are interested in learning more about the program, there will be a parent information session on January 27, from 5:00 - 6:00 PM. This will be live streamed, with specific broadcast details forthcoming.


PACE Application Deadline For The 2021-2022 School Year

PACE (Parents Active in Cooperative Education), a choice educational enrichment program offered through the Northshore School District, is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. All applications are due prior to the February 5th PACE lottery drawing deadline, and a virtual tour is required prior to application.

The hallmarks of PACE include an enhanced educational experience due to high parent involvement, enrichment activities, encouragement for students to become self-motivated learners and a strong sense of community among families. Families commit to a minimum number of volunteer hours per year of program support. PACE is located at three elementary school sites in the district with feeder patterns from all Northshore elementary schools.

A tour is required prior to applying to the PACE program. To register for a virtual tour hosted by PACE at Wellington Elementary, please email

For more information about the PACE program, please visit

Highly Capable testing update

The Accelerated Models and Programs Department is in the middle of our 2020-2021 screening and assessment plan.

Students in grades 6 & 7

We are almost done remotely administering the NNAT3 to students who were referred for testing or are new to Northshore in grades 6 and 7. Our department has worked to contact families of these students in order to connect with families to enable them to take the NNAT3. Our testing window is almost over. Please contact us with any questions at We will invite those students who score above the 85% to take the Iowa Assessments in reading and math. We plan to send out scores after January 8th.

Grade 5 Update

We plan to work on device distribution for grade 5 during the month of January in hopes of screening fifth graders using the NNAT3 between February 1st-12th. Following the NNAT3, we will invite students to take the Iowa test if they score above the 85%.

Students in grades K-4

We are still working on the highly capable screening and assessment schedule for grades K-4. Our department will update families when we can safely test.

Thank you,

Accelerated Models and Programs Department

After-School Enrichment

The Northshore School District has continued our contract with 6crickets who will continue to maintain a database of community organizations that are offering after-school enrichment opportunities through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. The database has enrichment opportunities focused on theater, baking, STEM, public speaking and more.

More information and a link to the database can found on the NSD website at the link below:

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

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. Orders 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 is this week: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 PM.
  • Learn more about the PTA and get your 2020/21 membership at
  • Your 2020/21 PTA President is Rachel Tarr and can be contacted at

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Cottage Lake Elementary

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