The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - January 10, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Dear Families,

This past week, our nation was impacted by the civil unrest that occurred Wednesday at our United States Capitol. Many of our students, many of you, and many of our staff were impacted by the events that unfolded. As your school's leader, I want to share that is our job to support our students by listening and supporting feelings, but also supporting their critical thinking skills. It is not our job to teach students what to think, but rather, we support our students with how to think critically. I also want to share that every student and every one of you has a place in this school and community. I am committed to leading and supporting respectful conversations and listening to differences. We must be respectful of one another. Acts of hate and civil unrest have no place at Cottage Lake. We are a family here at Cottage Lake and I remain committed to supporting a respectful and inclusive school community.

To highlight our coming together, it was incredible to see so many of you this past Thursday during our materials pick-up event. I sure loved seeing so many of our students in the cars as you pulled through for pick-up. I miss you all! I want to thank our PTA for providing each of our students a small gift in the materials bags and to our art docents for also providing art supplies in the pick-up bags, as well. We continue to think outside the box this year! If you missed our pick-up, please do reach out via email to Sarah, Teri, or myself to schedule a time to gather your student's materials. Following Dr. Reid's COVID update and turning to reopen our school, we will keep you informed of our next materials pick-up event date. This will likely be towards the end of February.

As we continue to move forward in learning, the end of our first semester is also fast approaching. The semester ends on January 22 and then on Monday, January 25, we have a no school day for teachers to work on student report cards. I want to share that all student report cards will be mailed home to all families the week of February 1. Should you have questions after you receive the report card, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Please do take the time to read through the District News updates, as there are a few new additions there. We also have a PTA meeting this Tuesday and I'd love to see many of you there. Please find the link below in the PTA News section.

I appreciate each of you and all you have done and are doing to support students during remote learning. I am so thankful for our school community and how you support our school. We can do this, Sailors! Let's make this a great week!

In partnership,

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!

•• District News ••


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

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.

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

•• REPEAT of District News ••

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 ••

Amazon Smile!

Purchase with purpose!! Amazon provides an opportunity to give 0.5% of your participating purchases back to our school when you select the Cottage Lake PTA while you shop. It is honestly that easy! Visit:

Search: Cottage Lake PTA.

[YES, our PTA accounted is listed in Tacoma, but it IS our school's PTA located in Woodinville, WA.]

After selecting our school's PTA, each time you want to shop, begin with visiting, and then shop. You must first log into the for purchases to be eligible for the cash back opportunity.

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.