The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - May 1, 2022

A note from Principal Welch

Good Morning, Sailor families

This coming week is a very special week! It is the national Teacher/Staff appreciation week. Our Cottage Lake staff are some of the very, very best in the business and the district. This is a week for not only celebrating our teachers but our entire staff. The PTA has worked to shower our staff with celebrations throughout the week but has also worked to establish an idea for families for each day of the week. Please see the flyer students came home with on Friday or read below to read the suggestions. You are not tied to just these ideas. If you'd like to do something else for a staff member at CL, please do so. We also have a book in the front office where staff has shared their "Favorite Things," so feel free to stop by the school or call the office if you'd like more information about a staff member. Thank you for joining me in celebrating all the incredible individuals that work at Cottage Lake!!

Also starting this Friday is our school auction. I am so thankful for our PTA who continues to do everything they can to support our school and students. Our school auction is always a very fun and well-attended event and I hope you will consider reading below to learn how you can participate. This year's auction will again be online, so you can begin viewing items for auction on Friday, May 6. The auction ends on May 13. Thank you to the auction committee for procuring donations and creating fun baskets and gifts to bid on.

I also want to thank the 91 families who have responded to the Intent to Return survey I have shared for the past two weeks. The survey results directly inform our staffing and I appreciate you sharing if you will be returning to CL in the fall, or your student/family will be attending elsewhere. If you still need to complete the survey, please look below for the link.

Lastly, this week we begin the state testing for our 3rd-5th grade students. Each year, students participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA). Students are assessed in English Language Arts and Mathematics. In 5th grade, students are also assessed in Science. The schedule for testing will run through all of May and you can find those specific testing dates below. I ask that you do all you can to have your students at school each day. Ensuring students have a good night's sleep the night before and eat a healthy breakfast in the morning will support students in being ready to show their knowledge. If you know you will gone for any portion of the testing days, please let the office and your classroom teacher know ASAP.

Thank you for your continued support and for sharing your amazing children with us.

Have a great week!

~ Jennifer Welch, Principal

•• School News ••

A note from Mr. Wallinger

Hello Cottage Lake​ Elementary Families,

Committee For Children has recently a series called Hot Chocolate Talk. This series helps guide parents and guardians through conversations about sexual abuse with their child in a way that is age appropriate and informative. These conversations are crucially important so that our children are equipped to refuse and report any forms of sexual abuse. If you're interested, check out the following link for more information:

Updated school hours beginning the 2022-2023 school year

The Northshore School board has confirmed our school hours for next year. We will shift our start and end times by 5 minutes.

  • School hours M/T/Th/F will be: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • School hours on all early-release W will be: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
YMCA information for 2022-2023 school year

Click the button above to learn more about YMCA before and after-school care at Cottage Lake during the 2022-2023 school year. Registration opens on May 2.

COVID Batch testing

This past week, we had 2 positive batches after our testing on Wednesday, April 27.

•• PTA News ••

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Staff Appreciation Week - May 2-6

Calling all CLE families! It’s time to gear up for a fun week of showing appreciation for all our incredible staff! It’s been a wild year, and this week is your time to make our staff feel the love.

The PTA will be hosting daily activities for the staff like lawn signs, coffee, treats, lunches, etc. We want your help in recognizing them too! A flyer should have been sent home last week with a list of each day’s activities along with a sheet to fill out about your teacher. Here’s the activities for kids to participate in each day:

  • Monday – Teachers are noteworthy. Write your teacher a note to share how they have impacted you this year.
  • Tuesday – Complete the “about my teacher” worksheet. Bring it to class on Tuesday and share your answers with your teacher.
  • Wednesday – Wear your teacher’s favorite color or sports team.
  • Thursday – Bring a flower (fresh or handmade) for your teacher
  • Friday – Teachers teach us how to be a good friend. Today, show your teacher what you’ve learned by giving a compliment, being helpful, and showing kindness to others.

Let’s shine the light on our staff!

We welcome any and all families to participate in recognizing the Cottage Lake staff this coming week!


LUNES (Monday)

Escribe una nota a tu maeltra o maestro diciendoles las importancia ellos tienen en su dia de escuela.

MARTES (Tuesday)

Completa el asignacion para su maestra hoy y compartir con ella.

MIERCOLES (Wednesday)

Usa el color o el equipo deportivo favorito de tu maestro.

JUEVES (Thursday)

Trae una flor fresca o hecha a mano para tu maestra.

VIERNES (Friday)

Hoy, ensena a tu maestra que tu aprendio como nuestro bondad y ayuda a los demas.

Muchas gracias para todo que tu familiar hace para la escuela y los maestros!

Cottage Lake's school Auction

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and the Cottage Lake auction is the perfect place to shop for the perfect gift. In fact, we have put together an exclusive Mother’s Day gift basket that will be available early! Visit to preview it now!

The basket is valued at over $400 and includes:

  • Massage Envy
  • TJ Maxx
  • Woodhouse Wine Estates
  • Heritage Restaurant
  • Nothing Bundt Cake

PTA School Auction, May 6-10

Our annual auction is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Cottage Lake PTA. Programs like art docents, gardening, staff appreciation, teacher grants, classroom magazine subscriptions, events, and celebrations, wouldn’t exist without PTA fundraising.

This year’s Business On Top, Party On The Bottom themed auction will be 100% online and starting today you can now preview items up for bid! Online bidding will begin at 8 AM on May 6th and ends at 10 PM on May 13th. You must register to participate in bidding. This auction is available for everyone to bid on, so please invite your friends, family, and neighbors to help support our school.

Friday, May 13th, we’ll wrap up the week of bidding and slip into our best Business On Top, Party On The Bottom attire and head to 20 Corners Brewing for a fun That’s a Wrap Party from 6-9 PM. Because of the generosity of CLE families, this event is now free to attend. Light appetizers and alcohol are provided by 20 Corners Brewing. This is a 21+ event. RSVP by May 6 to reserve your spot!

Here are some of our featured items you won’t want to miss!

  • Ultimate Birthday Party - Ascend Gymnastics, Trophy Cupcakes, Pagliacci Pizza
  • Dad’s Day Out - Echo Falls Golf Club, Woodinville Whiskey
  • Cottage Lake Elementary Street Sign - Custom street sign at the school
  • Hot Air Balloon - Hot air balloon ride & wine tasting
  • Alderbrook Resort & Spa - Romantic getaway for two

Questions? Learn more at and register to participate at

End of Year school Carnival

Mark your calendars for our end-of-year School Carnival!

Date: June 3rd

Time: 5:30-8:00 PM

The Cottage Lake PTA is going all out for this year’s end-of-school event and will be throwing an EPIC carnival featuring classic carnival games, delicious food trucks, snow cones, popcorn, and much more! Save the date and stay tuned for more details.


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?

Return to CL family survey

As part of our planning for next year, I want to survey families and ask for EACH family to please complete this survey to share your intentions of returning to Cottage Lake during the 2022-2023 school year. Please CLICK HERE to respond to our 2022-2023 family intent to return survey. Your survey results help us plan for our enrollment, which directly informs our staffing, for next year.

Thank you for responding to this survey ASAP!

ATTN Grade 3-5 families - Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) testing schedule

Each Spring, Washington students take state and federal tests regularly to assess their learning growth as well as the progress of the educational system as a whole. Students in Grades 3-5 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in English language arts (ELA) and math tests for federal and state accountability. Students in 5th grade will also take the Science test.

This year, our testing will occur in May. It is VERY important that students are at school on a regular basis and that you avoid all appointments for your students on their testing days. There are guidelines for how long the test may take, but the test is not timed.

Please find your grade level's testing information below.

GRADE 3 (Castro & Kinney)

  • May 9 - ELA Assessment, Part 1
  • May 13 - ELA Assessment, Part 2
  • May 18 - Math Assessment, Part 1
  • May 24 - Math Assessment, Part 2

GRADE 4 (Rendahl & Sleister)

  • May 3 - ELA Assessment, Part 1
  • May 12 - ELA Assessment, Part 2
  • May 17 - Math Assessment, Part 1
  • May 26 - Math Assessment, Part 2

GRADE 4/5 & 5 (Dawson & Skinner)

  • May 2 - ELA Assessment, Part 1
  • May 5 - ELA Assessment, Part 2
  • May 10 - Math Assessment, Part 1
  • May 16 - Math Assessment, Part 2
  • May 23 - Science Assessment

5th grade families... Camp Cedar Springs

Hello 5th grade families,

Due to Covid, Camp Cedar Springs has transitioned to a 2-day environmental education experience for fifth-graders for the 2021-2022 school year. Students will not be staying overnight.

Cottage Lake will attend Camp Cedar Springs on May 18 & 19.

If you wanted to watch the recording of the Parent Information Night, please CLICK HERE to be directed to the website.

Mrs. Dawson is our staff lead for camp at Cottage Lake. Below are important dates she has shared.

  • Camp Cedar Springs registration packets were sent home this past week.
  • April 1: Volunteer Interest Forms (pink paper) due
  • April 20: Student registrations are due
  • April 21: T-shirt/Sweatshirt Orders (orange paper) due NO LATE SHIRT ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED
  • May 13: Medication forms and Medication due to Nurse Audrey
  • May 18 & 19: Camp Cedar Springs!

If you have questions, do reach out.

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Kindergarten Registration is Open for the 2022-2023 school year!

Kindergarten registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now OPEN! To enter Kindergarten in September, students should be 5 no later than August 31. All registrations will be completed online, including providing immunizations and uploading other documents as needed.

Spread the word!! We want Kindergarten students!!

If there are questions about the registration process, please email Mrs. Negrin ( or Mrs. MckInnon (

At this time, we have scheduled two, Kindergarten parent tours. These events are geared to adults. Our dates are:

  • February 15, 4:30-5:30 PM
  • March 22, 10:00-11:00 AM

Families interested in attending the Kindergarten tours do not need to register. We will have parents sign-in when you arrive on campus.

We are excited to welcome new families to Cottage Lake!

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



2022-2023 School Year calendar

We are happy to share the 2022-23 school year calendar with you. CLICK HERE to access the online copy of the calendar. Please note some important dates below.

  • First Day of School - August 31
  • Elementary Conferences - November 17-23 (These are half-days.... with a dismissal time around 12:45 PM.)
  • Winter Break - December 19-January 2
  • Mid-Winter Break - February 20-24
  • Spring Break - April 10-14
  • Last Day of School - June 20

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 2022-2023 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.