The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - March 27, 2022

A Note from Principal Welch

Hello Sailor families,

Welcome to the final week of March. We are just a couple weeks away from Spring Break and then the final stretch of learning until the end of the school year. Teachers have been working so hard to reinforce behavior expectations with students while also pushing our teaching and learning. With our Quarter 3 ending on April 8, teachers will be wrapping up larger and longer projects in the new few weeks.

On Friday, our PTA held a virtual BINGO night. It was great fun to call numbers with those in attendance. We played 11 games together and I wanted to share a Congratulations to the following winners: Charlee Armstrong, Roland Anderson (twice!), Harris Lyman, Vaughn Davis, Beth Rampson (PTA Co-President), Lucas Folks, Avery Booth, Tyler Rampson, Harper Stow, Kaitlyn Crawford-Ohlenkamp, Theron Van Allen, Marin Lyman, and Rioaki Stone. Thank you to our PTA for sharing this fun opportunity!

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead. We are lucky to work with your students and your family.

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal

•• School News ••

Student Arrival on campus

This is a reminder that students should not be on school grounds prior to 9:20 AM. We are seeing a number of students entering through the back gate and moving to their class lines before this time. We have no supervision before 9:20 AM.

Any student entering campus from the back or side gates should walk to the front of the school and wait at the signs until an adult welcomes them onto campus.

Thank you for your support!

Track & Field

Spring sports are here for grades 3rd-5th! Mr. Darling and Mrs. Skinner are the track and field coaches and practice begins on Monday, Apr. 18th. Practices are Monday, Wednesday and Friday during lunch recess. Our meets are on Tuesdays at 5:00 PM, except our first meet which is on Thursday, May 5th. Our home meet is at Cottage Lake on Thursday, May 5th.

The online registration portal is now open. A link to register is on the Cottage Lake Elementary homepage, as well as, the emergency information card that you will need to print and fill out for your child. There are also registration packets available in the front office. The registration cost is $35.00 per student. Reduced rates are available for qualifying students.

Once you have registered your child please print and fill out the Emergency Information Card and return it to school. Once the emergency card is returned, your child will receive their track and field shirt.

We hope to have a fun and successful season. For more information, you can contact Mr. Darling at (425)-408-4215 or at Go Sailors!

A note from Nurse Audrey

March 14, 2022 brought around a long-awaited day: no more mask requirements at school. Along with this has come another milestone: The resurgence of a rapidly spreading, non-covid, respiratory illness that has affected many of our students. On March 21st we had 40 kids out with cold symptoms and/or sore throat. Multiple students missed 2-3 days or more of school this week.

It’s time to review When Should My Child Stay Home?

We are trying to ensure that all of our students and staff stay as healthy as possible. Hand washing is the number one way to reduce the spread of illness. Hand sanitizer is available to students, especially in rooms that do not have access to sink and water.

Getting enough sleep at night and good nutrition also play a role in staying healthy. Flu shots are recommended for all children aged 6mo to 18yrs and adults over 50, especially those with chronic health conditions. It’s not too late to get a flu shot for this season.

When your child is ill, he/she is more likely to contract other illnesses. Your child also exposes other students and staff when he/she comes to school sick. If your child has any of the symptoms below, please keep them at home until the symptoms subside/resolve.

These are the same guidelines that the school nurse uses to evaluate students who may need to go home:

  • APPEARANCE/BEHAVIOR: unusually tired, difficult to wake, pale, skin rash, lack of appetite; these are often signs of underlying illness.
  • FEVER: temperature of 100 degrees or higher. A child may be sent home without a fever if other symptoms are present.
  • SORE THROAT: especially with fever and/or swollen glands.
  • VOMITING/DIARRHEA: within the past 24 hours.
  • NASAL DRAINAGE/COUGH: yellow or green nasal drainage and/or chronic coughing may prevent your child or other students from being able to concentrate. They may expose others to illness, especially if they cannot control their secretions. Severe coughs should be evaluated by a health care provider to rule out Pertussis or "whooping cough". If your child’s symptoms are improved enough to be at school, but they are still having coughing spells, please consider having them wear a mask until their cough is resolved.
  • RASH: Any rash of unknown cause should be considered contagious. Please have your child examined by a health care provider to determine the cause and communicability of the rash before sending him/her to school. The school may require a note from the health care provider stating that the rash is not contagious.
  • Other: For other specific diseases or health difficulties it is always a good idea to contact Nurse Audrey at (425)408-4206. We are happy to share information and resources anytime!
  • Students should be fever-free without fever-reducing medication and no vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.

It is not unusual for students to feel better in the morning and then worse as the day goes along. The school is not equipped for prolonged care of your sick child. We require that you or an emergency contact will pick up your sick child within the hour that you are called. It is important for the school to have a list of local emergency contacts that are available to pick up your child in the event that we are not able to reach you. Please notify the school if there are changes to your contacts.

We need everyone to work together to be better able to provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff members. Just because it’s not Covid doesn’t mean it’s not contagious.

Thank you for your partnership!

Adult assistance at arrival

Morning arrival continues to share its challenges with minimal adults available to supervise our students. We are reaching out again to ask if there are adults who are willing to help with supervision? We would love if you could commit to even one day per week and if we could have a few parents each morning, that would really help our morning line-ups.

I am looking for assistance from 9:20-9:35 AM.

If you have this availability and can help, please contact Sarah McKinnon at or call (425) 408-4201. Thank you!

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

COVID Batch testing information

For a batch testing update, we had 0 positive batches this week.

Keep it up, Sailors!

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.

•• PTA News ••

Save the Date - PTA Auction

Save The Date

For Cottage Lake PTA’s Online Fundraising Auction & In-Person Preview Party

Our biggest fundraiser of the year is back! Our procurement team has been hard at work getting some incredible donations for families to bid on, plus you’ll get a chance to mingle with parents at an in-person preview party.

Theme: Business On Top, Party On The Bottom


AUCTION PREVIEW PARTY – Friday, May 13 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM @ 20 Corners Brewing

Invitations with all the details will be sent home in the next few weeks.

Garden Club Volunteers Wanted

Dear Cottage Lake Families,

We are currently looking for volunteers to assist in our school garden. The school garden is a volunteer-run program to engage students in garden science activities, such as planting/watering, scavenger hunts, and harvesting. We are looking for some extra volunteers to help with the garden and our weekly lunchtime Garden Club.

Time commitment: seasonal, drop-in basis.

If interested, please contact

The CLE PTA is hosting an online auction this spring!

Do you have gift certificates, experiences, items, wine/spirits, local connections, etc.? No donation is too big or too small! We are collecting donations through March 18th. Please contact Kati Kennedy for more information or to donate.

Thank you for your support!


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?

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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



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:

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.