The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - June 6, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Dear Families,

This year has been one where it feels like it has been 3 years long, yet at times, it seems like it has flown by! I can't believe we are down to our final two weeks of school. I have thoroughly enjoyed partnering with you this year and appreciate your continued commitment to Cottage Lake Elementary!

Within the information below, please pay special attention to the UPDATED Technolgy section below and also the Library book return information. It is important to know that ALL district-issued technology needs to be returned BY JUNE 18 @ 4:00 PM. The technology return dates have been modified below, so please look at the new details. If your student(s) need one for summer learning, you can request a summer device using the link provided below. Please know this is for summer use only! All other students will receive devices in the fall. Specific details are provided below.

The last important note is about library books. It's time to return the books you have at home. Any books that are not returned with be moved to a fine and that will be listed in your student's account. Please look high and low for books students still have at home or other places they've been in the past year. If you have questions, please reach out to Mrs. Sterling.

If your student will not be attending school any of the days during the next two weeks, please don't forget to reach out to Mrs. Negrin to let her know. We will be taking attendance up until the final day of school.

Let's have a great week ahead!

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal


COVID batch testing continues

We have continued to test our Cohort A and Cohort B students as part of our batch testing. All tests have continued to return negative! Great job, Sailors!! Let's continue to keep everyone healthy!! This upcoming week will be our final week of batch testing.

UPDATED technology return and summer device information

Hello Sailors,

Below is updated information around technolgy return and asking for devices for the summer, as well. Please do read this information for all updates.

  • All student devices and hotspots must be collected by June 18

New devices will be distributed in the Fall ‘21 for all students grades 2-12, no device request is required. Kinders and 1st-grade students will be assigned an iPad for classroom use only, except IEP/501 which will remain with the student.

To request a device for Summer learning opportunities please fill out the following form. All summer requests, with a pick-up from Cottage Lake, are due by June 9.

You do NOT need to complete this form to request a device for Fall 2021.

Remote students will be assigned devices in Fall 2021 from a centralized location.

Key Dates for devices:

Wednesday, June 9

Deadline to request Summer Device Pick-Up at CLE (pick-up occurs on June 21.) Here is the JotFrom to request a summer device.

Requests after June 9 can still receive a summer device at one of several upcoming District Device distribution events (TBD).

Wednesday, June 9

Early Drop-Off Event!

For students who have a district device at home, but do not require the use of this district device for the last week of school. We ask for the district device to be returned sooner than later.

Return window: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Wednesday, June 16

Cohort B Drop-Off Event!!

Cohort B students can come by the school to return their computer device AND charger!

Return window: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Friday, June 18

Cohort A Drop-Off Event

Fully-Remote student Drop-Off Event

Cohort A or Fully-Remote students can return their computer device AND charger!

Return window: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Monday, June 21

Summer Device Distribution

This is for those students who have requested a summer device.

Pick-Up window: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

IMPORTANT! Library Book return information

Library End of Year Message from your Librarian.

For Mon/Tues. Hybrid:

  • Students have received their last library books for the school year. If you have more than one bag of books, please send back one bag ASAP!
  • All books are due June 11

For Thurs/Fri Hybrid:

  • Friday, June 4 was your last library books for the school year! It is a smaller order, and you only keep them for one week.
  • All books are due June 11

For Remote learners:

  • Drop off for book returns is every Wednesday from 12:15-1:00 or by special arrangement.
  • All books are due June 11

All books are due by Friday, June 11!

If you have any questions about overdue books, fines, book return, or anything else, please email me at

I have loved every minute of getting books to you in all the different situations this year, from the book bus to the curbside to the hallway!

Thank you and Happy Reading, Mrs. Sterling

End of Year Medication pick-up from Nurse Audrey

If your student has medication on-site with Nurse Audrey, it is important to know we need your medication picked up no later than 3:45 PM on Friday, June 18!! Please reach out to Nurse Audrey with questions. Thank you for helping us close up the school year and ensuring we do not have extra medications.

A look ahead to the 2021-2022 School calendar

We are just 4 weeks away from wrapping up the 2020-2021 school year and as some of you might look into the future to make plans for travel or other adventures, I wanted to provide you important dates.

  • September 1 - First Day of School
  • September 6 - No School for Labor Day
  • November 11 - No School for Veteran's Day
  • November 18-24 - Early Release (half-days) for Elementary Conferences
  • November 25-26 - No School for the Thanksgiving Break weekend
  • December 20-31 - No School for Winter Break

Click Here to access the 1-page calendar for the 2021-2022 school year and other important dates for the upcoming year.

•• Important PTA News ••

Last PTA Meeting of the Year!

Tuesday, June 8 @ 7:00 PM

Zoom Meeting ID: 556 758 0614

We hope to see you there!

Welcome! 2021/22 PTA Executive Board

We're excited to announce next year's Executive Board and there are still a few openings if you'd like to get involved, work with a fun group of parents and help shape the direction of the PTA next year.

  • Co-Presidents: Beth Rampson & Mindy Dolan
  • Co-Treasurers: Nicole Deviou & Morgan Marlow
  • Co-VP’s of Communication: Kim Ohlenkamp & Kirsten Hansen
  • Co-VP’s of Events: Jen Gill & *OPEN*
  • Co-VP’s of Fundraising: Kati Kennedy & *OPEN*
  • Secretary: *OPEN*

* Please contact Rachel Tarr ( if interested in any of the open positions.


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Kindergarten registration is OPEN!!

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 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 ( Email is the best communication avenue at this time. We do not have staff regularly working on site.

We are excited to welcome new families to Cottage Lake!

•• District News ••

Northshore Early Childhood

Northshore Early Childhood is currently enrolling for the Ready Start Tuition Program. It is a blended multi-age, inclusive model, serving students, ages 3-5. We are currently have openings at Sorenson for the 2021/22 school year.

Classrooms are taught and supported by a general education teacher, a special education teacher, and a para professional. Inclusive classrooms create a dynamic learning environment for all students. The average class size is 16 students, with class make-up of 8 students with IEP’s, 4 students who pay tuition, and 4 students who are income eligible. Classrooms utilize The Creative Curriculum & Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment Tool. The staff is committed to fostering student learning and cultivating friendships while creating a sense of community for our students. Utilizing developmentally appropriate teaching strategies to support a whole child approach to learning, within an inclusive environment, fosters high levels of student learning and social and emotional growth for all students.

For more information and enrollment paperwork please visit our Northshore School District website: or contact Sorenson at (425) 408-5570.

Return all forms including deposit to:

Sorenson Early Childhood Center

19705 88th Ave NE

Bothell, WA 98011

Tuition Cost:

$300 per month

Unleash the Brilliance (UtB)

The Northshore School District was one of two districts in the state, awarded with the Racial Discipline Gap grant from OSPI. We have partnered with Unleash the Brilliance (UTB) to empower youth to make positive decisions and build a positive partnership between schools and families. The collaboration between Northshore and UTB is to inspire youth to share ideas and tools with students that empower and inspire them to value the process of learning and proactively engage in their education, in their future, and with their community. Unleash the Brilliance (UTB) is hosting parent and student success workshops in partnership with the Northshore School District to reduce infractions and discipline. These informational workshops will in turn help staff to become aware of related issues affecting our students.

These free workshops are open to all Northshore families and will focus on:

  • Best practices on how to prevent suspension or expulsion
  • How to manage the disciplinary hearing, appeal, and review procedures to work collaboratively to find alternatives to suspension or expulsion
  • Share your thoughts, hopes, concerns and hear from other parents

To learn more, click the link below about dates and times.

Click here for more information about Unleash the Brilliance (UTB) workshops

•• REPEAT of District News ••

Meals during remote learning and hybrid learning

With school moving to launch hybrid learning, our Food and Nutrition department is continuing to ensure our students and families have food available. Families will still be able to order weekly meals online, with a pick-up date on Wednesdays.

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 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.