The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - February 28, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Dear Families,

As we close out February, we have so much to be thankful and grateful for!! I thank you all for trusting Cottage Lake with your students and I look forward to moving through the rest of the year with you.

On Friday evening, Dr. Reid shared with you all the hybrid reopening plans for our schools beginning in late March and April. You will see a large section of the newsletter below sharing a few more details with you. Please know the plans are still developing and we are learning new information on a consistent basis. I will share further information with you when I do have it. I would say please be on the lookout for a survey that will ask you to select either hybrid learning or remaining fully remote for your student(s) for the rest of the school year. If you have questions, please feel free to email me and I will do my best to share what I know with you. After I receive your family survey results, I will be able to create our Group A and Group B student groups. I will also be able to review staffing at the same time. Those are all answers I do not have at this time. There will be more information to come and I look forward to the rest of the year together, either in a hybrid model or a fully remote model.

This past Thursday, we held a Materials pick-up event. If you missed this event, please email Mrs. McKinnon (, Mrs. Negrin (, or myself ( to schedule a time to come and pick-up your student's materials. Thank you!

I want to share a special thank you to all who joined us this past Friday for our Black History Month: We all Belong Here school assembly. I am in AWE of how amazing our students are!! I am providing a huge thank you to Mrs. Hanning, Mrs. Hoffman, and Mrs. Cohen who did a fabulous job planning the assembly and bringing each of our students into the presentation. I am working with Mrs. Hanning to upload the iMovie into YouTube so I can share a link with you. That will be forthcoming.

I will keep this short, as I believe you will want to spend a little more time on the information below. I wish you all a great rest of your day and hope you are staying healthy! Continue to spread kindness and take care of one another.

Take Care,

Jen Welch, Principal


The launch of hybrid learning

On Friday evening, our school district released the beginning details of our reopening plan including some specific dates. While there are several additional details that will be shared in the coming weeks, I wanted to provide you with a few items for information to help you in your thinking and planning. As soon as I have more details I will share them with you.

  • Here is a video providing some further details regarding in-person return and safety measures. While there may be a few details that are different for Cottage Lake, you can gain a little understanding of the safety procedures that will be in place for students who return for hybrid learning.

  • The district will be sending out an updated survey where you will be asked to choose either an in-person hybrid learning model (this will be 2-days in person and 2 days of remote learning. Wednesdays will stay mostly asynchronous learning, as it is now.) or you can choose to remain fully remote if that is the best option for your family.

  • At this time, we are unsure of the specific staffing impacts a return to a hybrid learning model versus remaining fully remote might have on classroom teacher assignments and class placement. As we are provided the details of families' choices and the district's agreed-upon parameters for our classrooms, we will continue to be in communication about how this model will come off the page.

  • Once we have received family survey results regarding the intent to return for in-person hybrid learning, we can begin to determine which students will be in Group A (this is a Monday/Tuesday in-person) and which students will be in Group B (This would be a Thursday/Friday in-person). At this time, I do not have any specific groupings I can share with you.

  • Bridge Weeks identified in the return plan are specifically designed to provide a variety of learning experiences related to safety at school and to also provide in-person social interactions before we begin in our hybrid model. This will happen in partnership with the YMCA Navigators team as they have been engaging in these types of learning and safety teaching throughout the pandemic. I am also not sure about the length of these activities. More information to come soon.

  • Linked here is a printable, more visual version of the reopening plan with dates and outline for student groups. Please read the descriptions on page 3 to understand the groupings more fully.

Please know there will be a lot of information shared with you in the coming weeks, so please do look for emails from me and/or the district. I will share anything I know and when I hear surveys are being resent to families, I will do my best to notify you, as well. There is more information to come.

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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!

•• Update from our PTA ••

A small note from PTA President, Rachel Tarr...

Hello families,

I wanted to share just a few updates/reminders with you all.

  • First, The parent ed. workshop is THIS Thursday, March 4. See the information below for further information and click on the link to register.
  • Our March PTA meeting is March 9, beginning at 7:00 PM. The Zoom Meeting ID is: 556 758 0614 Everyone's invited!
  • A quick message about the Food Drive -- What an amazing and generous school community we have! We had a very full car and monetary donations to help fill up the Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank. A huge thank you!!

Upcoming Parent education event provided by our PTA

A Solution for (Almost) Every Struggle: Parenting Outside the B.O.C.S

March 4th 7:00-8:30 PM

***Space is limited***

Register at:

“Live” Workshop: Parent Coach® Christy Keating, J.D. will explore a new framework for addressing (almost) any conflict or challenge that arises with children, whether they are toddlers, teens, or in-betweens, and helps parents when that “I don’t know what to do or say” feeling happens.

Christy will touch on:

  • How our brains hijack our best intentions while parenting;
  • How to respond rather than react;
  • What our children’s challenging behaviors may actually be telling us and how to decode the messages;
  • Why time-outs, rewards, punishments, and bribes don’t work and what to do instead; • How to problem-solve with our children; and
  • How to ensure our solutions help our families THRIVE.

Drawing on principles of positive discipline, research, and writings by Dr. Daniel Siegel, Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott, Rudolph Driekurs, and her own experience as both a parent and parent coach, Christy teaches parents a new framework for interacting with their children and solving problems. Attendees will walk away with clear strategies they can use to parent in a way that builds love, joy, connection, along with important social-emotional skills.

If you have questions, please contact

Please CLICK HERE to see the flyer for this event.

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Book Circulation for ALL!!

Readers, Readers..... we are looking for more readers!!

You can now order books EVERY WEEK!!

We are now moving our book circulation to EVERY WEEK!! The schedule will stay posted for reference, but if your student wants books weekly or needs to keep them an extra week, they can order any time and the books will be ready the following Thursday. If you want to borrow a book, please complete the link below to reserve books for your student(s).

  • ALL STUDENTS - Your upcoming book distribution day is: Thursday, March 4
  • We are extending the book ordering window until Monday evening.
  • If you want books, please fill out this form by MONDAY, March 1 @ 8:00 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 ••

Creatively Northshore Calendar

Make sure your student gets their submission in for the February Creatively Northshore calendar prompt. Submissions may be featured on the Northshore School District website, social media, and other future publications. Each month the calendar has a different prompt that students are encouraged to submit one entry a month.

This month's activity:

Details come together to create the bigger picture. Reflect on how you contribute to the world locally and globally. Share with us at by drawing a picture, writing a poem or a story or another creative way.


•• REPEAT of District News ••

School Waivers

Waivers for the 2021-2022 school year will soon be accepted. This is earlier than before, as we look to have a better understanding of our student numbers for the next school year. Please see below for the dates we will begin accepting waivers.

If you live In-District:

  • Grades K-12 - February 22, 2021
  • IHS IB Program - December 7, 2020
  • ILHS 10th Grade - December 7, 2020

If you live Out of District:

  • Current Students staying at their current school - February 22, 2021
  • Current Students transitioning to 6th or 9th grade - April 19, 2021
  • New Students - May 7, 2021
  • IHS IB Program - December 7, 2020
  • ILHS 10th Grade - December 7, 2020

You can also find further waiver information by visiting:

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, March 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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