The Sailor Signal

Cottage Lake Elementary - September 26, 2021

A Note from Principal Welch

Hello Sailor families,

The month of September has passed so quickly and I am so thankful we have most of our students back on site, as well. Our classrooms are busy learning, students are actively playing and having fun during recess, and while the weather is nice, we also have several of our classrooms who have been enjoying as much time outside as possible. It feels great to be learning together!

Each September, our school sets our building goals for the school year. I wanted to take this time to share our goals with you all.

The foundation of all our work is our Racial and Educational Justice work. Our main focus this year is around teaching, learning, and self-reflection. Over the past few years, we have examined our policies and procedures around the school, we have reviewed and learned how we relate the instructional content and strategies used to the diverse backgrounds of their students, and we continue to work to uphold a strength-based approach for each of our students in all aspects of our instructional program (assessing, instructing, and interacting with students)

This year, our Racial and Educational Justice main goals are:

  • Educators are well informed of the diverse backgrounds of students and families

  • Students and families have the opportunity to be experts in the classroom, school, and district.

Our final two building goals focus on Social-Emotional Learning and Mathematics. In Social-Emotional learning, we are committed to ensuring 100% of our students feel seen, valued, safe, and connected with another student or adult at school. In Mathematics, we will have a specific focus on those students who scored 2 or more years behind in the area of Numbers and Operations on the iReady Fall Diagnostic. Our teachers also administered a curriculum-based math assessment early in the year and this data will also be used to identify students of focus this year. Strong skills in Numbers and Operations, like strong phonemic awareness in early reading, allow children to tackle more complicated math in the upper grades and this is the foundation of all our math instruction.

These are goals that require your partnership and participation! We will be working hard to help children feel connected and welcome at school and looking for further ways to engage our community in supporting our learners in mathematics. If you have a specific passion or skill set to support our work this year, please do reach out.

I'm looking forward to our collaboration this year!

Take Care,

~ Jen Welch, Principal


COVID Batch testing update

Our first batch testing was this past Wednesday, September 22. We had over 85% of our school test and ALL 36 vials returned NEGATIVE!! This is amazing news!! Thank you all for doing all you can do to continue to keep our school safe.

In future weeks, assume no news is good news. It is anticipated we will have batch results return within 24 hours, but some might take longer.

If any vials return with a positive result, we will be in contact with those families whose students were included in that batch. All students in the positive batches will need a negative PCR test to return to school. The district is offering free PCR tests at Pop Keeney each W-F. If a family declines the PCR testing, that student will be out of school for 14 days to quarantine.

COVID safety updates

Families can find the most up-to-date COVID health and safety information by clicking the links below.


Thank you to Tawni Case, Lindsay Stow, Nazish Piracha, and Christa Lewis for volunteering to help with picture day. Your help made picture day run smoothly and we appreciate you volunteering your time to help with picture day. Thank you

Curriculum Nights for in-person students

Curriculum Nights have been scheduled for the 2021-2022 school year. All curriculum presentations will be held via Zoom. Classroom teachers will be sharing their Zoom link with you, so you can attend. Presentations will be recorded and shared with families if they are unable to attend.

Below are dates and times for our presentations:

September 27

  • 5:10 PM - Primary and Intermediate FSA combined parent meeting
  • 6:00 PM - Learning Center Curriculum night
  • ..... 6:00-6:30 PM - K-2 families
  • ..... 6:30-7:00 PM - 3-5 families

September 28

  • 5:10 PM - 3rd Grade (Castro, Kinney)
  • 6:00 PM - 4th Grade (Cohen, Rendahl)
  • 6:50 PM - 4/5 Grade (Dawson)

Update from Nurse Audrey

King County Public Health guidelines for return to school as of 9/3/21,

In accordance with King County Public Health if your student has any 1 or more of these symptoms (Cold symptoms, fever and/or chills, cough, body aches, headache, new loss of smell or taste, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea) we will need proof of a negative PCR COVID test before your child can return to school. No home tests or rapid antigen tests will be accepted.

You are welcome to email the results to Nurse Audrey (

Some options for obtaining PCR tests:

Bellevue College (Bellevue)

Make reservations online

2645 145th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA, 98007
Phone: 206-477-3977
Languages: Interpretation available including ASL and tactile interpretation
Available, Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.



COVID-19 Testing and Locations | UW Medicine

UW Medicine offers drive-through and walk-up testing for COVID-19. The test used is a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). Appointment options vary by location.


You may also go to Pop Keeney in Bothell where the district is doing confirmatory PCR testing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12p-2p.

Volunteer Trainings

Below you will find dates for the Volunteer Trainings to start the year. For In-person training, masks must be worn at all times and adults need to remain socially distanced.

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).


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?

News from the Northshore YMCA

The Northshore YMCA before and after school care has openings at Cottage Lake Elementary!

The Y is proud to partner with your school district to provide high-quality, active learning opportunities designed to engage and expand young minds. Through our Before and After-School Enrichment (BASE) program, we provide a safe, caring, and fun environment where kids can participate in sports, arts, STEM, and other hands-on learning activities.

Every student deserves the benefits of quality youth programs. A parent's financial position should not be a barrier to any family wishing to participate. The Y accepts subsidies at many locations and financial assistance is available. For additional information, please visit

BASE is flexible to meet your family’s needs offering programs before school, after school, or both and from 1 to 5 days per week. Fees are reflective of the hours that students are in BASE and they may vary by district and school. See details at

Registration forms can be found by visiting:, completing this 2021-2022 Interest form, or calling 206-382-4927.

Volunteer application & Vaccination documentation

We are excited to welcome volunteers back to campus this year in support of our staff and students. This includes volunteers in our library, part of PTA activities, or classroom-based volunteers. Classrooms are not required to use volunteers. Those classrooms wanting to include volunteers will be in contact with their families to share their specific need(s).

In accordance with state guidelines, volunteers will be asked to submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a District approved exemption by October 18, 2021.

All volunteers in the Northshore School District are able to complete their volunteer application and background check online. Family members of students and community members who volunteer at more than one school will only need to complete the application once a year. Once approved, applications will be available for all school office staff to access districtwide. Volunteers can learn more and complete an online application here.

Before volunteers begin at Cottage Lake, all volunteers need to participate in a Cottage Lake volunteer training. Our volunteers only need to attend one training while they are at Cottage Lake, unless there is an Administrative change while your student attends CL. This training is between 30-40 minutes in length. This training reviews the privacy expectations, along with other expectations of our volunteers.

District Technology Device Information

This year, all our students will have devices assigned to them.

  • All Kindergarten through 1st-grade students will be using iPads, but they will stay at school.
  • All 2nd through 5th-grade students will be assigned a Chromebook that should be taken home and returned each day.

Staff will be teaching students how to care for their devices and also be sure they bring their computers back each morning fully charged.

In order for students to receive their device, we need parents/guardians to complete a "Student Device Use agreement." This can be done by clicking HERE, using the QR code in this section, downloading the PDF attachment, or come by the office to complete a paper copy of the form. We are now asking for all families, Kindergarten through 5th grade, to complete the agreement. This is a change from the original communication.

Below are ways families can access the needed Agreement forms. EACH student will need a separate form completed. These forms are needed for students in 2nd grade through 5th grade.

  • Electronically completing agreement by clicking HERE
  • Use the QR code above to complete the form,
  • PDF of the form can be accessed here. (This form will need to be printed and then sent into school.)
  • Please stop by the school office to complete the paper copies of the form we have available.


Required Yearly forms to be signed

On Friday afternoon, the below message was sent to all families. We encourage you to log into ParentVUE and complete your student's forms as soon as you can. Thank you!

"Dear Northshore Families,

Annually the District provides parents/guardians with notification of forms that must be acknowledged, including:

  • WA State Attendance Letter
  • Rights and Responsibilities Handbook
  • Weapons Letter
  • Student Housing Questionnaire
  • Permission to Withhold Student Directory Information

We ask that you login to ParentVUE today to view these forms. If you have never logged into ParentVUE, you will find instructions on how to do so when you click the link above. Please know that when you next login to ParentVUE, you will be prompted to download, read, and take action for each of the forms listed above. Additionally, secondary students will be prompted to download, read and acknowledge the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook when they login to StudentVUE. Families with elementary students are encouraged to review the handbook together in ParentVUE with their students. These forms must be completed no later than Oct. 15.

The forms are available in English, Spanish, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Russian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Korean, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. If you would like to access a paper copy of these forms, please contact your school’s main office.

If you have any questions about these forms, please contact Student Services at (425) 408-7725 or by email at"

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.