Principal’s Message:

Following the school shooting in Parkland, student leaders across the country are emerging as advocates for their own safety.  Students are calling on their peers to observe this tragedy by leaving their classrooms for 17 minutes on March 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., one minute to observe each life lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  I know that some Tillicum students are planning to participate in this demonstration by leaving their classrooms, while others prefer to stay in classrooms and follow normal routines.  Both viewpoints are okay and I have encouraged students to have a conversation with their family before making a decision.

The Bellevue School District Safety and Security team has one more community information session planned for Thursday, Mach 13, from 6-7 pm in the Interlake High School Library.  I highly encourage you to attend this session to become better informed about school safety.  I had the opportunity to attend last night’s session at Bellevue High, and it was tremendously valuable and informative.

Best regards,

James Peterson

School News:

Start Time

Next year, when we return to our regular campus, Tillicum will also return to our regular 7:45 AM start time.  Students will be dismissed at 2:30pm, except on Wednesdays when they will be dismissed at 1:20pm. Bus transportation will be offered at the end of the school day and following after-school activities and programs. Specific bus schedules will be provided to families closer to the start of school.  Learn more.


6th Grade Camp

Attention 6th Grade Parents!  Did you miss the March 9 deadline to turn in your camp paperwork?  Don’t worry – it’s not too late!  Students can still turn in their paperwork to their social studies teachers next week.

Tuition this year is $170 per student.  Payment can be made all at once, either online or at the school office with a check or credit card.  A Financial Payment Plan is available, as are scholarships.

The Parent Authorization and Acknowledgement for Out of State or Overnight Field Trip should be signed and returned to school by March 9.

If a student will need medication at camp, including any over-the-counter meds, we must have a Med Authorization to administer.  Please bring in the completed form and any medication before the first day of camp, and contact Nurse Peggy Ruehr for questions:  425-456-6714

Questions about camp:  contact Kristen Bieler at



SHOUT Conference March 27

The SHOUT Experience is a leadership conference geared towards young women who racially identify as Black, Latino, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander or Native American. The goal of the SHOUT conference is to provide inspiration and support to strengthen the development of these students academically, socially, and emotionally. The conference will explore with the students’ cultural understanding, self-empowerment, civil discourse, and leadership building. Although the event has a specific cultural focus it is open to all students. There will be an information session for students during (4th period on Tuesday, February  13).  Please see Ms. Johnson if you have questions.

Conference DATE:  Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Registration- 2 part process

Field Trip Paperwork filled out from Ms. Johnson or downloaded from our BSD website

On-line registration completed.

Both parts of the registration must be completed by March 20th.  It is best to have this done as early as possible.



ASB news:

Tiger Socks for Sale!

Tillicum’s ASB and the Strideline sock company worked together to create a specialized Tillicum Tiger sock! The socks are in and now available for purchase for $25. Students may bring their money directly to the office, or they may pay online. Receipts for online purchases should be given to the office in exchange for socks. If you would like to pay online go to


Activities and Athletics:


NJHS members celebrated reading this week, including daily book knowledge clues, a library scavenger hunt and a book wall in the cafeteria.  Many students submitted designs for the bookmark contest, and the winners are:  Denise H.C., Brooke L.  and Addie W.  Their designs will be reproduced and will be available in the library.  The week’s activities also included the Spelling Bee.  This year’s winner was 7th grader Coartney, who correctly spelled “premonition” to take first place.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-19 school year.  The deadline is Friday April 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm (no exceptions).  The application packets are available in the main office, or can be found on the NJHS website.


Jubilee News

We are approaching the Spring Sports & Activities season; Jubilee REACH would like to keep you updated on what is being offered and some important dates.

The Spring Season will begin on April 16, 2018. We will be offering; Math Team, Girls Golf, Girls & Boys Soccer and Boys & Girls Basketball. If students are interested in participating, please have them register online at jubileereach. If students are already registered with Jubilee REACH, please have them notify (In-person or through email) the Site Coaches and what they would like to participate in.

We are also in need of volunteer coaches to help out with our sports programs. If you would like to volunteer your time or know of anyone that may want to volunteer their time, please email the Site Coach, Robert Raban or the Assistant Site Coach, Shaler Knowles for more information. It is a great way for high school students to gain volunteer hours and build bridges for the middle school students and to get to know future classmates.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us! Thank you all for your support and we look to finishing a strong school year! Go Tigers!

Thank you all for all your participation and support this season. We appreciate you more than you know. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email us or stop by our office.

Robert & Shaler

Latest activity schedule.

Activity and Tutorial Bus Routes

Questions about Jubilee Sports and Activities?  Check their website or Contact Robert Raban, Jubilee Reach Tillicum Site Coach at

General Membership Meeting March 22, 6:30 pm

You did it once but we need you to do it again! We raised $14,000 for school grants through Pass the Hat, but now we need to increase our budget for school grants. Please join us on March 22nd, 6:30pm in the Ringdall library for a brief PTA general membership meeting before the orchestra concert. We will be approving the budget and electing a nominating committee.


Tillicum Mariners Night May 2!

Come cheer on the Tillicum Choir (and the Mariners) as they sing the national anthem on May 2. Details are on this Mariners order form. If you have any questions, you can email Melissa Saunders at


Every Clip Counts!

Thank you for your participation in our Box Tops Collection at Tillicum! We’ve collected $110 in Box Tops this fall! On average we earn between $300-400 per year.


You submitted just 10 Box Tops? Our earnings would reach $660!  Increase your collecting power by asking family and friends to clip these incentives, too!  Don’t wait too long, there are expiration dates.  Submit frequently so we earn every dime before they expire.  Get inspired to CLIP and have your student submit your collection to the office today.

Your coordinators – Kim Flavius and Allison Patterson


District Announcements:

New Bus Bulletin System

In an effort to improve customer service and communications, Bellevue School District Transportation is starting a Parent/School Notification System.  This system will allow Transportation to make notifications when a school bus is delayed.

Bus Bulletin is a website that allows personnel in the school district transportation department to notify you with information (delays etc.) regarding your child’s bus. You have the choice to receive e-mails, or text and voice notifications on your cell or home phone. Typically, text messages are received within 30 seconds from the time they are sent. This means you know when it still matters, not after the fact.

To sign up for this system, you do NOT enter information about your child.

All we need to know is the school your child attends and the bus that he/she rides. We do not ask for any information that will identify them.

There is No Cost to register or receive notifications.

Bus Bulletin does not send unsolicited text messages or e-mails, outside of notifications that are generated by the school district.

Register at:


How to Report a Safety Concern

Bullying and safety concerns can always be reported to any staff member at your school. The Bellevue School District also utilizes an anonymous reporting tool called SafeSchools Alert through which anyone can make a verbal or written report of harassment, intimidation or bullying, contact a school administrator or any staff member.

Information on how to submit a report via any of these methods is available on the district website at

 Community Announcements:

Bellevue Youth Link

Bellevue Youth Link is hosting the biennial 2018 Youth Involvement Conference on Friday, March 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Conference Center in Bellevue. . Online registration (preferred) opens tomorrow, March 1 through March 9.  Conference is free but spaces are limited for the first 300 students.

Patrick Alina,  Youth Link Program Coordinator  Bellevue Parks & Community Services Office:  425-452-5254  Email: Web:

2018 Youth Involvement Conference

March 23 @ Meydenbauer Center

Registration opens March 1! Visit


Submissions Welcome

We work to ensure that the news we share here is relevant for students and families, and we welcome news from families and the many individuals, clubs, teams, and organizations that support our school community. Please provide submissions directly to our Main Office.


Student Awards

Want the district to showcase your student’s achievements on the district webpage and in this newsletter?  Submit information about awards your student has earned to the district’s Communications office!  Simply write one to two paragraphs answering who, what, when, where and why about your student’s accomplishment.  If possible, include a photo of your student to be posted with the story.  Send award submissions to



Lost & Found! 

The box in the main office is currently overflowing with jackets, hats, shoes, water bottles, lunch boxes & other miscellaneous items.  Please stop by to look through the pile & claim what belongs to your student. Note:  if an item has a student’s name on it, we make sure it is delivered directly to that person.

Lost & found items are donated at the end of each month.


Check Grades Online Weekly

Wondering how your student is doing in classes?  Be sure to check grades online.  Grades are updated regularly by teachers and our expectation is that parents are checking progress weekly via the online grade portal. With teachers seeing 140+ students each day the reality is that teachers are unable to provide individual updates on assignments and test scores, and the online grade viewer is our primary method for communicating this information.  More information about grade checking can be found online at:


Dates & Reminders

  • March 16:  School Closed
  • March 19:  School Closed
  • March 20:  Incoming 6th Grade Parent Registration Night, 7:00 PM
  • March 20:  Choir Concert
  • March 21:  Band Concert
  • March 22:  PTA Meeting, 6:30 PM
  • March 22:  Orchestra Concert
  • May 2:  Tillicum Choir at Mariners Night
  • June 21:  8th Grade Promotion, 1:15 PM, More details

Link to the Tillicum online calendar.


Be sure to check the Tillicum website for other important updates!

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