Principal’s Message:

Smarter Balanced testing takes place next week. Please see the complete testing schedule for additional information.


Please help your child do his/her best by:

  • Having a nutritious breakfast.
  • Making sure their laptop is fully charged for testing days.
  • Bringing earbuds or a headset for the ELA test on Thursday, May 17. Tillicum has limited disposable earbuds if necessary.
  • Bringing a nutritious snack and water as lunches are later than normal.
  • Avoiding pulling your child from school during our testing periods.

Best regards,

James Peterson

School News:

Bellevue School District Art Show

We are excited to announce Tillicum’s participation in the annual Bellevue School District Art Show. Each Studio Art and Art Exploration class selected a theme and every student has created a small work to be included in the show.  As usual, the work is inventive and wonderful!  It will be on display at Crossroads Mall from Thursday, May 17 through Wednesday, May 30.  We invite you to visit the show and enjoy the work of our Tigers!


Class Fees and Fines

As we get closer to the end of the school year, please review your student’s account for any outstanding class fees or fines, which can be paid online at

Please contact the main office if you have any questions:  425-456-6700.


6th Grade Camp Update

If your student needs to take over-the-counter or prescription medication at camp, you will need to have a doctor complete an Authorization for Medication form. These forms are due immediately, and can be turned in at the office. Students will also need to turn in their medication to Nurse Peggy Ruehr in the office starting May 14th. Medication should be in the original container and labeled with your student’s first and last name. Students are not allowed to keep their medication in their luggage.

Questions about medication or other health concerns? Contact Nurse Peggy Ruehr at

Questions about camp:  contact Kristen Bieler at


Library Update

THANK YOU TO Bellevue Schools Foundation!

This year Tillicum received a BSF grant that awarded us with $500 for Spanish books to add to our collection in the library!  This grant enabled us to purchase books that Sra. Ocampo, Srta. Thompson, Srta. Jimenez and Ms. Cris Lopez recommended for the ISA program for our students to continue increasing their literacy! Thank you also to Mrs. Pizzo for her assistance in writing the grant!

Thank you to the Caron-Nicolle family for their French Scholastic books donation to the library’s collection, and to again thank Mrs. Caron-Nicolle for all her hours she volunteers in our library!


So that classes can continue with instruction for as long as possible before we move, the Tillicum library will be first in line to be packed up by the district beginning Friday, June 1.

It is anticipated that the library will remain open during this time UNLESS otherwise announced.

Last day to check out library books will be Monday, May 14.  Please return all checked out books to the library before Friday, May 25.

6TH GRADERS: please remember to return your books before camp if you are going.

Notices for unreturned LIBRARY books will be emailed out on Tuesday, May 29.

Fines will be assessed for unreturned or lost library books on Monday, June 4 and will be payable in the front office.

Reminder that students will not receive their yearbook if they have unpaid fines.


ASB news:


Yearbooks will be available for purchase on May 14 through May 18 in the main office only – no online sales.   Please check your student’s account history to see if a yearbook has already been purchased, and remember that many students purchased them in August at Taking Care of Business.


WEB Leader Applications

Attention 7th GradersWEB Applications will be available on Wednesday, May 16 and due no later than Friday, May 25th by 4pm to the office.  For those unfamiliar with WEB, here is a little bit of information:

What is WEB?

WEB is a middle school transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience.  WEB, an acronym for Where Everybody Belongs, is built on the belief that students want to and can help other students succeed. Transition to middle school can be a major event in the life of a young person; this is why WEB is such a vital part of our community at Tillicum Middle School!

Required dates for WEB Leaders:

1st WEB Meeting:              Tuesday, June 12, 2018,  3:30 – 4:30 pm

2 Training days:                Monday, August 20, 2018,  9am – 2pm

Tuesday, August 21, 2018,  9am – 2pm

6th Grade Orientation:        Thursday, August 23, 2018, 8am – 12 pm

If you cannot attend ALL of these trainings, we are sorry to say – you cannot be a WEB Leader.


Jubilee News

We have officially finished week three of our Spring Sports Season. Here is a recap of this week’s games and what is to come for next week. Please bear with us as we are still trying to make sure that all players get some recognition and praise.

Recap of this week’s games:

Boys/Girls Soccer

Friendly match between Tillicum Boys vs Tillicum Girls

12-2 Boys won

Great game! Coach Jimenez and Coach Roman did a great job hosting the game. They said it was a fun time and that Coach Roman did a great job promoting and encouraging great sportsmanship.

Boys are now 2-0 on the season

Girls are now 3-0 on the season

6th Grade Boys Basketball

Tillicum 24 Chinook 18

We only had five players but they gave it their all and it payed off. They played great and walked away with the win. The boys are now 1-1 on the season.

Girls Basketball

Tillicum 20  Highland 29

The girls played hard for the entire game, but unfortunately did not walk away with the win. The girls are now 1-2 on the season.

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball

Tillicum 67  International 24

The boys played great. The fought hard and it payed off in the end. They walked away with the win. Boys are now 2-1 on the season


Jubilee REACH “Atty’s” award ceremony and celebration on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Tyee Middle School from 5-7pm. Register your students at

Jubilee REACH Raffle Night at the SEATTLE REIGN GAME – June 30th! Discounted tickets in the lower grandstand for $16 a ticket (normally $27). We will also have a booth at the game where half of all the proceeds from raffle tickets sold that night will benefit Jubilee REACH programs. Help spread the word to get students, families, and friends to the game by sharing this link on our website: to purchase or donate tickets.

Please notify Coaches if you plan on taking your player home from the games or having them carpool with other players families. We want to make sure all players make it home safe and are accounted for.

We are no longer accepting registrations for the Spring Sports Season.

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 also a great way for high school students to gain volunteer hours.

Next week’s schedule:

Math Team:

Practice: Tuesday in portable 6 from 3:30-4:30pm

Girls Basketball:

Practice: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday in the gym from 4-4:30pm

Home Game vs Tyee 05/16/18

6th Grade Boys Basketball:

Practice: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday in the gym from 4-4:30pm

Away Game vs Odle 05/16/18

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball:

Practice: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday in the gym from 4-4:30pm

Away Game vs Chinook 05/16/18

Boys Soccer:

Practice: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday at the field from 4-4:30pm

Away game vs Odle 05/16/18

Girls Soccer:

Practice: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday at the field from 4-4:30pm

Home game vs Odle 05/16/18

Girls Golf:

Practice: Wednesday, meet in front of school 05/16/18

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!

Contact Information:

Assistant Site Coach, Shaler Knowles


Site Coach, Robert Raban


For the latest schedule of after school activities please visit the Tillicum page:  After School Activities – Tillicum Middle School



Save the Date!

The Annual WalkaFun is coming on Friday, June 8 this year! This is our big spring fundraiser/field day combo. The kids walk (or run) a mile, then we celebrate with food and fun (teacher dunk tank, large inflatable obstacle course, archery, games and a DJ too!) Look for a large white envelope with all the details in early May. Right now we are looking for kid-friendly raffle prizes to encourage kids to raise money for Tillicum. Past years’ prizes have included: i-tunes cards, Snuggies, board games, gift cards, sports gear, etc. Do you have something you can donate or procure for our raffle? Most of the food for the event is donated as well, so if you have a source for hotdogs, buns, licorice, otter pops or another fun food, let us know! For more information, contact the WalkaFun Chair, Michael Appleby,

Michael Appleby



Every Clip Counts!

Box Tops collection continues!

So far this year we have collected $216 worth!

Please keep turning in your little pink Box Top squares.  You will find them on a variety of products you use in your home or office!

Every little bit adds up.  No need to create a large pile before submission – have your student bring in what you have collected to the “Box Tops” box – located in the front office.

Please note:  we no longer collect Labels for Education – a separate program that was discontinued at the end of 2017.

Questions:  Allison Patterson,


District Announcements:

Sammamish High School 4th annual STEM Career Fair!

Join us for an extraordinary evening on May 23rd with STEM innovators from industry and academia, presented by Sammamish High School. Students, parents, and community members from across the Bellevue School District will learn about opportunities in STEM career fields. Highlights will include:

  • Keynote address: The Apples of Newton and Cezanne: Discovery, Innovation, and Creativity in Science by Dr. Elen Feuerriegel and Bullitt Prize Winner Carol Bogezi
  • Panel sessions covering major STEM topics: these sessions feature professionals who will share their stories and experiences, with time for Q & A
  • Time to connect with individual groups at demonstration booths, which provide information about various STEM fields, internships, scholarships, and how to access and prepare for STEM careers

Register now at to reserve your spot and learn more!

Questions? Contact


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:

Earth Day to Bike Day Challenge April 23 – May 18

Philosopher Freidrich Nietzsche said, “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” What ideas will you think up when you walk (or bike) to school? Share those thoughts with SchoolPool and we may use them to inspire others! Have ideas for SchoolPool? Let us know at:

Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 9th and Bike Everywhere Day is Friday, May 18th! That means there’s only two more weeks to share how you get to school for a prize from the SchoolPool team. Do you bike, walk, carpool, skateboard, cartwheel, roller blade or somersault to school?


Bellevue Youth Link

Greetings from Bellevue Youth Link!  Each year, the City of Bellevue hosts a city-wide youth recognition event planned by members of the Bellevue Youth Council for other young people in our community.  This year, we are celebrating our 28th Annual Community Leadership Awards event on Wednesday, May 30 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall.  The event will present 21 youth awards to Bellevue students ranging from youth leadership, community service, academics, diversity, environmental stewardship and arts.  Event is free but spaces are limited.  To RSVP, please visit and reserve your spot.


To submit a nomination, simply complete the online form:

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, May 11.  Award winners and nominators will be notified by phone and email by May 18.

Please help us in sharing this unique and great opportunity to recognize and celebrate our young people.  Thank you very much for all your support.  We look forward to seeing you at the 28th Community Leadership Awards event!

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


28th Annual Community Leadership Awards

May 30 @ Bellevue City Hall

Online nomination and event info at

RSVP via


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

The Families Helping Families Thanksgiving Food Drive is a unique grass roots project run by local families for local families. We have no affiliation with government programs or other organizations; The Families Helping Families Thanksgiving Food Drive is driven 100% on donations and volunteers. The Families Helping Families Thanksgiving Food Drive is a unique grass roots project run by local families for local families. We have no affiliation with government programs or other organizations; The Families Helping Families Thanksgiving Food Drive is driven 100% on donations and volunteers.


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

  • May 14-18:  Smarter Balanced Testing
  • May 17-30:  Crossroads Art Fair
  • May 25:  Library Books Due
  • May 28:  Memorial Day- School Closed
  • May 30-June1:  6th Grade Camp
  • June 8:  PTA Walk-a-Fun, 3:30-5:00 PM
  • June 16:  8th Grade Party (Off Campus)
  • 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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Our Mission: To provide each student the academic, social-emotional, physical, practical, and critical thinking skills necessary to lead a successful life and become lifetime contributors within the global community.