Principal’s Message:

We are nearing the end of a fantastic year here at Tillicum!  The PTA Walkafun was was a great success today ( a little rain couldn’t dampen the fun!),  our 8th grade class is looking forward to the 8th grade party next week, and the last day of school less than two weeks away- oh my!

We also have an administrative change for next year that I want to share with you. Ms. Neal, Tillicum’s assistant principal, will be moving on elementary school roots as assistant principal at Wilburton Elementary.  Ms. Melisa Salas will be joining our administrative team as assistant principal.  Ms. Salas is currently living and working in Texas and will be relocating to the Bellevue this summer.

Introductory Letter from Ms. Salas

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Salas and in showing our appreciation to Ms. Neal for her work on behalf of our students!

Best regards,

James Peterson

School News:

Counselor Corner

Great article for teachers and parents of teens (check out the link below).   As teens struggle with anxiety and perfectionism, how can we help them like who they are?

Five Ways to Help Teens Feel Good about Themselves.


Laptop Collection

Laptop collection is happening soon – Monday and Tuesday June 18th and 19th.   On that day, all laptops and accessories must be returned to the school including laptop with stylus, power adapter/charger and bag.   Fines for missing equipment or damages will be assessed at the time of check in.  Yearbooks will be withheld if fines are not paid before the end of the school year.

Before June 18th, please check your student’s computer for damage and missing items and check in with the front office or Mr. Cerelli in the computer lab to make sure your computer is ready to turn in.

  • Missing stylus – purchase new/pay fine ($13) from front office (take receipt to Mr. Cerelli)
  • Missing power adapter/charger – purchase new/pay fine ($19) in front office (take receipt to Mr. Cerelli)
  • Missing bag – purchase new/pay fine ($30) from front office (take receipt to Mr. Cerelli)
  • Missing tag with identification information – get replacement from Mr. Cerelli
  • Missing identification sticker on laptop – get replacement from Mr. Cerelli
  • Damaged computer – check in with Mr. Cerelli or Ms. Neal for damage assessment

Learn more about the laptop collection process.


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 Medication

We still have some meds left from camp.    Please make arrangements to stop by the office to pick them up before the end of school

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


Library Update

Thank you to Mrs. Caron-Nicolle and Mrs. Coddington for all their help in clearing out and packing up the library. Thank you also to Mr. Nicolle, Kelsey R., Rachel (Big Pic intern), Mars, Xaviar J., and Wes (BSD) for keeping things (and me,) MOVING along.

Please have your student check their email for a Tillicum Library notice from me.

There are still over 100 library books still NOT returned and a huge number MISSING! Yes, not checked out, but grew legs and walked. This makes completing packing a bit difficult when everything isn’t back! 🙁

Now, I also can’t double check the shelves to see if the books was returned but not scanned properly. In these cases, the student will have to pay the fine and we will look for the book when we unpack in the new library. Then, the student’s account will be credited.

Fines are payable in the front office.

Books can be returned to the library of front office.

Damaged books will be entered as LOST and be fined so I can replace.

Any questions, please email Mrs. Tsuchiyama at


ASB news:


Yearbooks will be available for purchase on June 11th through June 22nd 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.



PTA Council Awards

PTSA Council held their annual awards and recognition dinner recently, and many BSD students and school PTAs were recognized.  Click here for a full list of the awards


Every Clip Counts!

Box Tops collection continues!

Questions:  Allison Patterson,

District Announcements:

Sammamish Leads

Looking for a fun way to make a difference this summer? Sign up for Sammamish Leads, happening from August 8-16 at Sammamish High School! Leads is available to entering 9-12th graders at Sammamish, Interlake, or Big Picture schools.

Students will use problem-based learning while working alongside industry partners including the Gates Foundation, Integrus Architecture, Foundry 10, and others.  Cost is $250 for 7 days, or free (no cost) for students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.  Get more information and register at

Summer Meal Program

Nutrition Services will be offering the free summer meal program at 2 locations this year:  Lake Hills Elementary and Sammamish High School.  Children, 18 years and younger, are welcome to visit either site during the meal serving times to receive a complimentary meal.

Meals are available Monday to Friday, breakfast 8:30-9:15 am and Lunch 1:50-12:00 pm.  For more information contact Nutrition Services at 425-456-4507.


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:

Girl Scout Project

Girl Scout Troop #40333 has been working with Tillicum Middle School this year to earn their silver award by updating all of the emergency buckets in each of the classrooms.  We first came up with the idea after Hurricane Harvey and Irma devastated much of Texas and the south.  Our girls asked how prepared are we for natural disasters where we live?  With the first week of school comes fire drills every year. When the girls looked inside the emergency buckets at school they realized there were many items missing and no consistency between each classroom.

This year has been a year of gathering information and inventorying every classroom.  Next year we will focus on replacing and updating every bucket at the new school, so our school will be prepared for a major catastrophe should one ever occur.  As part of the Girl Scout motto “Be prepared,” we are excited to help our Tillicum community be prepared for any disaster.

The Tillicum girls who have been working on this silver award are: Regan M., Sophie E., and Vivian M.


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


Dates & Reminders

  • June 12:  Permission Slips for 8th Grade Party Due
  • 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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