Tillicum Times

September 25, 2023

Dear Tillicum Families,

As middle school educators (and parents) we labor to impart to our students “executive functioning skills”.  These skills underlie the capacity to plan ahead and meet goals, display self-control, follow multiple-step directions even when interrupted, and stay focused despite distractions.  Students with strong executive functioning skills will find greater academic success and school/life enjoyment.  Toward this end, all Tillicum educators committed this August to collectively emphasizing the skill of organization through the schoolwide use of Academic Planners.  Every Tillicum student received one of these spiral organizers in the first week of school.  During each class period, teachers make time to identify what students are learning in class and what, if any, homework is being assigned.  For their part, students should be recording what they did in class and any associated homework assignment.


As parents, I hope that you have seen these planners in your students hands.  I encourage you to sit down with your child and ask them what they are learning in their classes and to show you any of the assignments they are working on.  As always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher via email.  Working together as a school and with families, our students will find great success and enjoyment at school this year.

Dusty Steere


Principal – Tillicum Middle School


  • 9/29              Flu/COVID shot clinic at Tillicum MS 1:30 – 5:30
  • 10/13            Teacher Professional Learning Day – no students
  • 11/10             Veterans Day – Federal Holiday – no students
  • 11/23 & 24   Thanksgiving Holiday – no students

Please visit our Tillicum website for the most current information.  https://bsd405.org/tillicum

Donations requested for Tiger Store Raffle.   As part of our school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) system, students schoolwide earn Tiger Points which can be redeemed at our Tiger Store in the cafe at lunch.  We are looking for some community donations to spice up our prizes/awards.  Might you have any experiences and/or event tickets that we could put into our Tiger Store to be raffled off for kids!  We are looking for things like movie tickets, museum passes, cooking lessons, escape rooms, Sounders Games, Seahawks Games, Museum of Flight, Zip Lining, and more!  Please contact PBIS coordinator Joy Haverstick at [email protected] to discuss options! Thank you!

Get your Flu/COVID shot.  Tillicum is pleased to host an on-site COVID/Flu vaccine clinic at Tillicum Middle School on Friday, September 29th from 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM.  We will be offering the Flucelvax Quadrivalent Preservative-Free Flu Vaccine for ages 4+ and the Updated 2023-2024 Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccine for ages 5+.Registration Link: https://schedule.seattlevna.com/home/3f55b1f3-5153-ee11-be6f-6045bd07f2c7

Nurse News. This is a reminder that regular well-care appointments are important and free for every insured child up to age 21. The State Department of Health has created flyers to communicate this message to parents that are age group specific (child, adolescent, and young adult) and available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Russian. PDFs of the flyers are available for view/download at these links:

Stay informed with Tillicum Times Parent News and Student Daily Announcements.  The Tillicum Times is a weekly parent newsletter delivered to families every Monday via email and hosted on our school website – www.bsd405.org/tillicum.  Additionally, each morning students receive an email message from school secretary Jyoti titled “Student Daily Announcements”.   Parents can stay abreast of current and archive copies of Tillicum Times and Student Daily Announcements viewing the quick links at the top of our website.

2024-2025 Applications Now Open for Advanced Learning Services. Applications for Advanced Learning Services for the 2024-2025 school year are open now through October 31 at 4 p.m., for students currently in grades 1 to 11.  Visit the Advanced Learning Services webpage to learn more about Advanced Learning Services and to apply for your student. Please note that if your student is currently in the Advanced Learning full-time self-contained program, there is no need to re-apply.


Free and Reduced-Priced Meals.  Post COVID, school lunch is no longer free to ALL students but many families can qualify for free or reduced price meals and access to services.  COmplete the form here: www.bsd405.org/freeandreduced. Be sure to complete the Fee Waiver section in part five of the application. Completing this section gives your permission to be considered for family services/fee waiver available through district and community partners.



The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.