Tillicum Times

September 18, 2023

Dear Tillicum Families,

Curriculum Night is tonight (Monday 9/18)! It is a unique opportunity for families to visit the school, meet each of their child’s teachers, and hear about all of the wonderful learning that will take place this year.   Doors open at 6:00 with welcoming music from our Advanced Band, info tables on Activities/Sports/PTA/BSF. The evening officially kicks off at 6:15 pm in the commons with a welcome message from me and an invitation to partner with our outstanding Tillicum PTA .  Our helpful 8th grade WEB leaders will be on hand to assist parents getting to your first period class at 6:45 pm. Don’t be tardy.  Click here for additional details including a building map and a schedule form for your student to complete for your reference (or you can view their schedule online in ParentVue).

I can’t wait to welcome families into the schoolhouse!

Dusty Steere


Principal – Tillicum Middle School


  • 9/18 Sports/Clubs/Activities and After School Bus Schedule begins
  • 9/18 Tillicum Curriculum Night @ 6:15 pm
  • 9/18-10/6 Signs of Suicide Lessons for all 7th/8th grade students
  • 9/21 6th grade meeting with 8th grade WEB leaders during tutorial
  • 9/22 Ice Cream Social @ 6:00 pm

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

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.

Activity Bus Routes Begin September 18.     Students must attend tutorial prior to attending after school activities (2:35 – 3:05) and present a tutorial pass obtained from their teacher to the coach.  Activity busses depart from Tillicum at 4:15 pm with bus drivers requiring students to show an activity pass for boarding.  Activity Bus Routes and drop off times can be viewed here. https://bsd405.org/wp-content/pdf/transportation/activity-bus-schedule-tillicum.pdf

BSD Bus Stops and Map

Jubilee after school sports begin Monday 9/18 Students registered for these sports via MS Forms signup with their student network credentials (district email and password).  In situations where the demand outpaced supply (i.e. boys soccer), the Jubilee Site coaches performed a lottery to select students for the sport and placed remaining students on a waitlist.  If you have questions about any Jubilee Sports this fall, please visit our Sports/Activities page or contact Jubilee Site Coaches directly:  PJ Davis ([email protected]) and Christina Steinauer ([email protected]). 

Registration for popular clubs – archery & cooking – closes Friday 9/22.   Registration is now open for fall clubs and after school activities.  A few of the popular clubs such as archery and cooking club already exceed maximum capacity.  Registration for these clubs will close on Friday 9/22 at which time the advisors will conduct a lottery to select students and place remaining students on a waitlist.  Students/Families must login FinalForms to register for these clubs.   Additional information and FinalForms login here: https://bsd405.org/tillicum/tigers/asb-clubs-and-activities/

Ice Cream Social Friday September 22.   Students, families and staff are invited to join Tillicum Middle School PTA Ice Cream Social from 6 – 8 pm on Friday, September 22nd.  Join us for some yummy treats, fun music with a lit up dance floor and great times catching up with friends and building comm(unity).

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.

SOS and BIMAS2 for 7th/8th grade students.  Beginning on September 18th we will be offering Signs of Suicide (SOS) suicide prevention lessons and BIMAS2 well-being screenings for students in 7th & 8th grades.  The SOS teaches students how to notice warning signs of depression or suicide in themselves or a friend and encourages asking adults for support.  The BIMAS2 well-being screening is a self-report of student well-being in a variety of areas of functioning, including social, behavior, executive functioning, emotional, and academics.

Parents have received a letter explaining SOS via email and can choose to opt their child out of the lesson and/or well-being screening prior to their child receiving the SOS lesson and BIMAS2.  To learn more about SOS, check out https://www.mindwise.org/parents/.

We all have a role in preventing suicide in our community. You don’t have to have any special training to ACKNOWLEDGE warning signs of depression or suicide, show the person you CARE, and TELL a trusted adult or professional.


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.