**All Bellevue schools will be closed Monday, February 19-Friday, February 23.**
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**All Bellevue schools will be closed Monday, February 19-Friday, February 23.**
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  Tillicum Times

October 30,  2023

Dear Tillicum Families,

With Halloween on Tuesday, please know that Bellevue School District’s Student Dress Policy 3224, https://bsd405.org/wp-content/pdf/policy/3224.pdf will remain in effect, promoting an inclusive learning environment. Students are permitted to wear costumes on October 31, and Tillicum Middle School will operate as a typical school day. School Staff will regulate student dress when:

  • A health or safety hazard is presented
  • Damage to school property will result from the student’s dress, and/or
  • A material and substantial disruption of the educational process will result from the student’s dress or appearance (may exist when a student’s conduct is inconsistent with any part of the educational mission/learning of the district).

Examples of student dress that are prohibited include, but are not limited to, what is listed in Student Dress Procedure 3224P: https://bsd405.org/wp-content/pdf/policy/3224P.pdf

Given full-face masks and full-face paint pose a health or safety hazard, and conceal the identity of students – they are not allowed at school at any time, including Spirit Days or Holidays.  Weapons (fake or otherwise), blood & gore, or displays or dress featuring references to drug/alcohol are also not permitted. Students are to refrain from dress that mocks/mimics another culture or race as costume. ​​​​​​​

Thanks in advance for your partnership and support of a positive school climate and culture.

Dusty Steere


Principal – Tillicum Middle School


  • 10/23-11/3   Winter 1 Sports and Clubs Registration Window
  • 11/8 – 21        2023-23 Yearbook sale
  • 11/10              Veterans Day – Federal Holiday – no students
  • 11/13              Winter 1 Sports and Clubs Begin
  • 11/23 & 24    Thanksgiving Holiday – no students
  • 11/28              Screenagers Under the Influence Movie Showing 7-9 pm @ Sammamish HS

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

Bus Route 11 & 32 Cancelled Oct 30-Nov 3.  Due to driver shortages, six bus routes district wide are cancelled for the week of 10/30 – Nov 3.  For Tillicum, route 11 and 32 are cancelled this week.  Transportation is in the process of onboarding a dozen new drivers to train and begin routes in December but we can always use more.    If you or someone you know is looking for work, Bellevue Schools is hiring for bus drivers ($35/hr).  Apply Here for Bus Drivers   Apply Here for Substitute Bus Drivers.

Winter 1 Sports & Clubs registration. Winter 1 registration for sports and Jubilee interest groups runs Oct 23 – Nov 3.  Students must register using their school network credentials (school email and network password).  Register through this link. Some sports/activities have a limited number of participants so students will be selected by a lottery drawing and subsequently informed.

Winter 1 session runs November 13 – January 26

  • Badminton
  • Dance
  • Minecraft
  • Trivia
  • Mindfulness/Yoga

Tillicum Awarded BSF Grants. The Bellevue Schools Foundation is delighted to announce  Arts, Enrichment & Innovation Grants Awards to all Bellevue School District schools.  We received 117 A, E & I applications for a total requested amount of $173,022 for classroom and music grants.  BSF awarded $80,000 towards 100 grants in response to these applications including $6,000 for Tillicum.  Tillicum grant awards included a glass fusing workshop, jazz clinicians, field trip to Pacific Northwest Ballet, supports for our language immersion programs and more.  Thank you families for your support of the Bellevue Schools Foundation.  To learn more about the BSF mission and work or make a donation, visit the Bellevue Schools Foundation Website.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue Grand Opening – October 31.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue is excited to invite the community to the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Lake Hills Clubhouse. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 31, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. Join us for this pre-trick-or-treat celebration!

The renovation signifies a milestone in our mission to support youth in our community and includes a state-of-the-art STEM and technology center, a sports court, plus a teen and youth center. This transformation allows us to now serve an additional 100 teens and youth, from nine Bellevue School District schools, providing them with a safe space and nurturing environment when they are out of school. Come join us at the grand opening and help celebrate the new Lake Hills Clubhouse! Learn more on the event flyer. All families are encouraged to come in costume with trick-or-treating for kids in the building! Fun for all.

BSD Presents: One Pill Can Kill, Fentanyl Information for Families. On Wednesday, November 15, 2023, Bellevue School District will bring together experts from local, state and federal agencies to provide a comprehensive look at the dangers of fentanyl and opioids in our community. The program will take place at Sammamish High School beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The evening will include a series of presentations followed by an opportunity for community members to ask questions. Presenters include representatives from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Youth Eastside Services (YES), BSD staff and parents sharing how opioids have impacted them personally.

In addition, representatives will be on hand to answer questions including members of the Bellevue Police Department, local health organizations, public health agencies, and Bellevue School District Safety and Security and Mental Health Assistance teams. The event is made possible with the support of the Bellevue Schools Foundation.

This comprehensive night of information is intended to give families additional knowledge that can help support their students and keep schools and communities healthy and safe. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Previous Posts

Veterans Day Assembly Slide Show Submissions. Tillicum Middle School’s Veteran’s Day Assembly is coming up on Thursday, November 9th at 10:10am in the school gymnasium.  We will be showing a slideshow of all our Veteran loved ones from our Tillicum Community. If you would like your loved one to be showcased in the slideshow, please email [email protected] and include: 

  • Name of Veteran
  • Picture of Veteran (if available)
  • Rank, branch of military, years served, etc.
  • Relation to Tillicum MS student/staff

Seattle Seahawks Ticket Raffle.   We have a special PRIZE in our Tiger Store that opening on Monday, October 23rd!  Students have the CHANCE to win 2 tickets to the Seahawks vs Pittsburgh Steelers game on Sunday, December 31st at 1pm at Lumen Field!  This prize was generously donated by Tillicum video teacher Brian Pan (who used to work for the Seahawks).  The prize will be in the Tiger Store until December 1st when we hold the drawing for the winner!  Each raffle ticket will be 5 Tiger Points and students can put in as many tickets as they have points!   We encourage students to check with family to be sure you can attend the game on 12/31 before spending their Tiger Points on raffle tickets.

Screenagers Under the Influence Movie Showing.  Bellevue Schools Foundation is sponsoring two different showings of this powerful documentary addressing vaping, drugs, and alcohol in the digital age.  Wednesday October 25th at Bellevue High School and then again on Tuesday November 28th at Sammamish High School.  This event is designed to enlighten and educate attendees about teenage drug use in the digital age. It is suitable for teenagers and their parents or caretakers.

Doors open at 6:30PM and the film starts at 7:00PM. The event is free but you must RSVP your attendance.  https://www.bellevueschoolsfoundation.org/education-connections. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mental Health Services for your child. The UW School Psychology Clinic has mental health services available free of charge and is now accepting referrals providing:

  • Counseling services to children 8-18 years old using evidence-based practices, and treat a wide range of childhood disorders and mental health issues (offered starting in January 2024, Monday and Wednesday evenings in-person/virtual/hybrid options)
  • Evaluation services to 8–18-year-olds examining cognitive, academic, and socio-emotional/behavioral concerns (offered starting in January 2024, Tuesday or Thursday morning sessions) *It is important to note that our clinic evaluations do not result in diagnoses provided, but rather provide broad cognitive, learning, and social/behavioral profiles. 
  • Developmental evaluation services for preschool-aged children ages 3-5-year-olds (offered starting in April 2024, Tuesday or Thursday morning sessions)

They will screen and determine the best form of treatment for each individual client and family. Services are provided by school psychology trainees and are all supervised by a licensed clinician/faculty member at the University of Washington.

Parents, guardians, or professionals of potential clients are asked to fill out the Service Request Form on the website. Responses submitted using this form are viewed during regular business hours, and you can typically expect to be contacted by clinic staff within 72 business hours. Recruitment ends mid-November 2023 so sign up today.  If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 206-543-4970.  SPC Clinic Flyer.

BSF Ambassador Needed. Are you interested in being an Ambassador for the Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF)?  BSF Ambassadors serve as communication liaisons for our school—re-posting, sharing, and encouraging families to invest in and learn about the amazing programming their students are benefitting from. The role can be fulfilled in no more than an hour a month.  For anyone who might be interested in a volunteer role like this, here’s a short video to provide some context. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested.


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.