**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

November 13,  2023

Dear Tillicum Families,

Racism, Antisemitism, and Islamophobia have no place in our schools. The Bellevue School District encourages discussions about race and racism at home. Linked below are some resources that will support and encourage discussions about race and racism for middle school students.

Educational Resources for Secondary Students and Families About Race and Racism – Bellevue School District (bsd405.org)

Dusty Steere


Principal – Tillicum Middle School


  • 11/9-17          ASB Canned Food Drive
  • 11/13             Winter 1 sports & activities begin
  • 11/16              Tillicum Family Movie Night – Coco 
  • 11/17              School Spirit Day:  Barbie Day
  • 11/22             School Spirit Day:  College Pride Day
  • 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

ASB Canned Food Drive.  Help make sure every family has food for the holidays! Join Tillicum students donating non-perishable canned foods supporting Hope Link.  Items will be collected in 2nd-period classes between 11/9 and 11/17.  The class that brings in the most items will win Donuts!

Family Movie Night 11/16.   TMS orchestra is hosting a family movie night featuring Disney’s Coco on Thursday, Nov. 16th.  Bring your camping chairs or blankets and pillows as we fill the commons and celebrate family!  There is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 for families of four or more, money raised will contribute to purchasing new music, funding field trips, and bringing in local musicians to work with each orchestra.  Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the movie will begin at 7:00 pm.  Concessions including pizza, popcorn, cotton candy, and more will be for sale.  All students must be accompanied by an adult, student permission slips will be handed out at school.

Bus Route 44 Cancelled Nov 13-17.  Due to driver shortages, six bus routes district wide are cancelled for the week of  Nov 13-17.  For Tillicum, route 44 is 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.

Lost and Found.  The Lost and Found bin is overflowing with coats, hoodies, shirts, pants and the lost water bottles are multiplying daily. Please remind your student to check the lost and found for any lost items. Parents/guardians wishing to check the lost and found are welcome to stop by the office between 7:30-3:30.

Inclement Weather and Potential Closure Reminders. Winter is approaching and may bring unpredictable weather. BSD encourages families to take the time to revisit the district’s emergency closure schedule protocols and our emergency closure decision-making process. During instances of inclement weather or severe conditions that could result in a delayed or canceled school day, BSD will communicate any schedule changes to families through direct messages, including email, text message, phone call, social media, FlashAlert, local media and posts to bsd405.org. Learn how to update your contact information in ParentVUE and set message preferences in SchoolMessenger to receive inclement weather and emergency communications according to your desired methods. While these decisions are made for the district at large, conditions may vary across the district. We encourage families to make personal decisions based on their specific circumstances.

Middle School Consolidation Study – Community Forums Recap and Next Steps. Thank you to everyone who participated in community forums over the past few weeks and provided feedback on the ongoing Middle School Consolidation Study. The district is grateful to over 700 people who took the time to attend the in-person and online events, review and react to the demographer reports, share their perspectives and questions, and brainstorm priorities for the middle school experience. This feedback, along with individual survey feedback, will inform the Superintendent and his team in the development of a recommendation of how the District will address the challenges of declining enrollment.

We will continue equity-driven outreach to students, families and community groups until early December to understand the history, perspectives and experiences of students and families who have been historically marginalized or underserved in our education system — and the potential impacts they may experience depending on the recommendation.

The questions and feedback from the community forums are currently being synthesized, and initial themes will be shared with the community later in November. Feedback from the additional engagements with students, families and community groups will also be shared back with the community in December. View the Middle School Consolidation Study Timeline for a full list of important dates.

Previous Announcements

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.

Apply Now to Co-Design the Next BSD Strategic Plan. Superintendent Aramaki invites our learning community to join the Strategic Plan Guiding Coalition and help shape the future of the Bellevue School District. The Guiding Coalition — a team of students, staff, families and community members, along with the Superintendent — will actively engage with the broader community to co-design the district’s next 5-year strategic plan. If you are hopeful about the future and passionate about the possibilities for innovation in education, please apply to be a part of this team.

Click here to apply. Use the pull-down menu in the form for language access. The application period for the Guiding Coalition will close on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. Applicants who are selected will be notified by Monday, November 20, 2023, and the first Coalition meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

More information about commitment details, meeting dates and a tentative timeline will soon be available on the district website.

Families Helping Families Thanksgiving Food Drive. The Families Helping Families Thanksgiving Food Drive is a long running tradition in the Bellevue community. Families Helping Families provides Thanksgiving baskets to Bellevue School District families in need. Over the past 16 years, more than 40,000 people have received support through Families Helping Families.

Each year Families Helping Families strives to provide full and delicious holiday feasts. If you would like to ensure that requested meals are made available, please contact [email protected].



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.