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

November 6,  2023

Tillicum Families,

It’s 2:55 pm.  Do you know where your child is?  We are seeing a large increase in the number of students “hanging out” in front of the school after dismissal.  This idle and unsupervised time coupled with groupthink often leads to a collective drop in IQ and poor decision making.  Per the guidance in the Tillicum student handbook on pg 17, all students must be in an adult supervised activity by 2:40 pm (tutorial runs from 2:35-3:05 pm) and must remain in a supervised activity until they leave campus for the day. Students may not leave campus after school (to go to the park, a friend’s house, etc.) and return to campus to attend an activity, take the activity bus home, or to be picked up by a parent. Students may wait for their ride in front of the school at the following times:

  • After School – 2:35- 2:45
  • After Tutorial – 3:05-3:15
  • After Activities – 4:05-4:10

At all other times, students must be in the building, gym, or field with their teacher or activity advisor.

Thank you parents for supporting and reinforcing these school expectations.

Dusty Steere


Principal – Tillicum Middle School


  • 11/8 – 21        2023-23 Yearbook sale
  • 11/9                End of First Quarter
  • 11/10              Veterans Day – Federal Holiday – no students
  • 11/13              Winter 1 Sports and Clubs Begin
  • 11/16              Orchestra Movie Night
  • 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

Student Recognition.  A big shoutout to our Jubilee 7th and 8th grade Boys Soccer team for winning the championship game on Wednesday!! Congratulations also to the Band and Orchestra students that were selected to perform with this year’s All-State bands and orchestras.

Veterans Day Assembly on Thursday.  We are recognizing Veterans Day during a schoolwide assembly on Thursday, November 9th from 10:10 – 10:50.  Community members are welcome to join this school event.  During our assembly, we will be featuring Veterans who are members of the Tillicum community and/or relatives of Tillicum community members.  If you would like a family member or relative to be featured in this year’s assembly, please send the following information (below) to [email protected] by end of day Tuesday 11/7. 

  • Name:
  • Picture (optional)
  • Branch of Armed Forces served / rank:
  • Years served:
  • Relation to Tillicum community member

Orchestra 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.

Seahawks Ticket Raffle.We have been given another pair of Seahawks tickets to be RAFFLED off in the Tiger Store!  This is for the Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks game on December 17 at 1:25pm at Lumen Field.  Please make sure your child and adult are able to go before your child spends 5 Tiger Points to enter this raffle!   Thank you to our newest Staff Member, Behavior Tech Ms. Cassidy, for this amazing donation.

Seahawks Tickets Raffle for the game on Dec 31 at 1:25pm is still in the Tiger Store too! Thank you to our CTE guru, Mr. Pan!

BOTH drawings for these two separate Tiger Prizes will be done during 7th period on December 1!

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].

Notice of Nondiscrimination.   Bellevue School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights, Racial Discrimination, and Gender Expression or Identity Discrimination: Civil Rights/Nondiscrimination Compliance Coordinator Nancy Pham, (425) 456-4040 or [email protected]

Sex-based Discrimination, including Sexual Harassment: Title IX Coordinator: Jeff Lowell, (425) 456-4010 or [email protected]

Disability Discrimination: Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Heather Edlund, (425) 456-4156 or [email protected]

Mailing address for all three: 12111 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA 98005.


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.