Tillicum Times

February 12,  2024

Dear Families,

新年  快乐 (xīnnián kuàilè)  Happy New Year!

Lunar New Year, also called Spring Festival, is one of the most important traditional holidays in Chinese culture. It has a history dating back over 4000 years and it is a festival to bid farewell to the old year and welcome to the new.  In 2024, Lunar New Year falls on Saturday, February 10th and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 24th. It is a time for family reunions, visiting friends and exchanging greetings for the coming New Year.

At Tillicum, student leaders and Teachers from our Chinese Club and Mandarin Dual Student Advisory Group worked to decorate our commons for the New Year.  On Monday (2/12) they  hosted Chinese New Year cultural activity during the lunch periods for all students and staff who want to participate.

We wish you a happy and prosperous year of the dragon!


Dusty Steere


Principal – Tillicum Middle School


  • 2/1-2/29       Black History Month
  • 2/12 – 17        Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • 2/12 & 2/15 Glass Fusing Workshop
  • 2/12              WEB Leader meeting
  • 2/13              ASB meeting
  • 2/14              Valentines Day – Spirit Dress Up Day: Formal Wear
  • 2/15              WEB 6th Grade Tutorial Meeting
  • 2/19-23        Mid-winter Break:  No School
  • 3/1                ASB Spring Dance
  • 3/22              Regular School Day due to Emergency School Closure on 1/17

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

Random Acts of Kindness Week: February 12 – 17.  This week, Tillicum recognizes and celebrates Random Acts of Kindness by showing showing kindness to our classmates, staff and family.  On Tuesday, students view the Watch: The Science of Kindness video and begin engaging in Kindness Challenges posted around the school and shared in the announcements daily.  At lunch all week, our counselors will provide fun challenges and activities including kindness bingo, stickers, coloring pages and much more! Together we can make the world a little bit kinder!

Course Selection for 2024-2025.  During the week of March 4 – 8, current 8th grade students will be visited by high school counselors and will receive course selection information.  Current 6th and 7th grade students will receive course selection information in their English Language Arts classes during the week of March 18 – 22.  More information coming soon.

Black History Month is an annual opportunity to recognize the significant role Black Americans have played throughout history and celebrate African American achievement. Tillicum Middle School honors and elevates the experiences and contributions of our students and staff identifying as Black and African American in February and throughout the school year.

Prearranged absence Form: Remember – if you will miss school for vacation, a family event, a tournament, or most reasons other than illness or appointments, you must submit a prearranged absence form before the absence.  Prearranged absence forms can be picked up at the attendance office or printed off from the link here or from the School website.  If one is not turned in before the absence, your absence is unexcused.

Community Awareness – Rise in Cyber Kidnapping SchemesCyber kidnappings aim to get an individual to believe that a loved one has been kidnapped, are in immediate danger and a ransom must be paid. These schemes often involve the use of technology such as artificial intelligence voice spoofing, caller ID spoofing, and social media activity to convince unsuspecting victims to pay money. BSD Safety and Security provides some guidance to our learning community in the event they become impacted by a cyber kidnapping scheme.

Arabic Language Evening – Join Us on February 28. Middle and high school students and families are invited to learn about our 2024-25 online class offerings.

Ahlan wa Sahlan! Please attend our Arabic language evening on Wednesday, February 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sammamish High School Library. Learn more about our Arabic language classes held online for middle and high school students, meet our teacher, Manar Chaaban, and meet current students and families.

Participate in activities like tatreez (embroidery) and dabkeh (folkloric dance), and enjoy food and art demonstrations. Come in your best Arabic cultural outfit (Thobe or Abaya) to enter a friendly fashion competition. Baklawa, Maamool (date cookies) and Moroccan Mint tea will be provided.

BSD secondary students who choose to enroll in Arabic language classes will attend class online through Bellevue Digital Discovery during their regular school day at their home school.

If possible, please let us know if you plan to attend through this online form.

Questions? Please email [email protected].

Cooking Class.  Newport FCCLA is hosting three fun cooking classes for young chefs grades 3-8! Enjoy a night out while your kids have a blast in our cooking classes! Young chefs attending our class on Friday February 9th will learn basic knife skills and food safety while make delicious spring rolls with fried rice. Dinner will be provided, and they will get to enjoy custom sundaes for dessert! Those attending our yakisoba with miso soup class on February 13th will learn how to make tasty stir fried noodles with a warm hearty soup. In addition to enjoying their fabulous Japanese meal and learning even more advanced knife skills, the young chefs will get to enjoy a special dessert prepared by one of our fabulous club members. On Thursday February 15, kids will get a chance to learn pan frying skills and expand on their knife skills through cooking an amazing breakfast for dinner combo! Classes are $75 separately but are $70 each if parents sign up for more than one class or if there are multiple siblings signing up! We can’t wait to see you there and cook some amazing meals!!!

Please complete the following Microsoft Form to complete registration for your student! https://forms.office.com/r/V05TddVcuT

Pay online through www.bsd405.org/pay under “FCCLA” in the search bar. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our club advisor Dalanie Church at [email protected].


Seattle Clinic for Mental Health (en español). Seattle Children’s Hospital offers the CALMA Clinic, a Spanish mental health clinic for children and families who prefer to get some or all of their care in Spanish. Their providers are bilingual in Spanish and English. They see children ages two to 18 years old.   CALMA Clinic – Seattle Children’s (seattlechildrens.org)

Free King County Health Clinic.  The Seattle/King County Clinic is hosting a four-day event, February 15 – 18, providing free medical, dental, and vision care for anyone struggling to access or afford healthcare. Patients do not need to live in Seattle or King County to get care. No ID, documentation, or insurance required. Tickets are required to attend and are handed out each day starting at 5:30 a.m. at Fisher Pavillion in Seattle Center.

Patient Information – Seattle Center Foundation


Previous Announcements

Free Drop-In Tutoring.   Bellevue High School’s Science Olympiad has started a program called Tutor Time. They are hosting free drop-in tutoring sessions for students K-12 in all subjects. Sessions are held every Saturday at various KCLS libraries. If you would like more information, please reach out to them at [email protected] or visit their website: https://tutortime.my.canva.site/

Here is their schedule for the month of February:

  • February 3rd: Newcastle Library Meeting Room from 1-3pm
  • February 10th: Newport Way Library Meeting Room from 2-4pm
  • February 17th: Mercer Island Library Large Meeting Room from 12-2pm
  • February 24th: Redmond Library Meeting Room 1 from 4-5:30pm


Newport High School Multicultural Night.  Student organizers of the third annual Multicultural Night extend an invitation for Tillicum students and families to join their event on Friday, March 1st from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Check out our student-run booths of different cultures, have dinner at one of the food trucks, and come watch the performances! We hope to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity and culture within our student body and community, and hope you enjoy as well!


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.