Tillicum Times

April 29,  2024

Dear Tillicum Families,

Breakfast is Served!   Beginning Wednesday, May 1st, Nutrition Services will begin serving hot breakfast from 7:20 – 7:45 am in the Tillicum cafe.  This pilot program through the end of June will be used to determine if we continue offering breakfast services in the 2024-25 school year.  Students may purchase breakfast items the same way they buy lunch.

  • What is the cost for school breakfast? Students that qualify for free or reduced priced school meals may participate in the breakfast program at no cost.  For all other students, breakfast is available for $2.50.
  • My student qualifies for free (or reduced-priced) school meals but only wants a single item, like milk, for breakfast? USDA requires that only complete meals be offered at no-cost under the School Breakfast Program.  If a student wants only milk, it can be purchased for $.50.  Milk must be paid for at the time of service.  No debiting.
  • What is a “complete meal”? Under USDA’s School Breakfast Program, students must be offered choices daily from four (4) food groups, in at least the minimum required quantities, for their grade.
    • The four (4) food groups are: protein, grains, fruits and milk.
    • For a breakfast to qualify as a “complete meal” the following 2 rules must be met:
      • Students MUST select at least 3 items from the 4 food groups offered.  Some items count as more than one item.
      • Students MUST choose at least a ½ cup of fruit.

For additional information about breakfast, paying for meals, and applying for Free/Reduced price meals visit the Nutrition Services page of our district website.

Dusty Steere


Principal – Tillicum Middle School


  • 4/29-5/3     Candy-Gram fundraiser
  • 5/6-10          Walk, Bike & Roll to School Week
  • 5/10              ASB Spring Dance at 6PM
  • 5/14              SBA Testing (ELA CAT)
  • 5/16              SBA Testing (ELA PT)
  • 5/21              SBA Testing (MATH CAT)
  • 5/23              SBA Testing (MATH PT)
  • 5/27              Memorial Day/No school
  • 5/29-5/31    6th Grade Camp
  • 6/5                Orchestra Spring Concert at 7PM in Tillicum Gym
  • 6/6                Band Spring Concert at 7PM in Tillicum Gym
  • 6/7-20          Yearbook Final Sale!
  • 6/10              Jazz Night in Tillicum Commons
  • 6/11              Choir Spring Concert at 7PM in Tillicum Commons
  • 6/17              Save the date – 8th Grade promotion Ceremony, 12:15 pm
  • 6/18              LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

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

May 6 – 10: Walk, Bike, Roll to School Week. Celebrate Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day for the whole week. Walk, bike, roll, carpool or take the bus!

Our school is one of 18 schools participating in Bellevue SchoolPool’s Walk & Roll to SchoolPool campaign during the week of May 6 – 10.  Bellevue SchoolPool is a program that encourages families and students to explore sustainable transportation options for their commute to and from school and alleviate congestion at drop-off and pickup times and locations. During the campaign, students and families are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or take the bus to and/or from school.

This spring, the campaign is centered around National Bike & Roll to School Day on Wednesday, May 8, but SchoolPool encourages students to try a new way to school any time during week!

SchoolPool also provides students with a fun activity flyer and other items including reflective shoe stickers, shoelace tags, and seeded sticky notes that can be planted in the ground.

For resources including how to set up a bike train or walking school bus and carpooling tips, visit www.BellevueSchoolPool.org and look under “Resources for Students and Families.”

If you would like to sign up for the Bellevue SchoolPool newsletter, click here.

Smarter Balanced Assessment and Modified Schedules.  Students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) as scheduled below:

  • May 14: English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Assessment
  • May 16: English Language Arts Performance Task
  • May 21: Math Computer Adaptive Assessment
  • May 23: Math Performance Task

We will run a modified schedule on these days with approximately 90 minutes of testing time in the morning followed by shortened periods of 35 minutes. All 8th Grade students will take the (Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) on May 29 during their Science class (regular bell schedule on these days). Students should come to school on these days with a fully-charged laptop and wired headphones (no Bluetooth/wireless headphones). Students do not need to make any other special preparations for the test apart from getting rest the night before and coming to school prepared to do their best. More information about the Washington State SBA is available here. More information about the Washington State WCAS is available here.

Measles Prevention and Safety. Since December 2023, there have been 11 cases of measles in Washington state. Measles spread easily and can make people very sick, especially if they haven’t had their vaccinations. It can cause serious health problems like pneumonia, brain damage and in rare cases, death. Babies, pregnant people and individuals with weak immune systems are especially at risk.

Keeping your family’s vaccinations up to date is very important to prevent measles and other diseases. Read additional tips on how to keep your family and our community healthy.

SunBucks – Summer Food Program. Beginning this summer, the state of Washington is launching a new program called SUN Bucks providing families with $120 for each eligible school-aged child to buy food when school is out.


  • Children who live in a household already receiving assistance program benefits (SNAP, TANF, FDPIR), OR
  • Children who attend a school that operates the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Program, AND
    • Is directly certified for free or reduced-price school meals, or
    • Submits a qualifying free and reduced-price meal application, or
    • Submits a qualifying Family Income Survey (FIS)
    • The Family Income Survey is a form used by families with children attending a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. These schools include Lake Hills Elementary, Sherwood Forest Elementary and Stevenson Elementary.

Families are encouraged to complete the 2023-2024 free and reduced priced meal application or the Family Income Survey (CEP schools only) by May 15, 2024.

SUN Bucks will be issued beginning mid-June through the end of August 2024. Once qualified, families will receive an approval notice and SUN Bucks EBT card within 7 to 10 business days via U.S. Mail. SUN Bucks benefits expire 122 days from issuance.

If your family moved during the school year, you need to update your mailing address to ensure the EBT card is sent to the correct address. Address changes can be made using your ParentVUE account.


If you have questions regarding your child’s school meal eligibility status for the 2023-2024 school year, please contact Nutrition Services at 425-456-4507 or [email protected]. Our office hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Supporting Student Stress and Anxiety Parent Presentation.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 1st
  • Time: 7:00-8:00pm
  • Location: Bellevue High School PAC

Information will be provided on: Causes of childhood anxiety/stress, when anxiety may need more support,  specific home strategies,  accessing help within the Bellevue School District and community.

  • Sponsored by the Bellevue PTSA Council and the Bellevue School District Mental Health Assistance Team
  • More Information: Event Flyer

Previous Announcements

Sixth Grade Camp is May 29-31. Families, please ensure you have paid for camp using Touchbase (see below for details) or contact Kim Hay ([email protected]) or Dave Jensen ([email protected]) regarding financial assistance. Funds are available to ensure that every sixth grader can attend camp.

  • Make a Payment Online visit https://wa-bellevue.intouchreceipting.com/
  • Username:  enter your student’s school ID number
  • Password:   enter your student’s last name
  • Click on your child’s name.
  • The fee has been assigned to your student’s account automatically and shows at the top of the page. Click View
  • Enter the camp payment amount that is appropriate for your family and/or that has been arranged with Camp Coordinators.  Select the small Pay box if you have changed the amount.  Hit the blue Pay Selected Fines/Fees to put in Checkout.
  • For online donations, you may request a receipt for tax purposes from the Tillicum front office.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  Payments may be made incrementally. The Bellevue School District does NOT charge a convenience fee.

8th Grade Promotion Party Planning.  It’s hard to believe but your 8th grade student only has a few weeks left at Tillicum Middle School.  To help make their transition special, please consider joining the parent planning committee for the PTA sponsored 8th grade party at the end of the year.  Here are details for the next meeting:

Free Girls Flag Football Summer Camp.  Girls in grades 5-8 are invited to learn to play flag football for free this summer. Join BSD high school teams along with members of the Seattle Seahawks organization to learn new skills, run drills and play scrimmage games. Camps take place at Bellevue High School Stadium on July 17, 24 and 31 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. No prior experience necessary. All students need to bring is water, sunscreen and great energy!

Reporting Safety Concerns. Bullying and safety concerns can always be reported to any staff member at school.  The Secondary Level Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Incident Reporting Form is available to all families in the office. Finally, Bellevue School District also utilizes an anonymous reporting tool called SafeSchools Alert through which anyone can make a verbal or written report of harassment, intimidation or bullying. Information on how to submit a report via any of these methods is available on the district website at www.bsd405.org/help/report.


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.