Good Afternoon Tyee Community,

Hopefully the time change Sunday morning didn’t throw you or your student off too much to start the new week! It’s hard to believe we are winding down to our final week of Quarter 1 of our Academic School Year. Hope you all are staying healthy and safe.

A note regarding this week:

In anticipation of tomorrow’s local and national elections, we know that some students are experiencing stress. Many adults are feeling stress, too.

At Tyee, our purpose is to empower students academically, socially, and emotionally in a welcoming, equitable, and safe environment, so they can grow as critical thinkers, problem solvers, and responsible members of local and global communities. We believe that engaging with current events is an important part of that purpose. Tyee educators believe that controversial issues can spark intellectual curiosity and are thus an important part of a classroom environment. To support educators, we provided teachers with guidance and resources for how to navigate conversations about elections should it come up, and how to help students develop critical thinking skills and their own ideas.  We are also reiterating our commitment to a safe and civil educational environment for students, employees, parents/guardians, and community members free from harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

You may find this resource from Common Sense Media 17 Tips to Steer Kids of All Ages Through the Political Season with K-5, MS, HS resources, or this resource from the American Psychological Association, 2020 Presidential Election a Source of Significant Stress for More Americans than 2016 Presidential Race as useful when supporting your students at home during this time.

~Byron Lillie, Principal

Tyee: Upcoming Dates
  • November 4: Asynchronous Wednesday (periods 1-4)
  • November 4: “WEB Wednesday” event for 6th Graders & Community Time for New Students (7 & 8 Grade) — info below!
  • November 9: End of Quarter 1
  • November 10: Veterans Day Assembly (11:30am)
  • November 11: No School – Veterans Day
Tyee: Contact Us Click the Link to find our Staff Directory!
Tyee: Clubs, Activities & Final Forms Is your student interested in getting involved in one of Tyee’s (virtual) Clubs? Please follow the link to learn more!
Veterans Day 2020

This year we are conducting assemblies and plan to honor different members of our community in ways that we have never done before! Please take the time to read how we can submit some different material below (or by looking at the document that is attached) so that we can hear the stories of Veterans that are a part of our community and so that we can share our gratitude with the people that have served our community and our country!

Tyee Middle School is searching for stories and photographs from veterans who are connected to our Tyee Learning Community! Do you have a family member or close family friend who has served in the United States Military? Would they be interested in sharing their story or photo with our Tyee Community?

We are looking for Veterans to record a short video clip and/or submit a photo for our middle school assembly that will be shared on Tuesday November 10th during 8th Period Synchronous time (11:30am).

Guideline for Photo Submission:

  • With the photo, please include the following: Name of the Veteran,  What military branch they served in,  Where they were stationed, and  What service means to them!
  • Please submit photos by Tuesday, November 3. To Submit Photos please send them

Guideline for Video Submission:

  • To Submit videos please give your Veteran this Flipgrid link: and ask them to create a submission or help them to do it!
  • You’ll need to be logged in through a Microsoft or Google e-mail!
  • In the video, please include the following: When did they serve? What branch of the military and where were they stationed?
  • Options to talk about: What did they learn from the military? What does service mean to them? Anything else they would like to share that relates to Veterans Day.
  • Please submit videos to Flipgrid by Tuesday, November 3.

If you are a student or staff member that would like to submit a message of gratitude and what it means to you that other people are willing to serve our country, please submit a message by email totyeepride@bsd405.orgor with a video at the following Flipgrid link:

If you have questions please reach out to Zachary O’Neill at:

Technical Difficulties: What to do when Teachers can’t get online!

With rough weather ahead, we should plan for instances where a Teacher loses internet access, and cannot get to their class. When this happens, please follow the guidance below:

Teachers Will:

  • Notify Office Staff of the issue via phone or e-mail (if possible) and continue to try to re-establish contact during the period.
  • E-mail students via Outlook (if possible)
  • Provide flexibility and extension to students in the next class session or asynchronous times.

Office Staff Will:

  • E-mail the students affected, so they are aware of the issue.

Students Should:

  • Remain patient and online in the meeting (if already in), but may complete work for other classes while they wait.
  • Check Outlook e-mail for updates from office staff of the Teachers’ status.
  • Students should only “leave” class if they receive a message from the office confirming the Teacher will not arrive at all.

6th Graders: WEB Wednesday Event

(Wednesday, November 4th)

Who: Calling all current 6th graders who would like to join in the fun!

What: Our 2nd WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Wednesday interactive activity

When: Wednesday, November 4th, 2020, 11:30am

Where: Teams WEB channels (a LIVE presentation to start the program off with a link to join coming soon!)

Why: To remind all 6th graders and their families that WEB is a place for everybody to come together and interact and allow for time with the 8th grade WEB leaders to come together, play some games, and get some talking time with the 8th grade WEB leaders

How: Just by showing up! There is not much more to do that that! A link will be sent over Outlook e-mail to all 6th graders, all that needs to be done is to click the link and have some FUN!

Questions: Contact Ms. Miller ( or Mr. Layden (

New to Tyee 7th & 8th Graders: Community Event  (Wednesday, November 4th)

The counseling team would like to build some community between our new students, so we are hosting an event for new 7th and 8th grade students on November 4th at 12:00 p.m. The idea is that the students would get a chance to hear some brief information from the counseling team and then split into break out groups, where students have the opportunity to play games and get to know each other.  This event is for students only and we would love for you to attend.  Please fill out this forms survey below as soon as possible to let us know if you plan to attend and if you have any questions that we can address with the whole group.

Please save the date and keep an eye out for more information and link to the event! We look forward to seeing you!

Free Counseling Supports from UW We wanted to share some resources for free counseling supports in our area in case they are helpful. Please see the attachment for information about free psychology and counseling support through University of Washington. You may also be interested in the this free mental health referral service from Seattle Children’s Hospital.
BSD: Tech Help?
  • Curbside Technology Support: BSD’s Technology Department offers curbside service for students and families who need general tech support for issues that are difficult to resolve via email or phone. More information is available on the district’s website
  • In-Person: BSD has shifted “tech centers” to central locations. Tyee students needing in-person assistance should visit the Tech Center @ Newport High School (4333 Factoria Blvd). Open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8am-3pm; and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am-5pm.
  • E-mail: Students (; Parents/Guardians (
  • Phone: 425.456.4321
PTSA Information

MOD Pizza Fundraiser for Tyee PTSA – November 11 During the Covid-19 pandemic, our local companies and stores really need more support.  Tyee PTSA works with Mod Pizza at Factoria (3622 Factoria Blvd SE) to hold a fundraiser event on Wednesday November 11st. MOD will donate 20% of your meal purchase to Tyee PTSA.  The fundraiser lasts ALL DAY, so you can eat LUNCH and DINNER and show your support. Please register in advance here to meet the RSVP Minimum. For customer health and safety, dine-in space is not available during this meal. You can participate in this fundraiser by Take out, Delivery or Pick up.   To place your order online please visit MOD Pizza’s online order website .  Remember to select Factoria Mod Pizza Store and use the coupon code of “GR167165T” to give Tyee PTSA credit for your order. Alternatively, you can show the cashier the below flyer to give Tyee PTSA credit for your order.


Brain Teaser for Prizes! Tyee students and families: Check out these 2 brain teasers shown in the pictures below (or you can download the pictures from contest1 and contest2) . Please circle your answer, then email to by Nov. 4 for a chance to win 2 fun prizes. Two random winners will be picked from all correct entries, submitted to Tyee PTSA by Nov 4.

Online Halloween Costume Contest Tyee PTSA invites all Tyee families to participate in a online Halloween Costume Contest.  The contest features 5 different categories to compete:

  • Scariest
  • Silliest
  • Best Theme
  • Most Creative
  • Best Group

Each category will have one winner. Tyee PTSA will sponsor the prize. Please email the student name, grade and the costume photo to no later than November 4th 11:59pm. The winner will be announced at the TyeeTimes on Nov. 15th.


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Reflections – I Matter Because… Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “I Matter Because…,” calls for all Tyee artists! Please submit original work of art in one or more of the following categories:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

Important: Submission deadline: 11/13/2020. Entry Form – 2020-21 Reflection Entry Form. To get more details and tips, please watch Tyee Reflections Virtual Booth: PowerPoint in the video is also shared at: