Good Evening Tyee Families,

Recognizing recent announcements at the State level about the rise of COVID-19 cases in our region, we hope everyone in the community is taking necessary precautions to stay safe as we go further towards the winter season. Second Quarter is well underway here at Tyee, we had a great Veterans Day Assembly last week, and look forward to moving forward in our classes and programs. Below is information about the changes to Wednesday morning classes, and resources we hope are helpful to our families.

And finally, a very happy Diwali to our families celebrating!

Byron Lillie, Principal

In an effort to reach more and more families, we’ve included links below to the weekly newsletter information in Chinese & Spanish.

11.16 Weekly Update (Chinese – Simplified)

11.16 Weekly Update (Espanol)

Tyee: Upcoming Dates
  • November 18: Synchronous Wednesday (Periods 5-7) – info below
  • November 25: Synchronous Wednesday (Periods 1-4) – info below
  • November 26-27: No School – Thanksgiving
Tyee: Contact Us Click the Link to find our Staff Directory!
Tyee: Clubs & Activities Is your student interested in getting involved in one of Tyee’s (virtual) Clubs? Please follow the link to learn more!
“Synchronous” Wednesdays begin November 18

Wednesday classes across the district will now be “synchronous” class meetings each week. Students are required to attend at the posted times, attendance will be taken. The class periods will rotate each week (1-4 one week, 5-7 the next).  Wednesday, November 18th will be periods 5, 6, and 7. Wednesday, November 25th will be periods 1, 2, 3, 4.

Schedule for Wednesday, November 18:

8:30am – 5th period

9:15am – 6th period

10:00am – 7th period

10:45am – Community (info below)


Schedule for Wednesday, November 25:

8:30am – 1st period

9:15am – 2nd period

10:00am – 3rd period

10:45am – 4th period

*updated Bell Schedule is linked here.

Tyee: Community Assembly Wednesday, November 18 This Wednesday, November 18 we will host a “Principal’s Office” assembly for Students. This is a chance to send questions on to me (Mr. Lillie) about any topics of interest whether it be classes, clubs/activities, or the recent changes in the Wednesday schedule. Students will be e-mailed the link in Outlook on Monday, and the event will be from 10:45-11:25 on Wednesday, November 18. Encourage your student to tune in!
Tyee: Veterans Day 2020 Video A big Thank You the Veterans of the Tyee community, and to the organizers of this year’s “virtual” Veterans Day Celebration. Special thanks to the students and staff who shared their family members who served and their stories! A recording of the Assembly can be viewed on YouTube (private link, but can be viewed on a computer or mobile device):
Tyee: 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.
BSD: Family Connections Resources Tyee and the Bellevue School District want to be sure that all our families are receiving the services and support they may need. The winter and holiday months can be particularly challenging for families, and here is the link to a form to get you connected with our BSD Family Connections Department and the resources they have or partner with in service to our community:
BSD: Free Internet Access

The state recognizes this need for reliable internet connectivity, and has partnered with Ziply Fiber, Comcast/Xfinity and Presidio to create Washington’s K–12 Internet Access Program, which gives eligible families free internet access students can connect to learning from home. This opportunity will provide you with faster, stronger and more reliable connectivity than hotspots (base stations for wireless internet access) or tethering to mobile, which will better support your student. If eligible, free internet access is available through June 30, 2021.

Link to more information:

Board Forum Announcement  The Bellevue School Board welcomes you to join a virtual community forum on Thursday December 3rd to discuss Family Engagement. Board directors want to hear what is important and needed for you to support your child(ren)’s learning and well-being.  5.00-6.15 pm. Information to register and join the forum online at
BSD: Community Forums on Mental Health beginning November 18. Mental health continues to top family concerns as we face unprecedented times and unexpected hardships. The district is developing forums to inform, support and empower families on issues of mental health. Live sessions will be recorded and provided over Teams. See link: flyer for details.
Free Class: Parenting in Remote School Many families are working more closely with their children than they ever have before.  If you are interested in attending a free parenting class to add tools to your toolbox, Kindering is offering one that runs from November 23 to February 10.   The class is targeted to parents of typically developing children from 2 through 12.   The class will be on Zoom. Flyer Here
BSD: Tech Help?

Curbside Technology Support: We offer 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

The Winners of Brain Teaser for Prizes!  Lottery Winners go to 7th grader Tinsley V. and Amy L.  Congratulations to our winners, we will send you an email with information about how to claim prizes.

The Winners of Online Halloween Costume Contest  Scariest – Kai H.; Silliest – Aidan S.; Best Theme – Joshua S.; Most Creative – Drea M.; Best Group – Ella L. Congratulations to all the winners, well done! Also great thanks to our judges – three college students from the University of Denver! Winners: We will be sending emails on how to claim prizes later this week.

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PTSA New Family Forum Thanks for joining us last week for the new family forum. For anyone who missed it, the slide deck is linked here !