All Bellevue schools will be open Friday, December 2. All programs will be in operation as regularly scheduled, including nutrition and transportation services.

Good Evening Tyee Community!

We sincerely hope you had a fun, relaxing, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving Weekend. We are re-energized and excited to open up another great period of learning activities from here to the upcoming Winter Break. As days grow shorter through December, we recognize the effect it can have on the body and mind – please draw your attention to some of the upcoming forums and events where resources will be shared out and support offered to our adolescents going through this prolonged and difficult period.


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Tyee: Upcoming Dates
  • December 1: Interim Progress Reports (IPRs) sent via mail (D & F grades only)
  • December 2: Synchronous Wednesday (Periods 5-7 – info below)
  • December 4: Principal’s Coffee, 10:00am (info below)
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  continue December 2

Wednesday classes across the district are now “synchronous” 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, December 2 will be periods 5, 6, and 7.

Schedule for Wednesday, December 2:

8:30am – 5th period

9:15am – 6th period

10:00am – 7th period

Tyee: Principal’s Coffee Event December 4, 10:00am

This Friday, December 4 Tyee Middle School and the Tyee PTSA are co-hosting a “Principal’s Coffee” virtual event on a very important topic that is front of mind for many of our families and students: Social Emotional Support & Resources for Students. The event will be a 30 minute presentation led by Tyee school staff, followed by a Q&A portion. The event will be held virtually, over Microsoft Teams. The link is below: December 4 Principal’s Coffee Event (10-11am PST)

Future monthly meetings will address topics such as: BSD Digital Platforms, Emergency Planning, Student Engagement, and Health/Safety Protocols.

Tyee Library: Curbside pick-up available! Is your student interested in checking out a book from the Tyee library? Curbside pick-up is now available. Please have your student email Mrs. Hecht at with their book request and she will provide more information regarding the date and time students may pick up books.
Interim Progress Reports

All middle  school parents and guardians of students with D & F grades will receive interim progress reports by mail the week of December 7. Current progress for all students will be accessible in ParentVUE and parents and guardians are encouraged to monitor student progress. Grades will be updated Tuesday, December 1.

Please communicate with your student’s teachers if you have questions or concerns about your student’s progress. If you would like more information on grading practices in the Bellevue School District including practices put in place this school year and long-term planning for grading, read more here.

While it may feel early, this does provide the student and family as much as 8 weeks to put forth efforts to improve before the conclusion of Quarter 2 on January 28.

Tyee Yearbooks: 

It’s time to buy your student a 2020-2021 YEARBOOK!   2020 is definitely one crazy year!  We want to remember the moments we experienced – even virtually!  Buying a yearbook for your child will allow them to look back at this historical time – because it’s A Year Like Never Before!

Over the next few months we will be collaborating to collect theme-based photos of your students learning from home, being out and about in neighborhoods, and participating in events to show your Tyee spirit. Stay tuned for upcoming emails about how to submit photos!

Students will see pictures of their friends and classmates at home, hanging out with their favorite pets, playing sports they love, playing music, socially-distant hang outs, and all kinds of fun events to capture this crazy year.  Purchasing the yearbook also helps fund future ASB events at Tyee.

Our purchase window opens NOW and will stay open only until Friday, December 18th.  After that you will have to wait until the Spring to purchase a yearbook!  So please, consider purchasing the 2020-2021 yearbook from the Tyee website!  The cost is $25 (note: scholarships are available from your student’s counselor). Link to Purchase: Please contact Office Manager Michelle Steinberg ( with questions about how to purchase.  Remember – buy a Yearbook now – before they run out – and your student will be all set for receiving your yearbook in June!

Safety Lessons for Students The Tyee Safety Team will be sending out Nearpod Activities that cover safety information for students while they are learning from home. We will be sending the first one this week to students via Outlook e-mail –  it covers making a safety plan at home and earthquake safety.  Please encourage your students to view these following 7th period on Wednesday, December 2nd from 10:45-11:25.
Gifts for Staff

Every year when the holidays approach, we see thoughtful parents and community members who want to express their appreciation to Tyee teachers and employees for their work with gifts.  While Board Policy 5255 does not prohibit all gifts, gifts should be of a nominal value.  Often parents are not aware that gifts to publicly-paid employees are not permitted.   In the past we have advised that gifts in excess of $50 are not nominal and we would prefer that any gifts be no more than $25. Although heartfelt, gifts of significant monetary value place the employee in a position of conflict of interest and may be in violation of our Conflicts of Interest Policy 5251, and will be graciously declined.

If families wish to provide more than a token, they can make donations to a specific classroom with the understanding that this donation would belong to the school, make a donation to a school or program, make a contribution to the Bellevue Schools Foundation, the PTSA, or other charity in recognition of an employee’s work, or do something that will benefit the entire staff/school.  At times families or organizations will want to give a school a box of candy or other item that can be jointly shared with everyone.  This is acceptable as long as no particular individual is singled out as the sole recipient or beneficiary.

School Options for the 2020-21 School Year  This year, the Open Transfer (formerly Open Enrollment) and Choice School/Program applications fall during the same time period – December 7, 2020 through January 15, 2021. All applicants must be residents of the Bellevue School District at the time of application. Residency documents will be requested at the time of enrollment. (The children of fulltime BSD employees may apply.) Siblings of current students are not guaranteed enrollment and must apply. For more information please visit:

Supports for Mental Health

Drop-in Mental Health/Counseling Services  BSD is excited to announce a Drop-in/In-Person Mental Health/Counseling service. This needs to be requested and initiated by the student, and is intended to address their mental health and needs, rather than their current grades or academic goals.  It is drop in service, not by appointment. Due to safety restrictions only the students may enter, while families are to wait outside. See flyer for details: Link


Community Forums on Mental Health In partnership with the district counseling program, social-emotional curriculum developers, family engagement team and community mental health partners, the district is developing another series of forums to inform, support and empower families on issues of mental health. Live sessions will be recorded and provided over Teams. See  flyer for details: Link

Please see below for all of the recordings, slide decks and small group session registration links for this month’s community forums. The communications team has said they plan to have the information posted to the website early next week (at the location cited below) but feel free to share these links with families in the meantime.  Website Link:

  1. How to Support my Worried/Anxious Student Presentation (General Session): Recording of General Session
  2. How to Support my Worried/Anxious Student General Session PPT Slides: PPT Deck from General Session
  3. Small Group Registration (Follow-up from General Session) : Link to Small Group Session Registration

Small Group Sessions are being offered for more in-depth conversation about anxiety, and potential consultation from our presenters. Families must pre-register in order to be invited.

BSD: Family Connections Resources Tyee and the BSD want to be sure 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:
Board Forum Announcement   The Bellevue School Board welcomes you to a virtual community forum on Thursday December 3rd to discuss Family Engagement. Board directors want to hear what is needed for you to support your child(ren)’s learning and well-being.  5.00-6.15 pm. Information to register  at
PTSA Information

“Introduction to PTSA” Seminar in Mandarin Chinese  Welcome to Bellevue School District. Bellevue PTSA Council and Tyee PTSA will host “Introduction to PTSA” seminar on Friday, December 11 10:00 – 11:30 am. The session will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese. The seminar will discuss the role of PTSA at the student’s education and the ways to get involved with PTSA.

PTSA 中文介绍会

欢迎来到Bellevue学区!如果您想多了解学校 PTSA 的运作, 成为一名积极参与孩子教育的家长,或者您是新来社区的家长,希望尽快融入社区大家庭,Bellevue PTSA Council 与Tyee PTSA于12月11日10:00am-11:300am举办一次中文座谈会,形式轻松,有问必答,期望能帮你更多了解学校和社区.


本次讲座为中文, 期待更多家长受益。

Meeting Link:


Spelling Bee Competition Is your student interested in participating in the Scripps Spelling Bee (spelling competition)?  Tyee will be holding a school spelling bee which will qualify a school winner who will move on to the Scripps Spelling Bee King-Snohomish County Regional competition (Seattle on March 27th at Noon). The winner from the regional competition moves on to the national competition. For more information about the Scripps Bee, see Tyee’s competition is open to current Tyee students.  The competition will be virtual on February 26th or March 5th, 2021 (details of the competition to follow soon). A computer with a working microphone and webcam is required. If your student is interested, please register him/her here  . The Tyee Spelling Bee is free (Entrance fees are only required at the next level). The registration deadline is Friday, February 5th, 2021.

The word list for the Tyee competition is here:  Words on this list will be used in the Tyee  competition.  Some may also be taken from the “Two Bee” list from the “Words of Champions” list.  Advanced spellers who want to prepare in case they are the school winner and move on to Regionals can also study this longer list: . If you have any questions, contact Lakshmi Raju, Chair for the Tyee Spelling Bee,


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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.