Good Morning Families,

I sincerely apologize for the delay in getting this week’s update to you all. I hope you had a nice weekend. We’re excited to be back with your students for the week, and we hope everyone stayed safe through the latest wind & rain storms!

Byron Lillie, Principal


Important Dates
  • November 25-26: Thanksgiving (No School)
BSD: Signs of Suicide (SOS) Parent Discussion Session 

Note! This important community session will take place on Wednesday, December 8, starting at 6:00pm. Due to space capacity, families will be required to pre-register for the event.

Due to overwhelming community request, the Family Engagement office in partnership with BSD Counseling, Mental Health Assistance Teams and community mental-health partners will offer families an additional opportunity to support the well-being of their students. This in-person Community Mental Health Forum will center on a discussion about the Signs of Suicide, or SOS.

SOS is an evidence-based youth suicide prevention program that teaches students how to identify signs of depression and suicide in themselves and others. The goal of the program is to decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing knowledge and changing attitudes about depression, suicide, and mental health. In addition, SOS provides materials that support families and communities to recognize at-risk students and take appropriate action.

In compliance with COVID-protocols, in-person attendance will be limited, and registration required. We request families register early. This session will provide families an opportunity to ask detailed questions about depression, suicide, and mental health directly with district counselors. Please follow the links to register and submit questions.

Session Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Session Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Session Registration: Registration Link: (Please use the pull-down selection menu – located on the upper right corner of the form – to view the registration form in Spanish or Simplified Chinese).

Tyee: Mask Fundraiser

Tyee’s Associated Student Body (ASB) is hosting a Mask Fundraiser to support student activities. Cloth Facemasks can be purchased online for $8 from now until December 31 and can be delivered to your residence, or picked up at Winner’s Sportswear in Bellevue. Masks are available in small, medium, and large sizes. Sizes will be listed on the website, or students can view the sample sizes at the Jubilee Office during lunch time. We’d love to see Timberwolf spirit shining on every face!


Please send any questions to ASB Advisor, Ashley Williams

Tyee:  Winter Weather As you’ve noticed, we’ve faced several rough weather days, November is officially upon us! With rain, wind, ice, and possibly snow affecting roadways and power, it’s important families are making necessary preparations. Three recommendations from Tyee Safety below:

  1. Stay “in the know”. Families should monitor the BSD website and local media outlets for updates about closures/delays on stormy days. When the district makes an announced change, they dial out a robocall, update their website and social media feeds, and send press releases to local TV, radio, and news sources. If you are on social media, it’s recommended to follow BSD on Facebook or Twitter (@TheBSD405).
  2. Plan for Traffic. Driving in the dark/rainy mornings is getting slower and more dangerous. Be safe! We’ve noticed an increase in students arriving to school late due to traffic. If driving your student to school, we recommend families change routines and depart home 5-10 minutes earlier.
  3. Dress for Weather. Many students enjoy playing outside during lunch breaks, even on rainy days. Please be sure to send your students to school with water-resistant jackets or rain coats. Umbrellas are permitted outdoors. If you need help getting a new jacket for your student, please contact their counselor:
BSD: Open Transfer  & Choice School Waitlist Applications

Open Transfer Applications for 2022-23 will be accepted beginning December 6, 2021. The applications period will close Friday January 7, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Results will be emailed in February for high school, March for middle school, and April for elementary school. Visit our Open Transfer and Nonresident FAQ pages for more information.

Choice School Entry Level Lottery Applications are only available for incoming K (current P-4) and incoming 6th grade (current 5th grade) students for the 2022-23 school year. If your student is not entry grade level, they may apply to the existing waitlist. New applicants will be placed on the bottom of the appropriate waitlist by their current grade level in the order received for possible entry in the fall for the upcoming school year. Students applying for language programs will be required to pass an appropriate grade level language proficiency screening. Please visit our Waitlist application for Choice Schools and Programs for more information. For a listing of common questions and answers about the Choice School Program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

BSD: Return to School Guidance If your student has symptoms, please keep your students home until they are well. If you have questions, please contact School Nurse, Alexa Wehmeyer:
BSD: Close Contact Guidelines If your student is in CLOSE CONTACT with a COVID-positive individual AND are fully vaccinated:

  • They do NOT need to quarantine. They may come to school.
  • They must self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
  • If they become symptomatic, follow section above on return after symptoms

If your student is in CLOSE CONTACT with a COVID-positive individual and they are NOT fully vaccinated:

  • They quarantine (stay home with no visitors) for 14-days.
    •  This is the safest option. If they are not able to quarantine for 14 days, quarantine for at least 10 days after exposure.
    • If they receive a negative test on day 5 or later after exposure and are not able to quarantine for 10-14 days, quarantine for at least 7 days after exposure.
    • If they must leave quarantine for any reason, make sure to wear a mask, distance from others, avoid crowded places, and stay away from people at high risk for serious illness.
BSD: COVID-19 Testing

Tyee MS has begun to provide COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Doing so will allow us to more rapidly determine infections in symptomatic persons, and take a proactive approach to minimizing potential outbreaks. Screening Testing will be available in the weeks to come. All testing is optional, and requires consent.

More information on diagnostic testing and screening testing can be found on our COVID-19 Testing in Bellevue School District webpage and will be updated as more details become available.  Please visit the district COVID-19 Health and Safety webpage for more information about our current health and safety measures.

Community: Bellevue Thanksgiving Food Drive Each year, Families Helping Families organizes a food drive to support Bellevue School District families by providing them with Thanksgiving meals. Consider participating by making a donation.


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.