Good Afternoon Tyee Community,

Welcome back to school! We hope you had a fantastic Mid-Winter Break with your student. We’re excited to have them back as we continue on this “March” through 3rd Quarter.

It is still February, but planning for next year is already underway. Students are soon getting information and making selections for classes in the 2023-24 school year. We will continue to keep families posted about key dates, and encourage you talk with your student about their interests, passions, goals, and strengths as they list their choices.

A reminder to keep a close eye on the weather forecast the next 24-48 hours as another weather system may be approaching. Check local news and the BSD Website and Social Media accounts to stay up to date.  If school is in session but it is unsafe to walk or drive to school – please stay home until it is safe! Absences will be excused. Please e-mail [email protected] to let us know if your student will be late or absent due to weather or transportation disruptions.

Byron Lillie, Principal

 Important Dates March 1: Course Registration Requests Due (incoming 6th & 7th graders)

March 3: PTSA Glow Dance (7pm)

March 13: Incoming 6th Grade Registration Night (6pm)

March 16: Principal’s Coffee (Reimagining Middle Schools)

March 17: Professional Day (no school)

Stay Healthy! Welcome back from the mid-winter break! Are you ready and well to learn? We strongly recommend you and your student to stay home if you are having cold-like symptoms. Please visit: Giving a fever reducing medication just before returning to school does not make a student well. It may only mask the fever until the medication wears off. In this situation, a student needs to be home so others are not exposed to illness.

What are the fever reducing medications? Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Iburpofen, Aspirin, Naproxen, Dayquil, Nyquil

What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms:

If you have one or more of these new, changed, or worsening symptoms: Fever (≥100.4°F) or chills, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Muscle or body aches, Loss of taste or smell, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, Headache, Fatigue, Sore throat, Cough.

Stay home and test for COVID-19 or see a healthcare provider

Tyee: Course Registration for 2023-24 Tyee Counselors visited Language Arts classrooms prior to break for presentations on course requests & registration for the 2023-24 school year for incoming 7th & 8th graders. Students received instructions on how to make course requests in StudentVue, and information for families is posted to the Tyee website.

Incoming 7th & Incoming 8th grade course requests are due Wednesday, March 1st

Coming soon…

  • Incoming 9th Grade: High School Counselors will visit 8th grade Language Arts classrooms the week of March 6-10.
  • Incoming 6th Grade: Tyee Counselors will visit Elementary Schools the week of March 13-16. 
Tyee: Incoming 6th Grade Registration Night Incoming Tyee 6th grade students and families are welcome to join us for a presentation about registering for 6th grade classes in the 2023-24 school year. Families and caregivers will receive similar information to what their students will learn in 5th grade classroom so they are able to support their students with selecting courses. Please join us for a presentation, followed by a live Question & Answer session with Tyee Administrators and Counselors.

  • Location: Tyee MS Gymnasium
  • Date: Monday, March 13
  • Time: 6:00-7:00
Tyee PTSA: Glow Dance is March 3rd The glow dance is on Friday, March 3, 2023. Doors open at 6:45pm, event is 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the Commons, open to Tyee students only. Wear white for the black lights. We’ll be handing out glow sticks, and have a “Candy Bar” and free snacks.

  • Registration and Parent Permission is required to attend this event, which is done online by Thursday, March 2, 2023. Adherence to BSD Student Code of Conduct is required for all Student Social Events. Register here
  • Students who want to show off their skills in the Dance Contest, must register separately in advance here.
  • Parent volunteers please sign up here.
Tyee: Principal’s Coffee March 16 


SAVE THE DATE! Join us for the fourth Principal’s Coffee event of the year, our theme will be “Reimagining Middle Schools”. We will be joined by representatives from across Bellevue School District to provide input and feedback on initial proposals for a “new” middle school model to support student success and well-being.

  • Date: Thursday, March 16th
  • Time: 9:30-10:30am
  • Location: Tyee MS Library

This event will be hosted in-person, with coffee & tea provided. A live link willl also be sent out to join remotely. Information on how to RSVP will be sent out in next week’s Family Update. For now – save the date!

Tyee: Music Sweatshirts Online Sales Tyee Students, Staff and Families! Our Music Sweatshirt online order is now open until February 28. Grab your awesome Tyee Music Sweatshirt for $25 to show school and music pride! All profits from the sales will go towards supporting our music programs at Tyee including Band, Orchestra and Choir. You can place your order via Tyee PTSA website-many sizes are available! This batch of order will be delivered to school around the end of March 2023. If you have questions, please email [email protected]. Link:
Tyee: 6th Grade Camp Information 6th grade Camp information, including links to the Parent Night Presentation, Permission Forms and a Parent Volunteer Application can all be found on the Tyee website:
BSD: Newport Cooking Club for Kids Newport HS is holding fun cooking classes for young chefs grades 3-8! Enjoy a night out while your kids have a blast in our cooking classes!

  •  Thursday March 9th: learn how to make homemade pizza from scratch. In addition to enjoying their fabulous Italian meal and learning knife and dough skills, the young chefs will get to enjoy a special dessert prepared by one of our fabulous club members.
  • Thursday March 30th: kids will get a chance to learn and expand their knife skills through cooking omelets and will bake pear crisps!
  •  Friday April 28th: learn how to make some of their favorite finger foods from scratch, such as chicken tenders, fries, and milkshakes! Classes are $65.00 separately but are $60.00 each if parents sign up for more than one!

Please complete the following Microsoft Form to complete registration for your student: Pay online through under “FCCLA” in the search bar. If you have any questions, feel free to contact club advisor Dalanie Church at [email protected].

Tyee: Arrival to School & Driver Safety


School opens at 8:00am. Please drop your student off before 8:20 to ensure they make it to class on-time. The darkness and winter weather has increased traffic, so please leave home a few minutes earlier this season.  We are monitoring tardies and will follow up with students and families if assistance is needed. Thank you for your help!

The parking lot surface can be ICY in Winter. Vehicles must stay below 10mph in our parking lot.  Use the curb lane ONLY for drop-off and pick-up, it is VERY UNSAFE to stop in the passing lane and ask children to walk between vehicles.   Please stop for pedestrians and follow staff direction.

PTSA: Social Updates The Tyee PTSA Social Committee has been hard at work planning several fun evening events for our students. Be on the look-out for more information as each date approaches!

  • March 3 – Glow Dance (7:00-9:00pm)
  • April 28 – Beach Party (7:00-9:00pm)
  • June 2 – Field Day (4:00-6:30pm)
  • June 16 – 8th Grade Party (7:00-9:00pm)

Many families requested additional info about evening clubs offered by Tyee PTSA. For a full list and contact information, please visit:

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.