Principal’s Message:

We had an all school assembly earlier this week in honor of Veteran’s Day.  The assembly included a musical tribute to our veteran’s with performances by our Band, Choir, and Orchestra.  The assembly also featured Tillicum’s own, Mr. Hay, a former US Marine, as our guest speaker.  Mr. Hay helped students reflect on the meaning of Veteran’s Day and the sacrifices made by our veterans.  Special congratulations go out to all of our performers, student speakers, and to our Music Department for this wonderful tribute!

Best Regards,

James Peterson


School News:


We will not hold arena conferences this year.  Many questions can be answered via email, and teachers are available for individual conferences as needed. Individual conferences can be scheduled directly with teachers. See our Staff Directory.


Attendance Reminders

We are fast approaching the holiday season and school breaks, and want to remind families regarding attendance policies and procedures.

Early release (pick up student before the end of the day for an appointment or family event):

Contact Liza Manio, Attendance Specialist, in the morning (via e-mail, student note, or phone call), noting the time that the student is to be released – or 425-456-6708.   The student will be waiting in the Attendance Office for the parent to sign out.

Pre-arranged absence (student will be out for vacation, family trip, sports tournament, etc):

One week prior to the absence, student will bring a parent note and obtain the blue pre-arranged absence form from the Attendance Office.   Student will have all teachers sign it.  Form will be returned to the Attendance Office and the school administrator will make the final determination on whether or not the absence is excused.

Please refer to the Student Handbook for more detailed information regarding Attendance Policies:


THRIVE Before School Program

TRHIVE is a program to help students who may need extra help with organization, study skills, test-taking skills, etc.  The program runs for 1 quarter from 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. in the Counseling Center.  The class is 2 days a week (either Mon/Friday or Tues/Thurs).   Students will need transportation to school to participate in this before school program and a snack will be provided thanks to PTA support.  If you are interested in this program, please contact your student’s counselor:


Activities and Athletics:

Pet Food Drive

National Jr. Honor Society members will be collecting pet food and accessories, Nov. 13-22, with all items donated to the Humane Society.  Each 3rd period teacher now has a collection box in the classroom.   The final weigh-in will be 3rd period on Wednesday, Nov. 22.  The winning class will be able to spend quality time with friendly staff members’ dogs!


The ASB and PTA have launched their annual Fall Magazine & Cookie Dough Fundraiser!

The second collection date is Tuesday November 14th. Money raised from this fundraiser pays for after school club activities, guest speakers, field trip transportation, 6th grade camp and much more!

Items can be ordered online:

Cookie dough will be delivered Dec. 12, just in time for Winter Break!

There is still time to sell! In order to participate, students must return a completed Bellevue School District’s Parent/Student Fundraiser Acknowledgement.  Bring the permission form to Mrs. Truong in the main office in exchange for your fundraising packet.


Tillicum’s Sewing Club

Tillicum’s Sewing Club is looking for parent volunteers who are interested in supporting the activity.  All skill levels are welcome!  The club meets every Monday, beginning Nov. 6, from 3:30-4:30 in Leslie Wade’s room (students join at 4:00).  The first charitable focus is Eastside Baby Corner.  Please e-mail with any questions or if you would like to volunteer.


Math Club Competition

We are still accepting registration for the 2017 AMC 8 Math Competition.  Registration is $3.00, and we have the forms in the main office.  The fee can also be paid online.  The contest is Tuesday, Nov. 14.  Please contact Ms. Rabitoy if you have any questions.


Jubilee Sports Update

Winter Sports:  Registration now open for Co-ed Flag Football:

Tillicum’s Jubilee Site Coaches are Rob Raban & Shaler Knowles

Their office is located in the school library.

You can also contact them via email:

Latest activity schedule.

Activity and Tutorial Bus Routes

Questions about Jubilee Sports and Activities?  Check their website or Contact Robert Raban, Jubilee Reach Tillicum Site Coach at


Reflections Art Contest

The National and State Reflections Program is a PTA cultural arts competition which provides an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works in any one of six categories:  Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.   Entries will be judged on creative ability and interpretation of this years theme:  Within Reach.

Submissions are due in the front office by Thursday, November 30th.

More information and entry forms can be found at Please also feel free to contact the TMS chairs Anne Hill ( or Megan Hedges (


Box Tops for Education

Tillicum PTA is happy and eager to collect your Box Tops and Labels for Education!

Last year, we earned just under $400 from all the Box Tops you submitted – THANK YOU!

Would you partner this year?  Clip these incentives off food and product packaging – it all adds up when we each do what we can!  Turning them in is easy – have your student look for the Box Tops box in the main office!  Watch this video to learn more or visit the Box Tops website for collection sheets!

We will collect Labels for Education through December – the program ends in January!  Now is the time to turn in any stacks you might have been collecting!

Happy collecting and submitting!

Allison Patterson & Kim Flavius


District Announcements:

Who pays for public education in Bellevue?

Have you ever wondered how local schools are funded? Why do levies matter? How do PTSAs, Bellevue Schools Foundation and others fit in the funding picture?  And more importantly, how does this affect my student(s)? Get answers to your school district funding questions at any of the four meetings listed below.

Deputy Superintendent Melissa deVita will present facts about state funding changes and how the changes impact our school district.

These events are hosted by Bellevue Schools Foundation and Bellevue PTSA Council.


Interpreter Training

BSD is currently recruiting individuals who are interested in being a paid interpreter for the district.

To become a Bellevue School District interpreter, the district requires that you attend a training session. This fall, the training is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at ESC (12111 NE 1st St, Bellevue 98005). This is not a paid training. Space is limited and the registration deadline is Nov. 17. To register, click here.\

We are especially in need of more Albanian, Cambodian, Chinese, Indian languages and dialects, Korean, Punjabi and Vietnamese interpreters.

To learn more about the training session or becoming a district interpreter, contact the district Communications Office at 456-4000.

 Community Announcements:

Thanksgiving Baskets Funding

The Families Helping Families Thanksgiving Food Drive is a unique grass roots project run by local families for local families.  They have no affiliation with government programs or other organizations – it is 100% driven by donations and volunteers.

Families are identified through relationships with the Bellevue School District and individuals.  The organization has established a donation site:


Greater Bellevue Lions Club & Sears Optical are sponsoring a free Vision event for students

Does your child need help getting an eye exam and glasses?





SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

LOCATION: SEARS OPTICAL (Overlake Sears Store)

2200 148th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052



Submissions Welcome

We work to ensure that the news we share here is relevant for students and families, and we welcome news from families and the many individuals, clubs, teams, and organizations that support our school community. Please submissions directly to our office.


Student Awards

Want the district to showcase your student’s achievements on the district webpage and in this newsletter?  Submit information about awards your student has earned to the district’s Communications office!  Simply write one to two paragraphs answering who, what, when, where and why about your student’s accomplishment.  If possible, include a photo of your student to be posted with the story.  Send award submissions to


Dates & Reminders

  • Nov. 9:  Professional Day, School Closed
  • Nov. 10: Veteran’s Day Observed, School Closed
  • Nov. 14:  ASB Fall Fundraiser- 2nd turn in day
  • Nov. 23-24:  Thanksgiving Holiday Observed, School Closed

Link to the Tillicum online calendar.


Be sure to check the Tillicum website for school supply lists and other important updates!

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You can reach classroom teachers and other staff through email. See our Staff Directory.

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Our Mission: To provide each student the academic, social-emotional, physical, practical, and critical thinking skills necessary to lead a successful life and become lifetime contributors within the global community.