Ready, Set, Spell!

This year’s quest to the National Spelling Bee gets underway Dec. 5. That’s when interested fourth and fifth graders get materials and sign up to spell in the school’s bee which is set for Thursday, Jan. 18 (Snow date: Tuesday, Jan. 23). 

Also spelling, will be two third graders from each class who won their individual classroom bees and will represent third grade at the bee. They are: Samina DeVinney and Luke Israel, 3L; Maya Harlow and Nadia Kallmer, 3C; Nora Goldwasser and Alex Springer, 3W; Emmanuel Abera and Emma Olsen, 3CJ, and Padget Bowers-Shreve and Charlie Rother, 3D. Congratulations, third graders!

In-school spelling bee practice for all spellers begins this week and runs until bee day. Daily practices are held in the fifth grade common area during FLEX time (2:40-3:10).Students are strongly encouraged to attend a minimum of two to three practices weekly. Students have two sets of words to study: ‘Beginning Words’ and ‘Spell It! Words.  Students shouldn’t underestimate the importance of knowing the beginning words which take up quite a few rounds at our school bee!

Here is the two-month schedule of the in-school spelling bee practices. Serious spelling bee contenders will want to study A LOT at home.

Students can study advanced words on line at Spell It! Another useful study link is Merriam WebsterThe National Spelling Bee is offering a new way to study at home this year. It costs $19.99 and has interactive online quizzes and audio pronunciation of words.  New Word Club also includes vocabulary study, as well.  Spelling bee committee members are not yet familiar with the product, so we’re not endorsing it, just letting interested parents know about it. 

So, on behalf of all members of the spelling bee committee, good luck to all spellers and get busy!