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Laurel School

Where Students Shine

Calling all super spellers!

  • Spelling Bee

    January 17, 2017
    1:00 PM

    Laurel School will once again be participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this year! 

    All 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will be given the opportunity to participate in this completely optional event.  

    • The first round will take place in each classroom before the winter break.
    • Two finalists from each class will compete in the Laurel School final round on January 17 at 1:00 PM in the Multi. Parents are welcome to attend.
    • The winner will not only receive a free one-year subscription to Britannica Online for Kids (a $69.95 value) from Encyclopedia Britannica, but will also have the option of competing in the Bay Area written semi-final bee at the Lawrence Hall of Science.
    • Top spellers from the semi-final will then compete in the local final bee at the KPIX Offices in San Francisco.
    • The local final winner will then be invited to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C.


    If you think your child might be interested, see the study lists that went home. The lists contain a subset of the words from the Scripps Spelling Bee recommended study lists for grades 3 through 5 that will be used in the Laurel in class Spelling Bee.


    Furthermore, if you think your child is a potential bee winner or if your child is just nuts about spelling, there’s another resource available that they may enjoy called Spell It! It is the official study guide for school spelling champions. It contains words that may show up in further rounds and are divided up by language of origin with words coming from Latin, Arabic, Asian languages, French, eponyms, German, Slavic languages, Dutch, Old English, new world languages, Japanese, Greek, Italian and Spanish.
    Just remember - there was an 8-year old 3rd grader in the Scripps National Bee a few of years ago - Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas. This year, it may be a Laurel squirrel!

    Good luck Squirrels!

     Questions? Please contact Stacei Santana at ssantana@mpcsd.org.

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