Calling all super spellers!


    Spelling Bee  

    Date in early 2019 (to be determined)

    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. Parents are welcome to attend.
    • The winner will receive a free one-year subscription to Britannica Online for Kids (a $69.95 value) from Encyclopedia Britannica, and will have the option of competing in the Bay Area written semi-final bee.
    • Top spellers from the semi-final will then compete in the local final bee.
    • 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 might be a Laurel squirrel!

    Good luck Squirrels!

     Questions? Please contact Stacei Santana at