Here is the long awaited e-mail regarding this year's spelling bee. I apologize that it is a bit later than usual. The Middle Tennessee Regional Bee had a change of sponsors again and, this year, it looked like they might not get one at all. This is what that means for our homeschool bee. None of the schools can register for the bee until there is a sponsor for the regional bee. So, we could not begin planning our bee until the sponsor was secured and other details were attended to by that new sponsor! I can assure you that, since those decisions were finalized, my assistant-coordinator, Diana Kulas, and I have been working as hard as we could to get this information out to you. Thank you for understanding.
Coordinator, Williamson County Homeschool Spelling Bee
WHAT: 2013 Williamson County Homeschool Spelling Bee
WHEN: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.--check in begins at 8:30 a.m.. Plan to be signed in and seated by 8:50 a.m..
WHO: Kindergarten-8th grade homeschooled students who live in Williamson County. Yes, you must reside in the county!
We will have a bee for the younger students, K-3rd grade, and a bee for the older students, 4th-8th grade. The bees will take place simultaneously. The 1st and 2nd place winners of the 4th-8th grade bee will advance to the Williamson County Spelling Bee in Franklin which is currently scheduled for Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 9 a.m.. The first and second place winners at the county level will then proceed to the Middle Tennessee Regional Spelling Bee at MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN in March.
Attached to this e-mail and also at the Williamson County Homeschool Spelling Bee website, www.wix.com/dianakulas/wchsbee,
you will find the Study Words for K-3rd Graders
and the Scripps 2013 School Bee Study List
which is for 4th-8th graders. 4th-8th grade students may also study the 2013 Spell It
. The online version can be accessed at www.myspellit.com
or you may download a pdf of the 2013 Spell It
on the resources
page of the WCHS Bee site.
You may also access the Scripps National Spelling Bee website at www.spellingbee.com
. Here you will find many study helps and other pertinent information. If you are not receiving the attachments or links in this or future e-mails, you are receiving your e-mails as a digest. You can access the needed information by going to your homeschool group's e-mail loop website.
The cost of the spelling bee is $5 per child with a $12 family maximum. Registration fees cover Williamson County Homeschool Group's registration fee to the Scripps National Spelling Bee organization. The fees also cover the cost of certificates, ribbons, trophies and other expenses incurred by the bee. These costs have been greatly reduced by our sponsors Brentwood Driver Training
, owned by homeschool parents Jeremy and Melanie Lyon, and Brilliant Sky Toys & Books
in Brentwood, TN. Please be sure to thank them and patronize their business!
You should register
your children for the Williamson County Homeschool Spelling Bee at our website. The address is www.wix.com/dianakulas/wchsbee
. You will find a lot of useful information and resources pertaining to our spelling bee at the website and you can even pay your registration fees via PayPal if you would like! Please note, the deadline for registration is 9 p.m., Tuesday, January 22, 2013. You must
register and your registration fees must
be received by this date! Also, you must register your children in the same grade that they are currently registered with your umbrella program. If you have questions that are not addressed by this e-mail or at the WCHS Bee
site, you may send an e-mail to wchsbee@...
We ask that you familiarize yourself and your children with the PDF, Rules for Local Spelling Bees
found on our resources
page. You might even want to role play different scenarios with your children. We also recommend that you take some time to peruse the Frequently Asked Questions
found here: WCHS Bee FAQs
There will NOT be childcare at the bee. If you choose to bring your little ones with you, they must be quiet or you should be willing to step outside when they are not. It is very distracting to the spellers to hear small children in the audience even if they are only making "happy" sounds.
Please be sure to pack a nutritious snack for your child to eat during our short intermission/bathroom break. We anticipate that this intermission will last 15 minutes. Parents, we will need your assistance to make sure this is done in a timely manner. We don't want the bee to last into the lunch hour. Please offer your children all the help and encouragement they may need to move quickly.
If at all possible, please do not leave the bee before it's conclusion. The bee will likely last until around noon. Please make sure your schedule will allow you to stay for the duration. If that is not possible, please consider not participating this year. There is no way to predict how long the bee will last as we cannot foresee how well the students will spell! We would like all spellers to be available after the bee for some group photos and the awards ceremony!
Following the bee, we will have a short reception with snacks and drinks.
Thank you very much!
Coordinator, Williamson County Homeschool Spelling Bee
*Please feel free to circulate this to your homeschool e-mail groups.
All Williamson County homeschooled children are welcome to
participate. But all official information will be circulated through
the Williamson County Homeschool Group's (wc-announce loop). So, watch there for any updates. Friends who are not on this list may not get important
information, so make sure you check this site for them or have them