The 2020-21 Spelling Bee is coming! Stay tuned for more information on the dates and format since the Bee will not be held in-person.   



All grades are welcome to join in this friendly competition of oral spelling ability. Once the bee has started, we will not be able to add any more students. **Your student must be an actively enrolled student at Grand Ridge to participate.


Participants will be given a word to spell and they will repeat the word, spell it, and repeat the word again. Each correctly spelled word earns a trip to the next round.  The bee ends when there is just one speller standing! There are three levels of words but especially at the older grades, we encourage kids to learn all 450 words for the school spelling bee.  


The winner of the 5th Grade Spelling Bee will have the opportunity to represent Grand Ridge and compete for the local championship, if they wish to do so. The local championship is March 27, 2021 at 1:00pm at Town Hall, Seattle. 


Any student may participate but must register by Date TBD



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Spelling Bee Rules - coming soon


Spelling Bee Materials



  • The spelling bee is intended to be a fun and friendly contest. We hope that every student will walk away feeling proud to have participated.

  • It is natural to feel some disappointment when a student is eliminated. For kids who take disappointment especially hard, it may help to understand that there is an element of luck involved in a spelling bee. We have worked hard to ensure fairness by giving words of the same difficulty level in any given round. However, which specific word each student gets on his/her turn is a matter of luck.

  • Tips for Success from Scripps Site

    1. For inspiration, watch the documentary Spellbound on family movie night.

    2. Keep a "great words" journal for every new and interesting word that you find. 

    3. Designate a spelling wall in your home. Post new words to the wall each day. 

    4. For family game night, conduct an impromptu themed spelling bee. Use a newspaper for a current events bee or a cookbook for a cuisine bee. 

    5. Do like Akeelah did. Spell and jump rope!

    6. Ask friends and neighbors to challenge you with great spelling words. 

    7. Find a good luck charm—perhaps shoelaces with a bumblebee design or a special coin.

    8. Read great books. You'll be entertained while you effortlessly improve your spelling and increase your vocabulary.

    9. Scour the dictionary in search of words to stump your parents and teachers.


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