Northwest Arkansas Christian Home Educators Association

Registration Now Open for 2014 NWACHEA Scripps Spelling Bee

Parents, please read the following carefully to be certain that you understand the deadlines and requirements that we have placed upon this event.  They are there to prevent extra work and confusion at the last minute.  There are many items of paperwork and awards that have to be prepared ahead of time.  Thanks for your understanding! 

DATE:    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014   

TIME:     1:00 P.M.  

LOCATION:   Mt. Comfort Church of Christ in Fayetteville   (please note the location change from the past several years)

COST:   This event is free for current NWACHEA members. Non-member registration fee is $5 per participating child; fees are non-refundable after the sign-up deadline.

The winner of this bee will have the opportunity to participate in the Washington County spelling bee.

Although we generally refer to this as a 4th-8th grade bee, younger students are allowed to participate; contestants simply cannot be beyond 8th grade. (Contact bee coordinator Marni Hendrix with any questions about eligibility.) NWACHEA typically holds a separate bee for K-3rd grades students, but if your younger child is an exceptional speller, s/he is welcome to compete in the older bee.


This deadline is absolute; no exceptions will be made. Marni must RECEIVE registration requests AND PAYMENT (if applicable) by 10 P.M. on Nov. 7th. Please provide student’s name and grade level, parent’s name, and a contact phone number.

Current NWACHEA members: please let Marni know that you are a member, and whether you are registered under the Rogers or Fayetteville group.

Non-members: Please contact Marni via email or at 479-444-6405 for instructions on mailing registration fees. All checks should be payable to NWACHEA, and must be received by Nov. 7.

A note to parents from bee coordinator Marni Hendrix:

When you sign up, I will email you a list of practice words.  If for some reason you don’t receive it within a couple of days, notify me!

If you would like to look at the practice list in order to make a decision whether or not to participate, that is totally OK.

Some other things to practice:

– When it is their turn, they should say the word, then spell the word, then say the word again to end their turn. They don’t HAVE to say the word at the beginning and end, but it is a very helpful signal to me to know they are done.

– They should THINK before they speak, rather than think with their mouth, because I will not be allowing:
“number. n, n, n, n….u, m, b, e, r. number”
“number. n, u, n, I mean m, b, e r. number”
“n, u, m….number, n, u, m, b, e, r, number”
“n, u, can I start over?”

Once it comes out of the mouth, that’s his/her literal spelling of that word.  This all sounds quite strict, but once you let things slide, it becomes unfair very quickly.


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