Hello! My name is Susan Alberti and I am your state homeschool coordinator for spelling bees which are a part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee system. I, along with my fellow spelling bee coordinator, Jodi Irwin, will be organizing the district and county spelling bees this year. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for all Alabama homeschooled students to participate in the bees.
Homeschooled students go by the rules that apply to all students including age and grade requirements. The rules of eligibility may be viewed by going to www.adtrav.com/bee. All students must also be registered with Scripps National Spelling Bee.
How to register:
Your family may register by joining the homeschool association, Learning at Home. Elaine Brown started this association several years ago, and I will now assume the responsibility for this association as the new administrator. The $10.00 registration fee to join Learning at Home covers all eligible children in your family. Learning at Home is already registered with Scripps for this year, so we are now ready to accept family registrations.
Remember: If your child is currently enrolled in another association that has already registered with Scripps for this year, there is no need for you to join Learning at Home.
To join Learning at Home, you may register in one of two ways. You may either send a check for $10.00 (made out to Susan Alberti) to the following address:
39 Bayside Court
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Please include with your registration check, a 3x5 index card with the following information:
Children’s names ( only those eligible to participate in a bee)
Your telephone number, with area code
Your email address
Your covering name
OR you may send an e-mail to email@example.com with the above information and submit your $10.00 fee through Paypal. Your payment will be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please click the “personal” tab and check “payment owed”. We hope that this method will provide a fast and convenient way to send in your registration.
All Learning at Home emails will now come directly from my e-mail address email@example.com.
Membership in Learning at Home entitles all of your dependent children who are eligible, to participate in a district bee. You will receive an email confirmation from me once I have received your registration fee and information. You will then receive word study lists provided to me by Scripps. The deadline to join Learning at Home is December 26, 2013.
Once your family is registered, please look for an upcoming email about what to expect next regarding district spelling bees. These will be held in January of 2014 with the statewide “county” bee taking place in February of 2014. Information about specific dates and times will follow in November.
Jodi and I are very excited about beginning this spelling bee season, and we certainly hope to have lots of participants. I have been involved with spelling bees for many years beginning with my fourth and fifth grade classes’ participation in public school and county bees in the state of Georgia. I believe serving in this capacity will be the most rewarding yet because I will be able to meet families across the state who share the love of spelling and look forward to the annual spelling bees as my family does. Jodi and I anticipate a wonderful year ahead, so let’s get ready to study!