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2018 Alabama Spelling Bee Info

Please direct any questions to:
Laura Ann Tipps
(256) 504-2768

Hello, homeschoolers!

I hope you have all enjoyed a blessed holiday season. As it comes to a close, I'm happy to say that our spelling bee season begins!  

I apologize for my lateness in distributing this information, but here are the dates for all four district spelling bees in chronological order! 

***You MUST BE registered with a Scripps-enrolled school to participate in one of these bees. These include Learning at Home (info about enrolling with them below) and SMICA. If you are unsure of your status, contact me.***

Mobile District Spelling Bee
January 12, 2018
Northside Bible Church
Registration at 12:30pm, bee begins at 1pm
Registration fee $2 per speller
Please register with Charity Abrams ASAP at charityabrams@gmail.com(Instructions for registration below.)

Huntsville District Spelling Bee
January 18, 2018
Life's Journey Church
Registration at 9:30am, bee begins at 10am
Registration fee $2 per speller
Please register with Heather Brock ASAP at hbrock@ardmore.net.
(Instructions for registration below.)

Birmingham District Spelling Bee
January 22, 2018
Shades Mountain Community Church
Registration at 9:30am, bee begins at 10am
Registration fee $2 per speller
Please register with Melissa Smith ASAP at spellingbee@bellsouth.net.
(Instructions for registration below.)

Auburn/Montgomery District Spelling Bee
January 26, 2018
New Testament Christian Center
10300 Highway 80 E/Montgomery, AL/36117
Registration at 12:30pm, bee begins at 1pm
Registration fee $2 per speller
Please register with me ASAP at this email address.
(Instructions for registration below.)

~Instructions for District Registration:
Please email the designated coordinator for your chosen district the following information:
Your spellers' names as you would like them to appear on a certificate
The name and phone number of the person who will probably be driving your spellers to the bee
The Scripps-enrolled group with which you are registered, which should be either SMICA or my group, Learning at Home.

Please get this info to your coordinators as soon as you can so that we can plan for space, time, awards, etc. 

~If you are not a member of SMICA and have not registered with Learning at Home yet, there is still time! Since I failed to get an email out until now, I've decided to extend registration with Learning at Home to the date of the bee you plan to attend. This is a rare occurrence, as I like to allow our coordinators the best chance to plan ahead, but I also want to give everyone a chance to participate.

~In order to register for Learning at Home and receive the study materials from Scripps and study tips from me: 
It’s super easy! I just need some basic information and an $8 fee per family. No matter how many eligible students you have, all you pay is $8. This small fee helps me recoup the Scripps enrollment fee, as I do this on a volunteer basis.
Once I have both your registration information and your $8 fee, I will send you the study materials and study tips. Here is the information I need:

1.     Name of Parent or Legal Guardian
2.     Name(s) of Speller(s) in Household
3.     Grade Level(s) and Age(s) of Speller(s) in Household
4.     Phone Number
5.     Homeschool Group/Covering/Co-op
6.     Which District You are Closest to/Plan to Attend (Birmingham, Auburn/Montgomery, Huntsville, or Mobile/Baldwin)
My preferred method of payment is PayPal. The following link has my information and the amount plugged in already: https://www.paypal.me/LauraAnnTipps/8.
If you need to send a check/money order instead, I can provide you with a mailing address.
~Register ASAP to give your spellers as much study time as possible in this rather short window between now and the district bees. 

I hope to see many of you at our bees this month! I'm so glad it's spelling bee season!
Laura Ann Tipps
Bargain Barns
Coordinator - Alabama Homeschool Spelling Bees