Spelling B-E-E Returns Feb. 28

Elementary-school children in first through fifth grade who live or go to school in Pacific Palisades are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Pacific Palisades Spelling Bee, the Pali Bee, on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Rustic Canyon Recreation Center. The Palisadian-Post is proud to be the media sponsor for this year’s Pali Bee.

This will be a scored competition, rather than a single-elimination event so that children can participate for either one or two entire rounds. Participants will compete by grade level – fifth graders against fifth graders, fourth graders against fourth graders and so on. Unfortunately, space is limited, so registrations in each grade will be accepted on a first-come basis.

In Round One of the competition, participants will be asked to correctly write down a list of words they are given. All children will be able to participate through all of Round One.

After the results are scored, the top 10 spellers from each grade will move on to Round Two. In Round Two, each child will be asked to stand and spell a list of words out loud. All children who are in Round Two will be able to participate through the entire round.

Finally, Round Two will be scored and each child’s scores from Round One and Round Two will be compiled into the child’s Overall Score. Trophies will be awarded to the top three spellers in each grade, based on best Overall Score.

Note that there is no official study word list for the Pali Bee. Children who are interested in preparing for the spelling bee are encouraged to speak with their teachers about appropriate word lists for their grade level. There are many spelling lists available on the Internet.

Sign-ups are now open at www.palibee.com. Registration is $15 and includes a T-shirt if the registration is received by Jan. 31, 2016.