Calling all super spellers!
Arroyo School is participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee!
~ Please note that this event is completely optional. ~
- 4th Graders: The first round will take place on Thursday, November 17th during lunch and will consist of a written test of 15 words randomly chosen from the 2017 4th Grade Word List, and 2 tie-breaker words.
- 5th Graders: The first round will take place on Friday, November 18th during lunch and will consist of a written test of 15 words randomly chosen from the 2017 5th Grade Word List, and 2 tie-breaker words.
- The highest scorers for each grade level will compete in the Arroyo spoken final round on Thursday, December 8th @ 5-6:30 PM in the Learning Commons. Students who progress to this round should prepare by studying the complete 450-word list found here.
- The school champion of the combined grade final round will have the option of competing in the Bay Area regional written semi-final Spelling Bee at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley on February 11, 2017.
- Top spellers from the semi-final will go on to participate in the KPIX-TV televised regional Final Spelling Bee in San Francisco on March 18, 2017.
- The local winner will be invited to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C. in late May 2017 with the opportunity to win more than $60,000 in cash prizes and the chance to appear on ESPN.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
All students are invited and there is no need to sign up! If you think your student might be interested, please encourage them to study the words from their grade level. Just remember, there was an 8 year-old 3rd grader in the Scripps National Spelling Bee a few years ago – Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas. This year, it might just might be an Arroyo student!
- “Spell It” is the official study guide for school spelling champions. It contains words that may show up in further rounds and are divided up by language of origin: http://myspellit.com/spellingbee.html
- “Akeelah and the Bee” (2006) is a great, uplifting movie about spelling bees.
- Official Scripps website: http://www.spellingbee.com.
Please contact Michelle Chang at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like to volunteer!
Winning Through Losing
Dr. Charles Fay
Helicopters, Drill Sergeants and Consultants
Do you like to lose? Most of us don’t. In fact, some of us dislike it so much that we’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that our kids are always winners. When they win this way, they always lose.
I sat on the living room floor, playing a simple board game with our four-year-old, Cody. As we took turns picking cards, the odds seemed consistently in his favor…he was nearing the always coveted goal of being the first to enter Candy Land.
Luck is a fickle friend.
Based on some quick calculations, it was clear to me that doom was on the horizon. His next card was sure to send him back a long way…far from carbohydrate heaven. Tension filled my body. Surely there was something I could do to prevent him from experiencing such despair. Maybe I could distract him and rearrange the cards so that he’d win.
Fighting this desire…I allowed him to be the loser. The tears and crying were heartbreaking. That is, until I remembered that learning about losing is part of life.
Loving parents allow their children to develop winning skills by allowing them to experience disappointments, make small mistakes, and experience the natural and logical consequences. Shielding them from all of life’s hardships sends the message that they aren’t strong enough to cope with their losses. Loving them through their sadness allows them to win every time they lose.