Emily Dickinson PTSA


Every year, thousands of students from all walks of life have the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the nation's oldest and most iconic competitions. Spelling Bee is a great way for students to expand their word knowledge and learn how to stand up in front of peers and compete in a friendly way. It is for kids from grade 1 through 5. A journey full of hard work, determination, and the opportunity to make memories and friendships.


Two options of participation for students from Grade 1-5:

Option A: Register for after school classes for 4 weeks, Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 pm, Dec 5- Jan 9, 2019. 

Option B: Prepare on your own and just register for Written round, Jan 16, 2019.

Click here to register.


School meeting for after school registered participants:

1st meeting – Dec 5, Wed 2:30-3:30pm

2nd meeting - Dec 12, Wed 2:30-3:30pm

3rd meeting – Dec 19, Wed 2:30-3:30pm

4th meeting-  Jan 9, Wed 2:30-3:30pm


School Winner Selection Process:

Round 1: Preliminary Written Round- Jan 16, 2019, open to all students who register for Option A or B.

Round 2: Mock Spelling Bee- Feb 6, 2019.

Round 3: Finals – Feb 20, 2019.

Final Spelling Bee: March 2, 2019, at Town Hall Seattle for school winner.


In School meetings:

Students will register for option A , will meet every Wednesday after school for 4 weeks.  Each meet up will have games, mock rounds, and written rounds based on the words on the list

  • The students will then enter a Preliminary Written Round in January.  Top students of each grade from that round will then move on to a Mock Up Round in Feb and then the Finals in late February where a School Champion, a Runner Up and Grade Level Champions will be selected.  
  • The School Champion will go to Regionals that are held in Seattle at the end of March.  
  • All participants will receive a participation certificate. School winners receive medals and prizes.



  • Please download the word and vocabulary lists and start preparing.
  • The Word and Vocabulary List (450 words) will be used for the school spelling bee.
  • The prelims will be a written round and we expect the kids to know the meaning of all the words. It will be a multiple choice test along with 15 words given to spell.
  • There is also a Spell It list that has more than a 1000 words. It is recommended to review this list as some words from this guide will be used in the final school bee if we exhaust the list of 450 words. 
  • The Spell It 2019 list will also be useful to the School winner, who will be participating in the regional competition.
  •  The written round pattern will also be emailed to your email used to register on this site or download it.
  • Please use http://www.merriam-webster.com/ to hear the pronunciation of each and every word. It also has details about the origin of the word, examples, alternate pronunciation and meaning. This website is recommended by Scripps for pronunciation. The Pronouncer would use this site as the standard for both, final school spelling bee and the regionals. 
  • Please find the 2019 Rules for Local Spelling Bees here Spelling Bee Rules.

Like any other enrichment program, we will need volunteers to run this program smoothly.  Sign up links will be available online for parents who can help during these meet ups and for rounds. When registering you can also mark yes, in the volunteer line if you are willing to help.


FINAL LOCAL SPELLING BEE for winner from Dickinson

Regional Spelling Bee of King and Snohomish County

Location: Town Hall Seattle
Date & Time: Mar 2, 2019 at 1 pm

Spellers need to arrive at Town Hall Seattle at 12:15 pm the day of the Bee.