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The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the Belmont Public Schools. While the Foundation cannot substitute for public support of education through tax dollars, the funds it raises from events such as the Spelling Bee, the FBE Apple Run, and the Spring Fundraiser play a pivotal role in fostering the creativity of our teachers, engaging the interest of our students, and sustaining the tradition of excellence that has characterized the Belmont Public Schools for so many years.

The Spelling Bee is a spelling and trivia competition to benefit the Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE). This year marks the 20th annual FBE Bee, and the first Virtual Bee for all ages. The 2020 Virtual Bee will be divided into two segments: a Family Bee and a Teen & Adult Bee. Teams in both categories will be eligible for an assortment of prizes. While there will still be spelling, both Bees will now include trivia questions too! We will be using a combination of Kahoot!, which is an interactive game tool (either mobile app or website), and Zoom to enable teams to participate from wherever they are located.  If you’re curious about Kahoot!, and want to see it in action (at a different event) click here.

The Family Bee will be open to all ages. Each team can comprise all the members of a household or friends from different households communicating through a separate chat. The majority of the questions will be geared toward the elementary and middle school level, so this is the ideal way for younger competitors to participate. The first challenge of the team is to come up with a fun and creative team name (you could even win a prize)!

These teams can be made up of teens, parents, or a combination. You can form teams either in your home or set up a separate chat between team members in different homes. The first challenge of the team is to come up with a fun and creative team name (you could even win a prize)!

 For most 5th and 6th graders we recommend the Family Bee (questions will be a mix for all ages), but if you’re up for a challenge then you’re welcome to participate in the Teen & Adult Bee.

We will be using a combination of Kahoot! and zoom. You can download the Kahoot! app ahead of the Bee or go to the Kahoot! website in your browser. If you’re curious about Kahoot!, and want to see it in action (at a different event) click here.  While it is possible to participate using one device, you will probably  find it easier to use two: a desktop or laptop for zoom, where the host will read the questions and you’ll be able to view both questions and answer choices, and one for Kahoot!, where you’ll be able to submit your answers (this kind of acts like your game show buzzer!). Upon registration, you’ll receive an email with links to both zoom and Kahoot!, along with instructions for how to use them together.

One member of your team will register the entire team. The registration fee is $40/team. You will need all the names of the team members upon registration. Scholarships are available to help cover the registration fee. Please contact The Bee Keeper at beekeeper@fbe-belmont.org for information.

Please register HERE.

We encourage you to choose your team name prior to registering, and entry of your team name is part of the registration process.  The registration system will let you proceed without a team name however.  If you haven’t chosen one yet at the time of registration, or want to make a change to your team name, please email the Beekeeper at beekeeper@fbe-belmont.org.

Saturday, November 7, 2020, 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm (via Zoom)

Family Bee: 3:00 – 5:00 (via Zoom)

Teen & Adult Bee: 7:00 – 9:30 (via Zoom)

Each team will be assigned to a specific swarm. Your swarm assignment and swarm arrival time will be posted on the FBE website a few days prior to the Bee, so that you can organize your team and plan accordingly. The first 5 minutes of your swarm will be instructions and practice. We encourage you to join before your swarm time so you’re ready to participate.

Family Bee: 1st Family swarm will be from 3pm – 3:45pm.  If an additional swarm is needed, it will be from 4-4:45)

Teen & Adult Bee: 1st Teen and Adult swarm will be from 7-8pm. If an additional swarm is needed, it will be from 8:15 – 9:15pm)

While it’s more fun to participate with others, you are welcome to have a team of one.

The optimal team size is 3-5 so all members have the ability to participate. Family teams could be larger depending on family size.

Yes, your team can have members from different grades.

The Virtual Bee is intended to be a fun and inclusive event for all players, their families, and friends.  In the spirit of the event, team names may not evoke violence, make others feel uncomfortable, or be in any way offensive.  The Virtual Bee Chairs reserve the right to request that a team change its name.

Before registration, form your team and come up with a fun name.

Watch a YouTube Tutorial HERE on how to participate in the FBE Virtual Spelling Bee & Trivia event. Starring our very own BHS students.

After you register and in the weeks leading up to the Bee, be on the lookout for emails with clues that will help you with answers to questions. In addition plan your team outfit strategy and virtual background, so have fun and Bee creative! You could even win a prize!

If you have questions about your registration, please contact The Bee Keeper at beekeeper@fbe-belmont.org.

Due to the popularity of the Spelling Bee, and the technology threshold, we anticipate that this event will sell out so don’t wait to register!

If you have additional questions, please direct them to the Spelling Bee Co-Chair at beemaster@fbe-belmont.org> beemaster@fbe-belmont.org.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the 2020 FBE Virtual Spelling Bee Plus Trivia!