Bee Team Information!

dsc_1231Hello Spelling Bee Teams!

Thank you so much for your support of New Haven Reads! I hope you are as excited as we are for the Spelling Bee which is just over one week away!

Below you will find important information about the night of the Spelling Bee. This is lengthy but please read it through to learn all you need to know about the Bee. If you are a team captain, please pass along this information to your teammates. In some cases, we do not have all of the contact information for the teams.

If you have not confirmed your team name, please let us know ASAP.

The Basics

New Haven Reads 6th Annual Spelling Bee

Friday, October 27, 2017

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Yale School of Management | 165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511

Registration is open at 6 pm. Teams should arrive at the venue no later than 6:30 p.m. Please bring identification as there is building security – a driver’s license is fine.

Only one team member needs to register at the event – we will give that team member all of the materials for the team.

Competition Rules

Please click here for the full competition rules.dsc_1028


  • the first word of every round is a practice word. You cannot be eliminated on this word. This only applies for rounds 1 to 6. If you are in the final, the first word is an elimination word.
  • There will be scratch paper and pencils on the tables for all team members.
  • Designate one person as the writer for the white board.
  • When writing the word for the judges, please write clearly with large letters on the whiteboard.
  • When the time is up, please hold your whiteboard up until you are told to put it down.
  • Do not erase your whiteboard until you are told to do so.
  • If you are eliminated – please stay on stage. Please turn down your team name so that it is clear you are out.


Parking in downtown New Haven is often limited and is restricted even more this year by construction that is filling the Peabody’s lot. There is a free Yale visitor parking lot across the street from the New Haven Masonic Temple. Lot 16.

Parking Map

Audience Members

dsc_0850Everyone is welcome to attend the Spelling Bee! The audience plays a huge role in making the evening magical. Bring a cheer squad for your team! Invite all your friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers, classmates, and professors.  Admission is free with a suggested $10 donation. We’d love to see them there!

Food & Drinks

There will also be light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

We will not be serving a full meal at the Bee, so be sure to eat beforehand. Desserts will be served thanks to generous donations from several area bakeries from 8:30. Save some space for Shake Shack, who is generously doing a complimentary ice cream scooping! Food and drinks are not allowed in the auditorium, so please plan accordingly.

Competition within a Competitiondsc_0815

Along with evaluating your amazing spelling skills, our judges will also be nominating teams for best costume, best team name, and most spirit. We can’t wait to see your costumes! Most of last year’s teams dressed in costume. Some wore the same t-shirt or hat, others had more elaborate costumes. This is your chance to be creative!

Audience Mini-Bee

We will have an opportunity for everyone to participate in a written audience bee throughout the evening where we ask you to spell five of the most commonly misspelled words. It is free to enter and you have the chance to win a prize.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fiona at Thank you for supporting NHR and literacy in our community!

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, October 27!

Spell well!

Fiona and the Spelling Bee Planning Committee


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