Howard County Library System
HCLS BumbleBee

Due to the inclement weather, the 2014 BumbleBee Celebration has been postponed to Friday, March 7. We will celebrate the BumbleBees at the beginning of the HCLS Spelling Bee on March 7 at 7 pm at Reservoir High School. BumbleBees will receive their trophies and be recognized on stage then adjourn to the cafeteria for cake.

Have you heard the latest buzz? Howard County Library System is sponsoring its seventh annual BumbleBee, a grade level spelling bee held within your school.

As children learn to read, write and spell it is only natural that there are a few bumps along the way, which is why Howard County Library System is offering the BumbleBee for young students. When you look at the word “bumble,” you see the following definition:

v. bum·bled, bum·bling, bum·bles
v. intr.
1. To speak in a faltering manner.
2. To move, act, or proceed clumsily.

A companion initiative to the HCLS Spelling Bee for students in grades one through three, the BumbleBeeSM motivates students to improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, and develop the self-confidence needed to speak effectively in front of an audience. The BumbleBee also prepares students for the HCLS Spelling Bee. Grade level winners from all schools attend the HCLS BumbleBee Celebration.

Who: Students in grades 1-3
When: Classroom and grade level bees
November 1, 2013 - January 24, 2014
  BumbleBee Celebration at Miller Branch
March 3, 2014
7 pm
  HCLS Spelling Bee and BumbleBee Recognition at Reservoir High School
March 7, 2014
7 pm

Spelling bees progression is as follows:
Level 1: Grade level bees are held. There will be one per grade: One bee for first grade students, one for second grade students, and one for third grade students.
Level 2: Grade level winners attend BumbleBee Celebration on March 3, 2014 and are acknowledged at the HCLS Spelling Bee on March 7, 2014.

School/Association Participation
Interested schools and home school associations should fill out the BumbleBee Intent to Participate form by October 31. 

Information for school/association spelling bee coordinators is available in the BumbleBee Coordinator's Handbook.

The BumbleBee is sponsored by The Howard County Rotary Clubs.
  • Rotary Club of Clarksville
  • Rotary Club of Columbia
  • Rotary Club of Columbia Town Center
  • Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent
  • Rotary Club of Elkridge
  • Rotary Club of Ellicott City
  • Rotary Club of Ellicott City Sunrise