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 2013 Paris Spelling Bee sign and trophies, by Cecilia BaronWelcome to the 7th Annual Paris Spelling Bee (PSB). Registration for the 2015 Bee opens on December 1, 2014. The event is open to English-speaking students currently in CM1-6éme (4th-6th grade). This year, there is only group.

Here are some important dates for your 2014-2015 calendar. Please also see the updated ‘pages’ on this blog for the 2015 Invitation, FAQs and Registration Form. These pages will updated by December 1.


Saturday December 6, 2014 — Language Comes to Life — for ages 8-13: 12h00-13h30, at The American Library in Paris (ALP).  Come learn why it’s good to be friends with prefixes and suffixes in the English language.  Space limited to 12 children. To RSVP, please email Celeste,  ALP’s  youth librarian at

Saturday January 10, 2015 — PSB Family Pizza Movie Night: 18h30-21h00, to be held at the ALP.  Join us for the annual screening of the movie Akeelah and the Bee. Pizza and refreshments will be provided by the ALP. The event is free for ALP members. Please RSVP by filling out the required online form, which will be posted here on December 5.  Space is limited to 80 people. Deadline is January 4.


  • 2011 Paris Spelling Bee Oral Finals, Sebastian Macintyre (tied for 3rd place) March 20, 2011December 1, 2014 — Paris Spelling Bee Registration Opens for children in CM1-6ème.  The Registration Form will be posted here on December 1, and emailed to schools, community leaders and anyone interested in signing up. You can email us to request your copy of the form. The Registration sheet must be returned by mail to the address indicated on the form. We do not accept electronic registrations.
  • Tuesday January 13, 2015 — Registration Deadline!! This is the last day to register for the Bee. Forms must be postmarked on or before January 13. Registration is first come first-served, and limited to about 90 applicants.  To add your name or your school’s contact information to our electronic updates, please email or sign up through the blog.
  • Saturday January 24, 2015 — PSB Written Preliminary Round ––  For registered participants. Tentative time is 09h30-12h30. The location, in the 5th arrondissement, will be provided to registered participants at a later time. Twenty finalists will be chosen to advance to the Oral Finals, which will be held on March 15.  A Study Guide for the Preliminary Written Round will be posted on this page starting December 1, 2014, and emailed to registered participants. Preliminary Written Round consists of about 35 words, most of which come from this Study Guide.
  • IMG_8720Sunday February 8, 2015 — PSB Mock/Practice Session — Tentative time: 10h00-12h00:  This event is organized for finalists chosen from the January 24 Preliminary Written Round.  The Mock Bee (practice session) will be held at the American Library in Paris.  A separate Study Guide for the Oral Finals of the Paris Spelling Bee will be made available to finalists after the Preliminary Written Round.
  • Sunday March 15, 2015 — Oral Finals of the Paris Spelling Bee — Tentative time is 09H30-12h30. This event is open to finalists and their invited guests and will be held at the The American Library in Paris.

To sign up for PSB updates and registration information, or if you have questions about the Paris Spelling Bee, please email Helen Sahin Connelly at  The Paris Spelling Bee is organized by Gifted in France,  a non-profit association loi 1901, in collaboration with the The American Library in Paris. PSB is grateful to the ALP for its continued support of this community-wide enrichment event open to children throughout Paris.

ALP Director Charlie Trueheart presents Janis Cavrel with a free annual membership to the library

In the last Paris Spelling Bee, held in 2013, 100 children in grades CE2 through 4ème, from over 40 schools in the greater Paris area, participated in the Preliminary Written Round. Twenty students from each division, Gazelles CE2-CM2 and Cheetahs 6ème-4ème, advanced to the Oral Finals on April 7, 2013. For more information about the 2013 Bee and the winners, please scroll down on this page.

The PSB team took  a year off in 2014, and has returned with a restructured Bee open to students currently in CM1-6éme (4th-6th grade).

Best of luck to everyone entering or following the 2015 Bee. We are very excited about our 7th season!

2015 Paris Spelling Bee Committee

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