Southeast Texas
Home School Association

cordially invites all interested homeschoolers in grades 1st-8th
to participate in the annual
National Geographic Geography Bees

on Saturday, January 11, 2014
Fairfield Baptist Church
Hwy. 290 between Mueschke & Mason, Cypress, TX

The National Geographic Geo Bee for those homeschoolers in grades 4th-8th grades
(or equivalent age) WILL BEGIN FIRST.
Participants should arrive by 12:30.
This will be confirmed with registration.

SETHSA's Just for Fun Bee for homeschoolers in grades 1st-3rd grades
(equivalent age; approximately ages 7-9 yrs. & those 6 1/2 in the 1st grade)
will begin following the Geo Bee for the older students.
Younger students will have a different arrival time usually 2:30 though this will be confirmed with registration.

***IMPORTANT: ALL students, including 1st-3rd grade participants, MUST be able to read and write independently.
Please familiarize yourself with the most updated version of Answers to Your Questions about the Geo Bee.

***Due to our growth, please note that some preliminary rounds WILL be in a WRITTEN format while other rounds will be in traditional bee style orally on stage.
If we get to our maximum number of participants, ALL preliminary rounds will be in written format.

***ALL participants in these SETHSA sponsored Geo Bees must be homeschooled for 100% of their schooling as this is the regional Geo Bee for homeschoolers.
Students attending public or private schools may not participate in this bee.

***If participating in the 4th - 8th grade bee, students cannot have turned 15 on or before Sept. 1, 2013.

***From NG site for participants in the 4th-8th grade bee: "Students... must be following a school schedule and academic course load comparable to the majority of the student's grade-mates and age-mates. A student may not be enrolled in more than three academic courses at the high school and/or college level during each school year of the competition. A student is eligible to participate in the Bee for a period of five years only."

***Participants CANNOT have participated in another Geo Bee.

Doing so or failing to meet other eligibility requirements as mentioned will result in disqualification.

***Winner of the 4th-8th grade bee must be prepared to take the qualifying test by the January deadline by making arrangements with the administrator, Dr. Eason.

There is no fee for the Geo Bees, BUT
ALL students MUST be registered in order for us to be prepared.
NO walk-ins.
Be prepared to confirm or cancel your registration by Jan. 4--one week prior to the bee---if not before.
Parents/Guardians should send an email Alice with the following information by
the registration deadline: Sunday, December 29, 2013:

*Please note registration may close prior to the deadline if registration fills to capacity.

*Registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received according to their time & date stamp on the email.

*Registrations sent via the postal service to SETHSA will NOT be accepted.

CHILD INFO: Required for EACH child participating in your family
1-Name of Child (spelled according to how it is desired on the certificate of participation)
2-Birthdate of Child (month & year are needed for all participants; month, date, & year are needed for the older kids bee as per NG requirements****)
****Remember: If participating in the 4th - 8th grade bee, students cannot have turned 15 on or before Sept. 1, 2013.
3-Grade of Child (grade the child would be in traditionally, NOT ability level)

FAMILY INFO: Required ONE time per family
a-Name of Parent/Guardian
b-Preferred email address
c-Home phone number
d-Cell number (for use for urgent messaging only)
e-Home Address including zip code
f-(optional) Support group, if any. If you are in a support group, you may list it here.
It is not required, but it helps us make sure we are reaching all area groups.

-To be sure it is received properly, please put in the subject line of the email "Geo Bee registration".
-Families with more than one child participant can send ONE email which includes the Child info on each child & the Family info once.

Once you've registered:

Within a week, you will receive a "got it" from us. If you do not receive a "got it", we didn't get it.
Next, you will receive a Confirmation of Registration
along with details for directions & other information.

Please remember that the success of the bee is DEPENDENT on your PARTICIPATION,
NOT on registration alone.
SETHSA covers the expenses for the Geo Bee, but we need you to show up the day of the bee & participate.

Contact our registrar, Alice