REACH Homeschool Experience Days at Great Wolf Lodge - May 8th -12th, 2016

Below is the key information. Please be sure to take note of the time sensitive dates.  

Group Name is:     REACH HOMESCHOOL PROM 2016 DATE:   MAY 8-12, 2016 (No minimum stay required) Group Code: 0516REACH

Room Styles are:   FAMILY, KID CABIN, KID KAMP, WOLF DENS, LOFT, MAJESTIC AND GRIZZLY BEAR SUITES FAMILY SUITES - $109.00, plus taxes and fees = $145.17 per night - ALL OTHER SUITES - $135.00, plus taxes and fees = $174.04 per night - Rate includes passes to the waterpark at no additional charge based on the reserved occupancy of each room.

 Reservation Cutoff Date is:        FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016  Be advised there are a limited amount of rooms held for our group and are available on a first come basis. Rooms booked after our group allotment has been reached, or after our cutoff date are subject to availability and our rate may no longer apply. To ensure availability, book as soon as possible. To make your family’s reservation by FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016 Call Great Wolf Lodge’s Reservation Center at: 1-800-551-9653 OR Online at WWW.GREATWOLF.COM – Booking Code 0516REACH  All reservations are required to be guaranteed with a first night room deposit.Cancellation policy: If you cancel your reservation you will be refunded your deposit less a $40 processing fee so long as you cancel more than 72 hours prior to your arrival date. If your plans change at the last minute (or anytime within 72 hours of arrival), contact us and we'll try to re-book your trip for different dates based on the best available rate at the time of rescheduling. Your initial deposit will be applied as a credit to your new reservation. The contracted group rate will not apply to a rescheduled reservation. You would only forfeit your deposit if we couldn't rebook your getaway at all. GREAT WOLF LODGE549 EAST ROCHAMBEAU DRIVEWILLIAMSBURG, VA  23188757-229-9700       FAX:  757-345-7979WWW.GREATWOLF.COM 

author marc brown - created of the arthur books visit

We have been invited to attend the author event at the on the 21st of March from 6-8pm.... This event will sell out and if you want to attend you need to rsvp to me at - the cost of the event is $5.00 for students and $8.00 for adults - You pay at the event.  You will need to arrive between 5-5:15pm for seating and to get with me to pay for your tickets...
When: Monday, March 21, 2016

Time 6pm­-8pm 

Marc Brown, will be bringing his lovable characters, including the well known Arthur, to the Carmel School Library!  Marc Brown is the renowned illustrator of Judy Sierra’s Wild About Books and ZooZical, but is best known worldwide as the creator of Arthur the aardvark, the star of many picture books and the five­time Emmy Award­winning TV showMr. Brown will be selling his books at the event, which can then be autographed and personalized by the author.  This event is family friendly and will be a wonderful experience for inspiring young readers and writers!  We are excited to have The Mix House, a mobile bakery truck here during the reception (for purchase). 

riverside dinner theater - my fair lady

We are all set to see My Fair Lady at the Riverside Dinner Theater in Fredericksburg in April 2016 at 1pm... Show will start at 1:30 and end around 4pm.  I have asked for 25 seats..  If you would like to see this play email me at - pymt is due in full by the 15th of Feb 2016.  

My Fair Lady the musical version of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, tells the familiar story of Eliza Doolittle, a Covent Garden flower peddler who agrees to take speech lessons from self-absorbed phonetician Henry Higgins in order to fulfill her life’s dream of working in a flower shop. However, Eliza succeeds so well that she outgrows her lowly social status and, at the same time, manages to become a truly indispensable part of Higgins’ bachelor life. Featuring many of Lerner and Loewe’s most sparkling songs, including Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?, With a Little Bit of Luck, The Rain in Spain, I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live, Get Me to the Church on Time, and I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face, it’s no wonder that everyone—not just Henry Higgins—falls in love with Eliza Doolittle!

reach senior beta club created cards for hospitalized children. great job everyone

The Senior Beta Club would like to extend our thanks to all of the REACH families who stopped by the Senior Beta Club table and created a card for hospitalized children. REACH families created 51 amazing Get Well cards!! It was our hope we would be able to show others how they could impact someone’s life with just a few minutes of their time and have fun doing it!  Over 6 million children are hospitalized each year.  51 of those hospitalized children will now be receiving a personalized, handmade get well card, thanks to you and the REACH Sr. Beta Club! 

pinocchio play - FULL EVENT 

We are all set to see Pinocchio at the Riverside Dinner Theater in April at 10:30am. Arrive 10-10:15am for seating.  For this show they are providing lunch  . I have 40 seats reserved for this show....

reach senior graduation - April meeting

IF YOU HAVE A SENIOR THAT IS GRADUATING this year and you are planning to graduate with REACH you must attend the meeting and get signed up so that you can participate in our graduation in June... We are meeting in April in Fredburg in room 2 at 3:30pm.  

For April they are doing 2 Senior trips - one is Baltimore Aquarium and the other one is a Boat/Dinner Cruise out of Wash Dc...

IF you have a Senior that wants to graduate with REACH please contact me before the April meeting at  Thanks.  Wanda

8th grade graduation

Thanks to everyone that came to the meeting - look for your email for the date of this event....

prek and K graduation - march 2016

I will send a reminder email when we are meeting in March.  Mrs Mercier is going to handle the skit or song for this event.  So watch your email for more info.

six flags reading program

 Make sure to sign-up yours kids for the Six Flags to Read program.  Last day to sign-up and register your kids is March 1st. Make sure to log back in after you register and log in their reading hours....Kids K to 6th grade will get a FREE ticket to Six Flags to use during the summer and in the past one parent will get a free ticket as well....
Login | Six Flags Read to Succeed 

nominate a young hero for $5,000.00 - deadline april 15th

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, or the environment. The top fifteen winners each receive $5,000 to support their service work or higher education.  Applications are accepted online only and are due by April 15, 2016.  For more information, visit 

Walt Disney world - March 2017

REACH does Walt Disney World every other year - so we will be going in March of 2017.  I am giving you heads up now to start planning for it - All money for the event will be due Dec 5th, 2016... Right now I do not have 2017 pricing but I do have the 2016 pricing. So I will show you what it is running but it could be abit higher in 2017...But this will give you a ballpark to start saving for... I am looking into the dates of March 5th to the 10th 2017.... Watch your emails for more info.

While we are at Disney World in FL I will look into tickets to Universal Studios and Sea World as well and you will have the option to go there as well.

children's museum of richmond and surrounding locations - 15 cent special for kids

Every 15th day of every month in 2015, all locations of the Children's Museum of Richmond will admit every child for only 15 cents!

Take advantage of our amazing exhibits and activities that facilitate learning and joy through play. CMoR’s exhibits help children recognize and build on what is familiar and allow them to make new connections between experiences, people and places that surround them.

CMoR’s exhibits are also designed to foster creativity and problem solving!Kids can get in for 15 cents but the adults still have to pay the regular admission price.  So just a heads up - This is good for the Fredericksburg location... 

reach shoe fundraiser - collecting shoes for senior scholarships

REACH is going to do a Shoe Fund drive that will generate some funds for REACH.  The funds raised will go into our scholarship fund so that we can give a scholarship to a Senior or two that is graduating.  We all have shoes that we no longer need or want so this organization collects them and provides them to other kids and adults that need them all over the world....  So if you can start collecting your unwanted shoes and drop them off to me at any REACH event that would be awesome.  I can be found most Tuesdays at the AMF Bowling alley in Fredburg from 1-3pm. I will collect shoes starting now to the end of the month.  
So remember the more shoes we collect the more funds I can earn and that means money going into the scholarship fund for Seniors.   So JR and SR Beta we love to have you guys help out with this one if you can. 
Gently worn, used and new shoes collected through YOUR shoe drive fundraiser are used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a micro-enterprise. The shoes collected by YOUR fundraiser will help to create sustainable economic impact in countries that need it the most. Shoes from YOUR shoe fundraiser are consolidated and shipped to on-the-ground business operators where they clean or make minor repairs. The shoes you collect will empower individuals to provide basic necessities for families, while helping your organization meet its financial goals. 

the reach group averages 30-80 fieldtrips and events each month - all the fieldtrip details are on the reach yahoo group and the reach calendar page. also once you become a member of reach you can join our facebook page.  

reach bowling league 2016

Homeschool Bowling League - runs 8 weeks. All ages welcome including adults - bumpers available $9.00 per person per week receive a club T-shirt. End of season pizza party. Plus as a league bowler you will get a bowler card that gives you discount on bowling and food.  3 or 4 on a team..

bricks for kids - 3 workshops

Our one hour classes explore architecture, engineering and technology concepts using LEGO® bricks.  By adding another 1/2 hour kids can rotate to different stations...  We have 3 classes scheduled with them - Pirates, Mine crafting and Teenage Bricks...

Classes follow the Bricks 4 Kidz® motto: We Learn, We Build, We Play with… LEGO® Bricks.

Why should I invite Bricks 4 Kidz® to come to my school? Students will explore engineering, architecture, physics, science, math, and technology in a fun atmosphere.Students will have the opportunity to play and socialize with friends while learning fundamentals of engineering and architecture in a non-competitive setting.Students will have an opportunity for creative expression.Students will gain insight into how things work.Students will understand that Architecture and Engineering are viable career choices.Students will learn the math and science involved with advanced LEGO® building.Students will develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. 

stamp club - all ages welcome

Watch your emails for all the updated info regarding the stamp club..

lego club - all ages welcome

The Lego club will meet in Feb at the Salem Church Library in Fredburg from 9:30-10:30am.  We are taking rsvp's so that we know that folks will be attending and so that Mrs. Martinez knows who is coming.  No cost - free to come and play - don't need to bring lego's REACH will provide all the lego's... 
All ages welcome - If you would like to do this free event email me at 

va int'l tattoo - military show

We will be again returning to the VA Int'l Tattoo show in Norfolk in April at 7:30pm.  The pre-show starts at 4:30pm and that is included with your ticket price.... . this is a wonderful show and if you have not seen it before I highly recommend that you see it.  The show will be held at the SCOPE ARENA in NORFOLK

Virginia International Tattoo 2016A Time to Celebrate 20 years of Spectacular Performances. A Time to Remember 20 years of Service and Sacrifice. The 2016 Virginia International Tattoo will celebrate the past 20 years with an extraordinary, once in a lifetime, cast of performers. Included are the Swiss drum corps Top Secret, a Dutch Band on Bicycles, world champion pipers from the Highlands of Scotland, a massed choir of EPIC proportions, and the very finest musicians the U.S. Military has to offer.
The finale will join the talents of these 1,500 performers into one voice honoring the incredible service and sacrifice of the U.S. Armed Forces over the last 20 years.
From the Star Spangled Banner to your family’s service song to Amazing Grace performed by hundreds of pipers, musicians and singers…the 2016 Virginia International Tattoo will not only entertain you, it will inspire you! 

Field trip to the white house

Mr and Mrs Riggins will be coordinating a fieldtrip for REACH to the White House...As of right now this is in the planning stages - it takes many steps to get this done.   The last time we attended the White House we took 200 homeschoolers there - they told us that we were the largest group to ever attend of that size....
How this works is once we get our info in that we want to attend then the process stops at that point until we hear back from them that we can get in this year...They cannot guarantee a time, date or month - usually what happens is they will notify us about 2-4 weeks out that we are scheduled for this day and time.. 
Once that has happen the date is locked in then we will have to have info from you so that you can go - they usually require your full name, address, driver's license number and Social security number...-they run a check and if you are good to go we will know - if they deny you I don't know the reason why you would have to call your congressman and talk to him or her..
So right now we are in the process of getting one set-up.... once they have got that done - the Riggins family will send out an email with what you need to do next.... 

Senior Beta Club selling attractions books - fundRaising project

The Senior Beta club is holding a fundraiser to raise money for some of their upcoming projects and they need your help.  They are going to be selling the 2016 Attractions Dining and Value Guide Books. Right now we have Fredericksburg and Prince William County - we are going to get some for Charlottesville as well...
The books are $25.00 for Fredburg and $20.00 for PWC....
In the Fredburg book there are 280 pages.  New this year they have some coupons that are VIP which means they are totally free - you don't have to purchase something to use them.  For ex:Cheeburger in Fredburg has a 10.00 off coupon and there are 2 of them.  So if you get a meal from them 10.00 and less it is FREE....Salad Creation has a free $5.00 couponSonic has a FREE 6 inch hotdogCheckers has a free 12 oz milkshakeFirehouse subs has a FREE kids mealMerchants is giving away a free state inspectionSo some of these alone pay for the book...
All coupons expire Dec 31st, 2016.... 

Homeschool formal - may 2016

Watch your emails for more details on the Homeschool Formal in May of 2016.....

every kids in a park pass for 4th graders

Did you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes? Our public lands and waters belong to all Americans and are waiting for you to explore them!To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, we are kicking off the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Beginning September 1st all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 2015-2016 school year, until August 31, 2016. Information on obtaining the pass is available by clicking here.Every Kid in a Park joins the Foundation's Open Outdoors for Kids program in helping children learn history, culture, and science while exploring the great outdoors. The initiative is an administration-wide effort among the National Park Service, Forest Service, Department of Education, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric  

shine music club

What is Shine? This is a fun group where homeschoolers can connect and share their talents with each other during Spotlight Solos and with the local community in a variety of performances throughout the year.  For ages 6 and up...

This 6 weeks club runs March 4th to April 8th and they are working on their Disney show.   

Flinging, spraying and spoon painting 

We are going to do a FUN Painting class for kids and adults on April 13th from 6:30-8:30pm... You will pay at the event.  We are asking that everyone bring a potluck and drink to share as we will eat dinner do this event you need to rsvp to me not to the person below - - we are limited to 40 total.  So grab some old clothes and join other homeschoolers for a fun night of creative painting.. 

Teen club - meets the last monday of each month

The last Monday of the month the teens will meet from 3:30-5pm - See your email for more info

junior beta club collected food for the local food bank in fredericksburg

Today, the REACH Homeschool Junior Beta Club dropped off their donations to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.  We were able to provide 1586 meals to local people.  We carried in 1189 pounds of food and $298.86. I can't tell you how proud I am of all my Jr Beta kids.   Awesome job....

reach facebook page

once you become a member of REACH you are welcome to join the REACH facebook page..... 

usa science and engineering festival - april 2016 - free event

REACH has 400 free tickets for this event on the Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm - Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC
Presented by ChevronGet a "Sneak Peek" into the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival - the largest STEM education event of its kind in the United States!  

Sneak Peek Friday - presented by Chevron - is a special event open to school groups, homeschoolers and military families to preview and experience the EXPO exhibits before they open to the general public at the Grand Finale Expo on Saturday and Sunday.   

Attendees will have access to over 3000 hands-on, interactive activities offered by more than 1000 leading science organizations from around the nation. Imagine chatting with Albert Einstein, flying a simulated jet fighter, being a crime scene investigator, building an underwater robot, taking a vacation in space or watching a science magician. These are just a few examples of the types of interactive activities and exhibits you will find at Sneak Peek Friday.

Who Should Attend:       
Open to K-12 school groups, homeschoolers and military families.  There is something for students of all ages!
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Place NW ck to edit

Aquatic adventure - april 

We are all set for a fun fieldtrip on the 25th of April at 10am.  The cost is $9.00 per person... Limit 50 total.  This is a 2 hr program....I would wear shoes that you don't mind getting wet...Then afterwards those that want to stay and have lunch at the lodge can do so... IF you plan to eat there I need to know how many are eating so I can give them a headcount....
Aquatic Adventure:  Aquatic life cycles, adaptations and water quality: (2 hours)After an introductory activity, students will conduct a sampling of pond life at the farm and a macro-invertebrate (aquatic organism) survey of the Rose River ( a large stream). They will learn how the results can be an indicator of water quality and what we all can do to take care of our watersheds. Each student will have the opportunity to use seine and dip nets. 
If you would like to do this event rsvp to me at - pymt is due in full by the 1st of April - please send your pymt to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness shores way, Locust Grove, VA 22508 


Our Goal

REACH's goal is to offer meaningful and educational opportunities for all homeschoolers in the Virginia area. REACH is Christian-led, but is open to all regardless of religion, race or politics. We are a very active group that participates in many field-trips and workshops for children of all ages.


REACH covers Orange, Culpeper, Madison, Greene Co, Charlottesville, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, King George, Caroline County, PWC, Warrenton, Manassas, Haymarket, Sumerduck, Remington, Dumfries, Woodbridge, Leesburg, Springfield, Fairfax, Reston, Herndon, Chantilly, Richmond, Caroline, Midlothian, Williamsburg, Colonial Beach, Glen Allen, Staunton, Winchester, DC, Maryland, and more.


REACH has a subscription fee of $36.00 per family per calendar year . The subscription includes monthly newsletters and all of the REACH emails. Membership cost is $36.00 for August to June 2016. In March membership drops to $20.00 and that runs to the end of June 2016.  

I will be accepting new memberships for 2015-2016 starting in April of 2015.  Your membership for next year will run from Aug to June of 2016.   

What We Do

Our events include:

  • Bowling League,  Homeschool Soccer
  • Reading Club, Community Book Giveaway
  • RHO Honor Society, National Beta Club
  • Math Counts, Science Olympiad
  • Destination Imagination
  • Graduation for Pre-K,  8th Graders, Kindergarten, and Seniors
  • Homecoming, Valentines Dance and Prom
  • Great Wolf Lodge,  Colonial Williamsburg, Ripley's Museum
  • Broadway shows in Richmond
  • Marine Biology overseas fieldtrip in 2016
  • Lego, Crochet, Stamp Club, American Girl, Film Making Club
  • Drama 1 and Drama 2
  • EFK, Mad Science
  • Shane's Family Fun Nights and Aloha Fun Days
  • Valentine's, Easter, End of School, Back to School, Harvest, and Christmas Parties
  • Contests, Art classes
  • Linda Bailey Nature Classes
  • Spanish,  Portuguese classes
  • Speakers and author book signings
  • Yearbook, School Pictures
  • Mythology Exam, Scripps Spelling Bee
  • Plays, Disney on Ice
  • Circus,  Harlem Globetrotters
  • Book club, teen literature, and writing club,
  • Ihop Family Nights and Pancake workshops
  • History 101 classes, Lake Anna classes
  • Tons of field-trips
  • Potomac Nationals Reading Club
  • VA Opera show/Nutcracker
  • REACH Family Fun Day picnic
  • And so much more - we avg 30-80 events each month......


To join REACH fill out the form below. Membership cost is $36.00 for August 2015 to June 2016. In March membership drops to $20.00.
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Dues to REACH are $36.00 per family for the year. Please send your check payable to REACH to:

Wanda Sloper

35451 Wilderness Shores Way

Locust Grove, VA 22508

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What REACH Means To Me

REACH is a fantastic resource to the MANY homeschool events that happen across the state of VA, particularly central VA. Wanda is an inexhaustible source of knowledge when it comes to this area and she schedules these fantastic field trips to places I didn't even know existed but that turn out to be gems and fit in so well with whatever we are studying at home. The other thing that is so wonderful is the group rates and discounts that she is able to secure because of the size of our group and because of her background and experience in scheduling these types of things. Even though we live over an hour from Fredricksburg and many of the events scheduled are too far away for us to participate in, we still join every year and it is always worth it. As long as we are homeschooling in this area, we will be members of REACH!

-Mrs. Buckley

The Reach Homeschool Group has been a wonderful blessing to me and my family. The wide range of activities, fieltrips, clubs, and a wide variety of events available to our families and homeschool community is so easily accessible through this group. You just receive the event information, and choose what is best for your family. When I joined back in 2008 after a two year tour in NC where there was a very limited amount of events to participate in, I was thrilled! Did several trips each month, and they were organized, educational and fun. I highly recommend this group. Thanks very much, to Wanda Sloper.

- The Kilhenny Family

We love REACH homeschool group. We have been the members of a couple other homeschool groups that promised a lot and did not deliver. REACH always delivers! We are homeschooling one child who is entering 4th grade. We have been members of REACH since she was in Kindergarten. REACH offers something for every age group. We have taken advantage of many opportunities, including classes REACH offers such as drawing and Mad Science. We have been on numerous local field trips, such as Ferry Farm trips, Leesylvania State Park, and even a tour of a sewage plant! REACH also organizes very affordable overnight family trips several of which we have taken advantage of, such as a trip by train to New York City and a trip to Disney World. As my daughter gets older we are really looking forward to many of the opportunities that REACH offers older children. Really, there is something for everyone. My only fear about REACH is that Wanda will retire before my daughter graduates. It would be a great loss to the homeschooling community.

- Mrs. Shojinga

We moved here 5 years ago and my 3 kids were still in public school. When we decided to homeschool, I was so scared and overwhelmed and unsure of myself. Then, I was introduced to REACH. I had found some direction, advice, opportunities and best of all, friends for children and myself! The field trips and clubs are incredible. The opportunities for learning and stretching and trying new things are endless. Wanda is a fabulous lady and works so hard for this group. I am so blessed to be a 3rd year veteran of REACH! 

Mrs G Spotsy VA 

REACH has been a God-send for us! No one ever said that homeschooling would be an easy journey,
but homeschooling an only child can be frustrating at times. REACH has provided the perfect outlet
for us because of the many field trips, clubs, and activities that are available for my son to participate in. 
He has been able to make several new friends, and enjoy spending time with other kids who in his same
situation. There are so many helpful, friendly, and just overall wonderful people within the REACH community!
We just could not ask for a better group, and we are so thankful to Ms. Wanda for all that she does to 
keep this group going!!! 

Carla and alex marvin

Being a member of REACH allows my family to pick and choose many activities that I enrich our homeschooling. We have gone to plays, a lavender farm and a presentation by Ken Ham about dinosaurs and creation. Without REACH, I would not know that these opportunities exist. Wanda does an excellent job of providing such a wide range of activities that there truly is something for everyone! We are hoping to do more this year, including some service projects. Being relatively new to Virginia, REACH has helped us to explore more of our surrounding areas

- Mrs. Anderson

We joined reach in 2010 after moving here from our 5th duty station in Chesterfield Michigan. We started at Anthony Burns Elmementary in Stafford Virginia  3rd grade which lasted for three months. Due to over crowding and my child being shuffled around like a deck of cards we decided to try moving her to another school but in the process we met a homeschooling group that was Caltholic and tried to fit in but with a Baptist. Back ground we were like fish out of water lol. The person who now I call my extended family Karen Clamenta introduced us to Wanda Via internet and we meet up at the bowling alley and joined immediately after meeting some great families. Most of the families we still hang out with and others we see from time to time at various events. Wanda has been such a blessing in our lives it would take me hours to share but I'll give you just a taste of why she has won my heart. She's kind, funny, intelligent, fair, empathic, sincere, consistent in trying to do her best with all the other things she has going on in her life. I haven't yet caught her off her game in running reach homeschool group. She's not perfect but who is? But I must say she is perfect for reach and she has a gift that many people envy her for I can tell you that lol. My family is over joyed with being a reach family member and hopefully we can remain members until Breanna enters 12 grade in three years. Reach is more than a group  to us, it's our family. Thanks Wanda and Mr. Sloper for doing what God ask of you and that's to love thy neighbor as thyself..

God bless the Blankenship family (Tonya, Brian, Breanna and Ariel