REACH Homeschool Experience Days at Great Wolf Lodge - dec 13th-17th, 2015

The dates that REACH is doing Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg is the 13th to the 17th of Dec.  Rooms are now available for booking.  
Name - REACH Homeschool Experience Days
Code - 1215REACH
Dates - Dec 13th -17th 2015 - no min stay required. Reservation cut-off is Friday Nov 13th, 2015

Rooms - 135.00 a night plus taxes and fees (Grizzly Bear, Majestic, Loft, Kid Cabin, and Wolf Den)for a total of 174.04

Rooms - 125.00 a night  "    " (Family suites) for a total of 162.94

Limited number of rooms available - each room comes with water park passes upto the reserved occupancy of the room...

Call GWL at 1-800-551-9653 or online at North America's Largest Family Indoor Water Park | Plan Your Getaway |  - use booking code 1215REACH  

 ALL reservations are required to be guaranteed with a 1st night deposit... Cancel fee - if you cancel you will be refunded your deposit less a $40.00 processing fee as longas you cancel more than 72 hr prior to your arrival...   
Great Wolf Lodge is located at549 East Rochambeau Dr Williamsburg, VA 23188. 

REACH career club for middle and high school students

REACH is starting a Career Club for middle and High School students - we are going to limit this to 20 kids. Each month we will visit a different place to learn about a variety of careers.  

The club is free and our first meeting is  in Oct at Shane's Rib Shack in Fredburg.  We will be talking with Peggy the GM and she is going to take the students behind the counter and show them what happens at a restaurant, how they prep items, get things ready, how they open and more.  The kids will learn about what it takes to run and operate a restaurant.  They will hear about hiring, ordering, training and much more.  Perfect for those that want to be Chefs or work in the food industry.  The fieldtrip will run for about 1 hr.  

Then each month we will look at a different career..  I am going to do a variety of them.  Next month in Nov I am in the process or us touring a towing company - learning about their business and so on.  So if you have someone you know or your husband or yourself would like to share with the kids about your business plmk and we would love to come and see you.... 

save your campbell points and boxtops for reach  

Please save your boxtops for education and Campbell soup points on labels...So if you can help donate these boxtops to REACH that would be wonderful. I am collecting them starting now and throughout the school year.

1. COLLECT BOX TOPSClip Box Tops Coupons from the following items:Betty Crocker products, Bisquick, Chicken, Hamburger, and Tuna Helper dinner mixes, Dunkaroossnacks, General Mills cereals, Gold Medal flour, Hungry Jack biscuits, Lloyd's Barbeque Buckets, Old El Paso products, Pillsbury frozen and refrigerated products, Progress0 soups, Totino's frozen products, Yoplait dairy products

Also collecting Campbells points on their labels used to be you collected the labels now you collect the points.... you can drop off at any REACH event I am on or you can mail them them to me....

You can send them to me at Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508. 

sat math prep workshops

 Mr. Kelley is going to teach to students 8th grade and up..3 SAT Math Prep Workshops.  The first one is Nov 22nd and for this class he is only charging $5.00 and the next 2 classes will be at $10.00 each for a 2hr class. These are on a Sunday and parents are welcome to attend with their student for FREE.....Each class will be different so you can attend all 3 of them....
Here are the dates we settled on for the first three SAT Math Prep Workshops in Fredericksburg,  •             Nov  22nd  - 1:30 to 2:30 first session -2:30-3pm Break  - 3-4pm second session•      Dec  13th  - 1:30 to 2:30 first session - 2:30 to 3pm Break  - 3-4pm second session•             Jan  17th -  1:30 to 2:30 first session -  2:30 to 3pm Break  - 3-4pm second session Each date will have a unique set of questions pulled from a number of sources including books and the SAT question of the day. 

The primary format will be: ·Test taking Strategies and methods·         Analysis of each Question – what can we learn from them.·      One Minute for the students to answer each question·  Presentation and discussion of the five given answers for each question·         Review of each answer· Methods and techniques used to obtain each answer· And if time permits a discussion on variations of each question Items you will need to bring to class:
They should also bring a SAT approved calculator - #2 pencil and scratch paper.  

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! 

gingerbread workshop for ages 4-6 yr olds

We are all set to do a Gingerbread workshop on the 10th of Dec at 10am.  The cost is $6.00 per child ages 4 to 6.  I have room for 10 more kids to do this fieldtrip then it is full....
Combine a guided children's tour of the Gingerbread house exhibit with hands on crafts, cookie decorating and storytime... 

scripps spelling bee - 1st meeting

Keep watching your email for all the spelling bee updates....

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.  

secret santa

It is that time of year again when REACH will do the REACH Secret Santa for Kids in K and up.  I am limited to 100 kids.  This event will take place on the 2nd of Dec in Fredburg   Time is 1-3:30pm.  

Parents you will drop off your child by 12:45pm or so and then pick back up at 3:30pm.  Please send with your child wrapping paper, scissors, tags, name tags and a large bag for them to carry home their items they get from Secret Santa.   At the event I will have Santa helpers that will help kids wrap their presents to take home.
I am collecting items for secret santa - so if you have gently used items and would like to donate them I would be glad to take them off of your hands.  I can use almost anything. 
How this works is kids get to pick off the table items to take home to give to their parents, siblings, grandparents gifts.  Everything on the table is FREE to them.   
I do ask each parent that drops off to bring some items for me to put on the table as well - gently used or new is fine.   

Scholastic book fair - Nov-dec

Fredburg - Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway Fredericksburg, VA 22401 - Nov 30th - Dec 1st - Monday Nov 30th 1-7pm and Dec 1st from 9am-7pm

Dulles Expo and Convention Center 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Chantilly, VA 20153 December 09 - December 10 Wednesday, Dec. 9: 9 a.m.-7 p.m and Thursday Dec 10th - 9am to 7pm.

Richmond Raceway Complex600 East Laburnum Avenue Richmond, VA 23222 December 14 - December 15 Monday, Dec. 14: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 15: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Colonial Building 

Learning loft black friday sale

Learning Loft 212 George StreetFredericksburg, VA 540-479-6696 

Major League Soccer Healthy Habits Contest 

Who is eligible? If you live in the U.S. or the Canadian provinces of Ontario or British Columbia and are at least 7 years old and not older than 14, you are eligible.  If you live in the Canadian province of Quebec and are at least 13 years old and not older than 14, you are also eligible.

What's the challenge all about? Kids from 7 to 14, enter the challenge by doing the following:Use the info about MLS players on the website as inspiration to create a fun, short video or essay about how you and your friends stay active and healthy!The video (3 minutes or less) or essay (500 words or less) should be funny, informative, exciting, and/or creative and must include information about exercise and nutrition.
When does the challenge take place?

The challenge kicks off on September 28, 2015 at noon (ET) and ends on December 1, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (ET). 
Please note the contest has been extended to December 1, 2015. 

Why should someone enter?It's fun to get creative about getting active! You could win some amazing prizes, too! Check out all of the great prizes here. 

Scholastic book clubs - orders due the 11th of each month

REACH offers you the opportunity to order books from Scholastic.  We put a group order in by the 11th of each Month.  You can order them directly online at the website below and pay with a cc or you can pick up the flyers from me at a REACH event... If you do a mail order you need to send to me by the 8th of each month with a check made out to REACH.   NOTE:  All books ordered via website or in person get shipped to me.  So once books are in you can meet up with meet at any REACH event to pick up..   

So take advantage of this program - books are discounted, FREE S&H and no taxes..  Start stocking for your library and for Christmas.....  Orders are open now for ordering online - don't have the flyers yet....Each month the books change..  So make sure to check each month out... 

every kid in a park pass

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  

REACH and Riverside homeschool day - snow queen

REACH and Riverside are teaming up again to offer you another great play at their facility in Dec from 10:30am - 1pm.  This year's show is "The Snow Queen".  For this show only tickets are only 10.00 a person. Under 2 are are FREE.  But we recommend that if you have little ones that you find a sitter for them that day.
There will be candy canes for the kids, door prizes and more.  Once Riverside confirms all the other things then I will update this email with more info... (last year we had a coloring contest, vendors, cookies provided by Riverside and a science program)  so we might add more to this event this year.  
The Snow Queen......  This stage version of the famous fairy tale begins with an evil magician who creates a mirror with the power to take anything good and shrink it to next to nothing. Gerda finds the mirror and accidentally drops it, shattering it into a million pieces. However, each shard still holds the same power as the entire mirror. When Gerda’s best friend Kai gets pieces of the mirror stuck in his eye and ear, he suddenly becomes cruel. Then Kai meets the Snow Queen who kisses him, and they disappear together into the sky. Gerda then sets out to find her dear friend. Along the way she encounters several interesting characters—the Old Woman in the garden that makes days pass endlessly, the funny Crow, a dangerous-but-helpful Robber Girl, and a wise Inuit Woman. In the end, with the help of the resources and wisdom of the friends she’s met, Gerda finds Kai. With her tears she releases the evil shards of mirror from him. The Snow Queen then disappears forever. This is Hans Christian Andersen at his mythical best! 

Girls and Boys Clubs - meet the 3rd monday of each month

The 3rd Monday of each month the Girls and Boys Club meets.  This is a free club for ages 9-12.  Girls meet at 1:30-2:30pm and Boys meet 2:30-3:30pm...See your email for more info.

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....

Ice exhibit at gaylord national hotel 

Ice Exhibit at Gaylord National Hotel - Groupon offering 19.00 and 22.00 dollar ticket special.  Click the link below and it will take you to their page - make sure to put Washington DC as your search are.  Regular tickets for adults are $28.00 and $35.00 - so this is a good deal....If you have not been you are missing out - this is so beautiful......
ICE! featuring “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town!” at Gaylord National Resort
Everyone’s favorite toymaker, Santa Claus, anchors this year’s ICE! featuring Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town! at Gaylord National Resort. Santa inhabits a frozen wonderland that showcases the story of the classic television special, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. The indoor attraction boasts colorful ice sculptures carved from two million pounds of ice, including cute reindeer, homes bedecked in icicles, and frozen slides more than two stories tall. Guests donning blue parkas are welcome to climb and zip down five ice slides, and even get a peek at new sculptures in progress with live ice-carving demos inside The Frostbite Factory.
The magic doesn’t stop when you leave the attraction. The resort’s 19-story atrium sparkles with more than two million lights, which also includes a 55-foot, 5,000 pound tiered glass Christmas tree suspended from the ceiling, indoor snow fall, and nightly fountain shows. 


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