Events

potomac eagle railroad fieldtrip - Oct 2016

We are scheduled to ride the Potomac RR in Oct - let me tell you if you have not done this before you are missing out - when the leaves are all in color on the mountains it is the most spectacular sight.  Also the Eagles are known to be in the Mountains and often you can see them flying.   The date is a Sunday and we depart the train at 2:30pm - it is an 3 hr round trip ride....I am in the process of setting up another train ride on Sat in Western MD and scheduling some activities there - then you can spend the night at either MD or WVA.   
The cost is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for ages 4 to 12th grade -if you were to go on your own it is $50.00 for adults, 20.00 for kids ages 4 to 12 yrs old... so your 13 yrs and up would be paying $50.00 to ride the train. ... so a family of 4 would pay 70.00 compared to $140.00 if you had under 12 or $200.00 if you had 2 kids ages 13 and up....So you are getting a great deal..... 3 and under are FREE....
I have asked for more seats for the Table Car seating - so you have a table where you sit - you are welcome to bring a lunch for the event - they said small coolers were fine - not oversized ones please.  (We are at 101 attending - so far we can add a few more - last call then this event will close out)
They do sell hotdogs, nachos, popcorn, drinks and etc on the train.....
I have to prepay for this event as their train rides for the fall SELL OUT - so if you would like to go email me atrhsgwanda11@comcast.net and let me know how many are going - how many kids ages 4 to grade 12th - how many adults and if any are free.   

Western MD Scenic RR tour - oct 2016 - tie in with potomac eagle

I was able to get ahold of the MD Scenic RR train folks and they do have availability on their train for Oct - they only have 60 seats left.  Since this is their peak season they don't offer school rates - the best price I could get is $35.00 for adults and 18.00 for kids - the regular price if you went on your own is $45.00 for adults 13 and up and $26.00 for kids.  For this event their are no free tickets for kids under a certain age....During Oct they add $5.00 more to their ticket prices because of the demand on the train to go and see the fall leaves....Time is 11:30am to 2pm - 2 1/2 hr train ride....
I need to reserve seats for this date or we will lose out - What I need is email from you if you are planning to attend - I need to know how many adults and kids.  Pymt for this event is due July 15th.  Please note once this is paid there are NO REFUNDS if you cannot make it - you are welcome to sell your spots to another family if you cannot make it.  
So email me at rhsgwanda11@comcast.net if you are planning to attend ...
Travel back through time aboard our restored diesel locomotive on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. You’ll climb through the Allegheny Mountains on the Western Maryland #501, a GP30 built in the 1960's, easily recognizable due to its high profile and stepped cab roof, unique among American locomotives. A narrator will be on-board to provide you with interesting historical facts and significant cultural locations along the route to Mountain View. On this trip we layover at Frostburg MD - there is a small museum there you can visit and they do have a gift shop and if you go up the hill you can go into the small town of Frostburg... 

ghost tour of historical cumberland md - oct 2016 - tie in with potomac eagle and scenic western md rr.

We are all set to do a Ghost Historical tour at 6:30pm on the 15th of Oct.  Basically it is private tour that will take us around town and show us buildings and homes and talk about incidents from 1754 to present. Alot of history in that town.  The cost of this event is $7.00 a person.. Recommended for ages 5 and up.  Tour is for 1 hr...So rsvp's are now open for this event.  We will meet at the MD Scenic RR station and depart from there... 

BOOK IT Program k-6th graders only...

HOMESCHOOL ENROLLMENTThank you for your interest in using the BOOK IT! Program as a part of your homeschool reading curriculum. If your K-6 grade student does not attend another educational facility, please use the form below to enroll your homeschool students in the program 

http://www.bookitprogram.com/homeschool/default.asp 

Paragon village 12 theater free movies for the summer

FREE Summer Movies ~ Paragon Village 12 Theater
Behind Spotsy Mall in Fredburg - Free movies....Thursday, June 23
Enjoy a summer at the movies! Here's the line-up:
June 21-23 Diary of a Wimpy Kid
June 28-30 How to Train Your Dragon 2
July 5-7 Big
July 12-14 Mr. Peabody and Sherman
July 19-21 The Sandlot
July 26-28 Peanuts Movie
August 2-4 Ramona and Beezus
August 9-11 Home
August 16-18 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
Where: Paragon Village 12 Theater
51 Towne Centre Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
When: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Box office opens at 9:30AM
Who: Everyone
How: Just go - Box office opens at 9:30AM. First come, first served. 

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.

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 back to school party - amf bowling alley in fredericksburg - aug 12th

More details will follow...Back to School Party at AMF Bowling alley in Fredburg.  12:30-4pm..

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.... 

great wolf lodge homeschool days - sept 11-14th, 2016

REACH HOMESCHOOL EXPERIENCE DAYS
September 11-14, 2016
 Below is the key information. Please be sure to take note of the time sensitive dates.
 Group Name is:  REACH HOMESCHOOL EXPERIENCE DAYS -  SEPTEMBER 11-14, 2016 (No minimum stay required)
 GroupCode is:  0916REACH
 Room Styles are:   FAMILY, KID CABIN, KID KAMP, WOLF DEN, LOFT, MAJESTIC AND GRIZZLY BEAR SUITES
 FAMILY SUITES - $109.00, plus taxes and fees = $145.18 per night
ALL OTHER SUITES - $135.00, plus taxes and fees = $174.04 per night
 Rates include passes to the waterpark at no additional charge based on the reserved occupancy of each room.
Reservation Cutoff Date is:  Thursday, August 11, 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.
Tomake your family’s reservation by Thursday, August 11, 2016:
 Onlineat WWW.GREATWOLF.COM – Booking Code 0916REACH or Call Great Wolf Lodge’s Reservation Center at: 1-800-551-9653
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 rebook 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 LODGE
549 EAST ROCHAMBEAU DRIVE
WILLIAMSBURG, VA  23188
757-229-9700       FAX: 757-345-7979
WWW.GREATWOLF.COM 

REGAL cinemas summer movies - fredericksburg location only

Regal Cinemas Summer Movies in Fredericksburg - starts June 21st - All shows are at 10am.. and they run Tuesday and Wed.
This is for the Fredburg location...Check regal for showtimes in your area....Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. (Both movies play on both days)
Week 2
6/28 -Goosebumps
6/29 - The Iron Giant: Signature Edition
Week 3
7/5 - Pan
7/6 -The Smurfs 2
Week 4
7/12 - Despicable Me 2
7/13 - Home
Week 5
7/19 - Minions
7/20 - The Peanuts Movie
Week 6
7/26 - Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
7/27 -Curious George
Week 7
8/2 - The Book of Life
8/3 - Hotel Transylvania 2
Week 8
8/9 - Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
8/10 - Shaun The Sheep
Week 9
8/16 -The Croods
8/17 - Dr. Seuss' The Lorax 

reach facebook page

once you become a member of REACH you are welcome to join the REACH facebook page..... 
REACH - https://www.facebook.com/groups/610749249065267/ 

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...

the piedmont symphony orchestra - young artist competion

The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra annually holds a Young Artist Competition. This year the residency requirements have been expanded to include King George County. This competition is open to student instrumentalists (piano, strings, winds, or percussion) under the age of 19 as of February 22, 2015 and a resident of one of the following Virginia counties:  Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, King George, Madison, Orange, Prince William, Rappahannock, Stafford, Spotsylvania, or Warren (or independent cities within those counties).  The first place winner will receive a $1,500.00 scholarship prize, second place will receive $750.00 and third place will receive $500.00. The top three finalists will rehearse their repertoire with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and will perform their selection for solo instrument and orchestra with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra at its February 19, 2017 concert at Highland School’s Center for the Arts, located in Warrenton, Virginia. A panel of judges will evaluate the finalists at the concert and award first, second, and third place prizes.   To participate, each applicant must submit a high quality CD of their solo by October 11, 2016.  For more details about the application process please contact Debbie Gilbert at 540-347-5761 or by email at jdgilbert99@gmail.com.   
Would you please forward this email to the other music teachers in your county and to any private teachers or advanced students who might be interested in competing?   I am attaching the forms and information about the competition with this email. Forms will also be available on our website this summer at www.piedmontsymphony.org

upcoming plays for 2016-2017

To get the best price we have to rsvp and pay by the 25th of June 2016 for all the shows for 2016-2017.  So here is the schedule of shows for next year.  To be able to do the early bird price of $7.00 a show we must have 15 attending each show - less than 15 the ticket price is around 14.00 a ticket.  All shows start at 10:30am.  This is for all ages - they do recommend if you have little ones that you leave them at how - all shows are one hr in length.  These are quality shows I highly recommend them.  
FAIRFAX Center for the Arts, George Mason Univ. - 10:30am Nov 21 We the People 
Dec 12 Click, Clack, Moo 
Dec 15 Frosty 
Jan 30 Junie’s Essential…
Feb 28 Alexander… 
Mar 7 Teacher from the Black Lagoon 
Mar 13 The Lightning Thief 
Apr 20 Pete the Cat
Apr 24 Charlotte’s Web
May 2 Aesop’s Fables 
May 15 Miss Nelson is Missing 
May 24 Seussical 
Jun 1 Skippyjon Jones Snow What
MANASSAS Hylton Performing Arts Center - 10:30am Dec 7 Click, Clack, Moo 
Feb 27 Alexander… 
Mar 15 Teacher from the Black Lagoon
Apr 5 Miss Nelson is Missing 
May 2 Pete the Cat  

Williamsburg homeschool days September 10-25th...

While you are at Great Wolf Lodge you can tie in Colonial Williamsburg on that date....Visit the website below for more info on how to get your tickets for this event .....IT is a good deal - so don't miss out...
https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/plan/groups/homeschoolers/  Cost more to pay at the door.

Jamestown and yorktown homeschool days - sept 10-25th

“Homeschool Program Days” on September 10-25 at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center will offer exciting new programs with immersive hands-on activities for your homeschool students! Your child not only will learn about life at Jamestown in the 17th century and Yorktown during the American Revolution, they’ll experience it!Depending on the age group, students can help tend a garden in the re-created Powhatan Indian village, march in a military pike drill in the re-created colonial fort, or use simple machines to raise sails and cargo on board one of the three re-created ships at Jamestown Settlement. At the Yorktown Victory Center, students may build siege works and decode spy messages.

Visitors also can take in the Jamestown Settlement special exhibition, Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America, which will explore the importance of trade between American Indians and Jamestown colonists and the development of a new world of exchange. Both museums will offer fun and family scavenger hunts. Programs will be offered for children ages 7 and younger, ages 8-12 and ages 13-18, with content and activities specifically designed for their age group and curriculum. Families also can book a tour offering an introduction to Jamestown and Yorktown history. All tours last two hours.Ticket Price:• $12 per family member
• Children ages 3 and under are free.Ticket Available:• Online
• Call reservations at (757) 253-4939
• In person at either museum during Homeschool Program Days 

About REACH

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.

Locations

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.

Membership

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 2016 to June 2017. In March membership drops to $20.00 and that runs to the end of June 2017.  

I will be accepting new memberships for 2016-2017 starting in April of 2016.  Your membership for next year will run from Aug to June of 2017

What We Do

Our events include:

  • Bowling League,  Homeschool Soccer
  • Reading Club, 
  • RHO Honor Society, National Beta Club
  • Young Eagle Flying Program
  • SHINE Music Club
  • 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
  • Lego, Coin, Stamp, Chess Club
  • Drama 1 and Drama 2
  • Mad Science, Brickz for Kids
  • Shane's Family Fun Nights
  • 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
  • Journalism class
  • Math with Mrs Mack 
  • 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
  • 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......

Membership

To join REACH fill out the form below. Membership cost is $36.00 for August 2016 to June 2017. In March membership drops to $20.00.
Have questions? Contact me

Your Name

Your Email

Your Phone

Years Homeschooling

Address

City

State

Zip Code

Names and Grades of Children

Select payment method

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