Events

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

The dates that REACH is doing Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg is the 13th to the 17th of Sept.  Rooms are now available for booking.  
Name - REACH Homeschool Experience Days
Code - 0915REACH
Dates - Sept 13th -17th 2015 - no min stay required.Reservation cut-off is Thursday Aug 13th, 2015
Rooms - 135.00 a night plus taxes and fees (Grizzly Bear, Majestic, Loft, Kid Cabin, and Wolf Den)for a total of 174.04Rooms - 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 | GreatWolf.com  - use booking code 0915REAC or 0915REACH 

 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 DrWilliamsburg, VA 23188. 

Colonial Williamsburg homeschool dates

IT is that time again to think about visiting Colonial Williamsburg.  They are offering their school days again for homeschoolers and I have all the info that you need and the order form as well.. You will order from them directly.  IF you are attending Great Wolf Lodge you can tie it in with your stay there... This has to prepaid in advance... If you don't prepay then the walk in price is alot higher....They are also offering additional programs for a small fee....

Your ticket includes admission to the exhibition buildings, colonial trade shops, and colonial homes. It also includes admission to the Governor`s Palace and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg- Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, and Bassett Hall. NOTE: Buildings openings and times vary seasonally.

I enjoy going each year to CW to see what new things they have added and also to revisit my favorite stops in CW...So gather your family and make a fun day or days out of visiting CW....

Here is the order form link as well… http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/~/media/files/cw/homeschool/fall-homeschooler-order-form.ashx?la=en
So spread the word and let other homeschoolers know about this event.   

history of cinema class

 A past Senior graduate of REACH is going to offer a History Of Cinema Classes for students ages 12 and up that will meet 2x's a month from 10:30-noon.   This is limited to 10 students. Classes will meet Sept to Nov - skip Dec and then resume in Jan.  The cost is $30.00 for all the below classes which is Sept to Nov which is payable when you rsvp.  The schedule for Jan to May will be put out in Nov and will be payable in Dec.   
This is an interactive class, so students may engage in asking questions.  Below are the dates and topics of the lecture thus far:
1890-1899 - The Early Period
1900-1909 - The Birth of Movies
1910-1919 - The Silent Era
1920-1929 - The Sound Era
1930-1939 - Hollywood's Biggest Years
1940-1949 - Film Noir
If you would like to do these classes email - I will post out once these classes are full.

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. 

rick riordan mythology writing contest

Enter the RICK RIORDAN MYTHOLOGY WRITING CONTEST!  We will enter this one as well.  To enter send me your entries by the 10th of Nov 2015.  No need to rsvp just mail it to me by the deadline.  I will mail them off and maybe we can win..  That would be awesome....When you send your enter to me on the back put the child's first and last name, grade and age and school put REACH Homeschool....

ONE GRAND-PRIZE WINNER WILL GET: · A Classroom Skype visit with author Rick Riordan!  A Norse Costume Party on the day of the Skype visit 
TEN RUNNERS UP will receive a deluxe hardcover Percy Jackson & the Olympians box set.
All students who are US residents and currently attending a U.S. school in grades 4 through 8 

teen Club - kick off - sept 28th

We will kick off the Teen club on the 28th of Sept at  3:30pm.  This is for all teens 13 and up.  So come and meet other teens in REACH.  For the first meeting we will do meet and greet, play some games and etc... Bring your favorite card or board game.  Then once a month starting in Oct the teens will meet 2x's a month - one at the club meeting which is the last Monday of every Month and an organized teen fieldtrip.  
IN Oct we will do Funland and the teen club meeting..In Nov we will do Movie night/Dinner and teen club meeting.IN Dec we will do Christmas Caroling/Party and club meeting...and more - Also if parents want to schedule more get-together's that is fine as well.
There is no cost to be in the club

For all the details about this event you must be a member of REACH - you will get an email with all the info and dates and times and location..

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! 


REACH meet and greet - shane's rib shack - aug 31st

We will kick off with a REACH meet and greet event on the 31st of Aug from 5-8pm.  This is your opportunity to come out and meet other homeschoolers in REACH and also to meet me if you have not met me yet. Shanes will offer their special deal - mega meat meal for 20.00 + tax.  You can 1/2 lb of chicken and 1/2 lb of pork, 6 wings, 6 chicken tenders, 4 sides and bread.  It is a great deal.  
I will have homeschool magazines to hand out, membership cards if you need one, Tim Hawkins books if you ordered any, scholastic books if they are in - plus you can pick up scholastic forms.  and etc....
Shanes is located in Central Park, Fredburg next to Wawa's.  
Also Kim will be there to do photo id and yearbook pictures...

REACH Reading Club for kids of all ages...

 You can still get in on the REACH reading club - this is for kids of all ages - you can read to kids that cannot read or little ones.  Last day to sign up and pay is Sept 5th, 2015  

REACH will continue on with it's READING CLUB that is for kids in prek to 12th grade but I have changed it up this year....So kids will start reading August 1st
and read to the 1st of May 2016...At the end of the reading program the kids will have a bowling party and will receive their certificates for reading and at
the party one child will receive a FREE 3 day 2 night stay at Great Wolf lodge in Williamsburg....Room of their choice....for turning in their book report...
Parents you can read to your child or siblings can read to each other - that counts...

The cost of the reading club is $15.00 per child and that will help me to cover the cost of the reading club.  Each child participating in the Reading Club will get 2 books to take home and keep.  
Keep a reading log of books read for each child and send me a total number read by the 1st of May 2016 - don't need the list just a total - going on an honor
system...  
I would like each child to turn in a ONE PAGE BOOK REPORT on their favorite book and it must include the name of the book and the author. That is due by the 1st of May 2016 as well...  YOU MUST DO THIS TO BE ABLE TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR THE ROOM AT GWL.....

In May we will meet at the AMF Bowling alley in Fredericksburg for the reading award party (this will be on a Friday during the daytime) Date TBA later) - you will get 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, 2 slices of pizza and a drink....Also you will get a certificate for reading and more.... Depending on how many students enter will determine how many bikes I can get to giveaway for this event - bikes can be used or brand new depending on how much funds I have....
At the party we will enter all the kids name that turned in a book report for the drawing at GWL.
One lucky kid will go home with a voucher to visit GWL with their family for
FREE.....for 3 days and 2 nights - choice of their room - certificate good for 1
yr but must visit the 4 times that REACH books the rooms......(You must have turned in a book report to get in for this drawing).....

RSVP to me at rhsgwanda11@comcast.net - send your pymt off to Wanda Sloper,
35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508....I will need first and last name of the students and the grade that they are in for the school year of 2015-16...

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... 

2nd Northern neck homeschool day - Sept 25th - FREE event - but rsvp is required

Mrs. Moore the folks in charge of putting this event on has invited us back again to attend the 2nd Northern Neck History and Culture Day.  Space is limited so make sure you rsvp soon...  Read below for all the details...  Wanda 

Friday, September 25, 2015
Second Northern Neck History and Culture Day

Museums, Historic Sites, and Parks located within and around the Northern Neck region are hosting a Second Northern Neck History and Culture Day  for Home School groups on September 25, 2015 at Menokin Foundation, Warsaw, Virginia located in Richmond County. The museums and parks have  again gathered together to present an array of educational and interactive programs for Home School groups.
 
Activities include but are not limited to: 18th-century brick-making and construction of brick walls;  blacksmithing;  replica of John Smith’s  Shallop and life cycle of oysters; History of corn; reading, writing and schooling in early America; Indians in the Northern Neck; Children’s Colonial Games; review of original source documents and maps; Golden rule in nature and 18th c. Design; the fabulous Steamboat Era.
 
There is no fee for the program, but pre-registration is required.  You can download the registration form at https://app.box.com/nnmuseums or follow the link at www.facebook.com/nnmuseums
We encourage registering as soon as possible.
 
Sign-in starts at 9:30 a.m. continuing until noon. Activities go throughout the day 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please plan to allow a minimum of 3½ -4 hours including lunch to fully enjoy the event. Bring chairs, blankets and your lunch,  bottled water will be available .There will be informational packets at the sign-in table, and each participating site will provide take home items for the students.
 
Menokin is the 1769 home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, signer of the Declaration of Independence.  A National Historic Landmark, it is the only remaining house of the 7 Virginia signers that is not fully protected and saved. The house is located on 500 acres of pristine riparian forest along the Cat Point Creek and is part of the Captain John Smith water trail. On-site parking is available; we encourage carpooling.  Pets are not permitted at this event. For driving directions and more information visit www.menokin.org.      
 

reach averages 30-80 fieldtrips and events each month - once you are a member you will be on our yahoo loop and that is where you will get all the info about our events and more... so i hope you will join us

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Forest Park High school’s 15th Annual Tiny Tots Musical Performance 

Hello Educators! You and your students are invited to join FP High School’s Wind Ensemble for the 15th Annual Tiny Tots Musical Performance.  It is very important for young children to get acquainted with musical instruments and have positive experiences with music in their young lives so that they may also experience the joys that we have had with music.You have 2 performances from which to choose

Tuesday, December 1st - 10:00 am

Wednesday, December 2nd - 10:00 am

Popular music from TV and movies performed by FP Virginia Honor Award winning band,  The Wind Ensemble Guest appearances by favorite characters in costume, including Elsa from Disney’s, “Frozen” 

If you would like to go I need you to email me at rhsgwanda11@comcast.net and let me know which date and how many kids and adults attending - pymt is $3.50 a person... Please send your ck payable to REACH to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508 by the 5th of Sept 2015.... 

group order - tim hawkins book 

For those of you that know Tim Hawkins and are interested in getting his book.  I have ordered 19 of his books and they will be shipped out after the 4th of Aug.  The books including tax is $11.00 a book. This is his first book out.  It is called Diary of a Jackwagon.  It is softbound...

IF you are interested I will take orders now and you can send pymt off for them - please mail your check to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, Va 22508 or paypal friends and family at rhsgwanda11@comcast.net - if using cc please add 3.5% to your total.  If you want the book mailed to you please add $2.50 more and I will mail it to you with tracking once it arrives.   IF you don't want it shipped you can pick it up at any REACH event I am on.... 

He's a comedian. He's a YouTube sensation. And now he becomes an author. Best known for his song parodies and riffs on yoga pants and homeschooling, Tim Hawkins now shares his perspective on life in the 21st century in his long-awaited debut book. 

Tim's topics are as wide-ranging as his stand-up comedy including marital communications (“Marriage needs a challenge flag, like in pro football”), worship music (“Pick the right key, because I’m not Barry White and I’m not a Bee Gee”), and food (“Eating a Krispy Kreme donut is like eating a baby angel”).  

Homeschool days at Ferry farm and kenmore in fredericksburg

Home School Days at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

George Washington’s Ferry Farm Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Historic KenmoreThursday, October 8, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Learn about colonial life.Go on a scavenger hunt.Enjoy colonial games and chores.Take a tour of the Kenmore mansion.
Coloring table for younger siblings.
Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds after the program!

For children age 5 and over. $5 per child for each Home School Day.Reservations preferred. Call 540-370-0732 ext. 24 or hayes@gwffoundation.org

George Washington's Ferry Farm is east of Fredericksburg on State Route 3 in Stafford County.268 Kings HwyFredericksburg, VA 22405

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... 

group order for notebooks for homeschoolers - deadline is sept 5th

A year or so ago we placed a group order for laptops that were discounted to schools and they had opened it up to homeschoolers...so I am willing to coordinate another group order if anyone is interested in getting laptop - last order we did we ordered 36 laptops.  The below email will take you to their link and it will tell you about the computers, what you get and etc and the price..
homeschoolers can purchase refurbished laptop computer from Notebooks for Students (http://notebooksforstudents.org/homeschoollaptopdiscount.htm).
If you would like to order one or two or more email me at rhsgwanda11@comcast.net and let me know which ones.  Also I will need your first and last name and a good email for them to send the invoice to - the laptops you pay them directly and they are shipped directly to you...
All I am doing is putting in the group order so that we qualify for the discount... So no matter where you live they will ship it to you...
I will take orders until Sept 5th - then at that time I will close it out - send our final order into them and let you know the discounted price you will get... 

Skyline caverns fieldtrip 

We are all set to attend Skyline Caverns in Oct starting at 11am.  This is for all ages.   This is a fun place to visit and one that you have to go and see.  I am limited to 150 total.... We will split into groups depending on how many attend...
On your one-hour tour, a knowledgeable guide will escort you through the Skyline Caverns, explaining the geological history while challenging your imagination; making your tour educational, exciting, and entertaining. You will witness a "living" cavern's meticulous work, forming even today, an exquisite creation. The dripping of water you find throughout the Caverns is a reminder of this constant growth, the beauty of which is shared with thousands of wide-eyed visitors each year.

In 1937, geologists around the world stood in awe as Walter S. Amos discovered the underground wonder he always hoped to uncover. He carefully examined surface topography, exposing a secret that had lain beneath the earth's surface for 60 million years. This method of scientific analysis makes the discovery of Skyline Caverns rare, if not unique.
 The caverns opened to the public in 1939 and have welcomed millions of guests in the past seven decades. As tourism in Virginia boomed in the 1950s through 80s, Skyline Caverns was a noted attraction. Special visitors such as Bing Crosby even considered the caverns a worthy travel destination. Skyline Caverns continues to be a natural, preserved display of cavern beauty, much like Dr. Amos originally discovered it one cold evening. As we celebrate 75 years of discovery, we are proud to have preserved the rare beauty of underground Virginia. 

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 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......

Membership

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.
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