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Drama 1 - presenting "the Wizard of Oz"

The REACH Drama 1 Club is presenting "The Wizard of Oz" on the 1st and 2nd of May at the downtown library in Fredericksburg.   Tickets are $5.00 a person and a family cap of $25.00.  There are 3 shows so you have your pick of which one you would like to come to.  May 1st is at 6:30pm and May 2nd is 1pm and 6:30pm.  We are taking rsvp's now for this show.  If you would like to come and support the REACH Drama just send your check off in the mail to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores way, Locust Grove, VA 22508 and let me know which show you are doing and how many are attending.  We will have a master list for each show - so all you have to do is show up and we will mark your name off...

So please spread the word and tell your friends and family and etc to come and see this wonderful show put on by Drama 1 - the kids and the director and her helpers have worked hard all year to get ready for this one show and they need your support.... So mark your calendars to attend this event.  

For each family that attends the show you will be entered in for a drawing of a NEW IN BOX Wizard of OZ 75th Anniversary Monopoly Game... You will get one entry for each show you attend.  Drawing will be held Sat night - you don't have to be present to win.  So if you come to 2 shows you get 2 entries in... 

 With a pop up 3-D center board, all new game directives and board design that evolves from sepia to color, MONOPOLY: THE WIZARD OF OZ 75TH Anniversary Collector's Edition is truly a Wizard of OZ game that celebrates America's most beloved film in its entirety. Special Features Custom illustrated game board with 3-D pop-up center illustrated and built by renowned artists Otto Struck and Mike Brutus Never before seen game play that adds a whole new level of strategy to the game Game Play Two ways to Play. 1. All new directives that allow players to interact with the 3-d pop-up center and add a whole new element of strategy to the game 2. Traditional Monopoly style. Includes Game board with art customized by famous artists Otto Struck and Mike Brutus Pop-Up Game Board Center with 360 turn radius Legend cards with directives for pop-up game play 22 of the top locations in The Wizard of Oz starting in sepia and transforming into color just like the movie 6 Collectible Tokens: Toto, Scarecrow Diploma, Cowardly Lion Medal, Tin Man Heart, Ruby Slippers, Witch's Hat Custom Money issued by the Bank of Emerald City Classic "Houses" and "Hotels" are transformed into custom "Farmhouses" and custom "Emerald Cities" Red dice that glitter with white pips What's the Same; What's Different Rule Set Great For Gift Giving Family game nights Wizard of Oz Collector's item.  

great Wolf Lodge - Williamsburg May 10th-14th - Deadline to rsvp is April 10th - rooms are still available but you need to call reservations and ask for them

Join REACH Homeschool Families when we travel to Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg, VA.

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. Please be sure to take note of the time sensitive dates

.Name:  REACH HOMESCHOOL 2015 PROMCode:  0515REACH - Date (s):  MAY 10-14, 2015 (no minimum stay required)Reservation Cutoff Date is:        FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015Our Group Rate is:    $135.00, plus taxes and fees - Total per room, per night including taxes and fees - $174.04Room Style being offered:  Grizzly Bear, Majestic Bear, Loft, Kid Cabin, Kid Kamp, Wolf Den and Family Suites (Limited number of each suite type is available)  Each room comes with water park passes up to the reserved occupancy of the room.

 To make your family’s reservation by FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015:   Call Great Wolf Lodge’s Reservation Center at: 1-800-551-9653 OR Online at WWW.GREATWOLF.COM – Booking Code 0515REACH**RESERVING THE ROOM ONLINE FOR MORE THAN 4 PEOPLE WILL SHOW AN INCREASE IN THE RATE, HOWEVER THE RATE WILL DEFAULT TO THE GROUP RATE ONCE A SUITE STYLE IS SELECTED.**

 All reservations are required to be guaranteed with a first night room deposit. GREAT WOLF LODGE, 549 EAST ROCHAMBEAU DRIVE, WILLIAMSBURG, VA  23188757-229-9700       FAX:  757-345-7979 

Pen Pal Meet and greet- may 2015

Calling all penpals come and meet your penpal in person.  We will do a potluck lunch and have some fun.  Make sure to rsvp for this event

REACh yearbook for 2014-2015

If you would like a REACH yearbook for 2014-2015 I am taking orders starting now until the 1st of June 2015. Yearbooks are a great way to look back on your school years and see who also was homeschooled and for you to have a memory of that school year.  This year we are only offering Hardcopies only - no softbound ones    Ex: for name - The Sloper Family or Wanda Sloper or Wanda

If you have not got your picture done with Mrs. Kim and would like your child to be in the yearbook - send me a wallet size picture of your child (HARDCOPY ONLY) with their first and last name on the back and the grade they are in this year....  

Also if you have done some REACH fieldtrips and have pictures please send me some to put in the yearbook.

We have 60 colored pages.  The first pages are designated to the Senior class, then the Prek and K class, then K-12th graders, then fieldtrips and etc.... (Includes drama plays, prom, homecoming, valentines dance, fieldtrips and more)....

So don't miss out these make wonderful memories for your children.  

To get a book just mail me a check to REACH c/o Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508- make sure to include any pictures you want me to use and also if doing name on the book that you write the name down as well for me.... 

THe Princess and Pea by VA Opera

 We are invited again to see a FREE Opera Show by the Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts for The Princess and the Pea in  The time of the show is 9:30am..  Show will run for about 1 hr... This performance is done by the VA Opera out of Richmond.... Appropriate Audience: Grades K-5 and Community - rsvp is required.

humorous adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story with a few modern twists. A young girl whose royal blood could only be confirmed by testing her sensitivity to a pea  becomes a short opera sure to bring many laughs for young audiences. Just what tests will this young princess have to undergo to prove her lineage? 

REACH Used Book sale - may 21st

The REACH used booksale will take place on the 21st of May at the Old Silk Mill in Fredburg from 9-2pm.  I am limited to 35 sellers.  The cost is $20.00 per person for a spot - you have to bring your own table and chair with you.  Set up is at 8am.  Sell between 9-2pm and clean up and be done by 3pm.  The only fee you have to pay is for your spot as I have to pay to rent the building.   

You are welcome to bring curriculum, books, games, toys, puzzles, dvds, computer equipment, science tools and so on.  

It is upto each seller if you want to accept checks from buyers.  I would also recommend you bring bags to give out so that folks so that they can carry their stuff in them.  
If you would like to be a seller contact me at rhsgwanda11@comcast.net - I need pymt by the 1st of April 2015.  Please send to REACH to Wanda Sloper 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508 

So spread the word and lets get folks to go...Wanda 

Senior beta club collecting towels and blankets for the emergency animal hospital

Have any towels or blankets that are slightly ripped or stained? Please don’t get rid of them! Wanda and the REACH Senior Beta Club have teamed up to sponsor a Used Towel and Blanket Drive for the Fredericksburg Regional Veterinary Emergency Center located in Central Park.

The Fredericksburg Regional Veterinary Emergency Center uses blankets and towels for their ill, furry patients, so they can have something soft and warm to sleep with. The Emergency Center, however, goes through a lot of them, as they wash them constantly to help keep them clean and sanitary

.If you have any gently used towels or blankets, and would like to help, you can donate them to Wanda at any REACH event where she’s present, or the Senior Beta Club’s drop-box at the Fredericksburg AMF Bowling Alley. The drop-box is located in the front entrance of the AMF to the right.Thanks so much. As always, we are thankful and appreciative for your help,  The REACH Senior Beta ClubSarah Zamora, Beta VP 

Homeschool day at st john's church in richmond 

Schedule of Events:10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Guided tours of the church and of the graveyard

11:00 AM - Patrick Henry’s presentation - Patrick Henry will talk about his life inside St. John’s Church. Mr. Henry will answer questions and will be available for photos after his talk!

11:45 AM  Birthday cake and refreshments served in the Visitor Center

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM   Guided tours of the church and of the graveyard Our church tour explores the ideas and events in Virginia that led to the American Revolution. The program, which is led by a costumed docent, also explores Patrick Henry’s political career and the national and international implications of his “Liberty or Death” speech .Our Graveyard Tour discusses the history and symbolism of the graveyard, as well as the lives of important Virginians buried here. Included in the discussion are George Wythe, Edward Carrington, Elizabeth Arnold Poe, and Dr. James McClurg.  Test your knowledge and take the graveyard scavenger hunt after your tour!Tweet and Instagram during the day using the tag #HBDPatHenry.  We will post your photos on our facebook page!

Homeschool Day is held rain or shine- For more information, please contact: Amy N. Swartz – aswartz@saintjohns.cc 

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 Family FUN Day

Due to the weather not working for us in the fall we are going to try again to have a REACH Family Fun day on the 29th of April at Windy Knoll Farm in Nokesville.  The event is FREE to attend and we are asking each family to bring a side dish and drink to share.  REACH will provide hotdogs and buns, paper products and the cups.  I need someone that is willing to bring condiments like ketchup, mustard, onions, relish - also maybe someone can make chili so that we can put on the hotdogs... So email me if you are interested in bringing these items...  Also need someone to bring ice as well for the drinks..

So far as side dishes - pasta, noodles, chips and dip, casseroles, chicken, pigs in a blanket, 5 bean dip, mac and cheese, chicken, salad, lasagna, fruit and veggies, baked beans, bean salad, potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, bread and butter, dessert and so on....
Drinks - any kind is welcome - water, iced tea, lemonade, sodas, capri suns, and so on.

I need a headcount of how many will be attending.  Please bring chairs to sit in - balls or other items to play with.  

So plan to come and lets have some fun hanging out with other homeschooled families.. 

Make sure to rsvp for this on eventbrite or sign-up qenuis - will send the reminder email on what to do.

Hope to see you there...

strawberry picking

We are all set for another fieldtrip to Braehead Farm in Fredburg in May at 10am.  The cost is $5.00 per person and this is limited to 25 kids.  Kids and parents will pick strawberries to take home.  Kids will learn about ladybugs, see the beehive, pet and feed the animals, meet with the bee keeper and learn about strawberries.   You are welcome to bring a lunch and have lunch on the grounds if you like.  

Meet with  staff  to learn a lesson about seasonal produce plant life cycle, (spring is Strawberries, summer is a variety of veggies, and fall is pumpkins) ladybugs and honey bees and how they are all related to the season!Learn how to properly pick  without hurting the plant!

A visit through our farm market to see our GLASS BEE OBSERVATION HIVE!“Wake up” the chickens!   A lesson about hens and eggs and a chance to peek inside a mobile chicken house to see where the eggs come from! Learn about Free Range Chickens!Feed to give to the Nigerian Pygmy Goats!See rabbits, pigs and cows!  A lesson about each animal and their habitats, food and care to include recycling of animal “droppings” for compost and fertilizer!

Play in the “Play-Grounds of the Barn Lot”!  Hay barns, swings, corn pit, bikes and trikes, sand piles, “steer head” roping, tunnel and more!Use of a barn for lunch or snack! 

This event is FULL .......

Homeschool Formal - May 12th

For more info about the Formal in May contact me via rhsgwanda11@comcast.net - we are still taking rsvp's for this event.  

POTOmac nationals and reach reading assembly

The Potomac Nationals are coming to see us on the in April at Aloha Fun Island in Fredburg. This event is FREE and for each child that attends in grades K to 8th you will get a bookmark that will give FREE admission for 2 people to attend the June 14th game. That is the day that REACH has picked for us to attend.  I have asked for 125 bookmarks.   They way this works is that you attend the June 14th game - you bring your bookmark and turn it in and you get 2 FREE General admission seating.  So if there is 5 of you in the family and 3 of you are doing the bookmarks - you can take 3 more people with you - so that is your parents and maybe Grandpa - so a FREE game is a FREE game....

On the 23rd of April the folks from PN come and read a special version of "Casey at the Bat" to the students.  Then after the event is over you are welcome to stay at Aloha Fun Island to play.  There is a cost for that and you can pay them directly at the front counter... There are tons of things for the kids to do....

To rsvp for this event I am going to use eventbrite - so make sure to rsvp through them.  I will list 125 tickets only list the kids that are coming that will get bookmarks - that way I know how many bookmarks I need that day.. 

Aloha Fun island - every tuesday - show reach membership card get in for 4.00 a person

Spoke with the owners of Aloha Fun Island who are a new business to the Fredburg area that is near the Sheetz on Fall Hill Rd near Central Park...and they would love to have us come and check them out and have a FUN DAY every Tuesday from 10-5pm.  So you can come anytime.  The cost is $4.00 per person for ages 1 and up - they have stuff for all ages.  Older kids can play xbox games and etc..The normal cost is $8.00 and they are offering us a special rate of $4.00 per child - parents are free to attend.. They will offer free coffee for parents and you can bring in a lunch if you like - no pizza they said - they do sell food (pizza and drinks) if you are interested... Also they have free wifi....

So mark your calendar to come out and visit them and let the kids run and play while you meet other homeschooled moms.  Bring your laptop and do some work as well if you like - bring lunch or eat there.
Clean socks are required for everyone entering Play area.Kids up to age of 18 years old are allowed in the play area.

Address is :3451 Fall Hill Ave Fredericksburg    VA 22401 

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 2015. In March membership drops to $20.00 and that runs to the end of June 2015.  

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, Kindergarten, and Seniors
  • Homecoming, Valentines Dance and Prom
  • GWL, Colonial Williamsburg, Ripley's Museum
  • 8th Grade Graduation event
  • 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
  • Broadway shows, 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.
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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

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