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Egg-Citement at Graves Mtn Lodge

We are all set to go back to Graves Mtn Lodge in Syria VA in April at 10am for a program called "Egg-citement" - this is for grades K to 6th.  The cost is $7.50 a person and pymt is due by the 15th of March 2015.  Send your pymt payable to REACH to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508....

Through a series of hands-on activities at the chicken house and farm pond, students will investigate the beginning of life of several species. Young visitors can observe an assortment of chicken, amphibian and insect eggs, view developing chicken embryos, go on an egg hunt and complete an art activity related to bird nests. (Each child gets to take home one plastic egg with a toy animal inside and/or an age appropriate craft and a Graves Mountain Farm coloring book. 

great Wolf Lodge - Williamsburg May 10th-14th - Deadline to rsvp is April 10th 

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 

Camp Highroad - 2 dates to attend

We are scheduled to go back to Camp Highroad again in April of 2015.  We are doing 2 single day programs.  Time is 1-5pm. . These programs will be different from what you did in the fall.  We are thinking about doing a two hour stream studies (no deep water!) and a two hour compass/fire program.  This could change - it is not set in stone yet....  So on the 2nd and the 15th it will be the same program - so pick which day works best for you.....

So if have rsvp'd in the past please rsvp again.  So email me at rhsgwanda11@comcast.net to sign up....  Make sure I respond to your email - if I don't it means I have not seen it....

The single day program is $20.00 per student - 5th student and on from the same family would be free - children 5 and under are FREE.   Parents are free for the day program.
For ex: So if 3 siblings are going the cost is $60.00...  (they have had a price increase these are their new prices).   You have 6 siblings attending over age 5  - the 1st four would pay 80.00 and the last 2 would be free... 

Spring soccer with mrs murphy

 Soccer will be starting up again in the spring and Mrs Murphy is coming back to teach our kids again.  So if you would like to play and learn email me at rhsgwanda11@comcast.net - there is a limit on the number of kids for each level - so make sure you rsvp today so you don't miss out..

 Pymt will be due the 1st day of class - you will pay Mrs. Murphy directly...

Spring Soccer* Weeks of April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 13 Classes  Elementary players:  K-5thWednesday’s @ 10:30-11:30am Middle & High School players (co-ed):  6th-12th Wednesday’s @ 11:30-12:45

 Cost: $42 per player 

Players need to bring:Filled water bottleSoccer BallCleats & Shin guards (optional, but encouraged) 

REACH Easter party 

AMF Bowling alley in March 2015 - 12-3pmBowling alley is closed so they are opening for us that day.$6.00 for 2 hrs of bowling + shoe rental (1.50-2.00) 12-2pm or 12:30-2:30pm

.Bring 1 dozen plastic eggs filled with candy or stickers or etc... Egg swap will be at 2pm..Food - we purchase food there...

I have several Easter baskets to giveaway - around 35 or so of them.  We will give these away at 2:30pm.
Coloring pages for the kids to color - take home stuffed animals - 1st come first served on what I have remaining.  12-2pm....

Bring in any food item for the food bank or animal food for the local shelter and get your name listed for a chance to win a FREE membership for next year.  For every 3 you bring you get 1 entry in - winner will be announced at 3pm.  You don't have to be present to win.   This is a good deal.  So let's help those out that are hungry or need food and enter to win a FREE membership for next year....

Being a bag or two of candy - NO HARD CANDY PLEASE so that we can make up candy bags to give to kids to take home when they leave.  

So when you arrive come and see me behind lanes 49-50.  I will take your candy, food items, and if you have eggs brought I will tell you what to do with them.   

8th grade graduation

Watch your email for all the info about the 8th grade graduation event.

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? 

Beyond the Mask - Sign up online

Beyond the Mask Movie - Sign up on line

Use this website instead of the other one to rsvp for the movie in April - if you used the other one it is okay.  This has more info than the other website.  Hope you can make the movie - please feel free to share with others.  

We've designed a web page specifically for your showing of Beyond the Mask. It gives the details of your showing, and makes it easy for guests to buy tickets.  The movie is NR - non rated...
We need 52 more to make this event a go -

so make sure to visit the website and rsvp today....
http://www.beyondthemaskmovie.com/showing/10419 

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 

Safari Park - Limit of 35 total

We are all set for a fun morning at the VA Safari Park in May at 11:30am.  I am limited to 35 total in the wagon.  This is a fun fieldtrip as you go through their park you get to feed the animals and believe me there are alot of them.  You get food to feed them but I always buy extra to feed them.  After the wagon ride we get a 10 min educational program and then you are free to roam the rest of the park.  

If you would like to do this event email me at rhsgwanda11@comcast.net - pymt is due in full by the 20th of March 2015.  Please send your ck payable to REACH to Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness SHores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508. 
Safari park is about 5 min away from the Natural Bridge.  

 The Safari Experience The Virginia Safari Park opened in the spring of 2000 because we felt there was a need and desire for people to be able to see wild animals in a much more natural environment than had previously been available.

In the Safari, you'll be able to see animals run and frolic with abandon on our 180-acre property. The animals are free to roam—no pacing back and forth in front of a barred exhibit! Don't be in a hurry, the animals often block your path...or lay flat-out in the sun...the choice is theirs!

Not only are our animals free to roam, but they follow their instincts. Males challenge each other for the attention of the females, resulting in cute baby animals being born throughout the season. Sometimes visitors are lucky enough to observe a birth in progress, and watch as the baby takes its first steps! 

heaven scent farm workshops

ClickHeaven Scent Farm, operated by a homeschool family in Gainesville, Virginia is a small-scale working farm.  We offer farm visit programs from a biblical perspective to help children experience life on a farm and learn about agriculture, soil and water conservation.  The cost for each program is $8 per student with a family cap of $25.  Parents and children 2 years and under are free.   Email heavenscentfarm@me.com to register.  For more information about our farm, please visit our web site:  http://www.heavenscentfarm.com

Virginia Plate - Friday, March 20th, 10:00 am to noon:  Good food doesn’t begin on a store shelf with a box.  Healthy food becomes much more interesting when children know from where it comes.  Celebrating “Agriculture Literacy Week,” this program helps children understand the process of planting, production, packaging and delivery of fresh produce to the grocery store, as well as the many agricultural products grown, raised, and marketed in Virginia.  Meet local farmers, sew some seeds, visit with our barnyard animals and more.  All proceeds go to “Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom.”  Recommended grade level pre-K through grade 5, but open to all grade levels.

Wild and Wooly!  Goats and Sheep – Friday, Friday, April 17th, 10:00 am to noon:  Gentle as a lamb"  and "what's got your goat?" are familiar expressions.  This farm visit teaches participants about the many breeds of sheep and goats, what's involved in caring for them, and the variety of products that come from sheep and goats.  We also touch upon the rich biblical history of sheep and goats.  This is a fun, unique program where participants get to spend time with our small flock, as well as visit with our other barnyard buddies.  Open to all grade levels.  to edit

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 

Flying Squirrels Education Days – April 15th and April 29th

I just wanted to let you know that the Flying Squirrels will be hosting TWO Education Days at The Diamond on April 15th and April 29th this upcoming 2015 season! Start time for each game will be 10:35am with gates opening at 9:30am.


Secretariat Event

 SECRETARIAT BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT THE MEADOW - SET FOR MARCH 27-29 DURING NEW VIRGINIA HORSE FESTIVAL DOSWELL, VA –

The annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County will have extra horsepower this year. Fans can enjoy an even bigger celebration for “Big Red” at his birthplace as a major highlight of the new Virginia Horse Festival, March 27-29.Over the three days, the Secretariat birthday festivities will include:Celebrity appearances and autograph signings by members of the Secretariat team

A VIP reception and program in Meadow Hall mansionVisits with local Secretariat descendantsAn extensive selection of Secretariat merchandise for purchaseSpecial Secretariat and Meadow Stable memorabilia on displayNarrated tram tours of the farm, including special VIP tours with members of the Secretariat teamAn Open House at Meadow Hall featuring the Meadow Champion Galleries, Triple Crown Room and Museum of the Virginia Horse 

Homeschool Formal - May 12th

For more info about the Formal in May contact me via rhsgwanda11@comcast.net 

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 in April from 11-3pm 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.  

If you would like to attend email me at rhsgwanda11@comcast.net - also plmk what you might bring so that I can see what we still need before the event... so plan to come and lets have some fun hanging out with other homeschooled families.... 

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 

Scholastic Book fair - fredburg

 The Scholastic book sale in our area is April 8th and 9th.  Visit their website to get your fast pass...When you fill out the form it will ask you to pick your school - display schools within - 15 miles and then zipcode is 22508.   Scroll down and find REACH Homeschool. Click on that and you are set to go. 

Wegmans Tours 

We are scheduled to attend 2 Eat Well, Live Well tours at Wegmans in Fredburg.  This is for students 3rd-5th only...We are limited to 30 students for each date.  Since this is geared for a specific grade we ask that if you have younger or older kids that you make arrangements for them to do something else.  The tour is FREE and it is 2 hrs long.  We start at 10am and end at noon - I can take 6 chaperones as we will split into 2 groups.  So on this fieldtrip will only be the 6 adult chaperones and 30 kids in grades 3rd to 5th... No younger siblings or older siblings please.  

We have one date in March and one in April. Limit 30 kids each date.  Also each child will have to fill out the permission slip - I will have them on the day of the event.  We will meet in the seating section on the lower level by between 9:30-9:45am.  We then will split into 2 groups and off we go....

Wegmans Food Markets invites you to participate in an Eat Well, Live Well Tour! The in-store tour focuses on developing the knowledge and skills that motivate children to make healthy food choices. The kid-friendly curriculum is based on the USDA’s MyPlate as well as Wegmans own Eat Well, Live

Wellprinciples. It encourages kids to adopt healthy habits by emphasizing simple messages such as "Balance Your Plate," "Get Moving," and "Fuel with Food."Children will learn about the benefits of whole grains, healthy fats, and calcium-rich foods that give them energy to learn, play, and grow. When it comes to fruits and vegetables kids will learn to ‘make a fist’ for the perfect portable tool for estimating a kids-sized portion of produce. They will also get a chance to sample nutritious foods (like vegetarian Kale-elujah sushi), complete a treasure hunt, and go home with a Wegmans reusable bag filled with samples to share with their family. 

Drama 1 to present wizard of oz at the downtown library in fredburg 

Check back to see when the Drama 1 is presenting Wizard of Oz in Fredburg.  This is one play you don't want to miss out on.   These kids have been working very hard to get ready to put this play on - so come and support them. 

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
  • Natural Bridge Retreat and Safari Park
  • Disney World in Florida
  • Lego, Crochet, Stamp Club, American Girl, Film Making Club
  • Drama 1 and Drama 2
  • EFK, Mad Science
  • Moo Bingo, 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
  • 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
  • And more

Membership

To join REACH fill out the form below. Membership cost is $36.00 for August to June 2015. In March membership drops to $20.00.
Have questions? Contact me

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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