REACH is a very active homeschool group with members all over Virginia, Maryland, and DC.
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Events

Drama 2 - presenting "Told by mark twain

The REACH Drama 2 Club is presenting "Told by Mark Twain" on the 22nd and 23rd of May at the downtown library in Fredericksburg.   Tickets are $5.00 a person and a family cap of $20.00.  There are 4 shows so you have your pick of which one you would like to come to.  May 22nd and May 23rd at 2 or 7pm.  

So please spread the word and tell your friends and family and etc to come and see this wonderful show put on by Drama 2 - This will be their 2nd performance this year - stories will include "The Princess Bride and more....  

AMF Summer bowling program

AMF is offering again FREE bowling for kids 15 and under all summer long.  You get 3 games of bowling everyday.  Shoes are not included.  

New this year parents pay a fee of $39.99 and that gets them upto 4 people age 15 and over that can bowl as well for the whole summer - so if you have 4 it is like 10.00 a person for bowling...

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.... 

Senior Graduation is June 12th and the Prek and K Graduation is June 13th - see your email for all the updated info.

Congratulations to all the Seniors that are out there in REACH that are not graduating with us...

Veggie Tales Extravaganza 

Beauty and the Beet ~ Mirabelle and her traveling family band, the VeggieTones, are determined to make their next gig at Vegetable Square Garden. On their journey, a fierce winter snowstorm hits, and the family gets stuck at a run-down resort! Mr. Beet, the grumpy manager makes them sing - and clean - for their supper. Why is Mr Beet such a beast? And can Mirabelle’s kindness change him? Find out in this hilarious and heartwarming tale of unconditional love! Featuring 8 Songs performed by Kellie Pickler as “Mirabelle.”

The Little House That Stood ~ The Wise Pig Built His House Upon the Rock! When the Three Little Pigs roll into Cabbageville looking to build some new houses, they meet one builder with a plan and two without a clue! Larry builds with hay, Mr. Lunt with bricks, but only Bob builds his houses on a firm foundation - following the wise plans from the Master Builder's Handbook!" Will the Little Piggies make the right choices when it comes to building their houses - and their lives - on solid ground? Find out in this parable that shows kids when they follow God's blueprints, they can stand strong when the storms come!

Veggie Tales in the House ~ Two bonus episodes of the new Veggie Tales series on Netflix.  We'll see Puppies & Guppies and Bob & the Awesome Frosting Mustache. ~ Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and all their veggie friends venture off the countertop and into a bigger world for the very first time in VeggieTales In the House, which brings the beloved faith-based brand to their first ever Netflix original series. With important life lessons and inspirational messages built into each story, every episode also features a brand-new song, ensuring that the veggies are always fresh ... and always fun!
We will provide the popcorn.  Please bring a snack to share and get ready for the fun.  Let's end this school year on a positive note, making friends and having fun! 

IHM Homeschool Conference - June 19th and June 20th - FREE admission 

The IHM Conference is coming to the Fredburg Expo Center again - this conference is FREE and everyone is invited to attend.  This is for all homeschoolers but will be geared toward Catholic homeschooling.  

IHM Conferences strive to give you access to inspiring Catholic homeschool veterans, encouraging priests, insightful Catholic speakers, and the best collection of Catholic homeschool curricula and materials around.Homeschooling is a courageous choice, and we are happy and honored to offer whatever support we can. Most importantly, however, is the support that homeschooling families can offer each other. These conferences are a great way for you to meet many of the Catholic homeschoolers in your area—to make new connections and hopefully make new friends. 

Friday June 19th, 2015 9:00am to 9:00pm

Saturday June 20th, 2015 9:00am to 4:30pm

Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
For more info visit their website at:
IHM National Catholic Homeschool Conference 

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  

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

National beta club award ceremony - may 18th

Congratulations to all the students who was a member of the National Beta Club for this school year. We would hold the Beta Club Ceremony on the 18th of May

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... 

8th grade graduation ceremony - May 29th

8th Grade graduation ceremony is set for May 29th.  We are to meet at 7pm.  I will call in to reserve tables once I have a headcount 
Email me at rhsgwanda11@comcast.net to rsvp.   Please send me the name of the 8th grader and also how many would be attending the dinner.  
Here is the plan:1.  We will meet at 7pm  2.  Order food 2.5 - I will give a few minutes talk to them about entering High school 3.  Each family can give a 2/3 minute talk about their son or daughter - a reflection oraccomplishments 4.  Eat 5.  Present certificates of promotion 6.  If they will let me bring a cake I will bring one - if not then maybe they can make one for us. Let me check on that.... 

REACH End of year party and promotion ceremony

Just think we are at the home stretch now and the school year is almost over.  Spring is here and everyone wants to be done.  So lets finish up with a End of Year party and Recognition/Promotion Ceremony on the 29th of May from 1-4pm.  

We are going to do a potluck lunch.  So everyone is asked to bring a dish and drink to share - we will eat at 2pm.... Can someone volunteer to bring ice....(ICE Has been taken care of)

If you would like your child to get a promotion certificate to the next grade email me at rhsgwanda11@comcast.net and give me the child's first and last name and grade they are finishing this year - at 3pm we will do this event..... 

Aloha is offering a discount for kids to come and play at their facility for only $5.00 that day - parents are FREE.  

So mark your calendars and come and hang out with other homeschoolers for a put-luck lunch and promotion ceremony to wrap up another great year of homeschooling.   

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 .......

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,  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.
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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