Coordinator News

November is usually the time of year that I was ready to give up. When I was teaching
in a school, we all (teachers and students) were getting tired of the routine and all the
extra activities that were scheduled. When I started homeschooling, my kids and I were
getting tired of each other and exhausted from all the fall activities. Sports, plays, fall-
themed parties and events, dances, bonfires, church activities -- the list can be
overwhelming! Even trying to attend every REACH event would be too much for our
schedule. Thankfully, we are not expected to make every event.

Thanks to all the business owners who brought their displays to the business expo that
was in conjunction with our meeting last night (Oct. 24th), and thanks to the ladies who served on the panel. We are blessed by all the diversity within our group. Try to take some time this month to pause amid all the crazy activity and just breathe. Don’t worry if schoolwork is not getting finished. Remember you have much, much more time than any classroom has. So, go easy on yourself and your children. Also, keep in mind that neither the curriculum nor the calendar is the boss. You are. You can decide to take a break, skip a section, or ditch a curriculum completely if it is not working for you and your family.

REACH is here as an organization to help you and your family to be successful in your
homeschooling journey. I can confidently say that the vast majority of the members
would be happy to help you if you need it. Just ask. Please don’t give up just because it
is November either. The holidays are coming and life will be fun again soon!

Melissa Creech

2019-2020 Board Officers

Melissa Creech
Membership Director
Kathy Chauffe
Activities Director
Velvet Sperry
Michelle Green
Jana Olson

To email the Board:
To email the REACH group:

Board News

The next board meeting is November 20.

The following decision has been updated on the website:
Administration Committee Decision

Jana Olson has received her affirmation vote by the REACH membership and will continue in the board position of treasurer. We are so appreciative of her hard work and making sense of all our financial needs.

November REACH Meeting

Talent Show-November 18

Warm up your voice, instrument, or tap shoes!! We are having a talent show at the November REACH meeting. Deadline to sign up is November 11. Check out the calendar on the website for other details and sign-up link. We want to have students and parents show off their talent – musical, vocal, or other. We enjoyed poetry, songs, tap dancing, and other things last year. We are looking forward to all the great things this year as well. Bring a silly song with a costume and a funny dance. Bring a serious monologue and dramatic interpretation. Just bring something!

Check Out Monthly Meetings Coming Up This Year

Membership News & Reminders

Buddy and Adrienne Fondren live in Dover and have four children: Corte, age 9; Rhett, age 2; Harlie, age 14; and Tristan, age 15. Adrienne is still considering options for her committee placement.

Business Directory

The Business Directory has been combined into our Membership Directory. Businesses are listed with the member who owns the company. You can now search for business type/information on the Membership Directory page. If you own a small business and would like to provide information, please email Please include the business name, contact information, a link to your business website or …
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If you plan to join HSLDA you can receive a discount as a REACH member. Just enter the code 210726 when prompted. Annual membership is $115 with our group discount, a savings of $15.
HSLDA Membership Link
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Newsletter Warrior Talk

We’d love to have more videos to include in the Warrior Talk newscast, so if you’d like to promote an activity or announcement from the newsletter, here’s how:
1. Film a short video (less than 2 minutes) promoting an item from the newsletter. Use your imagination and make it fun! Think of it like a commercial for the REACH activity …
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Check out our new yearbook tab under the teacher toolbox. It has details on photo submissions, senior page submissions, yearbook orders, and yearbook deadlines. All yearbook events on the calendar as well as yearbook posts automatically feed to this tab so you can find all of our yearbook information in one place.

PSP Day-Parties/Skating/Parks

Fall Skating Party-November

Come and join us! We are meeting at the skating rink to have some fun! All ages are welcome. You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks for your family. I will provide the bottled water. If you’d like to bring something to share with everyone, like cookies, that would be great too! Please sign up by November 4th. We need a …
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Save the date for the REACH Christmas Party on Friday, December 13! All ages are invited to come and enjoy fellowship, games, and Christmas goodies.
Remember that the 2nd Friday of each month is devoted to PSP-Parties/Skating/Parks. These activities are open to all ages including teens, but there must be an accompanying adult.
Click here for other PSP dates for the year.

Clubs 2019-2020

Spring Clubs

With Fall clubs well underway we are searching for Spring club sponsors.  If you or your children have a skill or interest you would like to share with the group please consider hosting a club. Details for hosting a club are located HERE on the website. Please direct any questions and future club information to Suzanne Sweet at  Deadline …
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Fall Clubs

Games/Play Club & Craft Ministry Club-all ages for both

Nursing Home Ministry-all ages

On December 6, we will sing Christmas songs as a group and give gifts at the nursing home. Contact Velvet at if you plan to attend and would like to bring a gift. Students wanting to play instruments or sing individually may choose any song; it does not have to be a Christmas song.

Snack-N-Chat-grades 9-12

Outdoor Adventure Club-open to all ages,geared toward middle school/families

Ultimate Frisbee Club-grades 6-12

Junior STEM Club-ages 4-10

Intensive News 2019-2020

Cooking With Grandma (Upper Elementary) Intensive-November

Come cook with Grandma!
Grade 4-6
Deadline to sign up is November 15.
We will make lunch and a dessert. Kids will learn their way around a kitchen to prepare a simple meal, make a tasty treat and clean up afterwards. Menu will be determined after sign-ups are completed. We will try to work with any allergies or food concerns. Maximum 12 …
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Spring Intensives

I would like to say “Thank you” to all the members who have organized an intensive for the REACH fall semester. I hope your students have enjoyed “Hot Air Balloon rides to ACT Prep time” as soon of the various intensives this fall. We would not be able to offer these opportunities without everyone organizing and participating. So what’s in …
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Field Trips

There are so many great opportunities in our community as well as surrounding areas for field trips! If there's somewhere fun and/or educational you've been wanting to go perhaps you'd like to organize a field trip so other homeschool families could join in! Anyone in REACH can plan a field trip. Here are some ideas of potential field trips: …
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Little Rock Zoo Field Trip-deadline for payment is 11/12

Let's spend an afternoon at the Little Rock Zoo. No outside food allowed in zoo but there is a cafe’ where food can be purchased. Ages 2 and under are free. You may pay through REACH PayPal or send a check to: REACH, P.O. Box 12192, Rsvl, AR 72812. Megan will pay for the group as a whole at time …
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The Magic School Bus Play - Lost in the Solar System

We will meet in the lobby of the Center For The Arts at 8:45 am. Play starts at 9:00 a.m. Chelsey will collect money and pay for tickets once everyone has arrived. Please be on time and bring exact cash. Recommended for grades 1-5, but all ages may attend. Sign up by November 7th. Please note, there are no food …
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Old State House Museum Arkansas History Day-December

The Old State House Museum will host an Arkansas History Day for home school students. Students will interact with educators, meet different living history characters, and will learn about Arkansas’s rich history in resources, politics, and historical events during this 3-hour event. Deadline to sign up is November 25. Old State House Field …
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Play Field Trips Available for 2019-2020

These need to be booked 6 weeks ahead of time or earlier - some do fill …
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Mark April 17 on your calendars for a spring field trip to Northwest Arkansas. . .Details coming soon

Spring Testing

Dates, Times, & Location: TBA (will be early in May)
Grades: 5-12
Cost: approximately $30/student due when the order is placed in February
Type of Test: TBD – Plan to have a meeting in late January to discuss options
Testing Sign-Up Link
Deadline to sign up is January 10
Recommendation on testing for those students who may attend college: test your …
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Kindergarten Graduation-May 16

Kindergarten Graduation Sign-Up Link
Deadline to sign up: March 30, 2020
What your child will need to know for the graduation:
Verse: Please learn in this version so that all the children are saying the same thing and no one gets confused, thank you!
Psalm 119:105 NKJV Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my …
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Teen Events

Marshmallow Wars

The REACH teens tradition of marshmallow wars is upon us. Wear longs pants and shoes for running. Bring a marshmallow gun if you have one. There will be some provided if you don't have your own. Bring mini-marshmallows and prepare for battle! Regular chili and white chicken chili will be provided. Bring the following based on last name…
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High School Spring Semester Classes

Writing Class

Melissa Creech will be offering a writing class for upper level students grades 8-12 during the spring semester. (8th graders will need to be personally approved.) We will meet on Tuesday mornings from 11:00-11:45 at Round Rock Church. The schedule will be as follows:
Jan. 14, 21, 28 Topic – 5-paragraph essays
Feb. 11, 18, 25 Topic – 5-paragraph …
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Jr/Sr Banquet

REACH Dress Code Trifecta 2020 girls event only-click to see details
Decorating will take place on Thursday, April 23, 3:00-6:00
Address: 200 South Denver, Russellville (use El Paso entrance of the West Building)
Friday, April 24- 4-6:00 Friends & Family invited to take photos and visit. 4:30
Photos start 6:00-12:00
Banquet 9/10th grade servers wear nice black/grey/white clothes. 11/12th grade guests and …
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FlipGive - To become a team member, use code C339UZ when prompted.
Giving Bean
Fresh Roasted Coffee and Artisan Tea
Kroger Rewards - NPO number XE621
Box Tops 4 Education and Tyson A+
Labels are collected at each REACH Meeting. A collection box is also located in the REACH Library. For the new style of Box Tops, be saving your receipts for scanning with a phone app when REACH has received approval.

REACH Codes/Information

Member Handbook
Member FAQ
Code of Conduct
Dress Code

REACH Library Information

Please note that this information is for current REACH members only.

REACH Library Code: 1219
A few reminders:
  • Place the key in the lockbox, and mess up the code to keep it secure. Secure the library by locking the door behind you.
  • Sign in upon arriving and sign out upon leaving.
  • No food or drink allowed in the library.
  • Follow displayed instructions for checking out and returning books
  • Use the 3,300+ items REACH Library Database
  • Check out our new library tab.
Contact Velvet with any questions ( or 223-2255).

Local or State Events

**The following are not REACH sponsored events but are provided for informational purposes only.**


**The following is not a REACH sponsored activity but has been attended by REACH students. It is available for students ages 8-19.**
Heard about TeenPact but have no idea what it is? Looking for some Civics credit? Looking for leadership opportunities and/or extracurricular activities for your student? From the TeenPact website: TeenPact is designed to help students understand the political process, value their …
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Lake Dardanelle events

Pope County Library events

Russellville City events

Russellville City and surrounding area events

4-H K9 Club

Check out details on this local 4-H Club hosted by Ashlea Spencer.
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