Coordinator News

Wow! 2020! As a child, I could barely imagine seeing the year 2020. It was the subject of science fiction movies, songs, and great speculation. I can look back at some of the speculations and laugh now because in many ways we are not nearly at the level we had imagined. In other ways, we are far beyond what we could have imagined at the time. Who would have thought that we could hold in our hands more computing power than an entire roomful of servers could hold only 50 years ago? So many changes in my lifetime.

On the subject of change, my family has more changes in this season. We are in transition in many ways. Dad (Ed) is living with my parents in Indiana at this time while working in Indianapolis. The kids and I are in Arkansas for this time. Both kids are teenagers. (A difficult time for everybody). As a part of the transition, Cayla will be starting full-time at public school in January. Part of the reason for this is that both kids plan to attend public school once we move to Indiana.

While this decision is not necessarily the one I would have made, I believe that it is part
of what needs to happen in this time of transition. Because of this change, I will be
stepping down as coordinator of REACH sooner than I had hoped. Please be in prayer
for us as we transition, REACH as it feels the effects of all the changes, and the REACH board as they have to add to their busy-ness to fill in the gaps.

The Creechs love the REACH family and we hope to stay in contact with you as we get our house ready to sell and eventually move. Hopefully, we will be able to attend at least one more teen event before we leave (although it will be as guests). God bless you all!
Melissa Creech

2019-2020 Board Officers

Melissa Creech
Membership Director
Kathy Chauffe
Activities Director
Velvet Sperry
Michelle Green
Jana Olson
To email the Board: board@rsvlreach.org
To email the REACH group: mail@rsvlreach.org

Board News

The next board meeting is January 13. At this meeting, the Board will divide up the Coordinator responsibilities for the spring semester. Per our bylaws, in the absence of a Coordinator, the Membership Director presides over meetings.

Academic Regalia/Honors decision has been updated to include information on REACH graduation programs.

Coordinator Nominations 2020-2021

It's time to start thinking about who you will nominate for the position of Coordinator for the 2020-2021 year. Persons nominated must be REACH members in good standing for at least 3 years. Nominations will be open from February 3 through February 17. A nomination link will be provided in the February newsletter. Other information related to the nomination/voting process: …
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REACH Meetings

The Education Alliance meeting scheduled for January 23 is cancelled due to lack of interest (only 6 families signed up) and Lisa Crook’s schedule, including a grandbaby due near that date.

Moms' Night Out-February

MNO 2020 Sign-Up
Need an evening out with other home school moms? Need an evening where you don't have to cook? Need an evening filled with fellowship, camaraderie, fun, games, and door prizes? Most of all. . . need an evening of encouragement? If so, this evening is for you as we explore the theme, "Grow Them Well!" We …
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Moms' Night Out Door Prizes

The mentoring committee is currently collecting door prizes for our Moms' Night Out coming up in February. Do you have a slightly used book that you think other moms may want to read? Do you have a gift that just wasn't exactly what you were expecting or needed/wanted, and you would like to re-gift it to other moms? …
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Check Out Monthly Meetings Coming Up This Year

Membership News & Reminders

Second Semester Membership Dues

If you opted to pay your dues by the semester, it is time to pay for second semester. Dues are $30 if paid by January 15th, $35 after January 15th. You may pay by: Visiting the REACH PayPal link. Here are payment directions. By mailing it to the REACH PO Box: REACH Attn: Membership, P.O. Box 12192, Russellville, AR 72812 Or pay …
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Communication Survey

We would like to hear from our membership concerning the REACH communication system.  Please fill out the following short form to give us feedback. REACH Communication Survey
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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 web@rsvlreach.org. 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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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.
Final deadline to order yearbooks is March 31.

January Activities at a Glance

PSP Day-Parties/Skating/Parks

PSP Bump 'n Jump

We're moving Park Day indoors this month! All ages are invited to join the Bump 'n Jump fun at Tom E Tiger. You may bring snacks and drinks. Please sign up. Tom E Tiger Sign-Up
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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.


Spring Semester Clubs meeting in January or early February

Nursing Home Ministry-all ages.

Snack-N-Chat-grades 9-12

Junior STEM Club-ages 4-10

Craft Ministry & Games/Play Clubs-all ages

Outdoor Adventure Club-all ages

Coming soon. . . Junior Writers’ Club and Co-ed Volleyball


Media Intensive-January

This intensive is for moms.
We will view and discuss the documentary Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture.
“We are surrounded by screens. Have we entered a techno utopia or a virtual prison? Should we be celebrating unreservedly or should we be cautious and skeptical? Is it the greatest leap in productivity or the biggest setback from the things most meaningful in life? …
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Charcoal Art Intensive-January

Grades: 7-12
Teacher: REACH mom - Kelly Lilley
Deadline to sign up is Jan 17th and payment must be received by Jan 22nd
Checks can be made out and sent to: Melissa Hefley 6171 Market Street Russellville, AR 72802 Remember to bring a sack lunch.
Supplies: Sketch pad - medium - no smaller than 8x10, Charcoal Art Kit. Kelly has …
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Homeschool Huddle: Teach the Child Not the Curriculum Intensive-February

Facilitators-Nathaniel & Lauren Scott
We will host and facilitate a discussion on the topic of teaching the child and not the curriculum. Moms and Dads are encouraged to attend, bringing both questions and ideas to add to the discussion. This will be an open conversation about training your child—whether spiritually, volitionally, emotionally, morally, physically, relationally, and/or mentally. This will NOT be a class or …
Sign-up deadline January 30
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Coming this spring. . .

Computer Hardware Intensive

REACH dad, Jason Hann, will be teaching a computer hardware intensive coming in mid to late February. He will be taking apart a computer to show the different parts and their function. He will give a brief history of computers and their development and how they operate. This intensive is open to age 10 or older. The intensive will last approximately 2 hrs. There will be a limit of 15 participants. Look for sign ups to come out mid January.

Note Taking Skills Intensive

This will be early in March - more info and link to sign up will be in Feb newsletter.
Being able to take good organized notes is very important in a college classroom. We will be discussing the reasons why note taking is important and learning different methods. We will work through practical examples and practice taking notes during a lecture.

Cake Decorating Intensive

This is being planned for a Saturday morning and open to ages 8 through adult. Ages 12+ may attend alone. Ages 8-11 must be accompanied by an adult. Moms (and dads) are welcome to participate in this intensive. It will be taught by Amy Hughes, former member of REACH. Amy is an amateur cake decorator with 25 years experience baking for family and friends. This is a beginning cake decorating class that will cover leveling the cake, making buttercream frosting, icing the cake smooth, making borders, writing, and making roses. Cost will be $35/individual or $45/pair from the same family.

Field Trips

What spring field trips would your family like to participate in?
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 the spring semester 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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Skating at Arkansas Skatium in Little Rock-January

Time: 2:00-3:30 ice skating, 2:00-5:00 roller skating (once in, you choose)
Loblolly Creamery - 5:30 pm
Ice Cream: $1 per scoop (5-7 PM only)
Feel free to arrive at Arkansas Skatium whenever you’d like. I plan to bring a …
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Play Field Trips Available for 2019-2020

Check out this revised list of play field trips available in the area for this year. PLEASE CONTACT MELISSA HEFLEY (melissakhefley@gmail.com or 857-1636) IF INTERESTED IN ORGANIZING A GROUP TO ATTEND ANY OF THESE PLAYS DO NOT CALL THESE CENTERS BEFORE VISITING WITH MELISSA
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

Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari
Golf Mountain Mini Golf
Details on cost, etc coming soon.
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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: 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
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

Teen Bowling/Putt-Putt Golf-January

Bowling $4.50 for 2 hours. Putt-Putt $2.50/game
The first 20 teens to sign up will have bowling or one game of putt-putt golf paid for by the REACH teen budget.
Deadline to sign up: January 13
There will be a time of fellowship at Steak-N-Shake following bowling for those that would like to attend. Chaperones will help transport kids to …
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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
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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Amazon Smile
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 3,400+ items REACH Library Database
  • Check out our new library tab.
Contact Velvet with any questions (activities@rsvlreach.org or 223-2255).

Local, State, or National Events

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

HSLDA Art Contest

HSLDA Art Contest Now Accepting Entries through February 1 We're delighted to announce the re-opening of our annual contest! You will be excited to see that we are taking another tour of art history—encouraging you to embrace a new set of artistic elements. All contest profits go to HSLDA's Compassion Grants, …
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Lake Dardanelle events

Pope County Library events

Russellville City events

Russellville City and surrounding area events