Coordinator News

The following article, by Erin Aylor, is a reprint from March 2019.
Humor. Sometimes, if we don't laugh, we will CRY! Oh, y'all! I'm chief of sinners when it comes to overreacting to piddly stuff and then regretting it later. This hurts my relationship with my boys when I do this. If you feel yourself about to blow your top and/or melt into a puddle, try something different instead of your usual reaction! Get crazy for a moment! Make bug-eye faces with your kids! Get out the can of whipped cream and give everyone a squirt in their mouth. Shoot a few rubber bands around the room. [I know some of you may have a look of horror on your face reading these ideas while there are others who haven't even read this far...they're busy finding the can of whipped cream!] I don't know about you, but I'm a tad of a control freak, and it can unnerve me when something happens I cannot control. However, I'm always responsible for my responses...whether they are controlled or not. Through God's help, I can choose not to make mountains out of molehills, to laugh at something that will not matter 10 hours, 10 days, 10 weeks, 10 months, or 10 years from now. Humor can help us navigate many a trying times. "But how?" you may be asking. Think of your 5 senses and what would be humorous to hear, see, smell, taste, or touch. Most common humor stimuli are sight and hearing, but be creative! Joke calendars, YouTube videos, funny stories, fake bugs placed in precarious places, funny faces and poses can all get responses. What about drawing some crazy hair on the mirror with $1 lipstick! When your kids wash their hands, they'll be "trying on a new 'do', too"! You know your kids better than anyone else. What makes them grin, laugh, and giggle? Let your children and teens see a merry heart...not a SCARY heart! Always remember, we are modeling parenting for our "future parents"! Have a blessed and smile-filled March!
Proverbs 12:25 "Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad."
Proverbs 17:22 "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength."

2019-2020 Board Officers

Membership Director
Kathy Chauffe
Activities Director
Velvet Sperry
Michelle Green
Jana Olson
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Board News

The next board meeting is March 10.

Coordinator Voting

Nominees will be announced and voting will begin on March 15th. Voting will end at midnight March 31st. Each nominee will have a "vision" statement written and included in the announcement to help you see what his/her plan and heart is for REACH. Thank you, in advance, for your vote.

REACH Meetings

Discovery Fair-March

Greetings from your Discovery Fair Committee. We hope that you have begun preparation for participating in the Discovery Fair event. I encourage all interested families to read through this post, as it will detail all activities in which your child/ren or family may participate. This year the fair …
Please come support the Discovery Fair participants.
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Curriculum Share-April

Evening Schedule:
5:30-6:30 Fellowship/Eat Sack Supper and Dessert/Browse Items/Choose Catalogs/Enter Tickets for Drawings
Childcare starts at 6:00.
Tickets for drawings must be entered by 6:30.
6:30-7:30 Baby & Adoption Recognition/Meeting/Sharing
7:30-8:00 Winners announced, prizes claimed, and a brief time to browse catalogs/items …
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Check Out Monthly Meetings Coming Up This Year

Membership News & Reminders

Welcomes and Farewells

REACH says farewell to the George family and the Harper family and wishes them well!


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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Committee Head Requests 2020-2021

If you are interested in heading a committee for the 2020-2021 REACH year, then here is your opportunity. Committee heads need to be in place soon since member sign-ups will start in May. A decision will be made in April about committee heads and what committees REACH will have available for the coming year, so it is very important that
Deadline to request a committee head position for 2020-2021 is April 1.
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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.

March Activities at a Glance

PSP Day-Parties/Skating/Parks

March Park Day

All families are invited to a Park Day this month at Merritt Park in Dardanelle.
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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 March or early April

Young Creative Writing Club-ages 10 and up

Nursing Home Ministry Club-all ages

Craft Ministry & Games/Play Clubs-all ages

Outdoor Adventure Club-all ages

Snack-N-Chat Club-grades 9-12

Co-Ed Volleyball Club-grades 7-12


Note Taking Skills Intensive-March

Note Taking Skills Intensive Sign-Up
This intensive is for grades 9-12. Sign-up deadline is March 2.
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. …
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Ballroom Dancing Intensive-March

Sarah Hann will teach the beginning steps to three dances: the waltz, the fox trot, and the swing. Participants are required to sign up as a couple. No single dancers. This is open to 8th grade through adult. Sign-up deadline is March 5. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Slicker soled shoes are preferred over tennis shoes. There will be limit of 12 couples due …
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Cake Decorating Intensive-March

Cake Decorating Intensive Sign-Up
This is open to ages 8 through adult. Sign-up deadline is March 12. 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 …
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Understanding Literature Intensive-April

This intensive will be an introduction to reading literature using a combination of fairy tales, fables, and poetry.
Sign-up deadline is April 16.
This is open to grades 5-7.
Understanding Literature Sign-Up
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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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Frozen Play Field Trip-March

E-mail or text Allison to sign-up. Sign up by March 11th .
We will meet in the lobby of The Center For The Arts at 8:45 a.m. The play starts at 9:00 a.m. Allison will collect money and pay for tickets once everyone has arrived. Please note that there is no food or drink allowed in the auditorium.
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Potts Inn Museum Field Trip-March

Potts Inn Museum Sign-Up
Potts Inn was a stagecoach station on the Butterfield Overland Mail route from Memphis and Fort Smith during the 1850’s. Deadline for sign-up is March 18th.
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Story Time at Bona Dea Field Trip-April

I’ll be reading a few animal stories, singing songs and passing out snacks under the gazebo at Bona Dea Park. Afterwards, whoever wants to can walk the trail. Our family likes the rabbit run trail because it’s doable for little legs but feel free to enjoy the park any way you like. Story time will be geared towards ages 3-7 …
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Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari Field Trip-April

Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari Website
Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari Sign-Up
Deadline to sign up: March 30.
The rates will be as follows: 2 and under are free, $6 for ages 3-12, $8 for students ages 13-18, $13 for non-student adults (teen and above)
A minimum of 12 is required for these rates. Please bring exact …
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Golf Mountain Mini Golf Field Trip-April

Golf Mountain Mini Golf Website
Golf Mountain Mini Golf Sign-Up
Deadline to sign up: March 30.
Come play 18-holes of mini golf with us at Golf Mountain! There is usually a fee associated with pavilion and grill use, but we are able to use both for free. The only cost will be the $6 per person to play 18-holes …
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Kindergarten Graduation

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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Senior Graduation

REACH Members,
The REACH Graduation Committee would like to invite you to attend the 2020 REACH Senior Graduation Ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020. A reception will follow offering refreshments, a chance to view senior boards and an opportunity to leave cards for the graduates. If you haven’t attended a REACH graduation …
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Teen Events

March Teen Event

Sign Up Who's Coming
Deadline to sign up is March 18. Hello Teens! Bring your camp chair and come hang out with us for some volleyball and a potluck picnic. We will provide cups, ice, plates, forks, and spoons. We will also provide hot dogs. Please sign up to bring drinks, sides, or desserts. Feel free to bring other outdoor games like …
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Jr/Sr Banquet-April

2020 REACH Banquet Sign-Up Link
Who is signed up to attend the 2020 REACH Banquet
Banquet deadline dates:
Mar. 5- Late Sign-Up Date$25/$35
Mar. 27-end of “text/call while you shop”
NEW: Please re-read the formal dress code as there are …
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Moms' High School Class: Navigating the Maze

This class will meet for three different evenings in May and June. Topics to be covered include: recordkeeping, credits, transcripts, smart core, ACT/SAT, college admissions, scholarships, CLEP, AP, concurrent classes, and more. Please sign up by April 14 if you are interested in attending. Location and exact times will be communicated to those who sign up. Contact Velvet with questions …
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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, you will need to use the Box Tops phone app to scan receipts within 14 days of purchase.

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 ( or 223-2255).

Local, State, or National Events

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

Arkansas River Valley Arts Center High School Art Competition 2020

Acceptable entries include 2 and 3 dimensional works of art. No works from kits or hobby crafts will be accepted. All works must be original. Limit 2 entries per student. Awards Best of Show: $75.00 First Place: $50.00 …
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Inspire Women's Conference 2020

Women of Arkansas, are you ready to be Inspired? Inspire Women’s Conference will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Russellville, AR. All women are invited to attend!
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Teach Them Diligently Convention

Teach Them Diligently is a three-day convention that equips you to raise well-rounded children and strengthen your family relationships through Biblical homeschooling. Click here for more information. They have offered REACH members a $10 discount …
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Lake Dardanelle events

Pope County Library events

Russellville City events

Russellville City and surrounding area events