Coordinator News

Busy, busy, busy!
September is a great month for many reasons. First, the weather begins to break a bit. Second, sports and activities start for the year. Third, all the fun festivals, fairs, and
family activities come to our communities. Also, it’s my birthday month!

Unfortunately, FOMO (fear of missing out) is a real thing in our society today, and I think it may hit us homeschool moms right between the eyes. I believe that many of us feel the need to prove that we are doing enough, and we may overfill our schedule in our efforts. Sports, bands, choirs, plays, 4-H, classes, clubs, intensives, and our daily school work can add up to exhausted families. So, my advice for us all (and I am
including myself here) is to pause for a moment before signing up for everything and
really evaluate whether you have the time, money, and energy to take on the activity. Of course, I love all the things that we offer through REACH, but we can’t possibly
participate in all of them.

Be sure to read the rest of this newsletter to see all the great offerings that we have –
clubs, field trips, intensives, PSP (parks, skating, parties) – and see which ones you are able and willing to join us on. We would love to have you!
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 September 16.

The board has approved a new process for the approval of dresses for the Junior/Senior banquet, which is scheduled for April 24, 2020. There are multiple opportunities for girls to come together to model and show off what they have and/or get approval while they are shopping. Please click HERE (or read the banquet section in this newsletter) to find out more about the fun times we have planned, so that banquet can remain a safe, fun, modest event.

Meet the Board

Kathy Chauffe-Membership Director
My husband, Andy, and I have 3 children. AJ is 16, Abby is 13, and Eli is turning 9 this month. Andy and I celebrated our 30th anniversary this summer! After living in Florida and Louisiana, we are happy to call Arkansas home. I was a public school special education teacher until our son, AJ, was born. We have been homeschooling for over 12 years now. I have been privileged to serve as the REACH Membership Director for 4 years. I love meeting the new families coming into our group as well as staying connected with the rest of our membership. We have a wonderful group and I am truly blessed to be part of it!


For September we are encouraging everyone to attend the PSP Back-to-School Picnic on September 6. Please look at the PSP section for more details.

Check Out Monthly Meetings Coming Up This Year

Membership News & Reminders


Shannon and Kim Walters live in Russellville and have twin daughters, Hannah and Angeleah, age 15. Kim will be serving on the Teen Activities Committee.

Pictorial Directory

You may have noticed that the Pictorial Directory is no longer separate from the Membership Directory on the new website.  Now, your family photo appears beside your listing in the main directory  Please keep those beautiful family pics coming! You can email them to
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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.

Student Photos-September 26

*These are the photos used for our yearbook.
*Seniors need these photos for the graduation announcement in the newspaper as well.
*The background will be gray.
*PLEASE no neon colors as they do not photograph well.
If you have questions please contact Leslie!
Student Picture Sign Up
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PSP Day-Parties/Skating/Parks

September 6-Back to School Picnic-noon to 3:00

Please note this date is not the normal 2nd Friday of the month due to the Pope County Fair week.

Please RSVP for the Back to School Picnic! REACH will provide the main course, table service, drinks, and ice. You will need to bring a side AND a dessert to share. A few things to note: there are not enough tables for everyone, so bring chairs and/or blankets for your family. …
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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.

Clubs 2019-2020

Clubs that started in August. . .

Children's Craft Ministry-all ages

This club is open to all ages and will involve a time for children to make small craft items and cards as well as write letters for nursing home, overseas military, and hospitals. Crafting supplies: glue, paper, craft sticks, decorations colored pencils, crayons, stamps, etc.
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Nursing Home Ministry Club-all ages

This ministry club meets at Stella Manor every other month and is for all ages. It is a great opportunity for our kids to gain experience playing and singing in front of others, but the greatest experience is being around older people who just need someone to show them love. The residents so enjoy people coming to spend time with …
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Snack-N-Chat-grades 9-12

This club is for students in grades 9-12. What we will do: Hang out together, play games you bring or that are at the church and eat pizza or snacks. Supplies: bring snacks or drinks you would like to share and money for pizza. Please email Jackie by Thursday evening if planning to attend.
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Clubs starting in September . . .

Outdoor Adventure Club-geared toward middle school/families

Come along with us and explore God's Creation in the beautiful outdoors. Our first meeting will be at the Fifth and Greenwich Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, to hand out a "plan," share information and do a welcome activity. Weather permitting, we plan to utilize recreation areas at Lake Dardanelle State Park and at Ms. Suzanne Sweet's home as well. …
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Games/Play Club-all ages

Join us on third Thursdays for some simple good fun. Have your children bring along any games or toys they would like to share. My kids will be bringing their latest interests: civil war sets, baby dolls and Calico Critters. Bey Blade fans or any other interests come on out and join in the fun!
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Ultimate Frisbee Club-grades 6-12

Ultimate Frisbee Sign-Up Link Come join in with other 6th-12th grade students playing the fun game of ultimate frisbee. All you need to bring is lots of energy and a water bottle. Dress appropriately for playing sports and be sure and follow the REACH Dress Code located HERE. Students must be accompanied by a parent/adult, but it may be another …
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Club starting in October. . .

Junior STEM Club-ages 4-10

Does your child love science, art and engineering?  Are you ready to do some fun hands-on science experiments like creating slime?  Have you ever wondered what makes a rainbow or why some things float or sink in water? In this club geared for ages 4-10, kids will be able to explore and learn about some of the amazing world around …
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Intensive News 2019-2020

I am looking for moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncle, anyone who has a passion to share the knowledge the Lord has blessed them with. You may ask, "what is she talking about." Intensives are 1-2 day learning opportunities we would like to offer our REACH Students. The PURPOSE is to promote a variety of concentrated studies, taught within a short time …
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Hot Air Balloon Intensive w/open ended imaginative play and story time-September

Parent(s) must stay with children
Suggested ages: 4-7
Bring a laundry basket that your kids can play in and I’ll provide a helium tank and balloons to turn the ordinary laundry baskets into hot air balloons for open ended imaginative play! Bring a small amount of a finger food to share like crackers or carrots or blueberries that the kids …
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Constitution Birthday Party-September

For all ages
Last spring our family watched the Constitution Alive videos by Rick Green and Wallbuilder’s David Barton. In addition to learning a great deal about our Constitution and the importance of understanding it, our family learned that there is a National Constitution Day. We also learned that public schools are required to honor September 17 each year to honor and …
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Cooking With Grandma (Lower Elementary) Intensive-September

Come cook with Grandma!
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
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 - minimum 3 …
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Beginning Ballroom Dancing Intensive-October

REACH members, Sarah and Jason Hann, will teach a ballroom dancing intensive. This is open to 8th grade through adults. There is no cost. Participants will learn the basic steps to the waltz, the foxtrot, and the swing. Each person must sign up with a partner. No single participants allowed. Due to space constraints, the number of participants is limited …
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Nature Day Intensive-October

Lauren Scott will be hosting a Nature Day Intensive for elementary students. We will discuss how we use four of our five senses to study nature, do a nature scavenger hunt, introduce the concept of keeping a nature journal, and examine and identify some lovely fall leaves! We will take a few short nature walks during our time together. Parents …
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Cooking With Grandma (Upper Elementary) Intensive-November

Come cook with Grandma!
Grade 4-6
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 - minimum 3 participants needed …
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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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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 ( 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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Field trips currently planned for this fall:

Johnson County Historical Society-September 27

Gayla Boyles and volunteers will dress in time related costumes and give a tour and detailed biography and history of Johnson County. Please sign up using the link.
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Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park-October 18

Little Rock Zoo-November 15

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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REACH Seniors 2020 (So Far!)

While the actual sign up for participation in the REACH Senior Graduation (May 2) won’t happen until late October, we already have seven seniors planning to graduate. Their “Senior Year” has already started and we are planning several fellowship activities. If any other REACH students are planning to participate in the 2020 graduation ceremony, please email Tracy Johnson at

REACH Class of 2020 (so far):
Caleb Green, Jonah Johnson, Abigail Lindsey, Jelaina Payton, Rachel Richardson, Shawn Caleb Worthen, Melody Zacher

Teen Event-Outdoor Video Games & Tacos

Come play video games outside under the stars in September! We will have 2 projectors set up with Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. We will also have tables set up inside and outside for board games. Bring your lawn chair and board games. Please do not bring any other video games or gaming consoles. After signups are complete, we will …
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Jr/Sr Banquet

Decorating will take place on Thursday, April 23
Banquet is on Friday, April 24.
9/10th grade servers wear nice black/grey/white clothes.
11/12th grade guests wear Sunday clothes or Prom type …
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The Banquet Dress Code Trifecta!

The Board and Committee have planned three ways to HELP our ladies in choosing the perfect Banquet dress.
1.) Dress for the Best! Dress Code Fashion Event- Oct. 4-optional participation (recommended)
2.) Text/Call while you shop-optional participation-from now until March 27, 2020**
3.) Pre-Banquet Dress Approval- REQUIRED-March 27- April 2, 2020*
Check out all of the details …
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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 3,200+ items REACH Library Database
  • Check out our new library tab.
Contact Velvet with any questions ( or 223-2255).

Local Events

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

Arkansas Center for Music Education

Arkansas Center for Music Education will open registration on Monday, August 5, for the 2019-20 education/performance year. The following classes and performance groups, as well as some still in the planning stages, will be offered: Beginning orchestra – open to age is 10 to adult …
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Lake Dardanelle events

Pope County Library events

Pope County Fair

Russellville City events

Russellville City and surrounding area events

Silver Dollar City Homeschool Weekend

Join homeschool families from across the nation during Silver Dollar City's 21st Annual Homeschool Weekend, October 5 & 6, 2019! Provide exciting educational opportunities for your children during this 2-day event. Our Lesson Plans will help you create unique interactive experiences in …
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