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A Word From The Coordinator


Our world is ever-changing. This fact can leave us feeling uncertain and uncomfortable more often than we would prefer. Especially in an election year, we can feel the changes taking place. COVID-19 has changed and is still changing the way we live our lives.

Not all change has to be uncomfortable, though. Think about the season of fall, with its sounds of dry leaves blowing in the trees and campfires crackling in the night; without the changes of the seasons, we might not appreciate the beauty of it as much. Our families change as our children grow older, move out of the home, and start having children of their own. We could resent the changes taking place and yearn for days gone by, OR we can bank those memories and enjoy and appreciate the newness of what each day brings. Change itself does not define us, but how we react to it.

As we go through the next few months surrounding the elections, we will definitely feel this to be true. We live in uncertain days. But, that uncertainty should not get our spirits down. We are not to hang our heads in defeat for our God shields us and is the lifter of our heads (Psalms 3:3). When the ballots are all in, and whoever comes out victorious-that will not be the real victory. Our God will have the FINAL and PERFECT victory, and He will still be the ruler of our lives (Psalms 22:28).

Michelle Green

2020-2021 Board Officers

Michelle Green
Membership Director
Kathy Chauffe
Activities Director
Chelsey Carnahan
Emily DeCosta
Kristen Brown
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Board News

The next board meeting is November 16.

COVID Update

REACH will continue to follow the usual Illness Policy with added consideration for COVID precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing. We will follow the mandates issued by the state and local authorities. Since the mandates and recommendations are changing as new information comes out, pay special attention to details for any in person REACH activities. Keep in mind that some activity hosts or venues may have additional requirements that participants will be asked to follow.

REACH Meetings

November Moms' Small Group Meetings

Enjoy a night with fellow REACH moms as we go small in November for Moms’ Small Groups. We have 5 members hosting groups this year; please choose only one group to attend. Discussions will be targeting needs of homeschool moms, so send your discussion suggestions on the form or ready them for that evening, or both. Click on each host/date link …

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There will not be a monthly meeting for December; enjoy your holiday!

January Meeting--Guest Speaker: Josh Mesker

Josh Mesker, a former homeschooler himself, will be speaking.  He is the Program Advisor in the Home School Office in the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education at the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). Sign-up form will become available closer to the event date.

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Moms' Night Out 2021 Door Prizes

The mentoring committee is currently collecting door prizes for our Moms' Night Out coming up on February 22, 2021. 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? Do …

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Membership News & Reminders

Welcome New Members

Jody and Amanda Adams live in Russellville and have two children: Cooper, age 7; and Grace, age 7. Amanda is still deciding on a committee.

Jason and Ronica Walcott live in Russellville and have twelve children: Isaac,age 17; Luke, age 17; Faith, age 13;Titus, age 13; Timothy, age 11; Elijah, age 10; Paul, age 8; James, age 7; and Hannah, age 2. Their adult children are Matthew, Daniel, and Jacob. Ronica will be serving on the Administration Committee.

Robert (Tony) and Robin Rankin live in Russellville and are homeschooling two children: Aiden Finley Starr (Fin), age 6; and Sadie Tinnerella, age 2. Robin is serving on the PSP Committee.

Logan and Leslie Petty live in Dover and have two children: Ameila, age 7: and Logan, age 3. Leslie is serving on the PSP Committee.

Business Directory

If you own a business and would like your business information added to your family listing in the Membership Directory, email Please include the business name, contact information, a link to your business website or Facebook page, and a brief description. If you have any questions, please email


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.
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November Activities at a Glance

December Activities at a Glance

PSP Day-Parties/Skating/Parks

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.

November PSP - Skating Party

Come and join us at the skating rink! All ages are welcome. You may bring snacks and drinks for your family. REACH will provide bottled water. Sign up by November 11.


I hope everyone has enjoyed all the clubs this fall. I know my family sure has enjoyed getting out and seeing everyone again! We have a few more club meetings to finish out the semester and this difficult year. Please check the calendar for more details.

We are currently working on getting Spring clubs in the works. If you or your child has an interest that you would like to share with the group, please email me.

Fall Clubs Meeting for November and/or December

Blankets and Bubbles

This will be a playdate type club for Pre-K and Kindergarteners. It will be limited to 10 families, older siblings can be present but snacks and content will be for Pre-K and Kindergarten (age 3-6). This club will not meet in November, but will meet again in December.

Disc Golf Club

This club is for grades 7 to adult. It has a minimum of 4 and maximum of 12 participants. Participants must bring their own discs. You can purchase a 3-disc starter set from Amazon for about $20. Social distancing will be practiced. Last club meeting is November 10.

Outdoor Games Club

This club is for any ages but especially for younger siblings of Disc Golfers. We will be meeting the same days and times that Velvet’s Disc Golf Club meets. I just wanted to give the kids a chance to get outside and run off some steam together. Social distancing will be practiced. Last club meeting is November 10.

Tween Club: Lego Masters-November

Calling all students in grades 5-7! Let your creativity shine this month at Tweens Club: Lego Masters on November 13.

Tween Club: Holiday Gingerbread Fun-December

This will be a fun time of fellowship holiday style with each Tween getting to build their own little gingerbread structure to take home. This event is for all REACH kids in grades 5-7. We are asking for donation of $3 per Tween attending to help purchase the supplies needed like candies, gingerbread, and icing, etc. Tweens can just bring …

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I look forward to seeing what REACH members can offer for this school year. Intensives can be a fun way to share your talents so others can learn something new. We have had some interesting intensives in the past such as: Ballroom Dancing, Google classes, Nature Hikes, Science Labs, Art, Note Taking… Read more

Basketball Skills Intensive for 3rd Grade-November

Do you have a 3rd grade boy or girl that likes to play basketball or wants to learn?  Come enjoy an afternoon of basketball fun!  We'll be learning about the game of basketball and working on some basic basketball skills. There will be some basketballs available, but please bring your own if you have one. If you have any questions …

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Field Trips

What field trips would your family like to participate in this year?
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. … Read more
Contact Allison Hoke at with field trip ideas or questions.

Hocus Focus: Reality & Illusion - Field Trip-November

Due to the limited space and social distancing we need to try and be as accurate as possible when we sign up for performances, sign up by November 12. Kevin Spencer has always wanted to be a magician. During this show students will learn about the history of magic, the science of wonder, famous magicians of yesterday and today, the vocabulary of magic and even a few magic tricks!Read more

Spring Testing 2021

Deadline to sign up is January 15

Grades: 5-12

Contact: Laura Irvin (479)518-5436

Cost: $25/student paid to BJUP when the order is placed in late February or early March

Type of Test: Iowa

Recommendation on testing for those students who may attend college: test your student in a group setting starting around 5th grade and test …

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Teen Events

November Teen Events

Sign ups are now open for the November Teen Events. Teens may not participate in both. You can choose between a Hiking event at Petit Jean or an Outdoor event at the Chauffe Home.

December Teen Event

The first ever REACH Teens Have Talent is coming your way in December. Let’s get creative. This can include any talent you would like to showcase that fits with our Code of Conduct.

Senior Graduation

Senior Graduation Sign Up Deadline: The deadline to sign up for Senior Graduation is November 1st, but since that falls on a Sunday, it has been extended to November 2nd. If you have a senior who would like to be included in the REACH graduation ceremony in May, please send his/her name to We will begin meeting and planning …

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The annual REACH banquet is in the works. More details to come soon. All 9th-12th grade parents please keep watchful eyes for upcoming information. Things may look a little different this year but our goal is still to provide a memorable event for the kids. So it is very important you read all the information because things could be a little different than in years past.

Banquet Committee

High School Classes 2021-2021

High school classes meeting this fall include: Constitutional Literacy, ACT Math Prep Lab, Spanish I Semester 2, and Biology Lab. All of these will continue into the spring semester except Constitutional Literacy.

High School Writing Class - Spring

Amy Hughes, a former REACH member, will offer a high school writing class this spring. Deadline to sign up for this class is January 11. Your student will produce a 1500 word research paper (about six pages) with title page, outline, and works cited page.Read more


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REACH Library Information

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

REACH Library Code: 2105
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 3,600+ items REACH Library Database
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Contact Velvet at or 479-223-2255 with any questions

Local, State, or National Events

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

Veterans Day Celebration

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will host a Veterans Day event meant to help virtual learners with Arkansas and military history while also celebrating and honoring veterans in Arkansas. I hoped you might be interested in spreading the word. Veterans Day Celebration Causes event …

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Native American Day

While this may not be relevant to everyone, I hope that some of you will take advantage of this virtual program on November 19th and 20th. All students welcome even though we'll be addressing 5th grade standards. Feel free to contact me with questions. …

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Arkansas State Parks events

Pope County Library events

Russellville City events

Russellville City and surrounding area events