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A Word From The Coordinator

Anticipation

Many people are looking forward to 2021 with eager anticipation. The past year has brought many levels of difficulties and trials. As 2021 dawns, we now renew our spirits and our smiles as we move forward with a fresh hope and expectancy a new year brings.

Personally, while there were trials for our own family this past year, we also had some good happenings that were made for remembering fondly. Our third child has graduated high school. Our second child entered her final year of college. My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary with a trip to the Gulf Coast. All these and more are events I am not too quick to forget.

For REACH, plans will continue to be made and adaptations made as needed. Our members are so appreciated for your participating in events, your initiating and overseeing events, and your understanding if plans need modified. In other words, you guys ROCK!

Hebrews 12:1 states, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” With the end of 2020 many wish to lay down the weight of burden the year has brought. Whatever the trial, let us be found running with patience what is set before us and with much anticipation looking forward to what lies ahead.

Michelle Green

2020-2021 Board Officers

Coordinator
Michelle Green
coordinator@rsvlreach.org
Membership Director
Kathy Chauffe
membership@rsvlreach.org
Activities Director
Chelsey Carnahan
activities@rsvlreach.org
Secretary
Emily DeCosta
secretary@rsvlreach.org
Treasurer
Kristen Brown
treasurer@rsvlreach.org
To email the Board: board@rsvlreach.org
To email the REACH group: mail@rsvlreach.org

Board News


Happy New Year!
REACH has some exciting events coming up soon. The Pope County Spelling Bee hosted by REACH is scheduled for January 11th . REACH is also looking forward to hearing from Josh Mesker from the Home School Office of AR Dept of Education on January 28th . In February, coordinator nominations will begin for the 2021-2022 school year; we look forward to hearing from you. May God’s blessing be upon you this year and especially in your homeschooling.

The next tentative board meeting is January 11.

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.

Coordinator Nominations 2021-2022

It's time to start thinking about who you will nominate for the position of coordinator for the 2021-2022 year. Persons nominated must be REACH members in good standing for at least 3 years. Nominations will be open from February 1 through February 15. A nomination link will be provided in the February newsletter. Other information related to the nomination/voting process: … Read more

Hosting the 2021 Pope County Spelling Bee

Dear members:

REACH will be hosting the 2021 Pope County Spelling Bee on January 11. We are praying that we are able to move forward with this plan, but we have some back up options if there are shifts in regulations.

We are asking that as a member of REACH you would consider helping out with this event. We will need a few people to help out the day of the event, but due to social distancing and minimizing the amount of people in the building there will be limited jobs available.

Most importantly we would like you to consider making a donation to REACH to help cover expenses. While the venue is allowing us to use the facility free of charge because it is a community event, there are other expenses that will be needed to be covered that will possibly exceed the REACH budget for such events. If you know a business owner who would be willing to donate they will receive a Tax donation letter from REACH. Donation letters will also be available for any individuals who donate and request a letter. Donations can be made through PayPal or by sending a check to the REACH P.O. Box.

You can contact Sarah Hann at srhhann@yahoo.com or Chelsey Carnahan at chelsey@rsvlreach.org if you have any questions about the event.

REACH Meetings

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. Read more

February Meeting--Moms' Night Out

MNO will look a little different this year, but the Mentoring Committee still plans to have a relaxed, fun night for REACH moms. We WILL NOT have our usual meal, but instead we WILL show the movie Moms’ Night Out with Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, and Trace Adkins. This movie is “Dove Approved” for all ages. Here is … Read more

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 … Read more

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Membership News & Reminders

Membership News

REACH says farewell to the Davelaar and Qualls families and wishes them well!

Business Directory

If you own a business and would like your business information added to your family listing in the Membership Directory, email web@rsvlreach.org. 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 web@rsvlreach.org.

HSLDA

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

2021 Second Semester 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. … Read more

January 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.

January PSP - Kickball

PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE TO 1:30 pm! We will be playing kickball in the back yard of the church. Please dress warm! If it ends up being too wet or too cold the event will be canceled. Read more

Clubs

Spring 2021 Clubs

We are currently working on getting Spring clubs in the works. Below is a list of what we have so far. Outdoor clubs or virtual clubs will still be our best bet. Although, indoor clubs can work if masks are worn and social distancing can be maintained. If you or your child has an interest that you would like to share with the group, please email Suzanne Sweet at sweetpsuzy7@gmail.com.

Moms’ Book Club
Email velvet@rsvlreach.org by January 11 if you would like to participate.
January 18
February 8
March 8

Tween Club
Events will be announced monthly. There will be no January Club. Keep an eye out for February club announcements. Email Keri Bucci at buccihomeschool@yahoo.com for more information.

Intensives

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

Field Trips

2021 Field Trips

Our Field Trip committee is working to plan Field Trips for February, March, and April. There will be no Field Trip for January.

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.

Once you decide on a field trip you’d like to organize just fill out this field trip form for approval of date/time and then we’ll get the information out to all of REACH. Let’s have some fun adventures this year with our REACH friends! Contact Allison at field5897hokeal@hotmail.com with questions.

Teen Events

Teen Panel Discussion & Games

We will begin the evening with a panel discussion time with homeschool graduates. Then, we will play some games, have door prizes, and watch funny online skits for homeschoolers. We are setting an early sign-up deadline of January 12 with a minimum of 12 participants required for this event to make. If we do not reach the minimum, then the … Read more

Spring Testing 2021

Deadline to sign up is January 15

Grades: 5-12
Contact: Laura Irvin (479)518-5436 lab015@yahoo.com
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 … Read more

2021 Banquet

Please read the following carefully in regards to this year's JR/SR banquet. There have been several challenges and changes for this year's banquet but we believe it will still be a fun time for our students. Please note it is a little earlier than usual so please get your students signed up ASAP for this help with future planning details and we can see which parents are able to assist us. Thanks, Banquet Committee

Banquet Information - please keep in mind we are having to plan with Covid-19 guidelines

Theme: In The Moment Song: Keep Me in the Moment by Jeremy Camp
Verse: Thy word is a lamp ....Psalm 119:105 Read more

High School Classes 2020-2021

High school classes meeting this spring include: High School Writing Class, ACT Math Prep Lab, Spanish I Semester 2, and Biology Lab.

High School Writing Class - Spring

ATTN: DEADLINE to sign up for this writing opportunity is fast approaching and all the details are listed below. I need 6 students for the class to start and if you have any questions please let me know.

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 Codes/Information

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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
  • Check out our library tab.
Contact Velvet at library@rsvlreach.org 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.**
Arkansas State Parks events

Pope County Library events

Russellville City events

Russellville City and surrounding area events

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