News from Our Membership Director

What a strange season this is for us all! So many thoughts and emotions to process ranging from anxiety about what the future holds, to worry over the health of our families and loved ones, or maybe annoyance with the inconveniences to our routines. Hopefully we are all also experiencing a certain peace as we spend more time relishing the simple things with our families, and being reminded of how blessed we are to have loved ones to worry over and shelter with during an uncertain time. As homeschoolers and followers of Christ we are more equipped than most to navigate this. Like Esther, maybe we have been called "for such a time as this." (Raise your hand if you heard that in the voice of Veggie Tales' Pa Grape!) I hope you are all finding ways to encourage others and be encouraged through this very unusual time.

This is certainly an unprecedented time in our organization as well as our families. With all the mandated restrictions on group activities due to COVID-19, many events on the REACH calendar for March through May have been cancelled or postponed. Committee heads, committee members, and board members are working behind the scenes to assure that as many things as possible are rescheduled. To allow for the rescheduling of these activities, the membership year will be extended past May 31st and will overlap the new year, so that even those who do not rejoin will continue to be included in REACH communications about rescheduled events into the summer. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, REACH is offering a $20 discount for rejoining members who were members during the 2019-2020 year. If your family has been financially impacted by COVID-19 and you were a REACH member in the 2019-2020 membership year, you may deduct $20 from your fall dues. You do not need to submit a request, just put "COVID" in the notes of your payment method so your dues can be adjusted by the treasurer. Watch for the new Membership Application link coming soon. We are working on details of how to dovetail the current year and the new year as seamlessly as possible. Thank you all for your patience!

Praying for peace and health for you all!
Kathy Chauffe
REACH Membership Director

2019-2020 Board Officers

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

Michelle Green has been voted in as the 2020-2021 REACH Coordinator.

The current board has voted for the following board position replacements starting with the 2020-2021 REACH year:
Chelsey Carnahan-Activities Director
Kristen Brown-Treasurer

Board Thank Yous

A big thanks to Michelle Green for her 3 years of service as secretary and being willing to move to the coordinator position.
Thank you to Jana Olson for 3 1/2 years of service as treasurer.
Thank you to Velvet Sperry for 3 years of service as coordinator and 3 years as activities director.

Committee Heads

The combined committee head gathering for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 committee heads has been postponed. We hope to reschedule in June.

Committee Head Feedback Forms 2019-2020

Committee Heads,
The board is ready for you to begin filling out the committee feedback form for this year. We would prefer you use the online form, but there is a printable copy you can mail in if that works better for you. Both of these are under the commitee tab. You may also need to refer to this tab …
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REACH Meetings

We hope to reschedule the Discovery Fair.

Thank you to Jennifer Nehus and Laura Irvin for setting up the Curriculum Share via Zoom.

Field Day is canceled for the current year.

2020-2021 REACH Meetings Survey

We are looking forward to gathering for meetings again next year. What meetings are you interested in? To help the board and other committees in ministering to your needs, please fill out this 2020-2021 meeting survey to give us feedback. This will help us in planning our meetings, including parent-teacher and family ones, for next year. Please fill it out …
Deadline to fill out the survey is May 30.
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Check Out Our Monthly Meetings Tab

Membership News & Reminders


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 May 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 May 1.
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Thank you to the following people who have stepped up to head a committee next year:
Book Sale-Michelle Green
Childcare-Joleah Payton
Clubs-Suzanne Sweet
Discovery Fair-Emily Nealy
Field Trips-Allison Hoke
Intensives-Melissa Hefley
Library-Velvet Sperry
Mentoring-Keri Bucci
Senior Graduation-Kathy Chauffe
Spelling Bee-Sarah Hann
Teen Activities-Wilma Kinder
Testing-Laura Irvin
Yearbook-Leslie Conditt

The following head positions are still open: Banquet, Field Day, Kindergarten Graduation, and PSP.


Check out our new yearbook tab under the teacher toolbox. It has details on photo submissions, senior page submissions, yearbook orders, and yearbook deadlines. Please note that some deadlines detailed below have been extended. 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.

Yearbook Updates and Reminders

If you ordered a yearbook we are still planning to have them completed! Our staff is working on some creative ways to remember these odd events!

Yearbook Staff: Please be working on your assignments! We are looking at options to have some "virtual" class time in the next few weeks.

Custom Pages: Custom yearbook pages are due May 1.

Yearbook Ad Information:
If you, or someone you know, would like to place a business ad in the yearbook to further support REACH, please email your information to or
DUE BY: May 15
Business card - $25
Half page business - $75
Senior ads are available for purchase. These are NOT the same as their senior page, all seniors receive a senior page in the yearbook. These would be special congratulations and recognitions from the parents (or a relative) for the senior.
DUE BY: May 15
Half Page Senior Ad - $50

May Activities at a Glance

PSP Day-Parties/Skating/Parks

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.

There are no more scheduled PSP events for this year.

Click here for the PSP tab.


There are no more scheduled clubs for this year.

Click here for the clubs tab.


There are no more scheduled intensives for this year.

Click here for the intensives tab.

Field Trips

What field trips would your family like to participate in next 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. Here are some ideas of potential field trips: …
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There are no more scheduled field trips for this year.

Click here for the field trips tab.

Jr/Sr Banquet

The banquet committee is looking at rescheduling the banquet during the summer.

Senior Graduation

The senior graduation committee is looking at rescheduling the senior graduation during the summer.

Kindergarten Graduation

The Kindergarten graduation committee is looking at rescheduling the K graduation during the summer.

Used Book Sale-May

At this time, the book sale is still scheduled for May. We will send out an update if this changes.
It's almost here, Ladies!
Seller procedure:
*Label all give-away items “FREE” *Bring sale items to …
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Moms' High School Class: Navigating the Maze

This class will meet for three different evenings in June and/or July. 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 May 15 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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Velvet still plans to do the moms' class this summer.

Testing & Honor Roll

REACH has an honor roll for 9th – 12th grade students. It is based on a student’s achievement on a standardized test. The school year for honor roll purposes is from the beginning of July to the end of June with the honor roll being published in the August newsletter for the previous school year. Deadline to send scores is July 10th.

Honor Roll Details

At this time, testing is still scheduled for May.

High School Classes 2020-2021

If you are interested in helping out our high school students by offering a REACH class for the 2020-2021 year (fall, spring, or all year), please let the board know by May 15. It helps our moms of high school students to know what classes may be offered so they can plan their high school credits. Thank you to Sarah …
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High School Biology Lab 2020-2021

Students will investigate biological systems at the molecular, cellular, and macrobiological level. Hands on laboratory exercises incorporating cellular biology, genetics, DNA, and specimen dissections will be provided to assist students in their understanding of biological themes. Reading assignments will be announced during class or via text message or email for the following week. If you miss class please email the instructor …
Deadline to sign up is June 15. Payment is due no later than July 15.
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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

Reminder: 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 State Parks events

Pope County Library events

Russellville City events

Russellville City and surrounding area events