Coordinator News

God's Word. Every Day. Often times, I feel myself trying to parent and homeschool from my own strength. That's when the hill seems steeper, the road longer, and my resolve weaker. When I get into this action and mindset, I feel the struggle. It is REAL. Life is complicated, and several times in the past and even right now planning for the next few upcoming semesters, I wonder, "How is this all going to work out?" I know several of our REACH membership have experienced major changes over the past few months and are in the midst of significant changes. All of this is happening while you are trying to keep a normalcy of education going in your home. God's Word. Every Day. Let it cover you, let it encourage you, let it guide you. He is oh-so-very faithful. Over and over, His faithfulness amazes me, humbles me, and grounds me. I encourage you to think back over the times in the past He has been so faithful to you.

Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Erin Aylor

2018-2019 Board Officers

Erin Aylor
Membership Director
Kathy Chauffe
Activities Director
Velvet Sperry
Michelle Green
Jana Olson

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Board News

Non-homeschool Students of REACH Member Families Participating in REACH Functions

Non-homeschool students (those attending public or private school):
May participate in all family events including meetings, field trips, ministry opportunities, having library access, and Park/Skating/Parties. These are events/places where a parent is present and the family is attending together.
May participate, with committee head and board approval, in adult supervised student events within REACH including teen activities, intramural sports, intensives, …
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REACH Membership Director Affirmed

Kathy Chauffe has received her affirmation vote by the REACH membership and will continue in the board position of membership director. We are so appreciative of her hard work and being the "face" of REACH as people inquire about our group.

The next Board meeting is November 1.

Monthly Meetings

Education Alliance-November 15

Education Alliance Homeschool Update Meeting
For ALL Homeschoolers in the River Valley
Hosted by REACH (Russellville Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers)
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Grace Fellowship Church in Russellville,1007 N Nashville Avenue, 72802 (Right off Russell Road next to Friendship Community Care)
Education Alliance* is the official voice for all homeschoolers in the state of Arkansas when …
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MNO Wrap it Up! & Last Minute Gift Grab-December 3

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PSP Activities

Happy Fall Skating-November 9

⛸ HAPPY FALL SKATING ⛸ Please sign up by November 7th! We need a minimum of 35 skaters to keep the cost low so please sign up asap so we can get an early count. (You are still welcome to come if you fail to sign up or have a change of plans). Just click on the following link to …
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Christmas Party-December 14

Join us in December for a REACH Christmas party! Each family will bring Christmas goodies to share, we'll sing Christmas carols, play Win, Lose, or Draw (Christmas edition), and play Bingo (with prizes for all the kids!). Sign-ups will begin next month.

Spring Testing

Dates, Times, & Location: TBA (will be early in May)
Grades: 5-12
Cost: approximately $30/student due when the order is placed in February
Type of Test: Full Battery Iowa Testing
Sign-Up Link
Deadline to sign up is January 10
Recommendation on testing for those students who may attend college: test your student in a group setting starting around 5th grade …
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Teen Events

Marshmallow Wars Teen Activity

Don't forget to bring mini marshmallows. Teens should wear long play pants because of briers. Tick repellent may be needed if the weather is warm. We will be having red and white chili.
Marshmallow Teen Activity Sign-Up
Who's Signed Up
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Club Events

Our fall clubs are off to a great start! If you haven't signed your kids up for a club yet please refer to the September newsletter or check them out here. The Spring semester is just around the corner. It is time to be thinking about Spring clubs. If you would like to sponsor a club this Spring semester please …
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Johnson County Volunteer Club-November 8 at Proving Grounds Ministry in Clarksville

All ages are welcome; please bring non perishable food to help with the food pantry. We will learn about what Proving Grounds Ministry is and then play pool, foosball, etc. Proving Grounds Ministry Information
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Please note the following:
Sign-ups for the November cooking clubs will open up on November 1.
November meeting for the Game Club and Veggie Tales Club is cancelled. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Field Trips

Wegner Crystal Mines Field Trip-November 2

Wegner Crystal Mines Sign-Up Link
Wegner Crystal Mines Website
$5.25 per person (regularly $10.50)
$3.30 kids 11 & under (regularly $6.60)
Description of activity off their website: “Tailings Area and Picnic Site is an affordable option for families and groups of all sizes and abilities. In this activity, we brought the mining experience to you by hauling in hundreds of …
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Junior Firefighter Challenge-November 9

You do not want to miss this opportunity!!!!
Who can participate? All students
Please sign up as quickly as possible!
The Russellville Fire Department has been visiting local schools and Fall Fest presenting the Junior Firefighter Challenge. It is an obstacle course based on the test that firefighters have to pass and has been a huge success throughout the community. Participants will crawl through a tunnel, use …
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Snow White-November 13

Coming up on November 13 at 9:00 a.m.. . . Snow White at The Center for the Arts in Russellville
Early sign-up required by November 5
Snow White Details
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Mid-America Science Museum-November 29

We need to give the museum an estimate, so please sign up:
Mid-America Science Museum Field Trip Sign-Up
As a nonprofit, we get the group rate of $7.00/person if we have at least 15 participants. If you want to see the Tesla show, you can add that on for another $1/person as a group rate. With every 10 students, one adult/chaperone …
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Ministry Opportunities

Nursing Home Visit-December 7 at Stella Manor

We will play instruments, sing hymns together, and visit with the residents. All ages welcome. Contact Velvet at for more information.
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Ministry Opportunity for Christmas

The REACH Ministry Opportunities Committee would like to provide gift packages to five residents at the Stella Manor nursing home for Christmas. These residents are unlikely to receive gifts this year. This would be a great opportunity for a couple families or even clubs to sponsor one of these people together. Suggested gifts include a couple pieces of inexpensive clothing …
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Kroger Community Rewards Contest

Thank you to all who participated in the Kroger Community Rewards Contest! The winner of the $25 gift card was Lena Crowe and the winner of the REACH tote bag full of school supplies was Kristen Brown. Congratulations!

Amazon Smile Contest

To encourage participation in our ongoing fundraisers (that do not require extra time or money from members, yay!), we are pleased to announce a new contest! This will be very similar to the Kroger contest last month. The prize will be a free 2018-2019 REACH yearbook!! To enter: 1. Take a screenshot or picture of your main screen on AmazonSmile …
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Amazon Smile Donation

Through Nov 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to REACH when you shop at 
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Amazon Smile
Giving Bean
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.

Fresh Roasted Coffee and Artisan Tea

Giving Bean roasts to order and ships coffee directly to your home or office so you'll enjoy the fresh-roasted difference, but...the difference isn't only in the taste....each bag helps the funding efforts of REACH.
Please consider using our unique charity link so that REACH receives a donation each time you shop.
Go to: Giving Bean

REACH Library Information

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

REACH Library Code: 1906

Need help finding something in our library. . . we are getting close to 2,000 items in our database, so check it out:
REACH Library Database

There are many new items available for check out on the New Titles shelf and more will be coming soon.

Contact Velvet with any questions ( or 223-2255).

Local Events

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

ACME (Arkansas Center for Music Education) Upcoming Events:
On a Winter's Night: A Tribute to Trans Siberian Orchestra
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: The Center for the Arts, 2209 South Knoxville Avenue, Russellville
This event is a fundraiser to support Arkansas Center for Music Education, presented in the beautiful Center for the Arts at R.H.S. The production is under the musical direction of Dr. Brian Faulkner and audio/visual direction of Larry Roberts of RedBea Productions. Music from Christmas Eve and Other Stories will be featured in the first half with narration by Richard Gordon Minick. Second half will be TSO favorites. All seats are reserved. Orchestra $35, Mezzanine $30, and Balcony $20. All proceeds of this concert go to Arkansas Center for Music Education, a 501c3 Music Education non-profit. Handicapped tickets may be purchased through the Center box office. This show will use non-toxic theatrical fog along with moving lights and strobe lighting effects. Doors open at 6:15 with show starting promptly at 7:00.
River Valley Treble Chorus and Community Choir Christmas Concert
November 30 at 7:00
Location: Connect Church Cost: Free admission

When: Call for schedule
Where: 142 Polk Road 185, Mena AR 71953
Contact: 479-216-8639
Cost: Call above number
Details: Our new tree-based zip line canopy tour with sky bridge is now open. Our hour-long tours can accommodate up to 12 people and are guided by two professionally trained guides. We offer group rates and night-time zip lining. We’re adding more zip lines in the future. Come check us out!
Children’s attractions
Eco Tour
Adventure Activity
Go Green

When: Call for a group tour
Where: 202 W. Walnut, Rogers AR. 72756
Open: Mon-Sat. 9 am to 5 pm
Cost: Call number for cost
Contact: 479-986-6873
Details: The worlds oldest and largest manufacturer of air guns, ammo and accessories, Daisy Airgun Museum. This museum showcases Daisy’s history with 150 antique Airgun dating to the 1600s, including the comic strip character Buck RogersDisintegrator Pistol and the Red Ryder BB Gun from the movie “A Christmas Story.”

When: November 9, 2018
Where: The Center for The Arts, Russellville
Time: 9 am to 10:30 am. Parade 4-5 pm
Cost: FREE!
Contact: The Center for The Arts, 479-498-6600

When: November 3, 2018. 10:30-11:30am
November 4, 2018 1-2 pm
November 11, 2018. 10-11 am
November 15, 2018. 2-3 pm
November 24, 2018. 1:30-2:30 pm
November 27, 2018. 9-10 am
November 30, 2018. 10-11 am
Where: Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Contact: Park Interpreter, 479-967-5516
Cost: FREE!
Details: Lake Dardanelle is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the American Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will be in the area for viewing including American white pelicans, ducks. And snow geese. Please dress warmly as temperatures and winds are more severe on the lake. In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible we will be taking reservations this year. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the cruise at the boat dock near the Tournament Weigh-In-Facility. These cruises are weather dependent.

When: November 23, 2018
Where: Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Contact: Park Superintendent, 967-5516
Cost: FREE!
Details: Avoid the chaos and stress of the shopping malls by celebrating Green Friday. There are come-and-go activity stations in the visitor center Lakeview Room with activities the whole family will enjoy. Stamp your passport at each of the four stations to receive a special discount in the park’s gift shop.
Activities include knot tying, Native American games, Eagle Measure Up, and make and take a tree cookie craft.