Coordinator News

Finish strong. Is there anyone reading this who feels as though this school year has almost passed you by with much less to show for it than other years? Give yourself grace. Have you and your children made progress? In the end, it is the relationships that matter most. Are your relationships stronger than April of 2018? Yes? Good! Maybe your homeschooling has been strong but your involvement has been weak or lacking. We've still got several wonderful opportunities to grow, fellowship, and connect! Curriculum Share and Field Day are coming up soon! Mark them on your calendar now. Finish strong!

2018-2019 Board Officers

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

To email the Board: board@rsvlreach.org
To email the REACH group: mail@rsvlreach.org

Board News

The votes are in and our coordinator for 2019-2020 is Melissa Creech.
The next board meeting is April 11.
Committee heads, mark your calendars for Monday, May 20. This is when we will have our End-of-Year Committee Head Gathering.

Committee Changes/Reminders for 2019-2020

  • We have exciting changes in our REACH clubs. See the clubs section of the April newsletter for details.
  • Instead of having a sports committee, all sports activities will run as a club or intensive through those committees. This can be for any age, but volunteers must step up to plan these. If you want an ongoing …
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Committee Heads 2019-2020 Reminder

If you are interested in heading a committee for the 2019-2020 REACH year, please don’t forget to fill out the form. Click HERE for details. The following committees are still available: Field Day, Field Trips, Senior Graduation, Spelling Bee, & Teens.
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Monthly Meetings

Spring Curriculum Share

Date: Monday, April 8
Time: 5:30-8:00
Address: 77 Union Grove Road, Atkins, AR
Directions from I-40: Proceed south on Hwy 105 (also known as Church Street) to Hwy 64. Turn left (east) onto Hwy 64 and proceed about 2 1/2 miles to Union Grove Road (on the left). You will see a church sign at this …
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Field Day

Field Day 2019 is just a month and a half away!  Children in grades K through 6th (or 12 years old) will have the opportunity to participate in races, games, and other feats of physical strength and coordination!  Teens will have the opportunity to help LEAD these events and then play their own sand volleyball afterwards. There will be a playground for preschoolers to …
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Membership News


Welcome Linker Family! Doug and Susan Linker live in Scranton and have two children: Jolie, age 16; and Clay, age 15. Susan will be serving on the Testing Committee.

Watch for the 2019-2020 REACH Online Membership Application form coming in May!
How to Start a REACH Club 2

PSP Activities

Spring Picnic/Easter Egg Hunt

Come to Lake Dardanelle State Park @ noon on April 12 for a SPRING PICNIC and EASTER EGG HUNT. REACH will be providing pulled pork sandwiches and tableware for the picnic. You need to bring drinks, side dishes, or a dessert to share, along with lawn chairs/blankets. REACH will also provide the Easter eggs--you just need to bring buckets/bags for …
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PSP Kickball Day Rescheduled

Friday, April 26, come to Old Post Soccer Complex from 1-3 pm for fun on the playground and KICKBALL!
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Graduation Announcements

Senior Graduation

The REACH Graduation Committee would like to invite you to attend the 2019 REACH Senior Graduation Ceremony to be held at Dover First Baptist Church on Saturday, May 4, 2019, beginning at 2 pm. A reception will follow offering refreshments, a chance to view senior boards and an opportunity to leave cards for the graduates. We look forward to seeing you …
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Kindergarten Graduation

Attention parents of Kindergarteners! If you are interested in having your child participate in this years kindergarten graduation you need to please register by sending Megan Snow an email with your child’s name spelled how you wish it to appear on their diploma. We also need to know if you wish to purchase a $10.00 photo package from Leslie Conditt …
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Ultimate Frisbee Sport Intensive

We are gauging interest in the possibility of an ultimate frisbee sport intensive late afternoon/evening in the spring for students who are currently in grades 6 and up. The intensive would be taught by current or former homeschoolers and would involve learning the basic rules and breaking up into teams and playing. It would take place at Old Post …
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Essay Writing Intensive

Writing the 3-Point Enumeration Essay
Writing Sign-Up Here
Sign-up deadline is April 20.
In this intensive, participants will learn to formulate a main point and support it with three pieces of evidence in three different paragraphs. This is the format of the essay answers required in most college exams. Attendants should be enrolled in 6th grade or above. Location: Witherspoon …
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Book Sale May 30-31

Mark your calendars. It's not too early to be setting aside books/items for the sale. We look forward to seeing you there.
May 31, 2019
8 am - 1 pm
*REACH members ONLY have additional buying time Thursday, May 30th from 6:30–8:30 pm*
Seller procedure:
*Label all give-away items “FREE” *Bring sale items to …
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Field Trips

We have two great field trips, both of which are very reasonably priced, for the end of the REACH year.

Fort Smith National Historic Site Field Trip-April 19

Ft. Smith Historical Field Trip Sign-Up
We are scheduled for a tour/program at the Ft. Smith National Historic Site on 301 Parker Ave. in Ft. Smith at 10:00 a. m. on Friday, April 19th. It should take around 45 minutes. After that, they will let us eat picnic lunches on the grounds. Then, we are scheduled for a tour/program at …
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Magic Springs Education in Motion Field Trip-May 10

Magic Springs is proud to offer the 2019 Education in Motion program in May! The learning opportunities are endless - with roller coasters and funnel cakes for your classroom and school to experience!  Students will have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun and interactive setting. Exhibitors with interactive …
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Yearbook Information

It's time to order your 2018 - 2019 Yearbook!!
Yearbooks are $30 each.
All orders AND payments should be made NO LATER than April 15th. Payments can be made via mail or PayPal. If you choose to use PayPal, please DO NOT choose the goods and services option. Also, we will be including the custom page option again this year! …
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Moms' High School Prep Class: Navigating the Maze

This class will meet for three different evenings. 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 April 20 if you are interested in attending. Location, time, and exact dates to be determined. Contact Velvet with questions (activitiesreachboard2@gmail.com or 223-2255)
Moms' High School Class Sign-Up
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REACH High School Classes 2019-2020

We are considering Economics and Spanish for next year. Please read the following article for information and sign-ups if interested in either class.
2019-20 Beginning Spanish Class
Sarah Hann will be teaching a Beginning Spanish Class for the 2019-20 school year. She has her Bachelor's Degree from Arkansas Tech University in Spanish. This will be a high school level course. There will be homework. Students will be expected to come to class prepared with homework completed. The cost of the class will …
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Teen Events

There is no teen event planned for April as many of our teens will be attending the REACH Banquet, taking the ACT, and/or getting ready for the REACH Senior Graduation in early May. Younger teens may come to the Banquet during the early Family/Friends time to see their friends dressed up, and everyone is invited to attend the Graduation and support our seniors. In May, the teens will be leading a variety of events at Field Day (please see the Field Day sign up form). All teens are needed to help at this fun, family event. After Field Day is officially over, teens will gather 'round past the playground for some serious sand volleyball competition until dark. Check out other opportunities in this newsletter and on our website open to various ages during April and May, including field trips, intensives, clubs, and PSP. You may also want to consider planning a small group get-together for REACH teens in your area during the months of April or May to help your teen develop friendships outside of the regular REACH Teen Events.

Formal Banquet

Date: Friday, April 5th
Where: First Baptist Church-Russellville
Theme: 2019- Time to Make a Choice Song: "Joy" by For King & Country
Verse: Count it all joy....James 1:2
4:45-5:55-Fellowship Hall- Friends, Family, Fun & Photos
All REACH members as well as family and friends of all REACH students attending the Banquet are invited to see the fun and take photos …
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There will be a Snack-N-Chat for grades 9-12 on April 26. Details are on the REACH calendar.

Youth Preparedness Council Opportunity for 8th-11th Grade REACH Students

Application Deadline: April 5th!!!!!

The Pope County Office of Emergency Management (including our own REACH dad, Justin Drittler) has contacted REACH and offered us a very exciting opportunity!  A brand new Youth Preparedness Council is being assembled for the 2019-2020 school year.  The council will consist of high school students from all over Pope County. 2 specially selected students from REACH will serve and …
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Fundraising Support Contests

Would you like to have your 2019-2020 membership dues paid in FULL?
The last fundraising support contest for this year is with FlipGive and will run until noon on April 8. The winner will receive 2019-2020 REACH membership dues and will be drawn at the curriculum share that evening from those who have joined FlipGive as a team member. You do not have to be present to win. You do have to join …
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FlipGive - To become a team member, use code C339UZ when prompted.
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 now have over 2,500 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 (activities@rsvlreach.org or 223-2255).

Local Events

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

Balloons Over RussVegas
When: May 1-4
Please come out to this free multi-day event! Several REACH teens and their parents will be volunteering to assist balloon pilots (on the ground, of course!) Friday night, May 3rd, to raise money for extra-special teen events and senior banquet experience for the 2019-2020 REACH year! We'd love to see your family!
Balloons Over RussVegas Details

Youth Maker Monday: Balloon Powered Race Car in Conway
When: April 1, 2019
Where: UCA, Conway
Time: 4 pm
Contact: Jason Huselton, Master Maker (Jason@ARConductor.org) Kim Lane (Kim@ARConductor.org)
Cost: FREE!!
Details: Youth Maker Monday’s are an opportunity for makers ages 8-15 to learn about UCA’s Makerspace and complete challenging projects using state-of-the-art equipment. Each unique maker class offers students the opportunity to practice math, science, design and engineering skills in a fun and hands-on environment. UCA Makerspace staff will guide students through specific software for each project, and the students will take home their awesome creations. Don’t miss out!! Using the equipment in the UCA Makerspace, kids will design and build their own race car powered by a balloon and take their creation home! All materials are provided. You must RSVP for training.

Lake Dardanelle State Park April Activities
When: April 1-30, 2019
Where: Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville
Contact: 479-967-5516
Call or go by and pick up a brochure for a host of activities. Many are free. Check it out!!

Life Skills 101: Couponing Money Smart Week
When: April 2, 11 am-12 pm; April 4, 6-7 pm
Where: Pope County Library, Russellville
Contact: 479-968-4368
Cost: Free!
Details: Couponing doesn’t have to be extreme! Using simple tips and tricks you can still save! At our Life Skills 101 Couponing class you’ll not only learn how you can save money on your everyday purchases, but you’ll also get to clip, keep and swap coupons!

Bash at the Ballpark 2019
When: April 6, 2019
Where: Tech Field on the campus of ATU, Russellville
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Contact: 479-968-2530
Cost: FREE!! For both
Details: The 6th Annual Bash at the Ballpark will bring music, food, prizes and other activities in conjunction with the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys’ baseball game at Boswell Field against Northwestern Oklahoma Rangers. Bash at the Park festivities will begin at 11 am, first pitch at 1 pm.

pARTy in the Park
When: April 27, 2019
Where: Russellville City Park, & River Valley Arts Center
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Cost: FREE!!
Details: Fun for kids!! Music, food, vendors etc.

Youth Maker Monday: Squishy Circuits
When: April 29, 2019
Where: UCA Makerspace, Conway
Time: 4-6 pm
Contact: Jason Huselton, Master Maker (Jason@ARConductor.org) Kim Lane (Kim@ARConductor.org)
Cost: Free!!
Details: Kids will learn the basics of building circuits, but they will do it in an unexpected medium: PLAYDOUGH! These sculptures will be able to conduct it’s very own electricity!!

2019 River Valley Business Expo
When: May 1, 2019
Where: Tech Coliseum, Russellville
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Contact: 479- 968-2530
Details: The Expo is a great way to visit with and shop from 100 different retailers throughout the River Valley in one location! Suppliers and organizations that can make a real difference to your business and life will be exhibiting. Exhibitors will have interactive games, shopping and food samples at their booths. From free health screenings to an on stage cooking demonstration there is something for every member of the family.