Events

the reach homeschool group is a large and very active group with members all over VA, MD and DC.
We average anywhere from 30-80 events each month.  all of the events are not on our website...all of our emails for our events are shared on our yahoo group...

To get info on our events make sure to click on Membership and Join the group and be in the know...

Homeschool mom/dad/homeschool teacher of the year - Congrats to Mrs Enos - She is the Homeschool Teacher of the year for REACH

May 9th is National Teacher Day and since it recognizes TEACHERS I thought it would be awesome to recognize a Homeschool Mom or Dad (aka Teachers) as well... I spoke with my contact at Great Wolf Lodge and she is willing to give a 3 day 2 night stay as long as you come on the dates that REACH does each year. So you will have a choice either to go in Sept, Dec, Feb and May....  That will be the Grand prize winner....REACH will also recognize a 1st, 2nd and 3rd as well with a gift...all others will get a certificate thanking them for being a Great homeschool mom/dad or Teacher....

mark your calendar for the reach back to school party

WHO: EVERYONE!!! Whether you have already joined REACH for the 2017-2018 school year or you wish to join. Membership renewals and new memberships will be accepted at this event (and anytime during the school year if you happen to miss it).

WHEN: Friday, August 18th, 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Liberty Lanes, 5801 Southpoint Centre Blvd, Fred, 22407
WHY: To sign up for a majority of the events, classes, trips, performances, etc. that will be offered for the coming year. (Many of them will fill up during this event so it is strongly recommended that you attend if at all possible.) Other events will be offered as the year progresses and sign-ups for those will be done via the yahoo email loop.
WHAT TO BRING:
-- your calendar
-- your checkbook
-- pen
-- a bag to carry all of the "stuff" Wanda will be handing out

Bowling will be available from 1-4pm - $11.00 per person for unlimited bowling and shoe rental  

wolf trap summer shows

FYI: Wolf Trap has just made taking your family to performances more affordable with Young At Arts, a new accessibility initiative that invites families and caregivers to introduce children to the joy of the performing arts. For around the cost of taking your family to the movies you can now attend live performing arts events. Young At Arts allows ticket buyers to receive one free youth (17 and under) ticket for each accompanying adult ticket purchased.Young At Arts makes it easier for families to connect with each other, create Wolf Trap memories, and develop the next generation of arts fans.
Young At Arts performances (in chronological order) include:Date Time Artist
Fri, July 14 8:15 pm Puccini's Tosca - NSO
Fri, July 28 8:15 pm Orff: Carmina Burana - NSO
Wed, Aug 9 8 pm Asian Youth Orchestra with Sarah Chang
Tue, Aug 15 8 pm Pilobolus
Sat, Sep 9 7:30 pm Gustavo Dudamel and the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela 

congrats to the 8th grade graduates - moving onto high school

Regal cinemas summer movies

Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime!Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute 
Regal Columbus Stadium 12 (Virginia Beach, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Commonwealth Center Stadium 20 & IMAX (Midlothian, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Countryside Stadium 20 (Sterling, VA) - Starts June 13
Regal Fox Stadium 16 & IMAX (Ashburn, VA) - Starts June 13
Regal Fredericksburg 14 (Fredericksburg, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Greenbrier Stadium 13 (Chesapeake, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Harbour View Grande Stadium 16 (Suffolk, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Harrisonburg Stadium 14 (Harrisonburg, VA) - Starts June 13
Regal Kiln Creek Stadium 20 (Newport News, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Kingstowne Stadium 16 & RPX (Alexandria (Kingstowne), VA) - Starts June 27
Regal Manassas Stadium 14 & IMAX (Manassas, VA) - Starts June 27
Regal New River Valley Stadium 14 (Christiansburg, VA) - Starts June 6
Regal New Town Stadium 12 (Williamsburg, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Potomac Yard Stadium 16 (Alexandria, VA) - Starts June 27
Regal River Ridge Stadium 14 (Lynchburg, VA) - Starts June 13
Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX (Richmond, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Southpark Mall Stadium 16 (Colonial Heights, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 & IMAX (Charlottesville, VA) - Starts June 13
Regal Strawbridge Marketplace Stadium 12 (Virginia Beach, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Valley View Grande Stadium 16 (Roanoke, VA) - Starts June 6
Regal Virginia Center Stadium 20 (Glen Allen, VA) - Starts June 20
Regal Virginia Gateway Stadium 14 & RPX (Gainesville, VA) - Starts June 27
Regal Westchester Commons Stadium 16 (Midlothian, VA) - Starts June 

graves mtn lodge pumkin picking

the reach group averages 30-80 fieldtrips and events each month - all the fieldtrip details are on the reach yahoo group and the reach calendar page. also once you become a member of reach you can join our facebook page.  

Great wolf lodge and REACH homeschool days - Williamsburg Sept 17th to the 22nd

REACH HOMESCHOOL EXPERIENCE DAYS
SEPTEMBER 17-22, 2017
Below is the key information. Please be sure to take note of the time sensitive dates.Group Name is: REACH HOMESCHOOL EXPERIENCE DAYS
SEPTEMBER 17-22, 2017
(No minimum stay required)Group Code is: 0917REACH
Family Suites - $99.00, plus taxes and fees = $145.18 per night
Kid Cabin Suites - $135.00, plus taxes and fees = $185.14
Loft Suites - $149.00, plus taxes and fees = $200.68
Majestic or Grizzly Bear Suites - $179.00, plus taxes and fees = $233.98
Rate includes passes to the waterpark at no additional charge! Reservation Cutoff Date is: THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017 Be advised there are a limited amount of rooms held for our group and are available on a first come basis. Rooms booked after our group allotment has been reached, or after our cutoff date are subject to availability and our rate may no longer apply. To ensure availability, book as soon as possible.
To make your family’s reservation by THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017Call Great Wolf Lodge’s Reservation Center at: 1-800-551-9653
OR Online at WWW.GREATWOLF.COM – Booking Code 0917REACH
All reservations are required to be guaranteed with a first night room deposit.
Cancellation policy: When bad weather or a family member’s sickness inhibits you from your travel plans we will gladly rebook your getaway. If you need to cancel your reservation, you will be refunded your deposit less 15% of your deposit so long as you cancel up to 7 days prior to your arrival date. If you cancel up to 4 days prior to arrival, then you will be refunded your deposit less 30% of your deposit. If your plans change at the last minute (or anytime within 3 days of arrival), call us and we’ll try to rebook your trip for different dates. You would only forfeit your deposit if we couldn’t rebook your getaway at all. You are subject to the best available rate on these new dates.
GREAT WOLF LODGE
549 EAST ROCHAMBEAU DRIVE
WILLIAMSBURG, VA 23188

young Eagles Flying Program

Young Eagles Flying Program - The next one will be on the 16th of Sept...This is for kids ages 8 to 17. IT is a FREE program - Time is 9:30am.  Location could be at Stafford or Shannon - will confirm later...
Parents/Legal guardian you must attend - you have to fill out the consent form for them to fly.
So hope you can make it to one of their FREE events. 

pizza hut book it program

Time to sign-up for the Pizza Hut reading program.. Check out the website for more details and to register.http://bookitprogram.com/homeschool/default.asp 

colonial williamsburg homeschool days - Sept 9th to the 24th.

Colonial Williamsburg Homeschool Days are Sept 9th to the 24th. You must purchase tickets before the event...HOMESCHOOL EXPERIENCES - Join Our Hands-on History LessonDuring Homeschool Days, students and their families can enjoy hands-on activities and revolutionary experiences designed to make colonial dramas come to life in a way that is educational and interactive. Plus, visits can be tailored to make your trip unforgettable with on-site lodging, 18th-century tavern dining, entertainment, and much more! Inspire the next generation of dreamers with a Colonial Williamsburg experience.2017 HOMESCHOOL DAYS - Fall: September 9 - 24, 2017 To purchase tickets and special programs for the Fall Homeschool Days visit their website.
To receive the Homeschooler discount, tickets must be purchased in advance on-line. All sales are final.What form of ID is needed to validate my Home educator status? Please provide one of the following IDs: Homeschool ID card, Homeschool Teacher ID card, or Homeschool letter from your district, if applicable (REACH provides REACH Homeschool Membership Cards and REACH Teacher Photo ID's) 

reach senior beta club ceremony

fredericksburg area museums sound of music - free events

FYI: Sounds of Summer at the Fredericksburg Area Museum - Historic Market Square next to their bldg. FREE This season's concert series is off to a great start!  Thank you to everyone who has attended-- we look forward to seeing you back in historic Market Square every Friday night through September 1. Concerts are from 7 - 9 PM and as always are free and open to the public.
7/14/17 The Dangerous Kitchen 
7/21/17 The Duskwhales
7/28/17 Steve Jarrell and Sons of The Beach
8/4/17 The Acoustic Onion
8/11/17 The Blue Tips Rhythm Revue
8/18/17 Don Brown's Soul Experience 
8/25/17 Feathered Fish
9/1/17 Elby Brass 

REACH RHO Chapter of the Eta sigma alpha national home school honor society

The Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society - RHO chapter is for students grades 9th -12th and is the first Honor Society established exclusively for homeschooled students.
REACH’s RHO chapter has the distinction of being one of the first chapters chartered in  this area.  
The last day to sign up for the RHO Chapter is the 5th of Sept 2017...  
It’s FREE! There are no annual fees for membership.
Members will receive a Certificate of Membership from the Eta Sigma Alpha Home School Honor Society along with a Membership Card.
Graduating seniors will be able to buy and wear Honors Graduation Regalia. (Contact Wanda for more details)
Students will have the opportunity to run and vote for Officer Positions.
Membership can also provide your High School Teens, grades 9 -12, the opportunity to socialize and develop new friendships. 

reach facebook page

Once you become a member of REACH you are welcome to join the REACH facebook page..... 
REACH .
https://www.facebook.com/groups/101605573741800/ 

REACH business page

Are you a mom or dad with a cottage or home business? An entrepreneur army of one or commanding a copius cadre?  We'd love to have you join us https://www.facebook.com/groups/161147747761554/
Come on in; introduce yourself and your business. We're looking forward to meeting you! 

Nat'l school improvement alliance math competition -homeschoolers are included this year

New this year home school students in 1st to 8th grade are included in Nat'l School Improvement Alliance math competition that will take place on the 17th of Feb in Norfolk.
There is a fee of $10.00 per student when you register - I am assuming that adults are free to attend.The National School Improvement Alliance will conduct the Virginia State-wide Math Competition in Norfolk on February 17, 2018. This year the event has been extended to include home school students.Being good in math is about practice and to put in the practice time, students need motivation. This event is open to ALL 1st-8th Graders and is a great way to establish excitement for math.Competition Specifics:
During a nearly 10-hour day, thousands of elementary and middle school students will rotate in and out of the competition sites, where they will work to qualify for the Regional Event to be held in Atlanta (March 2018). Hundreds will qualify for the Regional.Cost of Event:
There is a small entry fee of only $10 per student to help defray cost, but the hundreds that will progress to the Regional and/or National Events pay no additional fees. We only have 220 slots per grade level and some levels are starting to fill up. 

reach art awards - congratulations to the students

Monticello's homeschool day - sept 27th

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm Home Educators' Day is an annual event that welcomes the homeschool community and offers special tours and activities throughout Monticello’s Visitor Center and historic grounds.  Students can explore a variety of Jeffersonian topics at indoor and outdoor hands-on activity stations, take a special guided tour of Monticello, roll hoops and play games on the West Lawn, hike our trails, and more.Walk along Mulberry Row and download the app Slavery at Monticello: Life and Work on Mulberry Row while visiting recreated buildings and hearing the unforgettable stories of the people who lived and worked on Monticello’s “main street."  Explore the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center including the film Thomas Jefferson’s World,  the hands-on Griffin Discovery Room, and innovative exhibitions on architecture, the Monticello plantation and the creation of the United States. Light meals and refreshments are available for purchase at the Cafe at Monticello, and The Shop at Monticello provides shopping opportunities for books and other learning materials related to the exploration of the worlds of Thomas Jefferson.Home Educator special activities offered from 10:00 am–4:00 pm.  The grounds will be open from 8:30 am–6:00 pm.  Reservations are strongly recommended, though not required. 
ADULTS In advance$15.00/ 20 ADULTS Day Of $6 STUDENTS (AGES 5 & UP)Free CHILDREN 4 & UNDER Please call 434-984-9880 to reserve a house tour. 

prek & K and senior graduates of 2017

jamestown/yorktown homeschool days - sept 9th to the 24th

Jamestown/Yorktown Homeschool Days - Sept 9th to the 24th - they run the same time as Colonial Williamsburg... (Pricing and tickets for this event are not up yet- they should be released sometime in July) You must show that you are a Homeschooler - you will need ID - REACH will be giving out membership cards in Aug at the BTOSP and will again offer REACH Teacher Photo ID's as well)
Homeschool families have several options for learning about 17th-century life at Jamestown, America’s first permanent English settlement, and 18th-century colonial America and the Revolution. Find the option that fits your curriculum and schedule.
Homeschool Program Days
Includes age-appropriate hands-on programs for students and family guided tours at both museums, as well as admission to Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown throughout the program dates.
Homeschool Daily Rate - This is if you went on another day besides homeschool dates. 
Jamestown Settlement & The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Combination Ticket: students:$10.25; adults:$13.25
Jamestown Settlement Ticket: students:$7.00; adults: $9.00
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Ticket: students:$7.00; adults: $9.00 http://www.historyisfun.org/learn/homeschool-scouts/homeschool-program/ 

reach homecoming dance

About REACH

Our Goal

REACH's goal is to offer meaningful and educational opportunities for all homeschoolers in the Virginia area. REACH is Christian-led, but is open to all regardless of religion, race or politics. We are a very active group that participates in many field-trips and workshops for children of all ages.

Locations

REACH covers Orange, Culpeper, Madison, Greene Co, Charlottesville, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, King George, Caroline County, PWC, Warrenton, Manassas, Haymarket, Sumerduck, Remington, Dumfries, Woodbridge, Leesburg, Springfield, Fairfax, Reston, Herndon, Chantilly, Richmond, Caroline, Midlothian, Williamsburg, Colonial Beach, Glen Allen, Staunton, Winchester, DC, Maryland, and more.

Membership

REACH has a subscription fee of $36.00 per family per calendar year . The subscription includes monthly newsletters and all of the REACH emails. Membership cost is $36.00 for August 2017 to June 2018. In March membership drops to $20.00 and that runs to the end of June 2018.  

I will be accepting new memberships for 2017-2018 starting in April of 2017.  Your membership for next year will run from Aug to June of 2018

What We Do

Our events include:

  • Bowling League,  Homeschool Soccer
  • Reading Club, 
  • RHO Honor Society, National Beta Club
  • Young Eagle Flying Program
  • JR and SR Beta Clubs
  • Graduation for Pre-K,  8th Graders, Kindergarten, and Seniors
  • Homecoming, Valentines Dance and Prom
  • Great Wolf Lodge,  Colonial Williamsburg
  • Broadway shows in Richmond
  • Lego, Coin, Stamp, Chess Club
  • Drama 1 and Drama 2
  • Mad Science, Brickz for Kids
  • Reach 4H Club
  • Valentine's, Easter, End of School, Back to School, Harvest, and Christmas Parties
  • Contests, Art classes
  • Linda Bailey Nature Classes
  • Spanish,  ASL classes
  • Speakers and author book signings
  • National Geography Bee
  • Math with Mrs Mack 
  • Yearbook, School Pictures
  • Mythology Exam, Scripps Spelling Bee
  • Plays, Disney on Ice
  • Circus,  Harlem Globetrotters
  • Book club, teen literature, and writing club,
  • Homeschool Mom/Dad/Teacher of the Year
  • Lake Anna classes
  • Tons of field-trips
  • Potomac Nationals Reading Club
  • VA Opera show/Nutcracker
  • REACH Family Fun Day picnic
  • And so much more - we avg 30-80 events each month......

Membership

To join REACH fill out the form below. Membership cost is $36.00 for August 2017 to June 2018. In March membership drops to $20.00.
Have questions? Contact me - if paypal does not work please go to paypal and send to rhsgwanda11@comcast.net 

Your Name

Your Email

Your Phone

Years Homeschooling

Address

City

State

Zip Code

Names and Grades of Children

Select payment method

Dues to REACH are $36.00 per family for the year. Please send your check payable to REACH to:

Wanda Sloper

35451 Wilderness Shores Way

Locust Grove, VA 22508

Pay With Paypal

What REACH Means To Me

REACH is a fantastic resource to the MANY homeschool events that happen across the state of VA, particularly central VA. Wanda is an inexhaustible source of knowledge when it comes to this area and she schedules these fantastic field trips to places I didn't even know existed but that turn out to be gems and fit in so well with whatever we are studying at home. The other thing that is so wonderful is the group rates and discounts that she is able to secure because of the size of our group and because of her background and experience in scheduling these types of things. Even though we live over an hour from Fredricksburg and many of the events scheduled are too far away for us to participate in, we still join every year and it is always worth it. As long as we are homeschooling in this area, we will be members of REACH!

-Mrs. Buckley

The Reach Homeschool Group has been a wonderful blessing to me and my family. The wide range of activities, fieltrips, clubs, and a wide variety of events available to our families and homeschool community is so easily accessible through this group. You just receive the event information, and choose what is best for your family. When I joined back in 2008 after a two year tour in NC where there was a very limited amount of events to participate in, I was thrilled! Did several trips each month, and they were organized, educational and fun. I highly recommend this group. Thanks very much, to Wanda Sloper.

- The Kilhenny Family

REACH provides such a variety of opportunities for students and their parents – it is truly phenomenal! No matter your budget, time constraints, interests, or location – there is really something for everyone. REACH provides one time opportunities (seminars, classes, etc.) as well as annual events – where you are sure to run into friends you made from the year before. Not sure how Wanda manages it – but she arranges unique events for a wide variety of interests; everything including science, math, arts, music, theatre, clubs, sports, and more. REACH helps families find programs/events to expand the student’s knowledge and interests including introducing new topics of study with hands on experiences. 

linda m davies


We love REACH homeschool group. We have been the members of a couple other homeschool groups that promised a lot and did not deliver. REACH always delivers! We are homeschooling one child who is entering 4th grade. We have been members of REACH since she was in Kindergarten. REACH offers something for every age group. We have taken advantage of many opportunities, including classes REACH offers such as drawing and Mad Science. We have been on numerous local field trips, such as Ferry Farm trips, Leesylvania State Park, and even a tour of a sewage plant! REACH also organizes very affordable overnight family trips several of which we have taken advantage of, such as a trip by train to New York City and a trip to Disney World. As my daughter gets older we are really looking forward to many of the opportunities that REACH offers older children. Really, there is something for everyone. My only fear about REACH is that Wanda will retire before my daughter graduates. It would be a great loss to the homeschooling community.

- Mrs. Shojinga

We moved here 5 years ago and my 3 kids were still in public school. When we decided to homeschool, I was so scared and overwhelmed and unsure of myself. Then, I was introduced to REACH. I had found some direction, advice, opportunities and best of all, friends for children and myself! The field trips and clubs are incredible. The opportunities for learning and stretching and trying new things are endless. Wanda is a fabulous lady and works so hard for this group. I am so blessed to be a 3rd year veteran of REACH! 

Mrs G Spotsy VA 

REACH has been a God-send for us! No one ever said that homeschooling would be an easy journey,
but homeschooling an only child can be frustrating at times. REACH has provided the perfect outlet
for us because of the many field trips, clubs, and activities that are available for my son to participate in. 
He has been able to make several new friends, and enjoy spending time with other kids who in his same
situation. There are so many helpful, friendly, and just overall wonderful people within the REACH community!
We just could not ask for a better group, and we are so thankful to Ms. Wanda for all that she does to 
keep this group going!!! 

Carla and alex marvin

Being a member of REACH allows my family to pick and choose many activities that I enrich our homeschooling. We have gone to plays, a lavender farm and a presentation by Ken Ham about dinosaurs and creation. Without REACH, I would not know that these opportunities exist. Wanda does an excellent job of providing such a wide range of activities that there truly is something for everyone! We are hoping to do more this year, including some service projects. Being relatively new to Virginia, REACH has helped us to explore more of our surrounding areas

- Mrs. Anderson

We joined reach in 2010 after moving here from our 5th duty station in Chesterfield Michigan. We started at Anthony Burns Elmementary in Stafford Virginia  3rd grade which lasted for three months. Due to over crowding and my child being shuffled around like a deck of cards we decided to try moving her to another school but in the process we met a homeschooling group that was Caltholic and tried to fit in but with a Baptist. Back ground we were like fish out of water lol. The person who now I call my extended family Karen Clamenta introduced us to Wanda Via internet and we meet up at the bowling alley and joined immediately after meeting some great families. Most of the families we still hang out with and others we see from time to time at various events. Wanda has been such a blessing in our lives it would take me hours to share but I'll give you just a taste of why she has won my heart. She's kind, funny, intelligent, fair, empathic, sincere, consistent in trying to do her best with all the other things she has going on in her life. I haven't yet caught her off her game in running reach homeschool group. She's not perfect but who is? But I must say she is perfect for reach and she has a gift that many people envy her for I can tell you that lol. My family is over joyed with being a reach family member and hopefully we can remain members until Breanna enters 12 grade in three years. Reach is more than a group  to us, it's our family. Thanks Wanda and Mr. Sloper for doing what God ask of you and that's to love thy neighbor as thyself..

God bless the Blankenship family (Tonya, Brian, Breanna and Ariel