REACH Homeschool Events - 2023 and 2024
REACH is a very active group - we average 30 to 80 events per month. We have something for kids of all ages..
The website is a sample of the things that REACH offers - We post all of our events on our Facebook page - SO once you are
a member you will be added to our FB group page so you can get info on all of our events...
I will start posting our events for Fall of 2023 in August - so make sure to check back for updated info.
REACH Back to School Party - Aug 11th, 2023
REACH Back to School Party is Aug 11th at Chancellor
Christian Church off of Brock Rd (11409 Brock Rd) in Spotsy
Co from 10-3pm. This is where you will come and sign-up for fieldtrips, clubs, activities and more.
It is best to bring your calendar with you along with a pen or
pencil to fill out your form and to sign my clipboards.
Usually at this event I will have around 150+ fieldtrips and
activities for you to sign-up that day - alot have to be
prepaid - so please bring cash, checkbook, venmo or paypal.
I am in need of some volunteers to help out that day - it is a
busy day and I can always use help for this event.
I will set up the night before on the 10th of Aug around 6pm.
So need workers that evening for set-up. Should only take
about an hr or two for set-up.
Clubs you are welcome to come and set up a table and
showcase your clubs. Teachers you are welcome to come
and talk about your classes.
The event is a come and go - so you don't have to stay
the whole time. I will have fieldtrips on the tables for kids of
Also that day I will be collecting toilet paper and paper towels
as well - if you can donate that would be wonderful and will
also collect can and food goods so we can keep stocking
our food pantry. So if you can please help and donate.
Homeschool Skating at Cavalier in Stafford
Every Tuesday from 1-4pm.
Cavalier Skating in Stafford off of route 1.
$5.00 Admission - extra charge for skate rental.
Pokemon Club - Ages 8 and up - Fall Club - This club is now full
Fall Pokemon club – (YHP) in Fredericksburg. 12:30pm to 2:30pm every other Monday starting Sept to Dec 2023.
The cost is $10.00 for the club per student. This will be a one-time fee that Mr Jim Squires will collect and this will go
toward the club for raffle prizes. If tournaments are scheduled there will be additional cost for them - but he will let you know
and those are optional if you want to play or not.
Club will run Jan to May. This will be a great time for players of all skill levels from ages 8 and up. We will start off
with informal play/teaching sessions, but if interest is high enough, the employees of YHP will host a tournament with prizes
for us. Players should bring their own decks, but we should have around 5 extra decks for those that need to borrow one.
We are happy to teach anyone that hasn’t played before.
Many thanks to the Squires family for putting together this club for REACH families....
August 2023 at Reclaim Arcade in Fredburg - there are 2 time frames to attend - 10-noon and 1-3pm. This is a PRIVATE event and only our group will be there.
This is for all ages - Come and meet other homeschoolers and have a fun morning or afternoon playing unlimited pinball or video games. This is a fun event and many adults who grew up in the 80's will appreciate the nostalgia of the place.
Comment below how many attending and which time frame - limited spots per timeframe. Pymt will be due by the 1st of Aug - so you have now till Aug 1st to pay.
Reclaim will be selling food that day so if you want to help support them you can purchase food and drinks that day.
Also for everyone that attends you will be entered to win a 4 person pass to come back and visit another day of your choice - so see me for a raffle ticket.
Reclaim Arcade is located in Fredburg behind Cowboy Jacks. 2324 Plank Rd, Fredburg, VA
Hope to see you there.
REACH's Prek to 3rd Grade Club - Meets monthly
Runs Sept to May 2023-24
The kick off of the new year for the Prek to 3rd Grade club
is set for Aug 28th. This club is limited in numbers. Make
sure to visit the post in our Facebook group on how to rsvp
REACH Career Club at the Church.
FREE event to attend.
Watch for sign-up on the Facebook group page - rsvp is required for this event.
Homeschool Bowling League - Sept 2023
Come and join other homeschoolers for a fun 13 week bowling league at AMF
Bowling alley in Fredburg.
We will start up in Sept and end in Dec. Bowl 3 games and shoe rental is
included. For all the details
visit the REACH Facebook group page for dates, time and cost.
Molecular Gastronomy - Part 1 of 5 Stem Series - Limited Spaces
CLASS: Molecular Gastronomy - taught by Miss Shelly Michelle Watson
New STEM Series for elementary through middle school starting September 2023.
Secure your spot ASAP as class size is limited.
This class will be held at the church off of Brock road in Spotsylvania on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. beginning September 6th and running until October 11th.
Throughout this class students will review some of the basic principles of Molecular Gastronomy such as Spherification, Emulsification, Flash Freezing, Sous Vide, Deconstruction, Gelation, and Meat Gluing. We will then use our techniques to create food items using molecular gastronomy such as boba, gel noodles, foams, powders, yogurt “ravioli,” sorbet, etc.
These classes will be geared towards mid-elementary through middle school aged students. The cost of this class is $75 (includes church rental and cleaning fee) and also a $15 fee for supplies.
Each student will be required to come to class prepared with a basic toolbox (pencil, eraser, scissors, glue stick, crayons/colored pencils). Students will also need to bring each week to class the folders I provide them week one.
Classes with Ms Watson - Science Topics through Experimentation
CLASS: Introduction to Science Topics through Experimentation - taught by Miss Shelly Michelle Watson.
New Science Series for elementary through middle school starting September 2023.
Secure your spot ASAP as class size is limited.
This class will be held at the church off of Brock road in Spotsylvania on Wednesday mornings from 10:45-Noon beginning September 6th and running until October 11th.
Throughout this class students will review some of the basic principles of the science disciplines that we will study in the other sessions throughout the year including Biology and dissection, Anatomy, Botany & Zoology, and Microbiology & Virology. We will then conduct fun hands-on science experiments each week that will be sure to amaze you!
We will begin by learning the scientific method and learn the importance of making a hypothesis. Then, we will use the scientific method to complete several experiments.
For all the details visit the REACH Facebook group page
Human Body Systems
Science Classes Alert - Starting Sept 6th and running for 5 weeks at the Church - For 6th to 12th graders - 3-4pm - Cost is $60.00 for the class. Class will be held in the Library. Limit 15 students.
IF you would like to take this class comment below - pymt is due by the 15th of Aug. You can pay at the BTOSP on the 11th of Aug - or paypal or venmo.
Science Classes Alert! Intro to the Body Systems 5 Session Course. Students will learn about the Skeletal System, Muscular System, Central Nervous System, Circulatory System, Respiratory System. Class will be presented as a combination of lecture, video and hands on learning. We will focus on one system per session.
Class will be taught by Cynthia Thomas, Licensed Massage Therapist for 10 years. Runs private practice In Locust Grove, taught anatomy & physiology, kinesiology and body assessments as an instructor at massage schools. She currently homeschools her 2 daughters.
The Holocaust and WW2 Class
New class forming this fall. The Holocaust and WW2.
This class will run for 12 weeks - 2 sessions of 6.
Sign-ups will be at the Back to School Party in Aug.
Biology 1 with Lab and Honors Biology 1 with Lab - Yearlong course
Biology I with Lab and Honors Biology I with Lab are full-year high school level courses taught by Dr. O’Quinn.
Pre/corequisite is Algebra I. Please speak with me directly for exceptions.
Students will be introduced to the beauty and principles of biological science through the discussion of the basis of life, its building blocks, growth, genetics, classification of life from unicellular to multicellular organisms including the 6 kingdoms of life, photosynthesis, how populations change over time, and ecology. In addition to lectures, hands-on activities and labs will be emphasized during our meeting times. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.
Honors students will demonstrate a greater level of mastery and will complete a capstone project involving individual research.
Additional meetings as necessary to work on the capstone will be scheduled beginning in the Spring Semester.
For more info on dates, times and cost visit our REACH Facebook page.
Chemistry 1 with Lab or Honors Chemistry - Yearlong class
Chemistry I with Lab or Honors Chemistry I with Lab
This is the 2nd of 4 posts in regards to classes I will be teaching next year: Chemistry I with Lab or Honors Chemistry I with Lab, Biology I with Lab or Honors Biology I with Lab, Pre-Algebra/Algebra IA, and Algebra I.
Chemistry I with Lab and Honors Chemistry I with Lab are full-year high school level courses taught by Dr. O’Quinn. Prerequisite is Algebra I. Please speak with me directly for exceptions.
Students will be introduced to the principles of Chemistry through the discussion of the periodic table and its trends, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonds, types of chemical reactions, acids and bases, balancing equations and stoichiometry, nuclear chemistry, and kinetics. In addition to lectures, hands-on activities and labs will be emphasized during our meeting times. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.
Honors students will demonstrate a greater level of mastery and will complete additional projects. Additional meetings to work on Honors level work will be scheduled on an as needed basis.
Young Eagles Flight - Resumes Sept 2023 - FREE for
ages 8-17 yrs of age
Saturday, April 22, EAA, Chapter 1099 will conduct our first Young Eagles Rally of 2023. The rally
will be at Stafford Regional Airport from 9AM until about noon. EAA Chapter 1099 will offer
FREE introductory flights to ALL YOUTH 8-17 YEARS OLD in
company with or with a release signed by a PARENT or LEGAL GUARDIAN.
Flyers that are coming with other families or with organizations will need an advanced registration
form signed by a parent or legal guardian to participate. We cannot fly a minor without knowledge of and
approval of parents or legal guardians. Parents or organizers can contact me for these forms. I can mail them to
you or drop them at either airport (other) for your pick-up in advance of the rally.
The 2023 schedule is as follows:
September 9 -Stafford
October 21 -Shannon (week before Harvest Fest)
November 4 -Stafford
Please provide this schedule and material to anyone you feel might have an interest in
participation. Flights will begin at 9AM on Saturday and will continue until every eligible Young Eagle is flown,
however these events are often over by noon. All rallies are subject to weather and in the event of a weather
cancellation, an email message will be sent out around 7PM Friday, before the event, to all who have provided me
an email address. Sunday, April 23, will be considered as a back-up date, but will start about noon.
Young Eagles information is found at EAA.org/youngeagles. Every Young Eagle may fly one time at each
and any Young Eagle event. In fact, Young Eagles who are serious about becoming a flyer, are encouraged to fly in
many different aircraft with different pilots to broaden their aviation experience.
American Rover Sailboat Fieldtrip - Sept 2023
The American Rover offers 1.5 and 2 hour educational cruises departing from Norfolk’s Waterside Marina.
Limit 120 total - This is for all ages - RSVP on the Facebook group page.
Hands-on activities enable students to become active participants in the learning adventure. On board, students will have the
opportunity to set the sails, learn to tie basic knots, hear about the history of ships and sailing and take a turn at the
helm while the captain discusses the tools they use to navigate.
Hands-on activities enable students to become active participants in the learning adventure.
Students will: Set the sails, Steer the ship, Learn how the Captain navigates
Hear stories of Mariner History and Life, Tie Sailor Knots
Interact in Group Activities, Learn the History of Ships and Sailing
Address is 333 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA
The ED Games Expo - Wash DC - Sept 2023 - Limited spots
If you are interested in attending this event please comment below - I can only take 24 Elementary students 1st to 5th
and 24 Middle/High Schoolers 6th to 12th graders. This event is FREE and it is in Wash DC at the JFK Center for the
Performing Arts REACH Building. Once I reach 24 students I will update that the event is FULL and a waiting list will start.
PLEASE NOTE that if you sign up for either session you cannot bring extra kids to the event only the ones you rsvp'd for.
If you sign up for this event and you find you cannot go PLMK asap so we can offer your spot to another student who will
want to attend. As time gets closer I will have more details to share about this event. Right now I just registered our group.
The ED GAMES EXPO is the annual showcase of more than 150 game-changing innovations in education technology (EdTech)
developed through funding programs at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education and
across government. The 9th ED GAMES EXPO will occur at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts REACH
in Washington, DC
“Elementary School” Visit the ED GAMES EXPO: 10AM to 12PM for a 2-hour session to: Wed Sept 20th only.
Try out learning technologies across STEM, reading, social and emotional learning, social studies, and other topics, while
interacting with the developers.
Attend a Master Class Learning Lesson by developers such as PocketLab, Teachley, or Killer Snails, or a How The Learning
Game Was Made event like this one by PBS Kids in 2019 to learn about the skills and careers involved in creating a learning
game that millions of children play.
“Middle and High Schools” Visit the ED GAMES EXPO: 12:30PM to 2:30PM for a 2-hour session to: Wed Sept 20th only.
Try out learning technologies across STEM, reading, social and emotional learning, social studies, career skills, and others,
while meeting the developers. See examples from the 2021 Guide for the types of Tabletop Demos occurring in 2023.
Attend a Master Class Learning Lesson by developers such as Filament Games, Hats and Ladders, or Gigantic Mechanic, or
attend a So You Want to be a Game Developer panel where the experts will share the story about how they became learning game
developers, so that students are inspired to think about their own education and career aspirations.
Chuck E Cheese playdate - Sept 2023 in Fredburg.
Chuck E Cheese play date for homeschoolers - Arrive at 1pm for pizza and drinks and then go play.
Broadway Show - Frozen - Richmond
Show is Thursday Oct 12th at 1pm at the Altria Theater in
Richmond. This is a ticketed event so you will need to pick
up your tickets before the show. You can pick up at the
church or a REACH fieldtrip I am on or send me a SASE
and I will mail them back to you.
There are NO REFUNDS on this event once I purchase
your tickets - your tickets are only good for the 12th of Oct.
Recommended for ages 6 and up. Please note Children
under the age of 2 will not be admitted to Broadway
in Richmond performances.
IF you would like to attend comment below - pymt is due
in full by the 10th of Aug.
From the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin, Frozen,
the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across
North America and the critics rave, “It’s simply magical!”
(LA Daily News). Heralded by The New Yorker as “thrilling”
and “genuinely moving,” Frozen features the songs you know
and love from the original Oscar®-winning film, plus an
expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s
songwriters, Oscar winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and
EGOT winner Robert Lopez. Oscar winner Jennifer Lee
(book), Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage
(director), and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer)
round out the creative team that has won a cumulative 16
Tony Awards. An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, Frozen is everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.
Homecoming Dance - Oct 2023 This event is now SOLD OUT
REACH Homecoming Dance - Oct 2023 - Make sure to rsvp for this event as it will sell out - Time of dance 6-10 pm. Lots of fun, food, dancing, Homecoming King and Queen and more - all the details can be found on our facebook group page.
MCM Kids Run - Oct 2023
We are thrilled to announce that the MCM Kids Run will be returning to the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on October 28, 2023! This year will mark the 22nd time that aspiring runners, ages 5 to 12, will conquer the mile distance and earn a special medal and commemorative t-shirt. In addition to the run, kids will enjoy a free family festival, healthy snacks, mascots and more.
The festivities will also include an opportunity to win the Healthy School Award! The five schools that register the largest number of students to participate in the MCM Kids Run will be presented the Healthy School Award, sponsored by Sodexo. The Healthy School Award is a monetary prize presented to the winning schools’ physical education departments.
Student Matinee - Hamlet in Richmond - limited seating
Whether it’s your students’ first experience with live arts, or an opportunity to bring the page to life as a supplement to your curriculum, our Student Matinee series has something for every class! Student matinees give youth the opportunity to experience live theater – often for the first time – and help them actively engage with the stories and themes they see onstage. From contemporary new work to classic Shakespeare plays, this season's offerings promise to inspire and challenge young theatergoers of all ages. Performances sell out quickly, so reserve your tickets today.
Who - Richmond Shakespeare
What - Hamlet Student Matinees
Time - 10:30am
Where - Dominion Energy Center's Gottwald Playhouse in Richmond
Cost - $15.00 per person. Recommended for Middle school and up.
Seats reserved - 25
Peppa Pig Sing-Along Party - Dec 1st, 2023
Peppa Pig Sing-Along Party
Friday, December 1, 2023 @ 6PM | Carpenter Theatre @ Dominion Energy Center | 600 E. Grace Street, Richmond. VA
Peppa, George, Mummy, Pig, and Daddy Pig are throwing a Sing‐Along Party and you are invited! In this new show you can join in the fun as Peppa and friends teach some of their favorite songs. Dance, clap, and sing with Peppa and her family along with Pedro, Pony, Suzy Sheep, and Gerald Giraffe.
Blow up those balloons and get the disco ball ready as you and your family party along with Peppa in the 60 minute plus intermission interactive musical adventure.
Tickets are $23.50 per person - tickets will be in sections First and Second Dress Choice.
If you are interested in attending I will need to order tickets no later then August 1st. Pymt for the tickets will be due Aug. 20th. Once I purchase the tickets there are NO REFUNDS - so if you cannot attend you are welcome to sell your tickets to someone else.
This is a ticketed event so you will need to pick up tickets from me before the show.
Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland Show - Dec 2023 - This event is now closed out - tickets are in.
Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland is a must-see holiday event to usher in the magic of the season. Igniting joy and wonder to your theater like never before, Wonderland is an all-new musical journey that will transport audiences to a magical land far away for a fun-filled holiday-themed show experience they will never forget.
Audiences will be dazzled by the acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks, and holiday cheer. The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with a musical mix of timeless seasonal favorites.
Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland is an unforgettable experience for the entire family to enjoy a world-class circus experience infused with the holiday classics we all love. Create memories you will cherish forever at Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland!