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Name: Shannon R. Hodges
Date registered: June 20, 2017

Latest posts

  1. Global Citizens Helping REES — September 26, 2019
  2. Success Week & Walk to School Day — September 25, 2019
  3. Common Sense Media: Helping Families Make Smart Media Choices — September 22, 2019
  4. Concerned about your child’s development? — September 22, 2019
  5. Understanding the Gifted Identification Process — September 19, 2019

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Sep 26

Global Citizens Helping REES

Check out the wonderful improvements in the REES garden! We would love to thank Eagle Scout Oliver Hite and the rest of RVA Troop 770 for their hard work and dedication to beautify these areas. When this work is finished, there will be a commemorative plaque, and even some QR codes to help provide information about the various flowers and plants.  We would also like to thank Tommy Threewitts for his help in coordinating this project. 

Many thanks to these wonderful global citizens!

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Sep 25

Success Week & Walk to School Day

Let’s move our feet so others can eat!

We are excited to be celebrating our annual Success Week September 30 – October 4. During PE, students will walk/run/jog to help the Henrico Christmas Mother food drive while promoting physical fitness and global citizenship. On Wednesday, October 2, we will be celebrating with kids all over the world by participating in Walk to School Day. If you live outside of a safe walking distance, meet up with other REES Eagles at Walgreens to walk to school. Our large group of families and faculty members will leave there at 7:05. Henrico County Police Officers will be along the route as well. In addition, our neighborhood Twin Hickory Starbucks is happily partnering  with REES to provide free coffee to all teachers, staff, volunteers, and parents participating in our National Walk to School Event. Let’s turn the charity into a good cause! Cash donations will be welcomed to support the REES PTA (suggested amount is $1.00 or more). We’ll have a table set up outside of the school.

To add even more excitement to Success Week, students are encouraged to participate in our Spirit Days.

  • Monday, Oct. 24: Wear our Rivers Edge spirit wear or our school colors (Blue, Silver, and White).

  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: Wear your team uniform (baseball, soccer, karate, dance, etc…school appropriate and no cleats, please!)

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26: Wear your favorite fitness clothes (sweat suits, jogging shoes, headbands, wristbands, etc.)

  • Thursday, Oct 27: Wear your favorite team’s jersey or shirt.

  • Friday, Oct 28: Wear your favorite team’s hat all day long!


We are excited about our fun week and appreciate all the hard work that Mr. Rutman put into planning this for us!

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Sep 22

Common Sense Media: Helping Families Make Smart Media Choices

Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today — especially our children’s.  Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.  Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn.  Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant.

Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. They offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Their Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.

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Sep 22

Concerned about your child’s development?

In Henrico County, it is the responsibility of Henrico Schools to help coordinate the “Child Find” process. Child Find is the process school divisions must use to locate, identify and evaluate children who need special education and related services. It is the first step in the process of determining if a child is eligible for special education. For more information, click on one of the links below.

HCPS Child Find Flyer (English)

HCPS Child Find Flyer (Spanish)

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Sep 19

Understanding the Gifted Identification Process

Families interested in learning more about Henrico County’s gifted identification process and services can click here for a copy of our Gifted Identification Process Presentation.

  • Additional information can be found on the HCPS Gifted Program web page:
  • The timeline below details dates for the HCPS Gifted Identification Process.


October 7-25, 2019 Parent and Teacher Referrals for Grades 3-5 due to Shannon Hodges via email ( Gifted Referral FAQs for Grades 2-12
October 11, 2019

8:00-8:30 am (in Gym)

Family Information Session: K-5 Gifted Identification Process
November 1, 2019 Referral Letters, Academic Referral Forms, and Parent/Guardian Questionnaires sent to families in the process
November 12-14, 2019 CogAT Testing for all HCPS 2nd Grade students

·         Nov. 12=Verbal, Nov. 13=Quantitative, Nov. 14=Nonverbal

November 8, 2019 Academic Referral Forms and Parent/Guardian Questionnaires due to Shannon Hodges
January 2020 Portfolios are finalized and result letters sent to families.


January 6-24, 2020 Parent and Teacher Referrals for Grades K-2 due to Shannon Hodges via email ( Gifted Referral FAQs for Grades K-1
January 31, 2020 Referral Letters, Academic Referral Forms, and Parent/Guardian Questionnaires sent to families in the process
February 7, 2020 Academic Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire due to Shannon Hodges
February 19-21, 2020 Gifted Programs testing window for administration of CogATs for referred students in grades Kg and 1.

·         Feb. 19=Verbal, Feb. 20=Quantitative, Feb. 21=Nonverbal

April 2020 Portfolios are finalized and results letters sent to families.

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Sep 17

“Free” Money

There are several easy ways to earn money for Rivers Edge Elementary School while shopping at your favorite stores.


  1. Sign up for a account.
  2. Click Publix Partners.
  3. Select Rivers Edge Elementary.
  4. Enter your phone number every time you check out.  They’ll give cash to our school every time your shop!

Amazon Smile

  1. Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity.  Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select Rivers Edge Elementary School PTA to support.


  1. Create an Online Kroger account.
  2. Go to
  3. Sign-in with your email and password.
  4. Select My Account then Account Settings from drop down menu.
  5. Click ‘edit’ under Community Rewards.  If prompted, enter personal information.
  6. Under Find your Organization:  Enter Rivers Edge Elementary, then search.
  7. Then save changes.
  8. If you have registered correctly, you should now see your organization information listed under Community Rewards on your Account Summary page.

Box Tops

Box tops will donate money to REES when you cut, clip, and send in box tops to your child’s teacher AND when you download the free Box Tops app at and scan your receipt with Box Top items.  At the moment, you can get double credit for a physical clip as well as for a scan if there are products you buy right now with a clip.  Additional information concerning Box tops is attached.


Thank you for considering these options.

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Sep 17

REES Girls are on the Run!

Rivers Edge Elementary hosts the Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond Program. GOTR is a curriculum-based, after school character development program designed for our 3rd– 5th grade girls. Ms. Lebling, Ms. Jacobs, Ms. Wootton, and Ms. Reeves enjoy every minute with our GOTR crew!

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Sep 11

Global Citizens Remember 9/11

A group of teachers and fifth grade students spent their recess walking up and down a flight of stairs to honor the firefighters who trekked up and down the steps of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. In order to understand how it felt for the NY fire fighters to climb approximately 2,000 stairs, our group went up and down 44 times. We are very proud of our #GlobalCitizens at Rivers Edge!

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Sep 10

It’s time to order your spirit wear!

Show your Eagle Pride and order your spirit wear today!  ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED ONLINE.  Please visit the link below to order your 2019/2020 spirit wear.

These items are only available for a limited time so DON’T WAIT, ORDER NOW!


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Sep 05

Clothing to Cash $$$

Please consider dropping off clothes, towels, sneakers, linens, etc. any time in our Clothing to Cash parking lot bin.  All collected clothing in good or better condition will be given a second life at local thrift stores.  Less than good condition clothing will be repurposed (i.e., items worn out could be turned into rags). Poor condition clothing will be processed for recycling.  Rivers Edge earns money based on the weight of the donated items each month.

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