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

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  1. We have the best PTA! — September 18, 2020
  2. HCPS Library Digital Resources and Databases — September 17, 2020
  3. #REESstrong even from a Distance — September 13, 2020
  4. Technology Tips for Chromebooks — September 10, 2020
  5. Kindergarten iPad Troubleshooting — September 9, 2020

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Sep 18

We have the best PTA!

We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from our PTA! They work diligently to reinforce the hard work of our teachers and staff. Please remember to join this group at and follow their “Rivers Edge PTA” Facebook page. Learn more about our amazing PTA partnership by clicking on the video link below.

REES PTA’s Welcome to the 2020-21 

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Sep 17

HCPS Library Digital Resources and Databases

Click on the link below for materials that provide learners with access to resources for reading, research, exploration, and discovery. You can also contact Mrs. Roberts or Ms. Parker for more tips, resources, and personalized book suggestions!

HCPS Library Digital Resources and Databases

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Sep 13

#REESstrong even from a Distance

Rivers Edge teachers have always been known for their hard work and dedication, but this year we remain in awe of their ingenuity, resilience, and unwavering commitment to their students’ success. During our First Nine Online, we are even more grateful for the concerted efforts shown by our teachers and staff members. After a very busy summer of professional learning and preparation, we have already witnessed many amazing connections being made with their students and families. Our REES team has built a strong foundation that will last well beyond our First Nine Online.  #REESstrong

We look forward to connecting with our families this week during our Kindergarten Meet-and-Greets (see teacher emails for directions to register) as well as our 1st-5th Virtual Back to School Night (Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.)  #StrongerTogether

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Sep 10

Technology Tips for Chromebooks

We appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility as we have jump started our First Nine Online! Below are a few tech tips that have helped several students get and remain online.


  1. For any issue, try restarting the Chromebook. It really works miracles sometimes and should be done at least once a week. Also, make sure your child has removed any users that the Chromebook may have remembered from the previous school year. This can be done on the startup screen by clicking on the down arrow icon beside the user’s name and choosing remove user.
  1. If you see this error message, just click cancel repeatedly.
  1. If your child is having problems with Google assignments loading in Schoology, try refreshing the page first.
  1. If you child is experiencing some kind of permissions error when they try to load a Google assignment, there are a few fixes. Reconnecting the Google app to Schoology could help. Follow this link to see a slideshow with instructions.

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Sep 09

Kindergarten iPad Troubleshooting

Kindergarten Families,

We are so excited to have you all at Rivers Edge (“REES”)! Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we’ve started this virtual school year. HCPS has created the document below to assist with iPad troubleshooting. Please click the link below for helpful tips. #REESstrong

Kindergarten iPad Troubleshooting

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Sep 07

Read, Learn, Explore, & Share

Thanks to the hard work of Mrs. Roberts, we can all access REES library resources with one click! Explore the link below to find books and enrichment ideas, ask questions, and share what you are reading. Mrs. Roberts, Ms. Parker, and Ms. Kier all look forward to seeing students during their weekly resources!

Rivers Edge Virtual Library Learning Commons

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Sep 03

We LOVE Our Eagles!!

We cannot thank our Rivers Edge community enough for the smiles you brought to our Drive Thru Open House! It was so great to see nearly all of our 800+ students driving through to pick up their Welcome Bags and meet their teachers. The excitement of our families, students, teachers, and staff members all coming together reminds us that all will be well. We are #REESstrong!!


Click this video link or the picture below to enjoy just a small sampling of our fabulous Open House! Please remember that REES encourages families to turn-off the auto-play feature when viewing videos.

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Sep 02

We have the most supportive community!

Rivers Edge is surrounded by the most supportive community! Many thanks to Michelle Ives, Minister for Children and Families at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, who dropped off treats for all 80 of our staff members this morning. She reached out to us offering encouragement and support. She said they wanted to “show our appreciation to our local elementary school teachers and staff especially during this super unique year.” What perfect timing for this generous act of kindness! Thank you, Mt Vernon!

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Sep 01

What will the day look like for students?

Imagine that it’s early on the morning of Sept. 8 and you’re staring at a Chromebook, iPad or laptop for the start of our new, predominantly virtual school year.

What comes next?

To help families better understand the tools and technologies behind virtual learning, HCPS will offer a series of virtual learning “Help Chats.” The chats include a series of prerecorded videos and LIVE question-and-answer sessions this week that will help get you from login to learning.

The prerecorded videos are available now, by going to this new playlist on HCPS’ YouTube channel.

If you’d like to skip to a particular topic, the videos are also linked here:

If after watching the videos you still have questions, then our LIVE sessions will provide a chance to get additional answers or guidance.

Three live, interactive sessions using Microsoft Teams will take place Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The sessions will consist of HCPS experts answering questions and taking a step-by-step approach to virtual learning for all grade levels. All three sessions will be similar and no registration is required.

Note: These sessions are specifically designed for families and students who are using PowerSchool, Schoology, Microsoft Teams and HCPS-issued devices for the very first time.

To join the sessions, go to at any of the following times on Thursday, Sept. 3:

  • 10 a.m. session.
  • 2 p.m. session.
  • 6 p.m. session.

If you’re new to PowerSchool, Schoology, Microsoft Teams or the HCPS-issued devices, then I hope you’ll join me on Sept. 3 for the live discussions! (If you can’t attend, no worries. Each session will be recorded for later viewing.)

P.S. For more information about HCPS’ predominantly virtual start to the 2020-21 school year, go to three places:


  1. Our Mission Forward page at
  2. Our page dedicated to virtual learning:
  3. The “how-to” video series at this new playlist on HCPS’ YouTube channel

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Aug 25

HCPS Expands Mobile Tech Hubs

iPads (Kg) and Chromebooks (1st-5th) can still be picked up at the Deep Run High School bus loop from August 31 – Sept. 4 between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm.


Henrico County Public Schools’ four mobile technology hubs will offer expanded technical support hours for the last two weeks of summer, before transitioning to regular school-year hours at all HCPS secondary schools.

Abbreviated summer hours for HCPS’ four mobile tech hubs had been scheduled to continue until just before the start of school, but from Aug. 24-Sept. 4 hours will be expanded and the mobile hubs will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Beginning Sept. 8 (the first day of school), normal technology support hours will start at all HCPS secondary schools. Middle and high school students will get technical support at mobile tech hubs stationed at their schools. Elementary students should go to the nearest HCPS high school for technical support. HCPS staff members will continue to receive technical support at their assigned schools.

The mobile hubs will help with repairs to student iPads, Chromebooks and laptops, as well as device exchanges and other needed support. Wi-Fi hot spots for families without internet access will also be available at middle and high schools while supplies last.

Revised tech support summer hours:

  • Aug. 24-28: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Aug. 31-Sept. 4: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


  • Deep Run High School, 4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.
  • Douglas Freeman High School, 8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va.
  • Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va.
  • Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Ave., Highland Springs, Va.

School-year tech support hours:

  • Sept. 8 (first day of school): tech support begins during normal school hours, Monday through Friday.


  • All HCPS middle and high schools.

Families who need help with HCPS technology can email and a member of the HCPS Technology team will respond by the next business day to provide assistance.

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