Box Tops For Education 2017-2018The Box Tops for Education program has given away over $800 million to schools across America. Rivers Edge has earned more than $22,000 since 2004 from the Box Tops for Education program. Last year alone we raised $2,000. The money raised goes directly back to the students through teacher stipends and enrichment programs.


Box Tops for Education (BTFE) offers many easy ways to help our school earn money:
1. Clip: Box tops coupons from hundreds of participating products and send them to school. Box tops are worth 10 cents each when we redeem them.
2. Join Box Tops online now: — it’s easy and free!

  • Bonus Box Tops offers monthly promotions and sweepstakes where you can enter for a chance to win thousands of Bonus Box Tops for our school.
  • Coupons which can be downloaded on Box Tops eligible products
  1. Box Tops Bonus App: Free app found in either the App Store or Google Play, which gives Rivers Edge extra Box Tops when receipts are submitted.
  • Participants must have a Box Tops account linked to Rivers Edge
  • Check the app for bonus opportunities
  • Scan receipt
  • Rivers Edge account is automatically credited

** If you do not wish to download the app, but would still like to participate, send in your receipt with your child’s teacher’s name on it OR send a picture to and it will be done for you and credited toward your child’s class.

Box Tops are found on many common products such as:

  • General Mills cereals (e.g. Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Chex)
  • Ziploc products
  • Hefty products (e.g. cups, garbage bags)
  • Green Giant vegetables
  • Progresso soups
  • Yoplait yogurt
  • Land O’Lakes butter
  • Motts applesauce
  • Nature Valley granola bars
  • Annie’s Organic products
  • Totino’s
  • Fiber One
  • Larabar
  • Old El Paso products
  • Kleenex
  • Lysol products
  • Boise Paper
  • Many others (check the BTFE website for a full list)

We will have several collecting contests throughout the year – the class with the most collected per student will win a special prize.  Our goal this year is to raise $2,000.


Thanks and happy clipping! 

Memories for a lifetime!

Students love getting their yearbooks and having their friends sign them at the end of the school year. The lowest price for yearbooks is RIGHT NOW!

REES Yearbooks are $27 for a hard back book full of 80 pages worth of memories from the 2017-2018 school year. The price will go up on November 1st, so make sure you reserve your copy now!

Online ordering with a credit card is easy. Just click on the Logo below and it will take you to the website. If you would like your child’s yearbook personalized on the front, this is only available for online orders for an additional fee.


Yearbook Order Link


or send in your check with the following order form: YEARBOOK ORDER FORM


Throughout the school year lots of our parents take pictures at various school events or in the classroom. We need your help as photographers and volunteers can’t be everywhere at once. Let’s start now with the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PHOTOS! Please upload your best photos from the first day of school and they might be published in the yearbook! Click on the logo below to upload your photos, now!

Upload Your Yearbook Photos to REPLAYIT.COM


Search for Rivers Edge Elementary School in Glen Allen and select it.
It will then ask you to register with your email address. If you already have an account, all you need to do is log in. Submit all the photos you like, and then the yearbook committee will then select the photos for the yearbook.

***Please remember the PTA yearbook team will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We can’t guarantee that all submissions will be included. Together we can make a great yearbook!

For more information about the yearbook please contact: Tiffany Baham –


Come and join us behind Rivers Edge between 6-8pm for a fun and casual gathering



We are so excited to welcome back everyone to Rivers Edge for the 2017-2018 school year! It is especially exciting to be anticipating a whole new group of faces who will be walking the halls, coming to our events and joining the REES family. Our community thrives on a spirit of inclusion, support and genuine friendships.

The Rivers Edge PTA cordially invites Kindergarten and New Families to a casual and fun meet & greet gathering on Monday August 28th between 6-8pm. (Rain date is already set for Tuesday August 29th from 6-8pm). We will have light snacks, along with current parents and students, PTA members and a surprise guest that your children will not want to miss!

On behalf of the whole PTA and Rivers Edge community I want to welcome you and say I truly look forward to making sure you feel welcome as we kick off this new school year!


Michael J. Soekawa
2017-2018 REES PTA President

All summer long (but especially from July 17th-August 17th) Papa John’s and Rivers Edge Elementary School are partnering once again for a fun and easy spirit promotion.

Use our special promo code: REESPTA in the promo box at or when you call in or when you order in person and help your Rivers Edge PTA raise funds to put towards our kids throughout the year.

We have posted a flyer below with all the details. So while you are eating some delicious pizza tonight you will also be helping your PTA with additional funds to continue all the activities and purchases at Rivers Edge which give our children such an incredible elementary school experience! We thank you! The kids all thank you! You can see it in their smiles all year long…

Papa John's Summertime Rivers Edge Promotion

Eat pizza, support your PTA!

Success Week

As we transition into fall, I hope our REES Eagles have also fully transitioned into their 2016-17 school routine and are now walking through the halls of REES with a “Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit.” Thank you to Todd Hansen for another successful International Walk to School Day with 385 — 62% —families participating!

Calling all parents: Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help out this year! We are off to a great start in so many ways, unfortunately, we still have some significant needs for volunteers. Due to lack of a Reflections Chair, we have cancelled our Reflections program this year. We are still in need of a REES Around the World Chair, and a VP of Programs on our PTA Board. Please consider volunteering for either of these positions so we don’t have to cancel any more events/programs.

Membership: Thank you to the 618 members who have already joined the Rivers Edge PTA! 92% of our parents have joined (43% are male!) and we are so close to our 100% membership goal, but not quite there yet. If you have not joined, it is not too late! This is an easy, low cost way to support our school, students and staff, and we would love to make this our largest membership year ever at Rivers Edge!

Eagle Fund: Our annual fundraising campaign is well under way. THANK YOU to our families who’ve contributed $14,000 toward our $16,000 goal. Keep those donations coming and ask your employer about our corporate matching program. Thank you for your generosity!

Fall Festival:  Don’t forget to purchase your Fall Festival tickets — Oct. 12th is the last day to purchase them at the discounted rate of $8/ticket before they increase to $15/ticket. All pre-purchase tickets (including Silver and Gold Eagle Fund donors) will be at the check-in table the day of the Festival.  ***This is a change from past years.

Spirit Wear: For those of you who ordered REES Spirit Wear, we should receive those orders next week. For those of you who weren’t able to order this time, we ordered a few extra! More to come on when we will sell the extras…

Spirit Night: Our next Spirit Night  is Oct. 10th at Potbelly’s at Cox and Broad from 5-9pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Back to School

btsThank you to everyone for coming out tonight and approving our 2016-2017 budget at our first PTA General Membership Meeting tonight. In case you missed our brief presentation at Back to School Night, here are a few highlights:

We will continue to communicate with you via e-Newsletters sent out regularly that have shorter articles directing you to our updated website for more information. We will also continue using social media! Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

We passed our 2015-16 audit! No changes are required. We voted to approve the audit and the 2016-17 budget.


Thank you to the 200 families who have donated to the Eagle Fund for more than $12,500! We are almost to our $16,000 Direct Donation Goal!! You can still donate on our website or send in your donation with your form.


We currently have 574 PTA members. That puts us at 85% membership! We’re almost to our 100% goal, so please if you have not joined the PTA, consider joining now, and remember that more than one family member can join from each household, as well as family members who do not reside with you. You should receive your cards next week.

We voted to approve the changes to our by-laws.  You can view them here.  


We need your help!! We are still short volunteers and desperately need help with Hospitality, Silent Auction, VP of Programs and Reflections. If you don’t want to see these events go away, please consider volunteering with the PTA. Contact Kim Poulton at for more information.

Events and Programs

Save the date and join us for our 2nd Annual Fall Festival on Oct. 21st from 5-7 pm.  Look for information on obtaining tickets in the next week.

After school enrichment activities are on Tuesdays from Oct. 4th-Nov. 15th from 2:15 to 3:15 pm. There are still spots available!

Next meeting is Oct. 6th at 6:30 pm for Family Fun and Fitness Night.

Thank you once again for your continued support of the Rivers Edge PTA!

Volunteers Needed!!!

Attention all parents, REES PTA needs your help! We are in URGENT need of several key volunteers or we may not be able to continue some favorite programs and events this year. Please contact Kim Poulton at for more information on how you can help with our Fall Festival, Hospitality, Reflections Program, and Silent Auction.

Getting ready

Thank you to all the parents and students who attended Open House this morning! We appreciate all your continued support and generosity.

If you weren’t able to make it this morning, you can still donate to the Eagle Fund online and buy your yearbook online. Just go to for more information.

Forms for PTA membership, direct donations, and the student directory will be in your blue communications folders.

We look forward to a great 2016-17 school year!

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Update Aug. 29: Download our all-in-one Open House Form here. Back by popular demand! At Open House on Sept. 1, you will receive a blue communications folder packed with information and forms for each program. Instead of filling out separate order forms and making multiple payments, you can use this at Open House and make just one. However, please note this form will not be accepted after Sept. 1.

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Want to meet your new teacher?
Come to Open House on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 9-11 a.m. to check out your new classrooms and see old friends! Be sure and bring your supplies with you. Supply lists are available for each grade.

For one-stop shopping for all your agenda, yearbook and membership needs, check us out in the cafeteria! Fill out the form in advance and you’ll save time signing up for a PTA membership (just $5), purchasing agendas ($4 for 2nd–5th grade), yearbooks ($23)  and donating to our direct donation campaign, the Eagle Fund. Donate at a Gold Level on Sept. 1 and we’ll put your name in a raffle for a prime parking spot to be used for PTA events! While you’re here, you can also:

Are you new to REES or just never had an opportunity to volunteer? Please consider helping with our current volunteer needs. Contact Kim Poulton, VP Volunteers,  at for more information.

  • Fall Festival – Chair and co-chairs needed. Now until Oct. 21.
  • After School Enrichment Programs (Co-chair) – Sept.-Nov.
  • County Council Delegate – Monthly evening meetings throughout the school year
  • Hospitality – School year
  • Lay Advisory Representative – Monthly evening meeting throughout the school year
  • Copy Coordinator – Throughout the school year
  • Reflections – Now-November
  • Ambassador Parent – Throughout the school year as needed
  • REES Around the World – Nov.-Feb.
  • Silent Auction – Now (contacting companies, hotels, sports teams, and theme parks for donations)-Feb.
  • Grounds (Co-chair) – Throughout the school year
  • Magic Mailbox (Co-chair) – Throughout the school year

New Information:
This year we have to vote to update our PTA bylaws during the September General Membership Meeting (GMM) Back to School Night on Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Virginia PTA did a total overhaul of the template and a lot of the language has either been changed or moved around. Please refer to the template and see the highlighted areas to be changed. Then refer to the proposed bylaws to see the proposed changes.