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Hello Rapids!

This is the time of year that things ramp up for everyone, including the PTSO.  We just had the 1st Annual Flag Ceremony at James River and that celebrated the diversity of James River.  We were thrilled to have the Secretary of Education for the state of Virginia, Atif Quarni, join us as the Keynote Speaker and to have so many students involved in the ceremony.  It was a truly uplifting experience for James River HS. 

This week we are looking forward to our biggest event of the year, Color Splash.  If you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late.  Please go to the home page and click on the "Register Here" button.  Funds from the event go back to support mental health initiatives at the school as well as the Carrie Roarty Family Fund.  We hope you'll come out and support the school!

Currently, our Nominations Committee is seeking people to fill two positions:  VP, Programs and President.  If you are interested, please contact the committee at jrhsptso@gmail.com.  In May, we also look forward to hosting a self-defense class.  Watch for the PTSO newsletter to get more information about this event in coming weeks.

If you still haven't joined the PTSO for this year, it's not too late!  When you join the PTSO you join our continued efforts to support the James River Community.  Your membership helps to support the various programs and activities we do throughout the year.  

To become a member, just go to the section below or visit our home page, and choose the "click here" or "Join Now" button and you will be directed to the online membership form.  In addition to joining the PTSO, we hope you will take a moment to update your Family Information so that your information is current and we are able to send you our communications. 


Go Rapids!

Lynn Gittelman

JRHS PTSO President



Join us in our efforts to make James River High School the best high school in Chesterfield County!  


Some of the ways the PTSO supports the James River community are:

  • Faculty and staff appreciation luncheons
  • Golden Apple Awards for a teacher each month
  • Technology purchases, such as Promethean Boards and ActivSlates, DVD players, video cameras, LED projectors, Bamboo Slates
  • Volunteering in the front office, counseling office and clinic
  • Assist at various events throughout the year, including Fee Day, Senior Picnic, Convocation and Homecoming
  • Senior scholarships for PTSO student members each year
  • Hosting fun events like Color Splash 


Here's how you can support James River High School and the PTSO: 

First--Become a member!  If you haven't done so already, join the James River PTSO and encourage your student(s) to join as well. The PTSO is the only organization in the school that supports every student and family at JRHS. Please click here to join.


Second--Support James River HS and PTSO programs by participating in our fundraisers--we have several options:

  • James River Tervis Tumblers can be purchased by clicking here—show your school spirit!
  • The Clothing to Cash Recycling Program—Bring your old clothing, shoes, linens, accessories and toys to the white bin in the teacher parking lot. James River gets paid for every pound collected, so the more you donate, the more the more the school makes! Whenever you’re cleaning out your closets throughout the year, please drop your donations in the bin. We accept all unwanted items including clothing, shoes, towels, tablecloths, etc. We accept all conditions, too – don’t worry about how ragged the towels are! Remember, the PTSO receives money based on the pounds of clothes recycled each month. Clothing to Cash sells the used items at their thrift stores or recycles them into rags or other items. Don’t wait for the school year to start – drop off your donations today!
  • Kroger Community Rewards Program:  Continue your support of James River PTSO every time you shop and use your Kroger Shopper's Card.  Just login in https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow  and select JRHS PTSO.  Kroger's "new year of giving" began September 1, so sign up today!


Third--Support James River and the PTSO programs through a one-time financial contribution.

To supplement funds raised through membership dues and fundraisers, we also offer a "One Gift" Program.  Another option to the fundraisers, your "One Gift" contribution is tax-deductible and may be eligible for corporate Matching Gift Programs.  Contact your company’s HR department for more information.  Click here to make a One Gift donation.


Fourth--Get involved! 

High school is an important time to be engaged in your child's educational experience. There are ways to be involved, no matter how much time you have to offer.  After you join the PTSO, please complete and submit the Volunteer Form and someone from the PTSO Board will get back with youClick here to get more information.