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Originally delivered on 10/5/2018 8:31 am

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - October 5, 2018


News from Mrs. Metzger

Happy Fall, Fox Families! Thank you so much to everyone who came out last Thursday for the Family Picnic. It was a huge success! We have two events coming up in the month of October. On Tuesday, October 16th, our 3rd graders will be presenting the program “Out of This World”. Then, on Friday, October 26th, we will host the annual Fall Festival. Please make plans to attend these two events to support our students and our school. 

A few other happenings that will be taking place at The Farm include:

-          October 8th – Student Holiday (No School for Students)

-          October 15th – Reflections Entries Due

-          October 18th – Individual and Class Picture Day

Also, over the next week the NFES SCA will be holding a coin drive to collect money for a school in New Hanover, North Carolina that was devastated by Hurricane Florence. Let’s show that “Kindness is the New Cool” by working together to raise money for this community!

Thank you for all that you do each day to support NFES!

In partnership,

Crystal Metzger 


Volunteers and Food Donations Needed! Tickets on Sale Soon!

The NFES Annual Fall Festival is right around the corner (October 26) and we need your help to make it a success! Parents can now sign up to volunteer at the festival here on Membership Toolkit. Most shifts are 45 minutes, but if you are interested in playing a bigger role, we still have an opening to head our Games Committee. This role is primarily needed for the day of the event, to oversee game set up and clean up, etc. Please email Shannan at if you are willing to help! We will also be collecting food donations (chips, drinks and baked goods) to be sold in the food court the night of the festival. Sign up to donate one of these items on Membership Toolkit

Fall Festival tickets will go on sale Monday, October 8 on Membership Toolkit!

If you or your company is interested in being a sponsor for our Fall Festival or donating to the silent auction, please email Shannan and let her know! It is our families and community that make this event a huge success and helps us to purchase educational materials for our children. Thank you for your support!   


News from the PTA President

I hope these first weeks of school have been exciting and filled with kindness! As we settle into the school schedule, please be sure to check our volunteer sign ups on Membership Toolkit. We would love to see you volunteering on the Farm! Enjoy the upcoming student holiday on October 8. That would be a great time to put the finishing touches on your Reflections entries!   
I am always happy to answer any questions!  

Deb Harper, PTA President


Have You Ordered Your Yearbook?

NFES Yearbooks are a great keepsake of your child’s school year and will be filled with great color photos of each class and events from the year. Children always enjoy signing each other’s yearbooks during the last week of school, so be sure to order your copy today!   

The price is $20 and on November 3, the price for the yearbooks will increase to $25. NO EXTRA COPIES ARE ORDERED AND NO ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER DECEMBER 14. Questions? Contact Ann Pietrantoni or Cathy Nerheim.



Help support the Fox Fund!

Have you made your Fox Fund donation yet? Donations directly support the amazing programs on the Farm as well as the purchase of new classroom equipment. All donors will receive a magnet to show their Fox pride! Check out Membership Toolkit for more information on the Fox Fund or to make a donation.

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Please join the PTA!

Membership needs your help! To date we are at 52% membership as compared to 83% at this time last year. Please log onto Membership Toolkit and join each adult in your household to help us reach 100% again this year. Contact Molly Snow with questions.  Thank you!


5th Grade Information Session at Moody Middle School

Students in 5th grade have the opportunity to apply to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) at Moody Middle School. Interested students and their parents can attend the IBMYP Information Session and Open House on October 16, 2018 at Moody Middle School (Session One 4:30-5:30 pm and Session Two 6:00-7:00 pm). Please contact Mrs. Crockett with any questions.



Reflections 2018-2019

Tis the season for art, music, dance, literature, film, and photography.  Come join us for this exciting celebration of the arts and your child’s voice. We invite all Nuckols Farm children K-5 to choose a category where they can create an original piece of art to express the theme this year of “Heroes Around Me.” So far, we have 45 interest entries for this year’s competition. Read more about Reflections.


The Explore Lab is looking for grade-level lab coordinators for 1st and 3rd grades. Coordinators communicate with the grade-level teacher coordinator and recruit volunteers for each lab. Contact Kelly Berger or Stephanie Weber if you are interested or have questions.


Fifth Grade Luau 
If you are interested in helping with the Fifth Grade Luau in June, please be sure to indicate this on Membership Toolkit under Volunteer Opportunities before October 15; a meeting will be held in November to assign committees. If you have any questions, please email Angela Dunham .




Congratulations to Kristin Knauer, the September Cafeteria Volunteer of the Month! She receives a homemade fox material apron to use in the cafeteria. 

Cafeteria volunteers are needed to help students at lunch by passing out supplies and opening food packages. Shifts are 11:10 am-12:10 pm and 12:00-1:00 pm. Schedule yourself on a minimal basis or sign up for weekly shifts. Sign up now (get instructions here), or contact Sue Boling.


Meet our Volunteers of the Month

Congratulations to Kelly Berger, Stephanie Weber and Brandy Burnett, September's Volunteers of the Month. Kelly and Stephanie, Explore Lab Co-Chairs, worked tirelessly to clean and organize our Explore Lab so it is more than ready for our students to enhance their science learning this year. Brandy, PTA Treasurer, continues to maintain and organize our budget and records and is always ready and willing to answer any financial questions. Thank you to these awesome volunteers!

For a complete list of volunteer opportunities on the Farm, be sure to check out the Volunteer Handbook, or contact Becca Kutz.


Shop for a Cause

Please remember to visit each time you shop on Amazon, and choose Nuckols Farm Elementary PTA as your charitable organization. Thank you for your support!


Visit Kroger's Community Rewards web site to register your Kroger Plus card. Check out the registration instructions or contact Karen Szobota with questions.



Keep your eye out for October’s collection sheet! For the month of October only, two classes with the most Box Tops collected will earn their teacher a Starbucks gift card (one teacher K-2 and one 3-5). Ask your friends and family to help clip Box Tops for you and your teachers!



Student Council Association Coin Drive

Our SCA is hosting a coin drive from October 1 through October 11 for a K-8 school in New Hanover County, NC. This area has been devastated by Hurricane Florence and flooding and the schools remain closed. We have been in touch with New Hanover County schools and there is a huge need for help! Many of the families have lost absolutely everything.  All of the monies raised by NFES will go directly to them. Please bring your extra coins and dollars and drop them in the buckets in the front office until October 11!

Hello! I have enjoyed spending September in introductory classroom guidance lessons and meeting with new students in grade level groups. In our introductory lessons, I’ve shared the role of a school counselor and procedures for making appointment with me. Your child may ask his or her teacher or write me a note to create an appointment. I invite parents to call or e-mail with any requests for individual counseling. I look forward to meeting with students during the month of October for bullying prevention lessons. Did you know that nationwide data shows that bullying rates have dropped? Many attribute this to fine-tuned interventions and better awareness. Two of my favorite websites with information about bullying prevention are and Feel free to check them out. 

Mrs. Crockett, School Counselor


News from Mrs. Sweeney

Congratulations to the NFES students that participated in the Short Pump Mile last Sunday! Money received from 2 awards will be used for our P.E. program and for playground equipment.

Jump Rope Club for students in grades 2-5 will begin on Friday, October 12. Contact Mrs. Sweeney with any questions.

From the Art Room:

Come check out the beautiful art work on display at the Twin Hickory Library. Over 35 works of art from Kindergarten - 5th grade students is on display for the month of October. The students are working hard and doing a great job. If your child’s work is hanging up in the library, you would have received a pink letter sent home. I am very proud of our artists and hope that you all can stop by sometime and check it out. 

Thank you for the tennis balls. I could use a few more if you have old ones.


Nancy de Nijs, Art Teacher


Nuckols Farm Elementary PTA
12351 Graham Meadows Dr
Richmond, VA 23233