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Originally delivered on 10/19/2018 8:31 am

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - October 19, 2018


News from Mrs. Metzger

Hello Fox Families! October is a busy month at The Farm. This coming week, October 22 – 26, is School Bus Safety Week. This is a nationally recognized week designed to promote bus safety. Please take the time next week to say thank you to your child’s bus driver for all that they do to transport your child to and from school safely each day.

Parent conferences are coming up soon! Conferences will be held on Monday, November 5 from 2:45 pm – 6 pm and on Tuesday, November 6 from 8:15 am – 11 am. If you have not signed up for a conference, please ensure that you do so. This is a great opportunity for you to gain a better understanding of your child’s academic progress and how you can continue to support them at home.

Thank you so much for all that you do for NFES. I look forward to seeing you and your family at the Fall Festival next Friday, October 26! 

Mrs. Metzger 


Online Ticket Sales Ending Soon! Please Volunteer or Donate Food Items!

Get Your Tickets Now!

This year's Fall Festival is Friday, October 26 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Enjoy inflatables, games, food, music and our popular Cake Walk, while spending an evening with NFES families. Tickets are on sale now - $15 for kids ages 5-18, $5 for kids ages 3-4, and free for adults and kids under 2. Family max is $45. Order yours today! After Monday, tickets can only be purchased at the door (cash only). 

 We still have lots of adult volunteer spots to fill for the Fall Festival. Please help us make this event a success by volunteering – most shifts are 45 minutes and you can sign up here on Membership Toolkit. We are also 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.



SCA Coin Drive was a Success!

Thank you so much for your donations to the SCA coin drive. The International School of Gregory in New Hanover, NC is so appreciative of our help! They have not returned to their school yet, but have resumed classes at another school close by. With your help, we were able to raise $305! And thank you to J. Rocco"s Pizza, who made a donation of $100 to help with our efforts. An amazing total of $405! Your kindness has made a huge difference - thank you!


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

No Upcoming Events


Please join the PTA!

Membership needs your help! 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!



Save the Date!

NFE's annual Turkey Trot will be held on Saturday, November 17 at 8:30 am on the bus loop. Watch for more details about this fun run coming soon!


Reflections Update

At this time, all entries for the 2018 PTA Reflections Contest have been submitted. We want to congratulate all students and families who have participated this year. Currently, we have 32 projects submitted for judging, and it takes parents committed to celebrating a student's love of Art in all forms to make that possible! The exciting piece, is that Art is alive all around us, and we have already started planning for the 2019 PTA Reflections Contest as we put the final touches on this year. Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come as we are reviewing each project for judging and reaching out to families with questions we may have. Read more about Reflections.


Book Fair Coming Soon!

Join us at the Short Pump Barnes & Noble on Saturday, November 3 for our annual book fair. Get a head start on your holiday shopping and support NFES at the same time! Stay tuned for more details.


Have you seen the adorable fox magnets on cars around town?

Donations to our Fox Fund 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.


Calling all coaches! We have many students interested in Lego League but coaches are needed for these teams in grades 1-3. First Lego League, Jr. is a STEM-based program that introduces students to building and engineering concepts through the use of LEGOs and later, robotics. Please contact Jenny Scott, Lego League Coordinator with any questions or to volunteer!


Sign-up for a volunteer library shift on Membership Toolkit! The tasks are super easy, and it is a great way to see the school. Tasks include shelving, straightening, delivering media to classrooms and laminating. Contact Amy Lawson with questions.

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 Suzanne Heller and Marilou Woolstenhulme, October's Volunteers of the Month! Suzanne, Room Parent Coordinator, did an amazing job filling every room parent position and planning and implementing their training. Marilou Woolstenhulme is brand new to Nuckols Farm and jumped right in to help with the Fall Festival's Silent Auction. NFES is lucky to have such awesome volunteers! 


Interested in learning more about your child's teacher or another faculty member? Check out a new addition to Membership Toolkit! A pdf file of Faculty Favorite Things has been added to the homepage in 2 places: as a link under the "About" tab and under "Links" on the right-hand side rail at the bottom of the homepage. Just be sure you are logged in to MTK to access the pdf.


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 clipping for your teachers this month! The two classes (K-2 and 3-5) that collect the most in October will win a Starbucks gift card for their teachers, so bring in what you have in the next two weeks! We are grateful for any and all Box Tops you send in, either in bags or glued or taped to the collection sheets. Please do check to be sure the expiration dates are legible when glued to the sheets and that no expired Tops are included. And don't forget to write your teacher's name on your sheets to get credit for your class. Thank you for your support so far!


Dollars for Dough

Need a quick meal idea while supporting our school at the same time? Order pizza from and simply enter "NFES" in the Promo Code section or mention it when you call. Local schools compete and prizes are awarded at the end of the school year - the winning school won $10,000 last year! Thank you for your support! 



Student Council Association News

The SCA will be collecting non-perishable food items (canned, boxed, cereal, pop tarts, cereal bars, apple sauce and water) at the Fall Festival on October 26 for the Henrico Food Pantry. This food will help Henrico County Families. 

Friday, October 26 will also be Orange and Black Spirit Day. 

The SCA is looking for travel size toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.) for a winter community service project. These items may be dropped off in B-10.  Thank you so much for your support!

We are excited to celebrate RED Ribbon Week next week, October 22-26. The theme for Red Ribbon Week is we make Really Excellent Decisions. Please see the daily schedule below:

Monday - Wear RED to show that at NFES, we make Really Excellent Decisions.

Tuesday - Wear "mix"-matched socks for Mix-It-Up Day where we mix it up at lunch to meet new friends.

Wednesday - Wear orange for unity day where we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

Thursday - Wear a hat to show that we have our thinking caps on and make good choices.

Friday - Wear your Nuckols Farm team color and remember that at NFES, we are all on the same team.



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