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Originally delivered on 11/2/2018 1:46 pm

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - November 2, 2018


Notes from Mrs. Metzger

Happy November! Even though the weather was less than desirable, the Fall Festival was a huge success! Thank you to Shannan Barber and Kristina Weimer who did an amazing job organizing this event. Thank you also to everyone who volunteered their time for our students.

The end of the first quarter is Monday, November 5NFE will hold parent conferences on Monday, November 5 from 2:45 pm – 6 pm and on the morning of Tuesday, November 6 from 8:15 am – 11 am. Parent conferences are a great opportunity for you to gain a better understanding of your child’s academic progress and learn how you can continue to support your child at home. Tuesday is also Election Day, so there may be some extra traffic in the parking lot as NFE is a polling site. 

Don’t forget that this Saturday, November 3 is the B & N Book Fair. It will be held at the Short Pump Barnes and Noble from 10 am – 2 pm. We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you again for your continued support!

Crystal Metzger



NFES Barnes & Noble Bookfair is Tomorrow!

The Barnes & Noble Bookfair is this Saturday, November 3. Join NFES teachers for story times and crafts and get started on your holiday shopping! A percentage of your purchases will support our school. Check out the day's schedule! 
PTA Membership Update
 We are happy to announce that we have reached 96% for PTA membership! Only 24 more memberships will get us to 100%. If you have not yet joined, please log onto Membership Toolkit, click on “About” and scroll down to click on “Membership” and then “Join Now.” Thank you so much to everyone who has supported the PTA so far!
Please contact Molly Snow, Membership Chair, with any questions.


No Upcoming Events



ASE Makeup Class

A makeup class has been scheduled for those participating in After School Enrichment classes. The class will be held on Thursday, November 15.


Spirit Event

Our next PTA Spirit Event will be held on Tuesday, November 6 (a student holiday) at Papa John's. 15% of sales from the entire day will be donated to NFES. Enter promo code "NFES" for online orders or mention the code when calling! Click here for more information.


Upload photos for the Yearbook

Share your photos of Fall Enrichment Days, Fall Festival and other school events for possible inclusion in our yearbook! Go to, enter 10385 for NFE, and follow the directions from there OR download the Herff Jones eShare app to share pictures directly from your phone. Check out Membership Toolkit for more information! 


Save the Date

November is here! Are you ready to trot?! Make your plans to come out to the bus loop on Saturday, November 17 at 8:30 am for the annual Nuckols Farm Elementary PTA Turkey Trot. Mrs. Sweeney starts things off with fun stretches and then the participants are off! In this non-competitive, fun event, participants run, walk, hop or skip as many laps as they like around the Turkey Trot course. Afterwards, all can enjoy hot beverages and light snacks. All NFE families are welcome to complete laps with their foxes.

This is a free family event. If you’d like to make a donation, we will have collection bins available for canned goods for the Henrico Christmas Mother, and hats and mittens for Johnson Elementary, our sister school.


Yearbook Price to Increase Tomorrow

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


Membership Toolkit App

Did you know about the Membership Toolkit App? All MTK members have access to the information on the app which includes the NFES directory and PTA calendar. After downloading the app, use your MTK login info and the NFE directory will be available by clicking the directory icon in the middle bottom rail. From the directory in the app, you can click on a member's cell phone number and then call or text them straight through the app! Additionally, you can search for students and family members affiliated with specific teachers in specific grades. Download it today!


Henrico Lay Advisory Committee

The Henrico County Lay Advisory Committee is seeking your input for its next meeting on November 12. Dr. Cashwell, Henrico County Public Schools Superintendent, would like to hear about topics the community is interested in. If you would like to participate, please fill out this short survey before the meeting.

Thank you to our 2018 Fall Festival Sponsors!




Congratulations to Maria Lopez, the October Cafeteria Volunteer of the Month. She receives a homemade fox material apron to use in the cafeteria. Thank you, Maria! 


Cafeteria volunteers are needed each week to hand out supplies and to assist students with opening packages. Shifts are 11:10-12:10 and 12:00-1:00 each day during lunch. Schedule yourself on a minimal basis or sign up for weekly shifts. Sign up to volunteer through Membership Toolkit or contact Sue Boling.


Volunteers are needed to help with the Turkey Trot on November 17. Sign up on Membership Toolkit! Contact Wendy Gore or Kristin Wicichowski for more information.

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



The Nuckols Farm PTA is pleased to announce a new school learning garden! The new garden is designed to allow all grade levels to learn and grow both academically and as a school community. The NFES faculty is currently designing lessons and activities that will provide numerous learning opportunities and lots of fun. The new garden beds will be surrounded by engraved 4” x 8” pavers. We hope you will help us launch this project by purchasing a paver or two for your favorite fox!  Orders are due by December 16, 2018. Click here for more information or to place an order.

Exciting News from the Art Room

Several NFES Foxes have had their art work selected for display in local art shows. Mia G.'s art work is in the VCU Student Art Show and will be displayed for a year. The art work of Wes B., Lean R., Molly C., Nicholas C., Josie C., Molly G., Gavin F., Caroline Y., Keerthana P., and Joseph D. is on display at the West Creek Medical Center Art Show. Congratulations to all of these students for their amazing and creative art work!




SCA News


The SCA will be collecting food for the Christmas Mother from November 12-November 16. Any non-perishable food item will be accepted. The SCA is also accepting any travel size toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.) for a Holiday Community Service project. Please contact Mrs. Stevens with any questions.



A New Way to Earn Money for NFES

We are excited to join Publix Partners! With Publix Partners, NFES earns cash as you shop. Register your family for a account at, then simply select Nuckols Farm under “My Settings” and ”My Publix Partner/Select a School”. It is that easy! Contact Karen Szobota with questions. Thank you for your support!

An Important Change!

In order for NFES to continue earning money from the Kroger Community Rewards Program, all participants must re-enroll this year! Check out the registration instructions or contact Karen Szobota with questions.


Great October clipping!  October submissions are being counted, so stay tuned for the two winning classes whose teachers will each receive a Starbucks gift card. Watch for November collection sheets to come home soon, and be sure to check the graph on the back to see how your class is doing. A giant thank you for being so careful to only include non-expired Tops.


Visit AmazonSmile and choose Nuckols Farm Elementary PTA as your charitable organization. Contact Karen Szobota, Business Rewards Coordinator.


Need a quick meal idea? Order online from J. Rocco’s Pizza (select Nuckols Farm in the fundraising tab), or order online from Papa John’s (use code NFES). Both options benefit NFES and are valid all year!


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