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Originally delivered on 11/16/2018 8:31 am

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - November 16, 2018


Notes from Mrs. Metzger

November is National Family Engagement Month. The past few weeks have been busy at The Farm engaging with families through the Fall Enrichment Days, Parent Conferences, Art Shows at West Creek Emergency Center and Our Lady of Hope, and the Veterans Day Assembly. In the coming weeks, we have the Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 17th; Team Foxtronauts will be participating in a Lego Robotics Competition on November 17; the Reflections Ceremony will take place on Monday, November 19; and Math Science Night will be held on Tuesday, November 27. We look forward to your engagement in these upcoming events! 

This month we also held our first ever Fox Fest! Fox Fest is an event created to celebrate our school, recognize students for demonstrating kindness, recognize kindness in our community, and to connect our contributions to being Global Citizens. This was an incredible event and I am so proud of our students, staff, and the community.

With the upcoming Thanksgiving break our teachers and staff will be enjoying time with their own families. We hope that you will take the opportunity to do the same. In closing, I want to say how thankful I am to be able to serve this incredible school each day with such amazing staff, students, and families. Happy Thanksgiving!


Crystal Metzger



Come Trot with Us!

Our annual PTA Turkey Trot kicks off tomorrow, Saturday, November 17 at 8:30 am. Mrs. Sweeney has a great course mapped out for our NFES Foxes and their families for this non-competitive fun run where participants run as many laps as they like. Afterwards, please enjoy hot beverages and light snacks.

This is a free event but canned goods for the Henrico Christmas Mother or new hats and gloves for our sister school, Johnson Elementary, will be accepted. Donation boxes will be at the event.

Still need some NFES Spirit Wear? Spirit Wear will be available for purchase as well. Credit card or checks will be accepted.

Please contact Wendy Gore or Kristin Wicichowski with questions.

Thank you to our generous 2018 Turkey Trot Sponsors:






I am wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving break, spent with those you love! I hope you will look for the little things to be thankful for, spread some kindness wherever you go and enjoy your break next week!   


All the best, Deb Harper 

Reflections Ceremony
The NFES Reflections Ceremony is this Monday, November 19 from 6:30-7:30 PM in the cafeteria. Thank you so much to all of our judges for helping us find some beautiful pieces to send forward!

It has been an exciting Reflections season and we look forward to announcing our winners next week. Congratulations to all of our artists!

No Upcoming Events


 Picture Makeup Day

Smile! A picture make up day has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 28.



Spirit Event

Stay tuned for more details about our next Spirit Night scheduled for Wednesday, December 5 at Panera Bread.

RSVP for Math and Science Night

Join us on Tuesday, November 27 from 6:00-7:30 pm for a STEM + Families Math and Science Night. We will begin the evening with a free pizza dinner for all who attend plus door prizes for parents and kids who participate in 10 activity stations! All children must have an adult with them that evening. Please RSVP by November 23. Questions? Check out the flyer or contact Becca Kutz.


Yearbook Reminders

The last day to order a yearbook is approaching! Please be sure to place your order by December 14. 

Share your photos of the Turkey Trot, kindergarten feasts 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.



Cafeteria Volunteers Needed

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.


Help with the Recycling Club

The Recycling Committee is looking for parent volunteers to help with recycling duties on Tuesday morningsSign up today, or contact Allegra Simmons.


Meet Our Volunteers of the Month

Congratulations to our October Volunteers of the Month, Shannan Barber, Kristina Weimer and Tom Scott. Shannan and Kristina served as co-chairs of our Fall Festival and worked hard to plan an amazing family event last month, despite the uncooperative weather. Tom serves as a coach of two Lego League teams at NFES and not only guides the teams through their learning of building and engineering concepts but encourages teamwork and other important skills as well. Thank you to these wonderful volunteers!

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 (see photo example). 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.

Support this Year's Giving Tree

We are excited to announce that we will be partnering with our sister school, Johnson Elementary, in sponsoring the Giving Tree. The Giving Tree allows for donors to provide gifts and clothing to qualified families during the holiday season. Beginning November 19, you are invited to take an ornament from our Giving Tree located in the main office. Information enclosed in the ornament will indicate whether the child is male or female and his or her age, shoe size, shirt size, pant size, and toy suggestions. Please spend no more than $50 and return the wrapped gifts in a large bag with the information attached to Nuckols Farm by December 7. Please feel free to contact Elyse Crockett, school counselor, with any questions at 364-0840. Thank you for your support of this program.




SCA News


The SCA will be collecting hats and mittens for Johnson Elementary School at the Turkey Trot tomorrow, November 17. The SCA is also looking for travel sized toiletries for a December community service project. Please contact Mrs. Stevens with any questions.


Last Call for Lost and Found Items

Missing a coat? Be sure to stop by the clinic and check out our growing collection of lost and found items. Items not claimed will be donated on Friday, November 30



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.


Congratulations to Mrs. Luxton's and Ms. Gallagher's classes, who collected the most Box Tops in October! We saw a collection surge in October, so thank you to all who submitted. Keep clipping and be sure to check the progress of your class on the graph on the back of your November collection sheet. Gathering with family and friends this holiday season? Ask them to bring you any Box Tops they might have!

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