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Originally delivered on 11/30/2018 12:02 pm

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - November 30, 2018


Notes from Mrs. Metzger

Fox Families –

As Parent Engagement month comes to a close, I want to thank you for all that you do for our school. November was a busy month at The Farm: Fall Enrichment, Book Fair, Parent Conferences, Explore Lab Lessons, Veteran’s Day Program, Art Shows, Robotics, Fox Fest, Turkey Trot, Field Trips, Reflections, and the Math and Science Night. It was great to see so many students and families at each of these events. Thank you again for your active engagement in our school!

Nuckols Farm Elementary is now on Twitter. Over the course of the school year we will be tweeting out about all of the great things happening here at Nuckols Farm. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NuckolsFarm.

With the upcoming break, I hope everyone has an opportunity to spend time relaxing and rejuvenating with friends and family.

Yours in Education,

Crystal Metzger  


Spirit Night at Panera Bread!

Our next Spirit Night will be held this Wednesday, December 5 from 4:00-8:00 pm at Panera Bread, the Short Pump location. Don't forget to bring a copy of the flyer to show when ordering (or you may take a picture of the flyer with your phone). You may also order online using the promo code "PRFUND." Thank you for your support!


2018-19 Reflections Awards
Congratulations to all our 2018-2019 NFES PTA Reflections participants! We were able to gather on the evening of Monday, November 19 to celebrate everyone’s exceptional effort and the inspiring art work submitted by students from Kindergarten through Fifth grade. Continue reading for the list of awards and some special thank yous!

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Save the Date

Calling All Scientists! It is that time of year again to be thinking about our annual Science Fair! The Science Fair will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2019 and Thursday, February 21, 2019. It is open to all children grades K-5. More information will come home in folders before Winter break! 



Variety Show Auditions

Auditions for the NFES Variety Show are coming soon! Third graders will audition on Monday, December 10, 4th graders will audition on December 11 and 5th graders will audition on December 12. All auditions will take place from 2:30-3:15 pm. Permission slips with additional information came home this week!


Yearbook Reminders

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

Share your photos of the Turkey Trot, Reflections Ceremony 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.


Just in time for the holidays!


Interested in learning more about some favorites of your child's teacher or other faculty member? 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. There is also a hard copy available in the main office (thank you to Laura Powell for updating the binder)!


Winter ASE Classes 

Mark your calendars! Registration for Winter After School EnrichmentClasses will open the week of December 10 and classes will begin on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. More information, including class descriptions, will come home with your child next week!


MTK App Available


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. Download it today!



News from the Cafeteria

Congratulations to Nizia Smith who was selected as the November 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 pm-1:00 pm on weekdays. Schedule yourself on a minimal basis or sign up for weekly shifts. Sign up now (get instructions here), 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.

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



A new school learning garden is coming soon! 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.

Congratulations to our First Lego League (FLL) teams on their hard work at the FLL Robotics Tournament this month! The Piheads, coached by Mandy Wilson, placed 1st on Robot Performance in their division on November 11. On November 17, the Foxtronauts, coached by Jenny and Tom Scott, placed 1st on Project Presentation and 2nd on Robot Performance in their division. NFES is proud of these FLL teams!



From the Art Room

On November 15, Nuckols Farm and Our Lady of Hope put on a wonderful Art Show that featured art work from over 100 students in grades K-5. The show was a big success and many students, families and residents of Our Lady of Hope enjoyed the beautiful and creative art work.

Congratulations to Henry P. for representing Nuckols Farm Elementary in the Lewis Ginter Elementary Art Show with his awesome oil pastel owl.

Congratulations to all the talented artists! Thanks to the parents and families for supporting your children and coming out to see the shows.

The art room could use any extra tennis balls you may be looking to get rid of.

Thank you!

Nancy de Nijs, Art Teacher 




The Giving Tree, located in the main office, has just a few remaining ornaments! The Giving Tree allows for donors to provide gifts and clothing to qualified families during the holiday season. 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!



Please keep on clipping this holiday season! Holiday travel and get-togethers are great times to collect Box Tops from family and friends. Watch for combination December/January collection sheets to come home soon, and remember to attach only non-expired Box Tops with expiration dates legible. Check out how your class is doing toward the school year-long contest on the graph on the back of your collection sheet!

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.


With Publix Partners, NFES earns cash as you shop. Register your family for a account, then select Nuckols Farm under "My Settings" and "My Publix Partner/Select a School." Contact Karen Szobota with questions


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