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Originally delivered on 1/11/2019 1:48 pm

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - January 11, 2019



Participation Forms due today!

All Science Fair Student Participation Forms are due today! The approved forms will be returned to students in a timely fashion so that they can get started on their experiments, observations, demonstrations and inventions. Questions? Please contact Laura Powell or Alison Bernier.


Happy New Year!


Hope your first full week back to school has been successful. It has taken me a few tries to get back into the swing of school routines! Be sure to keep an eye on Membership Toolkit for important dates and upcoming events. See you around the Farm!

All the best, 

Deb Harper 


If you did not submit your PTA Interest Form and would still like to volunteer with the PTA for the 2019-20 school year, it is not too late! The Nominating Committee would love to hear from you with your interests. Contact Gracie Herbert, Laurie Nicholson, Amy Lawson, Suzanne Heller or Ella Danilovich.

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Candy Donation

The PTA received $50 from All Star Orthodontics for 50 pounds of Halloween candy donated by Nuckols Farm families. Way to go, Foxes!


Spirit Event

Stay tuned for more details about our next Spirit Night scheduled for Thursday, January 31 at Chick-fil-A.


Yearbook Reminder

Remember to share your photos of 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. 



News from the Cafeteria 

Congratulations to 2 cafeteria volunteers this month! Michelle Lipawksy's name was drawn as the December Volunteer of the Month.  She will receive a handmade Fox apron.  A new award for Volunteer of the Fall Semester goes to Stephanie Weber who worked 22 lunch shifts!  She will receive a $10 Gift Card for Starbucks. A huge thank you to both volunteers! 

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.


Sign up to Volunteer today!

January is here! Have you signed up for a library or recycling shift this month? Log into your Membership Toolkit account and sign up today!  


Meet Our Volunteers of the Month

Congratulations to our December Volunteers of the Month, Becca Kutz, Wendy Gore, Kristin Wicichowski, Laura Powell, and Marcia and Marty Shook. Becca works tirelessly to create fun PTA-sponsored events for our NFES families as she planned November's Math and Science Night. She also ensures that all events are appropriately staffed with volunteers. Wendy and Kristin did a fabulous job organizing a successful Turkey Trot while Laura was instrumental in assembling a hard copy of the Faculty Favorite Things Binder to keep in the office. Marcia and Marty have consistently volunteered over the past six years in their 5th grade grandson's classroom for enrichments, Explorer Lab and many other activities. Thank you to these amazing volunteers!

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



Our new garden looks awesome! All grade levels will soon benefit from new learning opportunities outside of the classroom. If you would still like to purchase a garden paver for the initial installation, you may do so through Membership Toolkit until January 25. Thank you to those who have already purchased a paver for the initial installation and to all those involved in this special project!



SCA Hats on to End Cancer


NFES will be having our annual “Hats on to End Cancer” to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Thursday, January 17Students that donate $1.00 will be able to wear their favorite hat all day at school. Thank you for your support!


S.T.E.A.M. Supply Drive

The NFES STEAM TEAM is collecting recyclable/reusable materials from January 7-January 18 to add to their up-and-coming STEAM Lab. Check out the list of items they would like to collect!


Elks Free Throw Contest Winners

Congratulations to this year's NFES Elks Free Throw Contest winners - Cole D. (8-9 year division), Katie M. (8-9 year division), Tyler V. (10-11 year division) and Emily P. (10-11 year division). They will now move on to the county competition. Way to go!



Middle School transition programs for our 5th graders are quickly approaching!

Pocahontas Middle School:

VIP Planning Guide meetings for parents are scheduled for January 17 & 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm (choose one to attend).

Curriculum Carnival for parents and students is scheduled for January 17, 2019 from 5:30-7:00 pm.

Short Pump Middle School:

Elective Open House is scheduled for January 24 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Planning Guide Meetings:

(Evening Session) January 17 from 6:00-7:30 pm (SPMS Auditorium)

(Morning Session) January 18 from 9:00-10:30 am (SPMS Auditorium)

Contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Crockett, School Counselor, with any questions!



Choose NFES PTA each time you shop!

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

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.


Keep clipping those Box Tops and adding them to the December/January collection sheets that came home before break. Please keep in mind that the next Box Tops expiration date is 3/1/19, so please check the ones you have clipped so far. Be sure to send in any that will expire on 3/1 in the next few weeks so they can be submitted prior to the deadline.  Remember, every little Box Top counts!

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


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