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Originally delivered on 1/25/2019 8:31 am

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - January 25, 2019


This week was Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week and we certainly appreciate ours! Thank you, Mrs. Metzger and Mrs. Childress, for all you do on the Farm!

Notes from Mrs. Metzger

Fox Families –

It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of the 2nd 9 weeks. January has been a month of celebrations and recognitions at The Farm. Sam S. was our school Spelling Bee winner and proudly represented NFES at the county level on January 18th. Braydon H. was named the 2019 MLK Lights of Hope Recipient and was recognized on Monday, January 21st at the 33rd Annual MLK Commemoration Ceremony. Congratulations also go out to our Elks Free Throw participants and our winner who will represent NFES at the next level, Tyler V.

Several staff members were recognized this month as well. Jessica Deal, 5th grade, has been named NFES Teacher of the Year, and Jen Vieni, 5th grade, has been named New Teacher of the Year. We also recognized Jeanne McKeon, Occupational Therapist, as our Christie Award Recipient. The Christie Award recognizes an exceptional education team member who has been exemplary in service to our children and families. We are so proud and thankful for each of these Nuckols Farm Foxes! Please join me in congratulating these students and staff members.

Below are some upcoming events at NFES:

- Monday, January 28th – Student Holiday

- In connection with our theme “Kindness is the New Cool”, next week, January 28– February 1, students will participate in The Great Kindness Challenge. Mrs. Crockett has some great kindness challenge activities planned for our students.

- January 31st – Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A @ Short Pump Crossing from 4:30 – 6:30 pm – Come join the staff of NFES for dinner! We will be there taking orders, delivering meals and refilling drinks. We hope to see you there!

- February 4 – 8 – National School Counseling Week

- Thursday, February 7th – Parent Conferences from 2:30 PM – 6 PM – Sign-up through Membership Toolkit

Thank you so much for all that you do to support our school!

Crystal Metzger


Science Fair Update!

The countdown is on for all scientists! We hope you are all working hard on your creative and exciting projects! The Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 20 for last names A-G and on Thursday, February 21 for last names H-Z. Project drop off will be held Tuesday, February 19. Stay tuned for more details about drop off instructions in the next newsletter. Questions? Please contact Laura Powell or Alison Bernier.


The PTA needs your help!


The PTA nominating committee is still looking for a few more volunteers for the 2019-20 school year. Available positions include: 

VP Volunteers

County Council

Explorer Lab

Science Fair


MTK co-chair/apprentice

5th grade Luau (2 positions)

Check out the job descriptions on Membership Toolkit or contact Laurie Nicholson if you would like to volunteer.  

No Upcoming Events


Spirit Event 

Our next spirit event will be held on Thursday, January 31 from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Short Pump Crossing Chick-fil-A. Check out the flyer for more information!



Remember to share your photos of the Variety Show 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. 



Want to win a $5 Gift Card to Starbucks? 

Any new individuals who sign up and volunteer in the cafeteria starting in February will be eligible for a drawing for a $5 Gift Card to Starbucks. We are in need of additional volunteers and hope this incentive will encourage you to volunteer in this area of the school. It is a lot of fun helping the students and interacting with them in this setting! The drawing will be held at the end of February and the winner will be notified via email. Regular volunteers each month are eligible for a drawing to win a handmade FOX apron to use in the cafeteria. Join us in the cafeteria! Sign up online through Membership Toolkit. Questions? Contact Sue Boling, PTA Cafeteria Coordinator. 

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



SCA News

We received $472.16 from “Hats on to End Cancer." Thank you to everyone who participated!

On February 8we will have a school-wide pajama day! Students are encouraged to wear their own pajamas to school. The SCA will also be collecting brand new pajamas to donate to the Pajama Program. Pajama sizes may be newborn to adult, must be complete sets or nightgowns and pajamas in children sizes must be manufactured as pajamas. Thank you for your support of the Pajama Program!



NFES MLK Jr. Lights of Hope Recipient


Congratulations to 5th grader, Braydon H., the 2019 NFES Martin Luther King, Jr. Lights of Hope Recipient. He received this award for his outstanding service to the community. We are proud of you, Braydon!


Spelling Bee Winners

In the NFES Spelling Bee last month, 3rd grader Lily H., 4th grader Heath W. and 5th grader Sam S. battled for over 40 rounds before a winner was announced! Sam S. moved on to compete against area elementary and middle school students at the Henrico County Spelling Bee last week at Hungary Creek Middle School. Congratulations to these outstanding spellers!


Elks Free Throw Contest Update

The second round of competition was recently completed! Katie M. placed second while Cole D. placed third in their respective age groups. Tyler V. made 20 out of 25 free throws in his age group and placed first! Tyler will move on to the next round of competition in Fredericksburg. Congratulations to all the participants and good luck in the next round, Tyler!

Author to Visit NFES!

We are looking forward to an author visit from Michelle Nelson-Schmidt on March 18! She will visit with all grade levels and her message will include the concepts of following your dreams, trying new things, friendship, self-confidence, bullying, literacy, and art.

This year, we will be providing the opportunity for families to pre-order Mrs. Nelson-Schmidt’s books. She will sign all pre-ordered books and students will receive them the day of her visit! A pre-order form will come home on February 4 or 5 and students will have until February 12 to turn them in to Ms. Young in the library.

To learn more about author/illustrator Michelle Nelson-Schmidt, check out her website at and keep an eye out for that book pre-order form! If you have questions, feel free to contact Ms. Young, School Librarian.


Paver orders due today!


If you would still like to purchase a garden paver for the initial establishment of our new school learning garden, please place your order by today, January 25. Orders may be placed online through your Membership Toolkit account.



Middle School Conferences

If you are a 5th grade parent, don't forget to sign up for a conference with your child's teacher on Monday, January 28 to discuss middle school classes for the 2019-20 school year. Contact your child's teacher with any questions!


Baby Picture Needed for Yearbook

Parents of 5th graders, we are looking for one baby or toddler picture of your child to include in the yearbook! Photos should be submitted electronically no later than January 31. Instructions regarding how to upload your photo were sent home last week. Questions? Contact Marisa Ferreira.



We have earned over $600 so far this year just for clipping Box Tops! Remember, the classes who have collected the most Box Tops by June will earn a reward. Check out the graph on the back of the collection sheet to see how your class is doing and don't forget to turn in your December/January collection sheet by January 31. Keep up the good work!

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.


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.


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