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Originally delivered on 2/8/2019 8:31 am

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - February 8, 2019


Notes from Mrs. Metzger

Fox Families,

Thank you so much for the amazing support on January 31 at our Chick-fil-A Spirit Night. It was a huge success! The staff at Chick-fil-A stated that it was the “biggest, busiest Spirit Night ever!” Within the two hour timeframe, we incurred a total of $3118.04 in sales earning our school $623.60! This could not have been possible without your support. We are excited to explore how to spend these funds to support instruction in the classroom. We look forward to the PTA Spirit Night on February 27 at Boomerang being just as successful. Way to go Foxes!

Crystal Metzger




Just one spot remains open for next year!


The PTA nominating committee is still looking for a Cafeteria coordinator to create, distribute and manage the schedule for cafeteria volunteers for the 2019-20 school year. This position may be filled by 2 volunteers. The Cafeteria coordinator is not expected to regularly cover available shifts. Contact Laurie Nicholson with any questions!  


The Science Fair is Almost Here!

There are only 11 days left until the Science Fair! We hope our Scientists are getting excited! Please note that project drop off will be on Tuesday, February 19 from 7:30-9:30 am or 12:00-2:00 pm that same day. Please check in at the front office and bring your project to the multipurpose room. Students in Mr. Wasserman's class will have tables dedicated and marked. The rest of the projects may be placed in any empty spot. Messy projects or projects that are prone to spill need to be placed on a table on the stage. Volunteers will be on hand to help direct you. We are looking forward to this fun event!

 Questions? Please contact Laura Powell or Alison Bernier.

No Upcoming Events


Save the Date 

Our next spirit event will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2019 at Boomerang Air Sports. Stay tuned for more details!


 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. 


We look forward to hosting Academic Entertainment on Wednesday, February 27, for their Music Technology performance. This event is for grades 2-5. "Music Technology shows students the important relationship between the technology they have in their classrooms or at home and the creation of the music and sounds they hear on their iPods and on TV, in movies and video games." For more information, check out their website.



News from the Cafeteria!

Congratulations to Alyson Cook, January's Cafeteria Volunteer of the Month. She will receive a handmade Fox Apron for her efforts!

 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 12:00-1:00 pm. Schedule yourself on a minimal basis or sign up for weekly shifts. Sign up now (get instructions here), or contact Sue Boling.


Meet our Volunteers of the Month

Congratulations to our January Volunteers of the Month, Carrie Schaeffer and Anne Kush! Carrie and Anne are our Hospitality co-chairs and work hard to organize staff luncheons and other events throughout the year. A huge thank you to these awesome volunteers!


Call for Nominations

Do you know a volunteer who has gone above and beyond this year? Nominations are being accepted for the 2018-19 NFES Volunteer of the Year. Please send nominations with details as to why your nominee deserves the honor to Becca Kutz by March 10th.


Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 to help check-in projects for the Science Fair! Sign up online through your Membership Toolkit account or contact Laura Powell with any questions.

The Recycling Committee would like to recognize our first volunteer of the quarter, Mr. Deric Nance. He has been a consistent recycling volunteer with a pleasant and hard working attitude. Mr. Nance will receive a gift card in appreciation for his dedication to recycling!

The Recycling Committee is also always looking for additional adult volunteers to assist with recycling on varied Tuesday mornings--you may be our next volunteer of the quarter! Please sign up on Membership Toolkit 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.



Can you solve the Rubik's Cube?

If your child is interested in solving the Rubik’s Cube, or in improving his or her speed in solving the cube, or in besting everyone else at solving the cube, please read on… 

We are preparing for the Regional Rubik’s Cube Competition! NFES will have a team of 8 students and 2 alternates to take to the Competition. If your child is interested in being a part of our team, we will have practices on Tuesday, February 26; Thursday, February 28; and Tuesday, March 5 from 2:15-3:00 pm in Mr. Wasserman’s classroom (A-3).

Students may come to 1 or all 3 of these practices in order to be timed, to practice, and to have fun! Bring an official Rubik’s cube with the Rubik’s logo. No speed cubes allowed.  

        The 10 fastest students, as timed by March 5, will be on the the NFES Team! Those selected will be invited to the Team Practices from 2:15-3:00 pm on the following Fridays: March 15 and March 22.

       The students on the NFES Team must be able to attend the Regional Competition on Thursday, March 28 from 4:00-6:30 pm at Holman Middle School.  Contact Mr. Wasserman with any questions. 


News from the Art Room

Thanks to my art volunteers who have helped out this year in the classroom and by putting up shows. There will be additional opportunities coming soon, especially when I use clay with the younger students. If anyone is interested in being an art volunteer, please email me at

Supplies needed for the art room: glue sticks, old tennis balls for chairs, and wipes.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful and creative children with me!

Nancy de Nijs, Art Teacher 

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 was sent home this week 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 If you have questions, feel free to contact Ms. Young, School Librarian.


February 4-8 was National School Counseling Week and NFES is incredibly fortunate to have Mrs. Crockett as our school counselor. Thank you, Mrs. Crockett, for all you do for our students on the Farm!



Middle School Course Selection

The course selection window for rising 6th grade students will close today, February 8! Selections for both core and elective classes can be made through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Contact Mrs. Crockett with any questions!


Save the Date - 5th Grade Luau

Parents of 5th graders, please save the date for the 5th Grade Luau on Friday, June 7, 2019. Watch for more details coming this spring!



Keep up the great clipping! Last month saw a big surge in collection, so watch for that February collection sheet! Be sure to check the graph on the back to see how your class is doing! Please note that the next Box Tops expiration date of 3/1/19 is approaching and it is important to send in any with that date as soon as possible. Remember, every little Box Top counts!





Kroger Community Rewards

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