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Originally delivered on 3/22/2019 8:32 am

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - March 22, 2019


Notes from Mrs. Metzger


Fox Families,

It is hard to believe that we are one week away from Spring Break! We have many exciting days ahead of us on The Farm. I ask that you mark your calendars for the following events.

Next Friday, March 29th, is a half day of school. Dismissal will begin at 11:05 am. This will also kickoff Spring Break, which is April 1st – 5th. We will welcome our Foxes back on Monday, April 8th. As we move through the last nine weeks, I encourage you to continue to ensure that your child is arriving at school on time each day. If your child arrives at school after 7:35 am, they are considered tardy and you will need to park and walk your child into the building and sign them in with the office. Thank you for your understanding as safety is our top priority.

Kindergarten registration is right around the corner! Do you or your neighbors have children at home that are ready for Kindergarten? If so, we encourage families of rising kindergarteners to come to school on Thursday, April 11th to register for the upcoming school year. Kindergarten registration will take place from 8 am – 4 pm and from 6 pm to 8 pm. This year we are asking that families bring their rising kindergartener with them to registration. We look forward to seeing our future Foxes here on the Farm. 

Our new and improved Fox Garden is complete and it’s time to celebrate! We will have a garden celebration on Thursday, April 25th from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. An invitation will be sent out to all families when we return from Spring Break. The invitation will include a link to a google form for you to RSVP as your response will help us to plan for this event. 

I hope that all of our students and families have a wonderful Spring Break. I hope that you find it to be a time to relax and rejuvenate as we gear up for the last nine weeks of the 18-19 school year! 

Mrs. Metzger



Hi families,

I wanted to be sure you have seen that June 11 is now a student holiday for Henrico County. Please be sure to note this important change on your calendars!

Our next PTA meeting will be held on April 16 at 7:00 pm. We will be voting on our 2019-2020 Executive Board, before our 1st graders put on a great show.  Please join us if you are able!

I hope you and your Foxes enjoy a well-deserved and relaxing spring break! See you back on the Farm on April 8!

Deb Harper 
PTA President 

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Order a Chair Pocket! 

If your child's chair pocket has not made it through the year, we have extras available to purchase! Chair pockets cost $7.50 each. If you would like one, please contact Deb Harper.


Our annual Faculty Kickball game will be held on April 30, 2019 on the blacktop of the big playground. Cheer on our NFES teachers and then enjoy Sweet Frog, snacks sold by the SCA, and fun with friends from 3-5 pm!


Paver Garden Dedication and Other Updates

Plans for our new paver garden are well under way. The PTA would love to thank Mrs. Luxton for her vision, hard work, and dedication in bringing this unique addition to the NFES family and school grounds. We are so excited to prepare for our dedication ceremony on Thursday, April 25 from 4:30-5:30 pm. This will be a true family affair, so grab a picnic blanket and join us that evening for a chance to see what an amazing instructional space has been added to the NFES Grounds. None of this would be possible without your contribution, however, so please read on to see how you can help!


PTA Membership Cards 

Membership cards are now available for pick up in a file box in the front office at your convenience. Once picked up, follow instructions on the card to activate it if you would like to take advantage of PTA member discounts from various vendors listed on the website. Thank you!

Molly Snow, Membership Chair



News from the Cafeteria!

Congratulations to Jontrell Dean who was the recipient of the New Cafeteria Volunteer starting in February! She receives a $5 gift card to Starbucks. 

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.


Volunteers are needed this Tuesday, March 26 to help with Spring Picture Day. Sign up on Membership Toolkit!


NFES Volunteer Clean Up Day

It's clean up day on the Farm! Join us on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 2-4 pm as we trim bushes, clean up trash and do some mulching in preparation for the garden dedication ceremony later in April. To volunteer on the 13th, please contact Myra Robinson or Gracie Herbert.

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



SCA Donation Drive

Greetings from the SCA! Once again, we will be sponsoring a donation drive to benefit Full Circle. Full Circle is a grief resource center for Richmond families and communities in the area. The donations will benefit various workshops and activities conducted by Full Circle. We will be collecting items from Monday, March 25 to Friday, March 29.  

The following items would be greatly appreciated: *prepackaged snacks (goldfish, fruit snacks, etc.) *water bottles *juice boxes *gift cards (Walmart/Target/Amazon/Staples) *canvases *mason jars *paint pens *tissues *copy paper

Thank you for your support!


Register your Future Foxes!

Kindergarten registration is Thursday, April 11, 2019. To start kindergarten, your child must be 5 years old by September 30. This year, parents are asked to bring their rising Kindergartener with them to registration.


News from the Art Room

Congratulations to Frank C. who had his artwork on display at the School Board art show! Congratulations also to Aubrey S. who had her artwork appear in the General Assembly art show!

Additional artwork from our Foxes will be on display this weekend at the HCPS A.R.T.S. Festival which is taking place at Varina High School on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Congratulations to these students as well!

Nancy de Nijs, Art Teacher 




Thank you to those that participated in Thursday's Jump Rope for Heart with Mrs. Sweeney. A lot of fun was had supporting an important program!



Luau Registration Coming Soon!

Registration and payment for the 5th Grade Luau will open on Membership Toolkit on Monday, April 8 and will continue until Friday, May 3. Look for more details to come after Spring Break!


Door Prize Donations Needed!

5th Grade Parents, it is time to start preparing for the 5th Grade Luau. Our students always have a great time and that is in large part to you! We are asking for donations for door prizes. Any donations are appreciated but gift cards in small amounts (like $10) are always a big hit. There is a box in the main office for donations collection. Please turn in any donations by April 15! Thanks so much for your support!


Attention Pocahontas Parents of Rising 6th Graders!

The Pocahontas PTA is looking for some new volunteers to help fill their board next year. Check out the open positions and email Lee Dolan if you would like more information!  

1st VP – Serves as Programs Chair, working with the school administration over the summer or at the beginning of the school year to determine relevant programming for Pocahontas families. Planning and marketing of the event through weekly school newsletter, Facebook and website.    

4th VP – Serves as Ways and Means Chair, working to track donations to the Hawk Fund.

Corresponding/Recording Secretary – Records minutes for monthly board meetings. 

Spirit Wear – Works with local vendor over the summer to design new spirit wear for the upcoming school year. Helps sell spirit wear at a variety of school events throughout the school year. 

County Council  –  Attends Henrico County PTA meetings monthly and report information back to Pocahontas PTA.  

Legislation – Coordinates voting for members on Virginia PTA legislative priorities. Informs membership of legislative action items or issues. 

Reflections – Advertises Reflections theme, gathers art work, and assists with selection of winners. 

MSA Administrator – Adds incoming families’ information to our online directory, and monitor returning students’ data.  

Volunteers – Uses MySchoolAnywhere website to organize volunteers for school events throughout the year. 

Beautification - Maintains planters in front of the school and bus loop with annuals or other decorative materials. 



Keep on clipping! Box Tops are sometimes small and hard to notice on product packages. Before you toss your empty packaging into the trash or recycling, be sure to do a quick check for a Box Top. They are on products like Go-Gurt, Lysol, Cheerios and other GM cereals, Ziploc, Kleenex, Green Giant, Nature Valley, and Annie’s branded items, to name a few. Don’t miss them! Thank you for your support.





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