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Originally delivered on 4/26/2019 3:03 pm

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - April 26, 2019




Hi families,


The last month of school is always a super busy time! If you have some time to help with recycling, shelve books in the library, or pass out utensils in the cafeteria, please sign up to volunteer on Membership Toolkit!

Early May will also be a time filled with appreciation.  May 1 is School Principal Day! Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10 (information coming from room parents soon) and School Nurses Day is on May 8.  Please take a minute to thank these very important people in our children’s lives! Our school is so very lucky to have them!

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Staff Kickball Game/Family Picnic on April 30

Deb Harper 
PTA President 


Fox Garden Ceremony

The Fox Garden Dedication Ceremony was a fun time had by all last evening! A big thank you to Mary Cox, Director of Elementary Education for Henrico County, and Lisa Merriam, former NFES principal, who joined us as our special guests for the ceremony. Children and families enjoyed songs, steel drums, pudding dirt cups, and so much more. Thank you to Mrs. Luxton for making this special garden possible. 

Thank you also to those who contributed to the ceremony's success:

James River Nurseries
Carytown Bicycles
Richmond Mom's Blog
Mr. Moodie
HCPS - C & M
Mrs. de Nijs - making the sign
Mr. Dean Johnson
Eric Rasmussen
Dave Kush
Adam Webb
Ted McKinney
Tara Daudani
CBS 6 - Frances Peyton, meteorologist
Vanessa Lande - Plant donations
Erin Glisson - Plant donations
Tammy Anderson - Plant donations
Kelly Berger - Plant donations
Carrie Schaeffer - Plant donations
Ms. Donovan and the 5th grade drum players
Emily McKinney
Deb Harper and PTA Volunteers
NFES Teacher Volunteers
Scott and Claire Luxton

 If you did not get a chance to purchase a brick, they will go on sale again in the Fall. Thanks to everyone who was able to come out and enjoy the great weather!

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Spirit Night at Chipotle

Our next spirit event will be held at Chipotle on Monday, May 6, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 pm. Check out the flyer for more details!


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


Volunteer of the Year Announced

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” This quote perfectly sums up this year’s Volunteer of the Year, Stephanie Weber. No matter the need, she is always available to provide extra assistance – and always with a smile. One NFE parent said, “there has yet to be an event at NFES where I haven’t seen her volunteering, from the Fall Festival and Science Fair to Field Day and field trips. She is always willing to help out and sets a wonderful example for other school volunteers.” Another parent said, “she really cares about Nuckols Farm and the quality of programs provided for our students.” 

During her years on the Farm, Stephanie has served in a variety of roles including hospitality volunteer, room parent, fifth grade luau volunteer, yearbook co-chair, Explore Lab coordinator, Community Service Club co-chair, and frequent cafeteria volunteer. In fact, she has already volunteered 43 times in the cafeteria this year and has signed up for 20 additional shifts before school ends!  

She will certainly be missed as her youngest child moves on to middle school next year! Congratulations to this year’s NFE Volunteer of the Year, Stephanie Weber! Thank you for all you do on the Farm!


Thank you, NFES Volunteers!

Thank you to Mrs Metzger, staff, and students for a wonderful Volunteer Recognition Celebration that was held on April 23! We felt so appreciated!

An extra special thank youto the following PTA Board volunteers who will be leaving the Farm as their youngest child moves on to middle school next year. You all will certainly be missed!

Nevine Anderson
Stephenie Brown
Brandy Burnett (volunteered on the Board for 5 years)
Allyson Drake (volunteered on the Board for 4 years)
Wendy Gore
Deb Harper (volunteered on the Board for 5 years)
Landon Klapprodt
Becca Kutz (volunteered on the Board for 8 years)
Cynthia Macturk (volunteered on the Board for 4 years)
Kassi O'Brien
Joanna Read
Kate Semp
Molly Snow
Lynda Sturman
Karla Thews
Stephanie Weber (volunteered on the Board for 4 yrs) 


Recycling Club Update


The Recycling Club had their Fifth Annual Weigh Day in honor of both Keeping America Beautiful month and Earth Day. The total recycling collection estimate for the school year is just over 8,500 pounds!! 


The recycling students also participated in a contest to estimate how much recycling is collected each week, with Karin A. in 4th grade having the winning estimate. 


Thank you to our Recycling Club volunteers and students for their positive impact on the Farm!



Fox Garden Wish List

Our Fox Garden is ready for some plants! Check out Membership Toolkit for the plant wish list if you are able to donate an item. Thank you for your support!


Cafeteria News

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.

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



News from the SCA

Once again, we will be sponsoring a penny drive competition to benefit Comfort Zone Camp (CZC). CZC is a caring community and safe haven for children that are grieving the loss of a family member. The donations we collect will benefit camps, support groups, and travel scholarships. We will be collecting money from Monday, April 29 to Friday, May 3. 

Will the green team or yellow team collect the most money? Our students will find out the winning team at our Fox Fest on May 3rd. We will celebrate kindness in our school and our community at this exciting event.

Don’t forget we have our Faculty Kickball Game and Family Picnic on Tuesday, April 30 from 3:00-5:00 pm. Come out and make a donation to CZC, see your favorite teachers play at 3:00, and enjoy time with others! 

School Nurse Day is 5/8

National School Nurse Day is May 8! Thank you, Mrs. Vallei, for keeping our Foxes safe and healthy each and every day!


Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Administrative Professionals Day was April 24. Thank you, Mrs. Whitescarver, for all you do on the Farm!


School Principal Day is 5/1

National School Principal Day is May 1 and it is the perfect day to thank Mrs. Metzger and Mrs. Childress for their dedication to our students and school community every day! 

Our Lady of Hope Art Show

Over 120 artists showed their work at the Our Lady of Hope Art Show on April 18. It was a big success and I am very proud of our creative artists. Congratulations to all those who participated in the show!

Nancy de Nijs, Art Teacher



Shade Structures to be Built on our Playground!


Eagle Construction, developers of the nearby Greengate community, has donated $30,000 to build shade structures on our playground! Micky Ogburn, School Board member, Tommy Branin, Board of Supervisors representative, as well as Eagle Construction representatives, Sam Marshall, Ricky Core and Natalie Croft recently made the announcement with Mrs. Metzger before the first grade performance on April 17.



Luau Ticket Sales End Soon!

Registration for the 5th Grade Luau will close on May 3! Please use Membership Toolkit to register your 5th grader, pay, and indicate t-shirt size (included in the ticket price). Buy your ticket today!


Our year-long contest is in the final stretch! The LAST collection sheet of the school year combining April and May has come home. Clip all you can through the end of May to help win your class a prize in June! Additional Box Tops that do not fit on the most recent collection sheet can be added to any past collection sheets you might still have or sent in a ziplock bag. Remember to include your teacher's name on your sheets and bags! And remember to check packages from products like Go-Gurt, Lysol, Cheerios and other GM cereals, Ziploc, Kleenex, Green Giant, Nature Valley, and Annie’s branded items before throwing them away. 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.


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