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Originally delivered on 6/7/2019 8:31 am

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - June 7, 2019


Notes from Mrs. Metzger


Fox Families, 

It is hard to believe that this is the final newsletter of the school year. As we close out this school year, we say goodbye to our retirees: Karen Cooke, Ann Tyler Allen, Kathy Sweeney, Freda Pressley, and Deborah Denson (in October).  We are so thankful for their service to our students and the Nuckols Farm Community.  

We also have several other staffing changes and announcements. Mrs. Jessica Deal will also be leaving Nuckols Farm at the end of this school year as she has accepted a new position within the county. Mrs. Deal will be the Innovative Learning Coach (ILC) at Echo Lake next year. We are so excited for Mrs. Deal and wish her the best of luck in her new position. 

Mrs. Jaclyn Claytor will be staying at Nuckols Farm, but will be transitioning to a new role for the 19-20 school year. Mrs. Claytor will serve as the Innovative Learning Coach (ILC) here at The Farm. She will be working collaboratively with all grade levels to support instruction through innovation and STEAM. Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Claytor on her new position! 

There will also be grade level changes among our staff. Miss Meade, Mrs. Kirkland, and Miss Blanchetti will all be making the move to 2nd grade for the 19-20 school year.

Next year we will welcome aboard the following new members to our faculty:

  • Jack Bond – 4th grade
  • Emily Fitzgerald – 3rd Grade
  • Bailey Katselis – 2nd Grade
  • Katherine Griffeth – P.E.

This year has been incredible! I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work with your child/children each day. Nuckols Farm is the amazing school it is because of our caring, supportive, and kind community. I want to thank each of you for welcoming me into this community. I hope you all have a relaxing, rejuvenating, and fun-filled summer. I look forward to seeing you in the fall! 

Mrs. Metzger

Thank you to these Faculty Members!

As the 2018-19 school year draws to a close, we say goodbye to four retiring faculty members.

Ann Tyler Allen is retiring after 35 years of teaching kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade. As her older daughter entered Kindergarten, she began teaching at NFES at the same time! She has many wonderful memories of her time on the Farm, including the years when her daughters attended NFES. She said that she "won't ever drive by the school without thinking that Green Gate was once a corn field" and will "miss the children so much." She looks forward to watching them grow up and hearing about their many accomplishments! "Nuckols Farm is a tight family"and she will also "miss seeing my friends every day." Mrs. Allen is looking forward to having extra time to help her older daughter plan her fall wedding. "Teaching at Nuckols Farm was my dream job!"

Karen Cooke is retiring after 30 years of teaching and has been teaching at Nuckols Farm since it opened (21 years ago)! One of her favorite Farm memories is when the 4th grade had an overnight field trip to the Science Museum. She also fondly remembers a field trip to the Virginia Aviation Museum at the airport, hearing the planes flying over all night. She said that since she will miss so many things about watching children grow and discover, she plans to be a substitute! "There is something quite special about the faculty on the Farm and I think that is what I'll miss the most about this particular building." In addition to substituting, Mrs. Cooke plans to spend more time with her parents, volunteering, traveling, cooking, crafting, and "perhaps have a grand baby to spoil in the not too distant future!"

Kathy Sweeney is retiring after 34 years of teaching and 12 years on the Farm. Her fondest memory is a day when hunters were hunting across the street from the school during morning bus duty! She will miss all the kids on the Farm and hopes to travel, fish, and golf once she retires. 

Freda Pressley, Instructional Assistant, is also retiring and will not be back on the Farm in September. 

Thank you Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Cooke, Mrs. Sweeney, and Ms. Pressley for your amazing dedication and service to NFES! We will certainly miss you all next year but send our best wishes for a wonderful retirement!



Hello Fox Families!

Though summer is almost here, your new PTA Board is already looking ahead to plan a fun and exciting 2019/20 year. As of May 28, I am the new PTA President and I look forward to serving over this next year along with new Executive Board members Kelly Berger (President-elect), Anne Kush (VP Volunteers), Sue Boling and Annie Whyte (VPs Ways and Means), Dana Neel (Secretary) and Michelle Lipawsky (Treasurer).  

If you have thoughts, ideas or questions about our PTA calendar for 2019/20 please reach out and share them with me over the summer. I would like to have as many NFE families involved in the PTA next year as possible and hope that you will consider sharing your time and gifts with us in any way that you can. In the meantime, I wish each of you a wonderful summer filled with family, friends and relaxation!

Finally, a huge thank you to the outgoing PTA Board. We are so grateful for your time and talents! Those of you who are moving on to middle school pastures will be dearly missed. 

With kindness,

Carrie Schaeffer
2019/20 PTA President

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Important 2019-20 Dates

NFES Open House will be held on August 29, 2019. The First Day of School is September 3, 2019. Be sure to check the PTA calendar as well as the HCPS calendar over the summer for other 2019-20 dates and events!


Finish your Back to School Shopping before June 21!

Make back-to-school supply shopping easy this fall by ordering supply kits with everything your young fox will need for next year. Click here for details, and use code 93997 for NFES. Place your order by June 21, and your items will be waiting for you at Open House in August!


Dancing on the Blacktop

Mark your calendar for next Friday, June 14 at 8:30 am for our annual last day of school Dancing on the Blacktop celebration. Join us as we celebrate a successful year and say hello to summer!


2018-19 Spirit Events a Success!

Thank you to all of the NFES families and faculty that participated in this year's spirit events. Over $2000was raised for our school! A huge thank you to Patty Gill, Spirit Night Coordinator, for organizing so many  successful spirit events!



Download the Student Directory!

If you are a PTA member, you currently have access to the online directory through your Membership Toolkit account. On June 30, we will temporarily disable MTK access in order to prepare for the new year.

Be sure to print or download the directory pdf file to have directory access all summer. The pdf file will be available on Membership Toolkit by June 12.



Final Cafeteria Volunteers Recognized

Patricia Rex was drawn as the May/June Cafeteria Volunteer and is the recipient of a handmade fox material apron. Stephanie Weber was the Cafeteria Volunteer for the Spring Semester and will receive a $10 Starbucks Gift Card.  

Thank you to all of the parents and grandparentswho volunteered in the cafeteria this year! Our Fox students truly appreciate everyone’s service.  

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



Note from Mrs. Sweeney

The Jump Rope Team will perform on the last day of school during our annual Dancing on the Blacktop, June 14, 2019 at 8:30 AM!

I will miss my Nuckols Farm Families. It has been a pleasure to teach your wonderful kids!!

With Love, Mrs. Sweeney


Medication Pick Up

If your child has medication in the clinic, please remember to pick it up by Friday, June 14 at 11:00 am. Medication will not be kept after this date!

Heart of Henrico

Congratulations to Mr. Moodie, our awesome custodian, for being named a HCPS Heart of Henrico! Check out more details about his tireless commitment to NFES!


Missing Something?

Be sure to check the Lost & Found (located in the clinic) before the end of the school year. The collection is growing daily! All remaining items will be donated on June 14.


Club Preview Day

The Recycling Club's Third Grade Preview Day was a huge success! Thank you to all present and future Fox Recyclers for helping our school and the environment.


Art Room Update

Thank you to all of the art volunteers that helped me out this year, especially with clay projects. Thanks too for sharing your wonderful and creative children with me. I am amazed at the talent, imagination, and creativity of each student and their art work. I love teaching here at Nuckols Farm and feel very blessed and thankful to teach and share my passion for art with all of the students. I am looking forward to more fun and creative art projects next year. I hope you have a great summer and see you in the fall. 

Nancy J. de Nijs, Art Teacher



Updated Immunization Record Required for Middle School

The State of Virginia requires all students who are entering 6th grade and at least 11 years old to receive a Tdap booster prior to the first day of school. It is the parent's responsibility to provide this record to your child’s registrar or school nurse once completed. If you have not already done so, please bring your shot record in to Mrs. Vallei or Mrs. Whitescarver before the end of the school year. Thank you!


5th Grade Luau Thank Yous!

We would like to extend a big "thank you" to the 5th grade luau committee members who have worked very hard to make this event possible. We would also like to thank Gayton Baptist, AAA Disc Jockeys and the many parents and local businesses who contributed numerous prizes for the students. We couldn’t do it without you and appreciate all of the support. Thank you!


Thank You to Absolute Tree for the 5th Grade Luau Photo Booth Sponsorship. We hope you will consider supporting our NFES sponsor when in need of tree service!


Earn free money for NFES from Amazon all summer through Amazon Smile!
Simply bookmark and use it EVERY time you shop on Amazon.  They donate 0.5% of the purchase price of every item you buy from Amazon through AmazonSmile!  NFES has received $800 through this program and we can surely do even better than that over the summer!  Again, use each time you shop and you will see "Supporting: Nuckols Farm Elementary PTA" under the search bar.

Box Top Winners Announced

And the results are in! Congratulations to Mrs. Himes' class, the K-2nd grade winners, with 1,181 Box Tops collected and to Mrs. Cooke's class, the 3rd-5th grade winners, with 799 Box Tops collected! Those classes will enjoy ice cream parties in celebration of their stellar collection. And congratulations to EVERYONE for collecting a grand total of 14,644 Box Tops this year, which translates to over $1,400 earned! Keep clipping over the summer and send in what you have collected on your summer collection sheet when the new school year begins in September. Remember, every little Box Top counts!



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!



Explore a Universe of Stories

Register now for Henrico County Public Library’s Summer Reading Club! The theme this year is a Universe of Stories. Earn badges and prizes for reading, reviewing books, attending library programs, and getting out in the community. Register at any Henrico County Public Library or online!


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Richmond, VA 23233