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Originally delivered on 8/23/2019 4:32 pm

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - August 23, 2019


Notes from Mrs. Metzger


Dear Nuckols Farm Families – 

I hope that everyone had a picture-perfect summer and is ready to return to what will be a star-studded school year. We are excited to welcome our Foxes back into the building. We have worked hard this summer to prepare for their return and another year of success.

Our theme this year is Lights, Camera, #LifeReady. In the coming year we will spotlight instruction and student achievements, capture and share the moments, and focus on fostering students of quality character. Our goal is to prepare our students to be #LifeReady and support them in their journey to greater independence. This year Nuckols Farm will set the stage for deeper learning by focusing on instruction that supports anytime, anywhere learning, instruction that is authentic and connected, student-owned, and community supported. We invite you to join us as we strive to provide our students the opportunity to be critical thinkers, communicators, collaborators, creators, students of quality character, and global citizens in order to become #LifeReady.

As always, it is our goal to create a safe and positive environment for all students each day. Safety is our number one priority at The Farm. We appreciate all you do to partner with us to ensure the safety of our students and staff.    

Below you will find some helpful information as you begin to prepare for the upcoming school year. Be sure to mark your calendars with the following dates:        

*Monday, August 26            Homeroom assignments and beginning of the year                                                forms will be available in Rycor

*Thursday, August 29          Open House

                                                Kindergarten: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

                                                Tours for New Families: 10:00 AM

                                                Last Names A-G (Grades 1-5): 10:30-11:30 AM

                                                Last Names H-Z (Grades 1-5): 2:00-3:00 PM 

If your child will be a car rider on a regular basis, you are encouraged to visit the cafeteria at Open House to sign-up and receive your hangtag. Everyone must complete this documentation even if you were a car rider last year. 

*Tuesday, September 3      First Day of School 

                                             School Hours – 7:20 AM – 2:10 PM

                                             Tardy Bell rings at 7:35 AM; class begins at 7:40 AM

Students are encouraged to ride the bus on the first day of school if they are going to be a bus rider in the coming year. Additional staff will be at the bus loop throughout the first week to welcome students and help them get to their classrooms.

*Thursday, September 19   Back to School Night – 6:00 PM 

I look forward to a successful school year filled with red carpet celebrations. Please be sure to visit our website frequently at to ensure that you are up to date on the latest happenings on The Farm. I look forward to continuing to build strong partnerships with you throughout the upcoming year as we support the success of our children. If I can assist you in any way this year, please do not hesitant to contact me. 

I look forward to seeing you Thursday at Open House! 

Yours in Education,

Crystal Metzger



Create or update an account on our website, Membership Toolkit! Complete PTA forms online!

Have you seen our website? Membership Toolkit allows you to sign up for volunteer opportunities, join the PTA, order yearbooks, make a Fox Fund donation, search our student directory, register for after school enrichment and more – in just a few simple online steps. Membership Toolkit will be available to make purchases, donations, etc. beginning August 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Check out our how-to guide, visit our FAQ page, or contact Kim Apollony, Membership Toolkit Coordinator.


Welcome back to school Foxes! 

The school year is off to a great start, thanks to the terrific PTA volunteers who have been busy working this summer planning amazing things for our students. Be sure you check the calendar for the dates of all the events we have planned this year.

I hope you will join me in extending a warm welcome to our new Fox families and staff members. I can’t wait to see all the new faces at NFE and I know that exciting times are ahead.

Don’t get left out of important news and upcoming happenings around school. Visit our PTA website ( for all contact information and volunteer opportunities! Whether it’s an hour per week, month or year, we’re so grateful for the time that you give to our many events and activities. Also, check out our PTA Facebook page at

If there’s anything I can do for you this year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I can be reached via email at

Here’s to a picture-perfect school year! Lights, camera, #lifeready!

Carrie Schaeffer, 2019/20 NFES PTA President


See you at Open House on August 29! Be sure to stop by the PTA tables to check out the latest spirit wear, learn about volunteer opportunities, purchase chair pockets and more. The day's schedule is:

  • Kindergarten - 9:00 am
  • New family tours - 10:00 am
  • Students in grades 1-5 (last names A-G) - 10:30-11:30 am
  • Students in grades 1-5 (last names H-Z) - 2:00-3:00 pm

Want to show your school spirit?! NFES spirit wear will be available in limited quantities at Open House this Thursday, August 29, 2019 and online through Membership Toolkit from August 29 - September 20. Questions? Please contact Jennifer Glover or Celia Barrett.

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Thanks to your support, the NFES PTA was able to donate $18,625 to the school this summer. With these funds, Mrs. Metzger was able to purchase a variety of instructional and reading materials, technology items, and supplies for the Farm, including eLearning Resources, literacy footprints and materials for small group guided reading instruction, three Promethean Boards for classrooms, and STEAM cart supplies. Thank you for helping the Farm to grow!

Calling all artists, musicians, writers, photographers, dancers and directors! Showcase your talents through this year's Reflections program. The theme is "Look Within," and entries are due October 15, 2019. Contact Emily McKinney for additional details.


Welcome Back Fox Families! Each year, our students look forward to going back to school, seeing friends and participating in all of the fun and educational activities that our PTA offers. Please be sure to join this year to help us reach our goal of 100% participation! Parents (both mom AND dad), grandparents, relatives and all NFE faculty and staff are encouraged to join to help us meet our goal. It’s quick and easy as you complete your back to school forms on Membership Toolkit. PLUS — all who join by Friday, September 6th will be entered into a raffle for a gift card to Gelati Celesti! So JOIN TODAY!

The $6 per person membership fee includes our local, state and national dues — and gives you exclusive access to our online student directory. Please contact Dana Hennesey, Membership Chair, if you have any questions. 


After School Enrichment Registration Opens September 10

Fall After School Enrichment classes will begin on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Be sure to check out additional information, including class offerings, in your child's back to school folder. Registration for classes will begin online through Membership Toolkit on September 10, 2019. Contact Melanie Bosco with any questions.


Volunteers Needed in the Teacher Workroom!

Our teachers work hard every week and to help them out, we need volunteers to make copies for each grade level. Volunteers work independently for 1-2 hours and work can be done at the volunteer’s convenience on that day. A quick orientation will be held in September.
Contact Laurie Nicholson for more information or to sign up. You can also sign up at Open House on August 29.

Volunteer in the Cafeteria!

Cafeteria volunteers are needed each week to hand out supplies and to assist students with opening packages. Sign up to volunteer through Membership Toolkit or contact Scott Minkoff.


We are looking for coaches for this awesome program! FIRST LEGO League, Jr. is a STEM-based program that introduces students to building and engineering concepts through the use of LEGOs and later, robotics. Coaching a Lego League is fun and engaging as it teaches students about science and technology. Please email Jenny Scott, Lego League Coordinator, for more information.

Interested in other volunteer opportunities on the Farm? Be sure to complete the Volunteer Interest Form, available on Membership Toolkit beginning Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, check out the Volunteer Handbook . Questions? Contact Anne Kush.


Did you know that the 2019-2020 school year is the inaugural year for Watch D.O.G.S.? More information will be available this fall from Elyse Crockett, School Counselor. Stay tuned for this exciting opportunity to welcome dads and father-figures as volunteers in our school.




 SCA School Supply Drive

The Student Council Association will be collecting school supplies for our sister school, Johnson Elementary, from August 26 - September 6. Boxes will be in the main hallway during Open House and the first week of school. Thank you for your donations!


The Cub Scouts are Calling!

Interested boys and girls can attend NFES’ local Cub Scout Pack 747 kick-off meeting on September 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Gayton Baptist Church. 

Still looking for more information? Please join Pack 747 at the Cub Scout Recruiting Rally on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 7-8 PM in the NFES cafeteria. Learn more about fun Cub Scout adventures and sign up to join Pack 747 for the 2019-20 school/scouting year. Contact Jon Abbott or Ruth Bazile with any questions.  


Visit AmazonSmile and choose Nuckols Farm Elementary PTA as your charitable organization. Contact Karen Szobota, Business Rewards Coordinator, with any questions.


Visit Kroger's Community Rewards web site to register your Kroger Plus card after checking out the registration instructions.


 The NEW and improved Box Tops mobile app is here. Check out the new way to earn money for NFES here! Contact Dena Wentz or Rebecca Cabonor with questions.


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