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Originally delivered on 9/9/2019 8:04 am

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - September 9, 2019




Hi Fox Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful first week on the Farm and that you are settling into the new school year routine! Please be sure you have joined the PTA, signed up for Membership Toolkit, updated your child’s teacher name and sent in those needed school forms!  

I look forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night on Thursday, September 19 at 6:00 pm! (Please remember that this is a parent only event). 

If I can help with anything, please let me know!   

Carrie Schaeffer, 2019/20 NFES PTA President 


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. Please be sure to add your child's teacher to the information in your account! Check out our how-to guide, visit our FAQ page, or contact Kim Apollony, Membership Toolkit Coordinator.


Welcome Back Fox Families!

Please be sure to join our NFE PTA this year to help us reach our goal of 100% participation! To date, we’re at 54% participation…over halfway to our goal of 100% membership! Parents (both mom AND dad), grandparents, relatives and all NFE faculty and staff are encouraged to join. It’s quick and easy to join on Membership Toolkit. PLUS - we will have another gift card drawing if we reach 75% participation by Back to School Night for one lucky winner (for those who join between now and September 19).

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. 


Want to show your school spirit?! NFES spirit wear will be available online through Membership Toolkit until September 20, 2019. Questions? Please contact Jennifer Glover or Celia Barrett.

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Missing Something?

Thank you to all who bought school supply kits! If any kits were missing items or had damaged items and were not reported to your teacher, please email Meredith Davis.

Calling all artists, musicians, writers, photographers, dancers and directors! Watch for a Reflections Interest Form to come home in your child's backpack or fill one out online. Click here for more information about the program or contact Emily McKinney with any questions.


Help Support the Fox Fund! 

Have you made your Fox Fund donation yet? Donations directly support the amazing programs on the Farm as well as the purchase of new classroom equipment. For those of you who are new to the school, the Fox Fund allows parents to make an upfront donation to the PTA through our Membership Toolkit website in support of our annual operating budget. All donations are 100% tax deductible!  

For the 2019-2020 school year, we have launched a 100% Participation Campaign asking all families to donate no matter how small or large. All donors will receive a 2019-2020 car magnet to show their Fox pride. Don’t forget that you may be able to double or sometimes even triple your impact by simply submitting a Matching Gift Form provided by your company. Information about these matching opportunities is also on our PTA website under the Fox Fund heading.


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 TOMORROW, September 10, 2019. Contact Melanie Bosco with any questions.


Wanted: First Day of School Pictures

Have you shared your first day of school photos for possible inclusion in our yearbook? Sharing is easy on our yearbook company's secure web site (enter 10385 for NFE), or share directly from your phone using the free Herff Jones eShare app. Get more info here, and keep photos from school events coming all year!


Mark your calendars for the following fun events:

  • Our first Spirit Event of the year will be held on September 18, 2019 from 5:00-9:00 pm at Gelati Celesti.
  • Our annual Family Picnic will on held on the blacktop/playground on September 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm.

Stay tuned for more details on both events!


Volunteers Needed in the Library!
Library volunteers are needed to shelve books, to help with class activities in the library and to assist children in finding books. Shifts are flexible...volunteer for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours! Sign up to volunteer on Membership Toolkit. Contact Cathy Nerheim, Library Coordinator, if you have questions.

Calling all Room Parents!

 Please consider volunteering your time as a Room Parent! This is a great opportunity to be a part of your student's class and work with the teacher throughout the year supporting enrichment programs, teacher appreciation week, and communications to your fellow class parents. A Room Parent meeting will be held on September 25 at 9:20 am to help guide you as you get started this year! I look forward to working with everyone! 
Elizabeth Abbott, Room Parent Coordinator

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. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, check out the Volunteer Handbook . Questions? Contact Anne Kush.


Watch D.O.G.S. will be hosting a sign-up event for volunteers before the Family Picnic on September 26. You will need to have an active volunteer form on file, so feel free to complete the form at We can’t wait to launch this volunteer initiative where we welcome fathers and father figures to spend time in our building. Contact Mrs. Crockett with questions about this program.




 News from the Art Room 

I am so excited to be back teaching art again at Nuckols Farm and working with such wonderful and creative students. This week the students are collaborating and creating a 16’x6’ mural of an underwater coral reef with many colorful fish and other sea creatures. Each student, K-5, has taken part and designed something for the mural. This large work of art will be going up in the Twin Hickory Library for the whole month of October, which is so exciting!

Next week, the students will be working on an Art Fundraiser, in art and through the PTA, called Square Art. Each student will be creating a beautiful and original piece of art that can be turned into a variety of products. Check out the Square Art display at Back to School Night. It will be located near the art room.

Thanks for all the support,

Nancy de Nijs, Art Teacher


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 10 cents for each Box Top here! Also, just a reminder that the contest for a Spiritwear item ends on September the new app and comment on the Facebook post on our PTA page to enter. 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