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Originally delivered on 9/20/2019 1:57 pm

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - September 20, 2019


Notes from Mrs. Metzger

Fox Families,

It is hard to believe that we have just completed week three. Students have done a great job adjusting back into the school routine. This month we have worked to set expectations and structures so that we can dive into deeper learning as we work to prepare our students to be #LifeReady. 

I hope you enjoyed your time visiting with your child’s teacher last night at Back-to-School Night and were able to learn about their day while at The Farm.

Next week on Thursday, September 26 at 5:00 pm we will hold our first annual launch event for Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students). Watch D.O.G.S. is a program that encourages fathers and father-figures to become involved in their child’s education by volunteering in our school. This event will be held on the front porch. We hope that you will stop by and sign-up to volunteer!

Following the Watch D.O.G.S. event, please join us on the big playground, behind our school, for the Family Picnic. The picnic will take place from 5:30 pm – 7 pm. Here, your pre-ordered Marco's Pizza will be available for pickup and Kona Ice will be available for purchase. For questions about the picnic, please contact Erin Glisson at

This is just a reminder that Monday, September 30th is a half day for students. Dismissal will begin at 11:05 am.

Thank you so much for all that you do each day to support your child’s education!

In partnership,

Crystal Metzger 



Join the PTA!

Membership needs YOU! We’re at 70% membership to date — on our way to reaching 100% participation! Please consider joining for EACH adult in your household (and don’t forget grandparents can join too) to help us reach our goal. It’s quick and easy on Membership Toolkit and only $6 per person. 
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 but orders must be placed by TODAY. Orders will come in around the middle of October. Questions? Please contact Jennifer Glover or Celia Barrett.

No Upcoming Events


Save the Date!

 The NFES PTA Fall Festival will be held on Friday, October 25 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Look for more details in the coming weeks!

Reflections season is underway, so don’t miss out on all the fun. Reflections interest forms, either online or on paper, are due to the front office by Wednesday, September 25. Entry forms and rules will be sent home next week to everyone who has expressed an interest in participating. Until that time, please check out this website to download the rules for your category. Please continue reading for more Reflections information! 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.


Have You Ordered Your Yearbook?

NFES Yearbooks are a great keepsake of your child’s school year and are filled with photos of each class and events from the year. Children always enjoy signing each other’s yearbooks during the last week of school, so be sure to order your copy today!

The price is $20 and on November 3, the price for the yearbooks will increase to $25. NO EXTRA COPIES ARE ORDERED AND NO ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER DECEMBER 14.

Thanks for sharing photos of your favorite foxes! Please continue to submit photos from school events all year. 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.

Questions? Contact Janet Bachelder or Kristin Farrar.


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.


Volunteer in the Cafeteria!

Cafeteria volunteers are needed each week to hand out supplies and to assist students with opening packages. PLEASE NOTE a change in lunch shift times. Shift one is 11:00 am-12:05 pm and shift two is 12:05-1:10 pm. Sign up to volunteer through Membership Toolkit or contact Scott Minkoff.


Recycling Volunteers Needed! 

Looking for a fun way to get involved at NFE and help the environment before the school day begins? The Recycling Committee is looking for parent volunteers to help with recycling duties on Tuesday mornings from 7:15-8:00. The parent volunteers assist in supervising the recycling club student members, then empty the cart of collected recycling in the dumpster behind the school. Sign up on Membership Toolkit or for more information, contact Allegra Simmons.

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.



Welcome, Ms. Griffeth! 


Dear Nuckols Farm Parents,

I am thrilled and honored to take part in your child’s life as his/her physical education teacher! I am passionate about fitness and am excited to share this love with NFES students. Since I am new to the school family, I wanted to share a little bit about myself, so you are hopefully more comfortable entrusting your child to me.

My husband, 1-year old daughter, and myself moved from Augusta, GA this summer. While in Augusta, I taught at the elementary level for four years. Prior to that, I taught one year at the middle school level. I graduated from The University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!) where I earned a degree in Health and Physical Education and ran for UGA’s cross-country and track teams. Since then, I have also earned my Masters in my field. I enjoy traveling, cooking, backpacking, running, yoga, and spending time with friends and family. I love physical education, getting creative and thinking outside of the box. I will be challenging my students to do this in health and physical activity.

We are going to have an awesome year! I am all about parent/teacher relationships, so please feel free to contact me with any questions you have or better ways I can meet your child’s needs. Also, I will be contacting you throughout the year on ways you can get involved in your child’s wellness life at home and here at NFES.

I look forward to meeting you!

Katherine Griffeth

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.


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! 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