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Originally delivered on 10/4/2019 11:07 am

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - October 4, 2019


Notes from Mrs. Metzger

Happy Fall, Fox Families!

Thank you to everyone who came out last Thursday for the Family Picnic. The Watch D.O.G.S. sign-up event was also a great success. We had many dads/father-figures sign up to support NFES. Our first Watch D.O.G. is volunteering today!

We have two events coming up in the month of October. On Tuesday, October 22, our 3rd graders will be performing at the PTA Meeting that will begin at 7 pm. Then, on Friday, October 25, we will host the annual Fall Festival. Please make plans to attend these two events to support our students and our school.

A few other important dates this month include:

- October 14 - Student Holiday (No School for Students)

- October 15 - Reflections Entries Due

- October 24 - Individual and Class Picture Day

- October 28 - Student Half Day – Dismissal at 11:05 am

Safety is a top priority at NFES and we are continuously reflecting on our practices. The mornings are very busy at The Farm as students arrive by various modes of transportation. To ensure the safety of all students, we ask that you abide by the following safety protocols:

Walkers: All walkers should travel by means of the sidewalks. Walkers should gather at the bike rack and wait for a school staff member before crossing. If you live across Graham Meadows Drive in Greengate, please be sure to escort your child across the street and have them enter the school grounds at the bus crosswalk where they will take the sidewalk to the bus loop doors.

Car Riders: For the safety of our students, we ask that ALL students exit the car from the right side (sidewalk side) of the car. Students should NOT exit the car from the left-hand side requiring them to walk in front of or between cars.

Your support of our students and our safety practices is very important.

Thank you for all that you do each day to support your child and NFES.

In partnership,

Crystal Metzger



Hi Fox Families!

It's hard to believe October is already upon us, I love this time of year. Be sure to keep an eye on the PTA calendar - there are so many fun events coming up for you and your foxes! Please be sure you have joined the PTA and signed up for Membership Toolkit so that you are up-to-date on all PTA and classroom communication!

Please reach out with any comments or ideas - your feedback is always welcome and appreciated!

Carrie Schaeffer, 2019/20 NFES PTA President


Help Support the Fox Fund! 

Thank you to all who have donated to the Fox Fund so far this school year! To date, we have received donations from 188 families, totaling $12,439. We're still a long way from our goal for the 2019-2020 school year! We know there are many back-to-school expenses this time of year, but early Fox Fund donations help us add important and enjoyable equipment, supplies, and activities to our children's educational experience. If you have not yet donated, please consider helping us reach our goal of 100% participation- no amount is too small or too large! Donations may be made online using your Membership Toolkit account.


Fall Festival 2019 is coming soon!

Our popular Fall Festival is scheduled for October 25, 2019 from 5-7 pm! Don't forget to check for tickets and donation requests coming home with your child on Monday. Please also note on Monday that there are many volunteer opportunities available...we need your help to make this event a success! 

We hope your family can join us for a night of games, inflatables, face painting, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, food and more!


We are getting close!

Thanks to all who have joined so far. We’re just under 83% participation. If you have not joined, we need YOU! Please be sure to sign into Membership Toolkit and join TODAY to help us reach our 100% GOAL. The NFE PTA provides so many wonderful opportunities for all of our kids at NFE! Remember, it’s open for mom AND dad, grandparents and all faculty and staff to join to help us reach our goal. Please contact Dana Hennesey, Membership Chair, if you have any questions. 

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Save the Date!

 Our Barnes and Noble Book Fair will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Look for more details coming soon!

Have you created your Membership Toolkit account? Membership Toolkit allows you to sign up for volunteer opportunities, join the PTA, make a Fox Fund donation, and more. Please be sure to add your child's teacher to your account information to receive class information (including communications from the teacher!) and future sign-ups for class activities. Questions? Contact Kim Apollony, Membership Toolkit Coordinator.


Have You Ordered Your Yearbook?

NFES Yearbooks are a great keepsake of your child’s school year so be sure to order your copy before prices increase! 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.


Reflections 2019 is in full swing! We have almost tripled the number of projects being submitted for this year’s competition. It is not too late to sign up your favorite K-5 artist. Please fill out the "Reflections Entry Form" in Membership Toolkit if you are participating. Please keep the following in mind:

1) Complete an Entry Form and submit by Tuesday, October 15 at 4:00 pm. Contact Emily McKinney if you have any questions. The rules for each entry are listed on the MTK form as are additional resources for parents with questions.

2) Email a digital image, video, or audio recording of your child’s piece separately to Emily McKinney so we can prepare each piece for judging.

3) Submit your child’s actual project or projects with your child’s name labeled on it to the NFES front office by Tuesday, October 15 at 4:00 pm.


Read on for some fun facts about Reflections 2019!


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 Club News! 

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. Sign up on Membership Toolkit or for more information, contact Allegra Simmons.

The Recycling Committee would like to recognize our September Volunteer of the Month, Janet Bachelder. Janet will receive a gift card. Thank you for assisting the Recycling Club! 

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.



P.E. October News 

The first edition of "Foxes Love Fitness" is out and Ms. Griffeth has filled it with some great information. Check out the newsletter here!

NFES students and their families are also encouraged to participate in October's "Fall in Love with Fitness" challenge. More information about the challenge can be found HERE!


Save the Date for the Regency Mile!


Formerly known as the Short Pump Mile, the Regency Mile will take place at the Regency Square Mall on October 27, 2019. This fun race promotes fitness, school pride and community involvement. Awards are given to the physical education programs at area schools based on participation so lace up those sneakers, Foxes! To register or for more information check out the race website.



Dear Families, 

Our coral reef artwork, created by all NFES Foxes, is on display at the Twin Hickory Library throughout the month of October. Great job!

Your students have also been working hard creating their Square 1 Art designs. We are working with the PTA and Square 1 Art to raise money for our school and for our art program. The students did a beautiful job and coming home soon will be your child’s custom catalog featuring their artwork. You will have an opportunity to purchase keepsakes for the whole family containing their masterpiece. The school earns a profit from every order and as a thank you for participating, all students will receive a set of stickers imprinted with their own artwork (absolutely free), even if you choose not to order anything. Watch for more details about ordering and order deadlines coming soon.

Thanks for supporting your children and their creative talents!

Nancy J. de Nijs, Art Teacher


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