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Originally delivered on 10/18/2019 11:05 am

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - October 18, 2019


Notes from Mrs. Metzger


Fox Families,

We recently received our results from the Climate Survey that was completed in the spring. Last year, Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) partnered with the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC) in the School of Education to develop and administer an annual survey to students (grades 5-12), parents, and staff. The survey asked respondents to reflect on their experiences in HCPS over the past year in regards to the four cornerstones in the strategic plan: Safety and Wellness, Academic Growth, Equity and Opportunity, and Relationships. Thank you to the 145 parents who provided a response on this survey. Overall, Nuckols Farm performed very well in all areas. Some highlights from the survey among all stakeholders included:

Students can go to an adult for help
Adults care about students
NFES has safe practices within the building
Parents are welcome
Students are treated with respect
Staff have high expectations of learning for students

We appreciate your responses. We as a staff have also reflected on the feedback from this survey. As a school we are always looking to improve and ensure that we are providing a safe and positive learning environment that is reflective of equity and opportunity for all students each day.

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the end of October and the end of the first nine weeks. Below are a few upcoming dates to put on your calendar:

- Tuesday, October 22 - PTA Meeting – 3rd Grade Performance @ 7 pm

- Friday, October 25 - Fall Festival

- Thursday, October 24 - Individual and Class Picture Day

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

Thank you so much for all that you do each day!

In partnership,

Crystal Metzger



We need your Fall Festival help!

Our popular Fall Festival is scheduled for next Friday, October 25, 2019 from 5-7 pm. Adult volunteers are STILL needed to help make this popular event a success! Please sign up to volunteer through Membership Toolkit. 

Tickets for the Fall Festival are also available online through Membership Toolkit. Online ticket sales will end on Monday, October 21, 2019. After that, ticket prices will increase and will only be available at the door. 

Cake, cupcake and other baked good donations are also being accepted for the extremely popular Fall Festival Cake Walk. Look for more information about the Cake Walk in your child's backpack!


We are SO close!

We are at 90% membership…almost to our 100% goal! We only need 63 more members. If you have not joined PTA, please take a quick minute to join. It’s only $6 per person and we encourage both parents to join (using Membership Toolkit) to help us reach our goal. Thank you for supporting our PTA! Please contact Dana Hennesey, Membership Chair, if you have any questions. 


Order a yearbook before prices increase!

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.

No Upcoming Events



Coaches Needed!

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 for more information.


Mark your Calendars!

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 home with your child soon!


Reflections Update!

We are at the height of our Reflections adventures and are so excited that we have had so many incredible students participate this year. All submissions were due Tuesday, October 15 by 4:00 pm. By noon that day, we had already inventoried 81 entries and looked forward to at least 38 more entries arriving before the deadline.

Many parents were able to complete the digital entry form and those that did not received paper copies to submit by Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

Judging will take place the first full week in November. Winners in each category will be announced at the NFES Reflections Ceremony to be held at the November PTA general meeting. Reflections families can join us at 6:30 pm in the gym to browse all entries and see their child’s hard work on display. Winners in each category will have their work forwarded to the HCCPTA competition. 

Thanks again for the incredible support from parents, teachers, administration, and PTA board members. It has truly taken a village to make it special this year, and our village is amazing!

Our students have submitted beautiful works and what they have submitted is nothing short of inspiring! Congratulations to all of our participants and the amazing teams helping them make it to the finish line!

Emily McKinney


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! 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.

Interested in other volunteer opportunities on the Farm? For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, check out the Volunteer Handbook . Questions? Contact Anne Kush.



Are you a dad or father figure of a great Nuckols Farm student? Did you want to sign up to be a Watch DOG? It’s not too late! Please sign up on Membership Toolkit using the Watch D.O.G.S. 2019-20 Volunteer Sign Up Form and pick a date! Purchase a t-shirt or borrow one from us while you’re here. We will have you volunteer from 7:15-2:40 in our building in our classrooms, lunchroom, art room, and more! We can’t wait to have you be a Watch DOG!


SCA Adopt an Animal

The SCA will be collecting money for the Adopt an Animal Program at Maymont. We want to collect enough money to take care of Finley the Fox! Please send in $1.00 next week, October 21-25, to your classroom teacher. Thank you for your support!


You can still sign up 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. Registration is ongoing through October 24, 2019.



Did you know?


Amazon donates to NFES when you shop at AmazonSmile - the same Amazon products, prices, & service you know. Simply visit and choose Nuckols Farm Elementary PTA as your charitable organization.


We have received nearly $1,000 to date from Amazon Smile…let’s make that $10,000! Use it every time you shop at Contact Karen Szobota with questions. Thanks for your support!

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. 


Kroger Rewards

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



Have you downloaded the Box Top app?

The NEW and improved Box Tops mobile app is here. Check out the way to earn 10 cents for each Box Top here! Contact Dena Wentz or Rebecca Cabonor 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