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Originally delivered on 11/1/2019 11:10 pm

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - November 1, 2019




Wow, what a festive week it’s been. I loved seeing so many Fox Families at the Fall Festival last Friday. From the fabulous silent auction, to the yummy treats, to the awesome games and inflatables, to the gorgeous weather, it was truly a special evening. A HUGE thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it such a success.

And, there’s so much else going on. Our Fox runners helped NFE get 4th place at the Regency Mile race last Sunday and we celebrated our Fall Enrichment Days this week. Lastly, I hope to see many of you tomorrow at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair where I plan to get my holiday shopping started.

Happy Fall to all! Please reach out any time,

Carrie Schaeffer
2019/20 PTA President


The Book Fair is tomorrow!

The Barnes and Noble Book Fair will be held TOMORROW, Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. It's a great day to get a jump on your holiday shopping! Check out the day's schedule HERE!

 Students who attend this year's book fair will receive a voucher for one free homework pass! Also, in anticipation of our upcoming author visit from Kevin O'Malley, we will have plenty of his books on display for purchase that day.

Not able to attend on Saturday? Online orders will begin that day and will continue until November 6, 2019. Or share the six-part voucher with the NFES book fair ID number (sent home with your child) with friends and family!


Author to visit NFES!

Author/Illustrator Kevin O'Malley will be visiting Nuckols Farm on November 8, where he will be speaking with all grade levels about the fun involved in writing and drawing. As a part of his visit, Barnes and Noble will be selling his books at our school book fair on November 2nd! Mr. O'Malley will be signing books after his visit to NFES, so make sure to attend the book fair and check out his books!  


Order a yearbook before prices increase THIS SUNDAY!

NFES Yearbooks are a great keepsake of your child’s school year so be sure to order your copy before prices increase this Sunday, November 3! The current price is $20NO 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, including last week's Fall Festival. 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.

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Join the PTA!

We are SO close — 39 more members and we’ll hit our 100% goal! Did you know both parents PLUS grandparents can join to help us reach our goal?! It’s quick and easy on Membership Toolkit and is only $6 per member. If you have not already joined our PTA, please take a minute to join. Help us reach our goal!


Mark your Calendars!

Our PTA is excited to offer two sessions for the winter after school enrichment program! It will begin the week of January 14, run for 6 weeks (with possible makeup dates due to weather,) and will be offered both Tuesdays and Thursdays. Be on the lookout for the flyer with specific details before Thanksgiving break. Enrollment will open shortly after the break!


Save the Date!

It’s hard to believe, but November is here! Are you ready to trot?!

Plan to come out to the bus loop on Saturday, November 23 at 8:30 am for the annual NFES PTA Turkey Trot. We will start things off with fun stretches and then the participants are off! In this non-competitive, fun event, participants run, walk, hop or skip as many laps as they like around the Turkey Trot course. Please stick around afterwards to enjoy hot beverages and light snacks. All NFE families are welcome and are encouraged to complete laps with their foxes.

This is a free family event. We will be collecting items for Johnson Elementary, the morning of the Turkey Trot. Stay tuned for more details on how you can help our sister school!

We need volunteers to help with this FUNtastic event!Sign up online using Membership Toolkit or contact Lindsay Turpin or Kristin Wicichowski for more information.


Cafeteria Volunteers Needed!
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.


The Recycling Club Needs Your Help!
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.


Volunteer 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.


September Volunteer of the Month

Our Volunteer of the Month for September is Elizabeth Roetger. Elizabeth is a new kindergarten mom who has really jumped in to volunteer at Nuckols Farm. She is a room parent, grade level copy mom and grade level Explorer Lab coordinator. She is helping with Reflections, donations for Fall Festival, and with Math and Literacy rotations in the classroom. We are grateful for all of Elizabeth's time and energy at the Farm!

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



Update from the Art Room

Congratulations to all those students who have their art work in the West Creek Emergency Center Art Show. These beautiful works of art will be on display for the next 6 months for the patients and visitors to enjoy.

Thanks to all of you who have supported our Square 1 Art, fundraising project. Just a reminder...Friday, November 8 is the last day to order online.

TENNIS BALLS! The art room is in need of used tennis balls to redo the bottoms of the art stools and chairs. Students can bring them in or you can drop them off in the office.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me! They are doing amazing and creative artwork!

Nancy de Nijs, Art Teacher



News from the SCA

The SCA will be collecting food for the Henrico County Christmas Mother from November 11-15. Some of the most requested foods are: peanut butter, can foods (vegetables, fruits, meat, beans) and dry foods (cereal, rice, macaroni and cheese). Please do not send in anything perishable or in glass jars! Thank you for your support!


PE Updates!


Mrs. Griffeth is need of black lights for a surprise (SHHH!) cosmic bowling party she would like to throw during her PE class in December. If you have any she may borrow or would consider donating some, she would greatly appreciate it!

Please join Mrs. Griffeth in our new fitness challenge for the month of November: Giving Thanks and Doing Planks! Be on the look out for an email with a link to the challenge. You may also access it HERE!

Also, congratulations to the 45 Foxes that recently participated in the Regency Mile! Nuckols Farm had the fourth largest number of students participating in the race and earned $300 to help with the school's Physical Education Program. Way to go!



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