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Originally delivered on 11/15/2019 8:30 am

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - November 15, 2019


Notes from Mrs. Metzger


Fox Families,

November is officially National Family Engagement Month; however, we are always looking to engage our families here at the Farm. Below are just a few of the events and activities that we have held over the past few weeks to engage families and the community.

Fall Festival                            Fall Enrichment Days

Parent Conferences               Barnes and Noble Book Fair

Reflections Ceremony            Veterans Day Assembly

Family Fitness Challenge       Art Shows 

We also invite you to join us on Saturday, November 23 at 8:30 am in the bus loop for the Annual Turkey Trot. It’s always a great time! We look forward to seeing you there! 

Please mark your calendar with the following dates:

* November 18 – Half Day for Students (Dismissal will begin at 11:05 am)

* November 20 – Report Cards Go Home

* November 22 – SCA Spirit Day - Stuffed Animal Day

* November 27-29 – Thanksgiving Break – Student Holiday

With the upcoming Thanksgiving break, I wanted to share how thankful I am to serve this incredible school and community each day. Over the break our teachers and staff will be enjoying time with their families, and we hope that you will take the opportunity to do the same. Happy Thanksgiving!


Crystal Metzger



PTA Membership Update

We’re SO CLOSE and we need YOUR HELP! We only need 34 more members to reach our goal of 100% membership — and as an added incentive, for all who join between now and Wednesday, November 27 you will be entered into a drawing for a Starbucks gift card! Please encourage your friends and neighbors to join. It’s quick, easy and only $6 per member. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Hennesey.


The Turkey Trot is almost here!

Our annual PTA Turkey Trot kicks off next Saturday, November 23 at 8:30 am. Mrs. Griffeth has a great course mapped out for our Foxes and their families for this non-competitive fun run where participants run as many laps as they would like. Afterwards, please stick around to enjoy hot beverages and light snacks.

No need to bring money for this free event, but if you would like to bring Lysol wipes, tissues, or board games for Johnson Elementary (our sister school), we will have donation boxes at the event. 

We appreciate our generous sponsors for this event: Wegmans, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, and Einstein Brother’s Bagels.

Questions? Please contact Lindsay Turpin or Kristin Wicichowski for more information.


Order a Yearbook by December 14!

NFES Yearbooks are a great keepsake of your child’s school year so be sure to order your copy before December 14. 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, including the Reflections ceremony and upcoming Turkey Trot, 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



Monday, November 18, 2019 is a half day of school. Students will be dismissed at 11:05 am.



Our PTA is excited to offer two sessions for the winter after school enrichment program, beginning the week of January 14. Be on the lookout for the flyer with specific details coming soon!


Thank you from the Fall Festival Co-Chairs!

Thank you to all of the awesome volunteers we had for the Fall Festival! It was a great night and a huge success - we raised over $10,000 for the PTA!  Special shout out to all of the committee chairs - Cathy Nerheim, Christin Carson, Judy Miller, Erin Glisson, Heather Sabharwal, Linda Green, Patty Gill, and Hayley Mathews. We couldn't have done it without all of you.  

-Suzanne Heller and Kate Bagwell

Ways and Means Update

Barnes and Noble Book Fair

Thank you to all of the families that supported the Book Fair through their attendance last Saturday and through online purchases. The sales amount for the event day was just under $5,500 which is fantastic! The school will receive 15% back from these sales and 5% from online sales.

We hope the students enjoyed getting their homework pass and purchasing a book for their classroom!

Fox Fund

If you haven’t already donated to the Fox Fund, we encourage you to consider adding it to your year-end tax free donation list! We haven’t reached our goal of 100% participation from all families so please help us move closer to achieving that target so we can provide outstanding programs for our students. Donations may be made online using your Membership Toolkit account.


Cafeteria News!
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.
Congratulations to Lindzie Cherry, our most recent Cafeteria Volunteer of the Month! Thank you, Lindzie, for helping our Foxes!


Recycling Club 
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.


October Volunteer of the Month

Our Volunteer of the Month for October is Heather Sabharwal! Heather chaired the Silent Auction committee for the Fall Festival and was instrumental in raising over $2000 for the event. Thank you, Heather!

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



Thank you from Mrs. de Nijs!

A big thank you to those of you who supported our Square 1 ART fundraiser. The orders should be here within the next 2 weeks, probably before Thanksgiving. We will let you all know when they arrive!


PE Reminders


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!

There is still time to join Mrs. Griffeth in our fitness challenge for the month of November: Giving Thanks and Doing Planks! You may access the challenge HERE!



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