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Originally delivered on 1/10/2020 2:30 pm

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - January 10, 2020


Notes from Mrs. Metzger


Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a relaxing and rejuvenating winter break! It has been a great week back at The Farm, and I am so proud of all of our foxes. We are off to a great start as students have returned this week showing their PAWS (Positive Attitude, Accepting Responsibility, Working Hard, and Showing Respect) and have been focused, engaged, and ready to learn!

Just prior to break we held our school spelling bee. Sumra S. was named our school Spelling Bee Winner and will proudly represent NFES at the county level on January 14. We also recognized Aaron S. as the 2020 MLK Lights of Hope recipient. Aaron will be recognized on Monday, January 20 at the 34rd Annual MLK Commemoration Ceremony. Congratulations to these students!

Last call for lost and found! We have a significant number of coats, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. in the lost and found. If your child has lost something at school please encourage them to check the lost and found. Any items not claimed by next Friday will be donated. 

January is a busy month. Below are some highlights to be aware of in the coming weeks.

January 14 – After School Enrichment Begins

January 20 – Martin Luther King Holiday

January 22 – Richmond Symphony will visit NFES (grades 3-5)

January 23 – PTA Meeting / Variety Show at 7 pm

January 24 – End of 2nd 9 weeks

January 27 – Student Holiday

January 30 – Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Thank you so much for your continued support. We are looking forward to a great rest of the school year. 

Crystal Metzger


Happy New Year NFE! It's hard to believe but now that the new year is here, we're already starting to plan for the next school year. By now you should have received a Volunteer Interest Form stating which PTA Board positions are open for the 2020/21 school year. Please consider joining the Board - our success depends on parent involvement!
Return the form to school by January 17 or reach out to one of the following Nominating Committee members to voice your interest (contact information available through Membership Toolkit): Elizabeth Abbott, Lindzie Cherry, Jontrell Dean, Michelle Lipawsky, Judy Miller, Kendall Shuman or Lindsay Turpin.  

2019/20 PTA President

Winter ASE Begins Soon!

Winter After School Enrichment Classes begin next week! Classes will be offered on either Tuesdays or Thursdays from January 14 - February 18, 2020 OR January 16 - February 20, 2020 with potential make up dates of February 25 or February 27.

A couple of reminders for those enrolled in a class:

1. If someone other than the individuals designated on the registration form will be picking up your child, a note must be sent into school for that day of the program. 

2. Please check the enrichment volunteer sign up in Membership Toolkit for any available volunteer slots. 

  Questions? Please contact our After School Enrichment committee.

No Upcoming Events


 Spirit Night!

Our next NFES Spirit Night will be held at Mellow Mushroom (Greengate location) on Wednesday, January 29 from 4:30-8:30 pm. Fifteen percent of sales (dine-in or carry-out) that evening will be donated back to Nuckols Farm! 




Planning Ahead?

Two more spirit events are on the NFES calendar! Join us on February 19, 2020 at Boomerang and on March 5, 2020 for our Papa John's Teacher Delivery Night. More details to come on these popular events!


Last call for paver orders!

Family, faculty, and community members are invited to order a paver by Friday, January 17. Place your order by the 17th so that your paver is installed by the end of the school year!
Check out Membership Toolkit for more information or to order online using your account (under "my forms").

Yearbook Reminder

Remember to share your photos of school events for possible inclusion in our yearbook! Go to, enter 10385 for NFE, and follow the directions from there OR download the Herff Jones eShare app to share pictures directly from your phone. 



Call for 5th Grade Pictures!

Parents of 5th graders, we are looking for a baby OR  preschool picture of your child to include in the yearbook!

Please submit your photos by January 31, 2020. Use the Herff Jones app or the website ( Enter code 10385 for Nuckols Farm Elementary. Complete the required fields including: 

1. The name of your student's teacher (INSTEAD OF GRADE)

2.  The first and last name of your child

3.  In the description field, please type “5th grade yearbook picture”

Questions? Email


Volunteer in the Cafeteria!
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.



Recycling Club News
The Recycling Committee is looking for parent volunteers to help with recycling duties on Tuesday mornings from 7:15-8:00. 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.

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



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.


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