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Originally delivered on 1/24/2020 1:15 pm

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - January 24, 2020


Notes from Mrs. Metzger


Dear Fox Families,

Today marks the end of the 2nd nine weeks which means that we are halfway through this school year. While we have only been back from winter break for a few weeks, we have much to celebrate at NFES. Congratulations to the following staff members:

  • Katherine Griffeth (P.E.) and Jaclyn Claytor (ILC) have been awarded a HEF Grant for $6,000. This funding will be used to purchase 12 Unruly Splat tiles and 12 iPads. The Unruly Splats and iPads will allow for technology and coding to be integrated into physical education across all grade levels. These resources will be an exciting addition to physical education instruction.
  • Cathy Brown, 5th grade teacher, has been recognized as the NFES Teacher of the Year.
  • Bailey Katsarelis, 2nd grade teacher, has been named the New Teacher of the Year.
  • Connie Daniels, Exceptional Education Teacher, has been recognized as the Christie Award recipient. This award recognizes an exceptional education team member who has been exemplary in service of students with disabilities and their families.

Safety is a top priority in Henrico County. New this year, the HCPS Office of School Safety and Emergency Management has created a family edition safety newsletter.  The January newsletter Safety Matters! Family Edition is linked for your review.  

The phone system at NFES has recently been updated. Beginning on Monday, January 27, when you call The Farm you will be greeted with an automated message. The message will prompt you so that your call can be directed accordingly. Thank you for your patience as we transition to this new phone system.

Please mark your calendars with these upcoming dates:

  • Monday, January 27 – Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 28 – Friday, January 31 – Kindness Week
  • Thursday, January 30 – Chick-fil-A Spirit Night 4 pm – 6 pm. Teachers will be there to greet families, refill drinks, serve the drive-thru, and deliver meals.  Last year this event was a huge success! We earned over $600 for our school!  Please come out again this year to support this event! The funds raised this year will go towards the purchase of a 3-D printer.
  • Friday, January 31 – Spirit Day - Football Team / Jersey Day
  • Thursday, February 6 – Parent Conferences – 2:30 pm – 6 pm

Thank you for your continued support! 

In partnership,

Crystal Metzger, Principal



PTA Board Volunteers Needed!
The 2020/21 Nominating Committee is currently filling positions for the 2020/21 PTA Board. If you are interested in learning more about open Board positions, please reach out to one of the following Nominating Committee members (contact information available through Membership Toolkit):
Elizabeth Abbott, Lindzie Cherry, Jontrell Dean, Michelle Lipawsky, Judy Miller, Lindsay Turpin, or Kendall Shuman.

PTA Membership Update

We only need 16 more members to reach our goal of 100% PTA membership and it’s not too late to join! We will do one more raffle for a gift card for anyone who joins between now and February 15th so JOIN NOW! It is quick and easy to join on Membership Toolkit. Thank you so much to those who have already joined.


A Reminder from the ASE Committee

Winter After School Enrichment Classes started last week and are off to a great start! We still have a few volunteer spots open. Even if your child is not in a particular program, but attends another ASE program, you can volunteer for the open slot! Sign up to volunteer on Membership Toolkit.

  Questions? Please contact our After School Enrichment committee.

No Upcoming Events


 Calendar Update

Previous calendars and other notes may have listed a NFES spirit event at Mellow Mushroom on January 29. This event has been postponed! Please join us at the next spirit night at Chick-fil-A on Thursday, January 30 from 4:00-6:00 pm!



Share your Pictures!

Remember to share your photos of the Variety Show and other 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. 



LAST 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 next Friday, 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 of the Month
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month, Stephanie Denholm. You will often find her helping in the art room or making copies. She also recently took on leading the running club with Ms. Griffeth. Thank you, Stephanie!


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.


Library News

Congratulations to our Library Volunteer of the Month, Meredith Davis. She has spent countless hours helping Ms. Young in the library. Thank you, Meredith!

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.


Call for Cafeteria volunteers!

Cafeteria volunteers are needed each school day for thefirst shift (11:00 am-12:05 pm) or the second shift (12:05-1:10 pm)Sign up to volunteer through Membership Toolkit or contact Scott Minkoff with any 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.



Can you solve the Rubik’s Cube?

If your child is interested in solving the Rubik’s Cube or in improving his or her speed in solving the cube, please read on…

We’re preparing for the Regional Rubik’s Cube Competition! Nuckols Farm will have a team of 8 students and 2 alternates to take to the competition. If your child is interested in being a part of the NFES team, we will have the following practices: Monday, Feb. 10, Wednesday, Feb. 12, and Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 2:15-3:00 pm in Mr. Wasserman’s classroom.

Students may come to 1 or all 3 of these practices in order to be timed, to practice, and to have fun! Bring a cube, but it must be an official Rubik’s cube with the Rubik’s logo. No speed cubes allowed.  

The 10 fastest students, as timed by February 21, will be on the the NFES Team! Those selected will be invited to the team practices, from 2:15- 3:00 pm on the following Fridays: February 28 and March 6.

The students on the NFES Team must be able to attend the Regional Competition on Wednesday, March 11 from 4:00-6:30 at Holman Middle School.  Contact Mr. Wasserman with any questions.


Art Room Update

Thank you to all who have helped out in the art room this year! I appreciate it very much. Next week is our Chick-fil-A fundraiser...please come to support Nuckols Farm and to check out the art work displayed.  

In the coming months, I will need help with clay projects for 5th grade, 2nd grade and Kindergarten and also with 2nd grade weaving. I am also short on glue sticks so if you would like to donate some, just send them to school with your children. Please send any tennis balls that you do not want for the art stools as well.

Thanks again,

Nancy J. de Nijs, Art Teacher 


Know a student artist?

The Virginia Lottery's "Thank a Teacher Art Contest" is seeking three student artists whose work will be featured on teacher thank-you notes distributed across the commonwealth. 

The submission deadline is January 31, 2020.

One winner will be selected from each level: elementary school, middle school and high school. Winners will have their artwork featured on the 2020 thank-you notes. They will also receive a $150 gift card and $2,000 for their school's art department.

For more information about the contest, visit



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