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Originally delivered on 9/8/2020 2:02 pm

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - September 8, 2020


Welcome Foxes to the 2020-2021 School Year!

We are excited to connect with you today on the first day of school!  I would like to welcome all our new foxes as well as our returning ones to Nuckols Farm Elementary.  This year, while it will be unusual and unprecedented, still brings with it a reason to be excited and eager for the many new learning experiences and opportunities. Our school theme this year is ConnectED: Anytime, Anywhere, which is just what we intend to do throughout the year, stay connected.  While this year will be different, and it will be challenging, I have no doubt that we will create a virtual school experience that will surprise us in new and wonderful ways.  I know that there is “virtually” nothing we can’t do when we work together to support our students.  Once again, I welcome you to Nuckols Farm and I look forward to working with you this school year.

In partnership,

Crystal Metzger



Welcome back, New and Returning Fox Families, Administration, Faculty and Staff!

While this year is beginning in an unusual way, I know that with a little patience and grace, we are going to have the best year possible!

If you haven’t already, please be sure to check out our PTA website at, where you will find important school and event information, forms, and a list of PTA contacts. Also, be sure to check out our PTA Facebook page at to stay on top of happenings around the Farm.

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at

As school begins, our amazing NFES community is ready to be “ConnectEd…Anytime, Anywhere!”

Carrie Settar

2020/21 PTA President


Create or update an account on our website, Membership Toolkit! Complete PTA forms online!

Have you seen our website? Membership Toolkit allows you to sign up for join the PTA, make a Fox Fund donation, search our student directory, order spirit wear and more as the year progresses – in just a few simple online steps. Please be sure to add your child's teacher to the information in your account! Check out our how-to guide, visit our FAQ page, or contact Ella Danilovich or Kim Apollony, Membership Toolkit Coordinators.


Welcome Back Fox Families!

Please be sure to join our NFE PTA this year to help us reach our goal of 100% participation! Even as we begin the year at home with virtual learning, parents (both mom AND dad), grandparents, relatives and all NFE faculty and staff are encouraged to join. It’s quick and easy to join on Membership Toolkit. 

The $6 per person membership fee includes our local, state and national dues — and gives you exclusive access to our online student directory. Please contact Dana Hennesey, Membership Chair, if you have any questions. 


Want to show your school spirit?! NFES Spirit Wear is available online now through September 18 on Membership Toolkit. Questions? Please contact Jennifer Glover or Celia Barrett.


Help Support the Fox Fund! 

Have you made your Fox Fund donation yet? Donations directly support the school and our children’s learning on the Farm with the purchase of a variety of kits, equipment and virtual programs. For those of you who are new to the school, the Fox Fund allows parents to make an upfront donation to the PTA through our Membership Toolkit website in support of our annual operating budget. All donations are 100% tax deductible!  

For the 2020-21 school year, we understand that families may have additional challenges this year and ask that you donate at a level you feel comfortable rather than recommending the usual $50/child.   All donations, small or large, make a difference!  As a thank you for donating, each family will receive a 2020-21 car magnet to show their Fox pride when in-person distribution is possible. Don’t forget that you may be able to double or sometimes even triple your impact by simply submitting a Matching Gift Form provided by your company. Information about these matching opportunities is also on our PTA website under the Fox Fund heading.




Visit AmazonSmile and choose Nuckols Farm Elementary PTA as your charitable organization. Contact Karen Szobota, Business Rewards Coordinator, with any questions.


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


 Don't forget to collect Box Tops to support NFE! Check out the Box Tops mobile app and learn a new way to earn 10 cents for each Box Top here!  Contact Dena Wentz or Rebecca Cabonor with questions.


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. 


Nuckols Farm Elementary PTA
12351 Graham Meadows Dr
Richmond, VA 23233