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Originally delivered on 9/18/2020 2:03 pm

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - September 18, 2020




Fox Families,

I cannot believe that we are closing out week two of this school year.  I want to thank you for your continued patience and support as we continue to navigate these challenging times. 

It has been great having the opportunity to join in on students’ classes over the past two weeks.  I have enjoyed seeing them collaborate and communicate with their teacher and classmates in the virtual platform.  Our focus over the past two weeks has been on building relationships with students and families.  It is the relationships that we build today that will lead to our success together in the future.  Your continued collaboration and support of our teachers and staff at NFES is greatly appreciated!  

I also want to take the opportunity to introduce you to our new staff at Nuckols Farm.  Please join me in welcoming the following new members to our team:

Eleanor Adams – 2nd grade

Amanda Howell – 2nd grade

Erin McGregor – 2nd grade

Genia Knouse – 3rd grade

Garrett Trump – 5th grade

Kevin Napier – PE

Erin Glisson – PE IA

Brittany Sam – Exceptional Education

Molly Jesseman – Exceptional Education

Larri Branch – Board Sub for Music

This year, we are also fortunate to have itinerate staff members who will be supporting LAMP instruction.  Each of these individuals will be at NFES one day a week and may be your child’s teacher this year for LAMP.  Please join me in welcoming these staff members as well:

Melanie Parker- Library

Kathleen O’Connor- Art

Kristin Beasley- Music

Juliane Sponsler- PE


Thank you again for your continued support of our school and PTA.  Here’s to a great year!

Yours in Education,

Crystal Metzger, Principal



Hi, Fox Families!

I hope you all have had a smooth start to the school year. Despite some inevitable bumps in the road, I know our entire Nuckols Farm community is working hard and giving 110%!

Please be sure you have visited our PTA website ( and created or updated your Membership Toolkit account. This ensures you are able to purchase spirit wear (today is the last day to order!), join the PTA, learn about our Fox Fund, and receive our bi-weekly newsletter.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at

We can do this!

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.


Join the PTA!

Please be sure to join our NFE PTA this year to help us reach our goal of 100% participation! To date, we’re at just over 36% participation. 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 exclusives access to our online student directory. Please contact Dana Hennesey, Membership Chair, if you have any questions. Thank you to all who have already joined!


Help Support the Fox Fund! 

Thank you to all who have donated to the Fox Fund so far this school year! To date, we have received donations from 85 families, totaling $5,820.00.  We know there are many back-to-school expenses this time of year, but early Fox Fund donations help us add important and enjoyable equipment, supplies, and activities to our children's educational experience. If you have not yet donated, please consider participating- no amount is too small or too large! Donations may be made online using your Membership Toolkit account.  Donors will receive a magnet to show their Fox pride!





Calling all artists, musicians, writers, photographers, dancers and directors! Please check out the Reflections Interest Form 2020 on Membership Toolkit. Click here for more information about our Reflections Program, the interest form, or contact Jenny Scott with any questions.


September Spirit Night!


            Room Parent Updates

Please be on the lookout!  Beginning in October, we’ll be reaching out to interested room parents through Membership Toolkit. Due to the nature of the year, this role will begin with only 1 parent per class, acting as a point of contact between the teacher and families.  Looking forward to working together throughout the year!
Room Parent Coordinator 


             We need Your Input!

With the uncertainty of our ability to gather and participate in some of our favorite NFE events, we are trying to figure out how best to proceed with this year's yearbook.
Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey and share your feedback with us. 
Questions? Contact:

Join Cub Scout Pack 747 in Short Pump!


Pack 747 has a Den for each grade level with room for more Cubs!

Monthly Pack Meetings are virtual for now but Leaders are planning fun, socially distanced, outdoor meetings.  And we can facilitate virtual participation for any Cub.

In addition to Den meetings, when appropriate, we will return to our fun-filled annual calendar of adventures including: charitable service, camping and Pinewood Derby just to name a few! 

Check us out at or contact Cubmaster Sam Bernier at


Join us for a virtual info night Sunday, September 20 at 7 pm on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 917 0751 5691 Passcode: Pack747



      Johnson Elementary Supply Drive

Many thanks to those who supported the supply drive for our sister school, Johnson Elementary!  JES has 470 students, many of whom come from lower-income families. We delivered over $1600 worth of supplies that they requested for their students including:
179 dry erase boards
399 dry erase markers
159 trifold boards
144 pencil sharpeners
28 headphones
300 pages of cardstock

Way to go Foxes!  And a huge round of applause goes to the event organizers: Jamie Gibberman, Amy Lawson and Amber Manry.  


Support for Mrs. Lee's Family

We are still collecting cards for Holden at school and Mrs. Saunders will be delivering them daily to the family.  You can mail them to the school c/o Amber Saunders or drop them off in the library book bin at the front of the school.  Holden loves pictures and funny jokes too. Create some magic to share!

Interested in doing more?  Reach out to Emily McKinney.



-Due to COVID19, we have placed a collection box outside of the front door of NFE.  It is a plastic gray box clearly labeled as belonging to Boxtops.

-Boxtops can be turned in inside a plastic ziplock bag or we have included a blank collection sheet at the end of this newsletter that you can print and use at home.

-If you would like your child entered into a raffle for a prize, you may include your student’s name on their submission.

-All physical Boxtops should be turned in by October 29, 2020.

- Please download and try the Boxtops App and encourage family and friends to as well.  As long as NFE is selected we will receive credit.Contact Dena Wentz or Rebecca Cabonor with questions.

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.


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