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Originally delivered on 10/16/2020 3:02 pm

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - October 16, 2020




Foxes Families,

It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the first nine week of the school year. We are grateful for the continued support of your child, his / her teacher, and our school. 

Please stay tuned to the school board meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 22.  At that meeting, a recommendation will be made to the school board about the 2nd nine weeks of school.

Your child’s interim is available as of today in PowerSchool.  Please access the parent portal to see your child’s grades for the first five weeks of virtual learning. 

Parent-Conferences will take place on Thursday, November 12 from 2:30 pm – 6 pm.  Please be on the lookout for communication from your child’s teacher and make plans to schedule a time to meet to discuss your child and his/her progress.

If you have not completed the beginning of the year forms found in Rycor, please be sure to do so as soon as possible.  The forms that need to be completed are listed below.  Today is the deadline to complete these forms.

  • Art Release Form
  • Code of Student Conduct Acknowledgement Page
  • Health History Form
  • Media Denial Form (Optional)
  • Notification of Rights Under the PPRA
  • Nutrition Services Information & Signature Form
  • Student Information Record Fall 2020



Spirit Wear is Here!

NFE Spirit Wear can be picked up on Monday, October 19th  between 3:00-5:00 pm.  

We do not have any surplus Spirit Wear at this time. 

When you come to the school, please come to the BUS LOOP.  Please DO NOT park or get out of your car.  Spirit Wear will be distributed through a contactless, drive-thru pick-up. Please give your student's last name, teacher's name, and grade level. 

If you are unable to pick-up your child’s spirit wear on October 19th, please contact Celia Barrett or Jennifer Glover to arrange distribution. 


PTA Membership 

We are at 87% PTA membership — SO close to our goal of 100%! Congrats to the Beabout family for winning a gift card to Gelati Celesti! Please consider joining if you have not already — we encourage each family (mom, dad, grandparents) at NFE to join. We will have another drawing for anyone joining now through next Friday, October 23 so hop on Membership Toolkit and join today. It’s quick and you might win a fun prize! If you have any questions, contact Dana Hennesey.


Fox Fund Family Donations reach $8,000!


Thank you to the additional new families that donated to our Fox Fund!  As of October 13, NFES received donations from 121 families totaling $8,000.   Please help us make $9,000 our next milestone mark for fundraising!   In addition, matching gifts totaling $451 have been received.

Please consider donating any amount by logging into Membership Toolkit.





We are at the height of our Reflections adventures, and we are looking forward to having so many incredible students participate this year! 


Reflections entry forms, rules, and information have been sent home to everyone who expressed interest in participating. And, it’s not too late to participate!!  Click here for more information about our Reflections Program on Membership Toolkit or contact Jenny Scott with any questions.


All submissions are due by Friday, October 23.  Our virtual judging will begin within a couple weeks after submissions.  Stay tuned for more information about our reflections celebration where our winners will be announced.

Thanks again for the incredible support from parents, teachers, administration, and PTA board members. Together, we are helping make this a very special year for these children!





Here are the photo themes for the next two weeks (but feel free to submit any theme at any time!)

  1. Let's see your student enjoying Fall - whether it's jumping in leaves, going to the pumpkin patch, picking apples, hiking or anything else! Please type FALL in the description box.
  2. Send us pictures of your student wearing their favorite mask. Please type MASK in the description box.
  3. Send in photos of your student(s) with their pet(s) - we can't wait to see your fur babies! Please type PET in the description box.


Also, remember the theme for this year is Foxes ConnectED: Anytime, Anywhere! So feel free to submit any photo that shows how your kid keeps connected to school, to their friends, or to nature.  Use the description CONNECT.


Sharing is easy either via the Herff Jones eShare app or the HerffJones website.  Remember to enter our school code 10385.



Thank you for helping make this year possible  and stay tuned for more content themes!  Any questions please email Jamie Gibberman at or Janet Bachelder.


Get Your Pavers Now!   

Are you looking for a way to cement your family’s time at NFES?  Is this your child’s first year At NFES?  Their last year?  

A paver is a timeless way to make that possible, and to make them more than just a memory.  While virtual learning is a reality for us now, pavers are a permanent way of having your child visit their legacy at school at any time.  While we are not physically at school now, the pavers will be there forever.  So, order your paver now and make it a special holiday or end-of-year grade promotion gift.  Thank you for supporting our outdoor garden area, as it will be instrumental in our return to school, when teachers are looking for a fun way to teach outside!


Pavers can be ordered through Membership Toolkit.

Deadline: December 1, 2020

Cost: $110

Installation: Spring 2021

Parent Contact: Emily McKinney

5th Grade Parent Contact: Sue Boling

Faculty Contact: Carolyn Luxton


Spirit Night Success!

Our Gelati Celesti Spirit Night generated $540 and raised $107 for NFE!  Way to go Foxes - thanks for your support.  Stay tuned for more Spirit Nights to come!


Faculty Appreciation

The Hospitality Committee treated the NFE faculty to a snack cart this week to thank them for all their hard work.  Thanks to all the volunteers who contributed!



Hello Fox Families!


We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time for our family. The sweet cards and jokes have helped to brighten our days. Holden has enjoyed opening and playing with his surprise gifts. We are so grateful for all you have done to show your love for our family. 



The Lee Family


Library Helpful Hints

Have questions about the NFE Library?  Check this information page from Ms. Young and Ms. Lawrence.  Adjustments for the second quarter will be made once more details are available.  


Moody Middle School IB Program


Nuckols Farm Elementary School’s feeder middle schools are Pocahontas and Short Pump Middle Schools, however, there is an optional and selective academic program called International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years, which is at Moody Middle School. This academic program includes a comprehensive curriculum for students who are highly motivated and who have demonstrated the ability to achieve academically. In addition to a well-rounded selection of courses, students focus on developing a wide variety of skills to help them think critically, organize carefully, communicate appropriately and reflect purposefully. Again, this is an optional program.

Applications are now available for students who want to apply for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program at Moody Middle School. They are available on the Nuckols Farm School Counseling Schoology Page. Please watch this video to learn how to access and complete the application.

After watching the video, if you still have questions, please reach out to Mrs. Crockett, our school counselor. The full IB Timeline is available on Schoology, but for your quick reference, please check out these important dates:

October 5: Applications available to HCPS families through the Nuckols Farm School Counseling’s Schoology course

October 20: Moody Middle IB will host a virtual open house.

November 6: Applications are due to school counseling

December 1: Writing Prompt 

December 9: Makeup Writing Prompt



-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