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Originally delivered on 10/30/2020 2:02 pm

SUBJECT: News from the Farm - October 30, 2020




Nuckols Farm Families,


Last Thursday, October 22, the School Board voted for students to return to in-person learning with the option for students to remain fully virtual.  Students in grades K-2 as well as students in our Social Integrated Services program will return on Monday, November 30 while students in grades 3-5 will return on Monday, December 7. 


We are excited to welcome students back into our building should you choose this option for your child.  The division will be sending out a survey to families later today.  It will be open until Sunday, November 8.  We strongly encourage all families to complete this survey as it will help us to plan for the upcoming expansion of in-person learning.


As a result of the decision to expand in-person learning, changes have been made to the HCPS calendar.  Wednesday, November 4 and Thursday, November 12 are now asynchronous learning days for students.  Teachers will create and share self-guided plans for students to follow which will include completing activities and digital resource assignments.  Teachers will also post these plans on their Schoology site. 


Thank you so much for your continued support of our school.  We look forward to working with you over the next few weeks as we prepare to welcome students back to The Farm.


Yours in Education,

Crystal Metzger, Principal 



Hi, Fox Families-

Fall is in full swing and while each week may bring new challenges, the amazing efforts of NFES administration, faculty, staff, families, and students continue to make learning a positive experience.

I am happy to report that the 2020-21 PTA Budget has been approved, our Reflections program has received over 80 amazing entries, and another fun spirit event is being planned for November.

As a reminder, if you are interested in being a room parent this year, please fill out the interest form on Membership Toolkit, under “My Forms.” While we are looking for only one room parent per class, room parent number and responsibilities may change as the year progresses.

Please just let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Carrie Settar

2020/21 PTA President


Yearbook Updates

Themesfor the Next Two Weeks

(feel free to submit any theme at any time): 

SPORTS - Send in photos of your superfan student wearing their favorite team gear or team colors.  Please type "SPORTS" in the description box. 

FITNESS - Show your student being active - whether it's PE, jump rope club, soccer in the yard, bootcamp, running or recess - let's see photos of those kids in action!  Please type "FITNESS" 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.


We are working on getting the online order system set up.  We will let you know as soon as it is ready!

Thank you to all the 4th graders who submitted cover art.  Stay tuned for more content themes!  Any questions please email the yearbook team at


We Need Room Parents!

The room parent interest form is now active on Membership Toolkit! We are hoping to have one room parent per class at this time. The number of room parents per class and responsibilities may change as the year progresses.

If you are interested, please log in to your Membership Toolkit account for additional information and to fill out the form under "My Forms."

Thank you!


PTA Membership 

We are at 89% PTA membership — SO close to our goal of 100%! Please consider joining if you have not already — we encourage each family (mom, dad, grandparents) at NFE to join. If you have any questions, contact Dana Hennesey.


Fox Fund Family Donations Continue to Roll In!

Thank you to the additional new families that donated to our Fox Fund!  As of October 29, NFES received donations from 124 families totaling $8,250.   Another $50 in Matching Gifts was received bringing the gift amount to $501.  This brings our overall Fox Fund total to $8,751!

Please consider donating any amount by logging into Membership Toolkit to help us reach the $9,000 milestone!




We are at the peak of our Reflections year and are thrilled with all the wonderful creativity and submissions of our students. All entries were due Friday, October 23rd. We have inventoried 85 submissions and are so proud of all our NFE students!!

Judging will take place in the next week.  We plan to have a virtual Reflections ceremony where we will announce the winners in each category. We aim to have that ceremony the week of November 9th ~ more details to come very soon.  Winners in each category will have their work forwarded to the HCCPTA competition. 

Thanks again for the incredible support from parents, teachers, administration, and PTA board members. It has truly taken a village to make it special this year, and our village is amazing!  Our students have submitted beautiful works and what they have submitted is nothing short of inspiring! Congratulations!


One Month Left to Order Your Paver!   

A paver is a timeless way to cement your family's time at NFE.  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. 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


Don't Forget Your Spirit Wear!

If you have not yet picked up your spirit wear orders, please visit the front office to collect your items. You can buzz into the office, give them your oldest student's first and last name as well as the teacher name and someone will bring your item(s) out to you.

Please note that this is ONLY for those who PRE-ORDERED items in September. If you did not place an order in September, we do not have any items available at this time, but we will open a new order in the Spring!  Thank you!


Another Spirit Night Coming!

Our November Spirit Night will take place on November 18 at Panera!  Order food between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. that day and help earn funds for NFE! 20% of sales will be donated back to our school.



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 Covid, 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 (as attachment in this email) a blank collection sheet that can be printed off and used at home.

-If the parent would like their child entered in to a random draw raffle for a prize, they may include the student’s name on their submission.

-All physical Boxtops should be turned in by our second deadline of the school year March 2021.  

- Please download and try the Boxtops App and encourage family and friends to as well. So long as a Nuckols Farm Elementary is selected we will receive credit.

Thank you for your efforts in supporting our school by participating in the Box Tops for Education Program.

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