Nov. 3, 2017

11/1/2017 3:53 pm

Happy November! It is hard to believe that we are moving so fast through the school year. The Fall Festival was INCREDIBLE, and Shannan Barber and Kristina Weimer did an amazing job as committee chairs. This Saturday we will be shopping for and listening to books at Barnes and Noble from 10-4, and in two weekends we will be Turkey Trotting at 8:30 on Saturday morning, Nov. 18! The first quarter ends on Nov. 6, and with it brings Parent Conference opportunities from 2:45-5:45 on Monday afternoon, Nov. 6 and the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 7, which is Election Day and a student holiday. Report cards go home on Nov. 21. After reviewing our upcoming schedule of school events, I guess it is not too difficult to see why the fall is flying!


Our second graders are joyfully practicing patriotic songs for our Veteran’s Day Assembly. Our dress rehearsal will be on Monday, Nov. 13 at 9:50, which will also be Red, White, and Blue Day. We would love to have any Veterans join us for this dress rehearsal if possible. The PTA Veteran’s Day performance will be at 7pm on Tuesday, Nov. 14. More information on how we will commemorate this important holiday will be forthcoming. We have a second evening celebration this month. The Reflections Program will take place at 6:30pm in our Multi-Purpose Room on Monday, Nov. 20.


Our first art show at West Creek was held last month, during which we also had a display at the Twin Hickory Public Library. More beautiful artwork is being displayed at Our Lady of Hope in the upcoming weeks, and Ella B. is our artist representative at the Lewis Ginter Art Ceremony on Nov. 6. Her artwork will be featured from Oct. 27-Feb. 1.


I have just a few transportation reminders and suggestions to share. If your child is a bus rider, please make sure the bus has stopped, and the door is open before having your child move closer to the bus to board. Students should be seated and facing the front at all times while the bus is moving. It is important for all of our bus riders to understand that riding the bus is part of school, and therefore the same behavior rules apply while students are being transported. Car riders should never be dropped off after the adult on duty on our “front porch” has gone inside. If your child is tardy, please park and walk him or her in to sign our tardy log. If your child is a walker, please make sure he or she is watching carefully before crossing the street on the way to school. Safety is our number one concern.


Our new neighbor, Virginia Women’s Center, has been kind enough to allow us to park there AFTER HOURS, which they consider 6pm. Please know that they will not accept liability for your vehicle after hours there, and they understandably do not want our patrons parking there during business hours. Please do your part in helping us be good neighbors!


Thanks so much for your support, and I look forward to seeing you at our Fall Happenings on the Farm!


Lisa Merriam

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October 20

10/17/2017 4:52 pm

Autumn Days on the Farm!


What a fabulous job our third graders did on their Tuesday evening performance, “Autumn Days!” They almost made me glad to see summer go! Congratulations to our third graders, their teachers, Mrs. deNijs for her beautiful art props, and Mrs. Donovan for her always magnificent performances!


As usual, we are enjoying a busy time on the Farm. Our students collected $180 through SCA’s Maymont Adopt-A-Fox program, which is slightly more than enough to sponsor a fox for a year at Maymont. Thanks to all who contributed. Our kindergartners celebrated Farm Animal Day last week where they dressed as farmers, brought in stuffed farm animals, and wrote about them. They look forward to Pumpkin Day and their nocturnal animal grade level rotations as they work hard in the KinderGarden planting kale, broccoli, and lettuce. First graders are finishing up their first unit of writing and have learned how to edit and fancy up their stories in preparation for their first Authors Celebrations in their classes. They also are learning to sort, tally, and graph information and finished up learning about the American Symbols. Second graders have enjoyed their study of weather. Mr. Favale, our technology instructor, helped second graders create their first google slide presentation on dangerous storms. The students loved utilizing the laptops! Our active third graders reviewed camouflage for their animal adaptations unit, with an activity called Birds and Worms taking place outside. Their pumpkin writing activity was super fun, even though the “pumpkin patch” had to be moved to the cafeteria because of rain. Fourth graders have been busy being meteorologists. They made weather tools including anemometers and wind vanes to assess the weather on Nuckols Farm’s playground. Finally they compiled this information to forecast local weather in Short Pump.


Fifth graders ventured to Luray Caverns today to enhance their study of rocks. They will be having an Oceans Explore Lab at the end of October where they will investigate more about how waves and currents work in the ocean.


Finally, Ms. Hulsey’s class enjoyed a wonderful visit to Challenger Day at Tuckahoe Park Baseball Complex on Wednesday to learn how to field, hit, and run the bases. This day is an annual event that is an offshoot of the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball.


We look forward to Red Ribbon Week coming up soon, during which we will celebrate respecting ourselves and others and making new friends. Stay tuned for more news about this important event. We will celebrate Unity Day on Oct. 25 as we join together against bullying and wear orange to school.


Hope to see each and every one of our Nuckols Farm foxes at our upcoming annual Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 27 and then at our Barnes and Noble Book Fair on Saturday, Nov. 4.


As always, come to see us on the Farm!

Mrs. Merriam

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October 6

10/5/2017 12:37 pm

Happy Fall, Fox Friends! Our amazing Nuckols Farm PTA has worked so hard to support our endeavors to give our students an incredible selection of opportunities. It was wonderful to visit with so many of you last Thursday at our Family Picnic/Birthday PAWty! The PTA has so much in store this fall - read on for details.

As we head into fall and winter, please keep in mind that children need to be reminded of best health practices by us all. If your child is sick, please call the office to inform us, and if your child has a fever, please follow our strict fever rule - no fever without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school. There are health reminders on pages 6 and 7 of our Student and Family Handbook addressing these and other health issues.

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September 8

9/7/2017 11:23 am

Welcome back, Foxes! What a grand beginning for PAWS Up for 20 Years! We have a wonderful year of events planned for our Nuckols Farm PAWty, and we will begin with our PTA Back-to-School Night on Thursday, Sept. 14. We will be delivering a previously recorded general meeting again this year, so parents, please head straight to your child’s room upon arrival at 6:55 pm

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August 28 Notes

8/23/2017 3:13 pm

Welcome Back, Nuckols Farm Foxes and Families! Our Nuckols Farm family is ready to celebrate “PAWS Up for 20 Years! Show a Little Respect!” Much planning has transpired this summer to provide awesome celebratory experiences for our foxes during the upcoming 20th birthday year, so don your party hats and prepare to PAWty on! And read on for details about student homeroom placement, staff changes, PTA plans and more to get ready for a PAWistively great year!

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