The Hardy Herald Week 5

October 7

Dates to Remember

  1. 10/11-21- Veteran's Portraits with Ms. Martin
  2. 10/14 - Student Holiday- No school for students
  3. 10/17- PINK-OUT DAY at Hardy! Wear your BEST pink outfit
  4. 10/18 - PTA Fall Festival @ Westside Elementary School
  5. 10/21 - 10/25- Mustang/ Packer Pride Spirit Week- More details to come later
  6. 10/23- Unity Day- All students wear orange to show support.
  7. 10/24- Health Screenings
  8. 10/25- Early dismissal for Smithfield High School Homecoming
Big picture

Hardy PTA Updates

October 18th is the Fall Festival and The 'Great Pumpkin Bucket' is ready to be filled! Please help us fill it by donating a bag(s) of individually wrapped candies or treats to be passed out to students at the festival. The pumpkin is located just inside the front doors at school! The fall festival will take place at Westside Elementary School on October 18th.

Volunteer opportunities! Pitch in while you're there - check your email and the Hardy PTA Facebook page for directions on how to sign up for Signup Genius and other ways to volunteer at the Fall Festival. Many hands make light work!

Box Tops For Education need to be turned into your child's teacher or the PTA by October, 25. We would like to turn our pumpkins into cash by the fall submit date of Oct 31.

Watch D.O.G.S.

Big picture

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is a family and community engagement program that involves fathers and father figures together to help enhance the educational environment in schools. This program was designed to engage men, inspire children and reduce bullying.

Who can participate in the WatchDOGS program at Hardy? Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteers within the community. The requirement is to serve at least one day each year at school by participating in activities assigned by the administrator or teacher liaison.

The Hardy elementary WATCH D.O.G.S. kickoff is on Oct 22 from 6-7 pm worked in the cafeteria. I would personally like to invite ALL Hardy fathers to this great event. We will have pizza, drinks, and cookies available for all in attendance. Letters will be sent home this week with more information and a section to return for your RSVP for food purposes.

Cookie Fundraiser

Running behind? No problem, we do too sometimes.

Cookie Dough Due Date Extended to Monday Oct 7! Get those cookie orders in!
Big picture

Disability Awareness Month

March is disabilities awareness month. This month is reserved to acknowledge and promote respect for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and to educate others about the abilities people with I/DD possess. Please click on the picture and the link below to read more information on how you can support in your community.

Through The Decades

Heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, auction and 80's hair band music by the band Tëaze to raise money for Isle of Wight County Public School teachers and students. Dress up in attire from your favorite decade and be entered into the costume contest. To purchase tickets to this wonderful event, please click on the picture below.
Big picture
Hispanic Heritage Month is observed every year from September 15 through October 15. Adapted from Wikipedia “September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. All declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18 and September 21, respectively.” Hispanic Heritage Month was established through legislation in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was later expanded when the 30-day period was implemented in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan.

Children's Hispanic Heritage Books

Help us celebrate national Hispanic Month by clicking on the links below and listening to hispanic children's stories with your child.
Big picture

The School Counselor's Corner

The elementary school years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication, life skills and character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Our counselors work with students and families to help identify barriers to learning to ensure equity and access to resources for all families. We cultivate a safe and supportive environment through positive connections and empower our students to reach their full potential. Please click on this link if you would like your child to receive support in one of the areas in personal, social and/or emotional coping.

What is Bullying?

October is bullying prevention month. Bullying is deliberate or intentional behavior using words or actions, intended to cause fear, intimidation or harm. Bullying includes aggressive and hostile behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power between the bully and the bullied. The behavior is repeated over time rather than an incident that happens occasionally. This behavior may include physical and verbal assaults, nonverbal or emotional threats or

intimidation, harassment, social exclusion and isolation, use of computer or

telecommunications to send messages that are embarrassing, threatening or intimidating

(cyber-bullying). Bullying may also include teasing, put-downs, name calling, rumors, false

accusations, and hazing. Please click on the link below for more information on how to help your child with bullying at school.

Big picture

What is ST Math

What is ST Math? Click on the link for a brief video description. ST Math is a visual math program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving to deeply engage, motivate, and challenge Pre-K-8 students toward higher achievement. For more information on how you can help your child with ST Math, please click on the parent resource link. for resources.

Attention All Veterans

We need your HELP! This year we will acknowledge veterans day unlike any other veterans day at Hardy. Please help support our 2nd grade students by posing as a model for students to draw during the week of October 11-21. We ask that you wear your uniform durning this session. If you are interested in helping our students during this week, please email our art teacher Mrs. Martin at for more information.
Big picture

The Smithfield Hog Jog

The annual Smithfield Hog Jog is 1 week away (Oct. 12th). This charity run/walk follows a course through downtown Smithfield and the Virginia countryside. Proceeds from this family & community focused event benefits the Christian Outreach Program. The Christian Outreach program supports schools by sending a significant donation at the beginning of each school year to pay for student lunches, field trips, school supplies and other costs that may benefit the student during the year. If you are interested in joining the Hardy Elementary Hog Jog 5K team, please email Coach Cooke at and submit your name and information. Click on the picture below for more information on the Hog Jog. Pre-registration ends October 7th! The cost is $25 per person for a team of 5 or more.

Food Services Reminders

Big picture


Please send a note to the school if you do not want your child to have breakfast, lunch or snacks from the cafeteria. Once a note is received, this information will be placed on your child’s account.

Hardy Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Big picture

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

All students enrolled in Isle of Wight County Schools are given an opportunity to apply for free and reduced priced meals. Applications may be completed privately and securely online at or by clicking on the picture below. Forms can also be obtained from the main office or by downloading the documents below.

Family Resource Center at Hardy Elementary

Big picture

Upcoming School Screenings on 10/24

In accordance with Code of Virginia §22.1-215 and the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia, 2009. Isle of Wight County Schools is completing the screening of enrolled children, including children who transfer from out of state. Screenings will take place on 10/24 starting at 9AM at Hardy. The screening process for all children enrolled or enrolling in Isle of Wight County schools, including transfers from out of state, is as follows:

1. All children (through grade 3), within 60 business days of initial enrollment, shall be screened in speech, and fine and gross motor skills to determine if a referral for special education evaluation and related services is indicated.
2. All children (through grade 12), within 60 business days of initial enrollment, shall be screened in the areas of vision and hearing.
3. The vision/hearing of all children in grades K, 3, 7, and 10 shall be screened during the school year.
4. Children who fail any of the above mentioned screenings may be re-screened after 60 business days if the original results are not considered valid.
5. Children shall be referred to the Child Study Committee if results suggest that an evaluation for special education and related services is indicated. The referral shall include the screening results.
6. Provision of parent educational information on scoliosis for all students in grades 5 through 10 within 60 business days of the opening of school, with notice at least 10 business days prior to each student’s screening.

Please contact Mrs. Denson or Mrs. Cowan with any questions.

Important Reminders and Updates

  • School hours are 8:55 AM -3:45 PM. Students can arrive starting at 8:35 AM. Students may not be dropped off prior to 8:35 AM. If you bring your child to school after 8:55 AM, you must escort them inside to the office and complete a tardy slip.

  • Please see nurse Nancy Cowan for prescription medicine intake. All medicine must be accompanied by a parent and include a physician’s prescription. Students are not allowed to transport medicine to school.

  • Please refer to the school district website for information on bus routes and times. Click on the following link for the most updated bus route information:

  • Breakfast is served in the classroom starting at 8:35 AM each morning. You may upload money onto your child’s account at or send in cash or a check.

  • Please don’t forget to complete and turn in the school lunch form. The class with the most forms submitted will receive a special treat from the cafeteria.

Mustang Behavior Expectations

Hardy Elementary is implementing a new systematic school-wide behavior program this school year. We are continuing our behavior expectations of Growth, Respect, Empathy, Accountability and Trustworthiness; however, we are specifically defining how these characteristics look in each location within the building (such as hallways, restrooms, offices, cafeteria, playground/school grounds, bus etc.).

  • The G.R.E.A.T expectations document is based on a proactive behavior model approach which teaches the behaviors, reinforces and recognizes students who are able to model these behaviors and has systems in place to support students who have a difficult time or may present with more challenging behaviors.
  • Behavioral expectations are clearly defined- GREAT- Growth, Respect, Empathy, Accountability and Trustworthiness- for various settings and taught to all students in the school.
  • Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught, they are acknowledged in various ways on a regular basis. Specifically, the stable to purchase items or house points.
  • Every person who works in the school is aware of the behavioral expectations and works to ensure students are consistently getting the same message, regardless of the setting they are in or the adult they come in contact with.
  • Individual support is provided for students not responding to the school- wide system. Our school has a system for developing plans for individual students who may have a difficult time and need more support in a school setting. Parents will be notified if their child is in need of the above support(s)

Active support by all stakeholders is imperative. The entire school community is needed in order to make this system successful. Our new behavior system is a building-wide behavior program for establishing a positive school culture.

Big picture

Hardy Fast Pass Information

Please click on the PDF below to learn about the Hardy Fast Pass and how to sign up.

Pick-Up Patrol

Pick-Up Patrol is back. A welcome AND reminder email was sent to all parents last week detailing information on how to setup your pick-up patrol account. Please call the office if you have questions or concerns. Directions are also linked at this site and attached below.

NASA Invites Students to Name Next Mars Rover

Red rover, red rover, send a name for Mars 2020 right over! NASA is recruiting help from students nationwide to find a name for its next Mars rover mission. The Mars 2020 Rover is preparing to launch to the Red Planet in July 2020, but it doesn't have a name yet. NASA is asking K-12 students across the United States to send in essays with their best name ideas by Nov. 1. The "Name the Rover" contest is part of NASA's efforts to engage students in the STEM enterprise behind Mars exploration and inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. To enter the contest, students must submit by Nov. 1 their proposed rover name and a short essay, no more than 150 words, explaining why their proposed name should be chosen. The essays will be divided into three groups, by grade level – K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 – and judged on the appropriateness, significance and originality of their proposed name, and the originality and quality of their essay, and/or finalist interview presentation.
Name NASA's Next Mars Rover!

Reading and Volunteer Information

  • We are always looking for volunteers to read to our kindergarten and first grade students. If you are interested in volunteering and reading with our students, please contact Linda Henk @
  • Reading every day is very important for your child’s continued growth. Children that read for at least 1 hour a day will grow more than 2 years during the school year. Please encourage your child to read for at least 30 minutes (2 steps) a day. Click on the September edition of Building Readers for more information on how to help your child become a better reader.
  • Attached below is a copy of the student handbook, school map and the most recent list of faculty and staff. Please click on the links below to download.

Hardy Elementary School

Hardy Elementary is a GREAT school. Our vision is to create a learning environment that will enable each child the ability to discover his/her own unique gifts and talents. This is done by creating flexible learning spaces, ongoing communication between families and teaching our students how to be GREAT (Growth, Respect, Empathy, Accountability and Trustworthiness) and demonstrate GREAT citizenship.