The Hardy Herald Week 5

October 2

Dates to Remember

  1. 10/7- Progress Reports Issued
  2. 10/7- PINK OUT in IWCS
  3. 10/11 - Student Holiday/ Staff Development- No school for students
  4. 11/11- Veteran's Day- All Schools and Offices are Closed
  5. 11/12- Student Holiday/ Staff Development- No school for students
  6. 11/19- Report Cards Issued

PINK OUT on 10/7

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Isle of Wight County Schools will GO PINK on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

Many of us have been touched by breast cancer through family, friends, and co-workers, so let's join together to support them.

All schools, departments, and families are invited to participate by wearing PINK attire on Thursday, October 7.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Why We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month | Hispanic Heritage Month For Kids| Facts for Kids

The Mobile Dentist

The mobile dentist is coming back to Hardy!! Sign up at this link.

Adapted from the SMILE Program Website:

The Smile Way™

We know that parents often find taking their children to the dentist to be a challenge due a variety of issues including transportation and having to take time off from work. That’s why so many parents tell us how much they appreciate the ease and convenience of the in-school dentist, knowing that their children’s teeth are being kept healthy. Plus, kids are more comfortable seeing the dentist in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their school.

Each of our affiliated dentists are local and state licensed. They are assisted by licensed dental hygienists and/or professional dental assistants, and all are caring professionals devoted to providing children with the highest level of care.

We gladly accept Medicaid and CHIP as well as private insurance which almost always pay for 100% of treatment, so there is NO COST TO YOUR PARENTS. In addition, we offer a highly discounted self-pay option. For those without insurance or the means to pay, we are pleased to offer a grant program. NO CHILD IS TURNED AWAY DUE TO AN INABILITY TO PAY.

Service provided includes:

Preventive Care

  • Complete dental exam
  • Cleaning
  • X-Rays*
  • Fluoride treatments (including silver diamine fluoride)
  • Sealants
  • Oral health instruction

Restorative Care**

  • Fillings
  • Simple extractions
  • Pulpotomy (Treatment of the nerves inside of baby teeth)
  • Crowns

October Menus

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The Education Foundation Gala

Pull out your formal wear because we are getting "All Dressed Up With Somewhere to Go - Finally" this November! Your ticket includes an open bar, a live band, food catered by Smithfield Station, and a silent and live auction!

Go get your tickets TODAY!

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The Big Announcement

A Big Announcement for the Mustangs!

PTA Information

PTA Membership Form

Click on the link to access the form


Don't forget to order your cookies!! The fundraiser ends 10/4/2021.
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Instructional Assistants Needed

We are currently searching for dedicated individuals who would love to join our team as an Instructional Assistant. Please click on this link for more information and job descriptions.





Remind Notification App

Are you receiving the most up to date school information and notifications from administration and teachers? The Remind app allows you to stay on top of what’s happening at school and in the classroom. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you can receive important school updates right on your phone. Click here to sign up with the Hardy Elementary school code.



If a parent or family member in the household is COVID Positive, please contact the school nurse immediately AND KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME.

If your child is experiencing ANY COVID symptoms, please call the school and speak with an administrator, contact the teacher and/or speak with the nurse. Parents are urged to keep their child at home if he/she is showing any of the symptoms below.

Please make sure we have the most recent phone number and email address on file to contact you in case of an emergency.

The goal for Isle of Wight County Schools is to remain OPEN for all students and staff. However, we need your support in order to be successful. Help protect your community and your school by keeping your child home when they are sick.

Thank you for keeping our schools safe!

Daily Home COVID-19 Screener

Click on this link for more information

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Happy Hispanic American Heritage Month!

September 15th, is the first day of the United States’ annual observance of Hispanic American Heritage Month. This month-long celebration is created to increase the appreciation and celebration of both Hispanic and Latino Americans.

Hispanic American Heritage Month is a time to learn, recognize, and honor the history, culture, and achievements of the heritages rooted in all Latin American countries. Hispanic people have made extraordinary contributions to American society. Sharing the accomplishments of Hispanic people with our students is a valuable experience and fosters a sense of belonging for our Hispanic families and an inclusive learning environment for all students.

September 15 is meaningful because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Within the 30 day celebration from September 15 to October 15, there is also an observation of when Mexico and Chile celebrated their independence days on September 16 and September 18.

I hope that in Isle of Wight County Schools we can grow in knowledge, respect, and honor for Hispanic History and culture. Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina astronaut in space and first female director of the Johnson Space Center said, “I realize that a lot of the students I speak to may not end up as an astronaut or may not be completely interested in those fields, but I want them to at least make sure that they have options in their careers and that they think about setting high goals for themselves.”

Kiyaana Cox Jones

Coordinator of Equity & Inclusion

Hispanic American Children's Books

Join the Celebración! | Hispanic Heritage Month Original Song | Animated Music Video

IMPORTANT: Arrival and Dismissal Updates

  1. Students cannot be dropped off prior to 8:35 am.
  2. Please display your blue car tag in on your dashboard. Once you have your child, please remove the car tag from the dashboard. This will inform us that you have received your child.
  3. When in the drop-off lane for dismissal, please turn your engines off when your number is called. A staff member will direct you to turn off your engine. This is for the safety of ALL students.
  4. Parents MUST remain in the car at all times! Staff members are available to assist students exiting and entering the car on the Passenger side.
  5. PLEASE DO NOT PASS IN THE CAR DROP-OFF LANE UNLESS DIRECTED BY A STAFF MEMBER. We will give a signal to dismiss cars once students are safely loaded.
  6. Please ensure your child’s teacher is aware of ANY dismissal changes PRIOR to 12:00 pm. A preferred method of communication is Remind or email.
  7. If you cannot find or lost your blue car tag, please email your teacher and we will send another tag home with the child.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Arrival Procedures:
  • Parents may drop students off starting at 8:35 in the front of the school.
  • Parents will not be allowed to enter or leave the parking lot between 8:35 and 8:55.

Parent Drop Off:

  • Starting at 8:35 am, parents/guardians will drop students off in the morning in the front of the school.
  • Staff members will assist with unloading students from the car. There is no need for parents/guardians to get out of the car.
  • Students must exit the car from the passenger side and enter the school through the designated front doors.
  • Parents were assigned a unique number on a large car tag and given 2 car tags during open house. If you have more than one child, you will need more than one pass - one pass per child/student being picked-up.
  • One pass will be used to hang on the student’s book bag (clip provided) and the other passes are to be used at the parent’s discretion to share with family and carpool friends.
  • Parents must have the large car tag clearly displayed on the dashboard during arrival. The assigned staff member will verify the number on the student’s book bag, with the car tag on the dashboard for accuracy.
  • If both numbers match, students will be released to go to class. Students being dropped off after 8:55 am must be signed in by a parent/guardian in the front office.
  • ALL students will be assigned a car tag number regardless of their transportation status. This will assist with future student dismissals.
Dismissal Procedures:

Bus Dismissal:

  • Students are not permitted to ride a bus other than the bus they were assigned to according to their home address by transportation.
  • Students attending the YMCA program at school will report to the cafeteria.

Parent Pick-up:

  • Parents will park one after another in the front of the school starting at 3:45 pm.
  • Students who are designated as parent pick-up are dismissed from the through the assigned door.
  • Once students are dismissed, the assigned staff member will verify the car tag on the dashboard with the number on the student’s backpack.
  • If the number on the dashboard matches the number on the child’s backpack, the student will be released to the parent/guardian.
  • Once in the parent-pick up line, the parent/guardian must stay in the line as it is extremely dangerous to pass a car waiting in line.
  • All parents will be released to leave once the staff member gives the signal.
  • If there is a change in your child's dismissal plan, please contact the office BEFORE 3:00 PM.

Car Riders Safety Instructions:

In an effort to maintain the safest possible environment for our students and families, please read and follow the expectations below for drop-off and pick-up of students in the car line:

  • All vehicles must be turned off while waiting for their child to report to the car.
  • Please help us keep the parent pick-up/drop-off line moving by displaying your car tag on the dashboard each afternoon for our staff to clearly see. For student safety, cars not displaying this sign and/or cars with parents/guardians that are unfamiliar to our staff will be asked to park and go to the main office to sign a child out.
  • Stay in one line and pull your car up as far as you can along the bus ramp at the direction of the staff member. Even if there is not a car directly behind you, chances are one will be soon. It is courteous, efficient, and safe to pull up as far as you can to allow the maximum number of cars to line up along the bus ramp.
  • Allow your child to exit and enter from the PASSENGER SIDE of the car, directly onto the bus ramp. A staff member will directly assist your child as they exit and enter cars onto the bus ramp. It is very dangerous to exit and enter on the driver’s side and walk through traffic.
  • Never pull around a car that is unloading. Cars passing other cars actually create situations that slow traffic down. Oftentimes the few seconds that may be saved, lead to stops in traffic that actually lose time and create dangerous situations. This arrival/dismissal process is new and we are all learning together. We will work to expedite the unloading and loading process as quickly as possible.
  • Never park your car or leave your car unattended on the bus ramp to come inside the school for any reason.
  • Above all, please model cooperation, patience and teamwork for your child/children at all times in the parking lot and car line.

Child Nutrition Services for the 2021-2022 School Year

A Message from IWCS Food Service Department:

We are thrilled to be back serving your child for the 2021-2022 school year! After adapting our service last year, we are extremely excited to be back serving all students and grade levels in the cafeteria. To kick off the new year, we wanted to share a few things you and your child can look forward to when it comes to mealtime and get an inside look at the new recipes, concepts, and programs we’ll be
introducing this fall.

Breakfast and Lunch are FREE for ALL Students in the 2021-2022 School Year!
Thanks to flexibilities provided by the USDA’s National School Lunch Program, students will have the opportunity to enjoy a breakfast and a lunch at no cost throughout the academic year. It is important to note that even though applications are not required to receive free meals this year, Isle of Wight County Schools/Chartwells K12 would encourage all of our parents/guardians to complete the free/reduced lunch application by following During a non-pandemic year, the USDA requires that we have current applications on file since the old application expires at the beginning of the new year.

As your Food Service Director I am extremely proud to announce that your Food Service Managers along with their team members have worked very hard to customize their own menus for their returning students. I could not think of anyone better to care for the food being served to the children. We strive to treat each and every child in Isle of Wight County Schools as if they were a part of our extended family and to bring even more variety to our menus featuring new recipes with child-approved foods.

Menus, Nutrition, Menu Changes
Through Nutrislice, an innovative app, students, parents and faculty have access to school menus, including nutrition information, allergens and photos. Nutrislice can be downloaded for free from the App store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and is available on desktop and mobile devices. Menus are also available at

We are also excited to announce that we will be offering A la Carte items for purchase in cafeteria lines. As to limit points of contact we highly encourage the use of the K12 Payment Center located at however checks and cash will be accepted. Please note our cafeterias will not be making change and all payment in excess of the A la Carte purchase price will be applied to the individual lunch account

Instructional Tips for Device Applications

Returning to School Safely in IWCS

Returning to School Safely

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.

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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.