The Hardy Herald Week 13

December 8th - 8 Days Until Christmas Break!

Dates to Remember


  1. 12/11- Progress Reports Issued
  2. 12/12- Holiday Lunch- See menu below
  3. 12/12- Third and Fourth grade students field trip to see "Elf" at Windsor High School
  4. 12/12- Third grade students present at the December School Board Meeting
  5. 12/13- A Picture with Santa- All students will have the chance to take a photo with Santa compliments of the Ruritan Club of Smithfield
  6. 12/13- PK field trip to the Children's Museum
  7. 12/18- 3rd and 4th grade House Christmas Caroling to PK-2nd Grade
  8. 1/6- Students return to school from winter break
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Mustangs Showing Empathy

Our wonderful second-grade students and families collected toiletry items to donate to the senior citizens Angel Tree. We were able to create 52 bags filled with personal hygiene items. Our Hardy students learned a lesson in showing compassion and empathy to their fellow neighbors. The tree at Ringo's was overflowing! Thank you Hardy Mustangs!!!
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Helping Children Cope With Tragedy

It is a sad fact that all children need to know how to deal with tragic events—and their parents and caregivers need to know how to help them cope. Tips for how to help their child cope in the wake of a disaster or tragic.

Hardy Houses Community Service Project

Hardy mustangs making a difference. Check out how their donations to Love in a Back Pack and Isle of Wight Humane Society are helping our community.

Hardy Elementary United Way Campaign 2019!

Its official!!! GAME ON MUSTANGS!!!! The Penny War at Hardy is REAL!!!! Please continue to support our United Way Fundraiser this week by sending in pennies and LOTS of silver!!! Thank you to everyone who participated in PJ Day on Thursday. We raised $348!!!
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Parent Resource Center- Windsor Elementary School


Please join us for our next Special Education Parent Resource Center's Parent Session from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm -- December 11, 2019 (IEP Topic - Goals and Objectives) Workshop: Sensory Overload. Mrs. Margaret Juda, Occupational Therapist, will provide information and strategies to help sensory students cope with the over-stimulation from the saturation of holiday decorations, holiday lights/songs, events, all of the things most of us find exciting for the holidays, but are a significant challenge for kids with sensory needs.

We have a website on Weebly.com. It is a work in progress, but check us out at:

ParentResourceCenterIWCS.weebly.com The PRC will be open on December 4th, 5th and 6th 8:00 - 3:30 for parents to come by and check out materials. Please e-mail dpearson@iwcs.kk12.va.us for more information.

The Mobile Dentist is Coming to Hardy

The mobile dentist is coming to Hardy on Monday, December 16th. Permission slips were sent home last month, but it's not too late to sign up. Simply click on the link below or download the attached permission slip and return to your child's teacher tomorrow.

Are You ready for Christmas Spirit Week at Hardy?????

Coop's Quick Reading Tips

Balanced Literacy

Building Readers December Newsletter

First Responder Christmas Boxes

It is a Hardy family tradition to deliver boxes filled with treats to our First Responders. This year Hospitality will be collecting, cookies, nuts, chips, candy, etc. to present to the people that help keep our families safe throughout the year. If you would like to participate, please bring your items to Hardy or send them with your child. Boxes will be delivered to the Smithfield police department, Isle of Wight Vol. Rescue Squad, and the Smithfield Fire Department. Thank you in advance for your support.
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Are you wondering how to help your child at home with reading? We have the answer for YOU! Click on the link below and start reading today. This link is designed for students who are reading on the following reading levels: RTM, 1Y, 2Y, 3Y, 1G, 2G, 1B, and 2B.
Training Wheels Link

Click on the link and start learning today.

ARC Bookshelf online library

Log on and create an account for ARC bookshelf.

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Lunch Menu for the Week of 12/9

Please know the menu below is subject to change based on food inventory and delivery.
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Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

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Important Connect 5 Information

Click on the "Connect 5 for Parents" link below.
Connect 5 for Parents

Click on this link for directions on how to add additional email addresses to your blackboard account.

Want to receive this newsletter to multiple email addresses? Not receiving calls to certain phone numbers? Here's a solution.


Over the summer, our student information system, PowerSchool, went through a significant upgrade. One of the changes affected how contact information (phone numbers, email addresses) is stored in PowerSchool, which, in turn, impacted how Connect 5 pulls this information. We have been made aware that some of our families may not be receiving emails to primary, or multiple, email addresses, or possibly calls to certain numbers. These issues can be resolved by setting up a Parent Portal Account in Connect 5. To do this, you will need your child's school ID number to complete the process. Just follow the detailed steps on the attached document. If you previously created an account, it's possible that you need to associate your child to the account, or you may need to update your contact information. The document will walk you through those steps as well. If you have any issues creating or updating your account, please contact your child's school.

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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 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.

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 www.LunchApplication.com or by clicking on the picture below. Forms can also be obtained from the main office or by downloading the documents below.

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: https://iwcs.edliotest.com/apps/pages/busroutes

  • Breakfast is served in the classroom starting at 8:35 AM each morning. You may upload money onto your child’s account at https://www.k12paymentcenter.com/ 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.

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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 https://www.pickuppatrol.net/Default and attached below.

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 @ lhenk@iwcs.k12.va.us
  • 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.