The Hardy Herald Week 11

November 13

Dates to Remember

  1. 11/19- Report Cards Issued
  2. 11/22-11/26- Thanksgiving Break/ All schools and offices will be closed
  3. 11/29- Cogat for 2nd and 3rd grade students begins. Please below for details
  4. 12/10- Parent Teacher Conference/ Staff Work Day/ No school for students

A Special Tribute to our Veterans

Per Lynn Briggs- As we recognize and honor our Veterans today, Isle of Wight County Schools would like to dedicate a special tribute to the veterans who now work for Isle of Wight County Schools. We asked our employees who served in the armed forces to share their information with us. We thank all those who did while realizing there are others who elected to keep their time in the military private. To all of our veterans, thank you for your unselfish service to our beautiful country. We encourage you to click on the link below and play the video with sound on.

The video is also available on the IWCS website, Facebook page, and YouTube Channel.

A special Thank you to our very own Hardy Mustangs Gunnessa Griebe and Jonathan Vich for their service to our country.

A Celebration of Veterans in IWCS

Report Cards Issued on 11/19/21

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No School 11/22 - 11/26

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From the School Counselor's Desk

What is bullying?

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.

The Hardy Elementary School Counselors will be including Zones of Regulation classroom lessons and lessons on bullying throughout the school year. Our goal is to teach students to recognize bullying behavior and ways to address it. We encourage our students to be UPstanders (stand up to bullying) instead of being bystanders (someone who stands by and watches bullying happen). We can all help to put an end to Bullying and Cyberbullying.

Parent Resources:

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center:

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Superintendents Message

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Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 845 5013 3542 Passcode: 988643

Attention all 2nd & 3rd Grade Parents:

Beginning on November 29th, all IWCS second and third graders will participate in division-wide screening for the Gifted Education Program through the use of a standardized test (Cognitive Abilities Test--CogAT). The screening assessment will only be given in person. If you have a virtual 2nd or 3rd grade student and would like your child to participate in the screening, please contact your child’s school or homeroom teacher to schedule a time for your child to participate in the test.

Once students have completed the assessment, we will reach out to parents of students scoring in the 89th percentile or above with a letter requesting permission for your child to continue in the identification process. More information on the gifted program for Isle of Wight County Schools can be found on the division’s website under Departments: Instruction.

Here are a few suggestions for ensuring your child’s best performance:

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep each night during testing

  • Have your child eat a healthy breakfast at home or at school in the morning

  • Encourage them to do their best

Please contact your child’s school if you have questions about the administration of the test, the identification process or the gifted program for Isle of Wight County Schools.

If you would like to opt your child out of the screening, simply contact your child's teacher or send in a written notice that they do not wish for their child to be screened for the gifted program.

Native American History for Kids | An insightful look into the history of the Native Americans
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Grateful for Our Community Partners

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A huge thank you to Pastor Carrie McDowell and the Smithfield Assembly Church of God in Smithfield! We appreciate your continued partnership to our school and students. Prior to the pandemic and currently, Smithfield Assembly Church of God has consistency provided monthly treats, snacks and water to our teachers in the teachers lounge, gift bags for teacher appreciation week and sanitizer and cleaning products prior to this year's school opening. However, we are forever grateful for the shoe donation of "Bobs Shoes" to ALL students in 2020. Click on the link below for more details.

Thank you again Smithfield Assembly Church of God for your continued dedication and support to our students and staff.

Please Sign-up for Remind

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.

One School, One Book at Hardy

Adapted from the Read to Them Website:

The purpose of One School, One Book is to create a culture of Literacy in your home. We want to help make every home a place where reading happens regularly – where families read together – where students grow up to be healthy, regular readers – a place where books are present and shared and talked about in the home.

We ask families to read that novel together at a home following a common reading schedule. And then in school, students use Read to Them resources and materials to explore and celebrate that novel together.

Take a look at the resources below:

  1. Suggested Home Activities
  2. Read Aloud Tips for Parents
  3. Ivan 15-Day Reading Schedule
The One and Only Ivan - Official Book Trailer

Bayport Savings Day is Back

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Calendar Changes

At the October 14, 2021 School Board meeting, the Board voted to approve a change to the current school calendar. Friday, October 29 and Friday, December 10 have been designated as staff work days and student holidays. December 10 was already an elementary student holiday.

William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education

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William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to share our Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) with your family. SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. The program is not meant to replace the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts. There are fall virtual courses available in the areas of engineering, music, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more. Visit the website or view the flyer for more information and to register.

PTA Information

PTA Membership Form

Click on the link to access the form

November Menus

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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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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.