The Hardy Herald Week 9

November 4th

Dates to Remember


  1. 11/5- Picture Re-take Day
  2. 11/7- Hardy Elementary's 1st Veteran's Day Program @ 9:30 AM
  3. 11/8- No School for Students- Student Holiday
  4. 11/11- No School for Students and Staff for Veteran's Day
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Animal Ambassadors at Hardy

Students will have the opportunity to learn about various animals and have their picture taken for a small fee of $10 on November 5th. Please click on the link above for more details.

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Please join us in honoring our men and women who have served our country on November 7th at 9:30 AM at Hardy Elementary.

Book Character Day 2019 at Hardy Elementary

Book Character Day 2019
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The book fair is coming to Hardy! The book fair is scheduled for November 5th -14th. Preview days are Monday, 11/5 and Tuesday, 11/6. Students may purchase books starting on Wednesday, 11/7.

Grandparents Week at Hardy

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Join us during the week of November 12th to 15th for grandparents week at Hardy. You will have the opportunity to have lunch with your grandchild and meet his/her teacher and classmates. We'd love to have you as our guests next week.

Read for the Record

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Thank You Omu by Oge Mora

Lunch Menu for the Week of 11/04

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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.

Parent Resource Center

The Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC) will be open from 8:00am to 3:30pm on November 7th and 8th. The parent resource center is located in room 40 of Windsor Elementary School in Windsor, VA.

On November 13th, the special education department host a session on 'Present Level of Performance' specifically in math strategies. Come out and join the fun from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Windsor Elementary School. Most sessions are very informal and seating is reserved for 30 people.

For more information please contact Diane Pearson at: dpearson@iwcs.k12.va.us

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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.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

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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.

Family Resource Center at Hardy Elementary

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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.