The Hardy Herald Week 24

March 16, 2020

Dates to Remember

We will notify parents Monday regarding the plan for distribution of instructional materials. A waiver process is in place through the Virginia Department of Education for makeup days for emergencies. We will be requesting a waiver and, at this point, spring break is not affected. As a reminder, with the closure of schools, all school activities are canceled, including athletics, club meetings, and PTA events. Click on the link below for the most recent letter from Dr. Thornton.

Congratulations HES Archery Team!!

Our Hardy Mustang Archery Team was recognized at the IOW School Board meeting. Great job Mustangs!!

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Governor Northam Orders All Virginia K-12 Schools Closed for Minimum of Two Weeks Statewide

Dance Ticket Refund Letter- REVISED 3/15

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the letter.
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In light of this event, we are currently working on a plan for meal distribution. Our goal is to provide grab and go breakfast and lunches at designated locations throughout the county. Information on the specific locations will also be shared with families on Monday, March 16th.

IWCS Elementary Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Mrs. Mallory Bradley!! Mrs. Bradley was selected as the Elementary Teacher of the Year for Isle of Wight County Schools!! One teacher, at the elementary level for all 5 schools, is selected as the teacher of the year for the school division. Thank you Mrs. Bradley for your hard work and dedication to our students each day.
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Hello Hardy Families!! We will continue our One School, One Book this week with The Toothpaste Millionaire Mystery Reader. Please click on the links below each night to listen to the mystery reader for each chapter.

Sample Daily Schedule

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Non-Technology Activities

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It's that time of year again. Yearbooks are currently on sale for $15.00. The last day to order yearbooks is April 1st. You may order your yearbook online using the following code:

Yearbook ID: 13731520

Please click on the link above and include your child's information to request your copy.

Hardy Helpers Reading to 2nd Grade Students

Mrs. Hansley's Class Ecology Study

As kindergarten students are wrapping up their study in Ecology of Rainforests, Mr. Rodriguez assisted Mrs. Hansley's class by reading a story. In their studies of rainforests, they found that his homeland, Colombia, has the largest rainforest in the world. Columbia's, Serrania del Chiribiquete, has been declared the world’s largest tropical rainforest. Mr. Rodriguez read aloud the animal names in Spanish while Mrs. Hansley read them in English. He also read several other books in Spanish to students. What a great experience for our students. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez.

Preschool Registration

Early Childhood Preschool

Program Overview- The program addresses their physical, academic, social, and emotional needs. The Learning Center operates on a full day schedule and follows the Isle of Wight County School calendar. Transportation is provided by the school division. You may also click on the link below to be directed to the IWCS website for full details and the online application for registration. For additional details please contact Mr. Clint Walters at (757) 357-4393 or email at

Building Readers- March Edition

  • Every student is REQUIRED to read at least 30 minutes every night. Hardy elementary currently has a homework practice in place that only consist of nightly reading. This is the homework assignment on most nights from teachers. Please click on the link below for research based information. It is imperative for ALL students to read independently for 30 minutes at home.
  • 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.
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STOPiT Solutions

IWCS recently joined many other school divisions by adopting the STOPiT App. STOPiT is an online reporting tool designed to deter and mitigate bullying, cyber abuse, and other inappropriate behaviors, consisting of an app and a back-end incident management system for school administrators. As parents, you have access to the STOPit mobile app and the ability to report bullying behaviors anonymously. Please see the letter sent home last week for the Hardy passcode.

What is STOPit? (Education Version)
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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.
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General School Information

  • 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.

Behavior Expectations

Parents, as we enter the 2nd quarter of the school year, please review the following behavior expectations with your child. Our goal is to help build life long relationships with our students by modeling GREAT citizenship on a daily basis. 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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PickUp Patrol Updates

Make changes to your child's dismissal process easy. Simply login to PickUp Patrol to communicate your plan changes with the front office. Check out the app for more details!

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.