The Hardy Herald Week 1

September 6, 2021

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Dates to Remember

  1. 9/7- First Day of School
  2. 9/9- School Board meeting at 6PM.
  3. 9/10- Patriot Day Observance- Wear red, white and blue
  4. 9/14- Third Grade Reading Growth Assessment
  5. 9/15- Fourth Grade Reading Growth Assessment
  6. 9/16- Third Grade Math Growth Assessment
  7. 9/17- Fourth Grade Math Growth Assessment
  8. 9/24- Early Dismissal for Students @ 1PM- Smithfield High School Homecoming
  9. 9/27- School Picture Day
  10. 10/7- Progress Reports Issued
  11. 10/11 - Student Holiday/ Staff Development- No school for students
  12. 11/11- Veteran's Day- All Schools and Offices are Closed
  13. 11/12- Student Holiday/ Staff Development- No school for students
  14. 11/19- Report Cards Issued


Welcome to all of our new Hardy Elementary family members and Welcome HOME to our current Mustangs!! What a YEAR!!! Thank you to our parents for your patience and flexibility as we navigated and planned last school year. As you can imagine, we have been feverishly planning and preparing all summer to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Your child is one of your most valuable possessions and we are here to help make your child's educational experience is a success. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Laura Dewees (Assistant Principal) @ or myself Shante Denson (Principal) @ should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's educational success or social/emotional concerns. You may also contact our School Office Manager, Ms. Shelby Matthews @ or our Bookkeeper, Mrs. Miriam Arnett @ for questions regarding attendance, PowerSchool, financial needs, etc. Welcome to our new "normal" and again...welcome back!!!

Important Reminders for Week 1

  • Masks are REQUIRED for all students and staff in the building.


  • Please click on the informational document below for specific guidelines on health and mitigation protocols.

  • School hours are 8:35 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.

  • ALL BUS RIDERS- PARENTS PLEASE READ- Each student should have received a triplicate card in the welcome back letter mailed to all parents. The triplicate card helps to ensure your child is transported to and from school on the correct bus. Please list your child’s name and the name of his or her teacher on this card. Be sure to press firmly, using only an ink pen, and clearly record the name, address, and bus number. Please be sure to pin (provided in the envelope) all three pieces of the card to the child’s backpack on the first day of school. The teacher will remove the top two copies and the back copy should remain pinned to the backpack for the first week of school to facilitate smoother transitions. Please click on the link below to view Hardy Elementary bus routes.

  • Please see nurse Nancy Cowan or send her an email 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.

  • Breakfast is served in the classroom starting at 8:35 AM each morning.

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.

Patriot Day

Please allow students to wear red, white and blue on September 10th to honor our first responders.
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Device Insurance Options

Optional Insurance for IWCS iPads

Available for grades Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Optional Insurance for IWCS Chromebooks

Available for Third and Fourth Grade

Full-Coverage Insurance

Available for ALL Grades

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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

Hardy Elementary PTA Updates

The PTA would like to extend a great big welcome and welcome back to all our students near or far! We are working on new and exciting ways to support our Mustangs this year.

In this new normal, HES PTA has all our mustangs, teachers, parents, and sponsors close to our hearts.

We hope you will consider joining the PTA and becoming a member. There is a discount this year to join, the price is only $5.00.

We are also working on an online payment option and will announce
when that is available. We are keeping our PTA Facebook page active to stay in touch with the HES parents @ You may also email with any questions or concerns.

We cannot thank you enough for supporting our Hardy Mustangs.

We love our Smithfield community and hope to be able to thank you in person soon!

Good Luck in the 21/22 school year!

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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Cub Scout Information

Recreational Opportunities

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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.