The Hardy Herald Week 34

May 17, 2021

Important Dates and Updates

5/20- Kindergarten Information Night

5/27- Fourth Grade Virginia Studies SOL Assessment

5/31- Memorial Day Observance- No School for Students or Staff

6/14- 6/17- In-Person Device Collection Start Day

6/16-6/18- Virtual Students Device Collection Start Day

6/15- Fourth Grade Moving-On Outdoor Ceremony @ 10:00 AM

6/15- Kindergarten Moving-Up Outdoor Ceremony @ 1:00 PM

6/16- Early Release for Students @ 12:30

6/17- Early Release @ 12:30 and Last Day for all Students

6/18- Last day for all teachers and staff


Hardy Elementary RAISED $8,887.91 !!!


We will use these funds to help support our end of year and beginning of the school year student celebrations. A portion of the funds will be given back to our amazing teachers as well!

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Kindergarten Information Night

Do you or someone you know have a rising kindergarten student? If so, please join us on Thursday, May 20 for our Kindergarten Information Night! Information concerning registration, schedules, school tour and a chance to meet our kindergarten team will be discussed. Call the office at 757-357-3204 if you have any questions or concerns.
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Football and Cheerleading

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3rd and 4th Grade SOL Testing Schedule

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2nd Grade Fun!

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Dear Isle of Wight County Schools and Community Members,

The month of May is Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Jewish American Heritage Month. This month-long celebration is intended to increase awareness, acknowledge the contributions, and commemorate the sacrifices of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Jewish Americans. As we celebrate the diversity amongst our students, administrators, teachers, and staff, it is with great honor that we recognize Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Jewish American this month and beyond.

Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month

Sharing Asian and Pacific Islander people’s accomplishments is a valuable experience and fosters an inclusive learning and working environment. History reveals the uniqueness of our country and offers a sense of appreciation. The goal is to use this month to highlight Asian and Pacific American accomplishments and continue these conversations throughout the year. The month recognizes individuals from the entire continent of Asia and the Pacific Islands:

  • Melanesia - New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands

  • Micronesia - Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, and the Federated States of Micronesia

  • Polynesia - New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island

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Jewish Heritage Month

Honoring Jewish Heritage Month recognizes what Jewish people have offered to American history, culture, and society. “The Jewish American experience is a story of faith, fortitude, and progress. It is a quintessential American experience — one that is connected to key tenets of American identity, including our Nation’s commitment to freedom of religion and conscience” (Whitehouse, 2021). There are so many extraordinary facts about the Jewish culture that can offer a sense of appreciation in our schools and our division.

This month’s observance is an opportunity to engage with the different cultures within the community and reflect on current issues. We encourage you to go beyond highlights of essential figures to use this month as an opportunity to create space for courageous conversations that honor diversity. I hope that in Isle of Wight County Schools, we can extend this month’s practice of incorporating the history of diverse communities and conversations into our classrooms, educational programs, and community dialogues. The Jewish Proverb says, “ As you teach, you learn”.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 26, for a special Celebration Wednesday to honor Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Jewish American Heritage. It is a celebration of Equity and Inclusion!

VODE offers the following resources to support you in celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month:

Jewish Heritage Month Resources:

Virtual Academy 2021-2022 School Year

If you are interested in virtual school for your child next year, please go to the link Virtual School 2021-22 on the IWCS website where you will find the recording of the information session held on May 6, the contract that must be signed and the course selection form for middle and high students. These documents must be submitted to your child's current school. The deadlines are May 14 for students who will be in grades 6-12 next year and June 11 for K-5 students.

  • Students being considered for virtual instruction are students who are currently performing at or above grade level. Students performing below grade level will not be considered for virtual learning during the 2021-2022 school year.
  • COMPLETED PACKETS and current proof-of-residency documentation should be brought to the HES office for all students in rising kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and 5th grade.

Learning Center Applications

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Effective April 30, 2021, Isle of Wight County Schools has made masks/face coverings for students and staff optional while participating in outdoor activities such as recess, outdoor PE, and athletic events and practices. IWCS students and staff will continue to practice social distancing outside and should avoid congregating in large groups. The revisions are based on revised CDC guidance, which eased outdoor mask guidelines earlier this week.

Summer Blast at Parks and Recreation

Click on the buttons below to learn more about the Summer Blast program with Isle of Wight Parks and Recreation. This program is designed for students in Kindergarten to fifth grade.

Lunch Menu - April & May

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Meal Distribution Reminder

Isle of Wight County Schools has been granted the ability to continue distributing free meals to all students, regardless of financial situation. The division will distribute free meals to families on Fridays at three locations—Georgie Tyler Middle School in Windsor, Smithfield High School, and Carrsville Elementary. Meals can be picked up from 10:00am to 2:00pm at all three locations. Parents will receive 5 days-worth of breakfasts and lunches for each child.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday at SHS, GTMS, or Carrsville Elementary.

Cool Interactive Tool for Parents and Covid Guidance

Hardy Parents,

Check out the new resource below for parents. This can be done from your smartphone or computer and it would help with the decision making for sending your child to school. Click on the link below:

Should I Keep my Child at Home?

We wanted to take this time to remind you about the symptoms related to COVID-19. We've updated the daily home screening document and included all the symptoms identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) related to COVID-19. The new document is attached to this message.

Parents are urged to keep their children at home if a child is showing one or more of any of these symptoms. The goal is for our students to come to school on the in-person continuum, but this will only be achieved if individuals who are sick stay home and avoid contact with others. This includes students living in the household with individuals who are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms on the daily home screening. Again, our goal is to help protect our community and school by staying home when we are sick. Please email your child's teacher and Nurse Cowan at if your is sick and will not be in school.

Thank you for keeping our schools safe!

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2021 – 2022 Learning Center Preschool Program

The Learning Center applications are now being accepted for the 2021 – 2022 school year. This program is designed for children who have experienced or may be exposed to factors that could negatively impact their school success. The Learning Center preschool program addresses student's physical, academic, social, and emotional needs. All families are encouraged to apply, but slots will be filled based on student need. Parent/Guardian participation is expected in the following ways: parent-teacher conferences, family workshops, and other forms of open communication. Please complete the form below to register for preschool.

Ongoing Reminders

  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED for all adults and students 5 years and up.
  • Visitors will not be allowed in the building without a mask AND and Identification.
  • If you would like to schedule counseling sessions with our AMAZING School Counselor, please complete the form here. The form is also listed below under the heading Hardy Elementary School Counseling Form. Sessions are held via zoom or in-person for hybrid students.
  • School hours are 8:25 AM -3:30 PM. Students can arrive starting at 8:25 AM. Students may not be dropped off prior to 8:25 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.

  • Breakfast is served in the classroom starting at 8:25 AM each morning.

PTA Information

Hello Hardy Families!

With our new year at Hardy Elementary, PTA membership enrollment is now open! This year, membership enrollment is available online and drastically discounted! The price this year to join is only $3.75 per person! Follow the link or visit the Member Hub store and join the PTA today!

Hardy Elementary School Counselor Corner

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.

IWCS COVID-19 Dashboard

The purpose of the IWCS COVID-19 Dashboard is to provide families and staff with a transparent summary of COVID-19 cases. Click on the the link for more information.

Hardy Construction Tracking Plan

The journey to the new Hardy Elementary School is underway, and Hardy is happening! Click on the video below to hear Dr. Thornton discuss the current timeline for the project and explain a few of the important dates to come. Follow along with us to stay up to date on everything that is happening with this exciting project by clicking on the picture below.
Construction of the New Hardy Elementary School

Click on the link above to view floor plans and preliminary images of the new school.


  • November 2020--January 2021: Architects complete building design; Value Engineering takes place

  • February 2021: Code review for project; Value Engineering comments addressed

  • June 2021*: Resubmit plan to Building Official; CONSTRUCTION BEGINS!

  • Construction updates and photos will be posted monthly

  • December 2022: FINAL COMPLETION!

*The date for the start of construction has moved from March to June because of an addendum to the Request for Proposal (RFQ). Groundbreaking will begin in June. The delay does NOT impact the Final Completion date.

Hardy is Happening!!

Attendance for All Students


We wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the attendance process for students participating in the A/B Hybrid Model or in 100% Virtual Learning. In response to the changes with in-person learning, attendance procedures were modified this year to support the different learning models.

For A/B Hybrid Students:

  • Days students are scheduled to be in school (synchronous days)--Students need to physically be in the classroom to be marked "Present" If they are absent, they should bring a note from a parent or a health care provider when they return to school.
  • Days students are learning from home (asynchronous days)--Students are marked "Present" when work assigned for that day is complete. Student work turned in within 5 days of the due date will be used to demonstrate attendance. If there is no assignment for a class on an asynchronous day, the student would be considered "Present" for class on that day.

For 100% Virtual Students:

  • Days students are scheduled to Zoom for class (synchronous days)--There are several ways students may be counted present:
    • Students need to participate in the Live Zoom session to be marked "Present."
    • Students unable to participate in the Live Zoom but turn in the assigned work within five days will be marked "Present."
    • Students absent from a Live Zoom, and no work is assigned that day, may have the absence excused with a note from the parent.
  • Days students are not on Zoom (asynchronous days)--Students are marked "Present" when work assigned for that day is complete. Student work turned in within 5 days of the due date will be used to demonstrate attendance. If there is no assignment for a class on an asynchronous day, the student would be considered "Present" for class on that day.

We realize the attendance procedure is more complex this year than during a traditional school year. However, the modifications allow flexibility for students and also address concerns for students who are unable to participate in live Zoom sessions for virtual learning. Students are held accountable for their work and we need your assistance to make sure they are completing their assignments. Teachers and principals will be reaching out to parents regarding missing grades and discussing strategies for improvement. Please take advantage of the PowerSchool Parent Portal for checking on your child's grades on a regular basis.

This year is certainly presenting many challenges for everyone. In spite of the unusual situation, our goal is to keep students on track with their learning. I am confident that we can accomplish this by all of us working together. Thank you for your continued support of your child's education during these challenging times.

Director of Community and Media Relations

Isle of Wight County Schools

820 W. Main St.

Smithfield, VA 23430

757-365-1611 (o)

757-603-1904 (c)

Daily Home Screening

We wanted to take this time to remind you about the symptoms related to COVID-19. We've updated the daily home screening document and included all the symptoms identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) related to COVID-19. The new document is attached to this message.

Parents are urged to keep their children at home if a child is showing any of these symptoms. The goal for Isle of Wight County Schools is to bring more students back into our buildings as soon as possible, but that will only be successful if individuals who are sick stay home and avoid contact with others.

Help protect your community and your school by staying home when you are sick.

Thank you for keeping our schools safe!

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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.