The Hardy Herald Week 27

April 5th

Dates to Remember

  • 4/6 - 4/8 Medication Pick-up by appointment only
  • 4/6 - 4/8 Pick-up Student Belongings
  • 4/6 - 4/8 Library book return in bin
  • 4/13 - 4/17- Spring Break- No instruction required
  • 4/20- New Instructional Packets will be available to pick-up starting at 8:30 AM
Big picture
COVID-19 doesn't stop Autism Awareness Month

Click on the link to view a mother's journey of Autism

Self-Care is Key

Big picture
Big picture
If you were unable to pick-up your child's medication last week, you have another opportunity this week to schedule an appointment. Please email Nurse Cowan at or call the school at 757-357-3204 and leave a message. Be sure to include your name, your child's first and last name and a contact number. The nurse will return your call to confirm your appointment time. The last day to pick up medicine is April 8. At your appointment time, the school nurse will meet you for a drive-thru pick up in front of the building near the main office. Please be sure to bring a photo ID to confirm your identity. Lastly, please do not come to the school if you are ill.

Student Belonging Pick-Up

Big picture

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Thank you to our Hardy parent community for your patience and flexibility last week during our plan change for picking up student belongings. We feel the following method below is a safer and more effective way to distribute student belongings.

Distribution Procedures on 4/6, 4/7 and 4/8:

*** Parents are not permitted to enter the building under any circumstances ***

  • A sign will be placed outside on a table requesting parents to stand at the designated taped off areas.
  • Designated X marks will be taped down the sidewalk 6ft away from each other. This will allow for safe social distancing.
  • We will have only 5 X's marked off in order to maintain social distancing. The following procedures will be followed by all parents:

  1. Please stand on one of the 5 marked X's on the sidewalk
  2. When called upon, you may approach the table near the main entrance
  3. Give the name of your child, grade level and teacher name to the attending staff member
  4. The attending staff member will proceed to the cafeteria to retrieve the belongings and place them on the table
  5. The parent will remain behind the table until after the student belongings are placed on the table
  6. The parent retrieves the item(s) and departs the table

There should be no staff or parent contact at any time

5 C Challenge Pictures

Big picture
Thank you Mr. Miller and all of the medical professionals in our Hardy community for their sacrifices every day upon reporting to work. Your dedication, commitment and courage deserve our deepest gratitude and appreciation. Your service to patients during this difficult time is saving lives and making a difference each day.

Shoe Distribution- April 10 at Smithfield Assembly Church of God

HARDY FAMILIES!!! In February, I was notified by Carrie McDowel, Pastor of Smithfield Assembly of God Church, that ALL students of Hardy Elementary would receive FREE BRAND NEW NAME BRAND SHOES!!! Volunteers from the church came out in February to measure student's feet for accurate shoe sizes. Pastor McDowell and I planned to notify parents of this WONDERFUL opportunity during the week of March 16 and distribute shoes to students on April 10 prior to spring break. However, plans quickly changed after schools closed on March 13. I spoke with Pastor McDowell last week and the church is ready to distribute shoes to all students. Please see below for distribution details.

  • Smithfield Assembly of God will have Police presence to ensure social distancing is practiced
  • All shoes will be distributed on April 10 at Smithfield Assembly Church of God located at 1800 South Church St. in Smithfield during the hours of 11AM - 3PM
  • Shoes will be distributed to parents in a drive-up process
  • Parents will be asked to give your child's first and last name, grade level and teacher name
  • The attendee will proceed to find your child's shoes and deliver them to your car
  • PLEASE thank the attendant and enjoy your shoes!!!

Dance Refund Tickets

Mrs. Arnett, school bookkeeper, will be processing all dance refunds this week. Checks will be mailed to the address on file in PowerSchool. Please call the office and leave a message if you have questions or concerns.

Spring and Class Pictures

Spring pictures and class pictures will be included in student belongings. If you have problems with your order or would like to order pictures, please contact Lifetouch directly at 1-800-736-4753 and they will be able to assist you further.

Online Reading Updates

Literacy Hotline

Do you have questions about reading? If so, call our literacy hotline between the hours of 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. EVERYDAY and someone will be more than happy to assist you.
Big picture

Click on the Links Below

Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds

Children's authors doing online read aloud's and other activities

Hardy Elementary Open Positions

Although schools are closed, Isle of Wight County Schools is continuing to hire for the 2020-2021 school year. I am in the process of conducting virtual interviews for the following positions at Hardy Elementary next school year:

  • Part-time School Counselor (Split between Hardy and Carrollton Elementary)
  • Part-time Instructional Assistant (Kindergarten Only)
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Reading Coach

Please visit the IWCS website at this link to apply for available positions.

5 C's Challenge

As shared above, students will be completing a 5C challenge for the next two weeks. A PDF copy of the challenge is attached directly below the picture to print from home. However, copies are available for pick-up outside the school.
Big picture

IWCS Elementary Academic Plan

As we approach the end of the second week of school closures, we have an update for you on plans for continued learning throughout the remainder of the academic year.

Instruction March 30th - April 10th- For students in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade, students will complete grade specific 5C challenges created by our Instructional Coaches. The 5 C's--critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and citizenship--are a focus of Virginia’s Profile of a Graduate and the Isle of Wight County Schools’ Strategic Plan. These activities will continue to engage students from March 30 through April 10. Isle of Wight County Schools will be recognizing the week of April 13 as spring break and, as such, no instructional activities are planned for that week. We will, however, be continuing our feeding program during this time.

Instruction April 20- Beginning on Monday, April 20, students will begin new learning. New packets will be available to pick up starting at 8:30 AM.

Administration and Teacher Office Hours- Beginning on Monday, April 20, teachers will have designated office hours for 1 hour each day. This time is set aside for parents to contact teachers or teachers to contact parents regarding instructional expectations. A schedule with teacher office hours will be shared in the coming weeks.

Advice from a Home Educator

We understand the challenges this change can cause for some of you. The letter is attached below. Enjoy and have fun!While the impact of this pandemic may cause some stress and tension in our lives, we’d like to remind you the importance of practicing self-care.
Big picture

Neighborhood Parade

We've received several questions regarding Hardy's participation involving teacher parades and caravans in the neighborhood. Please know that we miss our Hardy Mustangs tremendously and LOVE seeing their smiling faces on Zoom and Google Hangouts. Teachers send pictures of their Zoom or Hangout sessions daily via staff email and teacher's heartfelt messages of compassion and joy continue throughout the course of the night! We LOVE and MISS our babies!!! However, as a staff, we decided to air on the side of safety and complete a video instead of a parade. This way, you're able to view the video as often as you like and everyone is safe. Once we receive less restrictions, ALL students and families will be invited to attend a "Hardy Family Reunion" to reconnect and say goodbye to our 4th graders. We encourage your family to follow the CDC guidelines for keeping safe and minimizing the spread of COVID-19. “Social distancing” means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others whenever possible.
Big picture
Positivity Board Game for Kids
Big picture

Indoor Games and Activities

Please use this time to reconnect with family and enjoy one another's company.

Virtual School Counseling

During this time of change, our children can become anxious about what lies ahead. Your child's school counselor, Mrs. Gilchrist, has customized a resource that focuses on social and emotional learning.

Course Description: This particular module "Healthier Me" will educate elementary students on the importance of eating well, staying fit, and making healthy decisions through fun, interactive games.

In addition, here is a link to a free social emotional learning curriculum for grades kindergarten - 5th:

In this two-week curriculum you will find the following for each day:

  • YouTube video (embedded in the Google Slides)
  • Questions/prompts for students to think about

  • An activity that aligns with the video

Course Description: This particular module "Compassion" will focus on compassion in a child friendly way for students in grades 2nd - 4th. Simply follow the directions below to access the information.

As always, you are welcome to submit a counseling referral form by clicking on the link. School counseling services can be provided via email or through a video conferencing platform with the permission of parents. I look forward to hearing from you."

For questions, email Mrs. Gilchrist (

FREE ACCESS to ABC Mouse, Adventure Academy and Reading IQ

In addition to the learning packets from last week, you also have FREE ACCESS to ABC Mouse, Adventure Academy and Reading IQ!! Please click on the letter below to access the website and redemption code.

FREE Online Educational Resources for Students



Scholastic (special COVID 19 edition):

Scholastic Learn at Home:


Vooks (free 1-month trial)

Mystery Science:

Reading is Fundamental (Free 1-month trial):

Learning A-Z:


Sheppard Software games:

ABCya (learning games):


Big picture

Meal Distribution Update

Isle of Wight County Schools has modified several meal distribution locations throughout the county. Meals are available for ALL students regardless of the household income.

Meals will now be distributed at the following locations:

  • Zuni Presbyterian Church instead of the Zuni Citgo
  • Windsor Manor instead of the Windsor Ruritan Club
  • The Nest apartments in Carrollton will have their own distribution site.

The full list can be found below:

Meals will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at Smithfield High School, Georgie Tyler Middle School, and Carrsville Elementary School. In addition, our school buses will be delivering meals to the following areas throughout the county daily, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In the northern areas of the county:

  • Jersey Park
  • Jersey Park Apartments
  • Bradford Mews Apartments
  • Smithfield Apartments (Hardy teachers will distribute meals)
  • Church Manor Apartments
  • Cedar Street Apartments
  • Rushmere Fire Department (Hardy teachers will distribute meals)
  • Eagle Harbor
  • The Nest Apartments

In the southern areas of the county:

  • Camptown Park
  • Twin Ponds Mobile Community
  • Clydesdale Mobile Community
  • Georgie Tyler Apartments
  • Zuni Citgo (changed to Zuni Presbyterian Church)
  • Windsor Ruritan Club (changed to Windsor Manor)

Toothpaste Millionaire Mystery Reader

Hello Hardy Families!! We hope you enjoyed reading Toothpaste Millionaire . You are welcome to keep the book to read at your leisure in the future.
Click on the link below to see how you can help or gain additional resources and support.

Sample Daily Schedule

Big picture

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

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.

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.

Big picture

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.