April Students of the Month


During the month of April we celebrated the important character trait of "Trustworthiness." Students were encouraged to follow through on their promises and to become the kind of people who others can depend on.  Congratulations to Abigail Baldassano, Jack Irish, Nolan Murray, Giana Ficacci, and Francesca Fernandez who were nominated by their teachers as exemplifying this important trait. We are all so proud of you, and keep up the good work!


Abigail Baldassano, kindergarten


Jack Irish, grade 1


Nolan Murray, grade 2


Giana Ficacci, grade 3


March Students of the Month


During the month of March, the theme of the month was "Responsibility” and our students of the month were recognized for demonstrating this important trait.  Students who display responsibility show a maturity and accountability which should be commended. Congratulations to Aiden Juba, Luca Cenatiempo, Gwen Silipena, Anthony Ramirez, Krista Contrada for being chosen as reliable and dependable role models for their peers!  Keep up the good work!



Aiden Juba, kindergarten


*not pictured*

Luca Cenatiempo, grade 1


Gwen Silipena, grade 2


Anthony Ramirez, grade 3


Krista Contrada, grade 4


February Students of the Month


This month's theme of perseverance taught our students how to continue on when things get tough and to adhere to the old adage "practice makes perfect!"  Congratulations to Olivia Marino (kindergarten), Victoria Dirbe (grade 1), Brody Incorvia (grade 2), Susan Skellenger (grade 3), and Natalia Kuznar (grade 4) who were picked by their teachers as showing this important character trait and not giving up.


Author Visits

Hardyston Elementary School hosted a pajama party visit with author Jancee Dunn. Her picture book I’m Afraid your Teddy is in Trouble was shared with students in Pre-K to grade 2.  




Pictured with the author (l-r) Billy Phillips, Maire Demsak, Kayla Stanton, author Jancee Dunn, Lia Gatto, Faith Newsome & Ben Drelick.


Hardyston Elementary School was the first stop for author Adam Gidwitz to promote his new series, Unicorn Rescue Society.  Third and fourth grade students were entertained with a multimedia presentation including an entrance exam into the society.  Students are looking forward to reading the first title when it is released in April.



Pictured (front row l-r Sadie Biondo, Lorenzo Flores DeBenedictis, Patrick Maloney, Susan Skellenger, back row l-r Sue Ploch, Media Specialist, Author Adam Gidwitz, Jennifer Cimaglia, Principal).


Both visits were courtesy of Sparta Books.





Preschool Highlights


At the end of February, our preschool students had a wonderful experience with Home Depot Kids’ workshop. Volunteers from Home Depot joined our students to help them build a block calendar.




Our preschool students also had the opportunity to learn about what to expect at a dentist office, the importance of brushing teeth, and what foods are healthy/not healthy for our teeth. They even got to practice brushing teeth on stuffed animals.  Students had a great experience with our volunteers!







Literacy Night for Grades K - 2


On February 21, Project Self-Sufficiency visited our school to host a literacy night for our students and families. Project Self-Sufficiency has been serving families in need for 30 years; through a wide variety of services we help individuals gain economic self-sufficiency and family stability. Programs include but are not limited to comprehensive case management, evidence based home visitation programs, legal assistance, emergency basic needs, family success center strengthening families activities, and careering/employment training. Individuals can access services at Project Self-Sufficiency by calling 1-844-807-3500, our Central Intake where they can receive resources and referrals that will meet their needs.


The Family Literacy Nights are under the Sussex County Council for Young Children funded through the Department of Children and Families. The overarching goal of the program is to invite parents and providers to the table to discuss issues and concerns relating to the prenatal to age eight population. The Family Literacy Nights are a great way to bring families together for a fun night focused on literacy as well as provide families with the resources available to them at Project Self-Sufficiency.








Greetings Hardyston families,


I hope you are enjoying the winter months and are staying healthy! Please know that we are working hard to sanitize our school and keep our students healthy. Please encourage your children to wash their hands.


Jump Rope for Heart

Last week our students attending a Jump Rope for Heart Kick Off Assembly to get everyone excited about raising money for this great cause. Jump Rope for Heart runs until February 28.  Please help us your child money for the American Heart Association. Last year, Hardyston Elementary School was one of the ‘Top 10’ schools in Sussex County.


Grade 3 students from Mrs. Scognamiglio helped out at the assembly and Mrs. Kasa dressed up as this year’s Jump Rope for Heart mascot.


The Great Kindness Challenge

This month our students celebrated the "Great Kindness Challenge" along with schools nationwide.  This is a week dedicated to learning about, promoting, and challenging students to spread kindness, help others, and treat one another with respect.  At Hardyston Elementary School we celebrated this special week with theme days and activities, and the students absolutely loved it!  The students were challenged to do as many random acts of kindness for others as they could, and they exceeded expectations.  From giving one another encouraging and kind messages, to decorating their classrooms and hallways with positivity, our students were bombarded with kindness and took an active role in spreading it to others.

The Great Kindness Challenge - Video


Students of the Month


In January, students are encouraged to "bee" courageous and show that they can get through difficult situations while encouraging their peers to do the same.  The students of the month were nominated by their teachers for demonstrating courage in times of need. I would like to congratulate Mackenzie Speid (kindergarten), William Chorazy (grade 1), Owen Marino (grade 2), Brooke Quinn - not pictured (grade 3), and Ainsley Jurczak (grade 4). Congratulations to all!






Students of the Month

December was a month of giving where students were encouraged to "bee" giving to others in need.  Our students showed that they were giving through service learning projects, helping their peers, and charitable community involvement.  I would like to congratulate Temperance Boughton (kindergarten), Bianca Vasquez (grade 1), Matthew Michel (grade 2), Madison LaRocca (grade 3), and Alexxa Schlereth (grade 4) the students of the month who were chosen by their teachers as exhibiting this important quality.  


Heart of the Hornet students worked on a service project for the Samaritan Inn in Newton. Students collected and donated many items to help the less fortunate is Sussex County. Please click here

Upcoming school events

Literacy Night - Wednesday, February 7 from 6 - 8 pm for grades K - 2. Come and read with your children. Pizza is provided! Please send permission slip in to the main office

Jump Rope for Heart - begins February 5

Painting event - grades 2 - 4 Friday, February 23
Dear parents/guardians,
November is upon us already - wow! We are excited to enter into this time of year. Please read below for some important information. 

Will be held Tuesday, November 28 - Friday, December 1. These are the only days offered for conferences for the 2017-2018 school year. Students will be dismissed at 1:15 pm on these days. Please be sure there is a parent at the bus stop.


Tuesday, November 28 6:30 PM to 8:50 PM

Wednesday, November 29   6:30 PM to 8:50 PM

Thursday, November 30   6:30 PM to 8:50 PM

Friday, December 1 1:35 PM to 4:35 PM


All conferences are scheduled through the parent portal.  If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the main office of either building.

Food Drive
Hardyston School District will be sponsoring a food drive from November 7 - November 17 in an effort to reach out to families in need. Each grade level is asked to bring in a specific item. Please help us to show gratitude for what we have by donating to those in need.
Pre school - boxes of muffin mix
Kindergarten - boxes of stuffing
Grade 1 - cans of vegtables
Grade 2 - cans of applesauce, cranberry sauce, and/or fruit
Grade 3 - cans of soup
Grade 4 - cans of gravy
Our Pep Rallies
Hardyston Elementary School is continuing to focus on building character within our students. This year, we are creating opportunities and activities centered around a particular character trait. During the month of October, caring was the trait focused on. Students were recognized for being caring to their classmates, teachers, and families. Teachers nominated the following students for demonstrating caring: Kindergarten: Daymian Boyce, Graysen Curcio, Elyse Keller, Chase Diaz. First grade: Gwen Caruso, Sierra Jenkins, Anushka Rajesh, Ashley Juba. Second grade: Guiliana Casselano, Derek Fleming, William Conklin Third grade: Louis Milligan, Hailey Phillips, Juste Survila, Mary Kornak, Tyler Smedley. Fourth grade: Haley Murphy, Kimmie Coscia, Connor Hoebee, Francesca Fernandez, Ava Federico, Grayden Morro.
October's Caring Award Winners (from left to right)
Haley Murphy (grade 4), Juste Survila (grade 3), Guiliana Casselano (grade 2), Gwen Caruso (grade 1),  Elyse Keller (kindergarten)
These students have been invited to our November 14th Board of Education meeting to be recognized!  Congratulations.
At our October Pep Rally, our Heart of the Hornet students presented November's important quality of showing gratitude. During the month of November, we will continue to focus on gratitude as a school in many ways: through guidance lessons in classrooms and our school-wide food drive to name a few. Our students will be recognized for gratitude at the December pep rally and at the December Board of Education meeting.
Food menus
Our classroom food menus (for shared food, like parties) have been updated by our nurse, Mrs. Forenback. They will be sent home next week. Please refer to this latest version when sending in food to be shared. Remember, birthdays can be celebrated with non-food items.
Week of Respect
The Hardyston Elementary School celebrated the Week of Respect by engaging in age-appropriate instruction and activities that focused on respecting others.  Through this effort, our teachers and staff fostered a positive school climate that promoted student learning in a safe and secure environment.
Our students and staff all demonstrated respect for others, ourselves, our community, and our environment, through themed days and classroom projects.  The week started off all dressing in blue to showcase our commitment to bullying prevention with the theme "stomp out bullying."  Students were then encouraged to conduct random acts of kindness throughout the week and demonstrated that they were definitely up for the challenge!  We were also fortunate to witness peer to peer respect when some of our fourth-grade students helped our kindergartners with a project that highlighted individuality.  Additionally, Ms. Scherr worked with our Heart of a Hornet club who wrote thank you cards to local firemen, EMTs, bus drivers, and custodians, highlighting respect for our community and those who serve in it.
Overall the week was a success, enjoyed by all, and we hope to continue celebrating these important character education weeks in the years to come.