The Stinging News
February 5, 2021
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Principal’s Message - February 5th, 2021
HAPPY SNOW DAY!!!
Specials Teachers Moving Back to Classrooms!
Our Hornung specials teachers started the school year teaching music, art, and STEAM basically on carts in homeroom classes. Our PE program was mostly outside before transitioning to the Multipurpose Room when the weather became an issue. This plan was adopted as part of our Brighton Area Schools COVID Safety Protocol.
I was a member of the committee for BAS who set these extreme safety measures at the beginning of the school year, really because of some of the unknowns with face to face instruction in a Pandemic. Five months later, the data that we’ve collected, along with following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, gives us confidence that we can have students (still in their classroom bubble) go to their “specials” classes. The district has approved these changes for all elementary schools. We are making sure that our “cleaning protocol” will be followed, along with other safety precautions to support the well-being of our students.
You may have heard that we started the process with Mrs. Cavallaro instructing her students in the Art Room! That protocol has gone extremely well! In addition, starting this Monday, February 8th, Music and STEAM instruction will return to respective rooms…both Mrs. Chernich and Mrs. Richards are thrilled this will be occurring. The transition will be complete in a few weeks when Mrs. Anderson will move some of her classes into the gym, but keeping a few classes still down in the multipurpose room. Friendship Center will be relocating soon back to the Multipurpose Room to continue before and after school day care.
We are excited for these changes! As always, we will continue to keep the safety of our students and staff on the forefront. If you have any questions, please contact me…Thank you!
Secondly, the following article has some good suggestions about how you can help reinforce Math Strategies with your child. Enjoy!
“Look for the math in daily tasks and share them with your child”
Most parents read every day. They probably do math too, although they may not realize it. Math is a natural part of life and it’s important to include your child in daily math activities.
With your child you can:
Take a trip…Before leaving, measure the air pressure in your car or bike tires. Also, calculate how many miles you’ll go. If you’re driving, how much gas will you use? In the car, say a number between one and ten. Who can find a license plate with numbers that add up to the number you called out?
Follow recipes…When preparing meals, let your child help with the weighing and measuring. Discuss sizes, shapes, and fractions. Find answers to questions such as, “How could we double this recipe?” or “When we add ¼ cup, what do we get?”
Go shopping…Bring a calculator with you and keep a running tally of purchases. Use coupons to inspire math problems. For instance, “If we use this coupon, will this product cost less than the other brands?” “Which of these items is really the best deal per pound?”
Save money…Help your child choose a goal, such as saving for a toy. Make a chart to help. How much do they need to save each week? How long will it take to reach the total? Keep track of how well they are doing and then have fun shopping together.
Play math games to relax…There are lots of fun math games you can play together on-line. You can also play a few classic games with cards and dominoes.
Source: “Report to Parents: Everyday Activities to Reinforce Math Skills”, National Association of
Elementary School Principals
Sincerely, Jack Yates
Hornung Elementary Principal
Scholastic Book Fair!
Dear Parents and Families:
The Scholastic Book Fair is back! While the Fair will be exclusively held online this year, we still plan on making it a fun and joyous experience for our kids. Our customized Hornung homepage features:
A fully Virtual Fair so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience. Browse over 200 titles by grade, meet popular authors, and discover the comfort and joy of our Fair
Direct access to over 6,000 additional titles with family-friendly prices, at the Scholastic online store
Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!)
Save these dates:
Fair Dates: February 22 - March 7, 2021
Virtual Store: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/hornungelementaryschool1 (won't be available to view or shop until 2/22/21)
We can’t wait to “see” you at the Fair!
Hornung's Book Fair Chair email@example.com
Our next virtual PTO Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 10th at 9:30am. Please join us as we start planning the Family Fun events and activities for the rest of the year.
To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/any-drwd-sar
To join by phone instead, dial (US) +1 435-272-4839 and enter this PIN: 455 181 339#
Kindness Week this year is February 22nd-26th. Place your order for our Kindness week t-shirts by February 14th through the following link: https://www.ivoryvines.com/kindness
Make sure to choose Hornung as your delivery school. We will have them distributed for everyone to wear on Friday, the 26th.
We are planning a virtual snowman building contest the next time BAS has a snow day! We’ll use “Padlet” to share photos of our kids’ creations and vote for the most creative snow people and/or snow critters. Get creative and have fun! When posting, please be sure to comment with your child’s name and grade level. Padlet link below:
We have over 60 staff members at Hornung. They all make it a great place for our kids to learn. To show our appreciation, the PTO has arranged for a luncheon on Friday, February 5th. A big thanks to our donors. More can be given at:
Our sixth annual Hornung Silent Auction is on this year. A huge thanks to the parents who have volunteered to oversee a classroom basket. Please keep an eye out for emails/sign-ups that will allow you to contribute to the effort from your children's’ teachers.
Your Hornung PTO,
President: Deanne Ferrell
Vice President: Jami Kilduff
Treasurer: Karen Nicholson
Secretary: Bill Rockwell
Picture Retake Day!
Hornung Picture re-take and makeup information
The following information is for In-Person students only.
BVA students will receive separate information regarding your instructions.
Hornung's picture re-take / makeup day is February 8, 2021
--If your child was absent on the original picture day please go to mylifetouch.com and use picture day ID EVTVVKJRR to place your order on line.
--If your child is having their picture re-taken, please return the original picture packet the day of pictures. They will then have their picture retaken.
--Please complete the attached Google Form to give us an idea of how many students to expect on Make Up / Retake Day.
--Any other questions, please direct them to Ruth at SchworR@brightonk12.com
Picture Day and
Welcome to February, families! Here we are again with another month and another lesson topic for classrooms. We will be visiting students to talk about Empathy and standing in the shoes of others. By looking at multiple perspectives, we can gain a better understanding of how our actions impact others and the world around us. We will discuss how others feel and where they are coming from. This provides a way to learn what we can do to help our family, friends, and peers when they need us most.
Lets Connect: If you are noticing some behaviors that are interfering with your child’s success in the classroom, please feel free to complete my parent referral form and we can work together to determine if supports are needed here at school.
More Resources: We also have our BAS Elementary Counseling website for ideas and resources to be used at home!
Parent Referral Form: bit.ly/McKiddyParentRequest
Student Check-in Form: bit.ly/CounselorStudentCheckIn
Note from the District Nurse
From MDHHS newsletter:
We know that COVID-19 most commonly spreads through close contact with a person who is infected. It is possible that respiratory droplets could land on surfaces or objects. The Communicable Disease Department at MDHHS would like to remind schools that even though this is not thought to be a common way of spread, it will be helpful to continue measures to reduce the chance of spread in this manner by considering the following guidance:
- Encourage students to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water just prior to filling out Valentines Cards.
- Use Valentines cards that don't require moistening to seal.
- If using accessories, choose products that can be wiped down like plastic toys or wrapped candy.
- Encourage parents to send store-bought boxed Valentines kits to be opened and filled out at school.
- Use supplies at school to make cards in school.
- Exchange Valentines on Friday, February 12, keep them at school over the weekend and send home on Monday, February 15.
Art, Music, PE & Library/STEAM
Please use the link below to access all remote Wednesday specials lessons.
BAS Parent Tech Guide
Hornung Families - we are happy to provide you with a resource guide to help with student learning on technology at home. Click on this resource link to access our BAS Parent Tech Guide. We hope you find this helpful! ~Mrs. Richards
BAS Parent Tech Guide