The Stinging News

January 28, 2022

*IMPORTANT* COVID-19 Self-Reporting

If your student has tested positive for COVID-19 use this form to self-report.

Important Phone Numbers

Hornung Office - 810-299-4450

Hornung Attendance Line - 810-299-4454

Jack Yates, Principal Office 810-299-4451

Hornung Fax - 810-299-4460

Hornung Friendship Center – 810-299-4461

BAS Central Office - 810-299-4000

BAS Transportation – 810-299-3890


There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, February 4th.

Principal's Message

Morning Drop Off…

* As I’m reflecting about this past week and how cold it was outside during my “Crossing Duty” (-6 Wind Chill the other day…Yikes), I’m also thinking of what I observe daily during this time. I compliment most of you for the exceptional way that you are being conscious of our procedures. Meaning that you pull as far forward to allow more cars to drop off their kids. In addition, I appreciate students exiting on the right sidewalk side from vehicles. We have well over 100 vehicles dropping off students daily. Therefore, it takes all of us to create the safest environment for these children. Please pass this message along to anyone (e.g. grandparents, babysitters, neighbors) who would be dropping off children at Hornung Elementary.

* Secondly, on days that there are extreme cold temperatures, we will be bringing students into the building. However, if you are parking in the lot and walking your child to their classroom, we are asking you to wait until about 8:45 to walk them to their doors. You may have noticed we have done that with our bussing students. The bus drivers have been instructed to do the same thing. This helps us out tremendously with before school supervision!

In closing, I assure you that the safety of all 550 students at Hornung Elementary is our absolute first concern and priority…always. I truly appreciate our collaborative effort with this endeavor.

…Thank You!

Sincerely, Jack Yates

Hornung Elementary Principal


Just as a reminder.....

Please do not send your child to school if your child is experiencing any illness symptoms such as,

  • Fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Other symptoms, including chills, body aches, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, and nausea/vomiting.

Thank you!

PTO Buzz

BAS will celebrate Kindness Week on February 21st - 25th. If you are interested in ordering a t-shirt or hoodie, please go to for designs. Proceeds will benefit the Sunflower Project and they Carl Nagy Foundation for suicide awareness.

The Hornung Silent Auction is right around the corner. Each class has been tasked with the creation of a themed basket(s) to auction off. We are looking for parent volunteers to coordinate the efforts for each class. Tasks would include creating a signup genius, collecting donation items, and then putting them together for the auction. This is a very easy way to volunteer and all tasks can be done at your leisure. The PTO also has template emails and signup genius examples to help you every step of the way. Most of the work will take place during February with baskets due the first week of March. The auction is planned for mid March. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you are interested in helping out!

Your PTO,

President: Deanne Ferrell

Vice President: Jami Kilduff

Treasurer: Karen Nicholson

Secretary: Bill Rockwell

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Counselor Corner!

Happy New Year from your Elementary Counselor, Mrs. McKiddy! We hope you had a well rested, and memory filled, time with your loved ones. For the month of January we are diving into mindfulness, yoga, and other practices that treat the mind, body, and soul. The goal of these lessons is to promote self-regulation and self-reflection in our young learners, as well as to practice a sense of peace and calm during our days.

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!

Mrs. McKiddy


Parent Referral Form:

Student Check-in Form:

Don't forget your mask for the bus

Gentle reminder that if your child is riding the bus please don't forget to send a mask with them from home. Thank you:)

Note from the Attendance Secretary

Please call in your student's absence to the Attendance Line every day they are absent from school. Please give a brief reason why they are absent, whether it be a vacation, personal or illness. If your student is ill, please provide a brief description of their symptoms. If you do not call in your student's absence, a Robocall goes out around 2 PM. If you receive the Robocall, that means your student has an unexcused absence.

Please pack a change of clothes

Please make sure you pack a change of clothes in your child's backpack EVERY DAY. This is for ALL grades. You never know when your student may have a nosebleed, have a spill, get muddy or have a bathroom accident. If they have a change of clothes, then we can take care of it, otherwise we will need to call home for you to bring up a change of clothing. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Lunch Schedule

JK and K Lunch 11:45-12:10 Recess 12:10-12:30

2nd Lunch 12:15-12:40 Recess 12:40-1:00

1st Lunch 12:45-1:10 Recess 1:10-1:30

3rd Lunch 1:10-1:35 Recess 1:35-1:55

4th Lunch 1:40-2:05 Recess 2:05-2:25

Important Information from BAS Student Nutrition Department

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The McKinney Vento Act

The Brighton Area Schools is part of a consortium to serve students in temporary living situations that provides financial support for educational needs, referral for housing, clothing and other needs, general support and technical assistance. To ensure compliance with federal law, all school staff must help identify student living in the following situations: emergency shelters/transitional housing, motels/hotels, car, parks or public spaces, shared housing due to a loss of housing or economic hardship, or living temporarily with non-parent or guardian.

The district’s homeless liaison is Starr Acromite and each building has trained staff members to assist in the endeavor. Our consortium contact at the Livingston Educational Service Agency is Candice Uyttendaele.

Please contact your building principal or Starr Acromite at 810-299-4040 for information/assistance.

Hornung Virtual Open House for Families