The Stinging News

February 18, 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

Principal's Message



* Tuesday, February 22, 2022 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm*

During our Kindergarten Round Up, other staff members and I will be providing pertinent information, along with a Q and A session! Registering your child for kindergarten is such an exciting and monumental time. The enrollment window is now open for the 2022-23 school year. We are encouraging parents to register on-line. However, after the “Round Up” presentation, our staff will be here to assist with the enrollment process if needed for incoming Hornung Elementary Junior Kindergarten of Kindergarten students.

  • Please view the Checklist & Detailed Instructions to start this process.

  • Pre-Enrollment - Keep your login information - it will be needed to make any changes.

  • To Submit your information, we offer two options:

    • (1) Upload required documents while in Pre-Enrollment

    • (2) Click here to make an APPOINTMENT to submit all documents in person.

    • We will not be accepting enrollment documents via email or fax at this time.

  • Once your information has been reviewed by our Enrollment Office, you will receive confirmation on the status of the enrollment. Your patience is appreciated.

In addition, here are some things to consider when choosing the right program for your child…

There are options that Brighton Area Schools offers for incoming students, which include Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Both are full day elementary options taught by highly qualified teachers. The State of Michigan is continually striving for stronger academic focus in all grade levels. You can only imagine that aspect places many demands on our young learners. Most children are ready for the Kindergarten day, but not quite all of them. This is where a program such as Junior Kindergarten would come into play. Also, if your child won’t be turning 5 until after August, usually JK is the right option. We call these kids “our young 5’s” and almost always recommend JK. If these students start out in Kindergarten, remember that with fall birthdays would graduate from high school being 17.

Below are some of the Junior Kindergarten program highlights:

* Smaller class size. Lower student to teacher ratio.

* Focus on social-emotional development

* Continuity in instruction with Kindergarten curriculum.

* Opportunities for enhancing social behaviors and healthy habits

* Developing life-long skills including independence and leadership ability

* Foundational literacy skill building that is hands-on and interactive

* Acquiring and strengthening fine and gross motor skills

* Developmentally appropriate academic focus that is differentiated and child specific

* Most importantly, building life-long learners that ENJOY learning

Lastly, If you have reservations about your child’s success in Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten is the place for them. Junior Kindergarten is often considered the gift of time, allowing children a whole year to develop both socially and academically. If you have any questions about Kindergarten or Jr. Kindergarten, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely, Jack Yates

Hornung Elementary Principal


Kindergarten Round Up

If your student is currently attending Jr. Kindergarten in Brighton Area Schools - you do not need to enroll them again. They will automatically roll up to the next grade level which is Kindergarten. The enrollment process is for NEW students only.

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PTO Buzz

Some classes will celebrate the 100th day of school next Tuesday. This varies by classroom, so see your student's weekly newsletters to find out if anything special is planned for the day.

After a couple of shipping delays, we hopefully will have the frames for our Valentine’s Day photoshoot with Shadow in next week. We’ll put these together and plan to distribute them before the month’s end. Thanks to everyone who helped raise money for Shadow’s care.

Kindness Week will be 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 baskets are being assembled by classroom volunteers. Please look to your student’s newsletters as to how you may donate to these baskets.

Your PTO,

President: Deanne Ferrell

Vice President: Jami Kilduff

Treasurer: Karen Nicholson

Secretary: Bill Rockwell

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Counselor Corner

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 Kindness and Empathy. Brighton Area Schools recognizes Kindness Week during the month of February, and we will connect with students to practice by looking at multiple perspectives in order to 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. Spreading Kindness is always a favorite message of ours, and we hope you continue to spread this message at home with your words and actions.

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!

35 Children's Books That Teach Empathy & Kindness

Mrs. McKiddy


Parents of incoming Maltby 5th Graders

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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!

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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