The Stinging News

September 25, 2020

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

Specials Schedule For This Week

Monday, September 28th - C Day

Tuesday, September 29th - A Day

Wednesday, September 30th - Remote Learning Day

Thursday, October 1st - B Day

Friday, October 2nd - C Day

Principal’s Message – Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

Housekeeping Items… As we’re winding down our third week of school, I’d like to clarify some of our priorities that will help us out tremendously:

  • We don’t have supervision outside of the classroom doors in the morning. Please do not drop off students before 8:40. We are letting students enter their classrooms at 8:46.

  • I have appreciated many of you bringing your child up to their classroom door and waiting with them. Remember to “Social Distance” if that is happening.

  • In addition, we are trying to keep kids overall in their “classroom bubble” or cohort. We are seeing many kids together out on the playground before school. This shouldn’t be occurring.

  • If your child won’t be at school, please leave a detailed message on our attendance line (8102994454) why your child isn’t here. I’ll be calling you for more information if the message is vague.

  • In the morning, if you’re arriving after 8:50, your child’s classroom door will be closed/locked (please refrain from knocking on the door or window). Therefore, please bring them to the main entrance and we’ll escort them to their classroom.

  • Please bring your phone up to the main entry door and scan the QR code if you are signing your student in late or signing them out early.

  • In the afternoon, we will dismiss students at 3:42. We appreciate our parents arriving near that time to pick up your children.

I applaud you for everything that you’re doing to support our efforts. Our attendance for Virtual Wednesday’s is 99%...amazing! Secondly, we haven’t had students waiting for parents to pick them up after the bell. Again, I know that you are trying very hard to be punctual and assist us in many ways. The next section of my message talks about setting goals. Our teachers and myself set goals that we aim to accomplish each year. Please read the following…Thank You!

Goal Setting… We all set goals and priorities during the day, through the week, or even over a lifetime. Aspirations are something that all of us should have and strive to accomplish. This is so important for us as adults, but is also pertains to our children. Please read the following article that explains more on how to support your child by helping set achievable goals.

“Help your child set attainable goals for a successful school year”

Want your child to be a self-motivated learner? To start a school project well before the due date? To finish schoolwork on time without having to bribe or nag?

Then take time now to teach your child the “fundamental success skill” of goal setting. Take these steps:

  1. Explain what a goal is. It’s something your child shoots for -- like a football player trying for a touchdown. Goals often start as dreams or wishes. For dreams to come true, your child has to work hard.

  2. Give your child a “Goal Notebook” in which to record their goals, progress, and achievements.

  3. Help your child make a “dream list” of short term goals…things that they’d like to have, to achieve, or improve this day, week, or month. Goals might be about friends, hobbies, sports, exercise, savings, or new skills. Encourage them to also think of school…homework, behavior, reading, grades, etc.

  4. Select one goal and write it down using a simple formula. I will _______ (do)_______ (what) + ______(when). For example; I will spell at least nine of the ten words right on my next spelling test. Or, I will learn all the state capitols this month.

  5. Make sure the goal is achievable. It should be within your child’s control and ability. They should have enough time and resources to do it.

  6. Plan for success. Help your child decide what steps they’ll take and when to achieve their goal.

  7. Track progress. Each time your child takes a step toward their goal, have them mark their effort in their goal notebook. Give them a sticker.

  8. Celebrate Success. Take pictures. Have a “victory dinner”. Say, “See what you can do when you try!”

Source: Michelle Borba, Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts


Jack Yates

Hornung Elementary School Principal


PTO Buzz

A big thanks to those of you who could make our first online PTO meeting. We realize Wednesday may be a little chaotic (with kids being home on their virtual day) so we are planning to shift future meetings to an in-school day. Details will follow for October’s meeting.

Pink Week is October 5th - 9th and our "Pink Out" on Friday, October 9th. Ivory Vines has spirit wear available at:

Some important ordering information:

- If you are ordering for more than one child - choose just ONE to have them all delivered to. We are doing everything we can to help the schools with distribution.

- You may ship, pick up from their shop, deliver to school or deliver via BBFC. You will choose the product based on how you want to have your order delivered.

- You are welcome to come in to their shop to order. They have more options and products available for in store purchase only.

- This is a very quick turn around as Pink Week was just "approved" this morning - we appreciate your patience. Thank you.

We are now almost 3/4 of the way to our fundraising goal for the classroom air purifiers! If you would like to help, please have your child send in a check (payable to the “Hornung Elementary PTO”) or give to the link below:

These are medical-grade air filters capable of removing a minimum of 99.95% particles at MPPS (0.21 microns). Please see the attached flyer with our thanks to all who have donated so far.

We also encourage you to help us passively raise funds by picking Hornung as your Kroger Rewards & Amazon Smile charities. Links below:

Finally, the new outdoor learning space is set up. Hopefully we will have a few more warm weather days, so teachers can get their classes out for a little break.

Your Hornung PTO,

President: Deanne Ferrell

Vice President: Jami Kilduff

Treasurer: Karen Nicholson

Secretary: Bill Rockwell

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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

Student device contracts

At Brighton Area Schools we have student devices for educational applications. It's important that students know how to take care of these devices, so that we can continue to offer this technology. Below are links to our device use contracts. Please click on the link below that pertains to your child's grade level. You must sign one for each child attending Hornung.

Thank you!

JK-2nd Grade iPad Use Contract

3th/4th Grade Chromebook Use Contract

~Mrs. Richards, Hornung Media Specialist

Counselor Corner

Counselor Corner!

Hello from your Elementary Counselors! We are so excited to welcome you all back for another amazing year! Although many things this year look different, we will continue supporting your children with Social-Emotional Learning. Our role will consist of classroom lessons, small group activities, individual support, and more. We also have our BAS Elementary Counseling website for ideas and resources to continue the learning at home! Please feel free to contact your counselor with any questions or concerns that you may have, and Mrs. Fox or Mrs. McKiddy will do their best to support your child.

Mrs. McKiddy


Mrs. Fox


Picture Day

Picture day is Monday, October 19th and Tuesday, October 20th!

A signup will be generated closer to picture day for BVA students to sign up for a specific time those afternoons and early evening.



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Hornung Virtual Open House for Families

How Will School Look Different in the Fall?

We encourage all families to review and read with their kiddos the below information before our first day :) Please click on each link to review.

Masks Keep Us Safe

How Will School Look Different in the Fall of 2020?


ABC Schedule – Art, Music, and Physical Education Classes will be offered on a rotating basis. All students will attend one 45 minute class (art, music, pe) each day. Teachers will inform students/parents which fine arts class is assigned to an A, B or C day for their class. Please send gym shoes for physical education.

Attendance - Remember to call Hornung's attendance line at 810-299-4454 when your child is absent. As a safety precaution, there will be an automated call for any parent who hasn’t called into our attendance line to report an absence. It is important for students to arrive on time. However, if a student arrives late, the parent(s) must sign the student in using the QR code by Main Office Entrance and the student will take a pink slip to his/her teacher. This lets the teacher know the student has been signed in by parent.

Bus Information - The Transportation Department has mailed post cards with your student's bus information. If you have not received bus route/stop information, you should contact BAS Transportation Department at 810-299-3890. If your child is to be picked up at or dropped off at a location different than their normal pick up/drop off location, an alternate destination form must be completed. These forms are available by clicking here. Staff will escort bus riders to buses at the beginning of the school year.

Drop off Lane…

1) In the drop off lane in front of Hornung, parents should not be getting out of their vehicles to assist their children…The problem it causes is the safety of the driver actually getting out into traffic, along with causing a backup onto Bauer Road. Therefore, if your child needs some support getting out (i.e. undoing seat belts, putting on winter gear, lifting out backpacks, etc.) you should be parking in the lot and walking through the crosswalk onto at least the main sidewalk in front of the school.

2) Parents need to pull forward and not stop at the beginning of the lane… No matter what door your child enters in the morning, you should pull all the way up to the main crosswalk to have children exit your vehicle. The left lane is for through traffic.

Student Pick Up/End of the Day

  • Family Numbers "Pick Up Cards": All families are assigned a number. One (1) card for each student has been assigned along with two (2) for adults. If at any time a parent or anyone on the child’s emergency card is picking up a student, your number card must be presented to match with card student should have on them.
  • Student Number: A good idea is to attach to their backpack or place inside of backpack that’s easily accessible.
  • End of Day Pick Up Procedure: If you are picking up your child at the end of the school day, you will need to wait patiently outside your child's designated outdoor classroom door until a school staff member allows your child to exit. You will then be asked to present your Family Pick Up number to a staff member. For safe schools practice, they will verify that pick up card number with your child’s pick up card number.
  • Keep them (pick up cards) “Valid thru 4th Grade” for each student.
  • Picking Up Early: If you must pick up your child(ren) early please come to the Front Office Entrance and ring doorbell (button). Have your Family Pick Up card/number card ready to show office staff thru camera at door. Then please scan the Pick Up QR code with your cell phone and fill out form. Office will then call down your student from their classroom to be picked up. Always allow yourself extra time for this process for sometimes classes will be outside.

Hornung Communications - The Hornung staff believes that quality parent/teacher communication and parent involvement is vital for a child's success in school. Because a teacher's top priority is to prepare and deliver instruction, we ask you to pre-arrange conference times. This will guarantee that you have adequate time to discuss concerns and also allow the teacher an opportunity to plan for your meeting. Your child's teacher will provide you with times she is available for conferences and will work with you to schedule a mutual meeting time. Your child's classroom agenda/planner is an excellent means of communication. Also, the following site contains valuable information during the school year: Our weekly newsletter, the Stinging News is posted weekly. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to call Mr. Yates at 810-299-4451. He is usually in his office by 8am and would welcome your call or email him at

Lunches - Hot lunches are $2.75 and milk is $.50 for students. Lunch room accounts are on a computer card system, which allows you to put money into your child's account for the week, month, or year. The computer keeps track of each child's lunch transactions and notifies you when the account is short of funds. Lunch money for your child should be brought to school in an envelope with his/her name, teacher's name and amount of money enclosed on the outside.

You can also go to BAS Student Nutrition, to access monthly menus, a nutrition guide, and access to your child's account. A printed receipt will be given to your child if his/her account is out of money or low on funds. At no time will a student go without a lunch. Arrangements will be made for the student to get something nutritional to eat. Checks may be made out to Brighton Area Schools or Hornung Elementary. Watch for information concerning online account access and payment options.

Lunch Menu – Lunch menus are available on line at – click on student nutrition – click on Menus. To best plan for how many hot lunches are needed daily, a lunch count is taken each morning in all classrooms. Each student can choose on a daily basis if they would like to purchase a hot lunch or bring their own from home. Milk is also available for those who choose to bring their own lunch.

Medications - If your child will be taking medication at school, either prescription or over the counter, a signed form must be on file in the office. This form must be signed by the student's parent/guardian and by your child's doctor. This includes cough drops, sunscreen and other self-prescribed medications. These forms are available online at You’ll find the Medication form there (click on it), print it and take it with you to your doctor’s appointment.

Medical Concerns – If a medical condition exists or develops that might limit your child’s ability to participate in any activities such as recess or PE, we would appreciate it if you would send a note to the office. A doctor’s note might be necessary to make accommodations. In the event of severe allergies, parents should provide a detailed list of the allergies and the type of accommodations that might need to occur to make the child safe.

Notes –Please keep us informed if:

· Your child is going home with another child we must have a note from you and the receiving parent.

· If anyone other than you will be picking your child up from school, we need a signed note from you with specific details. Please make certain this person is listed on your child’s emergency card.

Parent Mass E-mail Communications – the e-mail address that you provided us when you registered your child is used for our mass email communication to our parents. If you are not receiving messages from Hornung or the Superintendent, please contact us at (810) 299-4450 to correct the problem.

Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) Buzz – If you have a child enrolled in Hornung Elementary you are automatically a member of the PTO. Hornung’s Stinging News will include PTO information each week. "Like" Hornung Elementary School PTO on Facebook.

School Safety - All outside doors are secured once students enter the building. You will need to ring the buzzer to communicate with the office staff at the main (flag pole) entrance.

Stinging News – Our weekly newsletter is available for all families. This newsletter has relevant school topics and necessary information. The Stinging News is uploaded to our web site on Fridays. We use our mass e-mail system to inform you when the Stinging News has been uploaded. You can always find past and current Stinging News issues on our web site.

Parent & Student Elementary Handbook – A copy of the Parent & Student Elementary Handbook can be found online by clicking HERE. Please review the rules, policies, and procedures with your child/ren. It is important that all students follow these rules to help create the best learning atmosphere for all.

Team Process – Each school building in the Brighton School District has a Team Process in place. If a child needs additional support, staff members will review student performance, concerns, and collaboratively develop interventions. If you have concerns about your child’s development and are interested in more information on special services, contact your child’s classroom teacher or Mr. Yates.

Vacations – Please attempt to coordinate your vacations with school breaks. Keep in mind that when a child is absent, especially for an extended amount of time, the time needed to review concepts for that one child is instructional time lost for all students. See the student handbook concerning make-up work.

Voicemail/Email – Teachers will provide both voicemail numbers and email addresses. To reach a teacher’s voicemail, call the office directly at 810-299-4450. The prompt will ask you for the 5 digit extension for the staff member. If you have a timely message to leave for a teacher, please contact the office because teachers may only check their voice messages at the end of the day.

Supply Lists by grade level are available online at: