The Stinging News
January 7, 2022
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Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone had a relaxing and pleasurable winter break! Setting resolutions or goals to start out the new year is usually on everyone’s mind. We all should be working on something that we want to accomplish. The following article may help…Enjoy!
“Encourage your family to meet new goals in four simple ways”
January is a time for taking stock and setting goals. Most people make some type of New Year’s resolution. Then two weeks later they realize they haven’t followed through.
Kids are no different. Why not try to make this the January that everyone in the family takes action to meet some new goal? Here are four ways to encourage that change:
1. Pay attention…Suppose your child has decided they want to do their homework without nagging. The first time they sit down without being reminded, pay attention. A short, “Grace, I noticed that you’re meeting your goal for the day. Good work!” is all it will take.
2. Don’t wait…We all get caught up in what we’re doing. But there is nothing that works as well as immediate feedback. “Kylie, thank you so much for taking the dog for a walk,” you’ll say. Kylie will be much more likely to take the dog for a walk tomorrow.
3. Reinforce the small steps…Your daughter wants to pull her spelling grade up to an A. This week she isn’t quite there – but she made some improvement. Remind her of the fable of the tortoise and the hare. Slow but steady really does win the race.
4. Be specific…Your child is trying to bring up their math grade. So after they do their homework, they take time to check their answers. Don’t just say, “Good job.” Tell them, “You checked your work. That’s a good way to catch the little mistakes that can lower your grade.”
Source: Susan B. Wilson & Michael S. Dobson, Goal Setting: How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Goals, ISBN: 10-8144-0169-4
(American Management Association, 1-877-566-9441, www.amacombooks.org
Sincerely, Jack Yates
Hornung Elementary Principal
We have several activities coming up this month. Please mark your calendars for:
January 14th: PTO Meeting at 9:00am in the Media Center.
January 14th-21st : Five and Below in Green Oak is offering us a portion of your sales over these 7 days. Just mention you're with Hornung at purchase.
January 17th : Buffalo Wild Wings in Green Oak will give a portion of sales to Hornung. Again, dine-out and mention you’re with Hornung (flier to follow).
January 26th from 5p-7p: we are hosting a Rollerama after-school skate. Only $10 per person which includes skate rental & admission.
Our Teacher Appreciation Committee would love it if you could help support our activities to thank our teachers:
Hornung contributed to Brighton Ford’s Toys for Tots campaign and won an appreciation gift of $500 to be spent in our Art Classroom. Thank you all for your generous Christmas Spirit!
President: Deanne Ferrell
Vice President: Jami Kilduff
Treasurer: Karen Nicholson
Secretary: Bill Rockwell
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!
Parent Referral Form: bit.ly/McKiddyParentRequest
Student Check-in Form: bit.ly/CounselorStudentCheckIn
Note from the Attendance Secretary
Please pack a change of clothes
Important Information from BAS Student Nutrition Department
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.