The Stinging News

November 6, 2020

Principal’s Message – November 6, 2020

Homework...Families are sometimes stressed over just mentioning the word. There are different philosophies connected to homework. I have written several times over the years about this necessary…oh, you thought I was going to say evil. Actually, some kids and parents really like homework as a way to reiterate or practice lessons that were previously taught at school. Sometimes research is needed to support homework. While looking up topics that are relevant to subjects, use the computer as a tool for topics of interest too.

Homework can sometimes get frustrating when assignments get tougher. The students or families start getting upset, because either the length of the project, the last minute cramming, or being uncertain of the assignment itself. If you’ve encountered any of these experiences, homework is not your favorite subject and a change is needed.

The following article addresses some of the concerns related to homework. Hopefully these tips will help!

“Promote Homework Success with a Study Spot, a Plan, and a Checklist”

Routines help kids (and adults) get things done without thinking about them. To develop a daily homework routine that really works, help your child:

  1. Set up a regular place and time for homework. Let your child make a “Do Not Disturb” sign to post. This is a cue to everyone that homework is a serious business.

  2. Make a homework plan at the start of the homework time. What do they have to do today? What can they do alone? Are there tasks for which they’ll need help? (Do they need to go to the library? Buy poster board?)

  3. Make a homework chart. Post it where your child can see it. Before homework is finished, your child should answer these questions:

  • Is your name on the paper? Is the date on the paper?

  • Did you follow your teachers’ directions?

  • Is it neat? Can your teacher read your writing?

  • Does each sentence begin with a capital letter?

  • Does each sentence end with the correct punctuation?

  • Have you checked to see that the words are spelled correctly?

  • If it is a math problem, did you complete all the steps?

  • Did you check your work?

  • Can your teacher read your numbers?

  • Are the numbers lined up correctly?

Source: Mary Ann Smialek, Don’t Miss the Bus! ISBN: 1-57886-212-4 (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1-800-462-6420,

Sincerely, Jack Yates

Hornung Elementary Principal 8102994451

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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, November 9th - C Day

Tuesday, November 10th - A Day

Wednesday, November 11th - Remote Learning Day

Thursday, November 12th - B Day

Friday, November 13th - C Day

PTO Buzz

We may have enjoyed a week of warm weather, but winter is coming! Due to Covid safety protocols, we are not using the coatrooms between the classrooms. Storing winter jackets, hats, gloves, snow pants, and scarves in the classes will be better managed if you kids have a storage bag. Our friends at Design & Sew are offering bags with name and school logo customization at a great price. Please see the brochure or go to for options!

Your Hornung PTO,

President: Deanne Ferrell

Vice President: Jami Kilduff

Treasurer: Karen Nicholson

Secretary: Bill Rockwell

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Thank you!

A big thank you to everyone who supported our Fall Book Fair. We appreciate you helping us support our readers at Hornung!

-Mrs. Richards

Outdoor gym attire

Weather is getting colder and the grass is wet! Please make sure to pack gloves, a hat, and coat every day so you are prepared for outdoor gym class! Also, rubber soled, water-proof boots you are able to move and run in would be great as well.

Thank you!

Mrs. Anderson

Art, Music, PE & Library/STEAM

Hi Hornung Families,

Your child's Art, Music, PE & Library/STEAM Teachers collaborated to bring you one link to access all of our lessons and activities. This link will stay constant throughout the school year, and we will update our content within the link. There are so many enriching resources located in this one place. We hope you find this helpful and engaging for your child! Please check back each week for new and updated material. We wish you well! Happy Learning!

Mrs. Cavallaro, Mrs. Chernich, Mrs. Anderson & Mrs. Richards

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Counselor Corner

Hello from your Elementary Counselor, Mrs McKiddy! I have very much enjoyed our start to a great school year. I spent the month of September visiting classrooms for a social-emotional lesson centered around resiliency and working through challenges. I have also increased visits with individual students needing social-emotional support. I am working hard to add some peer support groups by the end of the month! As the year progresses, I am continuing to connect with classroom teachers for referrals for students who are struggling or may need additional support. 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.

We also have our BAS Elementary Counseling website for ideas and resources to be used 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


Parent Referral Form:

Student Check-in Form:

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Student Nutrition Program Brighton Area Schools

Student Nutrition Program Brighton Area Schools to Provide Free Breakfast and Lunch to all Students

Effective immediately, school breakfast and lunch will be available at no charge to all Brighton Area Schools students under a temporary waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). ALL students learning in the classroom, or remotely are eligible for FREE breakfast and lunch through December 31st or until Federal funding runs out.

A credit will be issued back to student lunch accounts for all reduced-price and full-paid meals purchased as of September 14th through today. Students who do not qualify for free meals will lose this benefit when the waiver expires or funding ends.

Furthermore, the USDA waiver provides the flexibility and funding to ensure nutritious meals reach all children 18 years and younger in this fluid and fast-changing time.

Brighton Area Schools will continue to serve breakfast and lunch according to our established back-to-school meal service plan. Remote study students may still pre-order meals for pick up on Wednesdays at any Brighton High School.

Families are still encouraged to apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits by October 15th to avoid any disruption of current meal benefits when this USDA waiver expires. We recommend families apply for school meal benefits online. The online process is quick and easy, and we are able to review your application much faster than the traditional paper method. This service is free and facilitates a socially distanced, contact free application process for our families! Online applications can be found at Please email to request a paper application if preferred.

Brighton Area Schools is committed to ensuring that our children have access to safe, healthy, and nutritious meals. We look forward to serving your children! Additional information about the Student Nutrition Program can be found at

If you have any questions about the program, please contact:

Richard Browder, Director of Student Nutrition


USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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

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