The Stinging News

February 25, 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


Our Kindergarten Round Up went amazingly well! It was great having parents meeting up with our staff to talk about our incoming kindergarten kids! If you haven’t enrolled your student for kindergarten or junior kindergarten, you can do all of that on line…see below!

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.

Reading Aloud to Your Child Spells Success!

Here’s some excellent information to support reading from our Brighton District Library!

Reading aloud to your newborn offers a special one-on-one bonding time, but according to the American Academy of Pediatrics reading aloud also increases an important part of your child’s brain development that occurs within the first three years of their life.
Reading enhances your child’s vocabulary and communication skills, enhances logical and critical thinking, and improves concentration. When children hear stories, their imaginations soar. By reading to your child, you’re helping them develop a deeper understanding of the story which will help them become better readers and writers later.

The Brighton District Library uses the American Library Association’s research-based national model for our story times. The program, Every Child Ready to Read, incorporates five early literacy practices:

Talking: When you talk with your child, your child is learning the meaning of words. Talk about things around you, tell stories and have them tell you stories. You are modeling ideas and words for them.

Singing: Singing slows down language so children can hear the smaller sounds in words. Children who grow up hearing music, singing songs, and moving to the beat are enjoying what experts call “a rich sensory environment.” Researchers believe this forges more pathways between cells in the brain.

Reading: Shared reading is the single most important activity that you can do to help your child get ready to read. Have fun reading, use expression and ask questions about what you’ve read. Reading the same story over and over again helps kids transition from verbal language to reading.

Writing: In young children writing goes through stages from light markings, to letter forms, to drawing letters, to forming them. Writing helps children understand that print has meaning. Allow your child to scribble and draw. Drawing helps with eye-hand coordination and exercises the muscles in the fingers and hands which develops fine motor control need for writing.

Playing: Play, in addition to being fun, helps children to think symbolically. One item represents another; a block might represent a telephone. Symbolic thinking is the same kind of thinking used for reading. Play teaches children to cooperate and communicate with others; a skill needed for school readiness.

Sincerely, Jack Yates

Hornung Elementary Principal


PTO Buzz

Rollerama is this coming Monday, Feb. 28th at 5 - 7 pm. $8 addimission includes stake rental.

We showed some appreciation to our teachers and staff this week with lunch from Great Harvest Bread Co. A big thanks to the owners for their donation. A big thanks to Lauren Argillander and Lindsay Tupper for organizing and delivering on this one!

We are almost done with our Valentine’s Day photoshoot with Shadow. Thanks again to everyone who helped raise money for Shadow’s care.

The Hornung Silent Auction baskets are being wrapped-up by classroom volunteers. Please look at your student’s newsletters as to how you may donate to these baskets as the window to finish them is now.

Your PTO,

President: Deanne Ferrell

Vice President: Jami Kilduff

Treasurer: Karen Nicholson

Secretary: Bill Rockwell

Parents of incoming Maltby 5th Graders

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Support BAS Pack of Dogs

March 7th is a NO SCHOOL DAY for all BAS students . We are super excited to be invited to Airborne Adventure Park to support our BAS Pack of Dogs Program.

The fundraiser runs from 12-6pm you must buy your tickets online and we will receive $5 for each ticket purchased online.

We will have dogs there every hour and some special puppies too!

Also prizes and stickers too.

We hope you will join us ! Don’t forget to to buy your tickets online !

See you March 7th:)

Registration for "Feelin' Good Mileage Club 2022"

Registration for “Feelin’ Good Mileage Club 2022” at lunch recess ends on 2/28! Late registration will open after, but your student will not receive a personalized punch card if registering late.

Link for registration:

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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


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