The Stinging News

August 2018

Important Phone Numbers

Hornung Office - 810-299-4450

Hornung Attendance Line - 810-299-4454

Jack Yates, Principal Office 810-299-4451

Jack Yates, Principal Cell PH 517-404-1495

Hornung Fax - 810-299-4460

Hornung Friendship Center – 810-299-4461

BAS Central Office - 810-299-4450

BAS Transportation – 810-299-3890

Staff Assignments for 2018-19

Principal: Jack Yates

Secretaries: Alice Leahy, Cassie Kurtinaitis

Custodians: Gail Baynes, Cass Paluszek

Junior Kindergarten: Nicole Dakhlian (JK Teacher), Jessica Schumacher (JK Ed. Assistant)

Kindergarten: Nicole McCullough, Staci Siddall, Maureen Strachan, Alyssa Trenchard

1st Grade: Ali Bauer, Ashley Brenneman Katie Kastamo, Heather Lewis

2nd Grade: Sandra Cavallaro, Kristen Jacobs, Melissa O’Connor, Dawn Straight

3rd Grade: Sophia Garner, Arin Giannandrea, Laurie Yokie, Natalie Doherty

4th Grade: Lisa Geise, Sarah Ross, Jen Schaibley, Erin Belanger

Media Center: Tracie Richards & Darla Hibbard

Art: Valerie Reitzel

Music: Marcia Oates

Physical Education: Tammy Rollins

Academic Enrichment: Catherine Wagner

French Enrichment: Kate Wojtas

Resource Room: Pat Moore, Holly Neelis

Rtl Facilitator: Colleen Manni

Educational Assistants: Corrie Boye, Rachel Hueser, Julie Tyrna, Maureen Arbour

Paraprofessionals: Kathy Gilson, Dianne Helka, Liese Kowal, Tracey Kopczyk, Sonya Allen

LESA/Ancillary Staff: Shannon Cross (Psychologist), Marie Blair (Social Worker)

Cheryl Root (Occupational Therapist), Kim Seymour & Kelly Appleton (Speech Pathologists)

School Counselor: Bridget McKiddy

Student Nutrition: Diane Smith, Pat Langohr

Lunchroom Supervisors: Debbie Whiteman, Stacey Kelbert, Jackie Grotkowski, Sharon Clapper, Kristina Smith

Opening Day...Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

First through Fourth Grade Students

8:30 1st Grade Teachers will greet their students in the Media Center.

2nd Grade Teachers will greet their students at their outside classroom doors.

3rd Grade Teachers will greet their students in the Gym.

4th Grade Teachers will greet their students at their outside classroom doors

* All Teachers will be holding a sign with their name on it.

8:43 First Bell

8:47 Second Bell

Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Students

JK and Kindergarten Students WILL NOT BE riding the bus to and from school on the first day. They are to come to school accompanied by a parent or guardian that day. Also, JK/Kindergarten students must bring their lunch for the first day.

Student and Parent JK / Kindergarten Orientation in Gym

9:15 - 9:30 Meet your child’s teacher in the Gym beginning at 9:15 (at the tables in the front of the Gym). Informational packets will be given at that time. You will then be seated with your child for a short presentation.

JK/Kindergarten Parent Presentation in Gym

9:30 - 10:00 The JK/Kindergarten students will be dismissed with their teachers. Parents will remain for an information presentation

JK/Kindergarten Pick Up in Gym

3:15, JK/Kindergarten parents will pick up their students in the Gym.


Second and Fourth Grade Curriculum Night/Open House

6:00-7:00 pm 2nd Grade Students and Parents

7:00-8:00 pm 4th Grade Students and Parents

2nd - 4th grade Magnet Cluster teacher and Academic Enrichment WIN Coach, Catherine Wagner


First and Third Grade Curriculum Night/Open House

6:00 pm-7:00 pm 1st Grade Students and Parents

7:00 pm-8:00 pm 3rd Grade Students and Parents


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 book on the table in front of the office and the student will take a pink slip to his/her teacher. This lets the teacher know the student has been signed in at the office.

Bus Information - The Transportation Department has mailed post cards with your student's bus information. If you have not received bus route/stop information by August 29th, 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 in the office. Teachers will escort bus riders to buses at the beginning of the school year. There are two bus supervisors available to help at both the beginning and end of the day. Multiple destination forms are available in the office.

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 seatbelts, 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.

Picking up students – All families will be assigned a number. Four (4) cards for designated adults and one (1) card for each student will be assigned to your family and sent home the first day of school. 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. If you are picking up your child at the end of the school day, you will need to wait patiently outside the main entry way doors until a school staff member allows you to enter the gym. You will then meet up with your child and go to the door that exits to the main entry way. You will then be asked to present your number to a staff member. For safe schools practice, they will verify that number with your child's.

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. You will also find a complete district calendar. 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 $2.50 and milk is $.50 for students. Adult lunches are $4.25. 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. This allows your child to buy a lunch at anytime. 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.

Breakfast - Breakfast will be available for ALL students for $2.00 per student. Families that qualify for free or reduced meals will also be eligible to receive either a free or reduced price breakfast for only 30 cents. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 am.

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 in the Hornung office or online 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 Dr. Gray, please contact us at (810) 299-4450 to correct the problem.

Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) Buzz – Hornung’s PTO meets monthly. 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. We always welcome volunteers. "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 be given access to the building. You must sign in at the office and obtain a visitor's or volunteer's pass if you are going beyond the office/front lobby.

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 – New families will receive a copy of the Parent & Student Elementary Handbook. Please review the rules, policies, and procedures with you 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: