The Stinging News
October 16, 2020
Principal’s Message – October 16, 2020
Coyote at Hornung…I wanted to let you know at 9:30 am we received a call from a parent that there was a coyote who passed through our parking lot. Moments later, our physical education teacher alerted the office that she (and her entire class) saw a coyote by the woods on our western part of Hornung’s baseball fields. I went outside moments later and at that time the coyote had gone into the woods and wasn’t seen again.
However, as a precaution I brought all classes that were on recess, along with the class that was having physical education into Hornung. I followed up by contacting the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to alert them, but to also gather information on being proactive in case this phenomenon happens again. They were very helpful and gave some good information to support us if a coyote is seen. The following will be our protocol:
As a school, every staff member who takes students out on recess will have a whistle. The whistle will be blown to gather students in case of another sighting, but to also scare off the coyote.
The staff member will alert the office immediately, where I will make sure all students and staff will come off the playground and go inside our school.
Indoor recess will be in place any day that a coyote has been sighted.
We are hearing that more coyotes have been seen in this area. Normally, they are fearful of humans and will run away if there is a loud noise. Hence the whistle in case of a sighting. Please contact the office if you see a coyote on school premises.
Picture Day is Tuesday, October 20th! – Flyers were sent home last week with the information you needed for Picture Day. We have a set schedule for Tuesday for individual classes to go into the Multipurpose Room for this event. We are not accepting paper copy picture orders on that day. You will need to go to this website at: mylifetouch.com Our school picture day ID: EVT4KQPP9 to order your child’s pictures. Yearbooks can be purchased at a later date.
Picture Day for our Hornung BVA students is Wednesday, October 21st! Parents of BVA students were notified by an email where you are scheduling a time through a “Signup Genius”, which you can access right here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F45ADA62BAA8-picture Please make sure to be timely with your appointment time. In addition, we are not accepting paper copy picture orders on that day. You will need to go to this website at: mylifetouch.com Our school picture day ID: EVT4KQPP9 to order your child’s pictures. Yearbooks can be purchased at a later date.
Scholastic Book Fair!
Reminder…Save the Date! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Hornung this Friday, October 23rd through Thursday, November 5th. New this year: the Fair will be Virtual. Mrs. Richards will walk all of our students through the Virtual Fair during their Library time the week of October 19th. Orders can be placed online and shipped directly to your house. Teachers can also create Wish Bins for their classrooms. We hope that you will join us in our Book Fair Time Machine this Fall - where books will take us anywhere we want to go! Happy Reading!
Jack Yates, Hornung Elementary Principal
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.
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
Hi Hornung Family! The PTO is so excited to let you know that we have been approved to do an outdoor Hornung Halloween Hike as well as a Jack-O-Lantern contest! This event will be for students only. We are looking for decoration volunteers and donations. There will not be a lot of opportunities to volunteer this year. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!
If you would like to sign up to create and setup a Halloween display:
If you would like to sign up for a timeslot for your BVA Student:
If you would like to signup for our Jack-o-Lantern contest:
If you would like to purchase items for our treat bags from our Amazon Wishlist:
Hornung’s Picture day for Hornung students is Tuesday, October 20. Hornung BVA students will be photographed on the morning of Wednesday, October 21.
BVA students have been emailed additional information regarding their picture day.
Order at www.mylifetouch.com using Picture ID: EVT4KQPP9
Classroom composite pictures ARE PART of the picture day order form packages. This is the only opportunity you will have to order the classroom composite picture.
Yearbook orders are NOT part of the picture day order form. There will be a separate order for the yearbook at a later time.
Questions can be directed to Ruth (Picture Day and Yearbook Volunteer) at SchworR@Brightonk12.com
Update from the Hornung Library/STEAM Center
Hi Hornung Families! It's Digital Citizenship month, and I am so proud of all of our students for engaging in discussions on how to be safe online. If you would like to continue the discussion at home, please ask them about this. They may ask you if they can play Interland. It's a brilliant online game developed by Google to help teach our students how to be good Digital Citizens. They can access this at home through our Media Center website, under Digital Citizenship. Or, here is the direct link:
And, for more parent resources on how to help keep our children safe online, with more fun and games to engage your children in this topic, go to: https://www.commonsense.org/education/toolkit/family-engagement-resources.
Together we can keep our children safe online!
~Mrs. Richards, Teacher/Media Specialist
Scholastic Book Fair
Save the Date! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Hornung on Friday, October 23rd through Thursday, November 5th. New this year: the Fair will be Virtual. Mrs. Richards will walk all of our students through the Virtual Fair during their Library time the week of October 19th. Orders can be placed online and shipped directly to your house. A link will be sent out on October 23rd to access the virtual book fair. We hope that you will join us in our Book Fair Time Machine this Fall - where books will take us anywhere we want to go! Happy Reading!
Hornung Teacher Librarian / Media Specialist: ext 94492
Cell: (810) 522-2480
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.
Parent Referral Form: bit.ly/McKiddyParentRequest
Student Check-in Form: bit.ly/CounselorStudentCheckIn
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 https://www.brightonk12.com/domain/28. Please email email@example.com 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 https://www.brightonk12.com/Page/7681
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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
~Mrs. Richards, Hornung Media Specialist