The Stinging News

January 14, 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

Dear Hornung Families,

Reminder… No School this coming Monday, January 17th. School resumes on

Tuesday, January 18th

Here is some exciting news! The Brighton District Library had a Summer Reading Challenge that took place over an eight-week period. There were 709 children enrolled in the program, where students read over 7,230 hours! The best part is that Hornung had the most students participate of all the elementary schools! Great job Hornung students!!!

In addition, this week’s Principal’s Message is emphasizing the importance of reading. The following is some excellent information to support reading from our Brighton District Library!

Reading Aloud to Your Child Spells Success!

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

Monday, don’t cook dinner for your family, but instead, go to Buffalo Wild Wings in Green Oak. They will give back a portion of sales to Hornung. Use the attached flier.

Please shop at Five and Below in Green Oak over the next seven days. They are offering us a portion of your sales over January 14th-21st. Just mention you're with Hornung at purchase and present the flier.

January 26th from 5p-7p: we are hosting a Rollerama after-school skate. Only $10 per person which includes skate rental & admission.

Mark your calendars! We are excited to announce that the annual Hornung auction will be held online from March 13-20!

The auction is one of the PTO's biggest fundraisers and all proceeds are used to make Hornung an even better school. But we can't do it without you! We are looking for a parent volunteer from each classroom to coordinate themed baskets and gifts to auction off. Baskets will need to be completed by March 4. This is a great way to be involved in the school and help us meet our fundraising goals. If you're interested, please let Erin Bradley ( and/or Deanne Ferrell ( know and further details will be provided. Thanks!

We are putting together a fun giveaway for our Hornung staff! Do you have any gift cards lying around that you just won’t use? Or maybe duplicates from over the holiday? If so, please consider donating as we are currently collecting for staff appreciation! Any denomination gift cards are welcome. If you would rather contribute monetarily toward us purchasing gift cards, that would be great, too. The main office will be collecting the donations. Thank you!

Popcorn Day will be Thursday, January 20th! 50 cents a bag. Max two bags:)

Your PTO,

President: Deanne Ferrell

Vice President: Jami Kilduff

Treasurer: Karen Nicholson

Secretary: Bill Rockwell

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Counselor Corner!

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!

Mrs. McKiddy


Parent Referral Form:

Student Check-in Form:

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Vision Screening

The Livingston County Health is providing Vision Screening for grades 1st and 3rd on January 19th and January 20th. Please call the office if you do not want your child screened.
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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