The Stinging News

September 17th, 2021

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

Motivation…This topic can be essential when trying to have your child complete schoolwork. Let’s face it, some children love to finish tasks and they get satisfaction (intrinsic) from their accomplishments, while others need more praise or positive reinforcement to achieve their goals. Either way, I believe everyone needs a little inspiration once in a while. We should try to stay away from material objects for rewards (extrinsic) as much as possible. Even though ice cream does work wonders..haha! This type of motivation does have its place. For instance, a high interest book for your child instills something positive and educational. We would love for our children to just do positive things out of the goodness of their heart…that’s the best! Praising and complimenting is also an excellent motivator. Please read the following article related to this subject.

“Choose your words carefully if you want to motivate your child”

Sometimes the words you choose can send a message to your child that’s quite different from the one that you intended. For instance, suppose your child is doing a chore around your house. It’s taking much longer than it would take you. Finally you say, “Here, let me do that”. You may think that you just simply finished a task for your child. But what was communicated might have been internalized as they don’t have the ability to complete the task.

Sometimes the words parents say to motivate their children actually turn out to have the opposite effect. Here are some things you might say to your child that will motivate them to keep trying, or to do their best.

When you say:

  • “Why don’t you give this a try? Your child will think they have the ability to do it on their own.

  • “What would happen if you added more water?” Your child will believe that they are problem solvers. But if you say, “That’s too dry”. Your child will think that they’re not doing it right.

  • "I never thought of trying it that way”. Your child will feel that they made a good decision. However, just changing the words and saying, “I don’t do it that way”. The meaning your child will internalize is that they are doing it wrong.

Use this approach when your child is doing schoolwork. If they are stuck on a tough math problem, ask, “Have you ever solved a problem like this before?” Keep focusing on the things your child can do. The more you encourage your child, the more likely they are to stay motivated.

Source: Lynn Lott and Riki Intner, “Chores Without Wars”,

Upcoming Events:

* Week of September 20th – Pink Week

* Friday, October 1st – Hornung Color Run

Sincerely, Jack Yates

Hornung Elementary Principal


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:)

PTO Buzz

Registrations for the Color Run are due Friday, September 17th. You can still turn-in forms on Monday morning so that we can place our final shirt, bandana, sunglasses, and prize orders. The race is October 1st!

Pink Week starts September 20th. All week, we will have a coin drive at Hornung. Kids can bring in change knowing the funds will help St. Joe's Cancer Center in Brighton. Wednesday, kids can bring a dollar to school to wear PJs. Finally, all are encouraged to show their support by wearing pink on Friday.

Two great ways you can passively give back to Hornung are via Kroger Rewards and Amazon Smile. In both cases, you’ll need to pick The Hornung PTO as your charity via their websites/apps. Contact us if you need help.

Your PTO,

President: Deanne Ferrell

Vice President: Jami Kilduff

Treasurer: Karen Nicholson

Secretary: Bill Rockwell

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 don't include specific symptoms the school will call you for more information. 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.


Big picture
Big picture

Important Information from BAS Student Nutrition Department

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Counselor Corner

Hello from your Hornung Elementary School Counselor! I am so excited to welcome you all back for another amazing year! Although some things this year may still look different, your counselor is available to help support your children with Social-Emotional Learning. I will be providing classroom lessons, small group activities, and individual support this year. This month's lessons will focus on building connections in the classroom with peers. The Elementary Counselor Team also has the BAS Elementary Counseling website for ideas and resources to be used at home! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have, and I will do my best to support your child.

Mrs. McKiddy


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