The Stinging News
October 30, 2020
Principal’s Message – October 30, 2020
Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Here we are, the end of October with temperatures starting to get colder. Daylight saving time is occurring this weekend…”Spring forward, Fall back”. So we will be getting an extra hour to sleep in! In addition, when November comes around, I reflect on my life with my family, which truly makes me thankful. I am also grateful for my school family that includes all of you, your children, and our staff. Every day I am truly blessed that I am a part of your children’s lives.
Also, on that topic another thought comes to mind in a quote from a famous leader, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them” ~ John F. Kennedy…I’m also asking you to reflect as you read the following messages…Thank You!
Supporting Families…Our PTO will be working with one of local Food Banks for support. You will be receiving an email from me soon with our specific goals for assisting with this endeavor!
Shelley Squires Compton Fund…Lastly, again this year we will be sponsoring the Shelley Squires Compton fund. Soon a letter will be coming to all of you that will explain how this fund really helps those who are struggling. Please give to either or both of these worthy foundations.
The November Calendar was released today!
Tuesday, November 3rd…No School – Election Day (Remote Learning for Students)
Wednesday, November 4th …In Person School Resumes
Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, Nov 27th….NO School - Thanksgiving Break
Sincerely, Jack Yates
Hornung Elementary Principal
A big thanks to all the families who submitted pumpkins and displays for our Halloween Hike around the school. The kids had a great time during their classes and we had an excellent turn-out from our BVA families.
With winter coming, we wanted to make you aware that storing kids' jackets, snow pants, etc, in the classrooms is going to be a little tight on space due to Covid protocols. Below is a brochure with some options for bags to hold their gear. Hope you may consider these, as they will help keep clutter to a minimum!
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
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
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
Information from Lifetouch regarding picture orders
If you did not have the opportunity to order your student's picture on picture day, you will have another chance. Lifetouch will ship all student pictures to the school, usually in about 3 weeks or so. At that time, if you did not order pictures, your student's picture envelope will have a proof sheet in it with ordering information. Use that information to order your student's picture using the portrait ID/access code. You will be charged shipping and the picture package will ship directly to your home address.
If you have further picture day or yearbook questions, please direct them to Ruth at SchworR@Brightonk12.com
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