The Stinging News
March 25, 2022
*IMPORTANT* COVID-19 Self-Reporting
Reminder – Spring Break begins tomorrow Saturday, March 26th and goes through Monday, April 4th. School will resume on Tuesday, April 5th. I hope all of you have an amazing Spring Break!!!
As we are just finishing up with March Is Reading Month, I’d like to suggest the following to support reading skills.
When teaching reading and writing today, we teach our students to "pinch" sounds when we SPELL and use "one breath blending" or read words in slow motion when blending to READ.
Your child has been learning and practicing these two techniques during word study. Encourage your child to use and practice these strategies at home.
Also, please read the article from the “Reading Connection” that focuses on phonics to assist with our younger students.
Use these activities to build your child’s phonemic awareness – their ability to hear sounds in words:
Choose a three-letter word, such as cap. Have your child substitute different beginning sounds from the alphabet to make new words (lap, map, nap, rap, sap, tap, zap). See how many words they can create.
Pick a long word and tell them to clap once as they say each syllable. For mozzarella, they would clap four times: moz-za-rel-la.
Ask your child to say a word without the first sound. Example: “Can you say sit without the s?” (Answer: it)
Think of a word and give your youngster a “sound” clue to figure it out. For instance, “I’m thinking of a word for something that you chew. The word has an “uh” sound in the middle.” (Answer: gum)
Source: “Resources for Education”, Reading Connection – Beginning Edition
Sincerely, Jack Yates
Hornung Elementary Principal
The Hornung PTO Silent Auctions concluded on Sunday and we raised over $10,000! A huge thanks to everyone who helped make the baskets, donated, and bid. Plans are now underway to start shopping for a few new playground pieces. More to come!
Friday, April 15th, is a no-school day, so we will host an event at AIRBORNE! Please see the link below for details and signing-up for a spot. Spots will likely sell-out, so act early. Online passes will give us a $5 donation back!
Family Fun week will start in May. During this week, your children are invited to participate in the SCIENCE FAIR. Registrations are due in early May, but start thinking about ideas now! See the attached flier for more details. We also could use help during Family Fun Week:
President: Deanne Ferrell
Vice President: Jami Kilduff
Treasurer: Karen Nicholson
Secretary: Bill Rockwell
Dr. Seuss Reading Challenge
Here we are in March, ready for some sunshine and warmer weather! This month, we will be visiting classrooms for some Read Alouds and social-emotional stories for Reading Month. We are doing our best to meet the needs of students and classrooms by providing additional support with student groups and individual concerns. During this time of the year, needs are high and many students are requiring additional connections. Our goal for this month is to more directly meet the needs of our students during this stretch of the year when we all need a little more TLC.
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!
Parent Referral Form: bit.ly/McKiddyParentReferral
Student Check-in Form: bit.ly/CounselorStudentCheckIn
Just as a reminder.....
Please do not send your child to school if your child is experiencing any illness symptoms such as,
Fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
Shortness of breath
Other symptoms, including chills, body aches, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, and nausea/vomiting.
Note from the Attendance Secretary
Please pack a change of clothes
Important Information from BAS Student Nutrition Department
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.