The Stinging News

March 25, 2022

Please remember....

Please remember if you are volunteering at our school to make sure you have your drivers licence or I.D. with you so we can scan it into our Raptor system.

Thank you,

Hornung Office

*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

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


PTO Buzz

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:

Your PTO,

President: Deanne Ferrell

Vice President: Jami Kilduff

Treasurer: Karen Nicholson

Secretary: Bill Rockwell

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Dr. Seuss Reading Challenge

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Counselor Corner

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!

35 Children's Books That Teach Empathy & Kindness

Mrs. McKiddy


Parent Referral Form:

Student Check-in Form:

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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

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Other symptoms, including chills, body aches, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, and nausea/vomiting.

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.

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