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December Principal's Message


December 2016


Dear Holman Families:


During the past few mornings, the temperatures have been rather cold and, on a few occasions, we have had frost.  Students should come to Holman School wearing clothing that keeps them warm during the school day.  As the temperatures get lower, please make sure that your child is also wearing the appropriate outerwear, such as a jacket, gloves, hat, etc.  Weather permitting; teachers try to take students outside for recess on a daily basis.

We thank you for visiting us during American Education Week and Conference Week, and for being a part of our school initiatives, programs and fundraisers.  The JEA did a nice job of hosting the American Education Week event.  On behalf of the Holman School staff, we thank you for taking the time to meet with your child’s teacher and visiting our school. 


HOPE’s seasonal WINTER FESTIVAL & COOKIE DECORATING NIGHT will be held on Wednesday, December 14th from 6:30 - 8:00PM.   We look forward to seeing all of you at this fun family night event prior to our Winter Break!  HOPE will not have a December meeting, the next HOPE meeting will be on January 18th, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Holman IMC.


Looking and Planning Ahead:

Reader’s Theater Dates (for those invited to this program):

Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm

Dates: Monday, January 9th, Tuesday, January 10th, Wednesday, January 11, Tuesday, January 17th, Wednesday, January 18th, Thursday, January 19th, Monday, January 23rd, Tuesday, January 24th, Wednesday, January 25th, Monday, January 30th, Tuesday, January 31st, Wednesday, February 1st.


On Tuesday, December 20th, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30 pm in the JMHS Fine Arts Auditorium.


TIME  (Together Influencing Math Excellence)

What is TIME?  TIME will provide a way for your whole family to have fun doing Math.  TIME is based on three components:  Awareness, Confidence, and Encouragement.  You and your child will work in pairs or small groups to solve mathematical problems, work cooperatively, and “talk Math”.  Sessions for Grades 3 and 4 students and their families will be held in the Holman IMC on 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9 and 2/16  (snow day make up, 2/23  if needed) from 6:30-7:30pm.  Please contact the main office as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this session, as space is limited.


Report Cards

Please be sure you are ready to access your child’s report card on the district portal website.  Report cards will be available on the portal to parents on January 3rd.  Also, please remember that if your Portal log-in does not work, please try the “Forgot My Password” link above BEFORE contacting support, as most issues will be resolved through that feature.  Please note that the “Forgot Password” link will work only with parents who have an e-mail as their login ID.  For questions or problems with your login ID’s or password (or if you do not have them), please send an email to and include your name and phone number, as well as your child’s name, school, grade, student ID number and the problem you are experiencing and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.


In-View Testing

On January 4th and 5th, students in second and fourth grade will be taking a cognitive abilities assessment.  The test will take approximately two and a half hours (split between two days), and requires no prior test preparation activities.  It is a broad based evaluative instrument that includes questions on verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning.


Arrival of Students in the Car Line

If you are using the car line in the morning to drop off your children, please make sure to follow the direction of the teachers who are outside supervising the children.  Please pull up to the sidewalk and release your child on the passenger’s side of the vehicle.  This should allow four to five carloads of children to dismiss to the sidewalk area.  Please do not wait to unload your child at the front of the line closest to the school if you are near the sidewalk.  Even if it is raining, please continue to follow these procedures.  This expedites the arrival process and gets students into the school on time.  Thank you so much for your consideration and cooperation with this matter.


As 2016 comes to a close, we look forward to the start of a new year.  We wish the warmest holiday wishes to you and yours during this Winter Break.  As we begin the New Year, I encourage you to continue to read with your child each evening, now and throughout the year.   Time spent reading with young learners has amazing effects on students’ educational success.   Remember to sign the reading log each night after you have read with your child or watched him/her complete his/her reading!

A happy and healthy New Year to all!  As a reminder, Holman School will have an early dismissal on Friday, December 23rd, 2016.  ALL students in grades K-5 will be dismissed at 1:15PM.  We look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.



Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary