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March Principal's Message

March 1, 2017


Dear Holman Families:


I’m so glad that spring is finally around the corner.   Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead on Sunday, March 12th.  With the extra hour of daylight, it's a little easier to do some fun activities with the family.  One of the most important things that you can do to support your child's success is to read with your child every day.  Research states that daily reading practice (10-30 minutes depending upon grade level) will continue to strengthen skills in all academic domains.  Have your child read to you; read with your child; and/or read to your child.  Ask them questions about the reading.  You may even want to consider keeping a daily writing journal to share and record ideas generated from their reading.  Daily reading and writing both in school and at home will continue to strengthen the foundation for success in all academic domains.  Continue to learn.  Knowledge is power!


I like to read a book in school.  I like to read because it’s cool.  I like to read when it is hot.  I like to read books a lot.  I want to thank all of you for coming out to Dr. Seuss Night.  Our Book Fair and Dr. Seuss Night were a huge success.  Thank you to our H.O.P.E. Book Fair coordinators and volunteers for their organization and dedication.  Thank you to Ms. Schadl and the Jackson Education Association (JEA) for sponsoring our Read Across America week and our Dr. Seuss Night.  I also would like to thank the teachers and staff who volunteered their time and energy as readers and actors in the performance of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.  It was great to see the school packed with over 600 Holman community members excited about reading. 


Congratulations to Mrs. Stephanie Macaluso!  Mrs. Macaluso was selected as Jackson Township’s District Teacher of the Year at the February Board of Education meeting.  Holman is very fortunate to have her on our wonderful staff.


Continue to visit the district website to view the PARCC testing calendar (go to the For Parents and Students tab and then click on Assessments and Grading.  There you will find information on testing dates.).


The next HOPE meeting will be on March 15th, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Holman APR.   We invite all parents to attend this session. 

Join us for a fun-filled night of athletics with the teachers and studentsH.O.P.E.'s March Madness Family Fun Night held on March 23rd @ 6:30 pm. 

Holman Yearbook - Don’t forget to order the Holman Yearbook for 2016 - 2017. All Yearbooks purchased before March 10th are being offered at a discounted rate.  The deadline to order yearbooks is March 31, 2017.  Please check the eBackpack for more information.


Kindergarten Registration Packets:  For all parents looking to enroll their child(ren) in Kindergarten for next year, packets will be available on March 1.  Kindergarten registration packets can be picked up at in the main office or you can download the registration packet here.   Our "Kindergarten Roundup'' Registration takes place at each of our elementary schools during the week of March 20, 2017.   All Kindergarten Registration Information, including the NEW on-line pre-registration form, can be found on our district website.  Please remember to bring your child with you.


5th Grade Parent Orientation

McAuliffe Middle School is hosting its 5th Grade Parent Orientation Night on Wednesday, March 22 from 6:00 to 7:30pm. 


Parent University Nights

Do you have difficulty communicating with your child?  Would you like to learn new approaches that bring out positive results both behaviorally and academically?

  • Free and Open to All Elementary School Parents
  • Join us for a Light Meal, too!
  • Free Childcare!
  • Session 2 (Wednesdays @ Holman): March 8, March 22, March 29, April 5
  • Open to all ages and grades!

Please register at the following site.


Spelling Bee - The District Spelling Bee will be held on Monday, April 3rd at the Liberty High School auditorium at 6pm


MUSEUM NIGHT is on Monday, April 3 from 6-8 p.m. at Jackson Liberty High School

We encourage all of our families to come out to the Jackson School District’s annual Museum Night being held on April 3 from 6-8 p.m. at Jackson Liberty High School. This event is free and open to the public and features more than 250 pieces of art from all schools in the district.  It showcases student work in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, drawing and digital art.  Every year we transform our hallway into a gallery of museum-worthy artwork that takes your breath away – please stop by!


Jackson School District Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be hosting “Navigating the DCF/CSOC World of Services & Supports”

Date:             Monday, March 13, 2017

Time:             6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, with a Q&A period at the end

Location:       Jackson Liberty High School - IMC

125 North Hope Chapel Road

Jackson, NJ  08527


Looking and Planning Ahead:

On Tuesday, March 21st, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at the Administration Building.




Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary