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October Principal's Message

October 2017


Dear Holman Families:


The leaves are turning color, the temperatures are beginning to fall, and the night sky is getting darker more quickly each day.  Fall is here!  We have many things planned at the Holman Elementary School this October. 


It was great seeing more than 400 families during our Back to School Nights.  I look forward to seeing other family members at Special Person's Day.  This special event will be held on Thursday, October 5th.  There will be two sessions held on that day to accommodate various grade levels.

Session 1 – Grades K, 1, and 2 – 9:45am

Session 2 – Grades 3, 4, and 5 – 1:45pm


Mark your calendars!  H.O.P.E. (Holman Organization of Parents & Educators) will be hosting Holman School's Book Fair on October 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. Holman students will have a chance to visit the Book Fair with their teacher at least once during the week.  The Book Fair offers readers a wonderful selection of fun and engaging books.  Reading is one of the most important skills that you can teach a child. I encourage you to read with your child any possible chance that you can get.  Time spent reading with young learners has amazing effects on students’ educational success and creates a special bond.  Our Family Fun Book Fair night is on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 6:30 PM.  I can't wait to see everyone there for our Western theme!  Please be sure to support H.O.P.E.  Visit their link on our school web page. You can support H.O.P.E. in many ways. We look forward to 100% membership!


During the month of October, Holman School will be promoting character education by celebrating Respect Week, Safe School Week, and Red Ribbon Week.  On Monday, October 2nd, students are encouraged to wear a BLUE SHIRT as it is national Blue Shirt Day to stomp out bullying. On Tuesday, October 3rd, students will listen to the Respect Pledge during morning announcements and sign a pledge in the classroom to be respectfully, responsible, and safe students in the Holman School community. On Wednesday, October 4th, students will celebrate Walk for Respect…Follow the Golden Rule. Students are encouraged to wear Gold/Yellow on that day. On Thursday, October 5th, students will be reading the Holman Pledge. On Friday, October 6th, students will wear Holman School colors (red, black, or grey) to show unity to be respectful to themselves and others. These initiatives showcase our commitment to providing students with a safe and healthy learning atmosphere. With this in mind, the Holman School is committed to the character development of all our students. We look forward to the other activities that will be occurring during this month of character building.  I encourage you to visit the school website to view all the activities in October.


Looking and Planning Ahead:


As a reminder, please note that students will be off from school on Monday, October 9th as the Holman School will be closed for staff in-service.


Brain Boosters – Session 1

October 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31

November 1, 6, 7, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29

December 4, 5


On Tuesday, October 17th, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at the Administration Building.


Say CHEESE! Students in grades K-5 will have their school pictures taken on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.


Parent Organization (Holman’s Organization of Parent and Educators) Please mark your calendars for our  HOPE meeting which will be held at 7:00PM in the IMC on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. We look forward to seeing you there!  In attendance will be Mr. Baginski, Assistant Superintendent and Dr. Lisa Lane, Supervisor of Literacy.


Special Education: Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop:

     Monday, October 16th, 2017.

     Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM Location: Jackson Liberty High school

     Registration: Deadline to register for this FREE workshop is October 16, 2017 @ 6:00PM


H.O.P.E.'s  Fall Festival is right around the corner.  The celebration begins here at Cicconi Farms on Thursday evening, October 19, 2017 from 4:00 – 7:00pm. Our H.O.P.E. sponsored event will provide Fall family fun for the whole family!


Food Services: Breakfast is served in the all-purpose room prior to the start of the school day. Only students who are purchasing breakfast may sit in the APR during this time. Outside food is prohibited during breakfast service. Information regarding school lunch and food services can be found on the JSD webpage. Information regarding school lunch and food services can be found on the JSD webpage. Students in Grades K-5 are reminded to practice their Student ID# for lunch/snack purchases. More information will be in the Holman Student Handbook and on the district and school web page.


Free and Reduce Lunch Application: You may apply for free/reduced price lunch benefits. Applications are sent home with students in September, and are always available on our web site or at your child’s school. Only one application is required per household, but must be completed annually. If a new application for prior recipients is not received, the full price for lunch will be charged. Free/reduced meal status from last year will be honored through October 20, 2017. PLEASE NOTE, THAT IF AN APPLICATION IS NOT RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 20, 2017, YOUR CHILD WILL AUTOMATICALLY GO TO FULL PAY ON OCTOBER 21, 2017 AND UNTIL AN APPLICATION IS RECEIVED AND APPROVED.


IMPORTANT - Back to School Forms Thank you to all our parents and guardians who have completed their Back to School Forms already this year. If you have not yet completed your forms, please do so immediately. Remember that there are TWO tasks for back to school forms: One task involves completing the FORMS (Annual Notice, Publicity/Internet Publication, Acceptable Use of Internet, Emergency and Illness Info). The second task involves going to the CONTACTS tab when you are finished with the forms and filling that out.

NOTE: If you completed your forms but see that they have been re-sent to you ... this means there is an error on your form (mostly likely that you accidentally selected both “yes” AND “no” when asked to choose only one answer. If you see the forms appear when you log in again (and you are locked on the form screen and must complete them before leaving), please complete them again and resubmit.

Also please remember that if your Portal login 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 IDs or password (or if you do not have them), please send an e-mail 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.



Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary