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May Principal's Message

May 2018


Dear Holman Families:

Mother’s Day is celebrated differently from family to family but the spirit of the day remains the same.  We honor that person we call “mom” for being that special person in our lives that sticks with us through thick and thin.  It has been so great going into the classrooms and watching many of the students create various projects and writings for the special people in their lives.  My best wishes to all for a Happy Mother’s Day.


Attention All Parents of current Fifth Grade Students going to McAuliffe Middle School next year

Mrs. Phillips, the principal of McAuliffe Middle School, will be hosting a Parent Orientation for all parents of current 5th grade Holman students.  This event will be held at the McAuliffe Middle School on Thursday, May 10th from 6:00PM – 7:30PM.

Mrs. Phillips will also be hosting a Coffee with the Principal for all 5th Grade Parents on Thursday, May 17th at 11:00AM at the McAuliffe Middle School.

Please note that the 5th grade students will also be visiting McAuliffe Middle School on Wednesday, June 6th at 9:30 AM.  This event is for students only.


Holman Talent Show

Our famous annual talent show will be held on May 24th at the Liberty High School auditorium starting at 6:30pm.  Come out to support these student acts.


Field Days

The temperatures are getting warmer and Field Days are getting closer.  I have spoken with many of the grade levels about these exciting days.  Keep in mind that these fun days are a privilege for students.  Students who continually misbehave may not have the opportunity to participate in Field Day.

Field Day dates for individual grade levels are as follows:

Kindergarten    5/22              Third Grade       5/30

First Grade       5/23              Fourth Grade    5/31

Second Grade  5/24              Fifth Grade        6/5


The next HOPE meeting will be on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Holman the IMC (Library).   We invite all parents to attend this session.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Visit their link on the Web Page.  You can support H.O.P.E. in many ways including participation in activities, such as purchasing items during fundraisers, volunteering at H.O.P.E. functions, or attending a meeting, just to name a few.  Thank you for your continued support.

If you would like to be updated on upcoming HOPE events, I encourage you to register for the “HOPE News” REMIND feature for your text and/or email.  Registration is easy.  Click on this REMIND link and follow the instructions on the flyer. 

Another way to stay connected is to visit and join the “HOPE Parent Reminders” group on Facebook. Follow this link to visit us on Facebook:


Continue to visit the district website to view the PARCC testing calendar (go to the District Resources tab and then Assessments and Grading). You can also view the approved 2018-2019 District School Calendar.

REMINDER: PARCC Testing begins on April 19th and will continue through the end of May.  NJASK Science will begin on May 31, 2018 through June 1, 2018.   During the month of April and May, our students will again be taking the PARCC and NJASK Science state assessments. We encourage you to visit the district’s “Understanding Assessments and Grading’’ resource page, which has a host of information about the PARCC and other assessments – including:

The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge Science (NJASK Science) is a state test given to students in grade 5 (new this year) throughout New Jersey.  These tests were developed to evaluate the achievement of students within the context of New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards in the area of Science.

As I’m sure you are aware, a child will perform more successfully on a test if he/she has proper rest, good nutrition, and arrives to school on time. Your special attention to these areas will help ensure your child has his or her best chance for success!


Moving Up Ceremony

The Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018 in the Holman School Gymnasium at 9:15 a.m. Parents are invited to attend this special program; however, space is limited to two (2)  guests per student.  For safety concerns, we will not be able to accommodate younger or older siblings.  Due to limited parking, it is recommended that you car pool or walk to the school, if possible.  Thank you for your cooperation.  We look forward to recognizing your student’s efforts on this special day.


Student Dress Code

It is starting to become that time of the year when the warm breezes are blowing and we can soon begin to wear summer clothing.  With that said…..It also time to review dress codes with students especially the excerpt regarding NO FLIP-FLOPS or OPEN TOED Shoes.  We have seen several violations which as you know can be a real hazard.  Please see the excerpt from the student handbook below.  If you have any questions please contact the Main Office. 

Restrictions on freedom of students’ dress will be imposed whenever the code of dress in question is unsafe either for the student or for those around him/her or whenever it is disruptive to school operations and the educational process in general.  Specifically:

  1. Students will not wear hats, caps, or other head coverings in the building.
  2. No clothing, jewelry, or item that promotes violence, bigotry, profanity or use of a restricted substance, and/or otherwise deemed inappropriate, or interferes with the instructional setting.
  3. Jewelry and clothing should not restrict movement, be distracting or cause a safety hazard to oneself or others.
  4. No micro-mini shorts or skirts will be permitted.  Skirts/shorts must be no shorter than mid-thigh in length.
  5. No boxers, spandex shorts or cutoff shorts will be worn.
  6. No torn or tattered clothing.
  7. All students must wear shoes at all times for safety and health reasons.  No flip-flops or open-toed footwear are allowed.
  8. Students should not wear outer clothing in the building.
  9. All shirts should cover students’ shoulders, backs and come down to the waistline. 
  10. Tank tops and backless shirts are not permitted.


Items from Home

Students may not bring “tradable items”, such as baseball cards, Pokémon cards, action figures, My Little Ponies, collectible stickers, etc. to Holman School.  All of these items must be left at home.  Thank you very much for your assistance and support with this important matter.


Missing a jacket, hat, or other piece of clothing? 

There are several articles in the APR that need a home.  Please make sure that you child takes a look at these items during the next few weeks.  All unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity at the end of May.


Looking and Planning Ahead:

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC):  Please join us on Monday, May 7th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Jackson Liberty High School IMC for presentations on Transition Dialogues and Whole Brain Child.  Free child care will be provided during this event.  For further information, please visit the Special Education page.


On Tuesday, May 15th, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at the Administration Building.


School will operate on a shortened day on Friday, May 25th and will be closed on Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.  Enjoy the holiday with family and friends.


On Monday, June 4th we will have Kindergarten Registration Make-Ups 9:30AM – 11:30AM.




Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary