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June Principal's Message

June 2018


Dear Holman Families:

I want to thank all of the Holman community for a wonderful school year.  It has been a pleasure working with the staff, students, and parents throughout the year.  I would also like to thank H.O.P.E for all of their support and contributions to our school.  Next year, I hope that even more parents become active members in this organization.  As we approach the final stretch of the school year and begin the summer months ahead, I encourage you to continue to read with your child each evening.  Time spent reading with young learners has amazing effects on students’ educational success.  Please continue to encourage your child to read.  I also encourage you to practice addition/subtraction/multiplication/division math facts with your child to help strengthen math skills over the summer.  Have a safe and relaxing summer!


Make up Kindergarten Registration

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


Primary Elections at Holman

As you may be aware, Primary Elections will be held in New Jersey on Tuesday, June 5. The Holman Elementary School will again be a polling place for this election. The county board of elections declined a district request to no longer use the school as a polling place, so for the time being Holman must remain a polling place.

Voting will take place in the vestibule outside the gymnasium and voters will enter and exit only through main gymnasium doors. Voters will not have access to the gymnasium itself or to any school areas other than the vestibule.

As a precaution, there will also be an increased police presence around our school that day and the voting entrance area will be monitored by police and/or district security at all times during the day.


Moving Up Ceremony

The Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, celebrating the promotion of our fifth grade students to the middle school, will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018in the Holman School Gymnasium at 9:15 a.m.  Students will be welcomed by Mrs. Phillips, the principal of the middle school, celebrated with various awards, and will reflect upon their time at Holman as they listen to my welcoming speech.  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.  J-TV will be streaming the ceremony live and DVD’s will be available for purchase to cherish the day’s special events.  Congratulations to all of our fifth grade students.  We wish you well as you continue your academic journey to McAuliffe Middle School.


Are you moving?

Whether it’s down the block, across town in Jackson, or to a completely different state, if you are moving, please make sure that you contact the main office to update your records or have your files transferred.


Don't forget.....

June 19, 20, 21 and 22 will be shortened days.  Students will be dismissed from school at 1:15pm.  June 22 is the last day of school.  Report Cards will be available on the Portal for Parents on JUNE 25.


Items from Home

Students may not bring “tradable items”, such as slime, 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.


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.



If you would like to be updated on upcoming HOPE eventsI 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:


Looking and Planning Ahead:


Jackson School District STEM Summer Camp

This program will feature HANDS-ON activities and fun learning in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Your students will be exposed to fun activities using electronics, robotics, 3-D Printing, Prototyping, Mechanisms and More! It is open to students entering Grades 6 through Grade 9 in the fall. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for one week during the month of July and is grouped by grade level. See our STEM Summer Camp link for more info!


Junior Art & Musical Theater Summer Camp

Students grades 4-8 can spend their summer at our Junior Art & Musical Theater Summer Camp! The three-week program includes art design, props design, costume design, vocal coaching, dance routines, acting and a musical theater performance!  For more information see the Junior Art & Musical Theater Summer Camp link or call (732) 833-4684. Registrations are due by June 22.


Summer Community School Programs


There is still room in many of our summer programs. Take a look at the end pages of the Community School Brochure for information on our varied programs including fitness classes, junior forensics, piano, SAT prep or how to get your little one ready for kindergarten or first grade.  We also have a fantastic SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM with Beginning Band, Summer Stage Band, All Shore Summer Focus, Beginning Guitar & Drum Set Fundamentals!  Check out our Community School Spring/Summer Brochure or call our office at 732-833-4647 for more information.


Does Your Child Want to Play a Sport in Middle School or High School Next Year?

Check out the district website or our school website for information about Sports Physicals, which will be held at Jackson Liberty High School from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates: Wednesday, June 6th  for students attending Jackson Liberty High School or McAuliffe Middle School; and Tuesday, June 12th  for students attending Jackson Memorial High School or Goetz Middle School.

All students will need to bring with them a COMPLETED Pre-Participation Physical Packet. These packets can be downloaded or picked up in the nurse’s office or athletic office.


On Tuesday, June 26th, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 5:30 pm in the Administration building.


Have a safe and enjoyable summer!




Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary