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February 2019 Principal's Message

February 2019


Dear Holman Families:


Thank you very much for all of your generosity during HOPE’s Souper Bowl collection for the Jackson Food Pantry.  The Holman Community helped to raise close to 400 items of food.


It’s hard to believe that football season ended on Sunday as the Patriots defeated the Rams to become the NFL Champions for the sixth time, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Even if you’re not a Rams or Patriots fan, many of us will celebrated with friends and family and enjoy the commercials shown throughout the game. It is also hard to believe that half of the school year is over. As always, please be sure to contact your child’s teacher should you have any questions about their progress.   Additionally, it is important for students to arrive to school on time. The homeroom period provides students with a smooth transition to a day of learning. At this time, the students review the day’s schedule, copy homework assignments, listen to morning announcements, get breakfast and distribute notes and materials from home to their teachers.  To provide your children with a positive start to the day, please plan your morning so your child arrives to school at 8:35 a.m. After 8:45 a.m., students are considered tardy.


School will be closed for staff and students on Monday, Feb. 18th in observance of Presidents’ Day.


With the weather getting colder, please visit the district website for all information involving school closings and delays.  You may find this information by starting on the district’s main site (, highlighting the “Calendars and Hours” tab and clicking on “School Hours”.  

In the event of a delayed opening, please remember that

  • School will start TWO hours later than the scheduled start time.
  • MORNING CHILDCARE is CANCELLED when there is a delayed opening
  • Continue to check the district and school web page, as well as the Holman Student Handbook, for more information.  You can always call the school directly if you have any questions.

Remember, before sending your child out to the bus stop or dropping them off at school, please take a few moments to make sure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather.  Students should come to Holman School wearing clothing that keeps them warm during the school day. Dressing your child in multiple light layers is recommended so that they can remove the top layer if they get too warm while indoors.  As the temperatures get colder, please make sure that your child is also wearing the appropriate outerwear, such as a jacket, gloves, hat, etc.


A Note from our School Nurse:  In order to minimize risk to others, we encourage parents to keep your children home if they exhibit any flu symptoms which include fever, body aches, chills, headache, coughing or vomiting.  We advise that you keep your children home from school until they are fever-free for a full 24 hours without the use of any fever-reducing medications (such as Tylenol or Advil). While in school, we will be reminding everyone about the importance of preventative actions, such as frequent handwashing and covering their mouths when they cough or sneeze.  The CDC also recommends the Flu Shot for anyone above the age of 6 months and high risk groups.


The next HOPE meeting will be on February 7th at 7:00pm in the Holman IMC.   We invite all parents to attend this session.  

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.  

Holman Yearbook - Don’t forget to order the Holman Yearbook for 2018 - 2019.  The deadline to order yearbooks is April 10th, 2019.  Please check the eBackpack for more information.


Book FairThis year’s theme is “Reading is Dino-Mite!”  Holman’s Book Fair will begin on Monday, 25th, kicking off Read Across America Week.  Dr. Seuss Night, an evening event during Read Across America Week, celebrates Dr. Suess and the love of reading.  This special, fun-filled night is scheduled for Thursday, February 28th , 2019.  In order to accommodate the anticipated large attendance, there will be two sessions:  Families with last names  beginning L - Z will start at 6:00pm.  Families with last names beginning A - K  will start at 7:15pm. A ticket is required to enter through the Holman Gymnasium. This will be the ONLY entrance to the building allowed that night.  Please join us in this opportunity to celebrate reading! We hope to see you there.  Keep looking on the Holman website for further information.


Young Author’s Gallery/March Madness – Wednesday, March 13

The Holman Elementary School, with support from the Jackson Rotary Club and the Jackson Education Association, will present our Young Author’s Gallery.  All are welcome to enjoy this event from the hours of 5:30-6:30 p.m. Published pieces from our very own Holman Authors of every age will be on display in the hallways for you to read, enjoy and compliment!  Come prepared with pen in hand to jot a note of support to your favorite authors. Additionally, that evening at 6:30, come see the Holman Staff play basketball against the fifth grade students. It’ll be a night filled with academics and athletics!  We hope to see all of you there.


Spelling Bee:  Our school level spelling bee was held on Wednesday, January 9th.    Congratulations to Ivan Slavich, our school winner. Maximo Lourenco, Olivia Austin, Lucas Dyck, and Swayum Mehta will join Ivan and participate in the District Spelling Bee that will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. at Jackson Memorial High School.  Good luck to all.


Looking and Planning Ahead:

On Tuesday, February 19th, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at the Administration Office.




Rich Karas