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November 2019 Principal's Message

November 1, 2019


Dear Holman Families:


As the parent-teacher conference days approach, I hope that you will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher regarding their academic and behavioral progress so far this school year.  Conferences are an important component to ensure that the school and the home work together to maximize your child’s full potential. Although there are no other official conference days during the school year, I encourage you to stay in close communication with your child’s teacher and, most importantly, to stay involved in their education.  Whether through a phone call, an email, or a note in the planner, the Holman staff is ready to help.


Holman Elementary School will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 7th, 2018 and Friday, November 8th, 2019 for the New Jersey Teachers Convention. 


Conference Schedule Dates - 11/19, 11/20, 11/21 - Shortened days for all students 8:45AM - 1:15PM   At this time, parents must utilize the Portal system to schedule a conference with their child’s teacher.  Availability is based on a first come, first served basis. If you have not done so, please schedule your conference by Wednesday, November 6, 2019.   For detailed instructions in English and Spanish, see our Conference Scheduling Instructions.  Conferences will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday, November 19th - Afternoon conferences
  • Wednesday, November 20th - Afternoon and Evening conferences 
  • Thursday, November 21st - Afternoon conferences


American Education Week will be held the week of November 18th.  Parents are cordially invited to visit their child's classroom only during the scheduled times.  The days and times for classroom visitation are as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 19th - Grades K, 1, and 2 – 10:00am - 10:30am   Coffee w/Administration @ 9:50AM
  • Wednesday, November 20th - Grades 4 and 5 - 10:30am - 11:00am   Coffee w/Administration @ 10:20AM
  • Wednesday, November 20th - Grade 3 - 11:15am - 11:45am Coffee w/Administration @ 11:05AM


H.O.P.E.’s Holman’s Trunk or Treat was a HUGE success.  Over 200 tickets were sold for the event with over 20 decorated trunks participating.  Thank you, HOPE, for organizing this amazing fun-filled family event on Tuesday, October 29th.

Please mark your calendars for our next HOPE meeting which will be held at 7:00PM in the IMC on Thursday, November 14, 2019.


As the 1st marking period nears an end on December 9th, please make sure you are ready to access your child’s report card on the district portal website.  If you haven't done so already, be sure to log into your Parent Portal account. Report cards will be released to the Portal on January 3rd. 


Free and Reduced 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. Applications may be found on the Food Services website.


Looking and Planning Ahead:


Brain Boosters Session 1

11/4, 11/5, 11/11, 11/12, 11/13, 12/2, 12/3, 12/4, 12/9, 12/10, 12/11


Picture Re-takes will be held on Monday, November 18th for anyone that needs to have their picture taken due to being absent or needing a re-take.


On Wednesday, November 20th, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30 pm in the Administration Building.


As a reminder, Holman School will have an early dismissal on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.  ALL students in grades K-5 will be dismissed at 1:15PM on that day.   Holman School will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29th 2019. 


November is a time intended for giving thanks.  Please ask your child what they are doing to support this important character trait.  How are they showing thankfulness and appreciation? I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for taking the time to read with your children, checking homework, communicating with your child’s teacher and countless other things you do as a parent or guardian to encourage and support the education of your child.  We are very fortunate to have a school community with a nurturing staff, happy students, and caring parents. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your Thanksgiving Recess with friends and family!




Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary