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May Principal's Message 2022

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.  My best wishes to all for a Happy Mother’s Day.  


Staff Appreciation Week

Monday, May 2nd - Friday, May 6th is Staff Appreciation Week.  I am extremely proud and impressed by our teachers’ and staff members’ passion, strength and patience as they have dealt with all of the continued challenges of the 2021-2022 school year.  Staff have been working very hard during these difficult times to try and move students forward educationally.  If you would like, take a moment and have your child write a special message or draw a picture to recognize their teacher or a special staff member.


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.


NJSLA (State Standardized Testing)

Continue to visit the district website to view the NJSLA testing calendar (go to the For Parents and Students tab and then Assessments and Grading). 

REMINDER: NJSLA Testing begins in May.  NJASK Science will be administered in May.  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:

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 at school on time. Your special attention to these areas will help ensure your child has his or her best chance for success!

Students must make sure that their Chromebook is fully charged for testing EVERY DAY.  Also, note that cell phones and smart watches are prohibited during state testing.  All cell phones and smart watches must be silenced and stored in backpacks.


NJSLA Testing Dates

Testing Dates will be as follows: Grades 3-5 Literacy 5/9 - 5/10

                                                    Grades 3-5 Math 5/16 - 5/18

                                                    Grade 5 Science 5/25 & 5/26


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 Tuesday, May 24th from 6:00 PM.

Please note that the 5th grade students will also be visiting McAuliffe Middle School on Wednesday, May 4th at 9:00 AM.  This event is for students only.


Moving Up Ceremony

The Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony will be held at 9:30 AM on Friday, June 10, 2022 in the Holman School Gymnasium to celebrate the promotion of all of our fifth grade students.  Parents/Guardians will be invited to attend this special program; however, space is limited to only two (2) guests per student.  All four homeroom classes will be recognized during this ceremony.  Tickets will be forthcoming.  For safety concerns, we will not be able to accommodate younger or older siblings within the district.  Younger siblings will not be pulled out of their classroom to attend the ceremony.  Due to limited parking, it is recommended that you carpool or walk to the school, if possible.  Thank you for your cooperation.  We look forward to recognizing your child’s efforts on this special day.


Fifth Grade Chorus Concert

The Fifth Grade Chorus Concert will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, June 13, 2022 in the Holman School Gymnasium.  Students must arrive promptly at 6:30 PM.  Similar to the Moving Up Ceremony, parents/guardians will be invited to attend this special program; however, space is limited to only two (2) guests per student.  Tickets will be forthcoming.  Please note that all Holman students will have the opportunity to preview the concert during the school day.  Thank you for your cooperation.


HOPE Online Plant Sale

Online sales started on April 11th - May 13th


HOPE March Madness/Art Show

The Art Show starts at 5:15 PM and will finish at 6:15 PM.  Please enter through the main front lobby doors of the school.  March Madness will begin immediately after in the gymnasium at 6:30 PM.


DARE Assemblies

May 12th

Grades 1 & 2 - 9:00 AM

Kindergarten - 9:40 AM

Grades 3 & 4 - 2:00 PM

May 31st

Grade 5 - Preparing for Middle School


Field Days

Field Day Dates will be as follows: 

  • Grade 5 - 5/24
  • Grade 4 - 5/25
  • Grade 3 - 5/26
  • Kindergarten - 6/1
  • Grade 1 - 6/2
  • Grade 2 - 6/3


Spirit Days

Don’t forget to wear your Holman Spirit Wear on Friday, May 6th & Friday May 20th. 


Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration in the Jackson School District will take place by appointment.  Registration packets are available online and in all elementary schools.  We encourage all parents (this INCLUDES students already enrolled in the pre-K program) to pre-register online to save time and streamline the registration process at the time of your appointment.   It is incredibly important that parents register during this period so we can plan ahead for the next school year.  If you are a parent of a kindergarten student (regardless if they are already in the pre-K program), we kindly ask that you make every effort to register your child during the month of March.  All information is available on the Registration Page on the district website. 

Please call (732) 833-4620 and speak to Mrs. Lynn Goldblatt to schedule an appointment during March to register your child for Kindergarten.


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 is 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.


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.


Hope Meeting

Come to our next Virtual/In Person HOPE meeting Wednesday, May 11th at 6:30 PM.  More information will be in the May HOPE Highlights.


Board of Education Meeting

The next BOE meeting will be held on 5/18 - 6:30 PM @ JMHS Fine Arts Building


School will operate on a shortened day (1:15 PM dismissal) on Friday, May 27th and will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.  Enjoy the holiday with family and friends.




Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary