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November Principal's Message 2023

Dear Holman Families:


Wow!  It was wonderful to see so many family members at the Holman Trunk or Treat event.  Over 150  families were in attendance.  Parents, students, and staff all had a great time getting candy, listening to seasonal music, eating pizza, and talking to one another. 


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. 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 9th, 2023 and Friday, November 10th, 2023 for the New Jersey Teachers Convention. 



During American Education Week, rather than hosting twenty-minute visits during that week for parents, I have asked every teacher or grade level team to host at least one instructional event (Wax Museum, Reader’s Celebration, Author’s Tea, etc.) during the year so that parents can participate and interact with their children rather than sitting in a classroom watching a teacher instruct the children.  I look forward to seeing you at these wonderful events throughout the year.



Conference Schedule Dates

Please note that these are shortened days for ALL students (9:00AM - 1:40PM)   

Conferences will be on the following days: 

  • Monday, November 6th  - Afternoon and Evening conferences

  • Tuesday, November 7th - Afternoon conferences

  • Wednesday, November 8th - Afternoon conferences

How To Schedule Your Parent -Teacher Conference In The Parent Portal (click here)




Please mark your calendars for our next HOPE meeting which will be held at 7:00PM in the IMC on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.  Please check the HOPE Highlights for more information.



Report Cards

As the 1st marking period nears an end on December 6th, 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 Thursday, December 14th. 



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 website 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:

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



On Wednesday, November 15th, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30 pm in the Fine Arts Building at JMHS.



As a reminder, Holman School will have an early dismissal on Wednesday, November 22, 2023.  ALL students in grades PK-5 will be dismissed at 1:40PM on that day.   Holman School will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 202 and Friday, November 24, 2023. 



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?  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