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December Principal's Message

December 2017

Dear Holman Families:

During the past few mornings, the temperatures have been rather cold and, on a few occasions, we have had frost.  Students should come to Holman School wearing clothing that keeps them warm during the school day.  As the temperatures get lower, please make sure that your child is also wearing the appropriate outerwear, such as a jacket, gloves, hat, etc.  Weather permitting, teachers try to take students outside for recess on a daily basis.

We thank you for visiting us during American Education Week and Conference Week, and for being a part of our school initiatives, programs and fundraisers.  The JEA did a nice job of hosting the American Education Week event.  On behalf of the Holman School staff, we thank you for taking the time to meet with your child’s teacher and visiting our school. 


HOPE’s Seasonal Winter Festival

Thursday, December 14th

Families will start off at our gym for some holiday singing from our carolers. Then you will move to our APR where your child will be watching the short film Frosty the Snowman and will receive a vanilla ice cream.

                        Last names that start with A – K      6:00pm – 7:00pm

                        Last names that start with L – Z      7:15pm – 9:15pm

We look forward to seeing all of you at this fun family night event prior to our Winter Break!  HOPE will have their December meeting on Wednesday, December 13th at 7:00pm in the IMC.


Arrival of Students in the Car Line

If you are using the car line in the morning to drop off your children, please make sure to follow the direction of the teachers who are outside supervising the children.  Please pull up to the sidewalk and release your child on the passenger’s side of the vehicle (Please do not get out of your vehicle).  This should allow four to five carloads of children to dismiss to the sidewalk area.  Please do not wait to unload your child at the front of the line closest to the school if you are near the sidewalk.  Even if it is raining, please continue to follow these procedures.  This expedites the arrival process and gets students into the school on time.  Thank you so much for your consideration and cooperation with this matter.


Report Cards

Please be sure you are ready to access your child’s report card on the district portal website.  Report cards will be available on the portal to parents on January 2nd.  Also, please remember that if your Portal log-in does not work, please try the “Forgot My Password” link above BEFORE contacting support, as most issues will be resolved through that feature.  Please note that the “Forgot Password” link will work only with parents who have an e-mail as their login ID.  For questions or problems with your login ID’s or password (or if you do not have them), please send an email to and include your name and phone number, as well as your child’s name, school, grade, student ID number and the problem you are experiencing and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.


In-View Testing

On January 3rd and 4th, students in second and fourth grade will be taking a cognitive abilities assessment.  The test will take approximately two and a half hours (split between two days), and requires no prior test preparation activities.  It is a broad based evaluative instrument that includes questions on verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning.


Looking and Planning Ahead:

Readers Theater Dates (for those invited to this program):    Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm

Dates: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/16, 1/17, 1/18, 1/22, 1/23, 1/24, 1/29, 1/31, 2/1


Brain Boosters (for those invited to this program):    Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm

Dates: 2/12, 2/13, 2/14, 2/20, 2/21, 2/22, 2/26, 2/27, 2/28, 3/5, 3/6, 3/7, 3/12, 3/13, 3/14, 3./19, 3/20, 3/21, 3/22, 3/27, 3/28


TIME  (Together Influencing Math Excellence)

What is TIME?  TIME will provide a way for your whole family to have fun doing Math.  TIME is based on three components – Awareness, Confidence, and Encouragement.  You and your child will work in pairs or small groups to solve mathematical problems, work cooperatively, and “talk Math”.  Sessions for Grades 3 and 4 students and their families will be held in the Holman IMC on 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15 and 2/21 from 6:30-7:30pm.  Please contact the main office as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this session, as space is limited.


FREE WORKSHOP – SEAC Jackson Twp School District Special Education Advisory Council

Presentation Life After School: Employment is the key to fulfilling so many of our dreams.  As an Employment First state, the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is working to ensure that competitive employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred post education outcome for all people with disabilities. This presentation explains the value of working in an integrated, competitive setting & provides information about ways to access DDD-funded employment services/supports. Jennifer Joyce: Dir. of Support Program & Employment Services; Div. of Developmental Disabilities and Joseph Guarracino: Rehab Counselor 2; NJ Division of Vocational Services Values into Action, NJ: Support Coordination Agency. Values into Action is leading the way for the next generation of services, When: Monday, January 8, 2018, 6:30 pm. Where: Jackson Liberty High School; IMC, 125 North Hope Chapel Road, Jackson, NJ 08527.


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


As 2017 comes to a close (it went by very quickly, in my opinion), we look forward to the start of a new year.  We wish the warmest holiday wishes to you and yours during this Winter Break.  As we begin the New Year, I encourage you to continue to read with your child each evening, now and throughout the year.   Time spent reading with young learners has amazing effects on students’ educational success.   Remember to sign the reading log each night after you have read with your child or watched him/her complete his/her reading!


A happy and healthy New Year to all!  As a reminder, Holman School will have an early dismissal on Friday, December 22nd, 2017.  ALL students in grades K-5 will be dismissed at 1:15PM.  We look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday, January 2, 2017.




Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary