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January Principal Message

January 2, 2018


Dear Holman Families:


Happy New Year and Welcome Back!  I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the long Winter Break with friends and family. 


Holman Elementary School announces their 2017-2018 Governor’s Educators of the Year, Mrs. Kathleen Lynch and Mrs. Cathy Cocco who have been recognized for their dedication and commitment to our Holman students.  Congratulations to Mrs. Lynch and Mrs. Cocco!


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”.  

Please review and update your emergency information contacts in the event that we need to use this information should we have an emergency early closing due to inclement weather.  You may do this in Parent Portal.

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.


Looking and Planning Ahead:


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.


The next HOPE meeting will be on January 17th, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Holman IMC.  


Come and see our Fifth Grade Chorus Concert, under the direction of Mr. Mark Grayce, on Thursday, January 18th.  Please join us at Jackson Liberty High School; the performance begins promptly at 7:00 PM.  (Fifth grade students are to arrive at 6:30 PM) Enjoy the show! 


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 GuarracinoRehab 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, January 16h, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30 pm in the Administrative Building.  


Once again, Happy New Year and best wishes for a successful and healthy year ahead.




Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary