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March Principal's Message

Dear Holman Families:

I’m so glad that spring is finally around the corner.   Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead on Sunday, March 11th.  With the extra hour of daylight, it's a little easier to do some fun activities with the family.  One of the most important things that you can do to support your child's success is to read with your child every day.  Research states that daily reading practice (10-30 minutes depending upon grade level) will continue to strengthen skills in all academic domains.  Have your child read to you; read with your child; and/or read to your child.  Ask them questions about the reading.  You may even want to consider keeping a daily writing journal to share and record ideas generated from their reading.  Daily reading and writing both in school and at home will continue to strengthen the foundation for success in all academic domains.  Continue to learn.  Knowledge is power!


Entrance Procedures During The Arrival of Students:  We ask that you wait until 9:00am to approach the building to be signed in for your visit.  (An exception would be made for a scheduled appointment approved by your child’s principal/teacher/counselor or escorting your child to the front doors after 8:45am to sign them in).

Entrance Procedures During The Dismissal of Students:  During dismissal, unless a note has been given or there is an emergency, parents may not sign out their child prior to 2:35.  If a parent/guardian comes in after 2:35, he/she may sign in and wait directly outside of the building.  We will call the student from their class at 2:50, so as not to miss any instructional time.  Please make sure that you park in the South Lot (on the right side of the school – use Beam Avenue entrance) and walk to the main entrance.

Please adhere to these other security procedures as you visit Holman Elementary:

  • At the buzzer, it is expected that all visitors will state their name, the purpose of their visit and/or specify with whom they have an appointment and present identification.
  • If the appointment is verified, the visitor will be buzzed in and must present themselves to the receptionist immediately upon entry.
  • Visitors will be required to show valid photo identification and sign in to obtain a visitor’s pass.  The visitors’ ID will be held until visitor will receive a guest badge.  This procedure helps us to know that the visitor as departed by ensuring they leave the same way they arrived.
  • In an effort to keep our building secure, students/parents cannot come back into the building to retrieve forgotten assignments/books, etc.  The doors remain locked after student dismissal.
  • Please do not hold door open for other visitors.  All visitors must follow the above procedures


Continue to visit the district website to view the PARCC testing calendar (go to the For Parents and Students tab and then Assessments and Grading).  You can also view the approved 2018-2019 District School Calendar.


Our fifth grade students got a sneak peak at Memorial High School’s play Beauty and the Beast.  Students liked the performance and were happy to see the high school students perform.  For more information regarding this play, visit the Memorial website.


Congratulations to H.O.P.E. on their Gift Basket BINGO.  Despite the harsh winter weather on Friday, March 2nd, the event was packed with people anxious to play bingo and win one of the awesome prizes donated by the Holman community.  Thank you H.O.P.E and all of the volunteers who helped to make this event so successful.

H.O.P.E.'s March Madness Family Fun Night will be joined with our Celebration of the Arts held on March 22nd starting at 5:30PM to see student work (artwork and various writings) and 6:30PM for the basketball game. More information for this fun-filled event can be found on the Holman website. 

The next HOPE meeting will be on March 21st at 7:00PM in the Holman APR.   We invite all parents to attend this session. 

If you would like to be updated on upcoming HOPE events, I encourage you to register for the “HOPE News” REMIND feature for your text and/or email.  Registration is easy.  Click on this REMIND link and follow the instructions on the flyer. 


Holman Yearbook - Don’t forget to order the Holman Yearbook for 2017-2018. All Yearbooks purchased before March 8th are being offered at a discounted rate.  The deadline to order yearbooks is March 28th. Please check the eBackpack for more information.


Kindergarten Registration Packets:  For all parents looking to enroll their child(ren) in Kindergarten for next year, packets will be available on March 1.  Kindergarten registration packets can be picked up at in the main office or you can download the registration packet here.

Our "Kindergarten Roundup'' Registration will take place during the week of March 19th – March 23rd between the hours of 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. each day.  Please be sure to bring in all necessary documents (original birth certificate and required proof of residency, listed in the packet), as well as your incoming kindergarten student the day of registration.  Entrance for registration is through the main front lobby doors.  See our Kindergarten registration schedule and requirements


Spelling Bee:  Our school level spelling bee was held on Monday, January 8th.    Congratulations to our first place winner, Anoushka Rangayyan.  Anoushka and four additional students, Brian O'Prandy, Thomas Louden, Stella Simmons, and Marys Said will participate in the District Spelling Bee to be held on Thursday, April 12th at 6 p.m. at Jackson Liberty High School.


Brain Boosters Session II will continue through March 28th. This program is held after school from 3:00-4:00 PM.  Students not taking the late bus need to be picked up promptly at 4:00 PM in the main lobby. Session II dates are as follows:  3/5, 3/6, 3/7, 3/12, 3/13, 3/14, 3/19, 3/20, 3/21, 3/26, 3/27, 3/28


Looking and Planning Ahead:

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Jackson School District Special Education Department

Date:     Monday, March 12, 2018

Time:    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:   Jackson Liberty High School - IMC

                                125 North Hope Chapel Road

                                Jackson, NJ  08527

Topic:  Therapeutic Needs and Co-Parenting Strategies presented by Rachel M. Perlman MA, LPC, ACS, NCC, NCCE, NCPC, Cooperative Counseling Services


On Tuesday, March 20th, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30PM at the Administration Building.


There will be a shortened day of school on Thursday, March 29th, as we begin our Spring Break.  School will be closed March 30th-April 8th.  Returning to school on Monday, April 9th.


Enjoy your holiday with family and friends!




Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary