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October 2018 Principal's Message

October 2018

Dear Holman Families:

The leaves are turning color, the temperatures are beginning to fall, and the night sky is getting darker more quickly each day.  Fall is here! We have many things planned at the Holman Elementary School this October.

It was great seeing more than 350 families during our Back to School Nights.  I look forward to seeing even more family members during American Education Week.  This special event will be held on Tuesday, November 13th and Wednesday, November 14th.  There will be three sessions held to accommodate various grade levels.

  • Tuesday, November 13th
    • Grades K, 1, and 2 – 9:30am
  • Wednesday, November 14th
    • Grade 3 - 9:30am
    • Grades 4 and 5 - 10:00am


Mark your calendars!

Please join us on Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Holman IMC for our H.O.P.E meeting.  During the meeting, our Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Baginski, will discuss district-level initiatives and priorities.  One topic of conversation will be the vote taking place on November 6th to hire six additional security guards.  In order to provide optimum security coverage for all of our ten schools, these additional officers are needed.  Our security team is excellent, as is our collaborative relationship with the Jackson Police Department.  But in today’s world, it is not enough.  We want to know we are doing all we can – and that means we need additional staff to provide another key layer of security.  Please join us tonight for this very informative H.O.P.E. meeting.  I look forward to seeing you there.

H.O.P.E. (Holman Organization of Parents & Educators) will be hosting Holman School's Book Fair on October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Holman students will have a chance to visit the Book Fair with their teacher at least once during the week.  The Book Fair offers readers a wonderful selection of fun and engaging books. Reading is one of the most important skills that you can teach a child. I encourage you to read with your child any possible chance that you can get.  Time spent reading with young learners has amazing effects on students’ educational success and creates a special bond. Our Family Fun Book Fair night is on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM.  The theme for the fair is Enchanted Forest.  Let your Imagination Grow! Please mark your calendars for our next HOPE meeting which will be held at 7:00PM in the IMC on Thursday, November 15, 2018.  Please be sure to support H.O.P.E.  Visit their link on our school web page. You can support H.O.P.E. in many ways.


Schools Closed

As a reminder, please note that students will be off from school on Monday, October 8th as the Holman School will be closed for staff in-service.


H.O.P.E.'s  Fall Festival is right around the corner.  

The celebration begins at Cicconi Farms on Thursday, October 11, 2018  at 4:00pm.  Our H.O.P.E. sponsored event will provide Fall fun for the whole family!


School Safety Week

During the week of October 15-19, Holman School will be celebrating School Safety Week.  On Monday, Internet Safety assembly for grades 4 & 5. Read the Safety Pledge during the morning announcements and students sign pledge in their classroom. Tuesday, Review internet safety/cyber bullying during the morning announcements. Wednesday, Review Bus Safety Rules during the morning announcements. Thursday, School-wide character ed. assembly - The Morris Bros. safe, respectful & responsible behavior. Thank you H.O.P.E for sponsoring this event. Friday, Classrooms will review safe, respectful & responsible behavior. Students will receive a bookmark.



As stated at Back to School night, this year, parents will be scheduling parent-teacher conferences online using the Parent Portal.   Parents will be able to schedule conferences online starting on Monday, October 15th.  Directions will also be posted on the Holman School website explaining the process on Friday, October 12th.  Availability is based on a first come, first served basis.  Conferences will be held during November 12 - 14.  Please remember that first marking period report cards will be available on line in January 2019.


Brain Boosters

  • Session 1:
    • Oct. 15,16,17,22,23,24,29,30,31
    • Nov. 5,6,19,20,26,27,28
    • Dec. 3,4,5,10,11
  • Session 2:
    • March 4,5,6,11,12,13,18,19,20,25,26,27
    • April 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16


On Tuesday, October 16th, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30 pm in the Fine Arts building at JMHS.


Say CHEESE! Students in grades K-5 will have their school pictures taken on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.


Red Ribbon Week

October 23rd -30th:   This week and every day hereafter, Holman students will pledge to lead a drug and alcohol free life.  Each day this week, we will show each other and our friends and family in and out of school that we will not become involved with drugs by showing all different ways we can do that.  Every day this week will have a different theme, bringing focus to us all leading healthier, drug free lives:

  • Tuesday, October 23rd:  Students will sign a pledge and receive ribbons to be Drug and Alcohol free.
  • Wednesday, October 24th:  Wear orange on Unity Day...Unite against bullying and stay drug free!
  • Thursday, October 25th :  Sock it to Drugs—Crazy sock day
  • Friday, October 26th:  Team Up Against Drugs— Team Jersey day
  • Monday, October 29th:  Put a Cap on Drugs—Hat day
  • Tuesday, October 30th:  Use your Head, Don’t do Drugs—Crazy hair day
  • Wednesday, October 31st:  Halloween - Wear your costume (rules for costumes will follow)


As always, I encourage you to please check the school webpage, including the Principal's Message, continually for any updates on this and other important events and activities.


Food Services

Breakfast is served in the all-purpose room prior to the start of the school day.  Only Students who are purchasing breakfast may sit in the APR during this time. Outside food is prohibited during breakfast service. Information regarding school lunch and food services can be found on the JSD webpage. Information regarding school lunch and food services can be found on the JSD webpage. Students in Grades K-5 are reminded to practice their Student ID# for lunch/snack purchases. More information will be in the Holman Student Handbook and on the district and school web page.  Students may not bring breakfast food from home and sit in the cafeteria to eat it.  Thank you.


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 web site 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. Free/reduced meal status from last year will be honored through October 19, 2018. PLEASE NOTE, THAT IF AN APPLICATION IS NOT RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 19, 2018, YOUR CHILD WILL AUTOMATICALLY GO TO FULL PAY ON OCTOBER 22, 2018 AND UNTIL AN APPLICATION IS RECEIVED AND APPROVED.



Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary