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November 2018 Principal's Message

November 13, 2018


Dear Holman Families:


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.   Although there are no other official conference days during the school year, 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 e-mail, or a note in the planner, the Holman staff is ready to help.


Conference Schedule Dates - Shortened days for all students 8:45AM - 1:15PM

***IMPORTANT:  At this time, parents must utilize the Portal system to schedule a conference with their child’s teacher.  Availability is based on a first come, first served basis. If you have not done so, please schedule your conference by Friday, November 2, 2018.   For detailed instructions in English and Spanish, see our Conference Scheduling Instructions.  Conferences will be on the following days:

Monday, November 12th - Afternoon conferences

Tuesday, November 13th - Afternoon and Evening conferences 

Wednesday, November 14th - Afternoon conferences



Reminder: November 6th is Election Day.

Jackson School District Special Question to Hire Security Guards is on the Ballot

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The Jackson Board of Education welcomes your questions and feedback on this special question.



Holman Elementary School will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 8th, 2018 and Friday, November 9th, 2018 for the New Jersey Teachers Convention. 

American Education Week will be held the week of November 12th.  Parents are cordially invited to visit their child's classroom only during the scheduled times.  The days and times for classroom visitation are as follows:

Tuesday – November 13th            Grade K, 1 &  2 @ 9:30AM/ Coffee w/Administration @ 9:15AM

Wednesday – November 14th      Grade  3 @ 9:30AM/ Coffee w/Administration @ 9:15AM

                                                       Grade 4 & 5 @  10:00/ Coffee w/ Administration @ 9:45AM



Congratulations to H.O.P.E. for sponsoring another successful Fall Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 18th!  Cicconi Farms was packed with excited students and parents eating, taking a hayride, and playing various fall-themed games.  Thank you to all for your generosity and participation. It was so nice seeing everyone at this fun family event.

Holman’s first Trunk or Treat was a HUGE success. Over 250 tickets were sold for the event with nearly 20 decorated trunks participating.  Thank you, HOPE, for organizing this amazing fun-filled family event on Friday, October 26th.

Please mark your calendars for our next HOPE meeting which will be held at 7:00PM in the IMC on Thursday, November 15, 2018.



As the 1st marking period nears an end on December 10th, 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 January 3rd. 



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 can be found 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. Applications may be found on the Food Services website.



Looking and Planning Ahead:


Brain Boosters Session 1

11/5, 11/6, 11/7, 11/19, 11/20, 11/26, 11/27, 11/28, 12/3, 12/4, 12/5, 12/10


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


Picture Re-takes will be held on Wednesday, November 21st for anyone that needs to have their picture taken due to being absent or needing a re-take.


Title 1 Math Night  will be held on      Wednesday, November 28th @ 6:00PM for Grades K - 2

                                                               Thursday, November 29th @ 6:00PM for Grades 3 - 5


As a reminder, Holman School will have an early dismissal on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.  ALL students in grade K-5 will be dismissed at 1:15PM on that day.   Holman School will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 and Friday, November 23rd, 2018. 


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?  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for taking the time to read with your children, checking homework, communicating with your child’s teacher and countless other things you do as a parent or guardian to encourage and support the education of your child.  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