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January 2019 Principal's Message

January 2019


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 2018-2019 Governor’s Educators of the Year, Mrs. Jere Albertino and Mrs. Sandra Morales who have been recognized for their dedication and commitment to our Holman students.  Congratulations to Mrs. Albertino and Mrs. Morales!


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 3rd. 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.


The next HOPE meeting will be on January 17th, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Holman IMC.   

HOPE will be sponsoring a Designer Bag Bingo on Friday, January 25th with doors opening at 6:00PM.


Come and see our Fifth Grade Chorus Concert, under the direction of Mr. Mark Grayce, on Thursday, January 24th.  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! 


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 “District Resources” tab and clicking on “School Closing Information”.  

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 Link.

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.


During these colder mornings, I have noticed that more parents/guardians have been utilizing the carline to bring their children to school.  The line for the AM carline has been much longer than normal. Please be mindful of the AM Carline Procedures below:

A.M. Carline Procedures:

  • Student drop off is between 8:35 A.M. and 8:45 A.M. at the SOUTH entrance (the entrance on the right hand side of the building by the loading dock)
  • Students must exit the car/vehicle from the PASSENGER/CURBSIDE ONLY in the designated area with teacher supervision – Please wait your turn….thanks!
  • Students are not permitted to walk across the parking lot unattended.
  • Please follow the “traffic flow” as designated by the cones
  • Be aware of traffic pattern; please do not move ahead or cut across the line

South entrance doors (the doors by the loading dock) close and are locked promptly at 8:45 A.M.; therefore, there is no access into the building from here after 8:45 A.M.   If you arrive late to the carline (after 8:45am), please park in the south parking lot (the lot on the right hand side of the building by the fields.) Late students must be escorted by an adult and signed in via the front entrance.

Thank you for your continued cooperation.



Looking and Planning Ahead:

Readers Theater Dates: Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm  Dates: January 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 and February 4, 5, 6, 2019


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 14, 2019, 6:30 pm. Where: Jackson Liberty High School; IMC, 125 North Hope Chapel Road, Jackson, NJ 08527.


On Tuesday, January 15th, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30 pm in the Administrative Building.  During this meeting, we will be honoring the teachers and educational service professionals of the year from all of the schools in the Jackson Township School District.


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




Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary