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March 2019 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 10th.  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.  

Humphrey Hits Holman!!!

For the first time in Holman history, our school will be participating in a very exciting program called One School, One Book. The entire school (students, teachers, secretaries, the school nurse, paras, and Mr. Karas) will all be reading the same book at the same time!

Guess who else gets to join in the fun?   HOLMAN FAMILIES!!

Thanks to H.O.P.E., all Holman students will receive a copy of the book, The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney on Monday, March 4 along with a schedule for nightly reading. There will be daily trivia questions and prizes.

Here's what we are asking you to do as a family:  

  • read and talk about the book together for a few minutes each night (Monday-Thursday)
  • enjoy the time together as a family away from electronic devices
  • if you want, snap a picture of your time reading together and send it to to be displayed in our main lobby picture gallery

Thank you for participating in this first ever Holman literacy initiative. The kids are really excited to get reading!!


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 18th – March 22nd 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.


Messages from H.O.P.E

H.O.P.E.'s March Madness Family Fun Night will be joined with our Young Author’s Night held on March 13th starting at 5:30PM to see various student 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 7th 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 2018-2019.  The deadline to order yearbooks is April 10th.   Please check the eBackpack for more information.


Spelling Bee

Our school level spelling bee was held on Wednesday, January 9th.    Congratulations to Ivan Slavich, our school winner. Maximo Lourenco, Olivia Austin, Lucas Dyck, and Swayum Mehta will join Ivan and participate in the District Spelling Bee that will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. at Jackson Memorial High School.  Good luck to all.


Brain Boosters

Session II will continue through April 10th. 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: 3/4, 3/5, 3/6, 3/11, 3/12, 3/13,  4/1, 4/2, 4/3, 4/8, 4/9, 4/10,


PARCC Testing

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).  Testing will begin for Grades 3, 4, and 5 on May 8th.


Looking and Planning Ahead:

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Jackson School District Special Education Department

Date: Monday, March 11, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:    Jackson Liberty High School - IMC

                   125 North Hope Chapel Road

                   Jackson, NJ  08527

Topic:  “Parent Involvement in Special Education:  Overview of Your Rights” and “Understanding the IEP Process”


On Tuesday, March 19th, 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, April 18th, as we begin our Spring Break.  School will be closed April 19th - April 26th. Returning to school on Monday, April 29th.


Enjoy your holiday with family and friends!



Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary