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January 2020 Principal's Message

January 2020


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 2019-2020 Governor’s Educators of the Year, Mrs. Megan Polhemus and Mrs. Maryann Garbooshian who have been recognized for their dedication and commitment to our Holman students.  Congratulations to Mrs. Polhemus and Mrs. Garbooshian!


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.


HOPE meeting

The next meeting will be on January 15th, 2020 at 7:00pm in the Holman IMC.  All are welcome to attend.  HOPE will be discussing upcoming events for the remainder of the year.  We need your help to run these wonderful events. If you can, please volunteer your time to assist….it is greatly appreciated!


Come and see our Fifth Grade Chorus Concert, under the direction of Mr. Mark Grayce, on Tuesday, January 14th.  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!  


Free Nighttime Yoga Workshop at Holman Elementary

Once the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has come to an end, come join your Holman family for a night of relaxation and meditation.  The forty-five minute session will include breath work, yoga poses/partner poses, a group yoga game, and then a quiet reset at the end of the session.

Open to all students in grades K-5 (must be accompanied by an drop offs, please)

January 9th and 30th, 2020

6:30 - 7:30 pm in the APR


Note: Please bring a mat or beach towel for each participant!  A waiver (see link when you register) must also be filled out and handed in the night of the event prior to participating.

Click here for Spanish Flyer

Click here to register for January 9, 2020

Click here to register for January 30, 2020


Winter is here…..

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 “Calendars and Hours” tab and clicking on “School Hours”.  

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 Portal.


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.


A.M. Carline Procedures:

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:

  • 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 27, 28, 29 and February 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26


SEAC (Jackson Twp School District Special Education Advisory Council)

Presentation - Life After School- What’s Next Presentations: Division of Developmental Disabilities Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Values into Action, NJ- Support Coordination Agency Ocean County College-Office of Disability Services Monday, January 13, 2020 5:30-6:00- Parent-to-Parent Informal Meeting/Gathering 6:00-7:30- Presentations Location: Jackson Memorial HS; IMC 101 Don Connor Blvd, Jackson, NJ 08527 Please enter through Bernie Reider Hall on the right side of the building There will be free childcare for the presentation. 


On Wednesday, January 22nd, 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