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March 2020 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 8th.  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 second 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, Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty Birney on Monday, March 2 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



Let's get ready for Kindergarten! Kindergarten Registration in the Jackson School District will take place March 16-20. Registration packets are available online and in all elementary schools. We encourage all parents to pre-register online to save time and streamline the process. 

It is incredibly important that parents register during this period so we can plan ahead for the next school year. If you are a parent of a kindergarten student, we ask that you make every effort to register your child during our kindergarten roundup week. All information is available on the Kindergarten Registration Page on the district website. Also, don't forget to bring your child with you to registration so he or she can be screened.  


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 19th 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 18th at 7:00PM in the Holman IMC.   We invite all parents to attend this session.


Holman Yearbook

Don’t forget to order the Holman Yearbook for 2019 - 2020.  The deadline to order yearbooks is April 3rd.   Please check the eBackpack for more information.


Spelling Bee

Our school level spelling bee was held on Wednesday, January 8th. Congratulations to our school winner Swayum Mehta.  Lucas Dyck, Laila Ventura, Ivan Slavich, and Carolena Dunzelman will join Swayum and participate in the District Spelling Bee that will be held on Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m. at Jackson Liberty High School.  Good luck to all.


Brain Boosters

Session II will continue through May 4th. 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: 3/9, 3/10, 3/11, 3/16, 3/17, 3/18, 3/23, 3/24, 3/25, 3/30, 3/31, 4/1, 4/6, 4/7, 4/20, 4/21, 4/22, 4/27, 4/28, 4/29, 5/4


NJSLA Testing

Continue to visit the district website to view the NJSLA (formerly 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 6th.


Looking and Planning Ahead:


Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Jackson School District Special Education Department

Date: Monday, March 16, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:     Jackson Liberty High School - IMC

                    125 North Hope Chapel Road

                    Jackson, NJ  08527


On Wednesday, March 18th, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30PM at the Administration Building.


There will be a shortened day of school on Wednesday, April 8th, as we begin our Spring Break.  School will be closed April 9th - April 17th. Returning to school on Monday, April 20th.  Enjoy the break with family and friends!



Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary