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June Principal's Message

Dear Holman Families:

I want to thank all of the teachers, students, and parents for all of their hard work during this difficult time.  I encourage you to visit the District webpage for all information regarding COVID-19, including remote lesson plans, technology tools that will help parents and students, and support.  I would also like to thank H.O.P.E for all of their support and contributions to our school.  As we approach the final stretch of the school year and begin the summer months ahead, I encourage you to continue to read and practice addition/subtraction/multiplication/division math facts with your child to help strengthen and retain math skills over the summer.  Have a safe and relaxing summer!  We all need it.  I continue to remain hopeful for a start in September, but, as always, remain patient to hear from our Governor and other state officials regarding the guidelines to follow.


Kindergarten Registration

Postponed Until Further Notice - Use ONLINE Pre-Registration NOW

PLEASE NOTE: During the time schools are closed for COVID-19, it is VERY IMPORTANT that parents ACT NOW to use the ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION form to get your information into our system.  Click here for all information pertaining to Kindergarten registration to enroll your child in the 2020-2021 school year.


Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony and Fifth Grade Pick Ups/Drop Offs

The Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, celebrating the promotion of our fifth grade students to the middle school, will be done virtually this year.  The teachers and I have been planning and filming this event to celebrate this accomplishment.  The virtual ceremony will be premiered by JTV on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6:30pm on Cablevision Channel 77.  It also will be available for viewing on JTV's YouTube ChannelCongratulations to all of our fifth grade students. We wish you well as you continue your academic journey to McAuliffe Middle School.

Fifth grade students may drop off library books and classroom leveled-library books as well as collect their desk belongings, their promotional certificate, any awards that they may have won, gifts from HOPE, and their yearbook according to the following schedule:

Mrs. Berger’s class - Tuesday, June 16, 2020  9:00am - 11:15am

Mrs. Major’s class - Tuesday, June 16, 2020 11:30am - 1:45pm

Mr. McEwan’s class - Wednesday, June 17, 2020  9:00am - 11:15am

Mrs. Milon’s class - Wednesday, June 17, 2020 11:30am - 1:45pm

Please click on your child’s teacher’s name above so that you may sign up for a scheduled time slot for this process.  Please adhere to your time and follow all social distancing rules.  Pull up to the front of the Holman Elementary School (the curb by the sidewalk in the front of the building near the flagpole) and do not get out of your car.  Your materials will be brought to you and your drop off items will be collected.  Thank you for adhering to these directives in order to keep everyone safe.

ALSO…. I look forward to seeing this year’s fifth graders’ smiling faces again next school year and having them leave their handprints on our 2020 “Tree of Knowledge” in the gym hallway .


Students in Grades K - 4 Drop Offs

Students in grades K-4 may drop off their library booksclassroom leveled-library books, and remote learning work (if applicable) according to the schedule below.  Please note that there will be labelled bins outside of the school for drop off of these items.  When returning your items, please put a sheet on top of the similar items and include your namegrade level, and the teacher’s name.  You may wrap the similar items in a rubber band and place them in the appropriate bin.  Please try to adhere to the schedule below and follow all social distancing rules.  If you really have an issue and can’t adhere to the schedule below, please stop by any of the days.  Pull up to the front of the Holman Elementary School (the curb by the sidewalk in the front of the building near the flagpole) and quickly drop off your items into the appropriate bin(s).  Thank you.

June 8th (8:30am - 12:30pm) - Students with last names beginning with A through E

June 9th (8:30am - 12:30pm) - Students with last names beginning with F through J

June 10th (8:30am - 12:30pm) - Students with last names beginning with through O

June 11th (8:30am - 12:30pm) - Students with last names beginning with through T

June 12th (8:30am - 12:30pm) - Students with last names beginning with U through Z


Message from Ms. DeMatteo, the Holman School nurse

I hope everyone is staying healthy during this difficult time. If your child or someone your child has come in close contact with is sick please email me directly at All of the district nurses are working hard to track ANY illnesses within our district to ensure a safe return for when the schools reopen. I hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy!

IMPORTANT - For any student who has medication in the nurse's office, the medication will be kept locked in the office until September. If your child will continue to need that medication for the 2020/2021 school year we will just need a new doctor's order in September and can keep that medication for the year. If your child's medication is expiring before the 2020/2021 school year, I will reach out to you to inform you of this. If your child needs the medication that is in the nurse's office for the Summer months please contact Ms. DeMatteo as soon as possible via email at to set up a time to pick the medication up. 


Chromebook and Internet-ready Device Returns

If you borrowed a Chromebook or Internet-ready Device from the district, it will need to be returned.  Returns will occur after the school year ends at a given location.  Teachers have also been given lists of students who borrowed technology in order to individually remind parents of returns.  More information will be forthcoming.


Chromebook Use and Student School Email Accounts

As a reminder….Even during these stressful times of remote learning, students must comply with all school district policies for the use of a school district provided technology device and school email account.  Students should NOT being using district devices and/or their student school email accounts to create unauthorized chats or Google Hangouts.  As per District Policy #7523, “a student shall be subject to consequences in the event the pupil violates any school district policy, including the district’s acceptable use policies; pupil code of conduct; any provision of this Policy; or any provision of the School District Provided Technology Device Form.”  Thank you for your assistance with this matter.


Are you moving?

Whether it’s down the block, across town in Jackson, or to a completely different state, if you are moving, please make sure that you contact the main office to update your records or have your files transferred.


Special Area Teachers

Please remember to visit your Special Area Teachers’ Webpages or Google Classrooms every week.  Your Special Area Teachers are creating lessons/assignments for you to work on and it is important for you to complete that work each week. 

Students will be graded in these Unified Arts subjects for the 3rd Trimester based on their submission of assigned work to their Special Area Teachers.  Check each assignment to see how it is to be submitted (through Google Classroom, by emailing an answer or photograph, or by marking the assignment as done for the teacher).

Remember, your grade in these special subjects depends upon you submitting your work to the teacher.

Here are the links to each Special Area Teacher’s webpages: 

Mrs. McDonald’s World Language Page

Ms. Schadl's Library Page

Mr. Grayce's Music Page 

Mrs. Quick's Art Page 

Mrs. Johnson's Computer Page 

Mrs. Keller's Physical Education Page 

Mrs. Pfluger’s Physical Education Page


Contacting teachers and remote learning work

Please note that the best way to contact teachers is through their email.  Click on this link to access a spreadsheet which includes email addresses and links to all teachers’ web pages.  All teachers will be available for emails, lessons, and Google Hangouts between 8:00am - 1:00pm.  Don’t forget to visit your child’s Special Area Teachers’ pages (Physical Education, Technology, Media, World Language, Music, and Art).

  • Need help with access to your child’s Google account?  Click here for assistance.
  • For Pearson math assignments….after answering the questions, don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Submit” button to get credit for the assignment.
  • Students who have a different teacher for math and/or literacy should also check that teacher's classroom webpage for assigned work.
  • Please continue to keep in touch with your child’s teacher(s).  A brief email to let them know that you are safe and are working on the assigned lessons is greatly appreciated.  They also welcome any questions and concerns that you may have. Continue to turn in all assignments on time to your child’s teacher.
  • **IMPORTANT**   If you receive a phone call with the caller ID of “PRIVATE CALLER”, please answer as it may be someone from the school trying to speak to you.  All district personnel have been instructed to use *67 in order to maintain the confidentiality of their private numbers.


Important Food Service Notices During COVID-19 Closure

Please click on this link to access all information regarding food services during this time.


HOPE Updates

Unfortunately, with the closing of school, HOPE missed their last Scholastic Book Fair of the year.  Good news! You can now shop virtually and stock up for summer reading!  To shop the fair, simply visit the Book Fair HomePage at

All orders will ship directly to your house and you get FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25.  All purchases benefit Holman!  You can shop ALL summer long since the virtual fair won’t close until September 4th!

Congratulations to our new 2020-2021 H.O.P.E. Executive Board members:

President: Melissa Gregory

Vice President:  Melissa Johnson

Treasurer:  Chris LaBau

Corresponding Secretary:  Terri Vedutis

I look forward to working with each and every one of you.  Thank you to all of our candidates who chose to run for an office this year.  I appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to the staff and students of the Holman School.


Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay positive.



Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary