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November 2020 Principal's Message

Dear Holman Families: 

I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable break.  As we get back into our routine, please note that this Friday, November 13th, Group 1 students are scheduled to attend school at Holman Elementary.  Group 2 students will be remote on that day.

As the parent-teacher conference days approach, I hope that you will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher virtually regarding their academic and behavioral progress so far this school year.  Conferences are an important component to ensure that the school and the home work together to maximize your child’s full potential. We are making a change to our parent-teacher conferences for this year. They will now take place on December 1 - 3. They will be held virtually and can also be held by telephone if necessary.



Conference Schedule Dates - December 1 - 3 -  Conferences will be on the following days: Please schedule your conference(s) by Wednesday, Nov. 18th!

  • Monday, December 1st - Afternoon conferences
  • Tuesday, December 2nd - Afternoon and Evening conferences 
  • Wednesday, December 3rd - Afternoon conferences

How To Schedule Your Parent -Teacher Conference In Portal: Beginning Nov. 9th you can

  • Log into your Portal account
  • Select the CONFERENCES tab at the top
  • Select the “Request a Conference” link

Change the date on the window to the week of Nov. 30th to see the time slots available on Dec 1,2, 3 for your child’s teacher. Once completed, you will see your reserved conference on the main page of the conference tab. You can use this link to cancel or change the conference if you need to.


Daily Health Screening

We have been successful in receiving a Daily COVID Screening from a majority of our parents. Please continue to complete your child’s Daily Health Screening. For those that require a reminder, place a post it note by the coffee pot, refrigerator or set the alarm on your cell phone.  We cannot stress enough the importance of parents filling out this form on the Parent Portal each morning that their child attends school in person. It must be filled out 30 minutes prior to your child’s arrival at school.  Completing the Daily Health Screening will eliminate your child visiting the nurse’s office in the morning.

Please read the questions carefully! 

  • The first question is asking if your child has been FEVER-FREE for 24 hours without the help of fever-reducing medication. So the answer to this question if your child is healthy is YES.
  • If you answer incorrectly, when your child gets sent to the nurse and we call you, we can reset the form for you to answer it correctly.


Travel Advisory during COVID

It is very important to remember that if you travel during the break to a state that is on the Travel advisory list it is imperative that you and your family quarantine for 14 days when you return. Click on the link below to see the travel advisory list.


HOPE Virtual Meeting

Please mark your calendars for our next virtual HOPE meeting which will be held at 7:00PM Wednesday, November 18, 2020.  More information and a link to the meeting will be forthcoming.


Free and Reduced Lunch Application

You may apply for free/reduced price lunch benefits. Applications are sent home with students in September, and are always available on our web site or at your child’s school. Only one application is required per household, but must be completed annually. If a new application for prior recipients is not received, the full price for lunch will be charged. Applications may be found on the Food Services website.


Looking and Planning Ahead

Virtual Brain Boosters Session 1: Begins on November 9th and ends around January 15th, 2021.


From the Jackson School District Title I Office to our Title I Parents

We Want to Help YOU Help Your Child!  Please sign up for one (or more) of our amazing "Parent University" Workshops  We can help you understand Google Classroom or Google Meet, or help you know how to use our curriculum and programs to help your child succeed.

Fun, interactive VIRTUAL sessions designed to help you engage with your child in learning.  We encourage you to view a list of upcoming sessions, and use the PreRegistration Link next to each session to let us know you will be joining us.

For more information and to keep up to date, visit our Title I Website


Board of Education Meeting

On Wednesday, November 18th, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30 pm. Depending on the state guidelines at the time of the meeting it will be determined if the meeting will be in person or virtual.


Holman Elementary School will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 26th & 27th for Thanksgiving Break.


November is a time intended for giving thanks.  Please ask your child what they are doing to support this important character trait.  How are they showing thankfulness and appreciation? I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for taking the time to read with your children, checking homework, communicating with your child’s teacher and countless other things you do as a parent or guardian to encourage and support the education of your child, especially during these challenging times.  We are very fortunate to have a school community with a nurturing staff, happy students, and caring parents. Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your Thanksgiving Recess with family!



Richard Karas Principal