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December 2020 Principal's Message

December 2020


Dear Holman Families:

During the past few mornings, the temperatures have been rather cold and, on a few occasions, we have had frost.  Students should come to Holman School wearing clothing that keeps them warm during the school day.  As the temperatures get lower, please make sure that your child is also wearing the appropriate outerwear, such as a jacket, gloves, hat, etc.  Weather permitting, teachers try to take students outside for a mask break on a daily basis.



Conference Schedule Dates - December 1 - 3 -  Conferences will be on the following days:

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




This special event will be held on Friday, December 4th.  Students with the last names A-K: 6pm - 7pm. Students with the last names L-Z: 7pm - 8pm. We welcome you to Holman Elementary School’s parking lot (through the BEAM AVENUE entrance) to drive through a wondrous winter scene, complete with lights and decorations!  Last,but not least, Santa will be there to spread some holiday cheer!  He will be collecting Toys for Tots, if you would like to participate. Due to current circumstances, please DO NOT get out of your vehicles. Please be courteous to others and keep moving. We must stress that you CANNOT park or congregate during this event.

Arrival of Students in the Car Line

If you are using the car line in the morning to drop off your children, please make sure to follow the direction of the teachers who are outside supervising the children.  Please pull up to the sidewalk and release your child on the passenger’s side of the vehicle (Please do not get out of your vehicle). This should allow four to five carloads of children to dismiss to the sidewalk area.  Please do not wait to unload your child at the front of the line closest to the school if you are near the sidewalk. Even if it is raining, please continue to follow these procedures. This expedites the arrival process and gets students into the school on time.  Thank you so much for your consideration and cooperation with this matter.

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 5, 2021. 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 email 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.

Moving Forward: Phase II Update and Important Information About Moving to Synchronous Learning 

Please take a moment to view this important information about the status of our learning programs through at least December. The link will take you to the Reopening Page, which has the presentation in both video and text-only format. This update includes an updated District Calendar, which color-coding to indicate Hybrid Group 1 and Group 2 rotations through December.   

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, December 16th, 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.



Jackson Twp School District Special Education Advisory Council Presentation will be on Monday, January 11, 2021, 6:30 pm. 


As 2020 finally comes to a close, we look forward to the start of a fresh, new year.  We wish the warmest holiday wishes to you and yours during this Winter Break.  As we begin the New Year, I encourage you to continue to read with your child each evening, now and throughout the year.   Time spent reading with young learners has amazing effects on students’ educational success.

A happy and healthy New Year to all!  As a reminder, Holman School will have an early dismissal on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020.  ALL students in grades K-5 will be dismissed at 1:15PM.  We look forward to seeing you again on Monday, January 4, 2021.




Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary