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April 2021 Principal's Message

April 2021


Dear Holman Families:


The nights seem longer, the flowers are beginning to bloom, the grass is growing, and the warm weather is lingering.  The end of the school year is, as usual, looking very busy.   As the weather gets warmer, students become more anxious for the start of summer break.   With that said, it is also important that students continue to work hard on their academics and continue to behave appropriately in school.  Please stress with your children, the importance of keeping their hands and feet to themselves and respecting other people’s personal space, especially during this pandemic period.  I want to thank teachers, students, and parents for all of their hard work during this difficult time.  I encourage you to continue to visit the District webpage for all information regarding COVID-19.

Thank you very much for all of your feedback regarding our One School, One Book initiative.  I was happy to receive positive emails and see that so many families enjoyed reading Fenway and Hattie together.  Please continue to encourage your children to read each evening and complete his/her homework assignments to reinforce the instruction of lessons learned in school.


Report Cards

Report cards for Trimester 2 will be available for parent viewing in the afternoon of April 12th in the Parent Portal.  


Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration has begun! This year Kindergarten Registration will be done BY APPOINTMENT.   Please do not wait to register - it is very important that we process your registration as soon as possible so we can place your child for next year. Please fill out our online Pre-Registration Form, then the supplemental forms and call right away to make your appointment. Visit our Kindergarten Registration page at for more info. Forms may also be picked up at our elementary schools.

Please call the Holman Elementary School at (732) 833-4620 and speak to Mrs. Lynn Goldblatt as soon as possible to schedule a day and time for new kindergartener’s registration.


NJSLA (State Standardized Testing)

Continue to visit the district website to view the NJSLA testing calendar (go to the For Parents and Students tab and then Assessments and Grading). 

REMINDER: NJSLA Testing begins in May.  NJASK Science will be administered in May.  We encourage you to visit the district’s “Understanding Assessments and Grading’’ resource page, which has a host of information about the PARCC and other assessments – including:

As I’m sure you are aware, a child will perform more successfully on a test if he/she has proper rest, good nutrition, and arrives to school on time. Your special attention to these areas will help ensure your child has his or her best chance for success!


Classroom Placements for 2021-2022

At this time of year, some parents write to the school regarding their child’s class placement for next year.  Class placement is a complex process that involves the input of many educational professionals and considers many factors.  The ultimate goal of the placement process is to find the best possible match between what is best for the student and what are the strengths of each teacher.  I realize and appreciate your concern, but I will not honor parent requests for particular teachers.  I do, however, value your input and individual concerns for your child.  As in the past, I will accept one non-request. I will consider any concern or input that you have to offer, if you provide your concern via email to me before April 30th.  Please note that I do not keep concerns from years past.  Concerns written after April 30th may not be taken into consideration.  This will allow the educational professionals sufficient time to find the most appropriate match for your child.  As always, I appreciate your understanding and support in this matter.


Spirit Days

Don’t forget to wear your Holman Spirit Wear or red and black on Friday, April 16th and Friday, April 23rd.


HOPE Upcoming Events

Old Monmouth Candy Pickups: In an effort to maintain social distancing, Old Monmouth Candy will be distributed in person for all orders on Tuesday, March 30th from 2-4pm or Wednesday, March 31st from 5-7pm.

Ciccconi Farms Plant Sale: 2/12 - 5/15. Curbside pickup or delivery!!! Order Online - Use code: Holman-Spring2021  

Yearbooks Sales: Yearbook Sales are now open! Yearbooks will be sold ONLINE ONLY this year. Make sure to order before the deadline (4/15) there will be no extra yearbooks available. To order visit                       Use your school code 980229. Yearbooks are $28.00 each. You can send a personalized “Love Line”at the back of the Yearbook for an additional $3.00.

Kahoot Trivia Night: Will be held virtually on Wednesday, April 14th at 7:00PM.  Google Meet Link:

Portraits with Bill Baker: Will take place at Johnson Park on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25th. 

H.O.P.E.’s next virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 21st at 7:00pm


Spring Break will begin on Friday, April 2nd and ends on Friday, April 9th.  All students return on Monday, April 12th.

Enjoy the break.  Stay safe and healthy.



Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary