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January Principal's Message 2023

Dear Holman Families: 


Happy New Year and welcome back!  I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the long winter break with friends and family.  


Holman Elementary School announced their 2022-2023 Governor’s Educators of the Year, Mrs. Lisa Raney and Mrs. Cathy Macor who have been recognized for their dedication and commitment to our Holman students.  Congratulations to Mrs. Raney and Mrs. Macor!


Preschool Lottery opens January 19, 2023 through February 10, 2023.

Please visit Jackson Preschool Program Page  to find the Preschool Lottery Form.


Collections for those who may need our assistance

Please note that, throughout the month of January, Holman will be collecting coats and canned goods.  Flyers have been sent regarding coat donations and more information will be forthcoming regarding the donation of canned goods.  We ask that you help by donating what you can to help those in need.



Fifth Grade Chorus Concert

Come see the fifth grade chorus perform under the direction of Mr. Mark Grayce, on Monday, January 23rd.  Please join us at Jackson Liberty High School; the performance begins promptly at 7:00 PM.  (Fifth grade students are to arrive at 6:30 PM) Enjoy the show!  Please note that the entire school will be treated to the concert during school hours on Friday, January 20th.


HOPE meeting

The next meeting will be on January 25th, 2023 at 7:00pm in the Holman IMC.  All are welcome to attend.  HOPE will be discussing upcoming events for the remainder of the year.  We need your help to run these wonderful events. If you can, please volunteer your time to assist….it is greatly appreciated!  A link to the virtual meeting will be forthcoming in the January HOPE Highlights.


DARE meetings with students

Students will meet with DARE officers from the Jackson Police Department on Wednesday, January 25th to discuss ways to stay safe.


Lead U assembly

On Wednesday, January 18th, students will be treated to an assembly from the presenters of Lead U, a positive group of teaching artists who creatively engage, educate, and empower learners of all ages to find the leaders within themselves.  Other schools in our district have used this same organization and have had many positive things to say about the show.


ESL Night

Holman’s ESL Night will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at 5:30 pm in the Rosenauer gymnasium.  For more information, please contact your child’s ESL teacher.


Winter is here…..

With the weather getting colder, please visit the district website for all information involving school closings and delays.  You may find this information by starting on the district’s main site (, highlighting the “Calendars and Hours” tab and clicking on “School Hours”.  

Please review and update your emergency information contacts in the event that we need to use this information should we have an emergency early closing due to inclement weather.  You may do this in the Parent Portal.


In the event of a delayed opening, please remember that:

  • School will start TWO hours later than the scheduled start time. 

  • MORNING CHILDCARE is CANCELED when there is a delayed opening

  • Continue to check the district and school web page, as well as the Holman Student Handbook, for more information.  You can always call the school directly if you have any questions.

Remember, before sending your child out to the bus stop or dropping them off at school, please take a few moments to make sure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather.  Students should come to Holman School wearing clothing that keeps them warm during the school day.  Dressing your child in multiple light layers is recommended so that they can remove the top layer if they get too warm while indoors.  As the temperatures get colder, please make sure that your child is also wearing the appropriate outerwear, such as a jacket, gloves, hat, etc.


A.M. Carline Procedures:

During these colder mornings, I have noticed that more parents/guardians have been utilizing the carline to bring their children to school.  The line for the AM carline has been much longer than normal. Please be mindful of the AM Carline Procedures below:

  • Student drop off is between 8:35 A.M. and 8:45 A.M. at the SOUTH entrance (the entrance on the right hand side of the building by the loading dock)

  • Students must exit the car/vehicle from the PASSENGER/CURBSIDE ONLY in the designated area with teacher supervision – Please wait your turn….thanks!

  • Students are not permitted to walk across the parking lot unattended.

  • Please follow the “traffic flow” as designated by the cones

  • Be aware of traffic pattern; please do not move ahead or cut across the line

South entrance doors (the doors by the loading dock) close and are locked promptly at 8:45 A.M.; therefore, there is no access into the building from here after 8:45 A.M.   If you arrive late to the carline (after 8:45 am), please park in the south parking lot (the lot on the right hand side of the building by the fields.) Late students must be escorted by an adult and signed in via the front entrance.  Thank you for your continued cooperation. 


Looking and Planning Ahead:

On Wednesday, January 18th, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30 pm in the Fine Arts center. 


Please note....Schools will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Schools will reopen on Tuesday, January 17th.


Once again, Happy New Year and best wishes for a happy and healthy year ahead.




Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary