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May Principal's Message 2024

Dear Holman Families:


Mother’s Day is celebrated differently from family to family but the spirit of the day remains the same.  We honor that person we call “mom” for being that special person in our lives that sticks with us through thick and thin.  My best wishes to all for a Happy Mother’s Day.  



Staff Appreciation Week

Monday, May 6th - Friday, May 10th is Staff Appreciation Week.  I am extremely proud and impressed by our teachers’ and staff members’ passion, strength and patience as they have dealt with all of the continued challenges of the 2023-2024 school year.  If you would like, take a moment and have your child write a special message or draw a picture to recognize their teacher or a special staff member.



NJSLA (State Standardized Testing)

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 at school on time. Your special attention to these areas will help ensure your child has his or her best chance for success!


Students must make sure that their Chromebook is fully charged for testing EVERY DAY.  Also, note that cell phones and smartwatches are prohibited during state testing.  All cell phones and smartwatches must be silenced and stored in backpacks.


Testing Dates will be as follows: Grades 3-5 Literacy 5/7 - 5/8

                                                    Grades 3-5 Math 5/14, 5/15 & 5/16

                                                    Grade 5 Science 5/21 & 5/22


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:  The full testing calendar for each school.



Art Show

The Holman K-5 students have been busy all year working on their projects. Please join us for our Art Show on Wednesday, May 8th from 5:30 PM-7:00 PM throughout the hallways of the school building to view their artwork.

Family Literacy Night

Holman Elementary will be hosting our Title 1 Holman Family Literacy Night on Thursday, May 9th and all students (Pre-K through grade 5) are invited to attend with their families. 


We are excited to have five teachers who have created fun extension crafts and activities for some of the books from our One School, Many Books program. While the students are in the gym enjoying their projects, parents will be invited to sit in the APR to hear a presentation on some activities they can incorporate into their daily lives. For example:  looking for letters and words on billboards, helping their parents mark off a list at the supermarket, playing spelling games at the dinner table, making up a story on a long car ride, etc.  Each family will go home with a ring of these ideas and resources. 

Moving Up Ceremony

The Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony will be held at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 in the Holman School Gymnasium to celebrate the promotion of all of our fifth grade students.  Parents/Guardians will be invited to attend this special program; however, space is limited to only two (2) guests per student.  All three fifth grade homeroom classes will be recognized during this ceremony.  Tickets will be forthcoming.  For safety concerns, we will not be able to accommodate younger or older siblings within the district.  Younger siblings attending Holman will not be pulled out of their classroom to attend the ceremony.  Due to limited parking, it is recommended that you carpool or walk to the school, if possible.  Thank you for your cooperation.  We look forward to recognizing your child’s efforts on this special day.



Field Days

Field Day Dates will be as follows: 

  • Kindergarten - 6/6

  • Grade 1 - 6/5

  • Grade 2 - 6/4

  • Grade 3 - 5/31

  • Grade 4 - 5/30

  • Grade 5 - 5/29



Spirit Days

Don’t forget to wear your Holman Spirit Wear on Friday, May 3rd. 



Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration in the Jackson School District is currently taking  place BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Registration packets will be available online and in all elementary schools.  We encourage all parents of students NOT already enrolled in the Preschool program to pre-register online to save time and streamline the registration process at the time of your appointment. 

For students who already attend a Jackson School District Preschool program:  Parents do not need to fill out the online registration forms that were completed when you registered for Preschool.  However, you DO need to call and make an appointment for Kindergarten Registration to:

  • Submit a new physical examination form;

  • Submit a new dental examination form;

  • Show proof of 5-year-old immunizations (if your child is not yet five, you will submit these after they reach the age of 5);

  • Re-submit four proofs of residency for review.

It is incredibly important that parents register ASAP so we can plan ahead for the next school year.  If you are a parent of an incoming kindergarten student (regardless if they are already in the pre-K program), we kindly ask that you make every effort to register your child NOW!!!!!!.  All information will be available on the Registration Page on the district website. 

Please call (732) 833-4620 and speak to Mrs. Lynn Goldblatt to schedule an appointment to register your child for Kindergarten. 

Student Dress Code

It is starting to become that time of the year when the warm breezes are blowing and we can soon begin to wear summer clothing.  With that said…..It is also time to review dress codes with students especially the excerpt regarding NO FLIP-FLOPS or OPEN TOED Shoes.  We have seen several violations which as you know can be a real hazard.  Please see the excerpt from the student handbook below. If you have any questions please contact the Main Office.

Restrictions on freedom of students’ dress will be imposed whenever the code of dress in question is unsafe either for the student or for those around him/her or whenever it is disruptive to school operations and the educational process in general.  Specifically:

  1. Students will not wear hats, caps, or other head coverings in the building.

  2. No clothing, jewelry, or item that promotes violence, bigotry, profanity or use of a restricted substance, and/or otherwise deemed inappropriate, or interferes with the instructional setting.

  3. Jewelry and clothing should not restrict movement, be distracting or cause a safety hazard to oneself or others.

  4. No micro-mini shorts or skirts will be permitted.  Skirts/shorts must be no shorter than mid-thigh in length.

  5. No boxers, spandex shorts or cutoff shorts will be worn.

  6. No torn or tattered clothing.

  7. All students must wear shoes at all times for safety and health reasons.  No flip-flops or open-toed footwear are allowed.

  8. Students should not wear outer clothing in the building.

  9. All shirts should cover students’ shoulders, backs and come down to the waistline.

  10. Tank tops and backless shirts are not permitted.



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.



Hope Meeting

Come to our next Virtual/In Person HOPE meeting Friday, May 24th at 6:30 PM.  More information will be in the May HOPE Highlights.



Sports Physicals for all 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th  grade students

The Jackson School District will be offering free athletic physicals for student athletes on June 3rd at Jackson Liberty and June 11th at Jackson Memorial.  This is open to all  5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.  More details and sign-up sheets will be forthcoming. 

Board of Education Meeting

There will be a BOE Meeting on Tuesday, May 7th, which is a Public Hearing on the 2024-2025 Budget.

The next BOE meeting will be held on Tuesday, 5/14 - 6:30 PM @ JMHS Fine Arts Building.


School will operate on a shortened day (1:40 PM dismissal) Monday, May 6th for students only. Staff will have a PM Professional Development. 


School will operate on a shortened day (1:40 PM dismissal) on Friday, May 24th and will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.  Enjoy the holiday with family and friends.



Rich Karas