July 10, 2013
To the Parents and Families of Michael F. Stokes Elementary School:
I hope this letter finds you well into your summer activities. Whether
you are heading off to camp, traveling, reading, working or just taking
it day by day, I hope it is enjoyable and relaxing.
It is with a great sense of pride that I have been welcomed into
your community as the Principal of Michael F. Stokes Elementary School.
Throughout the interview process, I learned how valuable community and
traditions are to the members of the Island Trees School District. I
look forward to continuing those traditions and working collaboratively
and as a community. I have spent time working with Dr. Murphy, Dr.
Fisher, Mr. Harrington and the members of the Island Trees staff to
ensure a seamless transition to a new school year.
With any change, there is always a sense of curiosity. I am curious
about you and I am sure you have many questions for me. I come to you
and your children with 16 years of experience in Oceanside School
District. I have been immersed in current educational issues, best
teacher practice and building social emotional relationships with our
children. Bridging our schools and community together is a continuing
goal that I intend to implement in Island Trees. I value your input in
the educational process of your child in meeting his/her potential.
Although I have been welcomed by many, I officially start in Island
Trees on 7/22. I will be
available during school hours if you would like to come by and say
hello. The PTA is
graciously holding a “meet and greet” for me to meet you in August. A
phone call will be coming your way with the details…
Wishing you happiness and enjoyment today and always,
Michael F. Stokes Elementary School
Please share with your child by reading it together, to them or on their
My name is Mrs. Ackerman and I will be the new Principal at Stokes. Dr.
Fisher and Mr. Harrington have told me all about the wonderful students
that live in Island Trees. I am so excited to meet you! I am looking
forward to getting to know you and for you to get to know me. Here are
some things to get us started...I love hearts and butterflies. I love
watching sports. Some of my favorites are baseball, hockey and football
(you will have to wait to hear my favorite teams). I love to read (of
course!) and I look forward to sharing some of my special favorites with
you. See you in the days to