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Dear Families of Stokes Students,


On behalf of the staff at Michael F. Stokes School, I would like to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year. For us, it IS the most wonderful time of year!  For some of you, you are walking into our school family for the first time as second graders. We hope to develop a strong partnership with you, as we ensure that our children can achieve their highest potential together.  For those of you who are returning, we look forward to continuing our joint venture and make a great difference in your child’s education.  As partners, we share the responsibility …we ask that you continue to guide and support your child’s learning along with us.  Here are some ways you can get started!


  • Ensure that your child arrives to school on time daily.  School begins at 9:00 AM.
  • Read daily with your child to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills.  Take every opportunity to develop math fluency of facts…Have five minutes in the car? On line at the store?  Time to drill those facts!
  • Send in your child prepared each day. You can use your child’s agenda book and classroom notices to keep up to date.
  • Call us if you need help!   We are here to answer questions.
  • Read through the material sent home. It contains valuable information that will help support your child on a daily basis. Your reinforcement of this information helps to ensure success.
  • Stay positive!  It is going to be a wonderful school year.  So much learning ahead!
  • Please send in your child’s mandatory summer reading assignment and math suggested activities no later than September 11th so that we can recognize their accomplishment!


Please share the following with your child by reading it together, to them or on their own!


Today is a great day to learn something new!  This is what we say everyday here at Stokes.  I would love to learn something about you! What do you “see for yourself” this school year?  Setting goals is a big part of what we do here and I can’t wait to see what yours are!  Here are mine!  Please send in YOUR glasses for our building wide display entitled, “What are you looking forward to this year?” (See the attached sheet for instructions)  Remember…Think HappyJ Be Happy J


Allison Ackerman


Michael F. Stokes Elementary School