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Welcome to Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School

301 Smith Avenue
Islip, NY 11751

School Hours: 8:50 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Telephone Directory   
Main Office: (631) 650-8650
Fax: (631) 650-8658
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8655
Health Office: (631) 650-8675
Attendance: (631) 650-8650


Chad Walerstein, Principal


Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Autumn has arrived! The trees are losing their leaves, the cold weather is upon us, and the holiday season is around the corner.

In November, we shift our Seven Habits of Happy Kids focus to Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind. This is the habit that reminds students to:

  • Plan ahead and set goals
  • Be prepared at all times
  • Think about the choices they make and how those choices affect their future
  • Think about the consequences, positive or negative, of their actions

Please take a moment to talk to your children about the importance of this habit. In school, we will talk to students and guide them through the process of creating personal mission statements, and teaching them about the value of planning ahead.

On November 2, we will welcome author Sarah Albee to Sherwood. Ms. Albee is the author of such books as Dog Days of History, Poison: Deadly Deeds, Why'd They Wear That, and Bugged: How Insects Changed History, among others. She will be talking to the students about how she gathers information for her books and give students some insight into her writing process. We are looking forward to hosting this event. Thanks to our amazing PTA for helping us bring Ms. Albee to Sherwood.

Among the other presentations we are hosting this month are the PSE&G Conservation Caper for our 2nd and 3rd graders and Skull Science for our 3rd graders. Both of these are high-interest and teach the students about important topics!
Our 5th graders will be participating in their annual Sports Night on November 8. During this event, the 5th grade home base classes will compete against each other in various events. Who will win the Sports Night Cup this year?
This month, we will also host our Annual Night of Giving on November 14. Each grade will be collecting food for families in our community. Please see the informational flyer below. On the evening of November 14, we will open up the school for students to come and assemble food baskets that will be given to the families. This is a great opportunity for students to volunteer some time to help others. This is a clear Win-Win!

On November 16, we will host our fall Family Fun Night. We will host a "Minute To Win It" night. Come out and compete in 60 second games for prizes. We hope to see you there.

Lastly, some reminders. Superintendent's Conference Day will take place on November 6; school make-up photos will be on November 8; schools will be closed on November 12 in observance of Veteran's Day, and Thanksgiving Recess will be November 21 through November 23. Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on November 30 and December 7. Students will be dismissed at 10:45 am.

I wish everyone a great month. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Warmest Regards,
Chad Walerstein
Sherwood Elementary School

Islip Honors Five Students at Hispanic Heritage Event

Islip Honors Five Students at Hispanic Heritage Event

The district held its second annual Hispanic Heritage recognition event on Oct. 23, honoring five students – one per each of the district’s schools – who are Hispanic, Hispanic-American or of Hispanic heritage and have demonstrated outstanding civic and community engagement.

The honorees for 2018, chosen by a committee of Islip language teachers from each school, were Kayley Guzman Morales of Islip Middle School, Adrian Lopez of Wing Elementary School, Amanda Mardones of Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School, Bianka Morales of Islip High School and Isabella Sarmiento of Commack Road Elementary School.

The recognition ceremony, held in the middle school library with the students’ families in attendance, coincided with National Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Sherwood Students Learn the Secrets to Writing Books

Sherwood Students Learn the Secrets to Writing Books
Sherwood Students Learn the Secrets to Writing Books 2
Sherwood Students Learn the Secrets to Writing Books 3

Nonfiction author Sarah Albee recently visited Sherwood, offering presentations for each grade level. She discussed how she became a writer and her methods for developing her book ideas. Second-graders learned how to conduct research, while third-grade students became human note cards as Albee explained her process of sorting information when she creates her books.

“The presentation was interactive and the students had a great time,” said Principal Chad Walerstein.

Sherwood Students Flip for Flipgrid

Sherwood Students Flip for Flipgrid

Students in Jennifer Beck’s classroom at Sherwood recently explored the video discussion platform Flipgrid for the first time, and shared a little about themselves as readers.

“We have FlipGrid fever,” said Beck. “We will be using it throughout the year to promote student voice and choice.”

Informational Orientation Welcomes English Language Learners and Families

Informational Orientation Welcomes English Language Learners and Families

With English Language Learner students and families in attendance representing 23 different nations and 17 different languages, Islip’s annual ELL Parent Orientation on Sept. 26 provided parents with information on the programs and services their children are entitled to, based on New York State Department of Education regulations.

This year’s event, which kicked off in the school’s auditorium with a welcome from Priscilla Zarate, Islip’s coordinator of ENL and world languages, also gave the parents an opportunity to meet with their corresponding English as a New Language teachers and ask questions.

Meanwhile, the students gathered in the cafeteria for an enjoyable session of board games, books, and arts and crafts, and all who attended left with backpacks filled with school supplies, books and other goodies donated by the Town of Islip Youth Bureau, Book Fairies, Panera Bread and Kid to Kid.

EXCEL Students Learn to Whistle With Grass

EXCEL Students Learn to Whistle With Grass

Taking an unexpected opportunity in the midst of poetry exploration, students in Islip’s EXCEL program for the academically gifted recently learned how to whistle with a blade of grass.

Before delving into a poetry lesson which included reading poetry excerpts outdoors and stretching students’ creative muscles with a writing activity, EXCEL Program Coordinator Julia Johnson gave the students time to close their eyes, focus on their breathing, run their fingers through the grass and take a moment to feel connected to the natural world around them. For the writing activity, the students were asked to create a list of “10 Things I Know to Be True,” and one student noted that they could whistle with a blade of grass.

“I grabbed the ‘teachable moment’ and asked them to raise their hands if they want to learn how to do this, and so it happened,” said Johnson. “It wasn’t planned, which is what made it so priceless.”

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