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300 Commack Road
Islip, NY 11751


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School Hours: 9:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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Main Office: (631) 650-8600
Fax: (631) 650-8608
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8605
Nurse’s Office: (631) 650-8625
Nurse's Office Fax: (631) 650-8628
Attendance: (631) 650-8610

Principal's Message

Dear CRES Families:

I hope that you enjoyed your summer with family and friends. The end of summer brings new beginnings. For children those beginnings fall into multiple school-based categories, including but not limited to a new classroom setting, engaging in new learning experiences, meeting new friends, and being cared for by a new classroom teacher and a supportive team focused on each child's academic and social development.

The 2023-2024 CRES school year will be a year of some transition. As the children transition to a new grade...with our second graders assimilating to a new school...the school will transition from Mr. Cameron to a new school leader. I will serve as the interim principal, what some have called a bridge to the new principal. And while my time at CRES will be limited, I will enter the position with the mindset that I will be here for a good deal of time, connecting with the children, supporting the staff, and collaborating with families. I very much look forward to doing so.

The ability to communicate is crucial in just about all walks of life, with the connection between school and home so very important. I pledge to do my part in working with PTA leadership and the general parent community to maintain strong ties of communication. Teachers will regularly reach out to their students' families. And we ask you to join us in this two-way "school conversation." We also look forward to the in-person connections during events such as Meet the Teacher, seasonal concerts, and PTA fundraising activities.

In addition to the newness of which I made mention above, the District is investing in several new and exciting elementary level instructional initiatives this year. We will be adding a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) initiative, including a new coding program, along with push-in literacy coaches, a new fifth grade exploratory learning experience, and a new component to the school wide SEL (Social/Emotional Learning) model. These new/enhanced programs will further support the children's educational experiences and connect with an even wider range of learners. I look forward to sharing these initiatives with you at in-person events during the course of the school year.

As you know, the school year is always a work in progress, and how things evolve throughout the year will be shared with you either in person or via ParentSquare, so please stay in contact. I look forward to working with you and your children. Welcome to the school year 2023-24!


David Seinfeld
Interim Principal
Commack Road Elementary School


Islip Debuts Weekly Elementary STEAM Classes

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The Islip School District implemented dedicated weekly STEAM classes in its elementary schools for the 2023-2024 school year. In a recent lesson at Commack Road Elementary School, led by teacher Beth Fazio, students were broken up into pairs and challenged to build different types of cup towers. One challenge included not using their hands.

“This week my third graders had their first-ever STEAM class,” Commack Road teacher Shannon Dignam said. “They loved it and can’t wait to go back.”

Students at both Commack Road and Sherwood Elementary Schools will engage in many more exciting STEAM projects throughout the year.

Date Added: 9/21/2023

Commack Road Third Graders Celebrate International Dot Day

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Islip’s Commack Road Elementary School celebrated International Dot Day on Sept. 15, inspired by the classic book “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds.  

In Shannon Dignam’s third grade classroom, students read the book and then engaged in a variety of activities, including a writing activity describing a moment when they felt proud, reflecting the book’s character who feels proud at the end of the story, and using their creativity and imagination to transform colored dots into various items. The third graders then moved outside the classroom to design their own dots with chalk. Some students worked as a team to create a large dot, while others worked individually on their own. Each student received a certificate stating that they had “made their mark” on International Dot Day.

“This day was full of fun and creativity, but also learning,” Dignam said.

School Starts in Islip With Smiles and Sunshine

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Smiles and sunshine were out in abundance on the first day of school in the Islip School District on Sept. 7, as excited students returned to Islip High School, Islip Middle School, Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School, Commack Road Elementary School and Wing Elementary School.

“Despite the heat, our students, staff, and faculty enjoyed a positive start to the school year on our first day of classes,” Islip High School Principal Dr. Lara Gonzalez said.

“Students engaged in a variety of community-building activities and their first lessons in each subject area. Our students and teachers were energized and excited to begin a new school year.”

“Our first day was wonderful,” Islip High School Assistant Principal Charlie Rizzuto said. “It was such a great feeling to have students back in the halls of our school. Watching the students reconnect with each other as well as the faculty and staff who they adore so much was heartwarming, to say the least. Islip pride was on full display!”

“What a wonderful and exciting beginning to another school year,” Islip Middle School Principal Timothy Martin said. “The brilliance of the sunshine was only outshined by the joyful smiles on the children’s faces.”

“The best part of the first day was watching the children, as they entered the school, saw the CRES welcoming adults, recognized a familiar face and ran for a big hug or just to share a loving smile,” said David Seinfeld. Commack Road’s new interim principal. “This even happened for some of our second graders who saw a familiar face from Wing. So special!”

“The first day of school is simply one of my favorites, it’s just so special,” Sherwood Principal Briana James said. “It represents new beginnings, new adventures, new friendships and new challenges. The sky is the limit, and we’re all off and running! We are looking forward to an incredible new year.”

“Wing was full of laughter and smiles as we welcomed our new and returning students,” Principal Catherine Glaser said. “The first day always brings so much energy and enthusiasm as students meet new friends, learn new routines and begin their educational journey. We are so happy to have our children back and are excited about the endless possibilities of this new school year.”

Date Added: 9/13/2023

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