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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.

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Telephone Directory   
Main Office: (631) 650-8650
Fax: (631) 650-8658
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8655
Health Office: (631) 650-8675
Attendance: (631) 650-8660



Sherwood Elementary Principal Briana James

Briana James, Principal

Principal's Message

Dear Sherwood Families,

It is with great anticipation and excitement that I write this letter welcoming you and your child(ren) to a new school year!

I hope your summer has been refreshing, and that you have been able to spend some time relaxing and making memories with your loved ones. When the James children (Ainsley, 4, and Greyson, 7) weren't at camp, we enjoyed our first trip to Disney World! Of course, we also feel very blessed to have been able to, once again, enjoy all that beautiful Long Island has to offer. By now, you might know that we truly love having bagel breakfasts at the beach and making s'mores on our late nights. This summer, Greyson turned 7 and is now going into second grade; it's great to be a parent and an educator of children this age!

As we have shared, all of us here at Sherwood strongly believe in open communication and greatly value parental involvement. To be successful in school, our children need support from both home and school; a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child's education. It is my goal to continue to establish and maintain strong parental partnerships, for we know that all of us working together, in the best interest of our children, is the greatest precursor to student success. Throughout the year, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or to learn more about the place where your child spends the majority of his or her time each day! We use Parent Square regularly to communicate, but I always encourage a personal phone call or email, as well. I'm still enjoying getting to know everyone!

As I had shared for the past couple of years, I'm keenly aware of the faith you place in us each and every day as you send your children off to school. I promise to cherish, nurture, and safeguard each and every one of your children and to treat each with dignity and care. Please enjoy the remaining days of summer. I'm very much looking forward to seeing you and your children on the first day of school, and every day thereafter!

Very truly yours,

Briana D. James, Principal

photo of Principal Briana James (top right) with her husband (top left) and two children, posing with Olaf the snowman during their recent visit to Disney World

The James Family - Summer 2023


Sherwood Celebrates Kindness on Unity Day

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Students proudly wore orange on Oct. 17 as Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School celebrated Unity Day. The event is the keystone of National Bullying Prevention Month, an awareness campaign founded by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006.

“It was great to see Sherwood come together to celebrate kindness, acceptance and inclusion within our whole school community of students, teachers, staff and parents; all sharing a visible message that no one should ever experience bullying,” school counselor Kate Kiesling said.

Date Added: 10/25/2023

Islip Celebrates Homecoming Pride in Spite of Rain

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A deluge of drizzles failed to tamp down the enormous school spirit on display in Islip on Oct. 14, as the community rallied to march proudly in the annual homecoming parade, participate in fun games at an indoor carnival and cheer on their beloved football Bucs. The parade included representatives from the high school’s pep band, kickline and cheerleaders as well as students and families from Islip Middle School, Commack Road Elementary School, Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School and Wing Elementary School. The football team played tough in a loss to Shoreham-Wading River, and the day’s sense of joy and Islip pride remained throughout.

Date Added: 10/17/2023

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