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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,

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that it is 2020. I hope that everyone had a restful holiday break with family and friends. January is a time for new beginnings, but we are also coming to the halfway point of the school year, and students will have to show perseverance and continue to work hard. As we begin the second half of the school year, we have many activities planned for the students.

We ended 2019 with our amazing Sherwood musicians performing in the Winter Concert at the Islip Middle School. Our Level I band and orchestra all performed in their very first concert and showed that all of their hard work had paid off. Additionally, our Level II band, Level II orchestra and chorus also showed off their musical talent. The students also had the opportunity to perform at Islip MacArthur Airport; this performance was well-received, and the students sounded great.

This month, we have several different assembly programs planned for the students; Danielle Wynn, a representative from the Islip Town Department of Environmental Control will come to discuss the importance of recycling on Wednesday January 8. On Thursday, January 16, Sherwood Elementary School, in cooperation with Commack Road Elementary School, will welcome the Suffolk County Police Department Community Relations Bureau who will do a presentation entitled "Being Police Smart" for 4th and 5th grade students and their parents/guardians. This presentation will be about appropriate use of social media and technology. Finally, on January 30, Mike Harrold will visit to share his presentation, "A Multicultural Journey" all about Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands; he was here last year for an assembly program, and he was well-received by teachers and students.

This month our 5th graders will also be attending their Commerce Plaza field trip. This unique experience teaches the students all about a functioning community and includes experiential learning in which the students will learn various jobs and actually perform those jobs for the day. We are looking forward to this experience for the students.

This January, we will celebrate our PTA Reflections winners. The awards ceremony will take place on January 29 at 6:00 pm in the Sherwood library. Congratulations to all our participants! Once again, welcome back. Have a great January.

Warmest Regards,

Chad Walerstein
Sherwood Elementary School

Islip to Send 47 Student-Musicians to Perform at SCMEA All-County

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A total of 47 students from Islip were chosen for the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s 2020 All-County festivals, which feature the top student musicians in the county in grades 5 through 10 (the grade 11 and 12 festival was held earlier in the school year).  Rehearsals and concert performances for these students will take place in March.

Fifth and sixth graders selected for the SCMEA Division I All-County Chorus were Vaughan Gerrard, Sofia Mara and Bridget Slattery of Commack Road; Connor Clifford and Olivia Pacifico of Sherwood; and Addison DeFalco, Lucas Jordan and Juliana Sclafani of the middle school.   

Fifth and sixth graders selected for the SCMEA Division I All-County Band were Nicholas Gulick of Commack Road; Ali Guzman, Matthew Levy and Carissa Zaneski of Sherwood; and Connor Ancipink, Jasmin Fields-Robinson and Jaydn Zink of the middle school.                   

Fifth and sixth graders selected for the SCMEA Division I All-County Orchestra were Fallan Rao of Commack Road; Isabella Conzo of Sherwood; and Ryan Nieves and Avery Roche of the middle school.                   

Middle school seventh and eighth graders selected for SCMEA Division II All-County were Jessica Cruz, Sabrina Frazer, Olivia Johnson, Louise Kane, Jake Mulholland and Jacob Schifter (band); Emma Cirulnick, Skylar Greene, Rebecca Leo, Michelle Quinteros, Annalee Thorn, Daniel Turk and Jolie Williams (chorus); and Alexander Baaden, Lia Guzman, Lauren Limmer, Daniel Rubinson and Delaney Tauer (orchestra).                  

High school freshmen and sophomores selected for SCMEA Division III All-County were Hannah Evans (band); Richie Castronova, Leah Cyran, Brendan Farrell, Maggie Frazer, Isabella Green, Madelynn Lang, Alan Lawrence and Ryan Van Nostrand (chorus); and Kaitlyn Trocchio (orchestra).

Five Islip String Students Set to Perform at LISFA

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For the first time in more than 10 years, Islip’s music department is participating in the Long Island String Festival, with five of the district’s string musicians selected to attend.

The high school’s Shannon Brody and Leah Cyran (prepared by teacher Zachary Butterfield) will perform at the LISFA secondary concert, to be held Jan. 12 at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip.

Commack Road’s Fallon Rao and Natalie Rodriguez (prepared by teacher Rachel Tria) and Sherwood’s Isabella Conzo (prepared by teacher Holly Markee) will perform at the LISFA intermediate concert, to be held Jan. 26 at Northport High School.

“I congratulate these students and all the teachers – music and otherwise – who have made this achievement possible,” said Dr. Jeff S. Dailey, Islip’s interim director of fine and performing arts.

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