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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 spring! Hopefully the wintry weather is behind us, and we can all settle in for some milder weather. It was a busy March as we just finished up with PARP (Parents as Reading Partners). The students read over 63,409 minutes-truly an amazing job! Even though PARP has ended, we still encourage all of the students to read every night.

This month is shaping up to be a busy one at SES. Our second graders will be going on a field trip to see The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport. As baseball season begins, we will be visited by Long Island's own Quacker Jack, mascot for the Long Island Ducks; our EXCEL program will be hosting a family night fundraiser on May 18 when the Ducks play the York Revolution.

This month's character trait is citizenship. This trait is all about getting our students to be the best people they can be. As I shared with all of the students during a Code of Conduct assembly last month, being a good citizen is all about respecting others, exhibiting leadership qualities, being compassionate, and being the best learners they can be.

April also brings on Spring Recess from April 10-15. Due to the use of a snow day, school will be in session on April 17. We wish everyone happy holidays this month.

Until next month, take care.

Warmest Regards,

Chad Walerstein
Principal, Sherwood Elementary School

The Shoes Are on the Right Feet in EXCEL Class

Fourth-graders in the EXCEL program created their own shoe print patterns and analyzed the difference in latent prints as part of a recent unit of study on mysteries.

Sherwood Student’s "Story" Earns PTA Award of Excellence

Daniel Rubinson, a fifth-grader at Sherwood, earned the New York State PTA Award of Excellence for his music composition “What Is Your Story?” Rubinson’s original piece of music was submitted for the annual PTA Reflections arts contest, and has now advanced to the National PTA Reflections competition, where his work will be judged against compositions by students nationwide.

Neuroscience at Lunchtime


Students in Islip’s EXCEL program for the academically gifted are exploring the world of neuroscience during their lunch periods.

“The human-human interface allows one person’s brain to control another person’s body,” said EXCEL program coordinator Julia Johnson.

Cube Class with EXCEL

As part of a recent interdisciplinary unit on construction and creations, fifth-graders in the EXCEL program learned about 20th century Danish mathematician and game inventor Piet Hein. During the class, the students explored the soma cube, a solid dissection puzzle constructed from seven pieces made out of unit cubes, which was invented by Hein in 1936 during a quantum mechanics lecture. They then made their own soma cubes to take home.

IDEA Provides Game Night for 150 Students


Islip’s IDEA Task Force Coalition hosted a game night at the high school on March 10 for students in grades 5-8 from the middle school, Commack Road and Sherwood. More than 150 students attended the event, enjoying the DJ, entering raffles, and participating in a European handball double elimination tournament as well as video games, table tennis, KanJam, Spikeball and Nok Hockey. IDEA also set up local health and wellness tables to highlight community resources.

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