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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,

It is hard to believe that we are at the halfway point of the school year. The time is flying by, and hopefully warmer weather is just around the corner.

This past January, we celebrated the students who participated in this year's PTA Reflections contest. Students created projects in the areas of visual arts, photography, literature, and music for this year's theme, "Within Reach". Congratulations to all of the student participants:

Ella Evans
Kieran Freelin
Arthur Hampson
Riley Haynes
Alyssa Muschenick

Jenna Haug
Brady Nash
Eve Schnatz

Olivia Johnson
Lena Schwarz

Visual Arts
Jenna Haug
Riley Haynes
Matthew Levy
Carver Mason
Rylee Moran

A special congratulations to Lena Scwarz who received an Award of Excellence in the area of musical composition at the primary level for Suffolk County, and congratulations to Olivia Johnson who received an Award of Excellence in the area of musical composition at the intermediate level for Suffolk County. Both students now move on for judging at the State level. Best of luck to both students!

In January, our PTA also hosted a Bingo Night Family Fun Night. This was a fun time for all that participated. Guest callers included faculty and staff members from Sherwood. We must thank our 5th grade student council students and National Honor Society students from Islip High School for helping out, and of course our wonderful PTA for putting this event together.

This month, we will also have P.A.R.P. (Pick a Reading Partner). This year's theme is "Go For the Gold" and has reading activities pertaining to this month's Winter Olympics. Packets should be going home shortly. We look forward to students participating in this event!

Moving into February, our Habit of the Month will be Habit 4: Think Win-Win. This habit teaches students to focus on what other people want, and not just what they want. Thinking win-win allows students to problem solve when an issue comes up with another person, and helps students realize that being kind to others matters.

We wish everyone a great month. As a reminder, all Islip Public Schools will be closed from February 19-23 for Mid-Winter Recess. See you next month.

Have a great month!

Warmest Regards,

Chad Walerstein

Police Smart Presentation Proves Informative for Commack Road and Sherwood

Police Smart Presentation Proves informative for Commack Road and Sherwood

Commack Road and Sherwood recently collaborated to provide local families with a Police Smart seminar on digital citizenship. Organized by Commack Road Principal James Cameron and Sherwood Principal Chad Walerstein, in cooperation with the Suffolk County Police Department, more than 120 students and parents participated in an informative evening about electronic usage as well as Internet and gaming safety.

The evening was supported by Parent Teacher Associations from both school, which donated Kindle Fire HD tablets that were raffled off to one lucky student from each building.

During the session, Community Relations Bureau officer Sabrina Pitch provided helpful tips and proactive strategies to keep students safe in the digital world. Pitch shared information on apps that allow predators to gain access to children.

“Every parent should attend a presentation like this one,” said Sherwood PTA member Christine Breslin. “It was so informative and truly eye-opening. It's such a scary world for our children and presentations like this help us stay in the know and keep our children safe.”

“This presentation helped reinforce to children that the rules we have in the house are not scare tactics or mean, they are only to keep them safe,” said Commack Road PTA member Hope Keeney-Bowe.  “Thank you to Mr. Cameron, Mr. Walerstein and Officer Pitch for opening the door for an honest conversation to take place with our children.”

Fourth-Grade Forensic Foray for Islip’s EXCEL

Fourth-Grade Forensic Foray for Islip’s EXCEL
During a recent scientific foray into forensics, fourth-grade detectives in Islip’s EXCEL program worked to determine the “culprit” with blood typing skills.

Sherwood Virtual Field Trip Connects Cultures and Canoes

Sherwood Virtual Field Trip Connects Cultures and Canoes 1
Sherwood Virtual Field Trip Connects Cultures and Canoes 2
Sherwood Virtual Field Trip Connects Cultures and Canoes 3

Fifth-graders at Sherwood took part in a virtual field trip to the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario on Feb. 2. Held via Skype, the interaction was facilitated by technology integration specialist Timothy Brush. The students could see and hear museum curators displaying and discussing historical artifacts, which correlated with their social studies curriculum on Canada including Canadian geography, landforms and waterways; the First Peoples of the Americas; complex societies’ development of resources and trade; and European exploration and its effects.

“The skits they did were funny,” said student AJ Sodaro. “It gave us an idea of how the First Peoples and Europeans interacted.”

“I really liked all the artifacts they showed us,” said Dylan Ruland.

“The way they showed how their canoes were made was really cool,” said Reese Breslin. “We couldn’t believe how much stuff they could carry in them.”

“ it was very interactive and engaging,” said Devan Lange. “It was amazing how these people could make things so advanced so long ago.”

“Any time we can engage students in learning about cultures around the world without leaving the classroom, it is a win-win,” said Principal Chad Walerstein. “Technology is allowing our students to become citizens of the world, and I am happy we have the opportunity to provide the students of Islip with these amazing experiences.”

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