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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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Main Office: (631) 650-8650
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Elementary Distance Learning


Chad Walerstein, Principal


Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back; I hope everyone had a relaxing mid-winter break. The days are getting longer, and hopefully soon, the weather will be getting warmer.

This month, we are kicking off PARP (Pick a Reading Partner); this year's theme is Fun and Games With Reading. During PARP, students are challenged to spend at least 20 minutes per day reading with a buddy; this could be a parent/guardian, sibling, or any other person that is special to them. While reading is encouraged every day, during PARP, the students will be rewarded for their hard work. The class that reads the most minutes will get a special reward! To help promote reading, we will be hosting the spring book fair on March 11th and 12th. One additional piece of PARP this year is a special community service project. This year, we will be doing a book collection in cooperation with the Book Fairies a local organization that provides books to people in need throughout the New York Metropolitan area. We will have a box outside of the Main Office from March 2nd through March 13th.

We have several different events coming up this month. The Long Island Ducks Mascot, Quacker Jack will be visiting us on March 3 to help promote the District EXCEL fundraiser. We also have several presentations this month; PSE&G will be presenting to grades 2 and 3 on energy conservation on March 23rd, and our own second graders from Ms. Contant/Ms. Kruger's class and Dr. Coyle's classes will be presenting their play "Nuts" to all of our students at the end of the month.

We also continue to work on the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. These habits are fostered each day through our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) House System; students are given tickets when they are seen doing the right thing and exemplifying the 7 Habits.

Finally, a reminder of some upcoming assessments. On March 18th, all 3rd graders will be taking the OLSAT assessments. On March 24th - 27th, 3rd-5th graders will be taking the NYS ELA assessments. Each grade level will be assigned specific dates. More information will be sent out in the coming weeks.

Have a great month.

Warmest Regards,

Chad Walerstein
Sherwood Elementary School

Food, Friends and Fun at Sherwood’s First Pasta Night

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At Sherwood, Feb. 13 was an evening of food, family, friends and fun. Dubbed “Pasta Night at Villa Sherwood,” the event allowed the entire school community – including Board of Education Vice President Tom Leggio and trustee Matthew Clareen – to enjoy a delicious meal and wonderful company together.

“We were thrilled to have students, family and many staff members join us for our first ever pasta dinner and hope to make this an annual event,” said Sherwood PTA representative Kristy Evans.  

Islip’s Young Artists Displayed at Public Library

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In celebration of Youth Art Month, works of art by 17 students from each of the district’s buildings will be displayed at the Islip Public Library through the end of March. Selected were high school freshman Emily Wirth, sophomore Amanda Sayles, junior Janae Lindsay and seniors Lilah Lacetera and Gabrielle Nicolae; middle school eighth graders Sadia Afghani, Erica Carter, Annika Cripe, Gabriella Dirosse, Megan Ortenzi and Jasmine Ramos; Commack Road third grader Emirson Canales and fourth grader Alyssa Williams; Sherwood second grader Murphy Wallace and fourth grader Emily Gowen; and Wing first graders Frankie Kaatsiz and Anthony Wade.

“This show gives the public in Islip a small glimpse of the tremendous creativity fostered by the art department in Islip’s schools,” said Dr. Jeff Dailey, Islip’s interim director of fine and performing arts. “Nurtured by the unrivaled art faculty here, the art by the talented students in Islip is, for a month, accessible to all residents.”

The library is located at 71 Monell Avenue in Islip. Admission is free. For hours and other information, visit

Work by 75 Student-Artists Exhibited at Annual Show

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The district recognized 75 talented student-artists at its annual Districtwide Art Show, held on Feb. 12 at the high school’s auditorium lobby. Selected for exhibition were Brianna Altman, Leo Bacelli, Samantha Christiansen, Lilianna Colon, Megan Colwell, Nina Del Re, Madison Gremli, Tatum Hardekopf, Janae Lindsay, Madelyn Marinelli, Sara Mecozzi, Matt Miller, Gabrielle Nicolae, Anna Rahner, Micah Ruiz, Amanda Sayles, Trixie Sherry, Jade Valentin, Riley Wallace and Emily Wirth of the high school; Tiana Arroyo, Matthew Breslin, Gavin Connell, Addison DeFalco, Erica DeLapi, Tansley Desrosiers, Abby Dieumegard, Aidan Files, Sabrina Frazer, Alexis Hand, Carly Herrington, Keira Jantz, Shylah Kerry, Samantha Krut, Amanda Mardones-Miranda, Lauren McSweeney, Luna Mendoza, Jaci Narducci, Joette Olds, Andrew Owens, Jakeline Romero, Cole Rudner, Juliana Sclafani, Gianna Trojcak and Katalina Villalba of the middle school; Kayla Baker, Abigail Butler-Lentini, Emirson Canales, Daniela Capolongo, James Infante, Elise Lettieri, Julianna Pepitone, Griffin Roche, Laytin Veith and Alyssa Williams of Commack Road; Tillie Ancipink, Max Carminio, Emily Gowen, Brooke Lemanczyk, Aimee Rich, Keela Salerno, Charlee Semple, Amelia Touhey, Oscar Villatoro and Murphy Wallace of Sherwood; and Makenzy Covelli, Jason Farrell, Bruce Hart, Maisie Howe, Frankie Kaatsiz, Kendall Loud, Aliyah Pazmino, Katrina Petersen, Julia Sanchez and Anthony Wade of Wing.

After the artists’ proud families had a chance to view the displayed artworks, they moved to the auditorium for a performance by the high school’s chamber orchestra, directed by Zachary Butterfield, and an introductory address by Dr. Jeff S. Dailey, Islip’s interim director of fine and performing arts.

“Every artist gets to experience the miracle of creation,” Dailey said. “A straight line can become a giraffe or a dinosaur or the most beautiful flower ever created. A lump of clay, dug from the ground, can – in the right hands – become a vase, a sculpture or a cookie jar. The goal of art education is to prepare students for a lifetime of creativity. By learning to be creative and resourceful at a young age, the students here in Islip can go forth into the future with the ability to solve problems, to adhere to deadlines and to bring beauty into a world that desperately needs it. These students have generated – out of nothing but their own imaginations – aesthetically pleasing art which helps the viewer leave the cares of life behind and invites us to enter into a world of fantasy and beauty. We thank them for this invitation and congratulate them on their achievements.”

Fifth Graders Learn About Business at Commerce Plaza

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Over the course of four days, all fifth-grade classes at Commack Road and Sherwood recently participated in a Commerce Plaza field trip. A simulated business community, Commerce Plaza allows students to experience true-to-life transactions, management activities and business operations as well as a sense of success. Economic lessons were taught prior to the trip, with students learning how to write a check and keep a ledger.

“The goal of Commerce Plaza was to provide our students with an immersive business experience to prepare them for the real-world workforce,” said teacher Lori Knudsen.  

Elementary Students Learn with Flipgrid

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Young students across the district are using video discussion platform Flipgrid to enhance skills and projects. At Wing, kindergarters learned how to use Flipgrid  to practice speaking skills; the district’s technology integration specialist, Timothy Brush, worked with fifth graders at Sherwood to teach them how Flipgrid works; while at Commack Road, students reflected on their past reading goals in order to come up with new ones, using Flipgrid to record these plans.

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