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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,

Greetings and welcome to November. We are just about finished with the first trimester of the school year, and the cold weather is just around the corner. It has been a busy time at Sherwood, and November will be no different.

We are in the throes of our house system, and this month we will have our next House activity; this will take place during the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. We will also host our 5th grade Sports Night, and this year, the students will be competing in events with their housemates. They will not only compete for the Sherwood Cup, but will also be rewarded with house points that will benefit all students in their house in grades 2-4 as well! This is truly a Win-Win for all.

This month our PTA is bringing an author to Sherwood! Charles Smith, Jr. is the author of I Am America, Rimshots, and Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali, an award winning picture book. Mr. Smith was also a competitor on American Ninja Warrior. We are excited to host him to share his story.

Additionally, this month, our second graders will be visiting Brookhaven National Lab; this visit will provide additional hands-on activities for our students to show them some real world applications that further support our STEM instruction and Amplify Science Program.

Our Annual Night of Giving will take place on November 20; this is a great event for our students to see the importance of helping others. This year we are collecting items by house; please see the items each house is responsible to bring in the November edition of the school newsletter, linked in the sidebar of this page.

Lastly, some reminders:

Superintendent's Conference Day; November 5
Make-Up Photos; November 8
Veteran's Day; School Closed November 11
Thanksgiving Recess; November 27-29

Have a great November!

Warmest Regards,

Chad Walerstein
Sherwood Elementary School

Fifth Graders Get Into Character at Sherwood’s Biography Day

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At the annual Biography Day event at Sherwood, fifth graders dressed in character impressed visiting family members by reciting facts about their chosen notable past or present persons.


Elementary Students have a Spooktacularly Fun Time at MS

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The district celebrated Halloween a day early with an afterschool Spooktacular sponsored by Islip Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society and student government. Colorfully costumed students from Commack Road, Sherwood and Wing visited the middle school on Oct. 30 for games and fun.

Islip Hosts Information Night for ELL Families

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To help familiarize them with the school district and its programs, the Islip School District hosted a parent orientation for its English Language Learners at the high school on the evening of Oct. 22. Islip currently has students who speak 19 different languages, up from 17 last year. with 82 percent Spanish-speaking.

Priscilla Zarate, the district’s ENL and world language coordinator, welcomed parents and students to the meeting. Zarate presented information on the district’s academic offerings, programs and services available to ELL students, based on New York State Department of Education regulations.

Following the presentation, parents and students were invited to the cafeteria, where they could visit with different school and community informational tables. The district’s Parent Teacher Associations, Islip Public Library, Long Island Immigrant Student Advocates, APAC International Culinary Arts Academy and school nutrition representatives were available to meet with parents and answer questions. Students had the opportunity to visit different stations with books, coloring, Legos and hands-on robotics. Each student went home with a backpack filled with books and school supplies. Parents were also able to meet with ENL teachers from across the district and learn about the specifics of each building during a breakout session later in the evening. The high school’s World Language Honor Society students were on hand to work with the students in the cafeteria while parents visited with teachers in the classrooms.

Five Students Honored at Hispanic Heritage Ceremony

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Islip School District held its third annual Hispanic Heritage recognition event on Oct. 15, celebrating the culture, language and contributions that Hispanic, Hispanic heritage and Hispanic American students have made to the district.

At the ceremony, held at the Board of Education meeting in the middle school library in front of proud families, students – one from each of the district’s schools – were recognized: Melissa Castellanos Orellana of Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School, Osman Marroquin-Mejia of Islip High School, Nicole Matute of Islip Middle School, Jeremy Pacheco of Wing Elementary School and Joshua Trejo Jandres of Commack Road Elementary School.

“These students’ civic and community engagement contributions continue to make Islip a better place,” said Priscilla Zarate, Islip’s coordinator of ENL and world languages.

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