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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
Fax: (631) 650-8658
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8655
Health Office: (631) 650-8675
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Elementary Distance Learning


Chad Walerstein, Principal


Principal's Message

Dear Sherwood Families,

I hope this message finds you well, and you are staying safe and practicing healthy habits. We are entering May, and our distance learning model is entering its second month. By now you have heard that NYS Governor Cuomo has closed all schools for the remainder of this academic year. This is not the news any one of us wanted to hear, but we will make the best of the situation and stay positive.

This past month has seen the world change before our eyes. No one could have predicted this happening. We went from a vibrant school community with smiles and laughter permeating the hallways and classrooms each day to sitting behind screens learning and working in our homes. This is not ideal, but we are making the best of the situation. Teachers have been sending me notes about students who are going above and beyond with their work; some students have been described as "reading machines" and students are doing their best to be successful. This is the news that keeps us moving forward and puts smiles on our faces.

I am sure there are many questions out there about many different topics. The Sherwood team and I have been discussing some ideas of how to continue our connection with the students, but also how we might be able to close out the year for our students. These are topics we will continue to discuss.

The first line of contact should continue to be the classroom teacher. All teachers are available via e-mail, our support staff is available, and I am only an e-mail away as well.

Our support staff is available to support students and families. If you need assistance, please feel free to reach out to our support team:

Social Worker: Mrs. Tramaglini:
School Psychologist: Mrs. Driver:
School Behaviorist: Mrs. Martin:

As we continue with our distance learning model, it is important for students to do their best to stay current with their work to the best of their abilities. We want to ensure that they are continuing to learn and grow.

Please know that we are all in this together, and we are here to support you in any way we can.

We miss all of our students greatly.

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay positive.

Wash your hands!

Warmest Regards,

Chad Walerstein
Sherwood Elementary School

A Heartwarming Display of Support with Sherwood’s Car Parade

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Sherwood students were treated to a car parade on the morning of May 13, with teachers and staff driving through the community to say hello from their cars and renew their connection.

“A huge thank you to our wonderful Sherwood community for coming out and showing their support,” said Principal Chad Walerstein. “We are grateful for all of the signs, verbal thanks and the sheer number of community members and students we saw. All I can say after seeing this display of support is, ‘We miss you too!’ Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you do for us.”

EXCEL Students Teach Each Other Lessons Via Flipgrid

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Elementary and middle schoolers in Islip’s EXCEL program recently enjoyed a “Teacher Swap” virtual learning lesson via Flipgrid, in which the students were given the opportunity to become the teacher and teach a lesson of their choice. They first submitted lesson plans and then shared with their peers across grade levels, teaching each other everything from atomic structure to violin and gardening.