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Committed to Excellence

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 seems that autumn is finally here. The cool air has arrived, and the leaves are falling from the trees. It is hard to believe that November is here, and winter is right around the corner.

November is going to be quite a busy month. Our PTA Food Drive is still in full swing; please bring any non-perishable food items to the front office. Our PTA will host the Sherwood Night of Giving on 11/14, and they will be sending more information out about the event shortly.

This month, we are beginning to highlight some of our students in our newsletter. If you scroll down you will see updates from some of our fourth graders. Our aim is to include students as much as possible to give them more ownership in their school. We hope that you enjoy the short videos below.

Our habit of the month for the month of November is "Begin With the End in Mind" and we are encouraging students to focus on their responsibilities. Among the ideas we will try to foster this month are to plan ahead; to think about the choices they make every day; and to set goals for things that have meaning and will make a difference. We hope that you will discuss these ideas with your children as we try to promote these positive habits!

Some reminders for our fifth graders. The fifth grade is fresh off of their successful Biography Day, and they will have their annual Sports Night on November 16th; additionally, they will be taking a field trip to see the movie Wonder on November 21st.

Finally, some general reminders for the month of November: Superintendent's Conference Day will take place on 11/7; school make-up photos will take place on 11/9; school will be closed on 11/10 in observation of Veteran's Day; and Thanksgiving recess will be 11/23-11/24.

I wish everyone a great month, and a warm and happy Thanksgiving to all. See you next month.

Warmest Regards,

Chad Walerstein

Islip Honors Hispanic Heritage

Islip Honors Hispanic Heritage

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the district honored five Hispanic, Hispanic heritage and Hispanic American students who have demonstrated civic and community engagement at different levels.

High school senior Brianna Sanchez, middle school eighth-grader Desiree Pagan, Commack Road fifth-grader Nicole Matute, Sherwood fifth-grader Jose Ruiz Segura and Wing kindergartner Jayden Guevara-Jandres were recognized at the Oct. 24 Board of Education meeting, held at the middle school library. In attendance to congratulate the honorees were Suffolk County legislators Tom Cilmi and Monica Martinez.

Time to Be a Genius at Sherwood

Time to Be a Genius at Sherwood

Fourth-graders in Lynn Coyle’s classroom at Sherwood have recently been working on “Genius Hour” projects. The Genius Hour initiative – also known as “passion projects” or “20 percent time” – allows students the opportunity to pursue anything that matters to them and create a product to share with the world around them.