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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! I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing spring break, and that everyone enjoyed the holidays with family and loved ones. It has been a busy month, and as hard as it is to believe, we are coming down to the home stretch of the school year.

First, we would like to thank the PTA for all of their hard work this past month in organizing our Earth Day activities. Students had the opportunity to plant seeds in recycled egg cartons, and bring them home to watch them grow. The PTA also put together the Sherwood Talent Show. It was great to see all of the students exhibiting their various talents on stage in front of the community! Special thanks to our PTA President, Ms. Sanders, the Talent Show chair, Ms. De Lapi, and Ms. Breslin who helped out preparing the music, and all of the other parent volunteers. Also, thank you to Ms. Markee for helping out during the show as well. Great job by all!

May is going to be a busy time! The month begins with NYS mathematics assessments May 2-4. On May 9, we will be celebrating our friend and colleague Maureen Bodkin with the dedication of a plaque; we hope you can join us for this fitting tribute. On May 11, we will have the first of our two spring concerts at 7:00 pm in the Islip Middle School auditorium; we hope you can join us to hear the amazing music groups perform.

Please remember that due to the use of snow days, school will be in session on May 25 and 26. Wishing everyone a great month.

See you in June!

Warmest Regards,
Chad Walerstein
Sherwood Elementary School Principal

A Dome Demonstration by EXCEL

Demonstrating the power of teamwork, communication and perseverance, fifth-graders in Islip’s EXCEL program constructed a geodesic dome out of nothing more than newspaper, a bit of tape and lot of hard work.

Sardelli at Sherwood: A Visit from a Poet


Long Island author and poet Darren Sardelli recently visited Sherwood, reading several of his poems and speaking to the students about how he became a writer.

Inspired by Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss, Sardelli’s humorous work includes the popular 2009 children’s poetry collection “Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie (And Other School Poems That Are Out of This World!)”.  

Islip’s Music Program Earns Another NAMM Award

The NAMM Foundation has again recognized the strength of the district’s rigorous music program, awarding it a Best Communities for Music Education designation for 2017. Islip was one of only 4 percent of districts nationwide to be honored with this annual award, now in its 18th year, recognizing an exemplary commitment to music education.

“The Islip School District and the community at large value the arts,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “Our students are not a test score or a GPA – they are unique individuals. As a community, we work hard to give each of them the opportunities and support to become a whole person and not a transcript. We strive to give our students the chance to explore the arts and become whomever they wish, whether an athlete, poet, scientist or artist.”

A Chance for Islip’s String Musicians to Shine


Islip’s recent annual spring districtwide String Festival, held at the middle school’s auditorium, featured performers from around the district, including two orchestras each from Commack Road, Sherwood and the middle school, and the high school’s orchestra, chamber orchestra and electric string ensembles.

This year the event’s musical selections included Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” performed by guitar students and the combined middle and high school orchestras. Continuing a tradition, the event culminated in a performance of the combined ensembles, with nearly 300 students playing the “William Tell Overture.”

According to Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts, the String Festival began three years in response to a lack of opportunity for student string players.

“Musicians other than string players have lots of chances to both perform and hear great local performances,” said Green. “Marching bands and choral concerts abound, but orchestral gigs are less common. We wanted our students to have the opportunity to stand side-by-side with players like them, whether it’s the senior recalling what his first sounds were like or the fourth-grader aspiring to play the electric cello in high school.”

The Shoes Are on the Right Feet in EXCEL Class

Fourth-graders in the EXCEL program created their own shoe print patterns and analyzed the difference in latent prints as part of a recent unit of study on mysteries.

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