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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,

We have just come off of our mid-winter break, and we are ready for the warmer weather and all that the beginning of spring can bring us. We are gearing up for an exciting March full of great events for the students.

This month kicks off with PARP (Pick a Reading Partner). Our PTA has done an amazing job developing different activities for PARP with a March Madness theme. The students will take part in several different sports-related reading activities, and the classes will compete in a reading challenge with brackets to see which classes advance to later rounds and which class will win the challenge. The goal is for the students to read 100,000 minutes over the two weeks of PARP; that's just over 300 minutes in two weeks, or just over 20 minutes per night! We can do this! See the PARP packet that was sent home for more information! PARP also coincides with the PTA Book Fair. The Book Fair will take place March 13-14 with an evening event on the 14th. We hope to see you there.

On March 6th, Legislator Tom Cilmi will be coming to Sherwood to discuss civics and government with our third graders who are in the midst of studying civics in social studies. We are looking forward to his insights about what a life in government is like. On March 14th, our second and third graders will learn all about dental hygiene when representatives from Dr. Vatagliano's office come to visit.

Our Habit of the Month for March is Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This habit teaches students to listen to others without interrupting and to understand other people's views and feelings, even if they are different from their own. This is something that is important to know each day in school and in life. We encourage you to discuss these ideas with your children at home.

The IDEA Task Force is hosting a Game Night at Islip High School on March 22nd from 6-8pm. This event is for 5th-8th graders. The cost is $5 and permission slips were sent home at the end of February. We hope there is a great showing of fifth graders!

As a reminder, there is a Superintendent's Conference Day on March 18th. School will be closed for students that day.

See you next month.

Warmest Regards,
Chad Walerstein
Sherwood Elementary School

Cilmi Scrutinizes Civics at Sherwood

Cilmi Scrutinizes Civics at Sherwood
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Cilmi Scrutinizes Civics at Sherwood 3
As part of a social studies unit on civics and government, third-graders at Sherwood were visited by Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi for a discussion of the process. Cilmi detailed the branches of government for the students as well as the importance of political parties, while student questions included what it’s like to be a legislator and whether Cilmi plans to run for senator.

Artistic Creativity Recognized at Annual District Art Show

Artistic Creativity Recognized at Annual District Art Show

Welcoming an exceptional array of 66 student-artists from kindergarten through 12th grade, Islip presented its annual District Art Show on Feb. 13 at the high school’s auditorium lobby. The high school chamber orchestra, directed by Zachary Butterfield, provided lovely musical accompaniment for the event.

“Visual artists, unlike performance artists, don’t often get public recognition or applause,” said Vincent Green, Islip’s director of fine and performing arts. “The art show is a wonderful opportunity for the Islip community to recognize the creativity of these young artists. Let this night inspire them and others to continue learning, growing and creating.”


A Night of Pizza, Principals and Police Brings Internet Safety to Islip

 A Night of Pizza, Principals and Police Brings Internet Safety to Islip

Commack Road and Sherwood elementary schools partnered with the Suffolk County Police Department on Jan. 17 for the second annual PTA-sponsored “Being Police SMART: A Pizza Party with the Principals and Police” event, held at the middle school. Sherwood Principal Chad Walerstein and Commack Road Acting Principal Lynn Burke were joined by Suffolk County Police Department Community Relations Bureau Officer Sabrina Pitch and 3rd Precinct Community Liaison Officer Eiffel Ramirez to discuss electronics usage and internet and gaming safety.

After enjoying a family pizza party in the dining room, students and their parents moved into the school auditorium for the presentation portion of the evening. District attendees included Islip’s superintendent, Dr. Ellen Semel, and the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Dr. Christopher Smalley, as well as Board of Education Vice President Tom Leggio.

“Basically, online etiquette is our 21st century character education,” said Walerstein in his welcoming introduction. “In the past, we might have taught students about different character traits to represent themselves. Now they have to do those things online. One of the things that we teach students at Sherwood is the THINK acronym. We tell them, before you click, before you say or do something online, think about it. Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind? Whenever we have students come down to the office dealing with social media issues, we point to the THINK sign in my office.”

Officer Pitch, a familiar face as a countywide school presenter for the past several years, provided helpful tips and proactive strategies to keep students safe. She urged the assembled parents to keep communicating with their children regarding internet usage and devices, and discussed the challenge of keeping up with current social media apps and websites frequented by students.

“Every day there’s thousands of new apps out there,” Pitch said. “As soon as you learn about something, they’re on to the next thing.”

She also warned that children shouldn’t play “detective” with potentially dangerous adults on the internet.

“They think it’s this game where they’re going to get the bad guy,” she said. “Kids are in your home with the door closed, you’re in the other room, and they have their pajamas on. They think that they are safe, but they’re not. Strangers are just as dangerous online.”

Pitch emphasized that any negative or inappropriate words or images that a student says or posts online, even privately, can be disseminated indefinitely and cause significant harm.

“If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online,” Pitch told the students, leaving them with words of wisdom to guide them in future online endeavors.

Concluding the evening, the Commack and Sherwood PTAs raffled off a pair of Amazon Kindle Fires to two lucky students.

Observing Plants in Winter at Sherwood

Observing Plants in Winter at Sherwood
After reading about how scientists study habitats, Amy Contant’s second-grade students at Sherwood recently observed plants in their winter state as part of a science unit on plant and animal relationships. Sherwood fifth-graders marked off sections in an area on the school grounds for the sample study site, while the second-graders broke into groups to observe. They then drew and labeled anything that they observed in their site, including grass, leaves, moss, worms and small holes.