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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
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Principal's Message

Dear Sherwood Families,

When someone asks me where I work or what I do, my answer is always the same..., "I get to spend my days with incredible children and a talented team of professionals amongst a warm, loving community." Inside and out, the entire Sherwood community works together to make SES a special place to spend the day.

Our building is full of budding authors and artists sharing their stories and masterpieces. The energy and enthusiasm of students who spontaneously break out in dance and storytelling, applause and celebration is inspiring. I am awed by the students, their incredible sense of humor, insight and interest in the world which surrounds them. I'm greeted by hundreds of smiles everyday...smiles so big I can see through the masks we need to wear! It is the people...the children, the staff and the families who make Sherwood Elementary School an amazing place...a true blessing, a blessing I am grateful to be part of!

I would like to thank the Sherwood PTA. During unprecedented times, the PTA continues to find ways to support our school and students. Creative fundraising and events help to keep our students and community engaged. Our building was beautifully decorated in the fall and is now a "Winter Wonderland" enjoyed by both students and staff. Thank you to all our PTA members. Your hard work and generosity are the backbone of our school!

Please take a moment to view our newsletter, SES Life (linked in the sidebar). It is published regularly to give you a taste of student life on Smith Avenue and share with you some of the great things happening here every day. Enjoy!


Curt Juengerkes, Principal

Kindness Week Brings Unity at Commack Road and Sherwood

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At Commack Road and Sherwood elementary schools, Kindness Week brought students and staff together to enhance social-emotional learning and school unity.

At Sherwood, students dressed for each day of the week, wearing Islip gear to show pride, yellow to spread kindness, tie-dye to show peace and love, and purple to promote acceptance on P.S. I Love You Day. To celebrate kindness to animals, students brought in photos of their pets and shared them on the school’s main bulletin board. Sherwood students also engaged in various kindness-oriented activities in classrooms and the library. For example, third graders in Ingrid Mileski’s class began Kindness Week with each student celebrating “Why I Love Myself.” Her students also participated in a “Compli-mat” activity in which the class shared compliments about one another and wrote why each classmate was appreciated.

“The Kindness Week building activities made everyone feel appreciated,” Mileski said.

At Commack Road, an entire Kindness Month in January culminated in a Kindness Spirit Week.

Commack Road’s Spirit Week activities began with a Monday in pajamas, and also included a friendship bulletin board with heart-shaped words and a “Kind & Seek” challenge encouraging students to seek acts of kindness. Teachers Jill Bohnaker, Cheryl Brown, Sara Comiskey and Shannon Dignam created a Great Kindness Challenge poster contest and bulletin board. Snowballs on the board recognized acts of kindness that students caught their classmates doing over the prior month. The week ended with students and staff wearing purple for P.S. I Love You Day and its “Together We Will Rise” theme, led by the fourth-grade class of teachers Meghan Flynn and Christine LeMaire.

“We completed acts of kindness throughout the month of January as a schoolwide kindness initiative,” Commack Road Principal James Cameron said. “It was wonderful to watch the students come together to spread kindness and define success at CRES.”

“Even though the week ended, our class continues to encourage everyone to show kindness and compassion always,” LeMaire said.

As a result of these many kindness activities, Islip was recognized as a Kindness Certified School District by Great Kindness Challenge organizers Kids for Peace.



Islip’s Schools Celebrate the Legacy of MLK

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The profound and lasting legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was celebrated throughout the Islip School District in January.

Kristine O’Malley’s kindergarten and first -grade classes at Wing read stories about Dr. King, learning about fairness and respecting differences, and learned a short song about the civil rights leader.

Before reading a biography written by Dr. King’s niece, Marc Segal’s fifth-grade class at Sherwood passed around a cup of M&Ms, posing the question, “What is the tastiest color M&M?”

“After the read-aloud and class discussion, we arrived at the conclusion that regardless of their color, all M&Ms taste the same,” Segal said. “This was a metaphor for the ideas of equality that Dr. King stood for.”

Ted Dieumegard and Jenna Laura’s fourth-grade class at Commack Road participated in an activity based on four of Dr. King’s quotes. The teachers read the quotes to the students, asked them what they thought they meant, and then clarified their meanings, if necessary. The students then chose the single quote that meant the most to them and explained why.

Fourth graders in Meghan Flynn and Christine LeMaire’s Commack Road class read Doreen Rappaport’s book “Martin’s Big Words,” a “Scholastic News” magazine article about Dr. King and the March on Washington, and a short biography on Dr. King, then worked on posters illustrating important events in his life and his dream.

“Since January is Kindness Month at Commack Road, we used that a buildingwide springboard for students to learn about Dr. King,” said LeMaire. “It helped to draw correlations about how he inspired others to rethink their thoughts, behaviors and way they live. To bring us back to the idea of kindness, compassion and empathy for others school counselor Sara Comiskey presented scenarios to our class to act out and discuss. We had a great day learning about such an important figure who changed history.”