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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,

It is hard to believe that we are at the halfway point of the school year. The time is flying by, and hopefully warmer weather is just around the corner.

This past January, we celebrated the students who participated in this year's PTA Reflections contest. Students created projects in the areas of visual arts, photography, literature, and music for this year's theme, "Within Reach". Congratulations to all of the student participants:

Ella Evans
Kieran Freelin
Arthur Hampson
Riley Haynes
Alyssa Muschenick

Jenna Haug
Brady Nash
Eve Schnatz

Olivia Johnson
Lena Schwarz

Visual Arts
Jenna Haug
Riley Haynes
Matthew Levy
Carver Mason
Rylee Moran

A special congratulations to Lena Scwarz who received an Award of Excellence in the area of musical composition at the primary level for Suffolk County, and congratulations to Olivia Johnson who received an Award of Excellence in the area of musical composition at the intermediate level for Suffolk County. Both students now move on for judging at the State level. Best of luck to both students!

In January, our PTA also hosted a Bingo Night Family Fun Night. This was a fun time for all that participated. Guest callers included faculty and staff members from Sherwood. We must thank our 5th grade student council students and National Honor Society students from Islip High School for helping out, and of course our wonderful PTA for putting this event together.

This month, we will also have P.A.R.P. (Pick a Reading Partner). This year's theme is "Go For the Gold" and has reading activities pertaining to this month's Winter Olympics. Packets should be going home shortly. We look forward to students participating in this event!

Moving into February, our Habit of the Month will be Habit 4: Think Win-Win. This habit teaches students to focus on what other people want, and not just what they want. Thinking win-win allows students to problem solve when an issue comes up with another person, and helps students realize that being kind to others matters.

We wish everyone a great month. As a reminder, all Islip Public Schools will be closed from February 19-23 for Mid-Winter Recess. See you next month.

Have a great month!

Warmest Regards,

Chad Walerstein

NAMM Award Shows Strength of Islip’s Music Program

NAMM Award Shows Strength of Islip’s Music Program photo

The district has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation, recognizing’s Islip’s outstanding commitment to music education.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation, now in its 19th year, is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Islip answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“Music instruction has always been a part of the fabric here in Islip,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “Being recognized for our diligence on a national level strengthens our resolve to continue this important work.”

A Spring for Strings at Annual Festival

A Spring for Strings at Annual Festival
A Spring for Strings at Annual Festival 2
A Spring for Strings at Annual Festival 3

Bringing together hundreds of young orchestra musicians from several of the district’s buildings, the recent annual spring districtwide String Festival continued a tradition of giving student string players a chance to shine as well as perform as a massed group.

“The String Festival gives older students an opportunity to appreciate how far they’ve come as musicians, while giving younger students the opportunity to see what they can become with practice,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “The opportunity to play as part of an orchestra of 200 caps off a singular musical event for the district.”

Sherwood’s ‘Stars’ Shine at Talent Show

Sherwood’s ‘Stars’ Shine at Talent Show

The “stars” came out to shine at Sherwood’s March talent show. During the “Night of the Stars,” students from grades 2-5 participated as part of 34 different acts including singers, dancers and comedians.

“It was so great to see our students show their many talents,” said Principal Chad Walerstein. “Thanks to our amazing PTA for their hard work putting this together.”

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