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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
Fax: (631) 650-8658
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8655
Health Office: (631) 650-8675
Attendance: (631) 650-8660



Sherwood Elementary Principal Briana James

Briana James, Principal

Principal's Message

Dear Sherwood Families,

It is with great anticipation and excitement that I write this letter welcoming you and your child(ren) to a new school year!

I hope your summer has been refreshing, and that you have been able to spend some time relaxing and making memories with your loved ones. When the James children (Ainsley, 4, and Greyson, 7) weren't at camp, we enjoyed our first trip to Disney World! Of course, we also feel very blessed to have been able to, once again, enjoy all that beautiful Long Island has to offer. By now, you might know that we truly love having bagel breakfasts at the beach and making s'mores on our late nights. This summer, Greyson turned 7 and is now going into second grade; it's great to be a parent and an educator of children this age!

As we have shared, all of us here at Sherwood strongly believe in open communication and greatly value parental involvement. To be successful in school, our children need support from both home and school; a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child's education. It is my goal to continue to establish and maintain strong parental partnerships, for we know that all of us working together, in the best interest of our children, is the greatest precursor to student success. Throughout the year, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or to learn more about the place where your child spends the majority of his or her time each day! We use Parent Square regularly to communicate, but I always encourage a personal phone call or email, as well. I'm still enjoying getting to know everyone!

As I had shared for the past couple of years, I'm keenly aware of the faith you place in us each and every day as you send your children off to school. I promise to cherish, nurture, and safeguard each and every one of your children and to treat each with dignity and care. Please enjoy the remaining days of summer. I'm very much looking forward to seeing you and your children on the first day of school, and every day thereafter!

Very truly yours,

Briana D. James, Principal

photo of Principal Briana James (top right) with her husband (top left) and two children, posing with Olaf the snowman during their recent visit to Disney World

The James Family - Summer 2023


Islip Debuts Weekly Elementary STEAM Classes

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The Islip School District implemented dedicated weekly STEAM classes in its elementary schools for the 2023-2024 school year. In a recent lesson at Commack Road Elementary School, led by teacher Beth Fazio, students were broken up into pairs and challenged to build different types of cup towers. One challenge included not using their hands.

“This week my third graders had their first-ever STEAM class,” Commack Road teacher Shannon Dignam said. “They loved it and can’t wait to go back.”

Students at both Commack Road and Sherwood Elementary Schools will engage in many more exciting STEAM projects throughout the year.

Date Added: 9/21/2023

School Starts in Islip With Smiles and Sunshine

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Smiles and sunshine were out in abundance on the first day of school in the Islip School District on Sept. 7, as excited students returned to Islip High School, Islip Middle School, Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School, Commack Road Elementary School and Wing Elementary School.

“Despite the heat, our students, staff, and faculty enjoyed a positive start to the school year on our first day of classes,” Islip High School Principal Dr. Lara Gonzalez said.

“Students engaged in a variety of community-building activities and their first lessons in each subject area. Our students and teachers were energized and excited to begin a new school year.”

“Our first day was wonderful,” Islip High School Assistant Principal Charlie Rizzuto said. “It was such a great feeling to have students back in the halls of our school. Watching the students reconnect with each other as well as the faculty and staff who they adore so much was heartwarming, to say the least. Islip pride was on full display!”

“What a wonderful and exciting beginning to another school year,” Islip Middle School Principal Timothy Martin said. “The brilliance of the sunshine was only outshined by the joyful smiles on the children’s faces.”

“The best part of the first day was watching the children, as they entered the school, saw the CRES welcoming adults, recognized a familiar face and ran for a big hug or just to share a loving smile,” said David Seinfeld. Commack Road’s new interim principal. “This even happened for some of our second graders who saw a familiar face from Wing. So special!”

“The first day of school is simply one of my favorites, it’s just so special,” Sherwood Principal Briana James said. “It represents new beginnings, new adventures, new friendships and new challenges. The sky is the limit, and we’re all off and running! We are looking forward to an incredible new year.”

“Wing was full of laughter and smiles as we welcomed our new and returning students,” Principal Catherine Glaser said. “The first day always brings so much energy and enthusiasm as students meet new friends, learn new routines and begin their educational journey. We are so happy to have our children back and are excited about the endless possibilities of this new school year.”

Date Added: 9/13/2023

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