Sherwood Spirit

January 2019

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From Mr. Walerstein's Desk

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a restful holiday break with family and friends. January is a time for a fresh start and for showing perseverance. As we begin the second half of the school year, we have many activities planned for the students.

We ended last year with our amazing Sherwood musicians performing in their Winter Concert. Our Level I band and orchestra debuted and showed that all of their hard work had paid off. Additionally, our Level II band, Level II orchestra and chorus also showed off their musical talent. Their performance at MacArthur Airport was well-received, and the students sounded great.

On January 17, Sherwood Elementary School, in cooperation with Commack Road Elementary School, will welcome the Suffolk County Police Department and Officer Sabrina Pitch from the Community Relations Bureau who will do a presentation entitled "Being Police Smart" for 4th and 5th grade students and their parents/guardians. This presentation will be about appropriate use of social media and technology. You must register ahead of time for this evening event; you can do so by clicking HERE. At this event, we will also raffle off an Amazon Kindle Tablet. We hope to see you there. On January 18, Officer Pitch will visit our 2nd and 3rd grade students for an in-school presentation.

This January, we will celebrate our PTA Reflections winners; this awards ceremony will take place on January 10 at 7:00 pm in the Sherwood library. Congratulations to all our participants!

Finally, this month, to support our 7 Habits of Happy Kids initiative, we will continue our focus on Habit 3: Put First Things First. This is the habit where we teach students to prioritize. Students will begin to understand that they should do what they have to do, before they do what they want to do. Please talk with your children about the importance of staying focused, staying on task, and spending time on what is most important.

Once again, welcome back. Have a great January.

Warmest Regards,

Chad Walerstein


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Bundle Up for Outdoor Recess

Colder weather is quickly approaching. We will continue to have outdoor recess whenever possible. Please be sure that your child comes to school with the appropriate clothing to spend time outside.
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Did you know Sherwood uses Remind to send out important information? To enroll in the Sherwood Community Remind, please text the code @SESIslip to 81010.

2nd Grade Updates


Welcome back and happy New Year!! Sherwood PTA has some wonderful events planned for

2019. Please join us at our first PTA meeting of the New Year on Wednesday, February 6th, at

the Islip Public Library. Our PTA meeting will begin at 6:00 pm with the Library presentation be beginning at 6:30 pm. Join us and find out what the library has to offer Sherwood families and students and what is on the agenda for the PTA this new year.

The SES Reflections ceremony to honor the participants this year will be held on Thursday,

January 10th, in the Sherwood Library. Thank you to all the participants this year! SES Bingo Night will be Friday, January 18th. Join us for a fun family night out!

Remember to keep sending in your box tops! We have raised approximately $500 so far this

year. We want to reach our fundraising goal this year of $1000. With the money we earn from

box tops this year we will purchase a rock climbing wall for the gym.

Our holiday food drive was a huge success! Thank you for all the donations! Together we helped make a difference in our community this holiday season. Join us at Blaze Pizza in Bay Shore on Thursday, February 7th, from 4:30-7:30pm. Blaze Pizza will donate 20% of proceeds of your meal back to the Sherwood PTA. Flyers will come home soon. The SES talent show will be February 28th. Stay tuned for more information.

Throughout the year, the PTA will provide many programs and events for your kids that will be fun and educational. Your PTA membership helps fund these programs. It will also make sure that you stay up to date on PTA and other school events throughout the year. There are many opportunities to volunteer. Remember, no one can do everything, but everyone can do something! Sign up for important updates from the Sherwood PTA with the Remind App. Text the message @sespta17 to the number 81010. Any questions, please feel free to email us at

Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2019!

Congratulations to our Reflections Winners!

“Heroes Around Me” 2018-2019 Sherwood Reflections Results

Visual Arts:

Primary Division – Grade 2

· First Place – Mary Carroll

· Second Place – Tillie Ancipink

Intermediate Division – Grades 3-5

· First Place – Max Carminio

· Second Place – Jenna Haug

· Outstanding Participation Award – Maximus Burns, Kieran Freelin, Riley Haynes, Shea LaGiglia, Matthew Levy, Emme Pesiri, John Swindells


Primary Division – Grade 2

· First Place – Mary Carroll

Intermediate Division – Grades 3-5

· First Place – Alyssa Muschenick

· Second Place – Kieran Freelin

· Outstanding Participation Award – Maximus Burns, Ella Evans, Riley Haynes,


Primary Division – Grade 2

· First Place – Mary Carroll

Intermediate Division – Grades 3-5

· Lena Schwarz


Primary Division – Grade 2

· First Place – Mary Carroll

· Second Place – Alexa Duckworth

Intermediate Division – Grades 3-5

· First Place – Eve Schnatz

· Second Place – Lena Schwarz

· Outstanding Participation Award – Colin McKeon, Rylee Moran

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Dates to Remember

1/1 Happy New Year!

1/5 EXCEL Islip Schools Night with the Nets, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Nassau Coliseum

1/8 Board of Education Meeting, 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm; IMS Library

1/10 Reflections Awards Ceremony (PTA), 7:00 pm; SES Library

1/17 Police Smart Presentation, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; IMS Cafeteria

1/18 Winter Family Fun Night (PTA), 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; SES

1/21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - School closed.

1/22 Grade 5 Field Trip, Brookhaven National Laboratories #1

1/22 Board of Education Meeting, 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm

1/29 Grade 5 Field Trip, Brookhaven National Laboratories #2