Sherwood Spirit

May 2019

From Mr. Walerstein's Desk...

Dear Parents and Guardians,

May is here, and we are headed down the home stretch of the school year. It is hard to believe that the school year is almost over, but we have plenty more to do.

This past month was a busy one. Our second and fifth grade buddies from Ms. Cummings' and Ms. Fazio's classes put on a great production of "Stone Soup" for the students and parents. The work ethic and leadership shown by the students in putting this production together was quite impressive, and they should all be commended for their hard work.

Our amazing Sherwood PTA also brought in the Earth Dome assembly. This assembly involved the students learning about our planet while circumnavigating a 30 foot high globe. They got to go inside the globe and learn about land forms, geography, seasons, and more. Check out the photos in our newsletter below.

This month we begin with a Family Fun Night. Please join us for the movie "The House With a Clock in its Walls" on Friday May 3rd at 6:30 pm. Flyers were sent home from the PTA with further information. Additionally, the PTA will be hosting its spring plant sale May 8-9.

On May 22, please join us at Barnes and Noble in Bay Shore for the annual Islip Book Fair. There will be performances from Islip High School music groups, and the elementary principals will all do read-alouds. I will be reading at 4:20. We hope to see you there.

This month we also have additional NYS assessments in math (grades 3-5) and science (grade 4). The math assessments will take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 1-2. Part I of the science assessment will take place on May 28-29.

Also, during the month of May, we will ask that students bring in used water bottles. We are participating in a program called "Bottles for the Brave" whose goal is to collect money and send care packages to our troops overseas. Anything you can send in to help is greatly appreciated.

Finally, due to no snow days being used, school will be closed May 23-24. We will be closed for Memorial Day on May 27.

I wish everyone a safe and productive month.

Warmest Regards,

Chad Walerstein


Sherwood Elementary School

PTA News

April Showers bring May Flowers!

The SES PTA Spring Plant Sale is May 7th through May 9th. Pre-orders can be picked up Tuesday, May 7th from 4 pm to 7 pm (adult pickup only). The students will have an opportunity to shop May 8th and May 9th during school hours with his/her class.

We are looking for volunteers to help with the delivery of the plants on May 7th from 9 am to 2 pm and during pickup/setup from 4 pm to 7 pm. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated. We also need volunteers to help with the sale during school hours. If you are interested, please email us at

Family Fun Night is Friday, May 3rd at 6:30pm. It’s a Movie Night featuring “The House with a Clock inn Its Walls”. Admission is $5 per family of 4 and $2 each for additional person. Admission includes movie and raffle tickets for kids baskets. There will also be raffle baskets from Bubba’s Burritos, Maguire’s, Parisi Speed School, Racine, Ralph’s Italian Ices and more!

Sherwood’s Teacher Appreciation Week will be May 13th through May 17th. It is so great to show the teachers and entire staff at Sherwood how much we all appreciate what they do for our children every day. On Friday, May 10th, class parents will be decorating the teachers’ bulletin boards outside their classrooms. We will also treat them to many goodies throughout the week. If you are interested in donating, please contact Terri Rich at

Keep clipping those Box Tops!! We have raised approximately $1,500 towards our goal of $3,000 to purchase a rock climbing wall for the gym at Sherwood.

On Tuesday, May 21st, SES PTA will be hosting a fundraiser with Dang BBQ. All proceeds will help the PTA purchase a rock wall for the Sherwood gym. The Islip PTA’s will be giving out $500 scholarships to six graduating Islip seniors. It was an honor to read the essays and help these students with their future endeavors.

Join us at Islip Middle School on May 13th at 7pm for our last PTA meeting of the school year. There will be a budget presentation at 7:30 pm in the Middle School library. Immediately following the budget presentation, please join the Islip PTA’s at 8 pm for a Meet the Candidate Night for the upcoming Islip Board of Education elections.

We are in the process of beginning to plan many exciting events and programs for next year. There are many great opportunities to volunteer. Being involved is a wonderful and important way to support our children and Sherwood. We are also looking for volunteers to chair PTA committees such as Membership, Kid Stuff Coupon Books, Family Fun Night, PARP, Fall Fundraiser and more! Many hands make light work!

Any questions please email us at

Wellness Week

From May 13-17, we will be hosting a wellness week at Sherwood. This week is intended to help students develop awareness of different health and wellness topics. One event we will host during this week will be an assembly with Mr. Rohan Murphy; Mr. Murphy is a nationally recognized youth speaker. Having lost both of his legs at birth, Mr. Murphy started to wrestle in high school, had a successful college career as a wrestler, and went on to become a power lifter who has competed all around the world. He will be discussing his life and how overcoming adversity, and living life with a purpose has helped him to accomplish his goals. We are looking forward to this event, and we thank the Sherwood PTA for sponsoring this for our students.

In addition, each day we will focus on a different topic; we will provide information from various organizations during lunch periods, and students will be able to learn about each topic. The schedule of topics is below:

Monday: Neurofibromatosis (NF)/Children's Tumor Foundation - we will have a representative from the Children's Tumor Foundation on hand to share information with students.

Tuesday: Childhood Cancer/St. Baldrick's - we will provide information about childhood cancers and how the St. Baldrick's Foundation helps children/families.

Wednesday: Healthy Choices - students will see a presentation from Rohan Murphy; during lunch periods, we will give students an opportunity to try various healthy snacks.

Thursday: Dental Hygiene/Dr. Vitagliano - representatives from Dr. Vitagliano's office will be on hand to discuss dental hygiene and how to keep teeth healthy.

Friday: Autism/Autism Speaks - we will provide some information about Autism and students will have the opportunity to learn about this topic.

Each day, students will be exposed to different facts pertaining to the topics. Also, to further promote health and wellness, Mr. Atlas and Mr. Orlick will be holding a competition during the week that involves students running the mile/half mile.

Classroom Updates

Attention Grade 5 Students & Parents

Be sure to join Dr. Martin, Mr. Miltenberg, and the 6th grade teachers on May 15th at 7 pm at Islip Middle School for their 5th-6th Grade Orientation.

Students and parents will have the opportunity to hear all about the middle school program.

Further information will be sent out directly from IMS.


Come join the entire Islip Community at The Barnes and Noble Book Fair on May 22nd, from 3 pm to 6 pm, at the Gardiner Manor Mall, 842 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore. The Islip Jazz Band, Swing Choir and Electric Ensemble will be performing. There will be some very special guest readers, including our very own principal, Mr. Walerstein! We hope that you can join us!

End of the Year Schedule

June 24th - Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony - regular dismissal

June 25th - Early dismissal (10:50 am)

June 26th - Early dismissal (10:50 am)

Dates to Remember

5/1 & 5/2 New York State Math Assessments for Grades 3, 4 & 5

5/2 SEPTA Awards, 7 pm to 8 pm; IHS

5/3 Family Movie Night (PTA) 6:30 pm; SES

5/7 Public Hearing on Budget/Board of Education Meeting, 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm; IMS

5/8 & 5/9 Spring Plant Sale (PTA)

5/9 Grade 2 Police Week Field Trip

5/13 Wellness Week

5/13 PTA Meeting/Joint PTA Meeting and Budget Presentation, 6 pm; IMS Library

5/15 Wellness Assembly with Rohan Murphy

5/15 Grade 5 to Grade 6 Orientation, 7 pm; IMS

5/17 Family Night with the Ducks (EXCEL), 6:35 pm

5/21 Annual Budget Vote and Board Election, 6 pm to 9 pm; IHS Gymnasium

5/21 Festival of the Arts, 7 pm to 9 pm; IHS

5/21 Board of Education Meeting, 9:30 pm, Community Room

5/22 Instrument Demo Day for Grade 3 Students

5/22 Barnes & Noble Book Fair, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm; Bay Shore location

5/23 & 5/25 School Closed - No snow days used.

5/27 School Closed - Memorial Day.