Sherwood Spirit

June 2019

From Mr. Walerstein's Desk...

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have come to the end of another school year at Sherwood. This year was successful on many fronts. We had a greater focus on social emotional learning through our 7 Habits of Happy Kids initiative; we focused on overall student wellness by hosting our first ever Wellness Week; and we also continued to show students the importance of giving back through our food drives and other fundraising events. We hope that the students are all better citizens as a result.

This year, the students were also able to venture outside of the walls of Sherwood and visit different places such as: Suffolk County Police Headquarters, Brookhaven National Lab, the Engeman Theater in Northport and many other great destinations.

The year isn't over quite yet though. June brings many different events. Field Day will be held on June 5 (rain date, June 12). We invite parents to come enjoy the track events on this fun day (schedules below). We also are hosting our Sherwood Spring Concert on June 11; this will be held at 7 pm in the Islip Middle School Auditorium. We also have several more trips and grade level events happening this month; please see the "Dates to Remember" section below for more information.

The Islip Public Library ( will also be visiting Sherwood on June 17 to share information about their awesome Summer Reading program. We hope that you can get your child to read this summer, and the Public Library is a great place to make that happen with all of their resources. Please check out the link provided here for more information.

We had a great time teaching the students this year, and the best part is that we get to do it all over again in the fall. We wish all of the members of the Sherwood family a safe, healthy, and restful summer.

See you soon!

Warmest Regards,

Chad Walerstein


Sherwood Elementary School

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Common Sense School

Did you know that Sherwood was recently certified as a Common Sense School? Common Sense Media is an organization that strives to teach students how to be safe, responsible digital citizens. This year, our Library Teacher Assistant, Ms. Gemma taught our 4th and 5th graders lessons from Common Sense Media that focused on Internet Safety, password security, and other important digital safety topics. Next year we are looking to expand this instruction to our 2nd and 3rd graders in the hopes that we will continue to produce digitally responsible 21st century learners!

Our 5th Graders Share Some Memories...

Dates to Remember

6/3 New York State Science Assessment (written)

6/4 - 6/7 New York State Science Assessment Make Up (written)

6/4 Board of Education Meeting, 7 pm; IMS Library

6/5 Field Day

6/5 EXCEL Awards, 5:30 pm; IMS

6/7 Grade 4 Country Fair Field Trip

6/11 Spring Concert, 7 pm; IMS

6/12 Field Day Rain Date

6/13 Grade 4 Country Fair Field Trip Rain Date

6/13 Buddy Bowling - Ms. Fazio & Ms. Cummings

6/14 Flag Day Celebration, 9 am; SES

6/14 Grade 5 Mingle, 6 pm to 8 pm; IMS Gymnasium

6/17 Summer Reading Assembly

6/18 Grade 2 Picnic

6/18 Board of Education Meeting, 7 pm; IMS Library

6/19 Grade 5 Adventureland Trip

6/19 Grade 2 Picnic Rain Date

6/20 Grade 5 Luncheon

6/21 Grade 5 Luncheon Rain Date

6/24 Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony, 9:30 am; SES Auditorium

6/25 Early Dismissal 10:50 am

6/26 Early Dismissal 10:50 am - Last Day of School for Students

Have a wonderful summer!

From the PTA

Thank You for a Great Year!

We can’t believe it is already June! This has been an amazing year for Sherwood PTA. We are proud to announce that we will be purchasing an Indoor Rock Wall for the Sherwood Gymnasium! Thank you for all your support throughout this past year that made this possible!

Family Fun Night on Friday, May 3rd, was a huge success! Congratulations to all the raffle winners!

A Very Special “Thank You” to the following for their wonderful donations : Maguire’s , Bohlsen Restaurant Group, Maxwell’s, Bubba’s Burrito Bar, Racine’s, SoBowl, Ralph’s Italian Ices, Islip Cinemas, Islip Meat Market, Parisi Speed School, Gold’s Gym, The Oar House, Islip True Value Hardware, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace Costello Hardware and Jane Becker.

Sherwood’s Teacher Appreciation Week was a huge hit! Class parents decorated bulletin boards to show our appreciation, and the staff loved them. Check out our Facebook page for the pictures. We also treated the staff to: A “ Grab and Go” breakfast, Snack Day, Trail Mix Bar, A Picnic Lunch and Sweet Treats! Congratulations to the Raffle Winners: Mr.Kunsch - Lottery Tickets, Ms. Carbone - Lottery Tickets, Ms. Mileski - Amazon Gift Card, Dr. Coyle, Amazon Gift Card, Ms.Kruger - Barnes and Noble Gift Card and Ms. Sinclair - Target Gift Card.

Thank you for all your support and donations throughout the year. It wouldn’t be possible without parents like you!

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.

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!

From the Reading Room

Children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward. Reading research indicates that children’s reading ability declines between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next; however, this can be prevented by having your child READ! READ! READ!

Some suggestions for summer reading programs that offer incentives for reading include:

• Islip Public Library has a reading program. Participation is free and there are added incentives.

• Barnes & Noble summer reading program gives children an opportunity to earn a free book.

• Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online program designed to motivate kids to read as they log minutes they spend reading to earn rewards and help read for the world record.

Thank you for your ongoing support! Enjoy the summer!

--Mrs. Loch and Mrs. Sceppe

From the Physical Education Department

Dear Sherwood Families,

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, Sherwood Elementary School will be having Field Day. Throughout the day students will be participating in a variety of fun and competitive events that will take place on the blacktop and back fields.

We encourage parents and guardians to come and support their children. We welcome parents and guardians to watch only the track events. The track events will be on the backfield (right behind the library). Students will participate in track events with their entire grade level. The approximate track event schedule is as follows:

· 2nd Grade: 11:45 – 12:30

· 3rd Grade: 10:15 – 11:00

· 4th Grade: 9:30 – 10:15

· 5th Grade: 12:30 – 1:15

Here are some details you and your child should be aware of for the day.

  1. Pack a lunch and snacks for the day. The cafeteria will not be serving hot lunch; they will have turkey and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, yogurt parfait.
  2. Please be sure to apply sunscreen at home. Wear a hat if necessary.
  3. Have students wear athletic sneakers. They will not be permitted to participate in the events if they are wearing flip-flops, sandals, open-toed shoes, boots, etc.
  4. Have students wear their purple or gold field day tee shirts.
  5. Water stations for refilling water bottles will be available for the students throughout the day. Please have your child’s name and classroom teacher’s name on their bottle. It is important that students stay well hydrated.
  6. Anyone coming to view the track events must sign in by the pedestrian gate at the north side of the building. There will be a sign-in table. Please be sure to have photo identification with you. No one will be permitted on school grounds without photo identification.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions, please call 631-650-8650 during school hours. We look forward to a fun and safe athletic day at Sherwood.


Jeffrey Atlas and Jason Orlick

Physical Education Department

Sherwood Spring Concert

From Ms. Herzog's Room

Ms. Herzog's class researched animals as part of their Survival and Extinction Science Unit. The students then wrote essays based upon their research and created a Powerpoint video based on the animals food chain. Videos were presented to some of the second-grade students.

Thank you to Mr. Brush for turning Room 11 into PowerPoint superstars!

From the STEM Lab

For the 9th consecutive year, Sherwood has partnered with Seatuck to help reintroduce Northern Bobwhite quail back to Long Island. Sherwood welcomed 14 baby quail on May 24th. The chicks will stay at SHERWOOD for two weeks and will then be sent to Seatuck. It is the hope that eventually these birds will become native once again to Long Island.

Wands for Wildlife

Some of our 5th graders have undertaken a project to collect used mascara wands; these mascara wands will be donated to the charity Wands for Wildlife which uses them to remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of small wildlife animals. Please see the video below for more information.

From the Health Office



· UV rays are strongest in the middle of the day. Plan indoor activities at that time, or look for shade to prevent sunburn.

· Cover the skin with a shirt AND sunscreen to avoid sunburn!

· Wear a hat—preferably one that covers the neck and ears. When wearing a baseball style hat, remember to apply sunscreen to neck and ears.

· Sunglasses protect eyes from UV rays. Look for ones that wrap around and block nearly 100% of UV rays.

· Use sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 and UVA/UVB protection.


Head lice reach a peak time for infestation during the summer because of overnight camps, slumber parties, and vacations. Consider checking your child’s head for the presence of lice regularly during the summer and several times the week before school reopens.


Most children don’t enjoy wearing a helmet, and unfortunately many parents don’t insist that they wear one every time they get on their bike, hop on their skateboard, or strap on their rollerblades. Make sure your children understand the role a helmet plays in protecting their head, brain, and possibly even their future.

New habits can be hard to establish. By starting the helmet habit with your children from the first time they climb on a tricycle, you can establish an automatic habit for your child.


From May through July, people get tick bites more often than any other time of the year.

· Tick borne disease can cause mild symptoms to severe infections requiring hospitalization. The most common symptoms of tick-related illnesses can include fever/chills, aches and pains and rash. Early recognition and treatment of the infection decreases the risk of serious complications, so see your doctor immediately if you have been bitten by a tick and experience any of these symptoms.

· Avoid areas with high grass and walk in the center of trails when hiking.

· Conduct a full body check upon returning from tick-infested areas.