Downey School Core Values

Welcome to the Downey Elementary School! Our school is an inclusive K-5 building that provides an excellent education to all students. At Downey School we believe that learning is a partnership between the child, parent/guardian, and Downey School professionals. As a staff, we believe that open and honest communication with parents/guardians is important, and we value the input from parents/guardians. To ensure that Downey School is a safe environment for all students and staff  to take academic/professional risks, we live by the 6 Downey School Core Values:

Courage, Pride, Excellence, Respect, Responsibility, Inclusion

Principal's Message

April 1, 2024


Dear Downey Community, 


Despite the fact that a Nor’easter is predicted for Thursday and Friday, on the calendar it says spring is here! It looks like we will be getting mostly heavy rain during this storm, but for those of you who are skiers you may want to head north next weekend! 


April is turning out to be a busy month for the Downey community. Our Student Council is running a community service project called, “Got Sneakers” and they are collecting used sneakers. An email went out earlier to all families with more information. This group of students in Student Council continue to impress me with their ideas to get students involved and to make Downey a better place! They truly are a group of rising leaders! 


As you know, on April 8th we will be experiencing a solar eclipse. This is such an exciting time for all of us! To get our students excited and prepared for the big event, Westwood Science Coordinator Kate Doyle and her assistant Jennie Goossen, will be meeting with all grade levels to talk about the solar eclipse on Thursday of this week. The PTO has purchased viewing glasses for all students and staff to use on April 8th and will be distributed on the day of the solar eclipse. If you and your family are taking a road trip north to watch the eclipse please inform your child’s teacher and a pair of glasses will be sent home with your child beforehand. Thank you to the PTO for purchasing these glasses! The eclipse is predicted to begin around 2:30 p.m. so as school we will be outside with our glasses to view the eclipse. Students will be reminded to keep their glasses on during dismissal as it will be tempting to look at the sky! Please email me or your child’s teacher if you have any questions. 


Lastly, a big thank you to the PTO’s Multicultural Committee who planned a wonderful multicultural event on March 22nd. It was an incredible event and so well attended! Superintendent Piwowar also stopped by and was so impressed with how many students and family members were in attendance. 


Below are dates for some upcoming events, please mark your calendars! As always, thank you for your continued support and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.




Deb Gallagher 



April 2nd and 4th-Grade 4

April 8th and 9th-Grade 5


Parent/Teacher Conferences

April 3rd-afternoon conferences

April 10th-evening conferences


Solar Eclipse Viewing

April 8th


PTO sponsored Book Fair

April 9-11. *The book fair will be open on the evening of April 10th so that parents can shop before/after their conference. 


Spring Break-April 15th-19th. ENJOY!


Grade 5 Chorus Concert

April 26th at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. 



May 31st  Field Day  *Rain Date-June 7th

More information about volunteering will be coming out after April break. Stay tuned! 



Lunch Ordering

PreK - 5 Lunch Menu

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Lunch is free for the 2023 - 2024 School Year.

Information to Apply for Free & Reduced Meals (or other fee reduction opportunities) for the 2023 - 2024 School Year:

Stay Tuned!!

Free & Reduced Applications for 2024-2025 will be available sometime in June

Forms & Documents

PTO Updates & Information:


The Downey PTO is a non-profit organization that supports our teachers and students. We organize exciting community events, provide essential resources that enhance the educational experience of every student and provide funding for enrichment programs for all students.  


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Returning Families: To ensure we have the most up-to-date information for your family, please click on the link below to log in and verify your data in Membership Toolkit. 

New Families: Click on the link below to register under "New User" and follow the prompts. Your account will take up to 48 hours to be approved and activated. 


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