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



February 4, 2024
Dear Downey Community,
Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Friday morning at Gobbler’s Knob, so according to early legend, we are in for an early  spring! For now, it’s still cold outside, so please send your child to school with hats, mittens, and coats to stay warm during arrival time and recess. The only time we keep students inside for arrival and recess is when the temperature is below 20 degrees or it’s raining/snowing outside. 
Math League for students in Grades 3-5 is underway! These students arrive at school early one day a week to solve some very challenging math problems in a small group, very impressive! Thank you to all the parents who are coaching and the  grade level parent representatives. We couldn’t do this without your support!
The PTO has been busy booking enrichment programs  for the classrooms that are aligned with their curriculum. Discovery Museum has visited grades 1, 2, and 5 so far. They will be visiting us again in the spring to work with the other grades. Thank you PTO for booking these programs and thank you to the Downey community for making this happen! 
Lastly, Valentine's Day is coming soon. Below you will find student guidelines for sharing Valentines. Thank you for your continued support and have a wonderful and safe February vacation! 
Principal, Deb Gallagher
If your child would like to give their classmates a Valentine card please see the guidelines below. 
* Teachers will provide a list of names of students in the classroom to ensure all students receive a Valentine card. 
* There should be no candy with the Valentine cards due to the many food allergies among students at Downey School. Our goal is to keep all students safe!  
* Please contact your child’s teacher directly with any questions.
* Classroom teachers will be in touch with families to inform them what their plan is for Valentine’s Day. Stay tuned! 
Upcoming Dates:
* February 7 - Grade 4 field trip to the South Shore Arts Center *The bus leaves at 9:10 a.m. Please make sure your child arrives at school on time. 
* February 8 at 6:30 p.m. - School Committee Meeting
* February 14 - Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m. ) 
* February 15 - Grade 5 field trip to the Christa McAuliffe Center
* February 19-23 - Winter Break
Safety Reminder-Please do not allow your child to walk up the front hill and cross over the front driveway during school hours. The hill is muddy and slippery and there are many cars and buses that pass through the front driveway throughout the school day. We want to keep all children safe and avoid any potential accidents. Thank you for your help with this! 
Lost and Found-The lost and found table is in our front vestibule. Please stop by to take a look to see if any items belong to your child. *Please know that all items will be donated on February 16.  



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:

  1. Application
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  3. Permission to Share Information with OTHER PROGRAMS (ex. Bus Fees, Athletics, etc). 

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.  


PTO Membership and Directory


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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