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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

Forms & Documents


Principal's Message

April 12, 2019


Dear Downey Parents,


After April vacation the classroom teachers, special education teachers, specialists, psychologist, and I will begin the process of class placement for September 2019. During the placement process, it is important for us to consider all relevant information. We review information about each child’s academic, social, and personal characteristics and use that information when making placement decisions. Our primary goal is to assign each child to a classroom in which she or he can develop and thrive academically and socially.


Due to the complexity of this process, we will not honor requests for specific classroom teachers for the following reasons:


*Your child’s current teacher has a year’s worth of information and insight to contribute during placement meetings.​         

*Classroom composition is an important factor in the placement process and it is carefully considered when placing students.

*The goal of student placement is to maximize student learning. Therefore, it is very important that well-balanced classes are created.


If you have information about your child’s learning needs that you would like to share, please send me your input in writing (letter or email) by  Friday, April 26, 2019.  Although you may have had a discussion with your child’s teacher during the spring conference about class placement, all requests must be sent to me. Parent letters received will be copied and distributed to the placement team members for consideration. Please note that letters and emails are not kept from previous years since children change and grow, and we make decisions based on current information.


If you are the parent of multiples (twins, triplets, etc), you may specify whether you want your children placed in the same class or different classes. Also, please know that if you have more than one child in your family, there is a chance that they will not have the same teachers as their siblings.


Please contact me if you have any questions about the process. Thank you for your continued support.



Deb Gallagher


PTO Updates & Information: 2019

Minutes from the September 11, 2018 PTO Meeting

Minutes from the  October 2, 2018 PTO meeting

Minutes from the November 6, 2018 PTO meeting

Minutes from the December 5, 2018 PTO meeting

Minutes from the February 5, 2019 PTO meeting

Minutes from the March 5, 2019 PTO meeting

Minutes from the April 22, 2019 PTO meeting

Minutes from the May 7, 2019 PTO meeting

Minutes from the June 4, 2019 PTO meeting

Upcoming 2019-2020 Save the Dates

PTO Welcome Back Coffee - September 4, 2019

PTO Welcome Back Family Picnic - September 13, 2019

Curriculum Night -  October 3, 2019

PTO Halloween Celebration - October 25, 2019

PTO Holiday Fair and Scholastic Book Fair - Dec 9 – 12, 2019

PTO Kids Rule the School - June 10, 2020

Amazon Smile

Shop with Amazon and help support Downey! Please consider using our Amazon Smile link to make your Amazon purchases. The Amazon Smile Foundation will contribute 0.5% of eligible purchases back to the Downey School. It's an easy way to support our school and our students!

Downey Gift Book Program
The Gift Book Program continues and is an exciting way for your child to make a contribution to the school library! 
For all purchases made through this link, your child's name will be placed on a label on the inside cover of the book and they will be the first to read the book; all before the book is placed on the shelf in the Downey School library to then be shared by all students.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact Donna Cantarella, Downey Librarian (

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