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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

Principal's Message

November 13, 2020


Dear Downey Community, 


I am amazed that we are just about 2 weeks away from Thanksgiving and we are still in person at Downey School. Thank you to the entire Downey community for adhering to the COVID safety guidelines, this is why Downey  is  still open! 


This past Monday we welcomed all grade 2 students for in-person learning four days a week. On November 16th, we will welcome all grade 3 students back to Downey for in-person instruction. The district  heard feedback from both teachers and parents that it is very hard for these young learners to learn via zoom three days a week. We listened to the  input and found a way to bring these young learners back to school. In order to accommodate full classes, there have been many classroom moves throughout the building. Every single classroom is filled with students, as well as the library, cafeteria, and gym. We are at full capacity here at Downey School! 


Hybrid Model Updates:

  • Grades K-3

    •  If a student is absent, there is no longer the option to zoom into the classroom for instruction. If your child is quarantining for 14 days, the teacher can provide school work for the student, so they don’t fall behind. However, if your child is traveling, teachers will not be providing school work ahead of time. The student will make up their work when they return from their travels. 

  • Grades 4-5

    • When students in grades 4-5 are absent from school and are well enough to access learning, zooming into the classroom is an option. 

  • Students are expected to report to school on their in-person learning days. The only exception to this is when a student is not feeling well or quarantining for two weeks. In this case, they would zoom into the classroom. 

  • New England Center and Home for Veterans Collection-Thank you for all of your 

generous donations! 

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences November 18th and December 9th- will take place via zoom. Please know that this is an early release day for students (12:30 p.m. dismissal), teachers will not be providing asynchronous work on these conference days. 

  • School Photos-School photos were sent home this week. Please contact Diane Carde ( if you would like a photo retake for your child. 

  • PTO sponsored Wreath Sale-Please support the PTO fundraiser  by purchasing a gorgeous holiday  wreath or centerpiece for you or  a loved one! All items will be shipped directly to you or the recipient of the gift. Lynch Creek Farm



  • Downey School Photo Retake Day

  • A Reminder from the Health Office

    All students K-5 including Fully Remote Students are required to receive the influenza vaccine by December 31, 2020. Thank-you to many of you who have sent in your documentation already. During this COVID-19 pandemic, it is critically important to reduce the impact of respiratory illness on our community. After your student/students' vaccination, please remember to e-mail the documentation to: If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Ellen Nadeau

  • Dr. DiNatale Presentation for Curriculum Night

Forms & Documents

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 April 22, 2019, PTO meeting

Minutes from the May 7, 2019, PTO meeting

Minutes from the June 4, 2019, PTO meeting


Download the App today for access to all Downey PTO information. You will have 1) Have access to the PTO Directory; 2) Enroll in mini courses; 3) Hear about upcoming PTO events. 

Click here to visit the AtoZConnect online directory website.


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 contribute 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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