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

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Principal's Message

October 16, 2016

Dear Downey Community,

Parents of students in grades 4 and 5 should have received their child’s PARCC scores from last spring. As you know, this state assessment is quite new, and we too are trying to make sense of student scores. Please keep in mind that this is one of many assessments that your child takes throughout the school year. Overall, I am quite pleased with how the Downey students performed on the spring assessment. Please know that Downey staff will not be sharing PARCC scores with their students. If you choose to share the scores with your child, please do so in a gentle and sensitive manner. The link below is a guide as to how to interpret student scores. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s current teacher or me.


In regards to testing for spring 2017, students in grades 3-5 will participate in MCAS 2.0. This assessment will be similar to the PARCC assessment. Testing dates have not been set yet, but as soon as they are, I will be sure share the information with you!




Deb Gallagher


A Note from the Downey Library Media Specialist, Donna Cantarella:


4th Annual Storybook Pumpkin Patch

in the Downey Library

We are growing another favorite character pumpkin patch in the library and we need your help! Here’s what you need to do:

  • Think about a fiction book you have read and enjoyed (not a TV show or movie). Which character was memorable?

  • Create a design to turn your pumpkin into that fiction character.

  • Tell your family about the fiction character, they can get involved to help develop a plan and work together.

  • Get a pumpkin, real or fake, no larger than a basketball.

  • Gather your supplies: acrylic paints or permanent markers work the best.

  • Decorate the pumpkin to look like the fiction character from the book using paint, glue, fabric or other materials.

  • Be creative and innovative and have fun!


  • Complete the entry form on the back of this page.

  • Bring the storybook character to the Downey Library Pumpkin Patch between October 17th and October 28th.

  • Visit the library to meet other storybook pumpkin patch characters before October 28th. All pumpkins must be collected by the close of school on Friday 10/28. Thanks!

  • Please click the link to access the Pumpkin Patch entry form !



A Note from the PE Teacher, Mrs. Tornatore:

Please click the link to access the October PE Newsletter !



A Note from the Art Teacher, Mrs. LaFave:

Please click the link to access the Fall Art Newsletter !


“Capturing Nature in Westwood Art Exhibit”-"Westwood Land Trust”  will be hosting the 10th Annual Capturing Nature in Westwood Art Exhibit to raise awareness and appreciation for our community's beautiful natural environment. Students and residents have been encouraged to go outside, look around and explore, and "capture" the natural beauty one sees through a painting, 3-D piece, photograph or any other preferred artistic medium. Grade 8 students at Thurston Middle School, will be participating with a series of landscape inspired paper weavings that were created in class with their art teachers, Sarah Sanchez, and Robert Worth.


The public is invited to the opening reception to view the exhibit on Thursday, October 27th, at the Westwood Public Library from 6:00-8:00 pm. The exhibit will remain on display until December 16th."  Click Here for more information.


PTO Updates & Information: October – November 2016

THERE’S STILL TIME TO PAY YOUR DUES—The Directory is here!! 

Dues for 2016-2017 are $45/family.  Checks made payable to the Downey PTO can be:

  1. sent to school with your child
  2. mailed to Downey Elementary School, 250 Downey Street, Westwood, MA 02090

Dues can also be made via PayPal: 

Halloween Party

Friday, 10/28/16, 6:00-7:30

Come join us for a games, music, and fun! Entry fees are $10/child or $15/2+ children.  Activities include cookie decorating, bouncy houses, face painting, and a photo booth. Costumes are welcome (nothing too scary!) and pizza will be available for purchase.  And if you want to get spooked, don't forget to also check out the 5th grade Haunted House! 


Note: This is NOT a drop off event. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 


Please consider VOLUNTEERING. For more information, contact Lorri Warren ( or Christine McKee (   

Box Tops – Due October 26th!

Don't forget to continue to collect Box Tops and send them in with your students.  The grade level with the most Box Tops as of October 26th will win a PAJAMA DAY on Tuesday, November 15th


Boxes are available in each classroom; images can be cut and sent in a baggie or taped to one of Box Tops thematic collection sheets. Please contact Andrea Levitt ( with any questions. 

The Downey Play is on its way!

The Downey PTO sponsored play is on its way for students in Grades K-5.  This year, sign-ups will occur in November, auditions in December, and rehearsals will run from January-March.  Keep your eyes open for the play flyer coming out in November with more specifics. 


Performance dates for this year will be: Friday, Saturday & Sunday: March 31, April 1, and April 2

For questions, please contact Sarah Young-Hong (

NEW Downey Gift Book Program

The Gift Book Program 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.  Additional details can be found here: Downey Gift Book Program.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact Donna Cantarella, Downey Librarian (

Bamboo Restaurant Fundraiser

Tuesday, November 1st

Eat in or take-out between 4:30-9:00

Enjoy a dinner with other Downey families or bring home dinner to your family!  Be sure to mention the Downey or show a copy of the flier to ensure a donation of 20% to the Downey PTO.

Bamboo Restaurant (next to the Holiday Inn in Dedham)

55 Ariadne Road


Election Bake-Sale

Tuesday, November 8th

Just another reason to get out and VOTE! Be sure to visit the Downey PTO bake-sale table on your way out of the school to enjoy some sweets and refreshment to keep you going!

If you'd like to make a donation or assist with the sale, please contact Sudha Sarma (

Please consider volunteering or donating baked goods for this event: Click here to Volunteer!

Pre-Holiday Shopping Social

Wednesday, November 9th, 7:00

If you like to plan ahead, then this event is for you! Start your holiday shopping while enjoying snacks and cocktails with friends from the Downey Community!  Vendors include: Cabi, Pampered Chef, Pure Haven, Peace by CJ and India Hicks. Vendor presentations begin at 7:30.


Location: McGowan Family Home, 20 Currier Farm Road

Please R.S.V.P. to Tammy McGowan (

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza Fundraiser

Monday, November 14th

Gather your friends and the Downey community to support this PTO fundraiser! Be sure to mention the Downey PTO to your server and 20% of tracked dine-in and carry out sales will be donated. Fulfill that pizza craving and provide a delicious dinner for your family!

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

119 University Avenue, Westwood


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