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

 April 13, 2017

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 2017. 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 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 your input to me in writing (letter or email) by Friday, May 5, 2017.  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.



Debra L. Gallagher




PTO Updates & Information: May 2017


Don’t forget about the NEW and Improved 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. Additional details can be found here: Downey Gift Book Program.  If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact Donna Cantarella, Downey Librarian (


Downey Spirit Days!

Thursday, May 11th and Wednesday, June 7th

Celebrate Downey spirit and Core Values, and encourage your student to wear their Downey Spirit shirt to school on these days.  Don’t have a shirt yet?  Ordering has been closed for delivery for the May 11th date, but if you still need a shirt for June 7th, contact Todd Nicholson ( to place an order and ask any questions.



Papa John’s Fundraiser

Thursday, May 11th

111 Lenox Street, Norwood

Not up for cooking dinner? Make it a Papa John’s night! Fliers will be sent home in backpacks in the coming week; complete the bottom tear-off section with teacher name and total order amount, and submit with your purchase.  If you forget the flier, make sure you mention the Downey and teacher name.  Applicable for delivery or pickup—Downey will receive 20% of all orders!  The class with the most orders will win a pizza party! Please contact Maureen Sullivan ( with any questions.




Wednesday, May 24th



Kids Rule the School!

Wednesday, June 7th

Just a reminder that your students will be Principal Gallagher, Mrs. Carde, or one of their teachers on June 7th!  Winning names were sent out via email; we hope all students enjoy this experience!


Box Tops

Due by Friday, June 9th!

It's time for another Box Tops Contest!  The grade with the most Box Tops submitted will win an extra recess the week of June 12th.   Please send in Box Tops anytime between now and June 9th.  There are boxes in each classroom and another in the main office. Make sure to label bags/envelopes with your child's grade level. Names and teachers are not necessary. Help the Downey reach its goal of $1,000 for this year!  Happy Clipping!  If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Levitt (

Variety Show: SAVE THE DATE!


Thursday, June 8th, 7:00

Downey School Cafe


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