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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

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Principal's Message

 

November 17, 2017

 

Dear Downey Parents,

 

I would like to thank all of you for finding time in your busy schedules to meet with your child’s teachers these past couple of weeks. Children are successful when the parents and school work closely together to support the student. It truly is a pleasure  to work in a community with such incredibly supportive parents!

 

Each year there is always a very popular toy among children that somehow makes it’s way onto school grounds and into the classroom. There has been Pokemon cards, fidget spinners,  and now there is slime! For some of you, you may have experienced the making of slime in your kitchens! I too have a 9 year old who loves making batches and batches of slime with her friends. I have no idea what the fascination is with slime, but they love it! As you can imagine, when slime is brought into classrooms, and sold out on our playground, it is quite a distraction to our learning environment! I love the creativity and entrepreneurial thinking of the students, but it is too distracting for the school environment.   Slime will no longer be allowed on school grounds, and students will no longer be able to take slime orders  from classmates or delivery slime orders to peers at school. Teaches will be informing students of this next week. Please speak to your child about this as well. Thank you for your help with this!

 

Our new playground is finally complete and open! If you haven’t had a chance to stop by after school hours to check it out, please do so. The students are having so much fun on the new equipment!

 

Lastly, we are just a few days away from Thanksgiving. It is one of my favorite holidays! Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, eat a delicious meal, and relax before the craziness of the holiday season begins. I wish you and your family a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving! As always, thank you for your continued support and making Downey School a great community to be a part of.

 

Warmly,

 

Deb Gallagher

 

 


 

Please click here for the Downey PTO 2017-2018 Calendar

Please click here to see the different Committees PTO has. If you are interested in joining a committee, please email downeypto@gmail.com

Please click here for minutes from the October 10, 2017 PTO meeting.

Please click here for minutes from the September 12, 2017 PTO meeting.


PTO Updates & Information: December 2017


Holiday Shopping Fair

Thursday, December 7th

5:30-7PM

On Thursday, December 7th anytime between 5:30-7PM all Downey students are invited to come to the Downey school to purchase gifts for their family and friends. Please have your child fill out a shopping list and bring it with them to shop. There will be shopping helpers for all children. 

We are still in need of many volunteers to help make this a successful event. Please consider helping out. For available slots, please visit: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4dabad2da02-holiday2.

Please note this is NOT a drop off event. Parents are asked to stay in the lobby so children can shop on their own.

If you have any questions, please contact Tammy McGowan (tamaraimcgowan@yahoo.com), Siobhan Raftery (smraftery@gmail.com), or Julie Mulvey (juliemulvey@comcast.net).


Shop with Amazon Smile this season

As you complete your holiday shopping this year, please consider using our Amazon Smile link to make your 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!


PTO Dues and Downey Directory

There's still time to do your part and pay your dues! Please help us support our children's education. Checks for $45 made payable to the "Downey PTO" can be sent to school in your child's backpack, or paid online through our PayPal link. All families that pay dues will receive the 2017-2018 Downey Directory.


The Downey Play is on its way!

Play Performances: February 9-11th

The Downey PTO sponsored play is on its way for students in Grades K-5. Rehearsals for Grades 3-5 will take place from December 5th-February 8th. Grades K-2 will rehearse January 2nd-February 8th.

If you were not able to pick up the script, submit payment, and sign the play contract with your child(ren) on November 30th, please plan on doing so after your child's first play rehearsal. The registration fee is $100/student and $25/student for crew. 

For all the details, please check out a description of the play by clicking here. For more information or questions, please contact Sarah Young-Hong or Susan Saliba.


Save the Date: Second Annual Downey Gala

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Downey's largest fundraiser, The Downey Gala, is returning after a successful first year. This year's gala, "It's A Small World," will take place on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 from 7-11PM at the Blue Hill Country Club in Canton. If you would like to be involved, please contact Nayla Daly at nayladaly@gmail.com. More information to come soon.


Downey Movie Night

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Join the Downey Community for a movie night! Next month, students will be presented with movie choices and vote on our selected title--stay tuned!Water and popcorn will be provided; snacks will be for sale.

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

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 (dcantarella@westwood.k12.ma.us)


Box Tops for Education

As you're grocery shopping and packing school lunches and snacks, please don't forget to send in the Box Tops for Education to Downey. There will be boxes in each classroom for students to drop off the box tops, and another in the main office. Make sure to double check the expiration dates. Please label bags/envelopes with your child's grade level. Names and teachers are not necessary. Watch for more details coming soon on our next competition. Happy Clipping!

 

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