Grade 1 would like to thank all Veteran's for their service. 



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

November 6, 2016

Dear Downey Community,

This past Wednesday evening the building was filled with parents and teachers, at the annual parent/teacher conferences. This is an opportunity for parents to hear how their child has transitioned to the new grade. If you find yourself filled with more questions about your child while driving home that evening after the conference, do not hesitate to follow up with the classroom teacher. We would much rather have you ask your questions, and try to answer them for you, rather than have you wondering! Also, please know that we believe that educating all

Downey students is a partnership between the parents and the school staff, never  hesitate to reach out to the school staff with questions or concerns at any time!


As I mentioned earlier in the school year, I have been working with both the staff and students to create a document about “expected” behavior at lunch and recess. This document has been finalized and shared with the students. These expectations can be found on the tables in the cafeteria and will soon be in the classrooms. Please review these expectations with your children, as we want to make lunch and recess an enjoyable and safe time for all children. Thank you for your continued support!


“Expected” Lunchroom  Behavior

I will….

  • welcome any classmate  who would like to sit with me at the lunch table,

               ( as long as there are not already 4 classmates on the lunch bench)

  • stay in my seat.

  • raise my hand if I need something.

  • use my indoor voice.

  • stop talking when the “quiet signal” is given.

  • use my manners (raise my hand, “please and thank you”)

  • eat my food and not play with it.

  • clean my area and surrounding area after I eat my lunch.  

  • ask Mrs. Thurmond or the person in charge, permission to use the bathroom, and I will sign out on the bathroom sheet.  


“ Expected” Recess  Behavior

I will…..

  • include any classmate  who wants to play with me.

  • be visible to all the teachers on duty at all times. (no playing in the woods)

  • ask an adult to get the ball when it goes over the fence and onto the sidewalk or road.

  • use good sportsmanship at ALL times. If I get too upset over a game, I will take a break from the game.

  • share equipment - swings, balls, frisbees, etc.  

  • use recess equipment and swings/structure appropriately.

  • keep sticks, snow, and rocks on the ground.

  • keep my hands to myself.

  • be ready to come when my teachers call me.

  • respect all equipment, use it appropriately, and place it back in the blue bin.


Last week I sent out the MCAS 2.0  testing dates for the students in grades 3-5. Please be sure to save those dates on your calendar. Although the state assessment has changed the name from PARCC  to MCAS 2.0, I am expecting the questions to be very similar to the ones on the PARCC assessment. Downey students will continue to be well prepared for this assessment. If you have any questions regarding MCAS 2.0, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Lastly, thank you to the PTO for treating the staff to a delicious dinner from Blue Orchid on Wednesday evening. It was a chance for the staff to relax  before evening conferences.


Enjoy the weekend!




Deb Gallagher


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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