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

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

PTO Updates & Information: October 2016


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: 

Gift Book Program

Introducing the NEW Downey School "Gift Book Program" for the 2016-2017 School Year. This is a great way to honor a child or a teacher by purchasing a book (through the link below) for the Downey School Library. I have attached a form above under the "files" section on this page as well. The form explains the program in greater detail and asks you to email a "label request" to our wonderful librarian Donna Cantarella.

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