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: 2017


Scholastic Book Fair

September 25th-29th


The Scholastic Book Fair will be taking place outside of the Downey library from Monday, September 25th-Friday, September 29th. You will receive more detailed information from your child's teacher on what date/time their class will attend the book fair. Please consider volunteering. Contact Rachel Macy at or Maureen Sullivan at if you would like to volunteer or with any questions.


Open on Curriculum Night: September 28th 

Stop by the book fair on Curriculum Night, September 28th to fulfill your child's wishlist of books!





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 (



Box Tops


As you're doing your back to school shopping for 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 label bags/envelopes with your child's grade level. Names and teachers are not necessary. More information will be coming soon about contests and due dates. Happy Clipping!





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