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 Monday, May 1, 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: March 2017

Downey Play: The Snow White Variety Show

March 31 – April 2, 2017

Join us for our annual Downey play.  All the fun of just about every TV-show genre you can imagine is jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy! You will become the live studio audience on a talk show, Real Talk with Fairytale Legends, where the seven dwarfs tell the story of Snow White in their own unique ways!


Performances as follows:

Friday, March 31st, 7:00

Saturday, April 1st, 2:00 & 7:00

Sunday, April 2nd, 2:00 (sold out)


Doors open 15 minutes prior to show time.  Tickets ($7/ticket) available in advance here or at the door.  Thank you to Exotic Flowers who prepared special fairy tale bouquets for our cast members--available for purchase in advance here by March 27th, or at the door (limited quantities).  If ordering online, select "Pick-up in-store: Downey School" (delivery fee will be removed) and the date and time of the performance.  Please email Sarah Young-Hong ( with any questions. 



Daddy-Daughter Dance

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Downey School Cafeteria

Dads--get your dancing shoes ready and enjoy an evening with your daughter(s)! Music, dancing, refreshments, and a photo booth will make the night complete.  Entry is $10/family at the door.  Wrist corsage flowers available through advance purchase from Exotic Flowers. When ordering, select "Pick-up in-store: Downey School" (delivery fee will be removed), "3:00" for pick-up time, and April 29th for the date.   Please contact Annemarie McMurray ( with any questions. 



Original Works

March 27 – April 3, 2017

Over the past few months, your children have been working diligently to produce masterpieces that Ms. Lafave, the Downey art teacher, will help select for this opportunity to turn your artwork into custom personalized products!  Packets will be sent home this week--order forms are inside, and should be returned to school no later than Monday, April 3rd. Please contact Kara Field ( with any questions.



Box Tops

Due by Tuesday, April 11th!

It's time for another Box Tops Contest. This time the grade with the most Box Tops submitted will win an extra 10 minutes of recess, scheduled for Thursday, April 13th.   Please send in Box Tops anytime between now and April 11th.  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. Happy Clipping!  If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Levitt (



Kids Rule the School!

Wednesday, June 7th


Would your student like to be Principal Gallagher, Mrs. Carde, or one of their teachers for a half-day Wednesday?!  Kids Rule the School is back by popular demand and this year's participants will be chosen by raffle. Tickets ($1/ticket) will be sold at the Downey Play; ticket sheets will also be sent home for purchase during April and May.  Stay tuned to see who will be in charge on June 7th!


Please contact Todd Nicholson ( with any questions.



NEW 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 (


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