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

                                                           March 17, 2017


Dear Downey Community,


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The students and  staff were dressed in green, leprechaun traps were set up the night before,  and Mrs. Shea’s kindergarten students visited their Grade 5 Book Buddies to serenade them with the song, “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover”. We also had an all school community share in honor of Ms. Lisa Lowe, gourmet Downey chef, who has decided to retire, so that she can spend more time with her newly born grandson! We will miss Ms. Lisa, but she has promised to visit us later in the spring! We are in the process of interviewing candidates for this position. Once a person is hired, I will let you know. Stay tuned!


Parent/Teacher conferences will begin on March 29th. Please email your child’s teacher of any questions/concerns you have ahead of time, so that they are prepared to answer those questions at the conference.


This Wednesday, March 22nd, I will be hosting a Principal’s Coffee. The topic will be MCAS 2.0 testing. Please join me at 9:00 a.m. in the library to hear more about this new testing that your child  will be taking if they are in grades 3-5.


Open Music Classes and Open Band will take place this week as well. Come see what  your child is doing in music class!

  • March 20th

    • 1:35 p.m. 2G

    • 2:25 p.m. 1L

  • March 21st

    • 1:35 p.m. 2B

    • 2:25 p.m. 1C

  • March 22nd

    • 10:00 a.m. Grade 4 Open Band


On March 28th, the PTO will be hosting an open meeting for all parents to attend. During this meeting, the PTO will give an update on the budget and upcoming events. Marcia Uretsky, Literacy Coordinator/Downey Literacy Specialist,  and I will also be doing a presentation on Growth Mindset Parenting during the meeting as well. We look forward to seeing you! Check out this article How Parents Can Instill a Growth Mindset at Home


Congratulations to the Downey PTO on a very successful Gala! The event was well attended, a wonderful opportunity for the Downey community to get together in honor of your children. Many thanks to the volunteers who made this event happen!


Monday is the first day of spring! I am pretty sure we are all looking forward to some warmer weather, and greener grass!


Thank you for your continued support!



Deb Gallagher

PTO Updates & Information: December 2016

1st Annual Downey Ball: A Night in Oz!

Save the Date: March 11, 2017

The Downey’s first annual parent-only gala is coming—an evening of wonder and celebration of acts of courage!  There will be food, drinks, entertainment, and a live and silent auction.  The success of this night will be due to the participation and help from Downey families.  PLEASE CONSIDER HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE SILENT AUCTION.  Appreciated items include restaurant gift cards, spa packages, vacation rentals, sports tickets and memorabilia, and art and fun experiences.  Please email Mariam Nasr ( with your contributions.  Thank you in advance!

Box Tops

Due by January 12th!

It's time for another Box Tops Contest. Who is ready? This time the grade with the most Box Tops submitted will win a Crazy Hair-Mismatched Day, scheduled for Friday, January 27th. Please send in Box Tops anytime between now and January 12th. 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 (

Movie Night

Friday, January 27th


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 provided; snacks for sale.  Note: This is NOT a drop off event. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  Please contact Susan Saliba ( with any questions. 

Original Works

February, 2017  

In the coming months, your children will be 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!  

Stay tuned for more details, and contact Kara Field ( 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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