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

January 6, 2017



Dear Downey Community,


Happy New Year! This has been a great week at Downey School, the staff are well rested, and the students have done a nice job transitioning back to the school routine after a long vacation. If the weather continues to cooperate, we could have a year with no snow days!


Thank you to the parents and staff who volunteer in the morning to assist children getting off the bus and vans, and out of cars. If you are using our drop off service in the morning, please know that this a quick drop off area. All children will exit the car door alongside the sidewalk, no exceptions. Backpacks should be next to your child, so that they can quickly grab it and get out of the car. As a parent, you should NOT be getting out of your car to assist your child, we have staff to do this. If you would like to assist your child, or walk them up to the school in the morning, please park on Downey Street. The mornings are very busy for all parents, our goal is to move the traffic through the the front circle quickly and safely.

Thank you for your cooperation!


Good luck to the students in grades 3-5 who are participating in the spelling bee today sponsored by the Foundation for Westwood Education!


Save the Date:

Principal’s Coffee

January 11th

9:00 a.m.

Topic: 2016 PARCC Scores for Downey


Enjoy the weekend!



Deb Gallagher



Dear Parents,


Please see below two important updates from the Westwood Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC):  


Save the Date

Please hold the date of Tuesday, January 17, 2017 for the next SEPAC meeting.  The meeting will occur at 7:00 pm in the Professional Development Room of the Administrative Offices of the school department located at 220 Nahatan Street.  Topics will include the 2017-2018 school budget development and updates on winter/spring programming in the District.


SEPAC Survey

Also, the SEPAC is soliciting your input on what the organization can do to be most supportive to you.  Please share your perspective by completing the survey at the link below.  The following is a brief article that appeared in the Westwood Community Newsletter this week explaining more about SEPACand the survey.


Did you know that there is a Parent Advisory Council in every school district in Massachusetts with the specific role of acting as a liaison between parents of students with disabilities and the School Committee and school administration?  Westwood Public Schools is lucky to have an energetic and committed group of parents who are looking to increase the visibility and supportive role of Westwood’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC).  In order to do this, Westwood Public Schools and the SEPAC are asking for input from the Westwood community about what would be most useful to parents and students. Are you looking for guest speakers?  Interested in attending workshops? Maybe looking to find social connections and brainstorming? You don’t have to have a child in the schools with a disability to share your ideas. Please consider responding to the SEPAC survey link at:    The survey is available for input until  Monday, January 16, 2017.  


You are also welcome to learn more about how to join and support this organization at the Westwood Public Schools’ website:


A Note from the Grade 2 Team-Mrs. Billini and Mrs. Giannitti:

Second graders will be starting a Can and Food Drive on Friday, January 6th at Downey. All donations will go to support the Westwood Food Pantry and help second graders to extending their math thinking with their current math unit on data.   Non perishable food items can be put in grade level boxes in the lobby.  This program will continue until Friday, January 27th.  Thank you on behalf of the second grade and the Westwood Food Pantry!


A Note from Downey Library Media Specialist, Donna Cantarella:

Downey students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are invited to participate in the Bananagrams Challenge on Fridays during recess beginning Jan 6th and ending Feb 17th.


Click the link to learn more about this challenge!

Thank you Mrs. Cantarella for organizing this event!

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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