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

November 2, 2018


Dear Downey Community,


October was a busy month at Downey! I hope you have had a chance to check out the Downey Twitter page for weekly updates about what students are working on at  school. The build out of Phase I of the outdoor learning space was a huge success, despite the rainy, cold weather. The annual Halloween Party sponsored by the PTO was a lot of fun, and the Haunted House created by the 5th grade students was so scary! This was the 10th Downey Haunted House I experienced, and I think this was my favorite one! Many thanks to the PTO and all the parent volunteers who make Downey School a welcoming community and a special place to work.


Now that November is here, this too will be a very busy month. However, we can all look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday break that is just a couple of weeks away. Please read below for information about upcoming  school events.


November 1-9-Wellesley Dental Group  Candy Drive. All candy will be donated to the U.S.  Troops. All donations can be dropped off at the main office.


November 5-9-Downey School Food Drive. Food will be donated to the Westwood Food Shelter. All food donations can be dropped off in the boxes in the front lobby.


November 6

Voting Day in the gym. Please enter/exit through the gym doors. The Downey PTO will be selling baked goods!


8:00 p.m.  PTO meeting in the cafe for all to join.


November 7

Picture retake day-Please inform Mrs. Carde in the main office if your child will be having their photo retaken. Also, please return your original photos to the main office.


11:50 a.m. Early Release


1:00 p.m. Afternoon parent/teacher conferences will take place.


November 9-9:00 a.m. Math League Parent Coaching Meeting in the cafe.


November 12-Veterans Day. No School


November 14-Early Release.

Evening parent/teacher conferences will take place.


November 21-Early Release-Happy Thanksgiving!

12:00 p.m.


November 22-26 Thanksgiving Break    


Recess Reminder… the cold weather approaches, please know that we make every effort to send students outside at arrival time and during recess. Please send your child to school with appropriate clothing for the weather. The only time we keep students inside is when it is raining or the temperature is below 20 degrees. As we all know, the students would rather be outdoors during arrival time and recess!                        


Have a wonderful weekend!



Deb Gallagher



PTO Updates & Information: November 2018

Please click here for minutes from the September 11, 2018 PTO Meeting

Please click here for minutes from the October 2, 2018 PTO meeting

Please click here for minutes from the November 6, 2018 PTO meeting

Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, Dec. 3rd-Thursday Dec. 6th

The Scholastic Book Fair will be taking place in the Downey gym from Monday, December 3rd -Thursday, December 6th. 

The Book Fair is Back!  Classroom visits will take place on Dec. 3 &4 and we will be open during the Holiday Fair Dec 6, 5:30-7.  Shopping is also available on-line now through Dec. 9 and can be accessed here: . All on-line orders have free shipping to Downey School.   

Please consider volunteering. Contact Maureen Sullivan at if you would like to volunteer or with any questions.

Holiday Shopping Fair

Thursday, December 6th


On Thursday, December 6th anytime between 5:30-7PM all Downey students are invited to come to the Downey school to purchase gifts for their family and friends. Please have your child fill out a shopping list and bring it with them to shop. There will be shopping helpers for all children. 

The Scholastic Book Fair will also be open in the Downey gym during the Holiday Fair.

Please note this is NOT a drop off event. Parents are asked to stay in the lobby so children can shop on their own.

Shop with Amazon Smile this season


As you complete your holiday shopping this year, please consider using our Amazon Smile link to make your purchases. The Amazon Smile Foundation will contribute 0.5% of eligible purchases back to the Downey School. It's an easy way to support our school and our students!

Volunteer Opportunities


If you are interested in becoming involved with the PTO or helping out at events, please contact us at There are many opportunities to join a PTO committee and/or volunteer at one of the PTO events to ensure a successful event. Some of the upcoming Fall events that are in need of volunteers include:   

  • Holiday Shopping Night
  • Scholastic Book Fair (coming in December)
  • Downey Gala

We welcome all volunteers.

PTO Dues and Downey Directory

There's still time to do your part and pay your dues! Please help us support our children's education. Checks for $45 made payable to the "Downey PTO" can be sent to school in your child's backpack, or paid online through our PayPal link. All families that pay dues will receive the 2018-2019 Downey Directory.

Save the Date: Second Annual Downey Gala

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Downey will host its 3rd Annual Gala on Saturday, March 23rd. The Downey Gala is our largest fundraiser, bringing funds to our school that support additional programs and needs for our children. This year, the Downey PTO purchased high-end playground equipment that will be installed this year. Also, due to the generosity of our Downey families, teachers and staff, the Outdoor Classroom project is in progress.

More information to come! Early sponsorship is available now. Contact Co-Chairs Anne McMurray: or Nayla Daly: The Gala Committee is seeking silent auction items including vacation experiences, unique dining experiences, sports memorabilia, etc. Thanks in advance for your support!

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 for Education


As you're shopping for school 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. Happy Clipping!

Congratulations to 5th Grade for winning the first box tops competition of the school year. Stay tuned for additional information coming soon on our next contest!

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