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


October 9, 2017


Dear Downey Parents,


Here we are, in the month of October. We all have survived the crazines of "back to school" and are now settled right back into the  school routines. Your children appear happy in their classrooms, routines are in place, and everyone is working hard!


We had several new families register this summer and into September. Although we have many new families who have joined our community, our overall building numbers remain the same as last year around 260 students,  much lower than 9 years ago when we were over 300 students! This declining trend in population in Westwood is taking place across all 5 elementary schools. One theory is that it is really expensive to live in Westwood! Please join me in welcoming our new families!


Lastly, as an educator, and a mom, I find that I read many articles throughout the week while sitting in my car, in between meetings, and as a way to relax in the evening when my house is finally quiet. Every now and then I come across an article that I find useful as a parent and an educator. The following article, "The Train Analogy That Will Completely Change How You See Your Child Crying", was shared with me by a Downey colleague. It's a great article about helping a child move through emotional tunnels, when faced with a challenge. It's a short article, but worth reading! Please click the link below to access the article.


I hope to see you all at the Downey PTO meeting, tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. !



Deb Gallagher


PTO Updates & Information: October 2017

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 2017-2018 Downey Directory.


Open PTO Meeting

Tuesday, October 10th



On Tuesday, October 10th, at 7pm we are having an open PTO Meeting at Downey. This is a great opportunity for those of you who want to get more involved with Downey events. Find your place for helping out, be it on one committee, or leading another. We are open to your involvement in any capacity that you can afford. No pressure, just an invitation to get involved.  If you have questions, suggestions, or comments throughout the year, please contact us at


Downey Halloween Party

Friday, October 27th



Come join us for games, music, and fun at the annual Downey Halloween Party! Entry fees are $10/child or $15/2+ children. Activities include cookie decorating, bouncy houses, face painting, and a photo booth. Costumes are welcome (nothing too scary!) and pizza will be available for purchase.  And if you want to get spooked, don't forget to also check out the 5th grade Haunted House! Please contact Lorri Warren ( for more information.


Note: This is NOT a drop off event. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


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

Due: Wednesday, October 18th


As you are grocery shopping and packing school lunches and snacks, please don't forget to send in  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 double check the expiration dates. Please label bags/envelopes with your child's

grade level. Names and teachers are not necessary. Our first Box Tops contest due date will be Wednesday, October 18th. An announcement on the winning grade will be made on Friday, October 20th. A pajama party will then be held for the winning grade on Friday, October 27th. Happy Clipping!


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