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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

Principal's Message

January 29, 2021

Dear Downey Community, 

Below is an update from Art Teacher Ms. Friberg about the work she is doing with the students during art class. Please take a moment to read through it.   

 

This year in art class, K-5 students have been learning how to use their art as a way to communicate a message and how their voice can positively impact their community. We have been learning about diverse artists and change-makers throughout history who have used their voices to create positive changes in their communities as well. Additionally, we have been reading picture books about race, identity, diversity, and advocacy such as The Colors of Us by Karen Katz, Say Something! by Peter Reynolds, I Have A Dream by Martin Luther King Jr. and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr.

 

This week in Kindergarten art class students have been mixing skin colors to paint our different skin tones, and we have been celebrating diversity through conversations about the ways that we are different and the ways we are the same. Similarly, third graders have been studying artists like Amy Sherald, Bisa Butler, Vincent Van Gogh, and Frida Kahlo to explore different parts of identity that can be communicated through portraiture. Last month second and fifth grade students helped to create this Martin Luther King Jr. inspired “I Have A Dream” bulletin board representing a culmination of everything we have been learning this year in art classes, and as a way to spread love and positive messaging in our Downey community. We hope you all enjoy! – Chelsea Friberg, K-5 Art Teacher

Forms & Documents

PTO Updates & Information: 2019

Minutes from the September 11, 2018, PTO Meeting

Minutes from the  October 2, 2018, PTO meeting

Minutes from the November 6, 2018, PTO meeting

Minutes from the December 5, 2018, PTO meeting

Minutes from the February 5, 2019, PTO meeting

Minutes from the March 5, 2019, PTO meeting

Minutes from April 22, 2019, PTO meeting

Minutes from the May 7, 2019, PTO meeting

Minutes from the June 4, 2019, PTO meeting

 

Download the App today for access to all Downey PTO information. You will have 1) Have access to the PTO Directory; 2) Enroll in mini courses; 3) Hear about upcoming PTO events. 

Click here to visit the AtoZConnect online directory website.

 

Amazon Smile

Shop with Amazon and help support Downey! Please consider using our Amazon Smile link to make your Amazon 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!

Downey Gift Book Program
 
The Gift Book Program continues and is an exciting way for your child to contribute 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 (dcantarella@westwood.k12.ma.us).

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