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

March 5, 2023


Dear Downey Families, 


Happy March! I am hopeful that Friday was the last winter storm of the season, but as we all know, Mother Nature has been known to dump snow on us in April! The month of March is shaping up to be a very busy month at Downey School. Please take a few minutes to read through the information and put the dates on your calendar. 


I would also like to give a “shout out”  to the Downey PTO! They continue to plan and host many community building events for the Downey students. This month they are hosting a Bowling Night for students and their families and the Book Fair. They continue to support enrichment programs for the classroom and transportation for upcoming spring field trips! The PTO also fills a snack cart for Teachers located in the staff room on a monthly basis and will provide dinner for teachers on the evening conference night. This organization is amazing! Thank you to all the parent/guardian volunteers who make these wonderful events possible for the students and staff and thank you to the parents/guardians who have paid their dues and supported the fundraising events! 


Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thank you for your continued support!




Deb Gallagher 


Kindness Tree-Thank you to the Downey School Student Council  who created a Kindness Tree in our front lobby. Each grade was encouraged to notice and record acts of kindness on a colored heart to hang on the branch assigned to their grade on the Kindness Tree. This was such a wonderful activity for students and staff. Let’s keep those acts of kindness going! 



Student Council-4th and 5th grade students

Advisors-Mrs. Crowley, Mrs. Shea, Mr. Tirrell


PTO Sponsored Book Fair-This event will take place in the Downey library March 6-11. If you would like to shop with your child you may come on Saturday, March 11th, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Parents will not be allowed to shop with their children during school hours. Thank you to the PTO for organizing this fundraiser and opening up the book fair on Saturday for students to come with their families! 


Click HERE to preview the books that will be available. 

Click HERE to set up an eWallet for your child to use when shopping at the book fair. 


Math Morning with Parents/Guardians and Students-The classroom teachers and Math Specialists have planned a fun morning of math games! The Math Specialists will begin each grade level session with a brief overview of some of the math games that are played in the classroom and explain the curriculum connection. Math games are played regularly in the classroom as a way to practice new strategies and increase understanding. Following the brief overview parents will play some of these games with their child in the classroom with the hope that you will play these games with your child at home!  Please review the schedule below for when each grade level will be hosting their Math Morning. We are excited to see you! 


Grade K-March 31st 9:00-10:00 a.m. 

Grade 1-March 21st, 9:00-10:00 a.m. 

Grade 2-March 23rd, 9:00-10:00 a.m. 

Grade 3-March 24th, 9:00-10:00 a.m. 

Grade 4- March 30th, 9:00-10:00 a.m. 

Grade 5-March 16th, 9:00-10:00 a.m. 



March 29th (evening conferences)

April 12th (afternoon conferences)


Grade 5 Parent/Guardian End of Year Activities Meeting-March 8th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. 

This is an opportunity for Principal Gallagher to meet with the grade 5  parents/guardians  to review the end of year special activities for grade 5 students and to start planning! This meeting will be in person, however, if you are unable to attend the power point presentation and signups will be shared via email the following day. 


Grade 5 Parent/Guardian Workshop Learning About Ourselves and Others  - Building a Community of Respect, Sharing, and Understanding”. We have set up 2 workshop opportunities. Please register here for one of the workshop options.   

Wednesday, March 15th at 8:45-9:45 AM, WPS District Administration Building, Professional Development Room

Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00-8:00 PM, WHS Library

*NOTE-an email about this workshop was sent to all Grade 5 Families on Friday. 



Lunch Ordering

PreK - 5 Lunch Menu

Pay online at

Free Lunch for the 2022 - 2023 School Year:

Information to Apply for Free & Reduced Meals for the 2022 - 2023 School Year:

  1. Free & Reduced Instructions and Application (Microsoft Word versions - InstructionsApplication)
  2. Household Information Packet

Forms & Documents

PTO Updates & Information:


Click here to visit the AtoZConnect online directory website.
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. 

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