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
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
This PDF school calendar, which is effective April 5, 2021, was updated on March 12, 2021.
The School Committee has approved the 2021-2022 school calendar. Early release days will be scheduled in the spring.
The 2021-2022 school calendar has been approved by the School Committee.
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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
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