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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


September 18, 2022

Dear Downey Community, 

Thank you for preparing your child for the  new school year, it has been such a smooth transition and a great start! On August 30th the Downey Staff enjoyed a delicious BBQ hosted by the PTO. This is such a special way to kick off the new school year, especially after 2 very long years of navigating the pandemic.  Thank you to the Downey dads, Mike DeSantis, George Laham, Ken Mate, and Tom Pallotta for cooking on the grill on a hot summer day! For those of you who are new to Downey, I hope you too experience this supportive, fun,  and welcoming Downey community. 

Arrival time is running much smoother! Thank you for doing all u-turns on Hawktree Drive and NOT in the middle of Downey Street or in the entrance/exit of the Downey front circle. If you drop your child off on Downey Street in the morning, please remind them to follow the sidewalk to the playground or the front door. Students should NOT walk up the front hill and cut in front of the front circle traffic. The hill can get slippery when wet or icy and crossing the front driveway when cars are coming is a terrible idea. Thank  you for your help to keep Downey School safe for all students and staff! 

On Thursday, September 22nd, we will be holding our annual Curriculum Night. This is an opportunity for you to hear more about the curriculum your child will be studying and what the school day is like for your child. Please make an effort to attend this evening, the staff are looking forward to seeing you all! 

Lastly, If  you have any questions or concerns at any time during the school year do not hesitate to contact  me via email or phone to set up a time to talk. Please don’t rely on rumors in the community, it is often inaccurate information. 

Below are some important upcoming dates, please take a few minutes to read through it.

Thank you for your continued support, stay well, and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday night. 


Principal Deb Gallagher 


Important Information:

Thursday, September 22nd

  • School Photos during the school day. Photos will be taken outside unless it rains. In that case photos will be taken in the front lobby.

  • Curriculum Night-*This event is for parents/guardians only. 

    • 6:00-6:45 p.m. Grades 3-5 go directly to their child’s classroom

    • 6:55-7:25 p.m. All staff and parents go to the cafe for the Principal’s Welcome and important information. 

    • 7:30-8:15 p.m. Grades K-2 go directly to the child’s classroom

  • Monday, September 26th-No School/Rosh Hashanah

  • Wednesday, September 28th-Early Release (11:50 a.m. dismissal)

  • Downey School PTO- you can get important PTO information on their Facebook page and Instagram! If you have not joined please be sure to! Your support is important! 

    • Facebook-Search: Downey School PTO

    • Instagram-Search: downeypto

Lunch Ordering

PreK - 5 Lunch Menu

Pay online at

Free Lunch for the 2022 - 2023 School Year:

Information to Apply for Free & Feduced 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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