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Maurice W. Downing Primary School

Address: 55 Acorn Way, Malverne, NY 11565
Phone: (516) 887-6470
Hours: 8:25 A.M. - 3:03 P.M. (Student arrival no earlier than 8:15 a.m.)
Principal: Mr. Edward Tallon


Recognizing the unique qualities of each child, the mission of the Maurice W. Downing Primary K-2 School is to teach children, enabling them to grow and learn academically, emotionally, socially and physically in a positive, nurturing, stimulating and consistent environment in order that they might become independent learners who value themselves, contribute to society and possess a love of learning.


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Teaching About Teeth

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Mrs. Jelovcic’s 2nd graders read “Going to the Dentist” and learn the importance of brushing their teeth twice a day and visiting the dentist twice a year to keep the cavities away!

Date Added: 2/21/2024

Weather Chat

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MHS Band Director and weather expert Mr. Johnson visited our second graders as part of a culminating unit on weather. The students were excited to see how weather is predicted and learn more about Long Island's unique weather patterns.

Date Added: 2/13/2024

Global School Play Day

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Malverne students joined schools from around the world in the celebration of Global School Play Day, an initiative designed to bring awareness to the importance of unstructured play in schools.

Our students at Davison and Downing shared toys that do not require batteries or electricity, including classic board and card games, puzzles and blocks.

They created teams and organized their own games and activities, helping them learn social skills, innovation and creativity through play.

Of course, the administration and teachers joined in too, because everyone loves classic games and play!!!

Click here to view the photo slideshow.

Date Added: 2/9/2024

Valentines for Vets

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Downing students put their hearts into crafting special Valentine's Day cards for our service members and veterans.

Thank you to the Student Council for coordinating and inspiring the students to participate in this meaningful activity. We are grateful to Mr. Diaz for meeting with the students and for his service in the U.S. Army.

Date Added: 2/6/2024

100 Days Smarter

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On Feb. 8, the hallways and classrooms at Downing looked more like a senior citizen center than an elementary school as the students celebrated their 100th day of school by dressing (and acting) as if they were 100 years old.

The kindergarten through second graders advanced over nine decades in a day as they arrived at class with grayed hair, rollers and facial hair and dressed in classic fashion with hats, horn-rimmed glasses, pearls, suspenders and bowties. Many of our young old-timers walked hunched over with canes in hand and some were even equipped with first alert pendants, in case of emergency.

Our 100th Day of School celebration wasn’t all about dress up. The students showed they are “100 days smarter” by participating in various “100-themed” lessons and activities throughout the day, including math and counting, history and art.

Click here to view the photo slideshow.

Date Added: 2/13/2024

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