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Welcome to the Breton Downs PTO 2014/15 Website!

This page is intended as a resource for parents of Breton students to keep up to date on all events, activities, volunteer opportunities and PTO meeting information.

Please take a moment and look around for helpful links and additional information.

Congratulations to Breton Downs!

Take a look at the following 2015 Niche Rankings of the Best Public Elementary Schools in the GR area, and see who is RANKED #1... Thank you to all the teachers, staff and students who have made this happen!


Upcoming PTO Events:


**LEGO Club**
The LEGO Club is looking for any new or used LEGO donations.  If you would like to volunteer to help supervise the club occasionally during lunch please contact Sue Keil: ssnkeil@gmail.com


**All School Musical - Peter Pan Jr**

THERE ARE MANY SPOTS OPEN YET FOR VOLUNTEERS, THESE ALL NEED TO BE FILLED!!!  IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP FOR SOMETHING PLEASE DO SO!!  IF YOU HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL OR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT, WOULD THEY CONSIDER HELPING OUT?   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050449a9ab23a57-volunteer

SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK:
Monday - 3/2:
Mr. and Mrs. Darling, Wendy, Peter, Nana, Tink #1, Michael #1, John #1, Fairies and Fairy Chorus (3:30-5)
Tuesday - 3/3:
Sea Animals Chorus, Lost Boys Chorus, Peter, Wendy, Michael #2, John #2, Lost Boys & Girls, Tink #2, Crock, Mermaids, Braves (3:30-4:30pm)
Wednesday - 3/4:
Lost Boys and Girls, Michael #2, John #2, Peter, Tink #2, Wendy, Tink #1, Braves, Braves Chorus, Hook #2, Hook #1, Smee #2 (3:30-5)
Thursday - 3/5:
Fairies, Fairy Chorus, Lost Boys & Girls, Peter, Smee #1, Hook #1, Wendy, Crock, Michael #2, John #2, and  Tink #2
Friday - 3/6:
Mr & Mrs Darling, Nana, Fairies, Fairy Chorus, Wendy, Peter, Michael #1, John #1, Tink #1

COSTUMES: Costumes SHOULD all be at school.  If you have not turned your child’s complete costume in, please due so ASAP!

TICKETS SALES WILL BE AFTER PRACTICE THE WEEK OF MARCH 2ND AND AFTER SCHOOL ON MARCH 16TH, 17TH, AND 18TH. We highly recommend purchasing advance tickets!!  Auditorium doors will open 20 minutes prior to the show.  PLEASE RESPECT OUR DIRECTORS AND STUDENTS AND DO NOT ENTER THE AUDITORIUM UNTIL THEN (NO SAVE SEATS!!!). 



**Ongoing Ways to Support Breton**

1. Breton Downs is again participating in both the D&W Fresh Market and Family Fare “Cash for Class” program to earn money for our school.  A percentage of the purchases made with your 'yes' card will go back to Breton Downs
 
You must link your 'yes' card to Breton Downs Elementary. Please visit http://www.myyesrewards.com/ and click on Manage Account to link your card.
 
2.  Use your Meijer 1 Card or Meijer Credit Card. Get a card or link your current card at http://www.meijer.com/rewards or call 1-800-962-7011.

3.  Register for Target's Red Card and "Take Charge of Education" by visiting http://www.target.com.
 
4.  Save Box Tops! and Spartan Labels. Collected during the months of October and February.  Please continue to save your labels! BoxTop labels can be found on certain brand grocery products. Spartan UPC labels can be found on ALL Spartan brand products; soup, milk, cleaning supplies, etc. Spread the word to neighbors, friends and family.

Thank you for collecting labels.  We received a check for $1,098 from our fall label collection.  Keep on clipping! Continue clipping BoxTops and Spartan Labels from participating products,  BoxTops are worth 10 cents each and Spartan Labels are worth 2 cents each.  Please click here to see a Box Tops example and here for a UPC example..  Thank you! 


Upcoming District Events:

**HURRAH!**


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**EGRNOW!**

Take local control and support our schools 100% all in 2015! EGRNOW! For more information, see the following link:

http://egrsf.org/giving/egrnow-2015/

Note from Dr. Cannon

February 23, 2015
 
Dear Breton Downs Families,
 
Last Monday night, Mrs. Burdick, our reading specialist at Breton Downs, administered CPR and used the automated external defibrillator (AED) on a man who had collapsed while playing basketball in our gym.  We are very proud of Mrs. Burdick and thankful she was in the building to help. Tonight Mrs. Burdick will be recognized by Dr. Shubel and the Board of Education at 6:00 p.m. at Woodcliff for her heroics. If you can, please join us at the Board of Education meeting.
 
Construction Update #3
The Learning Commons
Each of the elementary schools will undergo renovation of the Learning Commons to better support 21st century teaching and learning.  Multi-purpose furniture will improve the flexibility and functionality of the space.  This will allow our teachers to use the space as a meeting place with multiple classrooms of students, but still allow our PTO and community members to hold gatherings in it. The renovation will also include technology enhancements to support small group instruction. The pictured furniture selections are only design concepts as exact furniture pieces will selected through the bidding process which is currently underway.  





Additional Renovations
The current main office will be reconfigured into two conference rooms and the existing staff workroom will become our new instructional kitchen.  Finally, the current office conference room will become Mrs. Vicente’s new Spanish office.
   
Complete updates on all the construction projects throughout the district can be found on our district web page.   
 
Warmest Regards,
Dr. Cannon






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