||Breton Downs PTA
Mark your calendars, please!
Calendar events: March and April
- March 19, 1:30: PTA general meeting, Learning Commons, Breton Downs [please note this time change!]
- March 21, 4-7 pm: Parent/Teacher Conferences
- March 22, 7:00 pm: The Jungle Book, Pioneer Auditorium/Wealthy Elementary
- March 23, 11:00 am: The Jungle Book, Pioneer Auditorium/Wealthy Elementary
- March 26, 4-7 pm: Parent/Teacher Conferences
- March 29 - April 5: Spring Break
- April 8: School Resumes
- April 24 & 25: Breton Downs Variety Show (more information to follow)
**Please see below for additional information on many of these events.**
The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Breton Downs PTA is Tuesday, March 19, 1:30 pm in the Breton Downs Learning Commons.
Kevin Philipps, Assistant Superintendent for Business, will speak about the current state of our district finances and the potential budget cuts for next year.
PTA meeting minutes are available for your review by clicking on the PTA Minutes link.
Letter from PTAC regarding proposed switch to PTO:
Dear East Grand Rapids parents and teachers,
At the beginning of the school year a committee was formed to discuss membership dues to the Michigan PTA and membership form revisions. The Membership Committee included the PTAC membership chair and representatives from each school (the unit PTA presidents, treasurers, and membership chairs). After careful consideration, the Committee recommends that all five East Grand Rapids schools switch from a PTA (overseen by the statewide organization) to a PTO ("Parent Teacher Organization," independent and administered by our own parent group). This would allow us to keep more money in our district. As a PTA, we send $5.50 per membership (parents and teachers) to the Michigan PTA. That equates to between $900-$1,100 per year for each school (approximately $5,000 total from our district). In the past few years we have realized very little benefit from being a member of the Michigan PTA. It is the committee's opinion that the families of EGR would be better served if this money were to remain within the district. This recommendation is supported by the East Grand Rapids Teachers' Association and Dr. Shubel.
We are hoping to make this seamless district-wide transition to a PTO within the next few months. The PTO will conduct business exactly as the PTA does now but will keep all of the membership money in our district. The day-to-day operations of the PTO will remain the same as the PTA. Please refer to your schools newsletter and PTA updates for specific information regarding your school's PTA meetings and proceedings. Questions regarding this transition can be directed to your PTA president or members of the PTA Council.
Sincerely, Emily Keller, EGR PTA Council President and Jenny McMahon, EGR PTA Council Vice President
MAY WE ASK FOR YOUR HELP?
Parent involvement is key to our success at Breton Downs. We would love to have your help on one or more of our Breton Downs PTA committees. Please refer to the list of volunteer positions and committees on our PTA website. You may print a copy of the volunteer form and turn it in to the office. Descriptions of each committee are included in a separate pdf attachment on our website, as well. Thank you for your support. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allison White, PTA President 2012-2013
PTA Executive Board 2013-14
Nominations are being accepted for the 2013-2014 Breton Downs Elementary PTA Executive Board. If you would like to serve on the Executive Board, please contact Maria Allen at email@example.com or (616) 581-2500, by February 18. ~Thank you.
There are many opportunities for you to share your time and talents at Breton Downs. The committees and programs listed below need immediate assistance:
Publishing Center typist (grades 1 - 3) for the Publishing Center
Please also see the 2012-2013 PTA Volunteer information (under Related Files Below) for a complete list of committees and activities that need support and to access the Breton Downs sign up form. Please complete the form and turn it into the office, attention Allison White or email Allison at allison1111@ comcast.net. Find additional information under the PTA Volunteer Handbook tab (at the left).
* Volunteer Consent Forms: Please also complete the EGRPS Volunteer Consent Form and submit it to the Breton Downs office or the James E. Morse Administrative Building. The form can be found at the bottom of this page. It is a simple form and takes just minutes to complete. You will receive a badge with your name and "volunteer" that indicates your having completed the form and must be worn at all times in the school. Please note that this form adheres to the Board of Education volunteer policy, and must be completed before anyone will be allowed to volunteer at any of the EGR schools.
Fundraising opportunities for our school
Make Wednesday Pizza Night!
Every Wednesday is Breton Downs' designated "dough" raising night at the Breton Village Hungry Howie's! For just $9.99 you receive one large 1-topping pizza (no limit) and a free Howie Bread with every order. Hungry Howie's will donate $1 to Breton for every $9.99 pizza ordered. Hungry Howie's will also give the class with the greatest participation a free pizza party! Be sure to give your child's teacher's name when ordering.
Don't cook tonight--call 954-9999 to order a pizza instead!
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Parent Teacher Association
East Grand Rapids PS - Breton Downs Elementary
2500 Boston Street, SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506