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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.

Upcoming Events:

**Breton’s Got Talent**

Breton Downs’ Variety Show is THIS WEEK!  Please join us on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 for a fun-filled evening!

Avoid the lines and purchase your tickets in advance.  They can be purchased in the office beginning Monday, November 17th.  Tickets and concessions will also be on sale at the door the night of the performance starting at 6 pm.  Tickets are $3/each or $10 for an immediate family.

**Scholastic Book Fair**

Our Fall Scholastic Book Fair is happening this week, Nov. 17-21, 2014 in the Learning Commons. Purchase books at a great price to get those kiddos reading, or stock up on gifts for the holidays.

Before & after school sales are open to all students and their families. Those times are:
Mon - Thurs  3:25-4:15 pm
Thurs           5:30-6:30 pm
Fri                8:00-9:00 am

Students will have an opportunity during lunchtime sales according to grade. Be sure to send in money (don't forget to add the  6% sales tax!) with your child that day. Dates and times are:

4th & 5th grades: Wed, Nov 19
1st, 2nd, 3rd grades: Thurs, Nov 20

You may also shop online starting Friday, Nov 14 at:

**Holiday Workshop**

The 2014 Breton Downs Holiday Workshop, guided by our 5th grade leaders, will have 3 segments— Community Service, Craft, and Entertainment.
I. Community Service: Our service learning project this year will be decorating book bags for the school we partner with in Haiti. Each grade level will be earning money to help purchase workbooks for our friends in Haiti.  Since they will be taking their workbooks to and from school we decided to order canvas bags and have the Breton Downs students decorate them.
II. Craft: Each student will have the opportunity to make two craft items. These craft items will be sent home as gifts to give to family members.
III. Entertainment: This year Breton Downs students will be entertained by a special surprise!

Please contact Metka Hingson at if you are interested in shopping for craft items or volunteering on the day of Holiday Workshop. We need lots of volunteer help! Thank you!

**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 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 or call 1-800-962-7011.

3.  Register for Target's Red Card and "Take Charge of Education" by visiting
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.

Our fall Box Top$ collection was a huge success.  We collected 10,920 Box Top$! The Breton Downs PTO made $1,092.  This money will be used to support our many programs and activities!

**Brick by Brick Campaign**

Families will have an opportunity to purchase personalized bricks that will be installed around the flagpole in a newly landscaped area. Look for additional information in weeks to come!

Note from Dr. Cannon

November 17, 2014

Dear Breton Downs Families,

Our Veterans Day Assembly on Tuesday, November 11 was a wonderful way to recognize, celebrate, and thank the men and women who have served or are serving in our armed forces. Our students enjoyed welcoming and singing to the over 40 veterans who attended our assembly. A big thank you to our fifth grade students for their leadership roles in the assembly and to our PTO for holding a reception for our veterans.  Please see a picture below of some of the veterans at our reception.

Mrs. Rogers finished her chemo treatments last Friday and to celebrate our students signed two signs for her.  The first sign is hanging on Mrs. Rogers’ house and the second sign is hanging outside the Breton Downs office.  Please see a picture of one of the signs below. Mrs. Rogers truly appreciates the love and support she has gotten from our students, staff, parents, and community members over these past few months. The next step in her journey will be daily radiation treatments.  These will start after the Thanksgiving Break.

Our students like going outside for recess even in the cold weather.  Please make sure your child comes to school each day with a warm coat, snowpants, hat, gloves, and boots. 

Warmest regards,
Dr. Cannon

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