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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:

**All School Musical - Peter Pan Jr**

IT’S THE MOMENT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR . . . . .  PETER PAN JR.  Is this week!
 
PERFORMANCES
All performances will be held at Pioneer Auditorium (at Wealthy School)
 
Times
Thursday  6:30
Friday:     7:00
Saturday  2:00
 
TUESDAY, MARCH 17th, We would like to do a “Peter Pan” day!  Have your students wear GREEN or their “Peter Pan Jr.” tee shirts to celebrate our Peter Pan performance!!
 
TICKETS
TICKETS SALES WILL BE AFTER SCHOOL ON MARCH 16TH, 17TH, AND 18TH. We highly recommend purchasing advance tickets!! Auditorium doors will open 20-30 minutes prior to the show. PLEASE RESPECT OUR DIRECTORS AND STUDENTS AND DO NOT ENTER THE AUDITORIUM UNTIL THEN (NO SAVING OF SEATS PRIOR TO DOORS OPENING!!!).

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


**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

**Breton Instructional Kitchen Volunteers Needed**

Because of the remodeling/relocation of the Instructional Kitchen, we thought it might be good to recruit next year's volunteers early so they can be involved this spring as the kitchen is packed up to move.
 
The BIK committee typically meets 3 or 4 times during the year to do a 'group clean', where we all show up for a time during a ~2 hour window to clean the kitchen.  Additionally, we try to assign each committee member to be responsible for approximately 4-6 weeks during the school year to look over the kitchen.  What this usually entails is collecting dirty towels, taking them home, laundering them and returning them to the kitchen.  When stopping by the kitchen, we also follow up if messes are left, put away forgotten clean dishes, refill soap and paper towels and handling any other small surface cleaning needs, etc.  This can be done anytime during the week and is typically 5-10 minutes when picking up or dropping off towels.
 
If you would be interested in helping the with the Instructional Kitchen, please contact
KyleBorst@gmail.com (616-975-2652).  Our next meeting is Friday, March 27 @ 8:30 in the kitchen.


**Yearbooks Photographs**
 

The yearbook committee is looking for photographs taken at any school events or in the classroom this year. We can accept photographs from phones if you have an iPhone 5 or 6 (or similar). Please send photos to Charlene Montpetit by March 16 at ctmontpetit@gmail.com


**Learning Commons**
 

Our Learning Commons will be closing for renovations on March 27. Please remember that the last day to check out books is THIS FRIDAY, March 20th! All library materials MUST to be returned NO LATER THAN March 27th for inventory purposes.  Please look in lockers, backpacks, strollers, couches, nightstands, etc. for any items that belong to the school.  We appreciate your assistance as we prepare to open brand new spaces in the fall.

**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:

**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

March 16, 2015
 
Dear Breton Downs Families,
 
This week, Peter Pan Jr., opens on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. and continues through Saturday afternoon, March 21 at Pioneer Auditorium. Many thanks should be given to Mrs. Timmer and Mr. Woodward for co-directing the play and to Mrs. Darooge and Mrs. Paul for their creativity and leadership.  With over 225 Breton Downs students participating in the play, it will be a show to remember!

Please remember to park in designated parking spaces on school property. Vehicles may not be parked in fire lanes during the school day or while attending events when school is not in session. The fire lanes must be accessible at all times.
 
Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 31.  This is a wonderful time to discuss your child’s progress and areas of growth with the classroom teacher.  I will also be available during this time to answer any questions you might have.  Please stop by the main office to see me.
 
With the warmer weather last week, our playground is filled with lots of mud and wet areas. Please have your student pack and extra pair of socks and/or pants in his/her backpack.  These can come in handy during this time of year.
 
Warmest regards,
Dr. Cannon  
  




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