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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!

PTO Executive Board 2015-2016

The PTO Nominating Committee is now taking the names of any Breton Downs parent that would like to self nominate themselves for the 2015-16 PTO Executive Board.  The following positions need to be filled: Vice President (2 yr. term), Assistant Treasurer (2 yr. term), Corresponding Secretary, and Recording Secretary.     The committee will begin the selection at the end of January, so if you are interested or have questions please contact Leslie Papp at by Jan. 23rd.

Upcoming Events:

**NEW Theatre Design Club**

Calling all 4th and 5th graders!  If you would like to be a part of creating the set, props, and costumes for the Peter Pan musical then join us on Mondays after school from 3:30-5:00 in room 14.  If you have any questions please contact Leslie Papp at

**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:

**All School Musical - Peter Pan Jr**

Monday - 19th:
Mr. and Mrs. Darling, Wendy, Peter, Nana, Tink #1, Michael #1, John #1, Fairies and Fairy Chorus
Tuesday - 20th:
Kindergarten - Sea Animals Chorus & Lost Boys Chorus
Wednesday - 14th:
Lost Boys and Girls, Michael #2, John #2, Peter, Tink #2, and Wendy
Thursday - 15th:
Pirates and Pirate Chorus, Peter, Smee #1, Hook #1, Wendy, Crock, Michael #2, John #2, and  Tink #2
Friday - 16th:
No School - No Rehearsals

Last year’s level of dedication shown by Breton Downs families to help assist with the performance was amazing! To make this year’s production also a success, we will need a large team of volunteers, and we look forward to working with you to create a wonderful, theatrical experience for the students. 

**Ongoing Ways to Support Breton**
1. D&W Days are happening again next week JANUARY 18-24, 2015
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.

Thank you for collecting labels.  We received a check for $1,098 from our fall label collection.  Keep on clipping!  The next BoxTops$ and Spartan Label collection will begin January 27 and run through February 17.  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! 

**Fifth Grade Farewell Planning Committee**

First meeting - Tuesday, January 20, at 8:30 AM

We need your help to plan a memorable sendoff for our Breton Downs fifth graders!!!  Any parents interested in helping with this year's 5th Grade Farewell should plan on attending the meeting.  If you have any questions, contact Ann Sheridan ( or Allison White (  Thank you for your help. 

Note from Dr. Cannon

January 19, 2015

Dear Breton Downs Families,
Today we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our students participated in many activities honoring his message. In the morning Bright Star Theatre presented a performance entitled, George Washington Carver and Friends to our kindergarten through 2nd grade students and Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to our students in grades 3-5.  Bright Star Theatre is a traveling group and has presented at Breton Downs in the past.  A big thank you to our PTO for supporting this troupe! 

In the afternoon the whole study body participated in a Silent Walk with many of our students carrying signs.  After our Silent Walk we celebrated Dr. King’s message in an assembly that included songs, speeches, and presentations.  Mrs. Boersma, one of our first grade teachers was given the Making a Difference Award. Mrs. Boersma is on our district’s Champions of Diversity Committee and is an integral part of the planning for MLK and our work with the Power of Education Foundation.  Our 5th grade students and staff honored Mrs. Boersma and provided the following quotes about her:
“Mrs. Boersma would always help me solve any problem I had, even if it wasn’t related to school.”
- former student
“When I first got my job at Breton, Mrs. Boersma was the first one to email me and welcome me to Breton.  She offered to help with anything I needed.” 
- staff member
“She makes you try new things, pushes you to completion and makes you laugh till your sides ache.  I can't imagine this journey without her!”
- staff member
“Mrs. Boersma helped me with my reading.  She was always kind, caring, and respectful to all of her students.” 
-former student
Congratulations to Mrs. Boersma!  She is making a difference one step at a time.
Warmest Regards,
Dr. Cannon

**WANTED: USED TOYS** Now that winter weather is a possibility, and indoor recess inevitable, the PTO is collecting used toys to distribute to each of Breton's classrooms. A lot of the current toys are quite old, worn and missing pieces. This is the time of year many people clean house, and if you have any toys, puzzles, or games that you may be getting rid of, please let us know. Great toys are those that our students can have fun with within the 15-20 minute timeframe... building toys, Lincoln logs, blocks, Jenga, learning games, puzzles, Legos, Matchbox cars, Battleship, or quick card games. If you have any donations or questions, please contact Sarah Mulvihill at, or drop off donations in the office. Thank you!!!

New this year: the Breton Downs Elementary PTO Facebook page. Become a member today, and join our community!

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