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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:


**All School Musical - Peter Pan Jr**

We are excited to announce the 2015 Breton Downs Elementary School Musical:  Peter Pan Jr.!  We are so thrilled that Breton Downs’ very own Music Teacher ~ Mr, Michael Woodward will be directing the production.  All interested K-5 students are welcome to be a part of this awesome production.  Important date information and the Peter Pan Interest form was emailed to you on Friday.   The interest form must be completed by Wednesday, December 3.

Peter Pan Information: http://mrwmusic.weebly.com/breton-musical.html

  
Interest form: https://docs.google.com/a/egrps.org/forms/d/1Hv6lFOeaKBs4-f26-awXUOlma5ZBRqZBVXFAbehRgyE/viewform

  
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.
 


**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 hing_mme@hotmail.com if you are interested in shopping for craft items or volunteering on the day of Holiday Workshop, Friday, Dec 12th. We need lots of volunteer help! Thank you!

**Junior Great Books**

Be on the lookout for a Junior Great Books registration letter in backpacks or click here for a copy.  Junior Great Books (JGB) is like a book club for kids offered during lunch to all grade levels. Sessions run for four to six weeks during January and February. Sign–up forms are due back to school Tuesday, December 9.  LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS! We are also in need of parents to be discussion leaders. It is a terrific way to share a love of reading with a small group of students.

Please contact Sue Keil at ssnkeil@gmail.com if you are interested or have questions.

**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.

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

December 1, 2014

Dear Breton Downs Families,
 
I hope your Thanksgiving break was filled with rest, relaxation, and fun.  I know it is hard to believe, but we only have 15 school days until Holiday Break! There are many activities happening at Breton Downs during the month of December.  Here are a few of the highlights.  Please remember to check the Breton Downs calendar for a complete list.

Monday, December 8- Fourth grade mini-market in the afternoon
All Breton Downs students will be given time to “shop” at the mini-market. Items will be priced between $0.25 and $3.00, so please send your child with quarters.  A portion of student proceeds will be donated to The Power of Education Foundation.  Parents are invited to shop the mini-market from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Friday, December 12- Holiday Workshop
All of our students in kindergarten through fourth grade will participate in Holiday Workshop. Guided by our 5thgrade leaders, students will rotate through three 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! 
 
If you would like to volunteer with the Holiday Workshop, please email Metka Hingson at hing_mme@hotmail.com.

Friday, December 19- All School Carole Sing at 2:15 p.m. in the gym
Please come join us for some holiday music.  All of our students in kindergarten through fifth grade, along with our choir, will be performing.  This will be a nice way to celebrate the holiday season!

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 smulvihill32@sbcglobal.net. Thank you!!!


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