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Welcome to the Breton Downs PTO 2017/18 Website

This page is intended as a resource for parents of Breton Downs 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, and don't forget to visit our Breton Elementary PTO Facebook page.

Upcoming Events:

(please see our Calendar of Events page for all 2017/18 PTO & Breton events)

Sept 22: Welcome Back Family Picnic @ 11:24 am - 12:10 pm 

Sept 22: Hearts of Gold Football Game

Sept 26: School Picture Day

Sept 26: PTO General Membership mtg 6:30 pm

Sept 27,28,29: 5th graders to Camp Miniwanca

Please click here to view the school calendar available on the Breton Downs Elementary website. 

More details available in the weekly Breton Beat email, sent each Monday afternoon

PTO Update  

Breton Apparel

Don’t forget to order your Breton Bulldogs t-shirt or long sleeve performance shirt by Friday, September 22! This will allow us to get orders back in time for Homecoming. T-shirt samples for sizing and additional order forms are available in the office. You can also view the t-shirts and place your order online here

PTO Membership forms

PTO Membership forms can be found here and returned along with  PTO Volunteer forms until Friday, October 6. Click here The Volunteer form can also be submitted online here.

PTO Meeting

We invite you join us for our first General Membership meeting Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30PM. Come hear the latest district and school updates!  Free childcare is available during the meeting by contacting Stephanie Hoekstra at

Committee Chairs

The PTO is looking for chairs for the following committees for the 2017-2018 school year:

Holiday Workshop (December) - This program provides a leadership opportunity for our 5th grade students. Held in early December, this event provides all Breton Downs students with a ½ day of craft/gift making and entertainment, as well as a community service component. Volunteers are needed to help prepare for the workshop, set-up, supervise and/or assist with craft making the day of the event, or clean-up. (1-2 meetings in fall/winter & event day)

Publishing Center (winter) - The Publishing Center produces books written by Breton Downs students in grades 1-5. Parent volunteers can help on a weekly basis interviewing students and assembling books at lunchtime, or typing at home. (November - March) Siblings welcome!  

If you would like to help with either of these groups please contact Venta Norris at or 440-655- 0855.

Box Tops and Spartan Receipts

Please keep cutting and saving Box Tops! There will be a collection in October.  Also please keep saving receipts from D&W, Forest Hills Foods, and Family Fare.  We received $1,000 last year through their Direct your Dollars program!  Receipts can be turned in at the main office.

Hearts of Gold

Fill the Pot of Gold for Hearts of Gold! Students may bring in coins all week at lunch to help fill Breton’s Pot of Gold for Kids’ Food Basket. T-shirts will be on sale after school Thursday and Friday of this week or stop by the office to pick one up for $12.

Chess Club

Back by popular demand! Chess Club will be offered year round starting Thursday Sept. 14th meeting every other Thursday during lunch. Bring your lunch and come play in room 16!

Photos for Yearbook

The yearbook committee needs your photos! If you take pictures of Breton Downs students at any school events, field trips, classroom parties or events, please considering sharing them with the yearbook committee. Please send pictures to Charlene Montpetit at  Thank you for your help!


The State of Michigan has a new Protect Mi Child registry to block adult themed content from reaching your child on their phone, tablet or other electronic devices. You can visit to register and for further information.


Please feel free to contact us at: Anne Petruzzi or Lucy Shair

Note from Dr. Cannon

September 11, 2017
Dear Breton Downs Families,

Welcome Back!  I hope you and your family had a wonderful summer vacation.   As we head into the first full week of school, it is important to review and remind our children of important safety precautions. Please review these safety reminders with your child(ren).

  • Remember to always try and walk with other students on the way to school and home.

  • Please cross at intersections that have our safeties or crossing guards.  Adult crossing guards will be located on the corners of Boston/York and Boston/Breton from 7:50- 8:20 a.m. and 3:15- 3:45 p.m. to help our students cross these streets safely.

  • Students should not be walking across parking lots.  Please use the sidewalks.

  • Students should line-up at their assigned door before school at 8:10 a.m.

  • It is important to wear a helmet if you are riding your bike or scooter.

  • When on school property, please walk your bike or scooter.

  • Remember to always look both ways before crossing a street.

  • Never approach a car that you don’t recognize and never go with a stranger or accept anything from a stranger.

As a reminder to parents, our first bell rings at 8:15 a.m. and students will be entering the building at this time. Any student who arrives after this time should enter the building through door #1.  Please do not knock on doors to ask our safeties or students to open them.  They have been instructed not to open locked doors to anyone. Also, we ask parents not to pull in or park in our back parking lot located near the tennis courts before school or after school.  We want to keep all of our students safe.

We all love our pets, but they do not belong at school.  Too many young children are allergic or frightened by them.  When walking your child to school or picking up your child after school, please do not bring your dog onto school property.

We will be having the Breton Downs Welcome Back Family Picnic on Friday, September 22 during lunch time (11:24 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.). Families are invited to join their children and enjoy a picnic lunch from Grand Rapids Food Service.  The meal includes a hot dog, watermelon, carrots, baked beans, sun chips, and milk. Adults and siblings will NOT be able to use a student’s account to pay for lunch. Cash only for adults ($4.70/meal) and siblings ($3.50/meal).  If you are interested in purchasing a lunch, please sign-up here. Students and families will be served lunch in the gym and if your child would prefer a lunch from home, please plan on packing one for him/her.  Parents are encouraged to bring blankets to sit on outside. As always, we will be emphasizing that our students eat first and then play.  We want to make sure they have energy for the afternoon! If it rains, the picnic will be held inside the main gym.

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at  I look forward to another fantastic school year!

Warmest regards,

Caroline Cannon


Parent Teacher Organization
East Grand Rapids PS - Breton Downs Elementary
2500 Boston Street, SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506