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Welcome to the Breton Downs PTO 2016/17 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, and don't forget to visit our Breton Elementary PTO Facebook page.

Upcoming Events:

(please see our Calendar of Events page for all 2016/17 PTO & Breton events)

April 19 - 23 Jersey Mike's for EGRNow!

April 22 The Last Hurrah! EGRSF

April 24 Town Hall Meeting 5:30-7:00

April 27 PTO Meeting 9:30am – Last Meeting

May 8 - 11 Scholastic Book Fair

May 10 5th Grade Day of Kindness 

May 16 5th Grade Middle School Transition Day (Students Only)

May 17 Middle School Parent Info Night for 5th Grade Parents @ 6:30 p.m.

May 18 1st Grade Field Trip to Binder Park Zoo

May 29 Memorial Day, no school for Students

June 2 4th Grade Field Trip to PJ Hoffmaster State Park (Muskegon, MI)

June 5 Board of Ed Meeting Woodcliff Office @ 6:00 p.m.

June 8 4th Grade Science Fair 

June 16 Last Day of School 11:24 a.m.  Dismissal

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 


Each Tuesday will be double punch day!

  • Tuesday, April 11:  Double punches just for running on the first day
  • Tuesday, April 18:  Favorite sports team
  • Tuesday, April 25:  Favorite hat
  • Tuesday, May 2:    East day
  • Tuesday, May 9:    Run with a buddy
  • Tuesday, May 16:  Run with mom or a photo of your favorite lady
  • Tuesday, May 23:  Favorite college


The EGR Legislative Committee will be hosting an Education Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 24th at the EGR High School Little Auditorium from 5:30 pm - 7 pm. Several state legislators will be there to discuss education issues and answer your questions.  We will also be highlighting the importance of the proposed Enhancement Millage -- voting on the May 2 ballot -- which would provide an additional $211 per student in operational funding for the next 10 years.

The EGR Legislative Committee keeps parents informed about important developments in Lansing that directly impact our kids in school. All are invited to attend the Legislative Committee's monthly meetings. The next meeting is this Wednesday, April 12  at 8:30 AM at Woodcliff. If you would like to stay informed and advocate for our kids’ education, please join our FB group and sign up for email and text updates:  If you have any difficulty signing up, please contact Lucy Shair at


Breton Downs Elementary has teamed up with Jersey Mike’s Subs for our 2nd fundraiser to benefit EGRNOW!  The fundraiser will run from Wed, April 19th - Sun, April 23rd at their Kentwood Location - 3464 28th St. Each child will bring home 2 tickets on Wednesday, April 19th  to be used to get a free sub with a minimum $2 donation.  100% of proceeds will benefit the EGRNOW! campaign. Take a break from cooking and come use those coupons!


The PTO Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate for the 2017/18 PTO Executive Board positions:

  • Co-Presidents: Anne Petruzzi & Lucy Shair
  • Co-VP's: Courtney Cingle & Venta Norris
  • Treasurer: Samantha Mellish
  • Assistant Treasurer: Lynee Wells
  • Corresponding Secretary: Stephanie Hoekstra
  • Recording Secretary: Rachel Anderson

Please join us Thursday, April 27 @ 9:30am at our next PTO General Membership

Meeting where we will introduce this wonderful group. We're looking forward to a great 2017/18 school year!


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: Melissa Mitchell or Sue Keil

Weekly Note from Dr. Cannon:

April 17, 2017

Dear Breton Downs Families,

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful, spring weather this past weekend.  At Breton Downs it is so nice to see spring blooming in our front flowers pots (please see picture below).  A big thank you to Shelly Fuller for the time and effort she puts into our flowers.  They are a nice reminder that summer is right around the corner. 

On Friday, May 5, 2017 we are having a Haitian Day at Breton Downs Elementary.  We are trying to emulate, as much as possible, a typical school day in Haiti. On May 5, we are asking our students to walk to school and to wear a yellow shirt and dark shorts/pants. This will be their school uniform. Students and staff will work throughout the day with limited electricity and technology.  Our students will be given the same supplies students use at the Power of Education Foundation School: pencil, paper, and share a small whiteboard.  

At lunchtime students will have the option of purchasing a Haitian lunch that will include rice, beans, and fruit.  Recess will look different as well. Our students have access to soccer balls, jump ropes, and basketballs. This is the common recess equipment used in Haiti. We had a Haiti Day last year and it was a big success with our students and staff.  We are looking forward to May 5!

One of our most important tasks is preparing the class lists for next year.  I will meet with staff in May to begin student placements for the 2017-2018 school year.  To guide us in this important process, we will follow the East Grand Rapids Board of Education Policy #8040:

Students are assigned to specific classes, grade levels and teachers by the building Principal.  In making assignments, Principals may consider (with input from teachers and parents) the following factors:  (i) individual student needs; (ii) learning styles of students; (iii) teaching styles; (iv) students ratio; (v) heterogeneous make-up of the class; (vi) class size; and (vii) special education needs.

I am interested in your input.  If you wish to contribute information about your child, please use the Student Placement Information Form that is attached here.  Please do not request a specific teacher as many factors go into the placement decision and we have yearly changes in teaching assignments.

Return this information to my office no later than Friday, May 5, 2017.  Please note that all information received will remain strictly confidential.  I look forward to your input.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Cannon


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