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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)

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

May 31 LBW Race @ High School 4:30 p.m.

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 Friday in May, we will have an after-school sale to raise money for EGRNow! We will also highlight programs that EGRNow! has funded in recent years (Spanish, K-1 Paraeducators, Art, Music, Physical Education and the Performing Arts Center). Thank you for being 100% ALL IN for our schools!

Friday, MAY 19 - Second Paleta sale highlighting the art and music program. If we sold out of the 350 paletas before you could get one at the last sale, no worries! Senora Vicente will have 500 for us this time around!

Friday, MAY  26 - Fruit sale highlighting the physical education program. 

Jersey Mike’s presented Breton Downs with a check for $634.53, which will be donated to the EGRNow! Campaign along with another $600 from the bake sale and paleta sale! Thank you for your donations!


Join Team Breton Downs for the 10th annual EGR Relay for Life! You may join the team and/or make a team donation to support the American Cancer Society below:

Click here to view the TEAM page for Breton Downs

If you would like to walk with our team or volunteer at the event please click on the following link:

Friday, May 19th - Saturday, May 20th. Look for information to come home this Friday! Please contact either Stacy Paul at or Leslie Papp at with any questions.


The John Ball Traveling Zoo came to Breton Downs this past week! Every classroom kindergarten through fifth grade enjoyed a visit from a variety of zoo animals and learned interesting facts about each one. Mrs. Boersma’s second grade class sent the PTO some much appreciated thank you letters pictured below! Thank you for your support of PTO fundraisers, which allowed us to provide $1,400 for the JBZ classroom enrichment program!


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 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


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:

May 15, 2017

Dear Breton Downs Families,

The EGRNOW! campaign is in full swing.  Please help us to meet our goal in order to continue many needed programs in our schools.  Donations of any amount are accepted so please give in the most meaningful way you can.  Let’s be 100% ALL IN. The Breton Downs PTO is supporting the EGRNOW! campaign by sponsoring the following events.

  • Friday, May 19- Paletas Sale - They were a huge hit!!  We are selling them again for $1.00
  • Friday, May 26- Watermelon slice for $1.00

Here are some of the events happening in the months of May and June:
  • Tuesday, May 23 - Camp Miniwanca Informational Meeting for 4th grade parents at 5:30 p.m. in the gym
  • Monday, May 29- NO SCHOOL MEMORIAL DAY
  • The annual LBW race will be held Wednesday, May 31 at the EGRHS track
  • 4th grade Science Fair is scheduled for Thursday, June 8 at 12:30 p.m. in the Breton Downs gym
  • Breton Downs Field Day - Friday, June 9 in the afternoon
  • Friday, June 16- Last Day of School ½ day; Flag Lowering Ceremony at 11:10 a.m.

Warmest regards,
Caroline Cannon

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