Note from Dr. Cannon


April 15, 2019


Dear Breton Downs Families,

As of April 12, 2019, the East Grand Rapids Public Schools' 2018-2019 District and School Annual Education Reports (AERs) are available on the EGRPS website. You may view the Breton Downs Elementary AER Cover Letter here and Combined Report here. The District AER Cover Letter here and Combined Report here.  For those who desire paper copies of the AER Cover Letter and Combined Reports, these will be available to parents and members of the community at the Breton Downs office.

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 2019-2020 school year.  To guide us in this important process, we will follow the East Grand Rapids Board of Education Policy #8040:

To the extent possible, 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 parent(s)/guardian(s) the following factors:  (i) individual student needs; (ii) learning styles of students; (iii) teaching styles; (iv) gender 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 3, 2019.  Please note that all information received will remain strictly confidential.  I look forward to your input.

Warmest regards,


M-STEP Testing Dates


Breton Downs Elementary will administer the M-STEP according to the schedule below. Please be mindful in scheduling any appointments for your student(s) that involves time out of the classroom during the assessment administration days.   

5th Grade

Tuesday, April 16


Tuesday, April 23

Social Studies

Thursday, April 25


4th Grade

Thursday, May 16


Tuesday, May 21


3rd Grade

Wednesday, May 8


Thursday, May 9


Wednesday, May 15


May 7 Election Information

The May 7, 2019, election ballot will have an important item for your consideration, the renewal of the Non-Homestead Operating Millage. This millage is a portion of the per-pupil state foundation allowance and provides significant operational funding for the district. For important information about this ballot issue, please click here.

Kenward's Korner

I often have parents ask me for assistance for a child who lies.  For some of them, the lying has just started or for others it's something they have been dealing with for a long time.  Either way, it can be equally challenging and frustrating.  Check out this information from for some of the latest insight and strategies for dealing with this tricky behavior.

Until next time,
Mr .Kenward

East Grand Rapids/Grades 3 & 4 Build and Code Clubs

We have had two successful Lego Robotics Build and Code Club sessions at each building with photos included behind the Read More link below. KDL and East Grand Rapids are looking to build interest in having a grade 4 and 5 First Lego Robotics team that would start in the Fall of 2019. For more information on the First Lego League please visit the First in Michigan website. This spring, the clubs will continue at all three elementary buildings with details as follows: ...Read More

Bike Safety Reminders

Biking to school is a wonderful option many of our students use to get to and from school. Since school safety is always our first priority, please help support this message by making sure your child is wearing a helmet when riding their bike and also locking it up while they are in school. One step that can be taken for theft prevention is to register your bike with the city of East Grand Rapids. If you would like assistance with getting a bike license, please visit East Grand Rapids Public Safety at 770 Lakeside Drive. In addition, please click here for a bike safety video.

Honor a Teacher or Staff Member with a STAR Award!

Are you looking for the perfect gift to honor your classroom teacher or other staff member this year? Please consider giving them an East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation STAR Award. STAR stands for Staff, Teacher, Appreciation and Recognition. ...READ MORE


If we can go out for recess we do, but our playgrounds can sometimes be wet and muddy.  An extra change of clothing kept in lockers and/or backpacks is helpful.  Thank you!
Support Staff Employee of the Year
East Grand Rapids Public Schools is seeking nominations for its 24th annual Support Staff Employee of the Year Award.  One $500 award is given each year to recognize an outstanding support staff member. Nomination forms and award guidelines are available by clicking here as well as in each school office and in the district administration office. Parents, students, community members, and staff are encouraged to nominate support staff employees for the award.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 17, 2019.


PTO Meeting - Last of the year!

Our LAST general PTO meeting of the year will be Thursday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons.  Kevin Philipps will be with us that evening to present a district budget update. We hope you can join us!  

Free childcare is available during the meeting by contacting Katie Kujawski at

 PTO Board Nominations for 2019-2020

Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about our district and having a positive impact on providing extra support to our Breton students and staff?  If you answered yes you would be a great fit for the Breton PTO Executive board! ...READ MORE

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