Note from Dr. Cannon      

December 5, 2022

Dear Breton Downs Families,

Congratulations to our FIRST LEGO League Explore and Challenge teams for their hard work and efforts preparing for last week’s events! Our FLL Explore teams, with students in grades K-2, showcased their efforts last Thursday evening at EGR Middle School. They had a wonderful turnout and did a marvelous job explaining their projects to attendees. On Saturday, our FLL Challenge teams, with students in grades 3-5, competed at the regional level at That One Robo Battle of the Minds. Wealthy Elementary Team Power Up placed second in the innovation project category and third overall. They will move on to compete at the State level, along with a team from Lakeside, this Saturday at Mason High School. Congratulations to all our FLL teams! 

On Wednesday, December 7 from 1-3 p.m. all Breton Downs students and staff will travel by bus to East Grand Rapids High School to hear the orchestra, band, and choir perform.  A big thank you to Bree Mitchell, the EGRHS Director of Orchestras, who helped organize this performance for our students.  We look forward to this fun event! 

We had a HUGE turnout for Family Movie Night on Friday, December 2.  Our students enjoyed eating popcorn and watching Minions:  The Rise of Gru as they camped out on our gym floor.  Thank you to Amy Pugh for popping popcorn from 4-8 p.m. and for the Breton Downs PTO for sponsoring this event.

Community Kindness Day
This is the last week for families to donate items for Community Kindness Day. Listed below are the local agencies our students are supporting. All donations need to be made by Monday, December 12.  There will be boxes located in the main hallway to drop off donations.

*Click here for active links

Winter Showcase
This year Breton Downs will host a Winter Showcase on Tuesday, December 13 at 9:15 a.m. in the gym.. This event is a musical performance for students, teachers, and families, and will include a slideshow of photos demonstrating work in Specials courses (Art, Music, Physical Education, and Spanish) throughout the first semester. To learn more about this event, please click here for a letter from Mrs. Kline. 

Winter Festivities

  • Tuesday, December 13 from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Winter Showcase

  • Wednesday, December 14: Community Kindness Day.  Please see the information above. 

Please click here to view upcoming events on the Breton Downs School calendar. Please mark your calendars for the following events:

  • December 5:  Board of Education Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at EGR Middle School Learning Commons

As always, my door is always open. Please reach out anytime with questions, concerns, or to say hello.

Warm Regards,



Huffer's Highlights

Please click here for a note from our School Social Worker, Mrs. Erin Huffer.

$50,000 Matching Grant Will Multiply Your Donation to Support Student Mental Health

Before kids can learn, they need to be healthy. Physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.

The Foundation's Mental Health & Wellness Fund will support student mental health for all students in all our schools. And right now, a generous, concerned alumni donor will match all donations dollar for dollar up to a total of $50,000 so the power of your gift is doubled.    ...READ MORE

Available Supports for Families

It is important that all children have access to the various opportunities offered at school including field trips, evening PTO-sponsored events, book fairs, etc. As a staff, we never want money to be a barrier to participation for a child. If your family is experiencing monetary challenges, please reach out to the classroom teacher or building principal. All information is confidential and we have options to support you and your child(ren). 

Volunteer Consent Form

In order to volunteer in our school buildings or school-sponsored events, EGRPS has a process that requires volunteers to complete a background check. If you have not completed the Volunteer Consent Form via registration through Skyward, click here to do so.    ...READ MORE

 Lunch Info 

Elementary Menu
Lunch this year is $3.50.  If your student only wants milk, the cost is $0.50.  If your student plans to eat lunch, please set up a My Payments Plus account using your students EGR ID number plus two 0's in front of it.  Questions, call the office at 616-235-7552
Updated Free and Reduced Meal Application
There is a new website to complete the Free and Reduced Meal Application.  If you have not yet completed, please do so here.  Thank you!
Additional Information

School News Network

Our district is a proud partner of School News Network, visit their site for news items about EGR and other local schools!

EGR HS Hockey

Join the EGR HS Hockey team for a Youth Holiday Camp on December 30 from 12 - 2 p.m. at Patterson Ice Arena.  Click here for a flyer with more information.

EGR HS Basketball Program

The High School basketball program will be sponsoring another Hanging with the Hoopers event on Sunday, December 11.  Click here for more information.

Santa Claus Girls

Santa Claus Girls (SCG) is a non-profit organization that provides both toys and clothing items to children ages 12 and under in time for the holidays. Their mission is to ensure that children ages 12 and under do not go without gifts during this time of celebration. Presents are gift-wrapped and delivered to the children’s residence on Saturday, December 10 by volunteer drivers to be received by a parent or caregiver. Online registration is currently available at  Several languages can be selected on the website for ease of registration. Ongoing updates are posted to the Santa Claus Girls Facebook page. If you have any questions regarding the program or gift distribution, please visit More details are available on their flyer linked here.

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