Note from Dr. Cannon



May 20, 2019

Dear Breton Downs Families,

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, in the afternoon we are having a Haitian Day at Breton Downs Elementary. As in year’s past, we are asking our students to walk to school and to wear a yellow shirt and dark shorts/pants to mirror the uniforms our friends wear at the Power of Education Foundation School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Our 5th grade students will be working with classes in the afternoon to celebrate the joy of play and how it links kids all over the world.  We will also have a donation jar in the office for students who would like to contribute to the Power of Education Foundation.

Students will have the option of purchasing a Haitian lunch that will include chicken nuggets, romaine salad, red beans and rice, and fruit sorbet. 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. We had a Haiti Day at Breton Downs last year and it was a big success with our students and staff.  

 Here are some of the events happening in the months of May and June:

  • Thursday, May 23- Haiti Day in the afternoon

  • Monday, May 27- Memorial Day, No School

  • Thursday, May 30- End of the Year Assembly at 12:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 30- Field Day,  immediately following assembly

  • Friday, May 31 - Science Fair from 12:30-3:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, June 6- Last Day of School ½ day; Flag Lowering Ceremony at 11:10 a.m.

 Warmest regards,


Construction Near Breton Downs

Until the end of school, there will be work done on the Lake Grove sidewalks.  Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21 the sidewalks located on the west side of Lake Grove from Boston to Richards will be closed to pedestrians.  We ask that all students and families please be mindful of the construction.

Thank you.

School Supplies 2019-2020


As we start planning for the 2019-2020 school year, I want to share information with you regarding school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year. First, purchasing school supplies is voluntary and not required for your child to attend school.  Below is a link to the suggested list of supplies from teachers that students will use throughout the school year.  ...READ MORE

Safety is our Focus

The 5th grade students will be heading to Greenfield Village on Tuesday, May 21, therefore, our safety posts before and after school will be impacted. We will cover the major crosswalks; however, many secondary crosswalks will not have a student safety. Please talk to your child about these changes as their walk to school and from school may look different on Tuesday, May 21.  

Menu Changes

Thursday, May 23 - Chicken Nuggets, Romaine Salad, Red Beans & Rice, Fruit Sorbet (Haiti Day menu available at Breton Downs only)
Wednesday, May 29 - Cinnamon Toast (not Pastry)
Thursday, May 30 - Beef Nachos
Friday, May 31 - Chicken Patty on a Bun  

Beginning Tuesday, May 28 Munchers (sack lunches) will not be available as a second choice.

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.   
4th Grade

Tuesday, May 21 - Math

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


If you’ve been meaning to make a pledge to Now&Forever but waiting for the right time, now is that time. We’re trying to wrap up the cash portion of the campaign by May 31, and that’s less than two weeks away!  ...READ MORE


Girls on the Run - Thank You

Thank you to all who donated to Kids’ Food Basket on behalf of the M/W Girls on the Run Team.  We were able to raise 59 pounds of food!!! These strong and amazing girls finished the season with a 5K run downtown on Saturday. This was such a wonderful experience for the girls and all involved. Girls on the Run is SO MUCH FUN!

Studio Barre School of the Month

Breton Downs is school of the month at Studio Barre!  Find out about specials for Breton families for the month of May here.

Big Bob’s Night - TONIGHT

Calling all hungry kids and thirsty parents! Join us on Monday, May 20th at Big Bob's to help support the Breton Downs PTO. The PTO will receive a portion of the proceeds that night for all dine-in, take-out & delivery (YES, EVEN DELIVERY) orders! The restaurant & patio will be open from 3-10pm. As always, thank you for your support!

First Lego Update

This message is to families interested in signing up their current third or fourth-grade student for East Grand Rapids First LEGO League teams in the Fall of 2019. A heartfelt thank you to those who attended our meeting last Wednesday night or have already shown interest through our survey. If you have not yet done so, please take a few minutes to review our presentation and fill out the survey. Read More...

Girls on the Run

The Tue/Thur Girls on the Run Team is hosting a collection drive for the Humane Society of West Michigan.  The donation box will be outside of the main office until May 24.  Please visit the website to view the Humane Society's wish list if you are interested in contributing.  Thanks for your support!

Learning Commons

All library books are due this week!!!

Please help your student search their backpack, locker, under furniture, and all nooks and crannies for their book(s). Emails from the District will be sent to families with students having an outstanding account. If an item is lost, damaged, or cannot be found, please contact Lisa Rogers to assist with the replacement process. Thank you for your diligence in taking care of Breton’s collection!

Volunteers Needed

The PTO board is currently looking for volunteers to lead the following committees next year:

Gardening Committee:  Round up a group of volunteers to help clean up the flower beds!  The gardening committee can meet anytime in early August to make the front of the building look fantastic!  Spring clean up is as needed. This year is our year to need to worry about ordering or delivery the PTO will do all that.  Just show up to help spread!

Staff Appreciation Treats:  Our staff does so much for our Bulldogs throughout the year that we want to continuously show our appreciation!  Help us put together a team who will bring treats to the staff lounge once a month and stock the fridge with their favorite drinks.  One committee chair needed to set up a sign up genius for monthly volunteers.

Variety Show:  Leaders needed to help put together and facilitate a avaning of talent.  This event typically takes place in mid-November. The team would coordinate acts, collect and review music and help students practice and move on and off stage.  Event takes place in the evening at the Breton gym.

If you are interested in any of these committees and would like to help lead these groups, please contact Magda VanWingen at  

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!

Annual LBW Race

This year’s LBW Race will take place on Wednesday May 29, 2019. It will be held at the East Grand Rapids High School Track, with registration starting at 4:15 pm.  For more information click here.  Registration link can be found here.

Youth Football Camp

To register for youth football camps use the link found here or call EGR Parks & Rec at 949-1750.

Dates are June 10 - 11 as follows:
3rd - 5th grade:   12 - 2 p.m.
Y5's - 2nd grade:  9 - 11 a.m. 


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