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Note from Dr. Cannon      

 

September 6 2022 

Dear Breton Downs Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and enjoyed both the warmer and cooler temperatures. I always appreciate the cooler days and being able to sit around a bonfire eating smores. This is probably one of the best parts of living in Michigan!

Last Thursday the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation stopped at Breton Downs and awarded two staff members, Katie Vicente and Marissa Lehman, their grant requests.  Mrs. Vicente received over $2,400 to take our 5th grade students to the Celebration of Souls Exhibit in downtown Grand Rapids and Mrs. Lehman received $1,400 for ipads to use with her speech and language students. Our students liked being able to participate in the celebration with their teachers. Thank you to the EGRSF!!  You can learn more about the Foundation and support its mission at egrsf.org. 

 

Throughout the year the staff and I will take photos of our wonderful Bulldogs. We encourage parents to do the same when joining us for school events. You can share pictures in this google folder. Some of these pictures will be included in our end of the year slideshow and/or the Breton Downs Yearbook.

Parent/Guardian Information Night
On September 7 and 8 Breton Downs is hosting our annual Parent/Guardian Information Nights. Each grade level has a designated time on one of these evenings (listed below) for you to visit your child’s classroom and learn from his or her teacher what curriculum will be taught this year. In addition, you will learn other important information pertaining specifically to the classroom, ways you can support learning at home, and have the opportunity to have any questions answered. We look forward to having you join us!

Wednesday, September 7     Kindergarten    5:15- 6:00 p.m.

                                              First Grade       6:00- 6:45 p.m.

                                              Second Grade  6:45- 7:30 p.m.

 Thursday, September 8        Third Grade      5:15- 6:00 p.m.

                                               Fourth Grade   6:00- 6:45 p.m.  

                                               Fifth Grade       6:45- 7:30 p.m.

Volunteering and Field Trips
Prior to volunteering in the buildings, volunteers must fill out an annual Consent Form to perform a background check and be approved in order to work with students. This process takes time, so we ask all interested volunteers to complete this online form well in advance of volunteering, including prior to attending field trips. Classroom teachers will be in touch regarding field trip fees and when they will be available via SchoolPay. Checks may also be dropped off in the office once fees are determined. 

Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 7
The East Grand Rapids High School Homecoming Parade will take place on Friday, October 7, 2022, beginning at 4:30 p.m. EGRHS would like to welcome all our elementary/middle school groups who are interested to participate. Your group will need to be chaperoned along the route. All parade participants should gather on Beechwood at 3:45 p.m. Your group will need to make signs or wear team "uniforms" to help our crowds know who your group is celebrating. 

If your group would like to participate in the parade, please let Heather McKinney, EGRHS Assistant Principal, know no later than Friday, September 23, 2022, by emailing her at hmckinne@egrps.org. 

New Staff
Once again we will be highlighting staff members in our Breton Beat.  In today’s newsletter you will find information about Mrs. Sarah Young, one of our new first grade teachers and returning school social worker, Mrs. Erin Huffer.  

Calendar
Please click here to view upcoming events on the Breton Downs School calendar. 

Warm regards,

Caroline
Breton Downs Elementary Principal

 https://twitter.com/principalcannon

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). 

Choir Information


Choir will begin for 4th and 5th grade students on Tuesday, September 27.  You will find more information here from Mrs. Kline.

Staff Spotlight


Click here to learn more about Erin Huffer, School Social Worker.

Click here to learn more about 1st grade teacher, Rhonda Young.

Huffer's Highlights


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

 

Whole Foods and Breton Downs

Show your school spirit at Whole Foods today! Their new Grand Rapids store is open, and they will donate 2% of net sales to the Breton Downs PTO today, September 6, 2022.


Check out this weekly 
update from our president, Jenn Gable, and sign up to volunteer!

BRAVO! Reminders and Upcoming Deadlines
GRADE BASKETS are accepting donations through Friday, September 9.  No item or gift card is too big or too small!  Bins are located in the office for convenient drop off.  

Our Big Check Day Is So Much Fun! So We Added Another One!

Last week, thanks to our donors, the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation presented big checks to teachers and staff members who’d applied for grants and mini grants over the summer. Here’s a link to the highlight video: https://youtu.be/btGEIVggjoU .   READ MORE

 Lunch Info 

Elementary Menu
Lunch this year is $3.50.  If you 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.

With the expiration of the COVID “free lunch for all students” program, every family is encouraged to submit a free or reduced lunch application.  It has been reported by some families that the online application (http://egrps.mealapp.org) has not worked for certain birthdates.  The software vendor has acknowledged this problem and is working on a solution.  READ MORE
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!


Pioneer Picnic

The Pioneer Picnic is Wednesday, September 7 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Memorial Field during the 8th grade football game.   Don’t miss this All Community Pep Rally! 

Meet the 2022 East Varsity Football Team • Free Trading Cards • Games • Tattoos • Autograph Signing • Half-Time Field Run • Concession Stand Meal Deals • Spirit Shop • Auction

New this year:  On-line Auction:  Ultimate East Grand Rapids Football Experience.  Please click the link here to sign-up to win this or another of our great items.


Pioneer Picnic Flyer here


Our Homecoming Parade will take place on Friday, October 7, 2022, beginning at 4:30 p.m. We would like to welcome all our elementary/middle school groups who are interested to participate. Your group will need to be chaperoned along the route. All parade participants should gather on Beechwood at 3:45 p.m. Your group will need to make signs or wear team "uniforms" to help our crowds know who your group is celebrating. 

If your group would like to participate in the parade, please let Heather McKinney, EGRHS Assistant Principal, know no later than Friday, September 23, 2022, by emailing her at hmckinne@egrps.org

 

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