Note from Dr. Cannon



April 22, 2019


Dear Breton Downs Families,

Last week was National Volunteer Week and it is a time to thank all the thousands of volunteers across the country who keep many organizations running, communities safe and provide the services that otherwise would not exist without volunteers.  I would like to thanks the many Breton Downs parents and the PTO for their ongoing support of our school. From working running club, to attending field trips, to cutting out laminated letters of the alphabet, we couldn’t do the many things at Breton Downs without our volunteers.  THANK YOU!!!

Below are pictures of some of the supports from the Breton Downs PTO including purchasing indoor recess supplies for our classrooms and author visit Mrs. Denise Brennan-Nelson.

Warmest regards,


Student Placement

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.

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 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

Parent Meeting Announcement for First Lego League!

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. As team members, students will code a Mindstorms robot to complete complex tasks, build mission puzzles with Lego around a given theme, and also research the science behind the theme (Photos Below!). If your daughter or son might be interested in participating, we will be hosting a May 15, 6:30 p.m. All-District Parent meeting at the Woodcliff Board of Education Room. At the meeting, we will provide a timeline for the fall season and provide volunteer information for parents.  ...Read More




Confession: Most of the mail I get, I carry from the mailbox to the recycling box without even looking at it.

Later this week, though, there’s going to be something important in your mail. It’s a letter about Now&Forever, the EGR Schools Foundation’s campaign to build a sustainable future for our schools.  ...READ MORE

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 on Thursday!

Our LAST general PTO meeting of the year will be this 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

Spring Scholastic Book Fair:  April 29 -  May 3

April 26: set up 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

April 29: after school 3:15 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

April 30:  before school 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., 11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. for  4th and 5th graders lunch, and after school 3:15 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

May 1: during school 11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. for 3rd graders, and after school 3:15 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

May 2: during school 11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. for 1st and 2nd graders, and after school 5:20 p.m. - 6:40 p.m.

May 3: tear down 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

If you’d like to volunteer to help at the book fair please sign up here.

Breton Service Club Book Collection

Thank you to everyone who brought in books for the Service Club book collection this spring!  Breton and Lakeside collected 700 books to donate to Camp Blodgett!

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.

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