Note from Dr. Cannon      

October 31, 2022

Dear Breton Downs Families,

Happy Halloween! Thank you to everyone who supported and attended our celebrations today! Having the opportunity to parade in their costumes is a favorite activity for many of our students. The costume creativity was impressive! The staff enjoyed wearing our scarecrow costumes. Thank you for joining us on this occasion and I hope your family enjoys trick-or-treating if you head out tonight!

October was a very busy month at Breton Downs! Thank you for attending Fall Conferences the past two weeks. These meetings are an important time to discuss your child(ren)’s progress and maintain open lines of communication between home and school. Students and staff also enjoyed a visit from author Mattew Cordell last week. He read some of his book, Cornbread and Poppy and did a draw along with each grade level. Thank you to the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library for supporting this visit as well as the Breton Downs PTO for purchasing some of Mr. Cordell’s books for our classrooms! 

Veterans Day Assembly on November 11
Fall brings an important holiday assembly here at Breton Downs—Veterans Day! This day is always one of the highlights of the year as we spend time honoring those who have served and are serving in the military.

Once again, we will be celebrating Veterans Day with a Breton Downs Veterans Day assembly.  We would love to invite families to join us for our assembly on Friday, November 11 starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Breton Downs gym.  We would also like to acknowledge and honor our veterans at the assembly. If you know a veteran that is able to participate on Friday, November 11, please fill out this google form.  This form needs to be submitted by Friday, November 4.

We would also like to acknowledge veterans within our Breton Downs community through photos in our annual slideshow.  If you  submitted a picture last year, there is no need to resend the picture because we still have them. Please email new photos and information to Mrs. Rogers  at  Photos need to be submitted by Friday, November 4.

Proceeding the assembly we invite our veterans in attendance to join us for a reception in the Learning Commons from 8:45- 9:30 a.m. During this time, our 4th and 5th grade choir will provide our veterans with their own concert.  Refreshments for our veterans are provided by the Breton Downs PTO. We hope that all veterans and their families are able to join us for this special celebration.

We look forward to a wonderful and patriotic celebration honoring all of our brave heroes!  We ask all students and staff to wear red, white, and blue on November 11.

PTO Family Movie Night on November 18
Friday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. is the PTO sponsored Family Movie Night! Admission and popcorn are free! Please join us in your pajamas, bring a blanket, a bowl for the free popcorn, a water bottle, and make yourself comfortable on the gymnasium floor. The movie for Family Movie Night will be voted on by our students on November 8. This is the ballot we will be using.

Movie night is an event for the whole family and children must be supervised by an adult to attend. I hope to see you on Friday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. for the movie! School doors will open at 5:30 p.m. 

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

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

Warm Regards,

Breton Downs Elementary Principal

Choir Information

Choir families should be sure to check out the letter here from Mrs. Kline, Choir Director.  Important information including performance dates are included.

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). 

Changing Families Group

If you are interested in your child(ren) participating in a Changing Families small group, please fill out the form, attached
here. This group is intended for students who have been impacted by any major family transitions (ex: divorce, separation, etc.). The groups will be divided into lower elementary (K-2) and upper elementary (3-5), based on response numbers. These groups will take place during the school day and be facilitated by Erin Huffer, our School Social Worker. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Huffer at or 616.235.7552 ext. 1423. Thank you!


Huffer's Highlights

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

Breton Downs Ski and Snowboard Club

The Breton Downs Snowdogs Ski and Snowboard Club will return in January 2023!  You can plan on six nights of winter fun, with dates to be determined.

Cannonsburg punch cards are on sale now and prices will increase on November 1.  Please order your cards online at the this link, using Breton Downs Elementary and Adam Townshend as the school sponsor. 

Please e-mail Adam Townshend ( - don't forget the silent "h") with any questions.

Breton Downs Musical - Frozen, Jr

We are excited to announce our All School Play for this year will be Frozen Jr.! If your child is interested in being a part of the show, please fill out the interest form using this link.  4th and 5th Graders will need to be signed up no later than Friday, November 4, 2022.  Kindergarten-3rd graders need to be signed up no later than Friday, December 16, 2022
4th and 5th Grade only: There will be a learning session with the director, Mrs. Timmer, on Tuesday, November 8 from 3:30-4:30pm for all 4th and 5th graders interested in being part of the cast.  Students will get their audition packet at this session.  5th Grade auditions will be Friday, November 11, 2022 and 4th Grade Auditions will be Monday, November 14, 2022. There will be a separate email sent out regarding these once your child is signed up for the show.
Please reach out to with any questions!


Veterans Day

The Veterans Day Celebration is right around the corner; November 11. This is one of Breton Downs most beloved mornings to commemorate Veterans from our community, Breton families, and beyond!  We are looking for a few more volunteers.  Sign up here or contact Kerry Parent at if you can help.

Last week, the Foundation Former Board Member Breakfast featured a presentation about the classroom Tower Gardens that enable kids to learn about biology, chemistry, ecology, and more in a fun, hands-on way. ...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!

Friends of the EGR Library - Used Book Sale

The Friends of the EGR Library is hosting a Used Book Sale for the community this coming November 4, 5, and 6. The event is at the EGR Community Center. Friday is a members only sale, Sunday is a "bag sale" so all the books one can fit in a bag are $10 total.  Credit cards, Venmo, cash and checks accepted.

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