Note from Dr. Cannon

February 25, 2019


Dear Breton Downs Families,

When some people hear the phrase, March Madness, they think about the college basketball tournament that occurs every March and names a national champion at the end.  When you are in an elementary building, March Madness has a different meaning.  March Book Madness is an international program where a tournament bracket competition is set up between books. Students have the ability to vote for the book that they think should win the different matchups. Students, classrooms and libraries from as close as down the hallway, to elementary buildings in EGR, to as far away as Kuala Lumpur participate in March Book Madness.  The games will be decided by a simple vote on a Google Form (the forms do not collect any personal data). Students vote individually or you can have a class vote. After each round of voting the bracket will be updated and the next round of voting will begin. The one week voting cycles will still be in place and the overall champions will be decided near the date of the NCAA Basketball finals.

At Breton Downs Elementary we kicked off our March Book Madness tournament with an all-school assembly on February 21 announcing the matchups between books. Here is a video of our assembly. 

To continue with the enthusiasm, next week we will have a children’s librarian, Ms. Sarah, from the Kent District Library read two of the picture books to our students.  Please ask your child(ren) about March Book Madness and which picture book they hope wins! A big thank you to the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation for funding the March Book Madness requests! We all appreciate your support!  

General Parent Safety Reminders

I would like to remind parents of some of the procedures that are in place to ensure student safety on our grounds.

  • Please exercise caution and patience as you navigate during drop-off and pick-up times as these are the busiest of our day.   

  • Always have students exit a vehicle on the right side of the car, directly to a curb.  Students should not be walking across the front, circular drive.

  • Students should walk on the sidewalks and not through parking lots.

  • Cars should never be left unattended on the curb or in the front circle drive and should only be parked in marked spaces.

  • All doors are locked at 8:20 a.m.  Students arriving after 8:20 a.m should enter door #1. Please do not knock on a locked door or ask a student to open a locked door.  

  • After school, students must check in at home before returning to school grounds to play. Students must be supervised by an adult.

  • Before parents can volunteer in the classroom or drive on a field trip, a volunteer consent form must be completed.

  • Volunteers must wear their Volunteer IDs (housed in the office, delivered upon sign in, and returned upon sign out).


With the snow and rain last week, our playground is filled with lots of wet areas. Please have your child pack and extra pair of socks and/or pants in his/her backpack.  These can come in handy during this time of year.

Warmest regards,


4th Grade Mini-Market

Please come support our young entrepreneurs and do a little shopping!

Breton Downs’ fourth graders are testing their skills at marketing as they embark on business ventures that will offer a variety of products and services.  Students are gaining hands-on experience with concepts such as production, advertising, competition, supply and demand, and profit. Students will be running their Mini-Market Friday, March 1st  in the afternoon.  All Breton Downs students are asked to bring a small amount of money to shop at scheduled times throughout the afternoon, and parents and adults are invited to shop between 2:20-2:50. Items will be priced between $0.25 and $3.00, so please consider sending your child to school with a handful of quarters. If you are available, plan on checking out fourth graders’ businesses in the gym Friday, March 1st from 2:20 – 2:50 and support our students’ enterprises!

Kindergarten 2019/20 Intent-to-Enroll Information

If you intend to enroll a kindergartener for the Fall 2019/20 school year, click here for more information. Please complete the required documentation outlined on the website on or before March 1, 2019. Thank you!


PTO Meeting Rescheduled

Recent weather events caused us to cancel our last PTO meeting. HAVE NO FEAR! We have rescheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at 8:30 a.m.  We will be featuring Breton parent Kristen Trovillion to share ideas on ways we can better recycle at home.  Kristen is one of two Green Fellows in the state of Michigan. Please join us for a fun filled meeting!

Free childcare is available during the meeting by contacting Katie Kujawski at

Madagascar, Jr. Well Wishes & Program Advertising

Advertising and well wishes are due by the end of the day on Tuesday, February 26.  Please stop by the office to pick up a form or contact Jenny Moo with any questions at

Madagascar, Jr. Weekly Update


Starting on Monday, March 4, ALL rehearsals will be at PIONEER AUDITORIUM.  The March schedule can be found here.  Please begin making arrangements for students to get from Breton to Pioneer.  There is no food allowed in the auditorium so please eat a snack on the way. We have added volunteer opportunities for Pioneer on the sign up genius. ...READ MORE

Cabin Fever Warm Up Parents’ Night Out

Thank you to the Sponsors, Donors, Shoppers and Buyers, Volunteers, Teachers and Staff, and our kiddos. Without you, Cabin Fever, Parent Night Out 2019 would not have been record breaking. Stay tuned for more details of the great night. We will have our recap next week. Again, our utmost gratitude to you all.

EGR Now & Forever Forum

You've seen the news:  Michigan is last in education revenue growth, and students aroun the state are sufferin gas a result.  We've bridged the gap with the EGR Schools Foundation's EGRNOW! annual spring campaign, but there has to be a better way. ...READ MORE
Box Tops

Winter Box Top$ Collection has begun!  Please send your box top$ to school with you child.  The classroom that collects the most box top$ will win a pizza party and hold the official title of Box Top$ Heroes of the school………who will it be?  Collection boxes will be available in each classroom this week until Wednesday March 20th.  If possible, please bundle your box top$ in baggies and/or envelopes of 50, with the number 50 written clearly on the baggie or envelope. Thank you for supporting our school and PTO!

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!

Now&Forever Get-Togethers
This week, you have four chances to hear from parents, teachers, school representatives and EGR Schools Foundation Executive Director Amy Stuursma about Now&Forever, a campaign to raise a sustainable source of funding for our students, our schools, and our future. The Get-Togethers will be Monday at 9 am and 7 pm at the High School and Thursday at 8:15 am and 6 pm at Breton Downs. There will be more Get-Togethers at the other schools in the next month.

Additional Information

Denise Brennan Nelson, author of Leopold the Lion and Willow, is coming to Wealthy Elementary and EGR Kent District Library! Click here for more information!

Kent District Library - Mission:  READ!

KDL is offering a reading program for students in grades K-3.  Click here for more information.  

We The People Can Drive

Save the date and your returnables!  We The People will be hosting a community-wide can drive on Saturday, March 2nd.  Students will canvas the neighborhoods to collect returnables to help fund their trip to Nationals in Washington, D.C. in April.

If you would prefer an earlier pickup, feel free to contact one of the following parents via email:
Melissa -
Mary -

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