Note from Dr. Cannon



August 26, 2019

Dear Breton Downs Families,

Welcome Back!  I hope you and your family had a wonderful summer vacation.  It was nice to have everyone back in the building and to feel the excitement of another school year.  The first month of school is busy as students spend time learning classroom and school routines, procedures, and expectations inside and outside of our building.  Last week the paraeducators and I conducted our annual “recess walks” and we discussed expectations on our playground and also ways to engage in different activities and games.  We finished the week with the Breton Downs Carnival sponsored by the PTO. Our students, staff, and parents had a great time. Please see the pictures below. What a great first week of school!

In addition to learning classroom routines and school procedures, it is also important to review and remind our children of safety precautions. Please review these safety reminders with your child(ren):

  • Remember to always try and walk with other students on the way to school and home.

  • Please cross at intersections that have our safeties or crossing guards.  Adult crossing guards will be located on the corners of Boston/York and Boston/Breton from 7:50- 8:20 a.m. and 3:15- 3:45 p.m. to help our students cross these streets safely.

  • Students should not be walking across parking lots.  Please use the sidewalks.

  • Students should line-up at their assigned door before school at 8:10 a.m.

  • It is important to wear a helmet if you are riding your bike or scooter.

  • When on school property, please walk your bike or scooter.

  • Remember to always look both ways before crossing a street.

  • Never approach a car that you don’t recognize and never go with a stranger or accept anything from a stranger.

  • Please click the following links to view videos made with the City of East Grand Rapids to educate on walking safety and biking safety.

As a reminder to parents, our first bell rings at 8:15 a.m. and students will be entering the building at this time. Any student who arrives after this time should enter the building through door #1.  Please do not knock on doors to ask our safeties or students to open them. They have been instructed not to open locked doors to anyone. Also, we ask parents not to pull in or park in our back parking lot located near the tennis courts before school or after school.  We want to keep all of our students safe.

We all love our pets, but they do not belong at school.  Too many young children are allergic or frightened by them.  When walking your child to school or picking up your child after school, please do not bring your dog onto school property.

Once again, we will be highlighting staff members in our Breton Beat. In today’s newsletter  you will find information about our music teacher, Mrs. Emily Mills here

On September 4 and 5 Breton Downs Elementary will be hosting our annual Parent 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 your questions answered. We look forward to having you join us next week. I wish all of you a fantastic week enjoying friends and family over the upcoming holiday weekend.

Important calendar dates:

  • Friday, August 30 - No school for students in kindergarten through grade 12

  • Monday, September 2 Labor Day- No school for students in kindergarten through grade 12

  • Parent Information Nights

     September 4        Kindergarten     5:15-6:00 p.m.

                                   1st grade           6:00-6:45 p.m.

                                   2nd grade          6:45-7:30 p.m.

      September 5       3rd grade           5:15-6:00 p.m.

                                   4th grade           6:00-6:45 p.m.

                                   5th grade           6:45-7:30 p.m.

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at  I look forward to another fantastic school year!

Warmest regards,


Hearts of Gold 

Thank you to all who came out to enjoy the carnival and support Hearts of Gold!  Together we were able to raise $437.56 to kick off the season. More details will be coming for t-shirt sales and other ways to support Hearts of Gold and the Epilepsy Foundation.


Reaching for the finish line!

People in our community have pledged more than $6.25 million to the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation’s historic Now&Forever campaign. Contributions have come from more than 800 families, including more than 130 EGRPS staff members. The goal for the cash-pledge portion of the campaign is $6.4 million. That leaves the Foundation less than $175,000 from achieving its goal.

This school year alone, the Foundation will contribute $328,000 to our schools. Over the course of your children’s time at East schools, the Foundation will contribute more than $3.5 million to their education.

If you haven’t yet joined your friends and neighbors in this historic effort, visit the Now&Forever page on the Foundation’s website, On the site you’ll also find a list of everyone who has contributed to the campaign so far.

Thank you for your support!


Join the PTO

Join the Breton Downs PTO! New this year...join the Breton PTO online! Log in to School Pay here to sign up and pay your dues. 100% of your membership or donation goes to funding programs for our Bulldogs.  Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at Breton Downs Elementary PTO to stay up to date on all of our happenings! 

Room Parents

Traditionally, there are two room parents for each teacher. These individuals act as a liaison between the PTO, teacher and classroom parents. Depending on the teacher, this will most likely include setting up the three classroom parties (last year, I sent a sign up genius so parents could sign up for different activities/supplies/treats, etc.), organize teacher gifts, and odds and ends such as getting parents to sign up for kitchen or other teacher needs.  If you are interested in being the room parent for your child’s classroom, please follow the link here to sign up via sign up genius. I will get in touch with those parents shortly to discuss details. 

Heather Hargreaves

Learning Commons

You will be responsible to accompany your child's class to the Learning Commons each week to check books in, shelve, and check books out. Multiple volunteers needed for each class. Mandatory training (must attend prior to volunteering). If interested, please contact Kim Clark at Thank you! ...READ MORE

PTO Carnival

Thank you to all the families that attended this year's carnival!  What a great way to welcome in the 2019-2020 school year!
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!

All School Directory

Don’t forget to order a copy of the spiral bound All School Directory! Save time, paper and ink and support the EGR High School PTO. You may order through School Pay (If you already didn’t do so during online registration.) here or by submitting this form with payment to any school office. Interested in advertising in the directory or know a business who would be? Please click here We appreciate your support!

Daisy Scouts - Kindergarten

Anyone interested in signing up for Daisy Scouts for Kindergarten, please contact Beth Hill at by Friday, September 13, 2019.  Please include your daughter's name and if you are willing to volunteer this year! More details will follow regarding an initial parent-only meeting to start the year.

EGR Spirit Shop

Looking to spruce up your EGR wear?  Stop and shop at the EGR Spirit Shop located at the high school.  Click here for more information.
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