Note from Dr. Cannon



March 4, 2019


Dear Breton Downs Families,

While we celebrate reading throughout the school year at Breton Downs, during March is Reading month we have some extra reading activities for our students.  Twice a week students will participate in Drop Everything and Read time (DEAR). During these 15 minutes, students will stop their classroom activity, grab their independent reading book, and start reading!  In the next couple of weeks, some of our classroom doors have been decorated like a book jacket from one of the March Book Madness books. Our students will be able to take the book tour through Breton Downs to see the doors.


Also, thank you to the Breton Downs PTO and East Grand Rapids Kent District Library for supporting the opportunity for our students to hear from a published author!  This week our kindergarten- grade 3 students will hear a presentation from Mrs. Denise Brennan-Nelson, author of Tallulah- Mermaid of the Great Lakes, Willow & the Snow Day Dance and Little Michigan.  And next week our 4th and 5th grade students will hear from Mr. Gary Schmidt, author of So Tall Within. East Grand Rapids Elementary students see themselves as writers. Each and everyday our students are immersed in the writing process. Our students write with purpose and intent. Our genres include: Personal Narrative, Informational, Persuasive/Opinion, and Poetry.   


As an elementary teaching staff, we believe children should be reading and writing everyday.   We also believe to become better readers, children need to write; to be better writers, children need to read. Hosting and learning from authors like Mrs. Brennan-Nelson and Mr. Schmidt is a opportunity for our elementary teachers to support our district’s belief system and to broaden their ability to engage and motivate their students to become better readers and writers.  


Upcoming Events:

Madagascar, Jr.- Next week, Madagascar Jr., opens Friday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m., and is also held on Saturday afternoon, March 16 (2:00 p.m.) in Pioneer Auditorium. Many thanks to Mrs. Timmer for directing the play and Mrs. Norris, Mrs. Bullock, and Mrs. Remes for their creativity and leadership.  With over 220 Breton Downs students participating in the play, it will be a show to remember!


Parent/Teacher Conferences- P/T conferences will be hold on Thursday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 26.  Lisa Rogers will be assigning conferences times to parents who still need to be scheduled. Please look for a confirmation email with your day and time.


Warmest regards,



PTO Meeting Rescheduled

We have rescheduled our PTO meeting 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. Weekly Update

***Here is the link to purchase tickets to the shows!***  Tickets are $5 each and there will be a small processing fee.  Tickets sell fast so get yours soon!

We have added all our volunteer opportunities for the performances to our sign-up genius link found here!  Please take a look and sign-up for where you feel you can help out! We truly appreciate it!! ...READ MORE

Cabin Fever Warm Up Parents’ Night Out

Thank you to everyone who supported Cabin Fever Warm Up! With the support of our generous sponsors and auction donors we had a record breaking year! We were able to raise $24,864 to support Breton Downs students and staff. Incredible!

Box Tops

Winter Box Top$ Collection has begun!  The classroom that collects the most box top$ will win a pizza party and hold the title of Box Top$ Heroes of the school.  Collection boxes will be available in classrooms 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

School News Network (SNN) Annual Reader Survey is open through March 8. Feedback and improvement ideas from readers have been a major information source to both SNN’s Advisory Committee and to the staff. If you have not had a chance to complete the survey, I encourage you to do so. We are deeply grateful to SNN for all of the wonderful opportunities they provide in highlighting our students and staff.   Our district is a proud partner of School News Network, visit their site for news items about EGR and other local schools!

Sip&Support, the Foundation’s gathering to celebrate a solid gold future for our schools, is just around the corner. Invitations to this fun event, which is Saturday, March 23, at 7pm in the EGR Community Center, were mailed out last week. If you didn’t get one, or need another, they’re available in any school building. We hope you’ll join us at the party March 23.

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.  

Sweetheart Dance 2019

Saturday, April 13 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at EGR Middle School.  Click here for more details.
Book Drive for Camp Blodgett

We will be collecting gently used books for Camp Blodgett.  Click here for more info.
Kids Food Basket

Pop-Up Volunteer Project on March 10 from 2-4 p.m.  Click here for more information.

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