Note from Dr. Cannon

March 11, 2019

Dear Breton Downs Families,

Madagascar Jr., opens Friday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Pioneer Auditorium and continues on Saturday afternoon, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. Many thanks to Mrs. Timmer for directing the play and to 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!

This time of year EGRPS starts planning for high school graduation and enrolling next year’s kindergarten class of 2032.  Both journeys involve students and parents embracing the next phase of their children’s lives. In East Grand Rapids we hold a kindergarten presentation in May that highlights our curriculum, the school day, and special events.  This gives our new families an opportunity to learn about our district and the educational journey their student will start. If you have an incoming kindergarten student or know of a family with a kindergarten student, please have them enroll here.  We look forward to the class of 2032 and wish the class of 2019 much success!

Please remember to park in designated parking spaces on school property. Vehicles may not be parked in fire lanes during the school day or while attending events when school is not in session. The fire lanes must be accessible at all times.

Additional events in March

  • On Monday, March 18 our 4th and 5th grade choir will be featured in the Melodies in March concert at Wealthy Elementary’s Pioneer Auditorium.

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 26.  This is a wonderful time to discuss your child’s progress and areas of growth with the classroom teacher.  All students have been scheduled for a conference and parents and/or guardians should have received a confirmation email.  Call the office with any questions.

  • No school- Friday, March 29 - Friday, April 5 - Spring Break.  We will resume classes on Monday, April 8.

Warmest regards,


Illness Prevention

We are hopeful that winter is coming to an end, but with all the changes in weather, we want to remind parents of best practices regarding illness. A child must be fever-free without the aid of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school. Throughout the day, staff encourage students to wash their hands. These measures help to prevent the spread of illness in our schools. Thank you for your support.  

Parking Lot Reminder

As a reminder, parking lot B is not to be used as a pick up or drop off spot.  Cars should not be pulling into the parking lot to wait for students. With safety being our top priority, please remind your children to walk on the sidewalks and to not cut through the lot.  We appreciate your help with this matter.


Madagascar, Jr. Weekly Update


"Time to go, got a real big show and it's almost time!"

We are so excited for this week!  It is going to be busy but incredibly fun!  We are so thankful for all of the hard work your children have put in to make this show amazing!  The Breton PTO and staff would like to wish the cast and crew good luck on stage!

Here is the link for tickets if you haven't purchased yours yet!  ...READ MORE

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. 

Book Drive for Camp Blodgett March 21 - April 11
Breton Downs and Lakeside will be holding a book drive for Camp Blodgett! Please start sorting through your books at home and look for collection bins in the main lobby starting Thursday, March 21. ...READ MORE

Paper Gator

Help feed the Gator!  Help us feed our Paper Gator with newsprint, catalogs/magazines, junk mail, phone books, office/school paper, or hard/soft cover books.  The Paper Gator is located off of York Rd near door #17.  

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!

It's time to get your tickets to Sip&Support

Sip&Support, the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation’s annual spring fundraiser, is returning to the Community Center Saturday, March 23, and you’ll want to be there. The event features live music from Troll for Trout, light eats, and a cash bar. ...READ MORE

Additional Information

A Community Conversation: TedTalk video "The Danger of a Single Story"
Join us March 19 at 7 p.m. for a presentation by the EGR Neighbors for Inclusion and Equity.  Click here for more info.

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.

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