Note from Dr. Cannon


March 18, 2019

Dear Breton Downs Families,

Last week’s production of Madagascar, Jr. was wonderful and I was so impressed with our students. They memorized lines, learned songs and dance steps, and should be very proud of their participation and effort.  Mrs. Timmer and the many parent volunteers worked countless hours to prepare for the two performances. Many thanks to everyone for their efforts. Please see the picture below of Madagascar, Jr.

We have many lost and found items.  Please stop by the tables located outside the main office to see the gloves, sweatshirts, coats, and water bottles that need to be found.  We also have the lost and found items from Madagascar, Jr. Items that are not claimed by Thursday, March 28 will be donated.

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
  • Today, Monday, March 18 our 4th and 5th grade choir will be featured in the Melodies in March concert at Wealthy’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.

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

Warmest regards,


Choir News

No choir next week, Wednesday, March 27.

LEGO League

Parents of 3rd and 4th Grade Students: The Kent District Library (KDL) in partnership with the East Grand Rapids Public Schools will be running Lunchtime Lego Robotics Build and Code Clubs at all three elementary buildings starting soon!  ...READ MORE

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.

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.  

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


Madagascar, Jr. Wrap Up

WOW!!!!  What an amazing weekend!!  We are so proud of our Breton Bulldogs that were a part of the Madagascar cast and crew!  It was so fun to see all of our students up on stage and helping us behind the scenes! ...READ MORE

Box Tops

Wednesday is the deadline to submit your Box Top$!!  The winning classroom will see their faces on the Official Box Top$ Heroes Poster for all to see and earn a pizza party for their class.  Who will it be?????

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

Yearbook Photos

This is the last big push for yearbook photos.  Please send photos to  If possible, please provide information on who, what, where, and when.  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!

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 information.

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