Note from Dr. Cannon      

August 22, 2022

Dear Breton Downs Families,

Welcome the 2022-2023 school year!  The Breton Downs staff and I were excited to welcome students back into the building today for a great year.  I hope that you and your family enjoyed a wonderful summer full of time to recharge and make lasting memories.  My husband, Dan, along with our six grown children, enjoyed time relaxing and fishing on Lime Lake. I was also able to read some books.  It was a beautiful summer!

It was wonderful to see many families at our New Family Welcome and Meet and Greet events last week. The staff and I are grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow together again this year. We are excited to have many new and returning families in our Breton Downs community and look forward to building relationships with you as we experience the fun that the beginning of the school year brings!

Throughout the first week of school and continually throughout the year classroom teachers will review our updated school procedures and expectations with students. These procedures include routines for recess and lunch. As always, I begin the year working with our teachers to conduct tours of the playground. This is an opportunity for us to remind one another about the importance of our school motto, “Be Kind, Be Caring, Be Respectful!”

PTO Back-to-School Carnival
A big thank you to Ally McCall, the Breton Downs Carnival Committee, volunteers and staff on a wonderful night for our families and students.  Our students thoroughly enjoyed the water slides, face painting, and carnival games. The PTO Back-to-School Carnival raised over $4,540 for students and teachers. It was a fantastic way to start the 22-23 school year!

General Safety Reminders
During the first couple of weeks and throughout the semester, teachers will work with students reviewing classroom procedures and reminding them of safety guidelines.Below are some additional safety reminders to review with your child(ren): 

  • Discuss an after-school plan with your child(ren).
  • Use crosswalks to cross streets when walking to and from school. Students are asked to utilize locations with crossing guards and safeties whenever possible. 

  • Please click the following links to view videos made with the City of East Grand Rapids to educate on walking safety and biking safety. Teachers will also view these videos with students in the first weeks of school. 

  • Wear helmets when riding bikes or scooters to school. These must be walked once on school property.

  • To ensure the safety of everyone, pets are not allowed on school property.

As a reminder to parents, our first bell rings at 8:15 a.m. and our doors will open for student entry only. Please enter through the door noted for your child(ren)’s teacher marked on this map. Any student who arrives after 8:20 a.m. should enter the building through Door #1 by the Main Office. For safety and security, all parents must enter the building through Door #1. Please do not knock on doors to ask our students to open them.  They are instructed not to open locked doors for anyone.

Additional Information
Please note that this Friday, August 26 there is no school for students in kindergarten through grade 12.  All EGRPS staff have a Professional Development Day and we will be learning together.

As we embark on the 2022-2023 school year I look forward to your continued partnership. Please visit and follow the Breton Downs PTO Facebook page, as well as the Breton Downs Elementary website, which will be updated often with important information and photos. This page is sponsored by the Breton Downs Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Welcome to the new year and I hope you enjoy the extended weekend with your family!

Warm regards,

Breton Downs Elementary Principal

Scouts Information

Cub Scouts
The Breton Downs Cub Scout Pack welcomes any students and parents interested in scouting as we “launch” our
recruitment night on Tuesday, August 30th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on the Breton Downs playground.  The event is open to any returning scouts and any 1st through 5th grade students willing to try new things and do their best.  We do a variety of activities throughout the year, including campouts, Pinewood Derby, developing outdoor skills, STEM skills, problem-solving, entrepreneurial skills, involvement in service projects and community events, and many other things.  Tuesday’s “launch” will include information for parents and an activity for the kids.  For more information, please email

Girl Scouts
Help Girls Dream Big!!!
Change-makers. Trailblazers. Explorers. We’re talking about Girl Scouts, of course, but we’re also talking about the people who become Girl Scout volunteers.

Leaders and assistant leaders are needed for Kindergarten - 3rd grade troops at Breton - For more information, please contact Erin Albaugh, 5th grade leader, 616.375.1166 or Haley Bean, Community Membership Manager, 616.888.3847

Huffer's Highlights

Please click here for a note from our School Social Worker, Mrs. Erin Huffer.


2022 - 2023 Classroom Liaison

If you are interested in supporting teachers and connecting families to school and district programs in your student's classroom, please sign up to be a Classroom Liaison (formerly Room Parent).  Each room will have two liaisons to help organize volunteers, manage parties and holidays, and show appreciation to our teachers.  You can contact Heather Hood or Maika Sharpe for further details.  Thank you!

Redefining excellence. That's what these teachers are doing every day. 

The Foundation is proud to honor this year’s recipients of our “teacher of the year” awards. This year's recipient of the James and Georgia Nicholas Endowed Award for Math, Science and Technology is high school math teacher Elisha Murphy. The secondary and elementary level recipients of our Excellence in Teaching Awards are high school social studies teacher Tad VandenBrink, Breton Downs third grade teacher Jenny Bergstrom, and Breton Downs kindergarten and former special education teacher Nicole Vanderplow. Congratulations to all! It’s an amazing achievement to be singled out among such an incredible group of teachers.

 Lunch Info 

Elementary Menu
Lunch this year is $3.50.  If you student only wants milk, the cost is $0.50.  If your student plans to eat lunch, please set up a My Payments Plus account using your students EGR ID number plus two 0's in front of it.  Questions, call the office at 616-235-7552.
Additional Information

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