Note from Dr. Cannon

September 9, 2019

Dear Breton Downs Families,

You might have seen an EGR snowplow parked at each of our elementary buildings.  We are excited to announce that all of our third and fourth grade students at Breton Downs, Lakeside, and Wealthy have a very unique opportunity to collaborate with the city of East Grand Rapids. They will be painting the blades of three city snowplows that will be featured in the Homecoming Parade on September 27! This is a special opportunity to share the arts with our community and we feel so honored to be part of this!  

First PTO Meeting
I would like to invite all parents to our first PTO meeting on Thursday, September 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the Breton Downs Learning Commons. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents, sign-up for volunteer opportunities, and become involved in your child's school. In addition to building and district updates, our PTO hosts rotating speakers on various topics.
East Grand Rapids Public Safety
This year we are excited to grow our partnership with East Grand Rapids Public Safety. You may have noticed officers present around the exterior of the building during arrival and dismissal. Public Safety will continue to be present throughout the year to assist with safety procedures and to answer any questions students and parents may have.
Safety- Crossing Guards
We are asking all parents and students to please walk down the sidewalk and use the adult crossing guards located on Boston/York and Boston/Breton. There are two crosswalks on Boston and York that are hard to navigate and do not have student safeties.  Photos of our crosswalks are below. Too many times a student sees an adult crossing the street and they cross after the adult, putting themselves in traffic. Please encourage your student to use the crossing guards.
Hearts of Gold- Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan
Each year East Grand Rapids Public Schools participates in a community-wide fundraiser called Hearts of Gold. Students, staff, parents, and community members work together to raise money for a local organization that supports a great cause. This year’s Hearts of Gold partner is the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition that causes recurrent seizures and 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy during their lifetime.  The Epilepsy Foundation works with those diagnosed to learn how to manage their neurological condition, as well as raises money for treatment and research to find a cure. There are members of our East Grand Rapids community that have experience with this organization. Please see their story here and view with your child if you feel it is developmentally appropriate. We look forward to the official kickoff to our Hearts of Gold fundraising event happening Friday, October 4. The culmination of the fundraiser takes place on Friday, October 18 where a check of all funds raised will be presented to the Epilepsy Foundation. The check presentation will take place at mid-field of the varsity football game at 7:00 p.m. on Memorial Field. We look forward to seeing you at the game! 
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at


Warmest regards,



The beginning of the school year is a busy time for everyone, but we hope you and your kids have had a great start. The Foundation has been busy too. Just last month, we approved mini-grants to fund three important enhancements.  ...READ MORE

Field Trip Fees

If you have not paid your students field trip fee online through School Pay please do so here.  If you are not sure or you prefer to write a check or pay with cash just stop by the office.

Hearts of Gold

There’s still time to purchase your limited edition shirt!! Hearts of Gold shirts will be on sale through SchoolPay until Thursday September 12.  
We will begin selling shirts at school after that.  Help support the Epilepsy Foundation and watch for more details about sales at school soon!

Skylert Communication System

Skylert is the school-to-home communications system which we use to broadcast emergency alerts and attendance notifications via phone call, e-mail, and/or SMS (text message). It is customizable and allows parents and guardians full control over how they would like to receive messages. To customize your school-to-home communication preferences, visit If you have questions regarding accessing this system, please contact your building office. 


Join the PTO

Thank you for your continued support of Breton Downs PTO!  There is still time to join by logging in to School Pay here.  Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at Breton Downs Elementary PTO to stay up to date on all of our happenings! 

PTO Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer your talents for a PTO committee or activity. Sign up can be completed online. We are still looking for Variety Show, Box Tops, Junior Great Books, Mrs. Fields Fundraiser, EGR Now & Forever. If you would like to help with any of these groups please contact Magdalena VanWingen at

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!

Hispanic Heritage Month - Potluck Dinner

Join us on Sunday, September 22 for the annual potluck celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.  More details can be found here.

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.
Ford Drive for Your Students

For every person who test drives a vehicle on September 11th, 4-8 p.m., Ford Motor Company will dontate $20 per test drive.  More information can be found here.

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