Note from Dr. Cannon
April 8, 2019
Dear Breton Downs Families,
Welcome back! I hope you and your family had a relaxing spring break. As the temperatures start warming up, more students will be walking and biking to school. Please review these safety reminders with your child(ren).
Remember to always try and walk with other students on the way to school and home.
Please cross at intersections that have our safeties or crossing guards.
Students should not be walking across parking lots. Please use the sidewalks.
It is important to wear a helmet if you are riding your bike or scooter.
When on school property, please walk your bike or scooter.
Remember to always look both ways before crossing a street.
Never approach a car that you don’t recognize and never go with a stranger or accept anything from a stranger.
Starting this week, Breton Downs Elementary will administer the M-STEP state assessment to 5th grade students according to the schedule below. Our students are well prepared for these assessments, and our goal is to foster a comfortable testing environment and schedule suitable to our students’ developmental needs. Since assessments are untimed and we encourage students to work at their own pace, some flexibility is required when developing a testing schedule.
One of our most important tasks is preparing the class lists for next year. I will meet with staff in May to begin student placements for the 2019-2020 school year. To guide us in this important process, we will follow the East Grand Rapids Board of Education Policy #8040:
To the extent possible, students are assigned to specific classes, grade levels and teachers by the building Principal. In making assignments, Principals may consider (with input from teachers and parent(s)/guardian(s) the following factors: (i) individual student needs; (ii) learning styles of students; (iii) teaching styles; (iv) gender ratio; (v) heterogeneous make-up of the class; (vi) class size; and (vii) special education needs.
I am interested in your input. If you wish to contribute information about your child, please use the Student Placement Information Form that is attached here. Please do not request a specific teacher as many factors go into the placement decision and we have yearly changes in teaching assignments
Return this information to my office no later than Friday, May 3, 2019. Please note that all information received will remain strictly confidential. I look forward to your input.