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.

Warmest regards,


M-STEP Testing Dates

Breton Downs Elementary will administer the M-STEP according to the schedule below. Please be mindful in scheduling any appointments for your student(s) that involves time out of the classroom during the assessment administration days.   

5th Grade

Thursday, April 11


Tuesday, April 16


Tuesday, April 23

Social Studies

Thursday, April 25


4th Grade

Thursday, May 16


Tuesday, May 21


3rd Grade

Wednesday, May 8


Thursday, May 9


Wednesday, May 15


May 7 Election Information

The May 7, 2019, election ballot will have an important item for your consideration, the renewal of the Non-Homestead Operating Millage. This millage is a portion of the per-pupil state foundation allowance and provides significant operational funding for the district. For important information about this ballot issue, please click here.

Bike Safety Reminders

Biking to school is a wonderful option many of our students use to get to and from school. Since school safety is always our first priority, please help support this message by making sure your child is wearing a helmet when riding their bike and also locking it up while they are in school. One step that can be taken for theft prevention is to register your bike with the city of East Grand Rapids. If you would like assistance with getting a bike license, please visit East Grand Rapids Public Safety at 770 Lakeside Drive. In addition, please click here for a bike safety video.

Support Staff Employee of the Year
East Grand Rapids Public Schools is seeking nominations for its 24th annual Support Staff Employee of the Year Award.  One $500 award is given each year to recognize an outstanding support staff member. Nomination forms and award guidelines are available by clicking here as well as in each school office and in the district administration office. Parents, students, community members, and staff are encouraged to nominate support staff employees for the award.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 17, 2019.


Running Club is Back!

Running Club is kicking off on Tuesday April 16!  Students are encouraged to participate during morning recesses on Tuesdays and last recess on Fridays.  A new addition to running club this year is that we will be collecting all fully punched cards to be entered into a drawing for a Grand Prize! ...READ MORE

Last Week for Book Drive for Camp Blodgett

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 by April 11. ...READ MORE

PTO Meeting - Last of the year!

Our last general PTO meeting of the year will be Thursday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons.  Kevin Philipps will be with us that evening to present a district budget update. We hope you can join us!  

Free childcare is available during the meeting by contacting Katie Kujawski at

 PTO Board Nominations for 2019-2020

Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about our district and having a positive impact on providing extra support to our Breton students and staff?  If you answered yes you would be a great fit for the Breton PTO Executive board! ...READ MORE

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!

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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