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Note from Dr. Cannon

May 6, 2019


Dear Breton Downs Families,

It is Teacher Appreciation Week and I want to thank our teachers for their continued commitment, dedication, and care of our students. They are a remarkable group of individuals who help make Breton Downs Elementary a very special place. Please see the picture below of the wonderful Breton Downs staff.

In next week’s newsletter we will be providing information on school supplies including different purchasing options.  While purchasing school supplies is voluntary and not required for your child to attend school, our teachers have developed supply lists if you decide to purchase some.  As always, we encourage the East Grand Rapids community to purchase their supplies from local vendors and stores that are homegrown in Michigan.

Here are some of the events happening in the months of May and June:

  • Tuesday, May 7- Public Election  

  • Thursday, May 23- Haiti Day in the afternoon

  • Monday, May 27- Memorial Day, No School

  • Thursday, May 30- End of the Year Assembly at 12:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 30- Field Day,  immediately following assembly

  • Friday, May 31 - Science Fair from 12:30-3:00 p.m.

  • Friday, June 6- Last Day of School ½ day; Flag Lowering Ceremony at 11:10 a.m.

Warmest regards,

Caroline

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.   
              
4th Grade

Thursday, May 16

ELA

Tuesday, May 21

Math


3rd Grade

Wednesday, May 8

ELA

Thursday, May 9

ELA

Wednesday, May 15

Math

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.

Kenward's Korner

I often have parents ask me for assistance for a child who lies.  For some of them, the lying has just started or for others it's something they have been dealing with for a long time.  Either way, it can be equally challenging and frustrating.  Check out this information from Childmind.org for some of the latest insight and strategies for dealing with this tricky behavior.

Until next time,
Mr .Kenward

Parent Meeting Announcement for First Lego League!

KDL and East Grand Rapids are looking to build interest in having a grade 4 and 5 First Lego Robotics team that would start in the Fall of 2019. As team members, students will code a Mindstorms robot to complete complex tasks, build mission puzzles with Lego around a given theme, and also research the science behind the theme (Photos Below!). If your daughter or son might be interested in participating, we will be hosting a May 15, 6:30 p.m. All-District Parent meeting at the Woodcliff Board of Education Room. At the meeting, we will provide a timeline for the fall season and provide volunteer information for parents.  ...Read More

 





We're entering the final phase of our Now&Forever campaign. There isn't going to be an EGRNOW! fundraising drive this spring. With your help, we're replacing it with Now&Forever, which will grow the Foundation's endowment to $12 million so the investment earnings fund program support and enhancements every year.   ...READ MORE

 

Studio Barre School of the Month


Breton Downs is school of the month at Studio Barre!  Find out about specials for Breton families for the month of May here.


Volunteer Appreciation Night

As a thank you to all committee chairs and volunteers that help in the classrooms and make staff appreciation, parents' night out, the play, chess club, the learning commons, running club, yearbook and so many other activities possible, we are hosting a volunteer appreciation evening on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Derby Station. Light appetizers will be provided. Please come relax with us as we finish another great school year at Breton Downs!


Big Bob’s Night

Calling all hungry kids and thirsty parents! Join us on Monday, May 20th at Big Bob's to help support the Breton Downs PTO. The PTO will receive a portion of the proceeds that night for all dine-in, take-out & delivery (YES, EVEN DELIVERY) orders! The restaurant & patio will be open from 3-10pm. As always, thank you for your support!

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!


MULCH SALE

Spruce up your yard and support the EGR Team Boosters!  The EGR Team Boosters is proud to partner with Birch Tree Bark and Stone to deliver high quality mulch products at competitive prices. Proceeds benefit East Grand Rapids student-athletes. Place your order at 
www.egrmulch.com


Annual LBW Race

This year’s LBW Race will take place on Wednesday May 29, 2019. It will be held at the East Grand Rapids High School Track, with registration starting at 4:15 pm.  For more information click here.  Registration link can be found here.


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.



 
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