Note from Dr. Cannon      



October 3, 2022

Dear Breton Downs Families,

Our fifth grade students returned on Friday after three amazing and exhausting days at Camp Miniwanca! Students enjoyed the high ropes course, canoeing, and team building activities in the area of service learning.  Thank you to the PTO for supporting this opportunity as well as the chaperones and fifth grade teachers who made the experience extra special for our students! Please enjoy some pictures from the camp below. 

Spirit Week (October 3- 7)
This week East Grand Rapids High School celebrates Homecoming and our Breton Downs students enjoy participating in some of the activities.  Here are the “Spirit Week” happenings:

Spirit Week:  October 3- 7

  • Tuesday, October 4- What I Want to Be When I Grow Up Day  

  • Wednesday, October 5- Wacky Wear and Hair Wednesday

  • Thursday, October 6- Dress Like a Teacher Day

  • Friday, October 7- Go East Day (Blue and Gold)

Homecoming Parade- Friday, October 7
The parade will start at 4:30 p.m. at Beechwood and Lake Drive and then turn westbound onto Lake Drive towards the high school.  It will continue on Lake Drive before turning right onto Lakeside, left into Gaslight Village, left onto Croswell, and ending in front of the High School on Lake Drive.

We will keep our tradition of throwing candy during the parade; however, candy will only be thrown from walking parade participants. Walking parade participants have been instructed to throw candy near the sidewalks and not in the streets.  We ask for your assistance in keeping our children safe. Young children tend to run into the street, putting them too close to the moving vehicles in the parade.  We are requesting that parents keep children near the curb and not allow them to enter the street.

Homecoming Football Game- Friday, October 7
The football game will start at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Field.

Fall Conferences:
As we head into fall it is the time of year to schedule for conferences.  Fall in-person conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 25. This informational letter on Fall Conferences was sent via Skyward today.  Access to schedule Fall Conferences opens on Thursday, October 6 and closes on Wednesday, October 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Any questions or concerns, please contact Lisa Rogers at 

October 31: Halloween Celebration at School:
Now that we are in the month of October, Halloween is just around the corner! On Monday, October 31, please send your child to school dressed in regular school clothes, as most of our celebrations will be held in the afternoon. Here are some reminders as you start thinking about costumes. Please note there is no school on Friday, October 28. 

  • Students should plan on slipping on costumes over their clothes.  Students need to do this independently.  

  • Please remember no full face masks, face paint, make-up, blood, or weapons.  


New Staff
Once again we will be highlighting staff members in our Breton Beat.  In today’s newsletter you will find information regarding  our new Learning Commons Coordinator, Mrs. Sarah Webber. 

Please click here to view upcoming events on the Breton Downs School calendar.

As always, my door is always open. Please reach out anytime with questions, concerns, or to say hello.

Warm Regards,

Breton Downs Elementary Principal

Kids Have Rights

Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, East Grand Rapids Public Schools presented the body safety program, Kids Have Rights to students in kindergarten through 4th grade. Kids Have Rights is a program offered through The Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County.   ...READ MORE

Upcoming Author Visit

The three elementary buildings are excited to announce that children’s author, Matthew Cordell, will be visiting our district thanks to a partnership with the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library. Matthew Cordell has illustrated many books for children including works of poetry, novels, and picture books including The Only Fish in the Sea and Follow That Frog by Philip Stead.  ...READ MORE

Available Supports for Families

It is important that all children have access to the various opportunities offered at school including field trips, evening PTO-sponsored events, book fairs, etc. As a staff, we never want money to be a barrier to participation for a child. If your family is experiencing monetary challenges, please reach out to the classroom teacher or building principal. All information is confidential and we have options to support you and your child(ren). 

Choir Information

Choir will begin for 4th and 5th grade students on Tuesday, October 4. 

Staff Spotlight

Click here to learn more about Sarah Webber, Elementary Learning Commons Coordinator.

Huffer's Highlights

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

Breton Downs Ski and Snowboard Club

The Breton Downs Snowdogs Ski and Snowboard Club will return in January 2023!  You can plan on six nights of winter fun, with dates to be determined.

Cannonsburg punch cards are on sale now and prices will increase on November 1.  Please order your cards online at the this link, using Breton Downs Elementary and Adam Townshend as the school sponsor. 

Please e-mail Adam Townshend ( - don't forget the silent "h") with any questions.



You are invited to Meet the Candidates for the East Grand Rapids Public Schools' Board of Education.  On Monday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. the EGR PTO Council is hosting a Board Candidate Forum in the East Grand Rapids High School Performing Art Center (PAC).

Mrs. Fields Cookie Sale

Last Friday your child brought home an order form for the Mrs. Fields Cookie Sale!  40% of all proceeds will go to Breton Downs PTO to raise funds for exciting educational events and activities.  Check out the PTO website for all the ways this fundraiser benefits your child.   ...READ MORE

Hearts of Gold

This year Hearts of Gold is partnering with The Children’s Healing Center, the first year-round recreation facility providing social and emotional healing for kids with weakened immune systems and their families in a safe, clean environment.   ...READ MORE


Homecoming this Friday is a big time for the Foundation. The recipients of our Excellence in Teaching Awards (Breton Downs elementary teachers Nicole Vanderplow and Jenny Bergstrom, high school teacher Tad Vandenbrink) and James and Georgia Nicholas Endowed Award (high school teacher Elisha Murphy) will be riding in cars in the parade Friday at 4:30pm. At the football game Friday at 7pm, we'll have an Alumni Tent, with a "Spin-to-win" prize wheel for alumni to win some fun East swag. To see everything that's happening in our schools and our community every week, visit the Cheat Sheet on our website here.

 Lunch Info 

Elementary Menu
Lunch this year is $3.50.  If your 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.

With the expiration of the COVID “free lunch for all students” program, every family is encouraged to submit a free or reduced lunch application.  It has been reported by some families that the online application ( has not worked for certain birthdates.  The software vendor has acknowledged this problem and is working on a solution.  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!

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month has begun! This year we are inviting families to celebrate with us by doing an optional BINGO board of activities. On the BINGO board, found here, there are different activities to learn more about the Hispanic culture like: visiting the Celebration of Souls Exhibit at the GRPM, building a replica of a Mayan or Aztec pyramid, going to a local restaurant that serves Hispanic food and more! At the end of HHM (October 15) students who participate can turn their boards in to be entered for a drawing. Winners will be randomly selected to enjoy a paleta party during recess.
  Have fun learning about the beautiful culture.

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