Breton Downs PTO

About Us
The Breton Downs Parent and Teacher Organization (PTO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group run by parent volunteers that works together with the teachers and administration to provide materials and classroom enrichments for all students at Breton Downs. Look below to find a list of all that the PTO provides and many different ways you can get involved. We hope you will join the Breton Downs PTO in supporting your child throughout his or her educational journey. 
Please join us on Facebook! Our FB group provides a quick and convenient way to connect and share information with other Breton Parents. Visit our Breton Elementary PTO Facebook page.

Latest PTO News

Parents’ Night Out Friday March 2

Got Cabin Fever? Help Support Breton's Largest Fundraising Event!

We need YOU to help make this year's Parent Night Out the most successful ever! Last year, the Parent Night Out fundraiser, along with generous Breton sponsors, helped raise over $20,000 for our school. This incredible success enabled the PTO to provide valuable learning experiences for all of our students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The event will take place on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Grand Rapids Yacht Club and will give Breton Downs parents an opportunity to support our school while enjoying a night out making new friends, catching up with old ones, and bidding on fabulous auction items.

The PTO is currently soliciting donations from our community for the annual auction as well as looking for corporate and family sponsorship for the 2018 Breton Parent Night Out. Please consider donating an auction item to our annual auction fundraiser or becoming an event sponsor. Your tax-deductible donation will enable Breton Downs Elementary to continue its many programs and educational experiences. Your gift not only ensures that the Parent Night Out & annual auction is a success, but it will also enhance the learning experiences of all Breton Downs Elementary students.

Auction Donation

If you have an idea for the auction or an item to donate, please contact Maika Sharpe at or Sommer Dockery The auction donation form for the 2018 Breton Parent Night Out is available here. Examples of donations items could include: MSU or U of M football and/ or basketball tickets, a weekend or week-long stay in a vacation home, tennis lessons, piano lessons, or tutoring sessions.


The sponsorship form for the 2018 Breton Parent Night Out is available here. Submit forms for a 2017 tax donation by Thursday, December 21, 2017 or by February 23, 2018 for a 2018 tax donation. Please contact Lynee Wells at or Sue Keil at with any sponsorship questions.

Junior Great Books Sign-Up Due December 14

Look for a Junior Great Books sign-up form to come home with your oldest or only or click here! Junior Great Books is like a book club for kids that is lead by parent volunteers and takes place once a week during lunch for 4 to 6 weeks in January and February. LOOKING FOR JGB VOLUNTEERS! If you are interested in sharing your love of reading, we are always looking for parent volunteers to guide discussion groups. Please contact Sue Keil at for more information. Forms are due back to school by Thursday, December 14.

Family Movie Night Friday January 19!

Save the date! We will be showing Mary Poppins in the Breton Downs gym on Friday, January 19. Free Admission and Free Popcorn! Just bring a bowl for popcorn and some blankets and pillows to sit on. Water bottles will be available for $1.00.

What the PTO Sponsors

Thanks to parents, family and friends support, our PTO was able to sponsor over $30,000 in valuable learning experiences and materials for all Breton Downs students. Below is our 2016-2017 list of sponsored programs, events and materials. 
Kindergarten School Wide Programs
Books Bags Alert tools
Learning Station Supplies All School Play
Literacy Center Art - Clay and Printmaking Project
Mentor texts Books for the Learning Commons and Classrooms
1st Grade Box Top$ Collection Program
Animal Adaptations Brainpop Subscriptions
Bats and Animal Habitats Bright Star Theater
Busing to Binder Park Zoo Busing on long distance field trips
Master Art Theater Carnival
Naturalist from Boulder Creek Wild Animal Park Chess Club
Owl Pellets Computer Lab - Adjustable Chairs & Headphones
Quick Work Handbooks Construction Paper
2nd Grade Cultural Arts
Busing to Charlton Park Family Night
Guest Visit: Crystal Bowman - Author Field Day
Guest Visit: John Pigeon - Native American Fifth Grade Farewell
Guest Visit: Pow Wow Dancers Food Lab
Mentor texts Gardening
3rd Grade Harry Potter Book Club & Yule Ball
Accelerated Reader Program High School Scholarship - Kind, Caring and Respectful
Busing to Camp Roger Holiday Workshop
Gynzy (Smartboard Software) IMAX Instructional Theater
Math Workshop Supplies Interactive Smartboards for Classrooms
Mentor texts IXL Math Practice Website Subscriptions
Spelling City Junior Great Books
4th Grade Leveled Reading Books
Accelerated Reader Program Magazines for the Classrooms
Busing to Lansing Mobile Dome Theater
Gynzy (Smartboard Software) Music - Special Guests
Math Manipulatives & Differenting Resources Online Math League
Science Materials P.E. Equipment
Wifi Microscope Playground Equipment
5th Grade Publishing Center
Accelerated Reader Program Running Club
Books for Bookfest Safety Patrol
Busing to Camp Miniwanca Scholastic Bookfair
Glogster Science Alive and Science Fair
Museum Box Subscription Spanish- Cinco de Mayo & Dia de los Muertos events
Online Math League Technology Club
Optical Glass Prisms & Science Flashlights Variety Show
Veterans Day Speaker

How to get involved

There are so many ways to offer your support of our students through the Breton Downs PTO. Parents and grandparents can sign up to be volunteers for programs and events, help plan fundraisers or offer monetary support. Follow the links below to join the PTO and explore the different ways you can support Breton Downs students.

Who to contact

The executive board is a group of parent volunteers overseeing the management of the PTO for the school year.
2017-2018 PTO Executive Board:
Co-President: Anne Petruzzi
Co-President: Lucy Shair
Co-Vice President: Courtney Cinglie
Co- Vice President: Venta Norris
Treasurer: Samantha Mellish
Asst Treasurer: Stacy Fellows
Recording Secretary: Rachael Anderson
Corresponding Secretary: Stephanie Hoekstra
Past Co-President: Sue Keil
Past Co-President: Melissa Mitchell
If you have any PTO related questions, comments or requests for information, such as budget, meeting minutes or by-laws contact:
Anne Petruzzi 
or Lucy Shair