Breton Downs PTO

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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



Mary Poppins Musical -- Program Advertising and Well Wishes due February 23!

A form for program advertising, well wishes and play sponsorship was sent home last Friday. Pioneer Auditorium seats over 900 guests per performance, so the play program is a great way to advertise your business, or just cheer on your child!  Please submit forms and payment to the school office by February 23.  The form can also be found here.


Yearbook Co-Chair Needed for Next Year

While we were able to find a Yearbook Chair for next year - thank you Carol Kranz! - we are still looking for a Co-Chair as next year will be Carol's last year at Breton. It would be beneficial for this person to work with Carol throughout the year so she can train them to take over the following year. If you are interested or would like more information on what is involved, please email Charlene Montpetit at


Save the Date! Parent Night Out -- March 2

Please join us at the Grand Rapids Yacht Club for a "Cabin Fever" themed party and auction! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and proceeds support educational supplies and programs for all Breton Bulldogs. This event gives 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. Tickets are $25 per person and include heavy appetizers and one complimentary drink or raffle ticket. Purchase tickets online here as well as make a donation or online sponsorship payment.


1) Chicago trip -- Spend the night in the Virgin Chicago Hotel and enjoy a visit to the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum.  A great family getaway!

2)  Keil LASIK surgery -- If you are ready to be done with contacts and glasses, here is your opportunity to change your life and support Breton Downs at the same time! You will receive a $2,249 credit toward a LASIK procedure. Not sure if you are a candidate? Call 616.365.5775 for a free consultation.

3) PureHAVEN non-toxic baby bundle -- These products are safe and guaranteed to be free of toxins.  Only the best for your Baby Bulldogs!


Become a Breton Downs Family Sponsor! Event Banner Deadline February 16!

The sponsorship form for the 2018 Breton Parent Night Out is available here. You may also make an online sponsorship payment via the ticket link. Please submit forms by February 16 to be included on the event banner! All donations are tax deductible. Contact Lynee Wells ( or Sue Keil ( with any sponsorship questions.


Thank You to our Generous PNO Sponsors!

Title Sponsor: Team Craig - The Alguire Family,
 Platinum Sponsors: The Conway Family, The Patra Family, Keil Lasik Vision Center, Melissa Mitchell - Realtor, Parent Technology, Smitty’s Specialty Beverage, Zylstra Doors, Inc., 2/90 Sign Systems - The Montpetit Family
 Gold Sponsors: The Barnes Family, The Jacoby Family, Kumon Math & Reading Centers of Cascade,
 Blue Sponsors:, Brian & Ann Callahan, Claudine & Ted Duncan, Dr. Cannon & Family, East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation, The Kaleeley Family, The Moo Family, The Vranish Family, The Westphal Family, and The Zdravecky Family

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