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


Jersey Mike’s Fundraiser October 11-15

Breton Downs Elementary has once again teamed up with Jersey Mike’s Subs for a fundraiser to benefit our school! The fundraiser will run from Wed, Oct 11 - Sun, Oct 15th at their Kentwood Location: 3464 28th St. Each child will bring home 2 tickets on Wed Oct 11th to be used to get a free sub with a minimum $2 donation. 100% of proceeds will benefit Breton Downs.This was a highly successful fundraiser last year. Take a break from cooking!

Breton’s Got Talent November 16

Breton Downs’ Variety Show is right around the corner.  Please join us on Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 for a fun-filled evening.  Start putting your act together!  Please register your act here:

Variety Show Dates:

  • October 13  Deadline for registration

  • October 20  Deadline for music

  • November 6  ALL rehearsal with MC’s and Backstage

  • November 15  School Show

  • November 16  Evening Show

EGR Public Schools Legislative Committee

The district-wide EGR Legislative Committee keeps parents informed about important developments in Lansing that directly impact our kids in school. All are welcome at the committee’s monthly meetings on second Wednesdays at 8:30 AM at Woodcliff.

If you would like to stay informed and advocate for our kids’ education, please join our FB group, EGR Public Schools Legislative Committee, subscribe to email updates here

Yearbook: Planning for Next Year & Your Photos

Do you love photography and design? After many years of service on the yearbook, Charlene Montpetit has to move on. We are looking for someone to start learning the ropes and take over as yearbook committee chair next year.  If you are interested, please contact Charlene Montpetit

The yearbook committee needs your photos! If you take pictures of Breton Downs students at any school events, field trips, or classroom events, please considering sharing them with the yearbook committee. Please send pictures to Charlene Montpetit at

Publishing Center Committee Chair

The PTO is still looking a committee chair for this year’s Publishing Center (Winter).The publishing center produces books written by Breton Downs students in grades 1-5.  Parent volunteers are needed to help on a weekly basis from November thru March to interview students and assemble books during lunch.  Siblings are welcome!  Please contact Venta Norris if you’re interested in this committee.

Box Tops Competition Until October 28

The competition has begun! Who will win? MSU or U of M... Go blue! or Go Green!

There are two bins in the office for you to place your box tops in. You have until Game day (Oct. 28th) to make your decision and keep collecting!  


PTO Meetings

PTO meeting minutes will be available on the PTO website. The next PTO membership meeting will be Tuesday, November 14 at 8:30AM.

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