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. 
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Latest PTO News

Welcome to the start of the 2018-19 school year!

This year school registration is online, so please visit the PTO tab on the School Pay website to pay dues or make a donation. We welcome you to visit the PTO table, located by the main office, during New Family Orientation and Teacher Meet & Greet. The following is a checklist of things to do at our table during the Meet & Greet:

○ Join the Breton Downs PTO!

○ Volunteer your talents for a PTO committee or activity. Sign up can also be completed online here.

○ Order your All School Student Directory

○ Have any registration questions answered

On behalf of the Breton Downs PTO, we want to thank you for your continued participation and support. We look forward to seeing all of you soon!


Courtney Cinglie and Venta Norris Breton Downs Elementary PTO Co-Presidents


Back-to-School Carnival

The PTO will host our Back-to-School Carnival Thursday, August 23 from 4:30-6:30pm. Wristbands will be sold at the carnival for $10 each (capped at $30 expense per family for wristbands) for unlimited fun on the rock climbing wall, obstacle course, two bounce houses, and 16 Carnival Games. Back by popular demand is the Hearts of Gold Dunk Tank!!! Donations are $1 per ball or $5 for 6 balls (this is separate from the wristbands) and the money will be collected in line at the dunk tank - just look for the pot of gold! Enjoy a picnic dinner with your friends and family for only $5 per person. Dinner will include a Blimpie sub sandwich (or gluten free option), fruit, chips, dessert and a bottle of water and will be available from 5:00-6:30pm. It should be a fantastic evening to kick off the new school year! Look for more details to come.


PTO Meetings

We cordially invite you to join us for our General Membership meetings. They are as follows:

● Thursday, September 20 at 8:30am - Come hear the latest district and school updates & meet the new Superintendent, Dr. Heidi Kattula

● Thursday, November 15 at 6:30pm

● Thursday, February 7 at 8:30am

● Thursday, April 25 at 6:30pm

Free childcare is available during the meeting by contacting Katie Kujawski at


Committee Chairs Needed

The PTO is looking for chairs for the following committees for the 2018-19 school year:


Variety Show (November) - The Breton Downs Variety Show is a special event that highlights the

many talents of our children. Volunteers are needed to help assist the students during practices,

perform technical assistance, create scenery and coordinate the concession sales.


Holiday Workshop (December) - This program provides a leadership opportunity for our 5th grade

students. Held in early December, this event provides all Breton Downs students with a 1⁄2 day of

craft/gift making and entertainment, as well as a community service component. Volunteers are

needed to help prepare for the workshop, set-up, supervise and/or assist with craft making the day

of the event, or clean-up. (1-2 meetings in fall/winter & event day)


Publishing Center (winter) - The Publishing Center produces books written by Breton Downs

students in grades 1-5. Parent volunteers can help on a weekly basis interviewing students and

assembling books at lunchtime, or typing at home. (November - March) Siblings welcome!

If you would like to help with any of these groups please contact Magdalena VanWingen at


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.
2018-2019 PTO Executive Board:
Co-President:  Courtney Cinglie
Co-President:  Venta Norris
Co-Vice President: Laura Schneider
Co- Vice President: Magdalena VanWingen
Treasurer: Stacy Fellows
Asst Treasurer: Stephanie Hoekstra
Recording Secretary: Jessica Benson
Corresponding Secretary: Katie Kujawski
Past Co-President: Anne Petruzzi
Past Co-President: Lucy Shair
If you have any PTO related questions, comments or requests for information, such as budget, meeting minutes or by-laws contact:
Courtney Cinglie