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.
Visit our Square online store for tickets and sponsorship to Cabin Fever Warm Up party and auction on February 22, 2019 at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids.

Latest PTO News

Studio Barre School of the Month
Breton Downs is school of the month at Studio Barre!  Find out about specials for Breton families for the month of May .

Volunteer Appreciation Night
As a thank you to all committee chairs and volunteers that help in the classrooms and make staff appreciation, parents' night out, the play, chess club, the learning commons, running club, yearbook and so many other activities possible, we are hosting a volunteer appreciation evening on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Derby Station. Light appetizers will be provided. Please come relax with us as we finish another great school year at Breton Downs!

Big Bob’s Night
Calling all hungry kids and thirsty parents! Join us on Monday, May 20th at Big Bob's to help support the Breton Downs PTO. The PTO will receive a portion of the proceeds that night for all dine-in, take-out & delivery (YES, EVEN DELIVERY) orders! The restaurant & patio will be open from 3-10pm. As always, thank you for your support!

Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run M/W Team is hosting a food drive benefiting Kids’ Food Basket!  Please drop off your donation to the bin in the front vestibule Monday May 13 - Friday May 17.  Below is a Wish List of items Kids’ Food Basket is in need of.  Please consider making a donation to help our Girls on the Run team and Kids’ Food Basket!
  • Fruit cups or pouches
  • Dried fruit
  • Snack size zipper bags
  • Toasted oat cereal
  • Pretzel twists
  • Goldfish crackers or Cheez-Its (off-brand accepted)
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School News Network

Our district is a proud partner of , visit their site for news items about EGR and other local schools!

MULCH SALESpruce up your yard and support the EGR Team Boosters!  The EGR Team Boosters is proud to partner with Birch Tree Bark and Stone to deliver high quality mulch products at competitive prices. Proceeds benefit East Grand Rapids student-athletes. Place your order at 

Annual LBW Race
This year’s LBW Race will take place on Wednesday May 29, 2019. It will be held at the East Grand Rapids High School Track, with registration starting at 4:15 pm.  For more information click .  Registration link can be found .

Support Staff Employee of the Year
East Grand Rapids Public Schools is seeking nominations for its 24th annual Support Staff Employee of the Year Award.  One $500 award is given each year to recognize an outstanding support staff member. Nomination forms and award guidelines are available by clicking hereas well as in each school office and in the district administration office. Parents, students, community members, and staff are encouraged to nominate support staff employees for the award.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 17, 2019.

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