November 2020
The Mothers' Club of Grosse Pointe South

A Parent Organization enhancing the South student body by supporting student scholarships, teacher enrichment and preservation programs.

General Membership Meetings
begin at 7:00 PM
September 9, 2020
October 14, 2020
November 11, 2020
January 13, 2021
February 10, 2021
March 10, 2021
April 14, 2021
May 12, 2021
Check our website, Facebook or Twitter page for location or Zoom link.
General Membership meetings are open to all.
Message from the Mothers' Club President
Happy November!! Whether you are returning or a new member of the South Family, Welcome!

On behalf of the Mothers' Club Executive Board, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and fellow Board Members for the 2020-2021 school year.

My name is Marica Ostrowski, and I have the privilege of being this year's President. I have been involved with the Mothers' Club for four years and I am also a South alumni (Class of 1991). I have a senior and junior this year and we have truly enjoyed our time at South.

Laura Wholihan, President Elect
Helen Srebernak, Past President
Karen Houting, VP Enrichment
Jennifer Bingaman, VP Preservation
Amy VanOsdol, VP Scholarship
Shari Warezak, Recording Secretary
Mary Montgomery, Corresponding Secretary
Laura Wysocki, Treasurer
Nancy DeGrand, Assistant Treasurer

Thank you to the present and previous Committee Chairs, Co-Chairs and all of the parents who volunteer your time. We couldn’t do what we do without your support! We encourage you to get involved and share ideas. Your participation is critical to the sustained success of our initiatives this year!

I hope you will join us for our 1st virtual Deal with the Devil Fall Fundraiser! We are excited for our first ever online auction November 8-14, 2020. Please see details in the Deal with the Devil section below and watch your email.

In addition, we have partnered with local restaurants to offer Dine with the Devil week! During the week of November 8-14, a portion of the revenue from designated restaurants will come back to the Mothers' Club. Please watch your email for the final list of participating local restaurants. Be a hit with your family and support the Mothers' Club by bringing home great meals all week from one of our local Grosse Pointe eateries!

Our November Mothers' Club meeting will be Wednesday, November 11th at 7:00 pm. Location to be announced soon!

For continuing updates on all the happenings in the Mothers' Club and at South, visit the or our Facebook page. 


Marica Ostrowski
Mothers’ Club President
Important Dates
November 3 - No School (Election Day)
November 6 - 1st Quarter Ends
November 17 - Report Cards available via
Parent/Student Portal
November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Break
(return to school November 30)
December 2 - 1/2 day (Teacher Prof. Dev.)

NOTE: PSAT moved to January 26, 2021
Return to F2F on hold.
Mothers' Club Monthly Highlight
This month we are highlighting Scholarship, another one of the Mothers' Club three main support pillars.

For more than 80 years, we have awarded college scholarships to deserving seniors at South. In 2020, we awarded 99 scholarships totaling more than $63,000; including $30,000 Mothers’ Club funds, $33,000 in community and private funds. Our scholarship recipients attend colleges and universities throughout the country.

Mothers’ Club scholarships are based on both financial need and academic merit. The student applicant's parents/guardians must be a Mothers' Club member, students must fill out a scholarship application (available early 2021 in the Counseling Center or online from the Mothers’ Club link on the South website), and be interviewed by the Mothers’ Club Scholarship Committee. 

Historically scholarship recipients receive their awards at a very special Mothers’ Club Scholarship Awards Night, last year this ceremony could not take place so the Scholarship Committee came up with a virtual ceremony to recognize the 99 seniors from the Class of 2020. You can click the link below to view the Virtual Scholarship Ceremony.

This year we have scheduled the scholarship ceremony for Thursday, May 6, 2021. We will provide updates as we get closer to the date.

We are always looking for new ways to recognize and honor more of the deserving seniors, if you or someone you know are interested in learning more about how you can contribute – either by making a donation to a current scholarship or setting up a new award, including alumni scholarships, please contact Amy VanOsdol at (313) 550-5401 or

Enrichment Update: Enrichment applications have been received and the committee is working on recommendations for the fall awards. These recommendations will be voted on at the November 11th meeting, so please attend and vote!

Have questions or want to know more about our Enrichment Committee, please reach out to Karen Houting at

Next month we will focus on Preservation.
November Special at
Albatross Embroidery!

Mothers' Club has partnered with Albatross so we can continue to make spirit wear available to students and parents. Albatross will donate a portion of ALL South spirit wear sales back to the Mothers' Club.

All South merchandise is included, please mention the Mothers' Club or that you're a South parent when purchasing.

Albatross Creative Embroidery
17860 Mack Avenue
(313) 458-7304

Please stop by or call to order
this month's special!
1st Ever Virtual Online Auction!
Dates: November 8-14, 2020

Bidding will go live Sunday, November 8th & close on Saturday, November 14th.

The link & registration information will go out via email later this week.
Deal with the Devil is an online auction that will run the week of Sunday, November 8 through Saturday, November 14 to give everyone a weeklong ability to bid on some fabulous items. 
All proceeds raised through this online auction will help support the Mothers' Club. Our intent is to continue to provide support to the student body even though we are constrained by the current conditions. We need your help and support to achieve our mission!
Please consider bidding on one - or more - of these amazing items. If you are so inclined, there is also an opportunity to donate directly to one of our initiatives - Enrichment, Scholarship or Preservation. All monies raised from this event will go directly back to benefitting the students of Grosse Pointe South!
School District Calendar Highlights
2020 - 2021 Grosse Pointe South Calendar
November 2020 Counselors' Corner

OK - we all know gratitude is good. But, let’s admit that sometimes gratitude in the midst of an upside-down world feels inauthentic and hard! Let’s be real and acknowledge some important emotions of sadness, loss, and exhaustion that can come with all of the feels. Trying to live a healthy, balanced, successful life during a pandemic is hard. We need to take care of ourselves and our families.  When life feels out of control, intentionally build in some routines for goodness like a walk by the water, a family game night, or even a silly night together with popcorn a Hallmark movie. Reframe your inner dialogue to ask: what is going well? Then build from this.  For a great exploration of what your students may be struggling with and how to help click here for support from local therapists Mary Beth Garvey and Anne Moigis Helping Students Successfully Navigate the School Year, Academically and Beyond

All parents: 
The quarter ended November 6th. Report cards will be finalized and available for review on Parent Portal on November 17.  Report Cards will not be mailed home so it is important that you log in and look at your student’s grades.  This is the time to evaluate grades and review class selections.  If students are struggling in an honors or AP level class, please contact the teacher to discuss if a student should consider moving to the curricular alternative.  The school policy always encourages students to challenge themselves to the extent possible with the curriculum, while ensuring that they are not overwhelmed and out-paced.  Students have until November 20 to make a level change without the previous grade penalizing them.  Call the counselor if you have any questions about this policy.

If you have a question or concern about a class or grade in a particular class, we encourage you to contact the teacher directly via their email or their direct phone number.  Both of these can be found on the school’s website.  Any problem that may not be resolved via direct teacher contact can certainly be referred to us, but the conversation with the teacher should take place first.  
Senior Parents: 
Transcripts will not be sent to colleges until students complete the College Application Notification form.  This is critical and if it is not completed will delay your application review at the university. Students can find this form on the counseling website, in the counseling center, or in the CRC office.

There are many early action and early decision deadlines in the first half of November. It’s not too late to apply to hundreds of great schools!  Don’t delay – apply today.  

We are anxious to talk with seniors who are still undecided about college or other post-graduation choices.  Please encourage your student to make an appointment to see their counselor if they are in this situation.  It is definitely not too late to start the planning process if they have been undecided up to this time.  

Financial Aid Alert!
The FAFSA is a gateway to college scholarships and student loans.  File now at The window opened October 1.  Some colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, as part of their financial aid process for some or all of their financial aid applicants. Here is a current list of institutions that use this process: Check with the Financial Aid office at the colleges where your child is applying. If the financial Aid office requires the PROFILE then check the deadline for applying. You can apply here:

Junior parents:
The state of Michigan exams (M-STEP) are scheduled to take place at South in April and include a free SAT. However, that doesn’t mean that the ACT is off-limits for our students.  The ACT is still accepted everywhere and typically the students find themselves well prepared to take this test.  Students can still sign up to take the test at North by going to  We encourage students to sign up and take an additional ACT or SAT before the end of their junior year at Grosse Pointe North. Macomb Community College and U of D High School are good alternatives as a second choice test center.  If he or she has not already signed up to take an additional test, please have your junior student register online. The South school code that they will need to register is: 231-802.  We recommend either April or June test dates.    

Students wishing to take the SAT (and SAT Subject Tests, if required by a college they intend to pursue) should make sure to register soon for their preferred testing dates so they will be assigned to the test center of their choice.  As with the ACT, students can sign up for multiple test dates now.  They do not need to wait until they have taken the test once before registering for a second test.  Go to or to the Counseling Center for more information. Please remember that students cannot take the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests on the same day.  Again, the South school code for the SAT is the same as for the ACT: 231-802.    

We started an Insta!  Check out our Mindful Monday and Motivation Monday posts @gp_south_counseling on Instagram. 

Wellness Wednesdays posts in case you missed them:

Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).
~ James Baraz

Class of 2021 - Seniors
Roaring 2021

Instagram: GPSouth2021

Class Advisor: Kendra Caralis
Class of 2022 - Juniors
Journey Juniors

Instagram: GPSouth.22

Class Advisor: Meg Pierce
Class of 2023 - Sophomores
Circus Sophomores

Instagram: GPSouth.2023

Class Advisor: Katie Parent
Class of 2024 - Freshman
Florida Freshman

Instagram: GPSouth2024

Class Advisor: Shannon Sugamele
Band & Orchestra Booster Fundraiser
Final thoughts . . . . .
The Mothers' Club is dedicated to continuing to enhance and support the students and teachers at South. Alumni, parents, grand parents and guardians are all welcome to lend their support by joining the Mothers' Club.

If you have all ready joined, thank you!

If you are still considering joining, please help us make this school year memorable, uphold as many traditions as possible, and find new ways to support our students and teachers.
High Pointes | Grosse Pointe South Mothers' Club