April/May 2019
Happy Spring!!

As the days get longer and the school year gets shorter, we have a calendar full of events!

Below are the upcoming events:

General Membership Meeting           April 17 th , 7pm
Senior Parents’ Night                          April 23 rd , 7pm
College Night at GP South                   April 30 th , 6-8pm
Mothers’ Club Scholarship Night     May 2 nd , 6:30pm
Graduation/All Night Party                June 5 th

Senior Parents - if you are interested in volunteering for the All Night Party, please click on the SignUp Genius link and find a time/ activity that works best with your schedule.

Every five years, The Mothers’ Club partners with an outside company to update Grosse Pointe South’s alumni database. This year we are working with Publishing Concepts to update alumni information. You may have received a postcard/email/phone call requesting the update. Once the information is compiled, it will be available in a bound book format that can be purchased through PCI. 

As we look forward to the fall and volunteer opportunities, we would like you to consider joining our team. If you are interested in getting involved in the GP South parent organization, please contact Helen Srebernak, president2019@mothersclubgps.com to discuss the many ways you can help.  There are opportunities to fit any schedule, so please do not hesitate to jump in and help us continue the tradition of enriching the lives of the students of Grosse Pointe South.

I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events!

Wendy Bruetsch
2018-2019 Mothers' Club President         
April 17
Mothers' Club General Meeting
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Cleminson Hall

April 23
Senior Parents' Night
7:00 PM
GP South Auditorium
April 30
College Night
6:00 - 8:00 PM
GP South

May 2
Mothers' Club Scholarship Night
6:30 PM
GP South Auditorium
The last snow piles are melting and the breezes are warming up. Many of us think of Spring as a beginning and renewal. However, others have a more difficult time when the temperatures rise. Research on seasonal effects of suicide rates suggests that the prevalence of suicide is greatest during the late spring and early summer months, despite the common belief that suicide rates peak during the cold and dark months of the winter season. 
Mental health is a topic that we take very seriously at Grosse Pointe South, proactively building suicide prevention into our training and everyday practices. All staff members in the school have been trained in helping to identify students at-risk. Every Fall the South Counselors, School Psychologist and School Social Worker spend time with each of the classes reminding them about the warning signs of suicide and prevention tools to support our school community.  Click Here for a good info-graphic for reference so that you can be our partners from home. 
Grosse Pointe Public Schools is also pleased to present our 5th Annual Out of the Darkness suicide prevention walk and mental health fair on Sunday, May 5 10am-2pm at GP North. You can register at  http://www.afsp.org/grossepointe .
If you or your student has any concerns or would like to talk through ideas on this subject we are here to support.

College Night will be at Grosse Pointe South on Tuesday April 30 from 6:00-8:00 in the Main Gym. This is a wonderful opportunity for all students to meet with representatives and alumni from over 80 schools and ask some questions.

Senior Parents 
As students and families begin to make their final college decisions, please ask your student to input the “College I’m Attending” section in Naviance. Connect with the counselor if you are not sure where to find this. Also, seniors will need to request their final transcripts to be sent to their selected college. Students can stop by Mrs. Williams’ office in the counseling center to set up for automatic delivery after graduation.  All graduating seniors who will enter college in the fall of 2019 must send their final transcript to their college, since the colleges require final proof of graduation and want to see final grades. Colleges reserve the right to rescind offers of admission if they do not like what they see on final transcripts so we ask you to help us to keep your senior focused on doing their best in this last lap of high school.

In order for AP scores to be sent to a desired college, students need to indicate that on their registration answer sheet when they take the AP exam(s). Score reports will be sent directly to the designated college by the College Board in July after the May exams. Students can have scores sent at a later time by the College Board, but then will need an additional score report, which will cost a fee. AP scores are never automatically sent with transcripts.

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Junior Parents  
Juniors will took the SAT Tuesday, April 11 in school. This is a college entrance reportable school for applications next fall. Counselors would love to meet with each of their students (at the student’s convenience) to have a thorough conversation discussing the next steps in planning for college, financial aid consideration, and careers. Step one is for students to complete the Junior Information Form found on Naviance. Students should make an appointment to meet with their counselor at their earliest convenience one they have completed this form. Parents are welcome to join this meeting. 

Students may still choose to take the ACT for their college entrance exam in addition to the SAT. The ACT is offered in June and students should register at www.actstudent.org

SAT and SAT Subject tests for the June 1 test is May 3. Students can register online at www.collegeboard.org Students who are applying to highly selective colleges that require the SAT Subject Tests should be consider this timing since they will have completed their AP test prep around the same time. No Michigan colleges require SAT Subject Tests.

All Students
We want to express our appreciation to those families who spent some extra time with scheduling to think through developing appropriate time management and life balance. Parents will receive a letter from Mr. Hamka detailing the course selections that you made and offering you another window of opportunity to adjust these selections. If you have any changes feel free to connect with the counselor. This is the last open opportunity to change classes.

AP Testing will take place over a two week period beginning Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 17. Exact locations and times will be posted in the AP classrooms and outside the Counseling Center bulletin board. Students should check one of those locations for room assignments. Please direct questions to Mrs. Williams in the Records Room or call (313) 432-3535. 

Upcoming Programs
April 17, 2019, 7:00 pm
In today’s digital world, parents can feel both empowered and overwhelmed. With the up-to-the-minute access to our teenager’s grades, location, social media posts, the healthy urge to monitor and set boundaries can become smothering, intrusive, and developmentally inappropriate. Learn about the best ways to guide your children through coming of age in today’s interconnected world, while maintaining space, strong communication, and comfort in your family.   FREE
Featuring Lori Warner, PhD, Beaumont CHD

April 29, 2019, 7:00 pm
The Importance of Empathy
“At GPA, I will be examining the importance of self-regulation and empathy, how they develop, and how to influence their development,” said Sornson, a father of four who’s also a best-selling author of many books, including Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy, and Meeting the Challenge: Using Love and Logic to Help Children. “These are critical skills along the path to resilience and character, which are outcomes that ultimately improve lives, families and society.”
Link to article  here

May 1, 2019, 7:00 pm
According to a study from Florida Atlantic University, 34% of students reported having been bullied online at least once in their lifetime while another survey says only 1 in 10 will tell their parents. In this presentation you will learn about Michigan’s new laws making cyberbullying a crime, how can you protect and educate your children, and how to help reduce the instances of this alarming trend.   FREE
Featuring Detective Ryan Schroerlucke, Criminal Investigations, Grosse Pointe Woods Dept. of Public Safety

May 2, 2019, 5:00 pm
Northeast Guidance Center’s Annual Anti-Stigma Forum promoting mental health awareness month – topic: Suicide Prevention: A Paradigm Shift in Mental Health.
rsvp to:  scommon@neguidance.org  or 313.308.1416

Important dates:
·      April 16 - Report cards will be available on the Parent Portal
·      April 30 – College Night at South 6:00-8:00
·      April 25 – Half Day for students
·      May 5 – Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for suicide prevention
·      May 10 – 4 th quarter interim
·      May 21 – Senior Honors Night
·      May 27 – Memorial Day. No school
Through the Enrichment committee, the Mothers’ Club supports the educational experience of our students by funding in-class enhancements, extracurricular programs, and equipment and materials, which the district does not have the financial means to provide at the time. Each year, teachers and staff have two opportunities to request enrichment funds, one in October and another in February. 

Thank you for your continued support of the Mothers' Club. It is through your support that we are able to continue to enrich the classroom and academic environment of our students. 
Mothers' Club Alumni Membership

Do you know someone who is a former South student
or a parent/legal guardian of a former South student with no current students at South?
Invite them to become an Alumni Member of The Mothers' Club.
Alumni Membership Dues support  enrichment preservation,  and  scholarship  for South.  Alumni Members receive a copy of the student / alumni directory, invitations to Mothers’ Club events, a monthly email of the High Pointes Newsletter, and other emails showcasing what is happening at South.  Alumni Members may attend and vote at monthly membership meetings.  

To become an alumni member go to  http://www.mothersclubgps.com/  (Alumni Membership information is at the bottom of the home page) or contact Julie Mathews Schuetze (jmschuetze@sbcglobal.net).  
Class of 2021
Class Officers

President: Jack M.
Vice Pres: Spencer R.
Treasurer: Jacklyn W.
Secretary: Kate B.
Eva M. & Keelin D.

Faculty Advisor
Todd Hecker
Parent Sponsors

Grant & Sue Gartrell
Roger & Isabelle Mason
Angela & John McBride
Tami & Todd Riley
David & Amanda Roraff
Tanya & Rob Rulison
Brian & Stephanie Schantz
Tracy & David Skupien
Elizabeth & Steve Tengler

  Class Council Meetings are Wednesday mornings at 7:15 am in Room 174. 
* All-School Musical: Beauty & the Beast
April 24-28 - Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center
The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Tickets will be available at www.southchoir.org and at Duffey & Co.15120 Kercheval.

* Broadway 2019!
Our Graduating Seniors’ Farewell Concert
May 23-24, 2019 - Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center
Don’t miss the final choir performance of the year featuring our graduating seniors! This concert promises a great variety of music provided by all the choirs and the much anticipated senior solos. Please join us to wish the seniors farewell and share in their joy and shining moment in the spotlight. Tickets available soon at www.southchoir.org and at Duffey & Co. 15120 Kercheval Ave.

* That’s Entertainment 2019 Summer Workshop
Michigan’s Premier Show Choir & Vocal Jazz Camp - August 2019 (TBD)
Students in upcoming grades 6-12 can train with top music and dance clinicians in this fun-filled, collaborative workshop. The week-long camp ends with a high-energy performance that amazes audiences every year. Registration and information updated soon at www.southchoir.org
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