December 2023

December 4- 8

Varsity Club Coat Drive

December 7

Coffee/Conversation with Principal Hamka

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Cleminson Hall

December 18

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

December 22- January 2

Winter Break

No school

January 3

School resumes

January 10

Rising Freshmen Parent info Night

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


January 17

Mothers' Club General Membership Meeting

Meet & Greet 6:30 pm / Meeting 7:00 pm

Message from the Mothers' Club President

As the year comes to a close, express your gratitude to our educators on December 18th by participating in or volunteering for the teacher appreciation luncheon.


A big thank you to everyone who joined and supported our enchanting Holiday Home Tour. Special thanks to Paige Domzalski and Tami Riley for chairing the event.  

A special shout-out to the fantastic team that adorned Cleminson Hall for the holidays. If you missed the home tour, seize the opportunity to marvel at Cleminson's beauty during our January general membership meeting.


Looking forward to reconnecting in January.


Warm regards,

Michelle Parikh

Mothers' Club President 2023-24

Mothers' Club 2023-2024 Executive Board

2023-2024 Student Directory

The 2023-2024 student directories have been distributed. A special thank you to the following volunteers: 


Proofreaders: Bob Allen, Beverly Bennert, Mary Jane Haindl, Michele Lindsay, Jocelyn Padden and Michelle Parikh.


Delivery helpers: Michelle Agosta, Sherry Betcher, Amber Byarski, Nancy Cotton, Jen Hamilton, Margaret Hamilton, Christina Kean, Jennifer Kendall, Irene Kotsis, Kim Maclean, Beth Mager, Holly Maks, Lisa Maxwell, Kristine McDonald, Jennine Nelson, Erika Page, Carly Russell, Nicole Spain, Michele Troschinetz, Erin Wass and Jennifer Wilson. 

Thank you to Jackie Verhaeghe, class of 2024, for designing the cover.


I would also like to thank Tricia Bower at Skip Printing Company for helping design the layout and Linda Schultz for all her help coordinating the various lists. 

If you're not a member of the Mothers' Club, it's not too late to join and receive a copy of the directory.

Sara Koch

Directory Chair

Grosse Pointe South School Store


All of our store profits go back to the school, teachers, and students through the Mothers' Club support of enrichment, scholarship and preservation.

Questions, please contact:

Erin DiLodovico, School Store Treasurer -

Mary Jane Haindl - School Store

Jennifer Kelly, School Store Manager -,

Special thank you to Nelson Ropke for picking up Mr. C's breadsticks in October. Thanks to everyone who ordered and helped with the Halloween Boo Bags. It was a very successful fundraiser.

Click here to order

December 2023 Counselors' Corner

Looking ahead to holiday gatherings, events, and activities may fill you with anticipation and excitement, along with a bit of angst. You may feel that build-up of anxiety as the holidays approach. Nearly one in three Americans expects to be more stressed this holiday season than last year.


On top of the inevitable complexities and tensions of family relationships, you may feel the pressures of holiday shopping, gift, and travel expenses, the stress of hosting gatherings, or managing a packed calendar of holiday events. High and sometimes unrealistic expectations for the holidays can add to the stress. Loneliness and grief can also be heightened during the holidays.

Here are some coping strategies to help you bolster your mental health during the holidays.

  • Practice Mindfulness and Meditation. Mindfulness practices can be particularly helpful when traveling or dealing with an unusual schedule.
  • Preventing Burnout — It’s OK to Say No. It is essential to prioritize and simplify: prioritize what brings joy and emotional recharge (people or activities) and simplify when possible.
  • Take a break from people who can turn a pleasant conversation into a family feud
  • Get Some Fresh Air and Sunlight
  • If You’re in Therapy, Stay in Therapy
  • Grief and Loss -Honor and celebrate loved ones who have passed by getting together with other family members and friends and treasuring their life stories, especially stories highlighting important aspects of their life and personality.
  • Financial stress. Holiday spending can easily leave people in debt, contributing to stress that may last well into the new year. Avoid overspending and focus on celebrating together and showing affection by being present, engaging, and supporting each other.

(Source: American Psychiatric Association)


Senior Parents

78% of our seniors have completed at least one application to college. This is wonderful! I would expect another 13% or so to apply based on last year. Students may still be unsure where to apply or what steps to take next. Counselors are always happy to help! Just send your student to see us to discuss post-high school options, including college, military, trades, and work.

Moving into the second semester, we will shift our senior focus from admissions to financing college. Click here for the counseling center’s slide deck on Understanding Different Sources of Financial Aid.


We strongly encourage parents to apply for federal student aid beginning Jan. 1 via FAFSA as a first step toward financing college. Some schools may also require the CSS Financial Aid Profile. Parents can only apply for the FAFSA online. FAFSA worksheets are available to print in PDF form to prepare. Step one is to apply for your financial aid ID (FSA ID) now at the website. Once you get your FSA ID, you can complete the application immediately. If you are not sure that the FAFSA will be fruitful, we recommend that you complete it anyway as an opportunity to trigger institutional aid offers that you may not otherwise receive. Colleges will start awarding money as soon as they receive your information from the federal processing center, so don’t delay. Some schools may require the CSS Financial Profile. Click here to see the list of schools on the profile.


Tips on Applying for Financial Aid

  1. If you are in doubt as to whether or not to apply for aid…apply.
  2. Students will need their social security number.
  3. Secure the necessary forms. Check which form is needed by each college.
  4. Always read the entire form carefully.
  5. Use the FAFSA Chatbot for help.
  6. Double-check that proper school code numbers are used. PROOFREAD!
  7. Investigate possible outside sources of aid.
  8. Read carefully any responses you get and respond.
  9. Call the college’s financial aid office for help with forms or problems.
  10. Develop a personal calendar.
  11. Meet all required deadlines.
  12. Do not get distracted by frauds that guarantee aid in return for an enrollment fee.


Junior Parents

Students should register now for the ACT and/or SAT tests that will be given in the second semester. Keep in mind the dates for AP testing and final exams. Remember that your child will take a free SAT at South in April as a part of the state tests. This score is official and may be used for college applications. Taking an April or June ACT is an excellent idea since students will have addressed the entire Algebra II math curriculum required for the test.

You can go directly to the testing companies’ websites ( and ) to register and obtain more information about the tests. We recommend registering early to secure a spot at your preferred testing center. Please pay attention to deadlines; there are financial penalties for late registration. When registering, you must use the Grosse Pointe South school code: 231-802. 


Freshmen Parents

Counselors are working to meet individually with each of the freshmen so we can get to know each other better. If your freshman hasn’t met with his or her counselor yet, please encourage them to get in touch.


Wishing Health, Peace and Joy to you and your family this holiday season!

@Mothers' Club of Grosse Pointe South
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