January 2023

January 11

Rising Freshmen Parent Meeting

(Class of 2027 / Information Night)

January 16

Martin Luther King Day

No School

January 17 - 20

Mid-Year Assessments

(see schedule below)

January 18

Mothers' Club General Membership Meeting

Meeting 7:00 pm / Social Time 6:30 pm

Speaker: Mr. Hamka

January 28

South Athletics Booster Bash

February 3

Coffee & Conversation with Principal Hamka

Cleminson Hall / 9:00 - 10:00 am

Message from the Mothers' Club President

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season filled with family traditions, rest, relaxation and fun. 

I’d like to take a minute to look back at the end of 2022 and a few of the activities and events that ended the year! First, the holiday decorations in Cleminson Hall! THANK YOU to Tricia Hexter and her team of volunteers who made Cleminson Hall so festive for the holiday season!

On Monday, December 19th, we thanked our faculty and staff for all their hard work with a beautiful Holiday Luncheon in Cleminson Hall. Blanchy Kaminski, Renee Jakubowski and their volunteers provided a beautiful luncheon filled with a variety of sandwiches, a huge selection of salads – green, pasta, fruit – and delicious desserts. Holiday music was provided by a quartet of South orchestra students while the teachers enjoyed their meal and the company of their peers surrounded by the beautiful decorations in Cleminson Hall. Many thanks to all who organized and volunteered their time and talents to put on this spectacular event for our deserving teachers and staff.

The start of the year also brings kick-off meetings for our All Night Party and Spring Fundraiser so be on the look-out for these invitations!

Scholarship applications for seniors will be online within the next couple of weeks. If your senior would like to participate, please have them complete the application by the stated deadline. To be considered, the family must be a member of the Mothers’ Club of Grosse Pointe South. If you have not yet joined, please visit mothersclubgps.com.

Beverly Bennert

Mothers’ Club President


Mothers' Club 2022-2023 Executive Board

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.

School Store Hours:

Monday 11:00 am - 12:45 pm

Tuesday - Friday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Students can stop in at lunch time to purchase warm chocolate chip cookies, snacks, drinks, gum/mints and spirit wear!

The school store will be open during the Rising 9th Grade Parent Information Night on Wednesday, January 11th.

6:30 - 8:00 pm

Stop by and purchase your spirit wear!

Senior All Night Party 2023


Plans are underway for the Grosse Pointe South 2023 Senior All Night Party! The party will be held at Assumption Cultural Center (on Marter in SCS) on graduation night,

Monday, June 5. It will be a fun and exciting night for our graduates to spend together.


If you have not purchased your tickets, the price is still $85 through March 1, 2023. There are three ways you can purchase tickets:


1.)   K-12 Registration – All Night Party is located under South Webstores.

2.)   Mothers’ Club Website (www.mothersclubgps.com)

3.)   Bring a check payable to “GPS Mothers’ Club – ANP” to the main office.


We will be posting updates on social media, as well as sending out emails.

Class of 2023 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2669276253091387/

Class of 2023 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gpsouth.2023/


Baby Pictures:

The night of the event, the seniors will take time for a slideshow comprised of their baby pictures! Please start looking for that perfect baby shot for the slideshow now. The deadline will be May 1. Complete instructions will be out early this year.

Yearbook Ads – South Senior Families


Please see http://itsyouryearbook.com/GPS.html for all the information on Senior Ads.

Final deadline is Thursday, February 9.

Questions? Please contact John Cilluffo - GPS Yearbook Adviser at (313) 432-3615

Complete form here

Class of 2025

Reminder: The Class Council Meetings are held every Wednesday morning in Room 182 at 7:15 am. All are welcome to attend! We love new members!

Purchase tickets here

January 2023 - Counselors' Corner

Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family are healthy and feeling a measure of refresh following the winter break. Good health is a valuable commodity always, but especially as we experience this “tridemic.” Thank you for all you do to support good health in your homes.

Midterms Week Jan 17-20

As a reminder, each quarter is worth 40%, and the midterm/final is worth 20% of the semester grade. It might be a good idea, while preparing for mid-terms, to talk to your students about test anxiety and study strategies. The best way to combat test anxiety is to be well-prepared for the exam; however, sometimes, students need additional tools. Below are some ideas and resources that might help your students.

     For test anxiety tips from Brown University, the Princeton Review, and another one from Very Well Mind.

     This link takes you to study strategy tips for students and parents

     This link is to the South Counseling Webpage with many study resources and tools.

On the topic of anxiety…

Counselors presented in Freshman English classes to discuss leading issues in mental health, anxiety and depression. Feedback from students has been positive as we work to break the stigma of mental health. I have been so impressed by a recent television campaign Mental Health IS Health. it is an “initiative rooted in the reality that we all have mental health and need to take care of it like we do our physical health. The initiative aims to normalize the conversation, create a connection to resources and inspire action on mental health.” Take a look at the website for some great resources and additional information on health and wellness. Also, be sure to check out the Wellness Wednesday posts each week on Schoology.


Course Selection

Choosing classes for the 2023-24 school year is right around the corner. We will again complete this process electronically via Schoology so look for your student to share their course selection sheet with you via email. On February 1, teachers will meet with students individually in each of their classes to make a recommendation of the proper course to take in each subject. Remember to consider school/life balance in making these decisions. More information on the full process to come in February.


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