May/June 2022
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 / Social Gathering at 6:30 pm

May 25, 2022
Check our website, Facebook or Twitter page for up to date information.
General Membership meetings are open to all.

May 31 - June 3
Senior Final Exam Week

June 3
9:30 Senior Clap Out (near Cleminson Hall)
9:45 Graduation Merchandise pick up - Boll Gym

June 8
6:30 on Front Lawn
(rain date is 6/9)

All Night Party
10:30pm - Assumption Cultural Center

June 14-17
Final Exam Week
(1/2 day AM)

June 17
Last Day of School

Message from the Mothers' Club President
It’s hard to believe that the school year is almost complete.  It was so wonderful to enjoy  a full academic year – in school.  There are a number of individuals who have been working all spring to ensure a fabulous finish to the year.  So before we depart, big thanks are due to each of them.

Starting in March, VP Scholarship Helen Srebernak, assisted by VP Enrichment Jennifer Kendall, spent countless hours reviewing applications, interviewing students, and writing descriptions of 71 deserving South seniors.   Their labors culminated on May 5th, when the Mothers’ Club - along with our scholarship community partners - presented over $60,000 in scholarships to an extremely deserving group of students.  It was a wonderful night thanks to the hard work of these three ladies.  Thank you, Helen and Jen!

Another huge round of applause goes to our “South Runs for the Roses” chairs, Jacqueline Knuth and Erika Page.  These ladies, along with their committee, organized a wonderful Kentucky Derby themed event at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club on May 7th.  Fun was had by all as we enjoyed an amazing silent auction, entertainment from the South Choir and Jazz Band, fashions from local businesses modeled by some of our South students and lots of laughs and camaraderie.  Thank you, thank you to all that made this event a reality!

Another outstanding luncheon was organized by Amy Van Osdol and Blanchy Kaminski last week to culminate Teacher Appreciation Week.  This fabulous duo and a true army of volunteers provided a beautiful and delicious luncheon for our teachers, administrators, and staff in Cleminson Hall.  Thank you all for helping us thank our faculty for all of their hard work.

Our final event of the year, the All Night Party, is set for Wednesday, June 8th.  Jen Hurst and myself, along with a committee of senior parents have been working for months to ensure our senior class has a safe, fun graduation night.  Thanks to all for all the planning and work they have done.  Many thanks also go to all the parents who have made donations, sent in baby pictures and volunteered to work that evening.  

Another thank you goes out to our dedicated gardening team of Jo Fox, Ann Vanker and Biz Williamson.  These ladies have done a tremendous job over the past several years keeping our garden beds and the front of our beautiful school looking their best.   We’ve all been the beneficiaries of their great green thumbs.  Thanks, Jo, Ann and Biz!

A final thank you goes to Christina Michaud.  She has worked tirelessly each and every month to publish High Pointes.  Without her, we could not get all the thank you’s, the events, and all the good news to you every month.

It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve as Mothers’ Club President this past year.  I am proud to work with an amazing group of parent volunteers and couldn’t be more pleased with all the good work we have been able to accomplish this year.  Thank YOU!

Laura Wholihan
President, The Mothers’ Club

Congratulations to the Mothers' Club Scholarship recipients (shown here).

On May 5th, we were honored to present 71 seniors over $61,000 in scholarships
from both the Mothers' Club and our
community partners and families.

Congratulations and best of luck to all of these deserving seniors.


The All Night Party is quickly approaching and you don't want your Senior to miss it! A full night of games, prizes, entertainment, food and fun.

If you haven't yet registered, there is still time!

  1. Venmo $85 to GPSouthANP2022
  2. K-12 registration site: All Night Party is located under South Webstores.
  3. Mothers' Club website (,
  4. Bring a check payable to “GPS Mothers’ Club – ANP” to the main office.  

Don't delay - purchase your ticket NOW! 
We are still in need of volunteers and donations for the All Night Party. Please click on the Sign Up Genius link to see how you can help. 
As always, cash donations are always welcome. Venmo to GPSouthANP2022. 
Any help you can provide is always welcome and much appreciated!

One of the most anticipated moments is the Senior Slideshow. Make sure to send in your Senior's baby/toddler picture so that they are included.

Deadline for baby picture submission is May 31st.

  1. Email the picture, preferably in .jpg format, to
  2. Name your picture with your child's first and last name (ie.MichaelWholihan.jpg)
  3. In the body of the email, please indicate how your child should be listed in the slideshow. For example, if your child's name is Elizabeth, but she prefers to be called Liz, please indicate that preference.
  4. You will receive an email confirmation that your picture was received.
  5. If you don't have a picture in digital format, please take a picture of their picture with your phone. NO hard copy pictures please.

GPS Athletic Boosters: Varsity Club Scholarship Applications

"Varsity Club Scholarships"
  • Completed scholarship applications are due to Tony Agosta, Scholarship Chair,
no later than Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

The breezes are warming up, and we are beginning to plant our gardens. Many of us think of Spring as a beginning and renewal. However, others have a more difficult time when the temperatures rise. Research on the 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.  
May is Mental Health Month, and this is a topic that we take very seriously, proactively building suicide prevention into our training and everyday practices. All staff members in the school have been trained in suicide prevention gatekeeper training, helping to support students at-risk. In the first semester, the South mental health team spent time with most of the students in their English classes, discussing mental health and wellness and 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 in prevention from home. Also, here are important resources for you to have available:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The Lifeline is a 24-hour toll-free phone line for people in suicidal crisis or
emotional distress. An online chat option is available at
If you or your student have any concerns or would like to talk through ideas on this subject, we are here to support you.
National Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741
Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem-solving.

Senior Parents  
Remember that as your student turns 18, they are no longer a minor; your child is an adult in the eyes of the law. This also means your legal right to access their protected medical, financial, and academic records comes to an abrupt halt, regardless of whether they are still in high school or covered by your health insurance plan. Parents who wish to continue providing support in case of emergency should take action, especially if they are sending a child off to college. Here is a good site to offer more information.

As college-bound students and families begin to make their final college decisions, please ask your student to complete their graduation survey in Naviance, which will direct us on where to send the student's final transcripts. All graduating seniors who will enter college in the fall of 2022 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 seniors focused on doing their best in this last lap of high school. See weekly e*blasts for scholarship opportunities, summer programs, and helpful info.

Pro-Tips! There are several presentations from The Family Center that may be very helpful for parents of seniors to check out as their child officially becomes an adult and maybe living away from home
Beyond Your Reach: Documents you Need When Your Child Turns 18 Once your child turns 18, they have reached the “age of majority,” and he or she is considered an adult. Information regarding your child’s health, finances, and education will not be disclosed to anyone without their written consent, including their parents. In the unanticipated situation where your child is incapable of making decisions on their own, you will be barred from making them on their behalf, including medical decisions. Certain legal documents must be put in place to designate you as your child’s legal representative. We discuss which documents you should consider having in place on your child’s 18th birthday to ensure that you have the authority to make health care and financial decisions on their behalf and to access the educational records.
College Launch to Empty Nest Transitions with Mary Petersen, LMSW, ACSW
Staying Safe Without the Safety Net Presented by Sharman Davenport, CEO of Turning Point, Inc. 
One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. This presentation explores how important it is for teens to understand the importance of safety measures, clear communication, and consensual relations from a male and female perspective, especially when they leave home for college.
Student Perspectives Panel A Family Center "Ask the Experts" presentation featuring current and former college students offering insight on college life and this big life transition leaving home. The panelists answer questions about things they wish they had known/done, things that surprised them, how the transition went, etc.

Junior Parents  
Juniors who took the SAT at South in April will receive an email with instructions on checking their scores online. This is a college entrance reportable score for applications next fall. Counselors have been meeting with students monthly to discuss the college admissions process. If you and your student would like to meet to have a thorough conversation discussing the next steps in planning for college, financial aid consideration, and careers, we are happy to do this. Students should make an appointment to meet with their counselor at their earliest convenience. Parents are welcome to join this meeting. Junior meetings will end at the end of May so that counselors can focus on building student schedules. If you do not have the opportunity to meet with your counselor, we recommend checking the resources available on the Counseling Center Presentation website.
Junior college ‘to-do’ for spring
Create Common App account
Match Common App account with Naviance
IF a college you are applying to requires a letter of recommendation, consider asking a teacher in the spring after AP testing. Remember to ask in person (if possible), followed up by an electronic request in Naviance. Always be sure to send a handwritten thank-you note to the teacher.

All Students
Summer School is an opportunity to earn credit for classes or replace a low grade. Many core academic courses are available. Reach out to your student’s counselor if you would like to explore options.

We are almost there! Summer is a fantastic opportunity to relax and recharge and enrich and experience. Many summer programs are available to students on college campuses, from community colleges to elite universities. We have included many on our weekly e*blasts, but even a basic Google search will return massive results. Go. See. Do. And have a lovely summer!

EXAM SCHEDULE (Grades 9-11)
Wednesday, May 25 @7PM

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