February 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
February 9, 2022
March 9, 2022
April 13, 2022
May 12, 2022
Check our website, Facebook or Twitter page for up to date information.
General Membership meetings are open to all.
February 4
Coffee & Conversation w/
Principal Hamka

February 7-11
Wellness Week

February 8
Grades available on Parent Portal

February 9
Mothers' Club General Membership Meeting
6:30 social/7 meeting

February 21 - February 25
Mid-Winter Break

March 3
Evening Conferences

March 4
Coffee & Conversation w/
Principal Hamka

March 9
Mothers' Club General Membership Meeting
6:30 social/7 meeting

March 28-April 1
Spring Break

April 8
End of 3rd Quarter

April 21
Spring Benefit
Save the Date!!

Message from the Mothers' Club President
It’s A Busy New Year

I hope 2022 has started out well for everyone! Here at South, the Mothers’ Club has started the year with lots of planning.

We’ve started working on preparations for our annual Scholarship Night, to be held this year on Thursday, May 5th. Please encourage your senior student to apply. The application is available on the Mothers’ Club website (www.mothersclubgps.com) or in the counseling center. Deadline is March 1st. Any questions, please contact Helen Srebernak, Vice President Scholarship at scholarship@mothersclubgps.com.

Plans for the All Night Party are underway! Jen Hurst and myself are chairing this year’s event, scheduled for graduation night, June 9th. Our amazing committee is already hard at work making sure everything is set to give our 2022 graduates a terrific send off.  

In addition, our Spring Benefit Chair, Jacqueline Knuth, is hard at work getting ready for the annual luncheon, fashion show and fundraiser to be held on April 21st. If you’d like to be involved, she’d love to have your help. Please contact her at jacquelineknuth@me.com.

Here’s to a busy and productive February!

Laura Wholihan
Mothers’ Club President


at 3:30 p.m.

Mothers' Club Senior Scholarship Applications are now live and due 3/1/22 by 3:30pm! Each year the Mothers’ Club designates one-third of its fundraising profits for financial need and merit scholarships to graduating seniors planning to continue their education at a public or private college or university or at a vocational school.

We cannot wait to hear from the class of 2022!

Mondays ~ 11am-12:45pm
Tues - Friday ~ 10:30-12:30pm

Grab a snack or drink and enjoy our FAMOUS chocolate chip cookies.
G.P. South swag always available.

All of the proceeds go right back to G.P. South through
enrichment, scholarships & preservation.

Visit our partner, Albatross Embroidery, for all of your embroidery & screen printing needs.
A portion of sales of in-store spirit wear -goes directly back to the Mothers' Club.
17860 Mack Ave.


If you are interested in working on the Spring Benefit Committee, please contact
Jacqueline Knuth at jacquelineknuth@me.com
All volunteers will be contacted for the first planning meeting in the coming weeks.

Plans are already underway for the Grosse Pointe South 2022 Senior All Night Party. The party will be held at Assumption Cultural Center (on Marter in SCS) on graduation night, June 9th. It will be a fun and special night for our graduates to spend together. The party runs from 10:30 pm – 6 am.  
Our goal is for 100% participation. Thanks again to all those that have already purchased your student's ticket. If you are unsure whether you have purchased your ticket, please contact our Reservations Chair, Marica Ostrowski at maricao3@gmail.com.
If you have not yet purchased your tickets, the price is now $85. There are four ways you can purchase tickets:
1)Venmo $85 to GPSouthANP2022 (Laura Wysocki’s name will populate; last 4 digits of phone number – 3958)
2) K-12 registration site: All Night Party is located under South Webstores.
3) Mothers' Club website (www.mothersclubgps.com),
4) bring a check payable to “GPS Mothers’ Club – ANP” to the main office.  Don't delay - purchase your ticket NOW! 
We will be posting updates on social media, as well as sending out e-blasts. 
Be sure to keep updated on all the details. 
The Facebook page for the Class of 2022 is: GPS Class of 2022 


The night of the event, we will have a slideshow for the seniors comprised of their baby pictures. Please take the time to email a baby/toddler picture of your son/daughter to our slideshow chair, Melissa Smith. Deadline for baby picture submission is May 1st.

  1. Email the picture, preferably in .jpg format, to gps22seniorslideshow@gmail.com
  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.

Please go to this website http://www.itsyouryearbook.com/GPS.html for all
of the information on Senior Ads.
Questions? Please contact John Cilluffo - GPS Yearbook Adviser at 313-432-3615

The Junior Class is still looking for a few great parents to step up and help out with our upcoming Flower Sale Fundraiser.

Won't you consider helping?

Please contact Katie Parent at parentk@gpschools.org
for more information.

Welcome to semester two! In our house, a “halfway there” reference would immediately launch into some quality renditions of Jon Bon Jovi’s 1980s masterpiece, though I am sure there must be a more refined allusion (or at least more modern) that your student can offer. It’s probably a TikTok. In any case, the new start means that we begin again with a fresh start in grades, attendance, and classes. Hooray!

Wellness week and beyond
One silver lining of the pandemic is the emphasis that the whole world has recognized the impact of mental health and wellness for good physical health and academic success. Our Wellness Wednesdays posted on Schoology in the past month have included Resilience: Find Ways to Bounce Back, Emotions: look for what’s good, Acceptance: Be Comfortable with who you are, and Meaning: Be Part of Something Bigger. The Wellness Wednesdays over the past few months have come from Action for Happiness. I encourage you to take a look.
Wellness Week this year will be February 4-11 and feature demonstrations and interactive events to build our student’s toolbox of healthy living and emotional regulation. We are excited to include a BreathWork Workshop, Sound Bath Meditation, Biotherapy with succulents, Animal-Assisted therapy with dogs and horses, and daily wellness announcements by students. Wellness Week is a student-led initiative from the student government in cooperation with the counseling center and student activities office. The Week wouldn’t be complete without a complimentary Pancake Breakfast on Friday before school. Please encourage your student to take part.

Remembering the philosophy of if you want to feel good, DO good I’m excited to launch a February Kindness Challenge in cooperation with Finn It Forward: The Finn Huston Legacy Project. Throughout the month of February, there will be multiple sites in the school with Random Acts of Kindness ideas. Students (and staff) are encouraged to pull the idea envelope right off the wall and complete it. Or make up their own idea! Then leave the envelope with an idea for another act of kindness to Finn It Forward! Share the service act on social media with the hashtag #finnitforward to build momentum and honor the memory of beloved Blue Devil Finn Huston.

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior Parents:
Scheduling This year we again feature a paperless course selection process for 2022-23 with our Course Recommendation Day on February 2. Students should share their Course Selection sheet with parents’ email. Please make sure your students know your email address. The course selections are due February 9 and can simply be submitted online in the student’s schoology class. 
We want students to challenge themselves in their studies, but not overextend their academic commitments such that their lives are out of balance resulting in added stress and anxiety. Families should dedicate some time together for thoughtful discussion about the commitment the student is making in selecting these courses within the context of their other commitments to family, friends, faith, sports, and activities. Our students are amazing and want to do EVERYTHING! It is our role as parents and educators to support them in building balance, making some hard choices about what is a wise selection and what is better to let pass. Families know their students best and need to play an active role.

On Course Recommendation Day, all teachers spent time in each class discussing individually with students their recommendations for future classes. In the case of electives, teachers will discuss other electives available to students. When we return from Mid-Winter Break we will be meeting with students in their English classes to review course selections for next year, input them on the computer, and complete the annual Educational Development Plan (EDP) review. If you have any lingering questions or concerns about course content and requirements, the Program of Studies is available on the school system website. We will be sending out a reminder towards the end of the school year of the classes that your student has selected. At this time, if there are any changes you will be welcome to make modifications. Things to consider include the overall workload of the student, post-high school plans, extracurricular demands, and possible summer school classes that may replace grades in previous courses. As always, it is all about balance.

We will also be completing the EDP at this time. The EDP uses the Naviance program to help students define their interests and match them to careers that best fit their skills and interests. It also takes the next steps to link students to college matches and even has a scholarship search engine. You can access this program from home by logging in directly from South’s homepage or https://student.naviance.com/gpshs You can use your Parent Portal Password to sign in the first time.

Senior Parents: While the majority of seniors have applied for college for next fall, some have waited for the first-semester senior year grades to be available before applying. Please encourage your senior to see their counselor immediately to discuss either their college application plans or employment, military service, travel, or technical school plans. In addition, any senior who wishes to have their first semester of senior year grades sent to a college can request midyear grades to send online

If you haven’t already, now is the time to complete the FAFSA for next year’s college freshmen. Also, look to see if the prospective college or university requires the CSS/Financial Aid Profile 

Junior Parents:  
Counselors will be visiting juniors in Power of Lang classes once a month from February through May to talk about college/post-high school preparation information. February’s topic will be about how to search and compare options. Juniors in AP Lang will be busy preparing for the AP Exam so counseling will offer an after school opportunity for this information. All are welcome to have a Junior meeting for an uninterrupted hour of personalized college counseling with your student’s counselor. This is helpful to understand the college application process at South as well as getting tips on research. Call the counseling center to make your appointment 432-3519 and let them know it is for the college meeting so we set a full hour.

Standardized tests are already a murky subject for next fall. Many top colleges have already decided that they will be test-optional for at least an additional year. That said, it is not a bad idea for each junior who intends to apply for college admission to register for and take an additional ACT and/or SAT test beyond what they will take with us in April. Students can register online at www.act.org  for the ACT and www.collegeboard.org for the SAT. Please encourage your student to pay attention to deadlines and not to put off registering until the last moment. Test center availability at nearby locations may be at a premium, especially for the April, May, and June tests. 

Test Prep: We get the question so often about ways to prepare for standardized tests. I want to point out a few of the free and convenient tools that we have available. For the SAT the easiest and most helpful online program is the free Khan Academy. Students can link their PSAT results and get a free customized test prep program. The Michigan Electronic Library (MEL) is a state resource available through our school library web page that offers free test prep. Mr. Spencer kindly created a video addressing how to access it at: http://youtu.be/pM9KUDzEkFw

Also Shmoop, accessible through our library web page, has great online tutoring options. Our “magic word” when you sign up is “COLOSSAL” This is a free service thanks to the library and the Mother’s Club. We can also offer suggestions for private tutors or tutoring programs upon request.  


Winter Athletic Schedules can be found here:
Wednesday, February 9 @7PM

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