January 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
VIRTUAL - January 12, 2022 (ZOOM link below)
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.

January 12
Mothers' Club General Membership Meeting
7pm virtual meeting Mr. Hamka will be available for informal conversation beginning at 6:30.


Meeting ID: 960 9793 3475
Passcode: 607277

January 13
Rising Freshman (Class of 2026)
Parent Info Night 6:30

January 17
No School MLK Day

January 18-21
Midterm Exams - 1/2 days AM
Teacher Prof Dev. PM

January 21
End of second Quarter

January 29
GPS Athletic Booster Bash

February 1
Grades released

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

February 21 - February 25
Mid-Winter Break

March 3
Evening Conferences

Mid March
Date with the Devil
Details coming soon!

April 21
Spring Benefit
Save the Date!!

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’m looking forward to an amazing 2022 filled with new traditions, exciting events and many smiles.

I’d like to take a minute to look back at the end of 2021 and a few of the events that ended the year with a bang! First, the Holiday Walk on December 5th was a huge success. This much anticipated holiday event boasted 6 fabulously decorated homes, over 30 spectacularly decorated table-top trees, 6 local vendors selling unique gifts and one South Orchestra quartet welcoming guests with holiday music. All the “walkers” enjoyed themselves touring the unique homes and their gorgeous decorations. Laura Wysocki and Sonya Ackman, co-chairs of this amazing event, made sure every detail was perfect. THANK YOU for all your hard work – especially during the very busy holiday season! A huge thank you to our hosts who welcomed the South community into their homes and put on an amazing show of hospitality. A round of applause to all the creative volunteers who decorated the trees that were sold to participants. I think this year’s trees were some of the best and most creative we have ever had. Finally, we couldn’t have put on an event of this size without our volunteers. Thank you to all the house captains and student volunteers who took time out of their Sunday to make this event a success.

On Monday, December 13th, we thanked our faculty and staff for all their hard work with a beautiful Holiday Luncheon in Cleminson Hall. Amy Van Osdol and Blanchy Kaminski 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 played while the teachers enjoyed their meal and the company of their peers surrounded by the beautiful decorations in Cleminson Hall. There were lots of smiles and full bellies. Many thanks to all who organized and volunteered their time and talents to put on this spectacular event for our deserving teachers and staff.

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. In order 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.

Laura Wholihan
Mothers’ Club President

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.



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.

REGISTRATION: Plans are underway for the GPS 2022 Senior All Night Party.

The party will be held on graduation night, June 9th.
It will be a fun and special night for our graduates to spend together.
Our goal is for 100% participation.

Many thanks if you have already purchased your student's ticket. If not, please go to the Mothers' Club website (www.mothersclubgps.com) to purchase your ticket. The price is $70 through the end of the month. On March 1st, the price will increase to $80. You may also bring a check payable to 'GPS Mothers' Club - ANP' to the main office. Don't delay - purchase your ticket NOW!


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.

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

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

Freshmen Class:
Class Council Meetings are every Wednesday at 7:15 am
in Room 182 of the S Bldg.
Everyone is welcome!

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 next wave of the Omicron variant. I know that the district is committed to in-person learning so I write under the assumption that we are remaining in a face-to-face scenario.

Midterms Week Jan 18-22
This will be the first time that about half of our student population will have faced an exam of this significance. 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. 

On the topic of anxiety…
Counselors have been making small group presentations in English classes to talk about 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. I have been developing these last few months using the resources of Action for Happiness, which draws on the latest scientific research backed by leading experts from diverse fields including psychology, education, economics, and social innovation. Here are last month’s posts:

Don’t forget your Self!
When I was growing up ‘burnout’ was a derogatory term for a group of kids that were mixed up in substance use. Was it the same for you in high school? Now ‘burnout’ is almost universally associated with physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress. We are all feeling some amount of exhaustion from the challenging times in which we live. This can come out in unexpected ways with short fuse communications in relationships, negativity, and detachment. For you and your family, set aside time and energy to intentionally take care of yourself. Take a walk or stretch. Eat a balanced diet and build in the opportunity to connect with people and laugh. Just like a lot of good ideas (I’m looking at you, gym membership) this usually doesn’t happen unless we work to make it happen. So here is your permission to prioritize you. 

Course Selection
Choosing classes for the 2022-23 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 2, 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.

Finally, Wellness Week is coming in February and we have some great activities lined up! If you have a special skill that might lend itself to wellness, please contact Beth in counseling so we can make a plan to share the goodness.

Winter Athletic Schedules can be found here:
The next Mothers’ Club meeting will take place VIRTUALLY. See link below.
Mr. Hamka will be available for informal conversation at 6:30.
Wednesday, January 12th @7PM
ZOOM LINK for meeting:

Meeting ID: 960 9793 3475
Passcode: 607277

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