November 2021
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
November 10, 2021
January 12, 2022
February 9, 2022
March 9, 2022
April 13, 2022
May 12, 2022
Check our website, Facebook or Twitter page for location or Zoom link.
General Membership meetings are open to all.
November 2
NO School - Election Day

November 5
End of 1st Quarter
Coffee & Conversation w/ Mr. Hamka
Cleminson Hall 9am

November 6
GPS Band & Orchestra - Pops and Pastries
GPS Gym - 7pm

November 10
Mothers' Club General Meeting
6:30 Social/7:00 Meeting

November 10 & 11
Senior Cap & Gown Ordering

November 14
GPS Choir 'South Sings in the Park'
@ Atwater

November 24-26
Thanksgiving Break

December 1
1/2 Day AM (Professional Development PM)

December 3
Coffee & Conversation w/ Mr. Hamka
Cleminson Hall 9am

December 3 & 4
GPS Choir 'Sounds of the Season'
Brownell (7pm/Fri and 2pm/Sat)

December 5
Holiday Walk

December 10-11
GPS Choir Caroling in the Community

December 23 - January 2
Winter Break

Message from the Mothers' Club President
A month of gratitude…

One of the things that makes the Mothers’ Club such a special organization is the many individuals who give of their time and talents to support our students and South. From those who hold board positions to those who volunteer occasionally, the number of people who step up is truly inspiring. October was a month filled with such individuals.

Homecoming was a HUGE success! Special thanks to all our class parent sponsors, our class advisors, Melissa Petz, Mike Rennell, our administration, our float hosts, and the hard work of Renee Borowicz. An incredible amount of hard work went in to planning and creating a spectacular event. Spirit Week, as well as the newly reimagined Pep Rally on the football field and Homecoming Dance on the front lawn were safe and fun for the entire South community. 

Our directory team was also hard at working during the month of October. The student directory is a terrific resource that wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of Tricia Bower, Michele Lindsay, Cristina Garberding, Elizabeth Cleland, Julie Ricci and a committee of proofreaders and distributors. Whether laying out and organizing the directory, proofreading, selling advertising, or recording our alumni and our general memberships, each of these individuals worked many hours to make sure the directory was as accurate as possible.

Thanks also go out to all the staff who submitted enrichment requests and our VP of Enrichment, Jen Kendall, principal, Moussa Hamka and members of our Executive Board for preparing, organizing and reviewing them. Enrichment requests were approved at our October General Membership meeting and funds will be distributed to our faculty for their use in adding to their academic curriculum.

We are fortunate to have such incredible involvement here at South. I couldn’t be more thankful for each of you.

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.
Purchase your G.P. SOUTH swag for the holidays.
NEW items arriving monthly.

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


Save the Date
Sunday, December 5, 2021

Tour festively decorated Grosse Pointe homes
Tickets: $20 in advance / $25 same day
Volunteers are needed!
Please contact co-chairs:
Laura Wysocki at
Sonya Ackman at

The Junior Class is hosting Estia food truck
during both lunches
on Thursday, November 4th.
A portion of all purchases benefits the Class of 2023.

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

Thank you to everyone who helped with Homecoming this year!
The Freshmen class did an outstanding job and couldn't have done it without the support of all of our parent sponsors and all our other volunteers that helped this year.
Thank you so much.

I love the adage: It’s not happy people who are thankful, it’s thankful people who are happy. It not only feels right, but science backs it up neurologically! One way to build happiness in your life is by keeping a gratitude journal. Studies show that you will sleep better, wake up more refreshed and connected in our world. Check out the Ted Talk on Gratitude from Br. David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. He advises us to Stop, Look, Go. That is: slow down the crazy rush of life, look for the opportunities life presents us to have gratitude and serve others, and then go do it! What a great recipe for the holidays in particular.

All parents
The quarter ended on November 5th. Report cards will be finalized and available for review on Parent Portal on November 16. Report Cards will not be mailed home so it is important that you log in and look at your student’s grades. This is the time to evaluate grades and review class selections. If students are struggling in an honors or AP level class, please contact the teacher to discuss if a student should consider moving to the curricular alternative. The school policy always encourages students to challenge themselves to the extent possible with the curriculum, while ensuring that they are not overwhelmed and out-paced. Students have until November 19 to make a level change without the previous grade penalizing them. Call the counselor if you have any questions about this policy.
If you have a question or concern about a class or grade in a particular class, we encourage you to contact the teacher directly via their email or their direct phone number. Both of these can be found on the school’s website. Any problem that may not be resolved via direct teacher contact can certainly be referred to us, but the conversation with the teacher should take place first.    

Senior Parents
Transcripts will not be sent to colleges until students complete the College Application Notification form. This is critical and if it is not completed will delay your application review at the university. Students can find this form on the counseling website.
There are many early action and early decision deadlines in the first half of November. It’s not too late to apply to hundreds of great schools! Don’t delay – apply today.  
We are anxious to talk with seniors who are still undecided about college or other post-graduation choices. Please encourage your student to make an appointment to see their counselor if they are in this situation. It is definitely not too late to start the planning process if they have been undecided up to this time.  
Financial Aid Alert!
The FAFSA is a gateway to college scholarships and student loans. File now at The window opened October 1. Some colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, as part of their financial aid process for some or all of their financial aid applicants. Here is a current list of institutions that use this process: Check with the Financial Aid office at the colleges where your child is applying. If the financial Aid office requires the PROFILE then check the deadline for applying. You can apply here:

Junior parents: 
The state of Michigan exams (M-STEP) are scheduled to take place at South in April and include a free SAT. However, that doesn’t mean that the ACT is off-limits for our students. The ACT is still accepted everywhere and typically the students find themselves well prepared to take this test. Students can still sign up to take the test at North by going to We encourage students to sign up and take an additional ACT or SAT before the end of their junior year at Grosse Pointe North. Macomb Community College and U of D High School are good alternatives as second choice test centers. If he or she has not already signed up to take an additional test, please have your junior student register online. The South school code that they will need to register is 231-802. We recommend either April or June test dates.    
Students wishing to take the SAT should make sure to register soon for their preferred testing dates so they will be assigned to the test center of their choice. As with the ACT, students can sign up for multiple test dates now. They do not need to wait until they have taken the test once before registering for a second test. Go to or to the Counseling Center for more information. Again, the South school code for the SAT is the same as for the ACT: 231-802.    

Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Parents: 
We anticipate that the PSAT scores will be available online by the December holiday break. Your student should look for an email in their school account notifying them to log in to College Board and check their results. Paper copies of the results will not be sent to schools until sometime in January.

Wellness Wednesdays posts in case you missed them:

"Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t)."
~ James Baraz
Don’t forget that GP South Counseling has a page on Facebook and @SouthCounseling on Twitter. 
Please “like” this page for great updates between issues of High Pointes!
Caroling in the Community 2021
Friday & Saturday, December 10 & 11
5:00 - 10:00 pm

Book small ensembles of the award-winning Grosse Pointe South Choirs
as they entertain audiences at private parties and events around
the Grosse Pointe Communities!

Email for more information
and to schedule your caroling ensemble.


  Winter Sports Tryout Schedule is also available at the
Athletics website:
Physical and Gold Cards are available in the Athletic office.
All physicals need to be dated after April 15th, 2021.
Must have all paperwork approved in the Athletic office
before you can try out for a Winter sport.
The next Mothers’ Club meeting will take place in Cleminson Hall.
Wednesday, November 10th @7PM
Meet & Greet begins at 6:30PM
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