Greetings, Gryphons! It's been a busy month at Greenhills, as always, and there's a lot of news to update. We hope you'll consider catching some of that news as it happens by liking the school's page on Facebook or following us on Twitter and Instagram -- just click on the icons at the bottom of this email. It's quick and painless, and you never know when something going on at the school will catch your eye in real time!
Generosity sparks strongest-ever start for Annual Fund
This year's Annual Fund for Greenhills Kickoff Breakfast, held at the school Oct. 13, drew more than 100 community members whose generosity got the fund off to its strongest start ever. Thank you so much! Contributing online is simple, and we hope you'll consider doing so today. Every gift helps every student, every day, and in so many ways.  Read More

Eight straight at states for tennis; volleyball, cross country, and soccer also finish strong
Members of the tennis team show off some of their hardware at a recent Upper School assembly.
The Greenhills boys tennis squad took the state tournament by storm in October, cruising to its eighth consecutive state championship while also earning six of eight possible individual titles. But that was far from all that happened during an eventful fall sports season.  Read More

Time for hockey tryouts, winter athletics signups
There's a chill in the air -- can hockey be far behind? Tryouts for the combined hockey team of Greenhills, Gabriel Richard and Rudolf Steiner begin Monday, Nov. 2 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Please contact the athletic office for more information. Similarly, signups are now in progress for the rest of the winter sports -- check out the new Athletics website for details. Read More

Got a particularly malodorous job that needs doing? Call Rent-a-Junior!
If you've got a task even Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe wouldn't touch, Rent-a-Junior may be for you. Run by the junior class as a service to the school community, Rent-a-Junior primarily raises money for the prom, although, as part of its commitment to service, the class has also decided to donate money to such charities as Blight Busters in Detroit. And, technically, the jobs don't even have to be all that foul. Read More

COMING SOON: Grandparents & Special Friends Day
See first-hand the  Greenhills difference
Grandparents and special friends are invited to Greenhills November 24th for the school's annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day. Visitors will be able to venture into classrooms and see special performances, all while getting a better idea about what makes Greenhills so extraordinary. Look for more information about this special day soon!

Helping Greenhills by shopping at Busch's just got easier

A simplified program at Busch's Fresh Food Markets means helping keep the GPO on solid financial footing is even easier than it was before. The store has simplified its program and done away with their Cash for Education gift cards.  Read More

Jeanne Devine '74 and Scot Hamilton '75
About 50 Greenhills graduates got together in the West Village apartment of Diana Wege '73 this month for the school's periodic New York City reunion. Attendees included representatives from every decade since the school was founded. Head of School Carl Pelofsky spoke briefly, and New York City resident Suzie (Schueller) Gottlander '07 -- who now works at Sotheby's in the city -- talked about her love of Greenhills and the importance of alumni support in keeping the school strong. Thanks, everyone, for coming out, and we can't wait to see you all again!

Starting Nov. 8, Greenhills will welcome a team from the Independent Schools Association of the Central States for a four-day visit. The group will use a self-study produced over the last few months by members of the Greenhills community to help review the school as an important part of our accreditation process. The visit and review of the self-study, produced by parents, students, faculty, and staff, gives Greenhills a great opportunity for reflection and growth. We're looking forward to working with the team, and if you're on campus, you may have an opportunity to speak with them, too. We encourage you to share your Greenhills experiences.

Want to get more involved with the life of Greenhills School? Then consider volunteering with the Greenhills Parent Organization! Our volunteers help with school events throughout the academic year. Find out more by connecting with your grade representative here .  

CASH FOR A CAUSE: ACTivate the Cure

Students raise cash 
to fight cancer

Greenhills' student-organized ACTivate the Cure variety and art show, held recently in the Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, raised about $3,300 to benefit the University of Michigan's Breast Cancer Research Center.
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Join us in the library Nov. 4 from 7-8:30 p.m. for this year's GPO-sponsored Middle School Parent Forum. The evening will feature Richard Dopp, M.D., child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Michigan and current Greenhills parent. Dr. Dopp's presentation, "10 Things Parents of Teenagers Should Know," is open to all Middle School parents. He  will discuss teenagers' physical and emotional health and well-being as they navigate adolescence.  Light refreshments will be provided.

If you're the mother of a Greenhills alum, we hope you'll join us for our annual Alumni Mothers' Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at Barton Hills Country Club. This year: an insightful talk on global education from Head of Upper School Julia de la Torre. Click here for more information and to register.
It's a new date this year for the Alumni Holiday Party -- the day after Thanksgiving, as opposed to sometime between Christmas and the New Year -- but you can count on the same good friends and good times. Click here for more information and to register.
EDUCATORS' BLOG: Jing Li on Chinese pen-pal program

In my Chinese 8 curriculum, there is a year-long pen pal program where my students have the opportunity to practice their Chinese through exchanging emails and video messages with native Chinese students from Aiguo School in Shanghai. The program not only allows students to practice their Chinese and learn Chinese culture in a more authentic, meaningful and challenging way, but also helps them gain global communication skills. Read More