November 2019
Dear Grosse Pointe South Families,

  • Homecoming was an eventful week. It is a time of year when school spirit shines. Special thanks to Wendy Bruetsch, Renee Borowicz and Renee Palazzolo.
  • The North/South Tailgate was another beautiful day. The front lawn was filled with great food and a friendly rivalry. 
  • The Grosse Pointe South Family Directories are going to print. The directory team led by Tricia Bower worked diligently to give us the superior product you will receive. Thank you to Anne Jackson Lefevre and Emily Scupholm.
  • The membership committee of Elizabeth Cleland and Colleen Jogan also worked hard to get our membership counted. If you haven’t joined us, please do. You will receive a family directory and support our three initiatives of Enrichment, Preservation, and Scholarship.
  • Alumni Membership chair Julie Schuetze has been busy contacting alumni to join us and support their alma mater. Thank you Julie!
  • Mark your calendars for “The Holiday Tea” on 12/04/19. Mindy Barry, Laura Green and Anne Grobel need your help.
  • Mark your calendars for "The Holiday Walk” on 12/08/19. Five fabulous homes and our own Cleminson Hall festively decorated for the holidays. The Holiday Market at Grosse Pointe South is back and the festival of trees in Cleminson Hall decorated by our talented community will be ready to buy! 
  • For continuing updates on all the happenings in the Mothers' Club and at South, visit the There you can find ways to support the school, volunteer, and get involved! We have a job for everyone!


Helen Srebernak
Grosse Pointe South Mothers' Club President
November 5
Election Day
No School

November 7 - 9
Fall Drama - "The Game's Afoot"
7:30 PM
South Auditorium

November 13
Mothers' Club General Membership Meeting
7:00 PM
Cleminson Hall

November 27 - 29
Thanksgiving Break
No School
December 4
Holiday Tea
1:00 PM

December 5 & 7
'Sounds of the Season' Choir Concert
Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center

December 6
'Yule Be Boppin' Jazz Band Concert
7:00 PM
South Auditorium

December 8
Holiday Walk and Market
Noon - 4:00 PM
November is all about gratitude! Don’t let the opportunity of Thanksgiving pass you by without taking the opportunity to build some gratitude into your life. Science shows us that this actually has a positive physiological effect on us. It truly makes us feel good! Check out the Greater Good In Action website for some ideas about practical ways to practice Gratitude. 

All Parents:
The quarter ended November 1 st . Report cards will be finalized and available for review on Parent Portal on November 12. 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 insuring that they are not overwhelmed and out-paced. Students have until November 15 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 the 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 Application Notification form in the CRC. 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, in the counseling center, or in the CRC office.

Our November 1 early action date for some colleges has passed, but it’s not too late to apply to U of M and hundreds of other 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:
Just like last year, the state of Michigan exams (M-STEP) will 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 the second choice test center.  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 (and SAT Subject Tests, if required by a college they intend to pursue) 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. Please remember that students cannot take the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests on the same day. 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. Paper copies of the results will not be sent to schools until sometime in January.

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
Thank you to our generous 2019 Annual Campaign donors who contributed over $6300 so far to support South's students and community and reinforce our shared commitment to educational excellence. Funds raised through the Annual Campaign, along with membership dues, revenue from the School Store and events, and other donations, will fund scholarships for South seniors , enrichment of South classrooms and organizations, and preservation of South's historic building.

Scholarships . This spring, through The Mothers’ Club scholarship program, over $91,000 in need and merit-based scholarships were awarded to South seniors from Mothers’ Club funded scholarships and from community and family funded scholarships. These scholarships invest in South's legacy by supporting our South students as they head off to college.

Enrichment .  To underwrite educational enrichment activities school-wide, The Mothers’ Club granted over $21,000 in enrichment requests during this school year. Funding extra educational elements such as the Tower final edition, PBIS mentoring program, teacher training, visiting vocal clinicians and DSO musicians to work with our choir and band students, equipment for Adaptive Physical Education classes, dissection specimens, and field trips help South achieve and maintain its excellence as a renowned high school.

Preservation .  With continued financial support, South's beautiful historic building endures as a source of pride for the Grosse Pointe community. Restoration and refurbishment of Cleminson Hall's original windows and doors, South's clock mechanism, and the creation of a conference room are a few examples of preservation projects completed with funds raised by The Mothers' Club. 

We truly appreciate all contributions to this year’s Annual Campaign. For more information on our projects and mission, please visit The Mothers’ Club website at
For more than 80 years, the Mothers’ Club has been awarding college scholarships to deserving seniors at South. In 2018, we awarded a total of 88 scholarships totaling more than $56,000, including Mothers’ Club funds, community and private funds. Our scholarship recipients attend colleges and universities throughout the country.

We are always looking for new ways to recognize and honor more of the deserving seniors, if you or someone you know are interested in learning more about how you can contribute – either by making a donation to a current scholarship or setting up a new award, including alumni scholarships, please contact Beverly Bennert at (313) 330-2752 or
During the 2018-19 school year, the Mothers’ Club supported over $21,000 worth of enrichment requests from teachers and staff. Each year, teachers and staff have two opportunities to request enrichment funds, one in October and another in February. These requests can include in-class enhancements, extracurricular programs, and equipment and materials for their classroom. 

Thank you for your continued support of the Mothers’ Club. It is through your continued support that we are able to continue to enrich the classroom and academic environment of our students.
Mothers' Club Alumni Membership

Do you know someone who is a former South student
or a parent/legal guardian of a former South student with no current students at South?
Invite them to become an Alumni Member of The Mothers' Club.
Alumni Membership Dues support  enrichment preservation,  and  scholarship  for South.  Alumni Members receive a copy of the student / alumni directory, invitations to Mothers’ Club events, a monthly email of the High Pointes Newsletter, and other emails showcasing what is happening at South.  Alumni Members may attend and vote at monthly membership meetings.  

To become an alumni member go to or contact Julie Mathews Schuetze (  
Come join us for a night of mystery, suspense, excitement and comedy.
The Pointe Players are proud to present “Games A Foot” by Ken Ludwig .

You can purchase tickets at Duffy & Company on Kercheval in Grosse Pointe Park, or at the door prior to the shows.The performances will be Thursday, November 7 through Saturday, November 9. All shows are starting at 7:30 PM. Please come and support our amazing thespians as they give us a night to remember.
2019-2020 Class Officers
President- Aleena S.
VP- Evie K.
Treasurer- Elle O.
Secretary- Eleni T.
Contact Information
Class Advisor: Meg Pierce
Advisor Email:
Instagram: @gpsouth.22
Facebook: GPS Class Of 2022
The Class of 2023 will be hosting the
Annual Coffeehouse Fundraiser
7:00 pm - Friday, December 6th
South Cafeteria

Auditions are November 11 and 12 after school in the middle room between the choir / band rooms. We are looking for a variety of performances including but not limited to musical acts, poetry, monologues, etc. Holiday themes are encouraged but not required!

Please contact class advisor Katie Parent at  if you can help.
Grosse Pointe South Choir would like to thank all of the parents, staff, friends, community members, and students who helped us in having a successful Garage Sale. We appreciate everyone of you. 

The Choir’s next performances will be on Thursday, December 5th at 7 PM, and also, new this year, a matinee on Saturday, December 7th at 2:00 PM. Both performances will be held at the Christian A. Fenton performing arts center (PAC) located at Grosse Pointe North. Prior to the matinee, the students and Boosters, will be hosting cookies with Santa and his helpers. Look on the website  for more details on when to purchase special tickets for this event.

Are you, or someone you know, looking for the perfect way to highlight your holiday gathering? Look no further. You too can book the National Championship Grosse Pointe South Choir to come to your event and entertain you with their musical excellence, while singing some holiday classics. You can find more information on our website, or contact Lori Vogel, Caroling Coordinator, at 313-475-9150 or  for further details.

Check out our website. There are lots of wonderful pictures and exciting news. Consider becoming a Choir Booster Member. There are advantages for upcoming performances when you join...
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