April Edition
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
September 9, 2020
October 14, 2020
November 11, 2020
January 13, 2021
February 10, 2021
March 10, 2021
April 14, 2021
May 12, 2021
Check our website, Facebook or Twitter page for location or Zoom link.
General Membership meetings are open to all.
Mothers' Club Updates

Welcome back!! We hope everyone is rested and refreshed from Spring Break Week!

The Mothers' Club continues to do what we can in this ever changing environment and support our students in every way possible. Here are some of the things we have in the works for April and May:

  • With students back in school full time, we are working with administration to get the South School Store reopened soon!

  • All Night Party Committee is working hard on plans for the end of year post graduation party for our seniors. The ANP committee will continue to follow all guidelines and adhere to COVID restrictions from the State, but we are hopeful the party will be able to safely happen.

  • We are starting our search for next year's advisory board and volunteers. Check out the list of positions on our website and please let one of us know if you or someone you know is interested! It takes many volunteers to support the students and staff at South! Everyone is welcome!!

  • The Scholarship process is chugging along, we will be so pleased to award this year's scholarships. The actual ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, May 6th, will most likely be held virtually due to COVID restrictions so please be on the look out for more information.

  • The winter cycle for Enrichment just finalized two teacher requests! Congratulations to the Physical Education Department for their grant of $350 for timber blocks and buckets. Also, to the Art Department for their grant for $1,402 for a high speed print dryer.

Our April Mothers' Club meeting will be Wednesday, April 14th at 7:00 pm. Location to be announced soon! 

For continuing updates on all the happenings in the Mothers' Club and at South, visit the MothersClubGPS.com or our Facebook page. 


Marica Ostrowski
Mothers’ Club President
Important Dates
April 12 - Return to Face to Face
May 5 - Flower Sale Orders Due (details below)
May 6 - Mothers' Club Scholarship Virtual Ceremony
May 13 - Flower Sale Pick-up or Delivery
May 15 - South Senior Prom (details below)
May 31 - Memorial Day No School

** AP Test Date Schedule detailed in a separate section below.**
Get Your Gardens in Shape
Flower Sale

Delivery option or pick up on South’s front lawn along Grosse Pointe Blvd.

A variety of annual options that include hanging baskets, pots and flats:
  • Geraniums
  • Impatiens
  • Begonias
  • Petunias
  • Marigolds and more

Details and order form provided in the link below.

Orders due: Wednesday, May 5th

Pickup/Delivery: Thursday, May 13th

Do you or your student want to volunteer? Sign up for a time slot to help with the Flower Sale. Meet at South to help unload flowers off the truck and place into orders. Time slots are available on May 13th in the afternoon to assist with flower pickup and delivery.

Thanks for help making this fundraiser a success!
School District Calendar Highlights
2021 Grosse Pointe South AP Test Calendar
April 2021 Counselors' Corner
Welcome to the fourth quarter homestretch of what must be the longest.year.ever. Hang in there, folks.  We are getting to the finish line.

This just in: Spring Into College
Spring Application Week - Colleges are still eager to accept your students. In fact, admissions offices have their “arms wide open.” How wide? Well, seventy-four colleges all over Michigan are accepting applications and have no fee or have waived their fees for your students during the third week of April with the Spring Into College Campaign, April 19th - April 23rd. 

College Board's BigFuture Days are here to help your students prepare for Spring Application week! Students can attend this virtual college fair on April 18th, and then complete most Michigan college applications at no cost between the 19th and 23rd.
Five reasons for students to attend BigFuture Days.  Your student can:

  1. Explore colleges in a way that’s informative but not overwhelming.
  2. Connect directly with colleges to get answers to their questions and show their interest in attending.
  3. Get answers to their college questions from college advisors via live Q&A sessions.
  4. Take key college planning steps like searching for colleges and exploring scholarships.
  5. Join these free events from a computer or mobile device.

It’s not too late to search for Scholarships and Financial Aid. Be sure to check weekly e*blasts, Naviance, and the Career Resource Center webpage for an ever-updating list of scholarships.  Make sure that you have completed your FAFSA, as well. For the first time ever, Michigan has extended its FAFSA Priority deadline to May 1st. Even if you don’t think you will get any grant (free) money you will get school scholarships and low/no-interest loan offers that you may accept or decline in whole or in part. Questions about FAFSA are conveniently answered by the chatbot 24/7.  Also, completing the FAFSA is a great idea to show interest in receiving money from colleges – sometimes this opens doors that were previously hidden. For general scholarship searching, I am a big fan of www.fastweb.com and http://www.finaid.org/  These are both packed with GREAT information and resources.  On the Counseling Center Website, I have links to a presentation I did last spring on “Understanding Different Sources of Financial Aid” as well as a direct link to the slide deck for this.
This year we are learning that college applications at competitive colleges were high - possibly due to the test-optional format of most college admissions. Smaller colleges and many state schools were lower in application numbers.  Consequently, there are still many excellent opportunities to apply to schools.  It is not too late.  On May 5 NACAC will post a comprehensive list of all colleges and universities with admissions openings. You will be able to see this list here.

Virtual Financial Aid Night happened in March but if you would like to watch a recorded version of this presentation see this website for the “Financing Education Beyond High School” presentation. Topics include the elements of financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), private resources available, and more!

Current Juniors who are planning to apply to colleges in the Fall of 2021 should make sure that they are doing the following: 
  1. Many schools are already choosing to be test-optional next year however, I think it would be wise to attempt to register for the ACT and/or SAT tests.  You can do this online at www.actstudent.org or www.collegeboard.orgI understand that North will not be offering these tests through June so you may want to select a different local option like U of D. ALL juniors will be taking the SAT at South in April. Your student will register for the test in school.  You do not need to do anything to sign him or her up online. My advice at this point is to consider NOT sending student test scores to the colleges until we know what the situation will be with required testing and testing opportunities.
  2. Make an hour-long appointment with your counselor for the Junior Meeting to discuss possible choices that match your individual profile. Please note in the Calendly appointment that we will be discussing college so that counselors will be prepared.
  3. If it is possible, try to visit college campuses. Right now most are closed and it will have to be a virtual visit.  However, I’m hopeful as we move toward summer we can get closer to open-air opportunities.

While the days get longer and more sun-shiny, we need to increase our awareness of this peak season for suicidal thoughts. If you are noticing changes in your child’s grades, interactions, behaviors, or friends this may be a message to seek support.  Please connect with your child’s counselor or another member of the school’s mental health team to find resources. If you are in immediate need of assistance with concerns of suicide please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255) or www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org for live chat. Students may feel comfortable texting the Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis. Just text HELLO to 741-741

Wellness Wednesdays since our last issue have included:  Normalizing Mental HealthGroundingLiving With UncertaintyPositivity

Upcoming Events:
Have you noticed that the giant fir tree in the village and in front of Henry Ford/Cottage is twinkling in blue? Autism Awareness and Kindness is the reason for the season this April World Autism Month. The Family Center of Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods invites friends and neighbors in our community to light up with kindness throughout the month of April. Join in creating a world where all people with autism, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, can reach their full potential. 

Class of 2021 - Seniors
Roaring 2021

Instagram: GPSouth2021

Class Advisor: Kendra Caralis
Class of 2022 - Juniors
Journey Juniors

Instagram: GPSouth.22

Class Advisor: Meg Pierce
Class of 2023 - Sophomores
Circus Sophomores

Instagram: GPSouth.2023

Class Advisor: Katie Parent
Class of 2024 - Freshman
Florida Freshman

Instagram: GPSouth2024

Class Advisor: Shannon Sugamele
Hello 10th Graders!
I want to encourage you all to apply to be a part of the Generation of Promise program next year!  Generation of Promise is a youth leadership program of Focus: HOPE that focuses on social justice, antiracism, and community organizing.  
Every year Generation of Promise brings together a cohort of 60 high school juniors from 15 different high schools across Metro Detroit to take part in their program.  Our school has proudly participated for many years, and 11th grade representatives from our school always share that it is a life-changing experience!
The program is one year long, starting with a retreat before school starts and then meeting once a month during the school year.  Program days take place during school hours, so you will be excused from school to attend Generation of Promise.
To apply and learn more about Generation of Promise visit their website at: www.focushope.edu/generationofpromise
There are also virtual info sessions you can attend to learn more about the program from current students and staff.  Register on Eventbrite to attend one of the info sessions.
Applications are due Monday, May 24th at 11:59PM.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions.  Good luck!

Mrs. Petz / Melissa Ryan-Petz
Student Activities
Grosse Pointe South High School
Phone: (313) 432-3518


Girls Lacrosse Mulch Fundraiser:

There is still time to get your mulch! The Girls Lacrosse team is holding their annual fundraiser, all profits go to improving the team through tournaments, programs, and gear.

Orders must be placed by Thursday, April 22nd. See the order link below. Delivery day is Saturday, May 8th (rain or shine). There is free delivery in the five Pointes by team members and parents. You can also pick up your order at South on the 22nd, main parking lot between 12-3 p.m.

Please click the link below to place your order and for complete details.

New Events Calendar:

Want to find out what spring sporting events are happening at South, click the Event Calendar link below and get the most updated information!


Attention Sports Fans, we are now live streaming our home gym events. Please note a subscription is required to watch live or on demand home gym events.

LINK:  GPS Live Stream

Interested in working athletic events? Please contact the Athletic office at (313) 432-3542.
ArtFest 2021

The GPS Art Department and ArtFest Committee are pleased to announce that ArtFest 2021 will be held as a virtual exhibition, including an on-line auction.  As such, our students’ art will remain on display for an entire year.  Our schedule will be as follows:
Tuesday, May 4 – all day:  Awards Judging On-line

Wednesday, May 4  – Friday, May 7:  ArtFest Online Auction Held

Friday, May 7: ArtFest Awards Night (details TBD)

Saturday, May 8:  Art Pick-up or Delivery
Please support our artists by participating in this event’s auction and considering becoming an Award Sponsor this year!
Award Sponsorship
ArtFest is all about supporting our students in their creative pursuit of the arts.  In 2019, we were able to provide over $8,000 in awards to our students through generous donations from our community.  Have you considered sponsorship, but not sure where to start?  Contact our Treasurer, Laura Wholihan  (lwholihan@hotmail.com or (313) 268-0910), or our Co-Chair, Paula Draper (paula@higbiemaxon.com or (313) 310-0211).
Band & Orchestra Update

The Grosse Pointe South Band & Orchestra will be kicking off their "Sounds of Spring" virtual auction via Auctria starting on May 24th and ending the day of the concert, June 3rd (rain date of June 5th). An e-mail to all GPSB&O parents will provide specific details. 

Check out our website and Facebook page for additional information.

Lawn signs will be delivered to all current student's residence the week of April 12th, along with Spirit Packs ordered during registration.  Keep an eye out for our delivery team!

Check out the South Merchandise!!

All South merchandise online or in-store earns the Mothers' Club a portion of the sale.

Please mention the Mothers' Club or that you're a South parent when purchasing.

Link to the online store:

Curbside pickup available on all items purchased online.

Albatross Creative Embroidery
17860 Mack Avenue
(313) 458-7304
Final thoughts . . . . .
The Mothers' Club is dedicated to continuing to enhance and support the students and teachers at South. Alumni, parents, grand parents and guardians are all welcome to lend their support by joining the Mothers' Club.

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