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  • GPPSS Weekly Update February 15 - healthy tips to awards and grants

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon at 2/15/2017

    Help us stay healthy during cold and flu season

    We are in the middle of the cold and flu season and oftentimes we are not sure about when we should keep our child(ren) home.  Here are a few tips on when to keep your child home that will help your child recover sooner and keep other children from becoming sick.

    Guidelines to determine if your child should be kept home:

    1. If they have had a temperature in the last 24 hours.  Your child should be fever free (without the use of medication) for a 24 hour period before they can return.  
    2. If they have vomited in the last 24 hours.
    3. If they have been diagnosed as being contagious and are still within the time frame that they are likely to be contagious.

    If a student returns to school with known symptoms in the less than specified 24 hours period, they will be sent home.  We understand that students will get sick in school; this is unavoidable.  But, our students’ well-being is important and a top priority to us. We appreciate your help in this matter by keeping your child home if they are not well. Please remember:  Students who stay home due to an illness, will be allowed to make up tests, quizzes, or homework that they miss. Your help and cooperation is appreciated.

    Calling all business-minded middle and high school students this THURSDAY!

    The Young Entrepreneurs Academy helps students come up with an idea for a business or social movement that is aligned with their talents and interests, or assists them with fine-tuning an existing concept that they already have. With the help of entrepreneurial mentors and instructors, students develop an actual business plan, and pitch their plan to a panel of ‘investors’ for start-up funding. Academy students graduate the thirty week after school program with a fully-formed company that they own. Learn more at the parent meeting 2/16, at 6 p.m. in the GPPSS Administration Building, 389 St. Clair, Grosse Pointe.

    Don’t miss wonderful plays and concerts

    Get your tickets now for North’s magnificently macabre The Addams Family directed by Sean Kifer with musical direction by Ben Henri March 9-11. Come see over 50 talented student actors and music performed by a student orchestra conducted by Noah Zogas. For more fine and performing arts presentations, be sure to check out the Performing Arts Calendar linked from the main page of every GPPSS website.

    Be sure to check out new community flyers

    Click Flyers to see community events ranging from 60 Days to Health, to baseball and basketball clinics, to PTO Fundraisers, to Wayne County Community College Concerts and more. If you have a flyer, you can use the online form to upload your own pdf for a nominal fee.

    Did you know?

    Here are some fun tidbits to share in the community this week:

    • Brownell students led by teacher Sharon Drew took first place in a math competition at Country Day!
    • South student Daniel Cullen earned a perfect score on the ACT!
    • The board thanked the Raymond and Jane Cracchiolo Foundation for its donation to the South Commercial Foods program, Dr. David and Mrs. Shery Cotton for their donation to the South Maker Space, and the GPEA for its donation to the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education (GPFPE) at Monday’s board meeting!
    • North will host a Starnival educational festival with a stars and galaxies theme, especially appropriate for children ages 6-11. It is hosted by Grosse Pointe North’s Radio Astronomy Team. Join us Friday, March 3, 5-7:30 p.m. at Grosse Pointe North High School. Admission $5 per child. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/Starnival
    • North and South are playing each other for the first round of the boys MAC tournament at South Thursday, 2/16. Freshmen - 4 p.m./JV - 5:30 p.m./Varsity - 7 p.m. Join us for a fun night of cross-town rivalry on the court, remembering we are partners in education and #OneGP! Other North-South events are posted on the district calendar.

    Calendar:

    • Regular School Board Meeting 7 p.m., Monday, 2/27 in the Brownell MPR, 260 Chalfonte
    • League of Women Voters public forum “Raising Global Leaders” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, 3/ 8, Pierce Middle School Auditorium, 15430 Kercheval, GPP
    • Mid-Winter Break remains 2/18-26/17
    • March 9 – Middle School evening conferences
    • March 14 – morning classes only for elementary students
    • March 16 – morning classes only for middle school students
    • March 22-23 – high school evening conferences (school as usual)
    • March 29 – elementary evening conferences (school as usual)
    • March 30 – no school for elementary students (conferences)
    • Spring Break remains 4/1-9/2017. GPPSS is also closed 4/14.
    • In order to attend the Kindergarten Transition Event 5/2 …
      • 4/13 is the deadline to register for Young Fives
      • 4/24 is the deadline for kindergarten
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  • GPPSS Weekly Update Feb 7 2017

    Posted by Rebecca Fannon at 2/7/2017

    North Parents Club hosts auction to support the library

    Grosse Pointe North Parents Club is hosting a Norse Night Auction with proceeds used to update the North library media center to reflect the needs of 21st century students. “One for the Books” will be 6 p.m., Saturday, February 11, at the Assumption Cultural Center. Buy your tickets online now at http://www.gpnparentsclub.com/!

    Unique opportunity for business-minded middle and high school students

    The Young Entrepreneurs Academy helps students come up with an idea for a business or social movement that is aligned with their talents and interests, or assists them with fine-tuning an existing concept that they already have. With the help of entrepreneurial mentors and instructors, students develop an actual business plan, and pitch their plan to a panel of ‘investors’ for start-up funding. Academy students graduate the thirty week after school program with a fully-formed company that they own. Learn more at the parent meeting 2/16, at 6 p.m. in the GPPSS Administration Building, 389 St. Clair, Grosse Pointe.

    Don’t miss wonderful plays and concerts

    Get your tickets now for Brownell’s amazing rendition of Cinderella this Thursday and Friday, and North’s magnificently macabre The Addams Family (more details on that next week after the Norse Night Auction). Be sure to check out the Performing Arts Calendar linked from the main page of every school website as well as the district’s.

    Be sure to check out new community flyers

    Click Flyers to see community events ranging from 60 Days to Health (including a Zumba class at 8 p.m. Wednesday, 2/9 at Ferry taught by GPPSS staff), to South Freshmen Football parent meetings, to community hockey groups, Little League, and more. If you have a flyer, you can use the online form to upload your own pdf for a nominal fee.

    Calendar:

    • Tonight! Keeping Kids Safe from Lead Event, 6 p.m., Tuesday 2/7, Board Room of the Administration Building, 389 St. Clair
    • Make sure you visit one of the 3 public library branches by 2/9 to see our students’ artwork in the free Focus on the Mission exhibition
    • Regular School Board Meeting 7 p.m., Monday, 2/13 in the Brownell MPR, 260 Chalfonte
    • League of Women Voters public forum “Raising Global Leaders” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, 3/ 8, Pierce Middle School Auditorium, 15430 Kercheval, GPP
    • Mid-Winter Break remains 2/18-26/17
    • Spring Break remains 4/1-9/17. GPPSS is also closed 4/14
    • In order to attend the Kindergarten Transition Event 5/2,
      • 4/13 is the deadline to register for Young Fives
      • 4/24 is the deadline for kindergarten.
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