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Invitation to live, stay and play here


Take a stroll through Grosse Pointe Public School System and its houses Sunday, Nov. 11. Get to know what is offered during this community-wide open house.


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From left, students Hannah Engels and Charlee Tokarz, are welcomed by Grosse Pointe Public School System Superintendent Tom Harwood and Parcells Middle School Principal Cathryn Armstrong holds the door open for student Augie Sonaglia. All public schools are open from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, for families to walk the halls during the community-wide open house. The Grosse Pointe Board of REALTORS also holds an open houses throughout the Grosse Pointes. A list of houses can be found at GPBR.com. Click on Sunday Open Houses on the right side of the screen under Quick Links. photo by Renee Landuyt.

November 08, 2012
Welcome mats are being laid out all over the Grosse Pointes.

Grosse Pointe Public School System and the Grosse Pointe Board of REALTORS have teamed up for an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

"Our goal is to invite people to Grosse Pointe and show them how wonderful it really is — the schools, housing, shopping, hospitals, parks, churches, etc.," said Bobbi Sexton, chief executive officer, Grosse Pointe Board of REALTORS. "Hopefully, once they see how great it is here, they will want to live, stay and play in Grosse Pointe."

Rebecca Fannon, GPPSS community relations specialist, said there are three groups targeted by the open house.

The smallest group is families looking to relocate to the area; the second segment includes those whose children attend private or parochial schools. Those who have children in transition, from elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school are the final target group. This is a chance for the public to see what the Grosse Pointes are all about.

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"We would love you to see what we have, the breadth of choices," she said.

Choices include the high schools' offering 21 advanced placement classes, honors classes and five languages, along with a multitude of clubs and athletic opportunities.

"There are magnet elementary schools, all-day kindergarten classes and a multi-age classroom.

"We are encouraging as many as possible to attend. This is an opportunity to showcase the schools," Fannon added. "Staff members are volunteering their time to have classrooms open and answer questions. School board members will be fanned out" among the buildings.

All elementary, middle schools and high schools will be open. Tours are offered at each building. Curriculums are explained, along with a multi-age program at Trombly Elementary with first, second and third grades in one classroom.

"It's a nice mix of students, a mix of abilities and ages. The parents adore the program," Fannon said. "It has a Montessori feel with children working more at their own pace and leadership is encouraged.

"We just want people to walk the halls. All the community can come," she said.

To those who attend a private school, Fannon said, "It doesn't mean you are disloyal, you are investigating your options, finding the best fit for your child."

Parents who have children in transition from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school are invited to walk the halls of the child's next school building. Also, children attending private or parochial schools are welcome to visit public school buildings.

Another facet to the open house is both North and South high schools are accepting computers and electronic equipment, no tube televisions or car batteries, from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, for a $5 donation. Funds raised benefit the Michigan Green School program.

At each school building a list of open houses in the Grosse Pointes is available. The listings also can be found at GPBR.com. Click on Sunday Open Houses on the right side of the screen under Quick Links.

Additionally, Boy Scouts pay tribute to veterans with a flag ceremony and leading visitors in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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