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September 7, 2016
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*September is Attendance Awareness Month!  Chronic absence, defined as missing10% of a semester’s classes (4 classes-excused or unexcused) is an alarming, largely overlooked problem that is preventing too many students from having an opportunity to learn and succeed. It affects approximately 7 million students per year— more than one in 10 — nationwide.

Stemming this crisis is essential to our country’s economic and educational future, and Mercy High School is totally on board. 

This week, your daughter will be reviewing her parent/student handbook; we are asking that she pay special attention to the attendance and tardy policies.  Later this week, parents will be receiving a letter explaining the changes in the attendance policy.  We are asking all Mercy parents to team up with us, by making your daughters aware of how absences disrupt the learning environment of the student and her classmates.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Summer Dittmer
Assistant Head of School for Student Life


*Congratulations on a successful
Mercy Bowl-A-Thon Kickoff!!

Mercy High School’s Bowl-A-Thon is one of the highlights of the fall semester, thanks to the Student Body Officers (SBOs) who put on an amazing day for all of our Mercy students!

New this year, Mercy has partnered with eTeamSponsor to administer and support the Bowl-A-Thon fundraising efforts ONLINE! eTeamSponsor is an innovating software platform that enables schools,Foundations and non profits to raise funds safely and effectively.

  • Click HERE for Additional Parent\Guardian information about eTeamSponsor 
  • Click HERE for All Bowl-A-Thon information, Head of School message, Instructions, Prizes.
Student Permission slips are Due Now!! Please turn them into the main office ASAP!  


Tri-School Walk for Catholic Worker
Saturday, September 10 from
Walk starts at Mercy High School
9:00am in the Cafeteria

Help raise money for the Catholic Worker House in San Bruno, $40 donation.  

Walk starts at Mercy High School 9:00 am
Ends at Catholic Worker Hospitality House, Saint Bruno Church, 555 San Bruno Ave., San Bruno (get picked up at St. Bruno's at 12:15 pm)

Sign up today on the Campus Ministry Door or x2VOL. Each participant is asked to raise $40, bring socks and walk for the Catholic Worker Hospitality House. Checks should be made out to: CatholicWorker Hospitality House. Please write walker's name on the memo line of each check. To Participate: Turn in Permission Slip  & Donations to Campus Ministry by Wednesday, September 7.  Students will earn 5 supplemental service learning hours. 
Click HERE for flyer and permission slip.



*Homecoming Help Needed

Mercy Mom's and Mercy Alumnae Moms - We could use your help!  We are looking for a few moms to help us with the Alumnae Homecoming which will be held on Sunday 9/18/16.  We are also looking for a few students to help us with the coffee with the Sisters, and to hand out programs and help with corsages at the Mass.

  • We are looking for 2 moms to help us set up the tables with the table cloths, runners and centerpieces from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.
  • We would also need 2 moms to help us set up the name tags and to help hand them out  when the reunion group come up from Mass from about 11:00 am - 12:15 pm.
  • We are looking for 4-5 Mercy students from 9:15 - 11:00.  Girls would earn credit towards their supplemental Service Learning hours and would need to be in full Mercy Dress Uniform for the event.  

Please contact Carol Fraher at or b phone at 6560.762.1192


Dining/Cashless Campus  Mercy sponsors a cashless card program through which allows students to make purchases on campus quickly, easily, efficiently, and helps our families reduce the need for checks and cash. The program provides a convenient alternative method of payment with just a scan of a student’s ID card. For more information click HERE.


Mercy Scrip Programs
Help support Mercy with your everyday shopping!
Click here for more information
on how to register online with these various sites AmazonSmile, eScrip, TARGET and Office Depot and select Mercy High School Burlingame as your school choice.  Each time you make an eligible purchase, a donation is made to Mercy.

senior parents

*The Senior Tri-School Giants Game is Friday, September 16th, and tickets are selling out quickly! For $25, you will meet at Mercy at 5:00p.m., have an amazing night with hundreds of Tri-seniors at the game and return to campus by 11:00p.m.  
Forms are in the main office.  This event has a limited amount of tickets, so act now!

Junior parents

*Junior Parents:  
Kairos Retreat Infomation 

This week, during the junior religion classes, seniors will come and talk to them about the Kairos retreat that they can experience this year.  This is an amazing experience and opportunity for your daughters.  The spaces do fill up quickly so if you wish your daughter to attend, please encourage her to sign up.   The cost of the retreat is $200.00.  To reserve a spot  we ask that you pay the entire $200.  The dates for Kairos this year are:  Tuesday, November 8th through Thursday, November 10th.    If you have any questions, please emai Angie Simonetti.

Mercy Parent club (MPc)

Save the dates!

Head of School Parent Welcome BBQ 
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016 - 6:30PM
Mercy High School, Kohl Mansion
Look for your invitation in the mail this week! 
Click HEREfor invite.  

We need Volunteers for the Welome BBQ!

Please click HERE to sign up to help. Thank you!  

Mercy Moms’ Mixer
Thurs., Sept. 22, 2016 - 7:00PM
Mercy High School, Kohl Mansion

Mercy Dads’ Get-Together
Wed., Sept. 28, 2016 - 7:00PM 
Mercy High School, Kohl Mansion


Make sure to follow all of our team results as they happen via our athletics twitter page. Mercy Athletics @MercyAthletics


*Fall team picture schedule: If you plan to make orders, please bring order form already filled out. Order forms will be distributed by the coaches to their teams.

Thursday, September 8th:

  • 2:45pm-Tennis
  • 3pm- Golf
  • 3:30pm-Water Polo


  • Basketball: On Friday September 9 at 2:30pm.
    Meet in Cafeteria. Coaches will be present.
  • Soccer: On Monday September 12 at 2:30pm.
    Meet in Cafeteria. Coaches will be present.

*Mercy Athlete of the Week:
Sophomore Volleyball player Allison Remulla 
Allison, a libero, was a tremendous spark of energy and hustle for the Varsity in both of their victories over Mission and Balboa. In the win over Balboa, she had 21 kills. Her passing has been exceptional as well. Keep up the great work!!!!!

Every athlete must be fully registered in the Appryse system and cleared to play sports before they are placed on a roster.
A physical is required to get cleared. You can go onto the Mercy website and go to quicklinks and find the drop down for Appryse. Simply click and start your registration process. Please remember if you are a returning student you still have to re-register.

Any student athlete participating in a sport must turn in both the athlete and guardian contract. If the signed forms by both student and guardian are not turned in, the student will not be allowed to play in any event until they have turned in the paperwork. The forms are available on the Mercy website at Click on the link and print the contract after you have read the Handbook.  Completed forms must be returned to the Athletic Director or to the main office.

All student athletes who are currently on a fall sport roster should be purchasing their Crusaderwear gear designed specifically for their respective team. The site to purchase the gear can be found on the Mercy website under Athletics.

Any Parent who is available and/or willing to drive students to games must turn in all the paperwork to the main office in order to be cleared to drive. This would be for your own car or a school van. The form can be downloaded from the Mercy website on the Athletics page.

We have upgraded the 2 elliptical machines and a treadmill machine in the weight room. This is in addition to the purchase of a rowing machine and a couple of exercise bikes for the Grassilli Center weight room. All girls are encouraged to utilize the facility. All girls need to check with the AD office to coordinate times for use.

All results of each team can be found in the Mercy scoreboard-

*Click HERE  for the schedule for team events for the upcoming week of September 8-September 14

If you ever have any concerns/comments, please feel free to contact me at anytime. I can be reached at my office at Mercy at 650-762-1107. I am looking forward to a great 2016/17 with Mercy athletics.

Charlie Dougherty
Athletic Director

College Counseling

*Senior Parent College Night: This will be TONIGHT, September 7th at 6:30.  We will have a representative here from Santa Clara University to answer questions about the admissions process.  Please plan to attend!

Upcoming Events: Serra High School will be hosting the Jesuit Excellence Tour (JET) on September 11th from 2:00 to 4:00pm.  Serra will also be hosting the Tri-School College Fair on October 19th at 6:30pm.  These events are great for getting more information about different colleges and for meeting college representatives.  Plan to attend!

College visits: This year we will be hosting a number of colleges on campus.  These visits will be posted on Schoology, the parent page of the school website, and the College Visit calendar. It can also be viewed here: will need to give their teacher's one day notice that they will be attending the visit.  Connecting with the college admissions counselors is an important part of the application process. The more these counselors interact with your daughter, the more they will know about them when they read their applications. Please encourage your daughters to attend.  

Register for the fall SAT at  Students may take any SAT up until the December date for Fall admission.  Be sure to register ASAP.  

Register for the ACT at  

*Naviance: Students need to complete their Senior Autobiography and request their letters of recommendation by September 15th. They can also now add their teachers (just teachers, adding counselors is not necessary) who will be writing their letters in their Naviance Family Connection accounts.  If you need to reset any passwords, please email Ms. Mahalak and she will reset it for you      

Schedule your senior fall meeting with Ms. Mahalak:  Email Ms. Mahalak to schedule your senior fall meeting today!  Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting.  

*Parent Response Form: Parents, if you have not done so already please complete the Parent Response Form and return it to the Counseling office as soon as possible.  We use this form to help write your daughter's letters of recommendation.  
2017 Parent Response.docx    2017 Parent Response.pdf

Personal Statement Writing Help:  If your daughter is looking for more support with her personal statement writing, please have her check in with Ms. Mahalak. She may also reach out to her English teachers. Ms. Mountain and Ms. Horan are also available to help your daughter's with their personal statements.  It is helpful to have more than one person read and review the personal statements.  

Helpful Links:

service opportunities

*Click HERE for Service Opportunities as posted to students through x2VOL for 2016-17 School Year.

*Homecoming Help Needed, Sunday, Sept. 18th - We are looking for 4-5 Mercy students from 9:15 - 11:00.  Girls would earn credit towards their supplemental Service Learning hours and would need to be in full Mercy Dress Uniform for the event. Students will help us with the coffee with the Sisters and hand out programs and help with corsages at the Mass. Please contact Carol Fraher at or by phone at 650.762.1192 if you can help.

Looking ahead to Service Opportunities sponsored by Mercy High School. Click HERE 2016-17 for dates and times.

If you have any questions about service opportunities please contact Mr. Diaz at

Tri-School Walk for Catholic Worker
Saturday, September 12 from

Students will earn 5 supplemental service learning hours...
see above for more info flyer, and permission form.

upcoming activities

The Mercy chapter of the Red Cross Club is holding a blood drive 

WHEN: September 14, 2016
WHERE: Mercy Green Room (off of Great Hall)
WHY:  Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend.  Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day. Some believe it is the right thing we do.

Donors Must be in good general health and feeling well, be at least 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent get form by clicking) and weigh at least 110 lb.  Click here for weight requirements.  We need at least 50 donors to make this happen.  So, we need family members to help with the donations.  Can you help?  If so, please Sign up HERE today! For more information contact Pat Bradley at Please ask your daughter to sign you up if you are unable to access the link above. Thank you!

Education travel

Wanna throw a shrimp on the barbie??? Fancy petting a koala??? How about boxing with a kangaroo??? Just kidding with the boxing! 

This summer the Visual and Performing Arts department will be traveling down under. We will begin our 15 day journey with stops in both New Zealand and Australia. 

For more information visit our website at:  or contact Mr. Ferguson at for more information.

Iceland is calling.  We are still trying to secure our school trip to Iceland.  

It is 5 days and 4 nights. The departure date will be Saturday April 15th, 2017. The price is about $2400 per student. This includes air, lodging, meals, transportation and much more! This is not just a sightseeing tour (although there is a chance you will witness the Aurora Borealis!) We pride ourselves on the STEM aspects of this trip such as geothermal and hydroelectric energy, geography, geology, earth science, volcanology and history.

Please take a moment to check out the details. This link will take you to the detailed itinerary, power point and a short video:

If you are interested, please contact Pat Bradley at  We will need to secure spots ASAP with a $200 deposit.  This is open to all grade levels!

Science Research Opportunity through 
Ecology Project International
Join us for a trip to the Galapagos Islands to explore their unique biodiversity!  There's no better laboratory for conservation and biology field studies! From the waters teeming with species found only here, to the highlands inhabited by giant tortoises, you'll work to understand and protect this fragile ecosystem.  We will be working behind the scenes at the Darwin Research Center, collecting data on the baby tortoises, snorkeling around various islands, and helping to clear out invasive species. Students will receive 20 core service hours.  The trip will be from July 10 – 21, 2017. Details can be found by clicking HERE.  Parents and alums are welcome to attend!  Please contact Jennifer Lambdin,, if you have questions. Here are some photos from our 2012 trip!

cafeteria specials

Lunch Order Form - to save time, students may fill out this form and drop off at the Cafeteria in the morning. Please Visit the cafeteria for our daily salad selections

Thursday, 9/8: Provolone and Pesto Foccacia Melts

Friday, 9/9: Shredded Beef Chimichunga, served with Chips and Salsa

*NEXT WEEK's Menu Sep12-Sept. 16

Monday:  Lemon Dill Chicken with Rice Pilaf  Fresh Lemon and Dill marinated chicken breast, grilled and served over a bed of our secret recipe Rice Pilaf drizzled with a creamy lemon dill gravy. served with a vegetable blend

Tuesday: Greek Style Meat Pasticcio  Short Tube Pasta layered with Greek Spiced Ground Beef, Baked in a White Béchamel Sauce Served with a house Green Salad

Wednesday:  Pulled Pork Sandwiches  Our secret blend of BBQ dry rubbed Pork Shoulder cooked at slow heat for perfect smokiness, Served on a fresh home made round Foccacia roll.  Served with a lightly seasoned Cabbage Salad to give you that clean taste...feel free to spread that in the sandwich

Thursday:  Chicken or Cheese Enchiladas  Corn tortillas filled with Mexican style shredded chicken and Cheese or a blend of cheeses, served in our own recipe of red Enchilada Sauce and sprinkled with Mexican cheese, served with Spanish Rice and salad

Friday:  Clam Chowder or  Vegetarian Chili Bread Bowl  Our own Home Made Recipe for both Soups, Creamy New England Clam Chowder Or our Magical Spice Blend with beans and vegetable served San Francisco style in a Freshly baked Sour Dough Bread Bowl......A must try :=)

Please visit the café for our continuously changing selections of gourmet salads and sandwiches...We thrive to provide you with best quality food.

Upcoming Events

Wedneday, September 14
Welcome BBQ for Parents

Friday, Sept. 16
Senior Night @ Giants Game

Thursday, September 22
MPC Mercy Moms' Mixer

Wednesday, September 28
MPC Mercy Dads' Night 



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