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Dec. 10, 2014

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*Storm on Thursday?!

Depending upon which weather report you read/see/hear there is a potential for a “major storm,” “worst storm in 10 years,” or simply a “storm” beginning Wednesday night through Thursday evening. We will keep an eye on what is happening and will monitor our campus.

If, for any reason, Mercy High School would need to close we will send announcements through our emergency channel – Alert Solutions. Depending upon the settings you selected you may hear from the school through email or text message. Information will also be posted on Schoology.

While we don’t expect an emergency we just wanted to prepare you for any eventuality.

*Noon Update – Wednesday

The latest forecasts for Burlingame from and the National Weather Service indicate rain beginning overnight; winds picking up starting at 6:00 a.m. (25-30 mph). The heaviest wind and rain are expected in this area from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. The winds dissipate after 2:00 but heavy rain continues through 4:00 p.m.

Thursday was supposed to be Pajama Day at Mercy. Since there is nothing worse than wet flannel pajamas, we will announce to the girls at the end of school today that Pajama Day has been moved to Friday and Thursday will actually become Rudolph the Red-Nosed RainGEAR Day. The girls should wear rain gear or clothing that can get wet and use hoods, hats or umbrellas between Russell and the Mansion.  If conditions warrant and it appears to be unsafe outside, we will not have the girls pass between buildings.

Also, we will talk to the girls about safe driving to and from school. If conditions in your area (especially along the coast) are horrible and you are concerned about hazardous driving situations please just call and let us know your daughter will be out on Thursday.

Weather forecasting being an inexact science, it is truly impossible to really know what this storm will bring to all of our neighborhoods until it happens. We will need to be flexible and deal with whatever happens as we go through tomorrow.

Karen Hanrahan
Head of School


Holiday Food Drive

for Second Harvest Food Bank
Dec. 8-12
Collecting in front of the Mansion 7:20am-8:00am


Mercy Dance Presents...

"The Elf on a Shelf"

Saturday, Dec. 13th
Skyline College Auditorium


*The Athletic Program Needs You!

Please support Athletics and attend our next Boosters Club Meeting on Wednesday, December 17th at 6PM in Room 109.


AP Forms and Fees Due Dec. 18

Fees for AP exams are $91 this year. Please write checks to Mercy High School and return the form to Janet Morello in Russell Hall ( If your daughter is enrolled in a Tri-School AP class, forms are due to that school. Print the form here. Forms are due Thursday, Dec. 18. 


*Father Daughter Dance- Save the Date!

Friday January 30, 2015 will be this year's Father Daughter Dance.  Make sure to mark your calender for this special evening for Dads and Daughters.  If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Event Coordinator Jennifer Munsey at 650-762-1199 or


*Save the Date for Martinis at the Mansion!

Saturday March 14, 2015 at the Historic Kohl Mansion, transformed for a night you wont forget!!!  To get involved with the planning of this event, contact Event Coordinator Jennifer Munsey at 650-762-1199 or


*Shop Amazon/eScrip or on the eScript Online Mall! Let your shopping benefit Mercy High School Burlingame.

Use Escrip Online Mall for Christmas shopping! There are many stores to choose from as well as Shop Amazon! This extra step earns free money for Mercy. 

If you are already a member, designate Mercy to receive proceeds from your purchases. Also make sure to update your expired cards on your eScrip account.

If you are not signed up for eScript, visit and follow their easy online registration process. Mercy Parent Club ID# 137617387.

For more information click here or if you have any questions, please contact Judy Ajam, MPC Treasurer. Happy shopping with eScrip!


*Financial Assistance Program for 2015-2016
Mercy High School recognizes that families have varying financial needs and make financial sacrifices which include adjusting spending priorities and maximizing both parents’ earnings to provide their daughters with a strong academic education. The Financial Assistance Program at Mercy strives to help those families who, even with personal sacrifices, have a difficult time meeting the full tuition obligation. Awards are made for a one-year period, families must re-apply each year.

The application process is fair and confidential. Assessments are done by an outside firm (TADS) that specializes in school financial assistance programs. Financial aid awards are made based on a family’s demonstrated need and the availability of school funds.

All families who would like to be considered for financial assistance for the 2015-2016 school year must complete an online financial aid application. Applications must be submitted by February 6, 2015* with all necessary documentation.  This link will direct you to our website for further information and the online TADS application.  Please contact Lynn Beal at 650-762-1101 or if you have any questions.

Please note returning 10th, 11th and 12th grade families must apply by February 6, 2015. Families that have both an applying 8th grader and returning student must meet the December 15th deadline. Late applications will be processed and reviewed, but meeting the appropriate deadline is strongly recommended.


SAT Prep Classes
Now Offered During Collaboration: Sign Up!

Junior parents, please consider registering your daughter for a 9-week SAT prep session starting Jan. 13 and running through March 13. For the first time, Mercy will offer these classes during Collaboration and late starts, for students who are busy with extra-curricular activities after school. The class is heavily discounted at $660 (30% off the normal price) through AJ Tutoring. Students who receive financial aide can apply for a scholarship by contacting Lynn Beal at Click here for flyer.

To sign up, please contact Patrick at pat@ajtutoring or (650) 331-3251 ext. 704

Need a Last Minute
Holiday Gift?

For only $8 each, these sweet and seasonal treats make the perfect holiday gifts for family, friends and co-workers. In an adorable, reusable mason jar, these delicious cookie mixes can be used year round. Choose from Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle, or Peppermint mix.

Order form must be turned into the Main Office by Dec. 8th, payment included! You will be contacted as to when your order is ready for your daughter to pick up in room 115. Once we fulfill all orders, jars will be sold during both lunches.

Click here for Order Form
Please make all checks out to Mercy High School. Thank you!

~ Grandma T’s ~ The 4th Period Economics Class
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Attention parents of freshmen and sophomores! Do want want your daughter to be involved with the UN?! We have an amazing opportunity for her.

A Model United Nations Conference @ The Nueva School

Nueva School is proud to be hosting their first Model UN conference March 7-8, 2015 at the Nueva Upper School campus (131 E 28th Ave, San Mateo). The conference is open for all students grades 6-10, and only Nueva, Menlo, and Crystal Springs and Mercy have been invited to attend.

We’re trying to make a cohesive conference that provides enough challenge for everyone, while still not too intense for new delegates. Since the conference is local and low cost, we think it would be a great first experience for students who have never tried Model UN before. Experienced delegates have advanced committees and topics available to make sure they’re challenged as well.

Registration is open at and will close on December 20th. I’m really looking forward to having Mercy students there! 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Summer Dittmer


Dear students and parents,

As we approach the finals time of year it is time to get your academics in order.  Do you need a tutor in that challenging math class?  How about needing a tutor for learning how to do mole conversions in chemistry We have a list of peer tutors for math and science.  These girls are willing to tutor your student in the upcoming months.  All your student has to do is email the tutor and set up a convenient time on campus to meet.  Best times are before school, after school or during collaboration study times in the ASC or some other convenient location.  The tutoring list can be found on the link below:
 Peer Tutoring List 2014-15 (This link can be viewed with the google drive app on iPad or iPhone, can be viewed on a pc without issue.)

Patricia Bradley


First Semester Finals

Your daughter's finals are a month away! Over Thanksgiving break please take time to review her schedule with her:

Monday, December 15

  • 8-10AM: 4th Period Final
  • 11-1PM: 6th Period Final

Tuesday, December 16

  • 8-10AM: 1st Period Final
  • 11-1PM: 5th Period Final

Wednesday, December 17

  • 8-10AM: 2nd Period Final
  • 11-1PM: 3rd Period Final

Thursday, December 18

  • 8-10AM: 7th Period Final

*** Please note that zero period finals will be taken during the last two class periods the week of December 8th. ***

The cafeteria will be open for breakfast Monday- Thursday and for lunch Monday- Wednesday of Finals Week.

Students are only expected to be on campus when they have finals so if your daughter only has one final on a particular day she only needs to come to campus for that final time slot. Please make sure your daughter arrives to school at least fifteen minutes before the start of her finals in order to ensure that minimal distractions occur at the beginning of each exam. Students may wear free dress during finals week. 


SENIOR PARENTS: If you are interested in purchasing a Senior Ad for the yearbook, please click here to view all pricing and due date information.   Deadline to create AND submit your ad is Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.


Tis the season to begin planning Christmas gifts!  Do you need a gift idea?  How about hosting a Japanese Exchange Student in March or a trip to Japan with Mercy next June!  Mercy families have the opportunity to welcome a Japanese Exchange Student into their families from March 5th-15th and make lifelong memories.  We also have an exciting, adventurous trip planned to Japan from June 1st-10th, with visits to universities and historical museums about World War II.  For more information, please contact Julia Wang at or 650-762-1105.

- Host Family Letter/Application/Questionnaire
- Outbound to Japan Itinerary/Application & Payment info


Mercy Library Hours

Regular Schedule
Monday-Thursday 7am-5pm
Friday 7am-4pm

Upcoming Schedule Changes
Monday, December 15 - Thursday, December 18 is the week of Finals and the Mercy Library will be closed during this time.

Please plan accordingly


Cafeteria Menu

Lunch Order Form  - 
to save time, students may fill out this form and drop off at the Cafeterina in the morning.

*Cafeteria Specials for Dec. 11 - Dec. 12

Thursday:  Pizza....Pizza...Pizza  As you know by now...Our home made Pizza dough with our secret recipe Pizza sauce , Grade A Mozzarella cheese and your choice of:  Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni, Margarita Pizza, Pesto Chicken or our Own Mediterranean Pizza ( Za'tar spice, olive oil, Feta cheese and tomatoes

Friday:  Orange Glazed Chicken with Steamed Rice and Asian veggie blend  Tender chunks of chicken breast stir fried and glazed with our home made orange glaze with bites of bell peppers and onions, served with Steamed rice and Asian veggies


*Thank you from
Kohl Mansion!

We would like to thank you for supporting the Kohl Mansion's Café de Kohl!  We had an outstanding evening filled with Holiday Cheer!  So many of our Mercy community helped in making the event go smoothly!  We are most appreciative of this support and hope you are enjoying the Mansion's decorations especially since it is our 100th year.  If anyone would like to purchase COMMEMORATIVE GIFTS  such as the original slate from the Mansion's roof or other ornament treasures, please come by our office!  We have beautiful treasures for our community to have in their own homes.   

We are extremely proud of the Kohl Mansion and the
Mercy Community!!

Terri Baldocchi and Dianne Devin

Kohl Mansion


¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

*Special two-for-one offer for Mercy Families, Faculty and Staff!

Please join us for the Kohl Mansion 100th Anniversary Grand Finale Concert on Sunday December 14 at 7pm featuring JOHN SANTOS SEXTET & VNOTE ENSEMBLE.

Bay Area Latin Jazz superstar and 5-time
GRAMMY nominee John Santos and his Sextet will be joined by Venezuelan Jazz-Fusion multi-instrumentalist Jackeline Rago and her VNote Ensemble for a rousing concert and celebration to conclude a year of festivities marking the Kohl Mansion's 100th anniversary. Doors open at 6pm.

Presented in association with Kohl Mansion and Mercy High School Burlingame. Sponsored by the Sam Mazza Foundation. Proceeds benefit the Kohl Mansion Restoration and Enhancement Fund.

*Special Pricing for Mercy High School Families, Faculty and Staff:  Buy one Great Hall seating ticket at $75 and get one free! (Includes one complimentary beverage and one snack.) No host beverage and snack bar available.

Offer expires on Thursday, December 11 at 4pm. Please call the Music at Kohl Mansion office for this special pricing: 650.762.1130. Info:


Fun Volunteering Opportunity!

Our next concert is our Holiday Gala Concert on Sunday evening, December 21 featuring Musica Pacifica. Anyone interested in joining us with front of house duties (distributing programs, taking tickets, ushering) and/or reception help (preparing food and beverages, clean up, serving, etc.), please contact Yvonne Wun at 650.761.1130 or


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