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Mercy High School Burlingame: Newsletter

August 21, 2013

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President’s Welcome Barbeque!   
Wed., August 21, 2013 - 6:30 p.m.
Join us tonight even if you haven’t replied!
President Karen Hanrahan and the Mercy Parents’ Club invite you to be their guest at this fun and casual kick-off to the new school year! Get to know other Mercy parents from the Classes of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as our 2013-2012 Mercy Parents' Club officers. For more information on the event click here.


*Dear Parents,

You will receive an email from Schoology with instructions to log in to your accounts.  After logging in, you will have access to view your daughter's courses and assignments.  

Please review the parent user guide at the following link:

You can download the Schoology App to your mobile device at the following link:

If any of your contact information needs to be changed, please call the main office at (650) 343-3631 to provide the updated information.

For student or parent Schoology related questions/assistance, please contact:

Michael Garcia
Education Technology Director


*Please see the Daily Announcements for information on...

Freshman Social, Friday, August 23rd @ Notre Dame

Senior Giants Game, Friday, Sept. 6th

Junior Class trip to Six Flags
, Sept. 7th

Click here for  Daily Announcements  or use the quicklink in the left hand column of this eNews.


*Asbestos Notification

This letter is to advise you that the Archidiocese of San Francisco and your school have participated in a program to identify and control asbestos-containing materials in your school building...
Click here for the Notification Letter


*Dear Senior Parents,

Many of you have already sent this parent response form back, thank you! I just wanted to provide an electronic copy (click here for Parent Response Form). Please feel free to email me or email directly to your daughter's counselor.

Camilla Behnke
Director of Counseling


*College Scholarships and
Best Way to find Scholarships

Click here for more information


*Order Your Senior Panoramic Photo

The Senior Panoramic picture was taken on Aug. 20th.
You can order a copy of this photo online at:


*Do you love to dance? Do you love to travel?

If yes, then join us this summer as the Mercy Dance department travels to London for an immersion in the arts.
July 21-29 Mr. Ferguson will embark on a 9 days trip across the pond to dance, see musicals, ballets and of course eat!

If you are interested in hearing more about the trip there will be a information meeting Tuesday September 10 in the Grasilli dance room at 6:30pm.

For more information on the trip click here.






*Mercy Burlingame is introducing their first ever online apparel store. Please visit the CrusaderWear store for
all of your Mercy Apparel needs!


 Click here to visit the store


*Please note this is the same location to purchase all Spirit Packs (student athletic apparel) for each athletic team as well as PE Uniforms.


Fill out your Bowl-a-thon Form!

Bowl-a-Thon/Phone-a-thon permission slip Your daughter won’t want to miss this year’s Bowl-a-thon! Make sure you’ve sent in her permission slip, as she cannot participate in the Bowl-a-thon during Mercy Week if her permission slip is not on file. Phone-a-thon is a wonderful service opportunity for your daughter. Please submit the form by Friday August 16. Click here to download the form.


The Princeton Review - SAT Course
begins August 24th
at Mercy Burlingame

Click here for flyer

Click here to sign up online


Tri-School Productions Announces Fall Play...
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare-
A comic hodge-podge of the Bard's great plays
Auditions Aug. 27 & 28th

Tri-School Productions is pleased to announce its Fall Play will be The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, a comic hodge-podge of the Bard's great plays.  We welcome Mercy ladies to audition for the show!   Auditions are Tuesday and Wednesday, August 27th and 28th at Serra.  To prepare for auditions:

  • sign up on line through the  website (link on the Mercy home page or click here)

  • prepare a monologue (COMIC!) of about 2 minutes, memorized of course!

  • if cast, expect after school rehearsals but which days and how many will be determined by your role

If you need help finding a monologue, please see Ms. Dittmer or Ms. Matthews.  We may have some suggestions from the director as well which will be posted on the webpage.

STAGE CREW is a wonderful way to get involved.  It looks like Saturdays will be the crew day for this show and the first day probably will be after Labor Day.  Jon Hayward, the tech director is setting the schedule but you are welcome to e-mail him your interest at

Parents who love theater, whether your daughter is involved or not are also welcomed to get involved with Tri-School!   More information will be forthcoming about our wonderful TriStars parent supporters.


*Tri-School Walk for
Catholic Worker

Saturday, September 14 from


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

Walk starts at Mercy High School 9:00 am
Ends at St. Bruno’s (get picked up at St. Bruno's at 12:15 pm)

Sign up today on the Campus Ministry Door!
Students will earn 5 supplemental service learning hours. Click here for flyer


*In a day of PRAYER, PRAISE and RIDES
Nor CAL on Fire
Sat. Sept. 22nd
7:00 am- 9:00 pm

This is where all the YOUTH in Northern California get together to Pray and have Mass and have fun together. If this is something you would be interested in doing please sign up on the Campus Ministry Door! Click here for flyer, for more information contact Angie Simonetti, Campus Minister, at


Looking for PR/Communications volunteers
Do you have experience with public relations or communications? We are looking for people to help promote our MPC events. You will work with Stephanie Ashe-Fee, MPC Communications Coordinator, to make sure the local communities know all about our events! Email Patricia Glasser or call her at 650-762-1199 if you’re interested.


Back-to-School Night
Thursday, September 5 - 7:00 p.m.
Don’t miss this informative evening for all Mercy parents/guardians at Mercy on Thursday, September 5th at 7:00 p.m. Meet your daughter’s teachers, see her classrooms, find out those all important details about her upcoming academic year. We look forward to a full house as all parents/guardians are expected to attend Back-to-School Night. Watch for more information in future e-Newsletters.

*Parking Volunteers needed for Back to School Night
We need volunteers to help us with parking at Back to School Night. You will help direct traffic to the various parking lots on campus from 6:30pm to 7:15pm (after 7:15 you can attend your daughter's classes). Contact Patricia Glasser if you can help. Thank you for your support!


All School Parent Social
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 6:00 p.m.
It says Freshman Parent Social on the calendar, but we’ve decided to invite all Mercy parents to join us for this social. Meet and chat with President Karen Hanrahan, Principal Ivan Hrga as well as other parents. Stay for the MPC meeting afterward at 7pm and find out more about getting involved with your daughter’s school!


Mercy Parents’ Club Meeting
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
Join us for the first Mercy Parents’ Club meeting of the school year. All parents/guardians are welcome. Enjoy refreshments, find out about upcoming MPC events and meet other parents. And who knows, you may be a lucky raffle winner! Click here to see all future MPC meeting dates.


Show your support for Mercy High School and the Mercy Parents’ Club by becoming a Presidential Sponsor!

Each Presidential Sponsor receives two tickets to MPC’s three major events:

Wine Tasting
Casino del Kohl
Martinis at the Mansion

Plus a special, private VIP reception with President Karen Hanrahan before Martinis at the Mansion! Click here to download the form.


Wine Tasting & Sale!
Thursday, September 19 - 6:30 p.m.
Join fellow wine lovers, vintners, and connoisseurs for an evening of tasting and conversation at the Kohl Mansion. Eleven wineries are scheduled to pour at this year’s event! Click here to see the list of wineries and other details. If you have wine or other items you would like to donate for our silent auction, please email Event Chair Sari Dimarumba or call her at 415-699-7179

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Online tickets will be available soon and watch for your invitation in the mail in the next week. Guests must be 21 or older. Contact Patricia Glasser at or 650-762-1199 with any questions.


Sign Up for eScrip to benefit Mercy!

Support Mercy High School by joining eScrip. Register your grocery club cards (like Safeway or Mollie Stones) and your debit and credit cards* and Mercy receives a percentage of your sales!

Sign up by visiting and follow their easy online registration process. Mercy Parent Club ID# 137617387.

If you are already a member, designate Mercy to receive proceeds from your purchases. 

Mercy families raised a total of $13,689.99 for the 2012 calendar year! We just reported our second highest month with eScrip participation at $1,482.41 during the month of June 2013! eScrip’s annual event of giving back 10% will run August 14 – September 10, 2013! This is a terrific opportunity to double your participation dollars!

To increase eScrip activity, encourage grandparents, aunts, uncles, inlaws, neighbors, etc. to participate in this fantastic program.

*eScrip maintains strict cardholder information security and participating merchants follow the same protocol. Your card will never be shared and used for anything by eScrip. To review eScrip’s privacy commitment, please visit:

If your credit/debit card has expired recently, make sure to update your expiration date on your eScrip account.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Cooney Eagles at Happy shopping with eScrip!


Office Depot Rewards

When back-to-school shopping at Office Depot, make sure to give them our Mercy HS number so we can earn 5%! Our Office Depot number is:  70006324. Or ask the sales associate to look it up by the name of the school. For more details, visit the Office Depot website:  Scroll to the bottom; under Specials click 5% Back to Schools Program


Fun Volunteering Opportunity!

Join us for an evening of beautiful music.

Music at Kohl Mansion offers exciting opportunities for Mercy parents and students to attend concerts, helping to organize elegant post-concert receptions where musicians and audiences mix and mingle over delicious refreshments.

This long standing Mercy and Music at Kohl Mansion tradition offers Mercy parents and students an opportunity to perform worthwhile community service. Concerts are held in the Kohl Mansion at 7pm on selected Sundays. Volunteers help to keep music alive on the Peninsula!


  • bring a dish (home-made or purchased) of yummy treats

  • assist with set-up and clean up of our post concert reception, including food preparation

  • greet, welcome and seat patrons; distribute programs, seating tickets

  • enjoy camaraderie and conversation with patrons, artists, fellow Mercy parents  and volunteers

  • volunteer with your daughter who can earn service credits

  • treat yourself to a wonderful concert!



October 20         6:00-10:00 pm       Fine Arts Quartet

November 10      6:00-10:00 pm       Alexander String Quartet with Joyce Yang, piano

December 15      6:00-10:00 pm       A Night at the Opera-Gala Holiday Concert

January 12          6:00-10:00 pm       Pianist Garrick Ohlsson

February 2           6:00-10:00 pm       Trio Cavatina with Samuel Rhodes, viola

March 9                6:00-10:00 pm      Miró Quartet

April 13                6:00-10:00 pm       Ariel String Quartet

May 4                  6:00-10:00 pm       Henschel Quartett

Student volunteers earn community service credit.

OR if volunteering doesn’t interest you, we invite you to simply attend a concert and just

enjoy the outstanding acoustics of the Great Hall and listen to world class performers.

For more information, please contact Yvonne Wun at Music at Kohl Mansion(650) 762-1130 or; Complete information at


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