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August 5, 2015
Parent ENews

Welcome to the start of a new year!

The Mercy High School faculty and staff would like to welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year! Whether you are returning or joining us for the first time, we are very excited to begin a new school year with all of you as integral members of our community.

Each Wednesday Mercy sends out this Parent eNews which has all the information you need to keep up-to-date on all things Mercy! It includes:

  • student events and activities
  • upcoming parent events and meetings
  • all Athletic information - games, dates, locations and updates
  • updates and important information about school policies and procedures
  • volunteer opportunities

Please make sure to read this important communication each week to stay connected!
Periodic emails will be sent with special notices and grade-specific information.

It is essential that your email address is up to date in order to receive important communications from Mercy. Please notify our Registrar, Stephanie Montoya, if your email should change. Thank you!

Check our website often for additional information

All school information

2015-2016 Book List
The 2015-2016 Book List is online now. Please order your books now. Email department chairs with any questions.

Order Your Daughter's Back-to-School Photos
Picture day is Friday, Aug. 14th. In preparation for the start of the school year we would like to provide you with some information regarding how to order your daughter's Back to School photos. In the Summer Mailing you received a Lifetouch order form, please fill out the form enclose the exact payment (cash or check made payable to Lifetouch) and have your daughter bring it with her picture day (pdf of form). You may also place your order online at If you have any additional questions regarding how to order pictures please contact Assistant Head of School for Student Life, Summer Dittmer, at  Thank you!

Full Uniform Orientation and Photos
Friday, August 14th
8:30AM-11:30AM - Freshman and Juniors
12:00PM - 2:00PM Freshman Tech Orientation
(lunch will be provided)
12:30PM-2:30PM - Sophomores and Seniors

Health Forms
Mercy is using a new health form this year. All Mercy students, whether playing a sport or not, are required to register on the Appryse system for their health information.
For more information click here.

Morning drop off and afternoon pick up

School Uniform Policy
Please take a moment to review the
School Uniform Policy.  The flats required for the formal uniform are defined as non-tennis shoe footwear that is entirely black. Black TOMS will be acceptable. Please also note that school socks may not have any logos on them. For questions regarding the school uniform, please contact Assistant Head of School for Student Life, Summer Dittmer, at

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!  It’s easy!  It’s Fun!  It’s Powerful!

new students and parents

New Students & Parents Welcome Mass and Reception
Wednesday, August 12th - 6:30 pm 
On Wednesday, August 12th, all incoming freshmen, transfer students and their parents are invited to join us for the Welcome Mass to be held in the Chapel at 6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Sequoia Room. Please enter the gates leading to Mercy Retreat Center and park in the Forest or Lake lots for this event (follow the balloons!)  For more information please contact Patricia Glasser, Director of Admissions, at 650.762.1114 or

Freshman Orientation

Thursday, August 13th - 8:30-12:30pm
Thursday, August 13th is Freshman Orientation from 8:30am-12:30pm. Students can wear free dress on this day.

All School Full Uniform Orientation and Photos 

Friday, August 14th 
8:30AM-11:30AM - Freshman and Juniors Orientation and Photos - 
Full Uniform required this day.
12:00-2:00PM Freshman Tech Orientation.  Lunch will be provided.

Freshman and Transfer Parent Orientation 

Tuesday, August 18th 
6:30-8:30PM  Learn everything you need to know about being a Mercy parent, including communications with faculty and staff; keeping up with your daughter's tests, assignments and grades; athletics, clubs, activities...what will your daughter be involved with and more! Attendance is highly encouraged!

Junior & Senior parents

Junior and Senior Student Parking Information


Sports Tryouts

  • Tryouts for Fall Sports Begin on Monday, August 17: All returning Mercy student athletes that plan to play a fall sport will be required to try-out for their respective team.
  • Tryouts for Freshmen Students Begin on Monday, August 24: Any incoming freshman student who plans to play a fall sport will be required to try out for their respective team.
  • Click here for Tryout Locations, Times and more information
  • Parents will not be allowed to watch/attend try-outs during the posted hours.

All Sports Participants Please review and sign the Athletic Handbook

* Please add Charlie Dougherty, Mercy Athletic Director, to your email address book so that your internet service provider will know that he is a safe sender and his emails will be delivered to your inbox and not to spam. Thank you!

Visual and performing arts

Fall Play Auditions
Tuesday, August 25th - 3:30-6:30pm
Gellert Auditorium at Serra High School
Click here to sign up for an audition

mercy parent club

Welcome Barbeque!    
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 6:30 p.m. 
Head of School Karen Hanrahan and the Mercy Parent 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, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 as well as our 2015-2016 Mercy Parent Club officers.  Find out about MPC events, get signed up for volunteer opportunities, pick out some Mercy gear and enjoy some delicious barbeque! The MPC Officers look forward to seeing all of our Mercy parents/guardians there! If you would like to sign-up to help or be part of the Barbeque Team, please contact Jennifer Munsey

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 21
Freshman Splash
Serra High School • 3:00pm

Wednesday, August 26
Welcome BBQ
Mercy High School • 6:30-8:30PM

Friday, August 28
Mercy/Serra/Notre Dame
Notre Dame 7:00-9:00PM





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