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August 12, 2015
Parent ENews

Classes begin Monday! 

Faculty and staff have been on campus all week prepping for what we know will be a fun and successful school year. Looking forward to freshman orientation tomorrow and welcoming back the rest of the students at their orientation Friday!

All school information

2015-2016 Book List
The 2015-2016 Book List is online 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!

*School Supply Drive
August 17 - August 21

The Campus Ministry Department will be collecting school supplies for resident students at Mercy Housing's affordable housing units in Visitacion Valley.  The drive will be held from August 17 - August 21.  Students can drop off their donations in front of the Mansion between 7:40-8:00 am.  Items needed include: binders, divider tabs, notebooks, two pocket folders, pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, rulers, binder paper and glue sticks.
If you have any questions please contact Angie Simonetti at 650 762-1149.

*Mercy's Cashless Card Program - Sign ups for the new school year are now available! Mercy High School, Burlingame 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 swipe of a student’s ID card. There is NO fee to enroll!!

1.  Current families who are already enrolled in the program can continue to use the same username and password on to access their account and load funds.

2.  Enrollment for incoming freshman families, or any family not yet registered for the cashless card program, can be completed by going to You will need your daughter’s unique student ID to enroll which is located on your daughter’s school ID card or you can contact Elaine Wong in the business office at

3.  For detailed instructions and a list of frequently asked questions on our cashless card program, please click HERE.

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!

Tri-School Frosh Splash!

Friday, August 21 - 3:00-5:00pm
@ Serra High School Aquatics Center
 Mercy ~ Serra ~ Notre Dame

Click here for more information

All Mercy girls must turn in their permission form to the main office by Thursday, Aug. 20th.

Junior & Senior parents

Junior and Senior Student Parking Information


*Senior College Applications:
Applications are now available for Common App and the University of California

The Common App is available now at  Begin completing your application today! 
The UC application is also available at
The CSU application will be available on October 1st.

*Need to take the SAT this fall?
Register for the October SAT by September 3rd!
Click here to register:

*Need to take the ACT this fall?
Register for the October ACT by  September 18th!  Click here to register:

*Schedule your Family College Meeting with Mrs. Ohanessian:
Mrs. Ohanessian will be available for late office hours the week of August 31st to discuss the college application process.  Email her at to schedule your family college meeting as soon as possible.  


*Special Notice for Strength and Conditioning: 
As a result of Freshmen Orientation on Thursday, August 13, there will be no morning conditioning from 9-11am.

Any student athlete participating in a fall sport
must fill out the athlete/parent contract which is found at the end of the Athletic Handbook. The Athletic Handbook and forms needed to play a sport can be found at the bottom of the Sports Tryout page of the website. Completed forms must be returned to the Athletic Director or main office.

All students who still have uniforms from this last year
,  need to turn them back to the athletic director as soon as you return to school on August 17.

Co-coaches to lead Mercy volleyball
- Chris Balestrieri and Nicole Rathman are longtime volleyball fixtures on the Peninsula
click here to read full article in the The Daily Journal

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

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 or
I am looking forward to a great year with Mercy athletics.

Charlie Dougherty
Athletic Director

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

Roxane!  That's the Tri-School Fall Play this year!  You may not be familiar with this contemporary take-off on the classic play, Cyrano de Bergerac, but it promises to be a fun show and great experience for actors.  If you have any interest in trying theater OR have been in our productions before, PLEASE consider auditioning!  Go to for audition details.  We don't have stage crew information just yet. But if you have any questions you can let me know!  Pam Matthews


*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! 
VOLUNTEER:  If you would like to Volunteer to help with the Welcome Barbeque please click here to sign up. For more information contact Jennifer Munsey, Advancment Event Coordinator, at


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

*CORE Opportunity!
Where: Mercy Student Garden (Behind the Cafeteria)
When: Saturday, August 15
Time: 9am-12pm
Bring: Gloves, Clippers & rakes if you have them
Wear: Loose fitting clothes & cover up! You'll be bending
Contact: Mr. Diaz, OR just show up!
We love to have you help!

Supplemental Serice Hours Opportunity

Agency: TALK: Teaching &  Assessing Language for KIds
Need: Long term volunteers for their Burlingame office
Click here for flyer with detailed information

*Volunteer at Mills Peninsula Hospital
If any of you are interested in volunteering at Mills Peninsula Hospital, please read below. Several students have volunteered there in the past and had nothing but good and positive things to say.  From Mills: We just opened our application window this week.  Applications are available in my office – students can come by or call and we can send them out.  They are due back to us by 5p on 8/31.  We will interview in September and have orientation scheduled for Thur 10/22.  It takes our candidates a few weeks to get through the health testing and on-line training.  Please have interested students contact me via email, or by calling my office at (650) 696-2465, option 1.

Music at Kohl

Mercy Students & Parents
Join us for an evening of beautiful music.

Music at Kohl Mansion offers exciting opportunities for Mercy students and parents to attend concerts as volunteers, helping to organize fun and 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 students and parents 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!
Click here for more information, concert dates and duties.

Please contact Yvonne Wun Program Administrator at 650.762.1130 or if you'd like to join us this season - come for one concert, or all eight!

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 21
Tri-School Frosh 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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