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August 19, 2015
Parent ENews

Don't Miss Out on
The Welcome Barbeque!
Click here to RSVP today !
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

All school information

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.

   Does your daughter take the shuttle from Millbrae Bart to Mercy in the morning?  If so, the schedule has changed, so please read this carefully.  Mercy is doing one High School Shuttle pick up, and for all others, we are using the North Burlingame Shuttle, which drops everyone off at the chapel on campus.  Please see the schedule below.  There are 4 pickups in the morning now:

6:37-North Burlingame Shuttle
6:59-North Burlingame Shuttle
7:20-Mercy High School Shuttle
7:31-North Burlingame Shuttle
7:31 is the last shuttle of the morning.

Mercy Scrip Programs
Help support Mercy with your everyday shopping!

*Mercy's Cashless Card Program
CASHLESS CARD UPDATE: Mercy Cashless Card system will be up and running effective Monday, August 24th. Deposits may be made into the system now and students will be able to use their ID cards for payments on Monday. 

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.

*Travel to Dublin/London
Spring Break 2016
Please follow this link to see more on pricing and itinerary.
 If you have any questions contact Angie Simonetti at

*Travel to Italy and Greece
Summer 2016
Click here for more information on the trip.
  For more info contact Gary Ferguson at

The Dublin/London and Italy/Greece tours will remain open for enrollment until September of 2015. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to ask Mr. Ferguson or Ms. Simonetti. We will also be having an information meeting in August of 2015 for all EFtours.

new students and parents

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.

*Freshman Social!
Mercy/Serra/Notre Dame

Friday, August 28 - 7:30-9:30p
Welcome to our newest Freshman Class! 
 To celebrate your entry into High School, you're invited to the Freshman Social at Notre Dame Belmont.  Last year, 95% of our Freshmen attended, and we'd love to get 100% this year!  Come enjoy socializing and dancing to the music of DJ Andrew Verducci. Tickets are on sale in the SBO office. You must have a permission slip to purchase a ticket. Click here for Permission Slip.

Place: Notre Dame Belmont
Price: $12
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Junior & Senior parents

*Senior Tri-School Giants Night
Friday, September 11 - 5:00-11:30pm
The Senior Tri-School Giants Night is right around the corner on September 11th.  Let's watch San Fran beat the Padres with the Serra and Notre Dame Seniors! $25 includes your ticket and transportation to and from the game.  Forms must be turned in in order to purchase your ticket. As per usual, space is limited.  Click here for Permsion Slip.

Junior and Senior Student Parking Information
Seniors will have priority in applying for parking until Friday, August 21st.


*Very Important: Every student who is trying out for a fall sport must be fully registered with the Appryse system. If not, the student will not be placed on a team. You must click the Appryse link on the website under Athletic forms or click here, follow registration process, upload health form and sign parent consent. Once fully completed, you will receive an email back confirming you are fully registered. If you have not received email, you are missing some steps. Again, this must be completed before your daughter can participate on a team.

Any student athlete participating in a fall sport must turn in both the athlete and guardian contract. Once final rosters are set for the fall teams, if the signed forms by both student and guardian are not turned in, the student will not be allowed to practice. Click on the link and make a copy of the contract after you have read the Handbook. The Athletic Handbook and forms needed to play a sport can be found at the bottom of the Sports Tryouts page. Completed forms must be returned to the Athletic Director or to the main office.

All students who still have uniforms from this last year, you need to turn them back to the athletic director as soon as possible.

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


VOLUNTEER to help with the Welcome BBQ: 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

*Bowl-a-Thon Donation counters needed!
Mercy's All Student Fundraiser kicks off Next week, if you are interested in helping add up donations please email Jennifer Munsey in the Mercy Advancement Department!

College Counseling

*College Visits: Colleges and Universities will be visiting starting in early September.  The visit times will be posted in the E-News and in the Mercy Calendar.  Be sure to check daily and remind your daughter's to attend. 

Seniors should be updating their naviance with the colleges they are applying to. If you or your student have lost your Naviance username and password, please email for your username and your password will be reset.

*Parent Repsonse Form: This form was mailed to you over the summer, please complete this form and email or send it back to the counseling office.  Another copy of this form may be found on the school website under College Counseling. 

Senior Autobiography:
 Seniors should be completing the Senior Autobiography located in Naviance.  Please encourage your students to complete this form as we use it to write their letters of recommendation.

Letters of Recommendation:
 Students should begin asking their teachers for letters of recommendation.  They need to provide their teacher with their Document Request Form (found in the counseling office).  One copy will go to the teacher, one for themselves, and one for the college counselor, Mrs. Ohanessian.  

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. 


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

Thank you to all who helped in the Mercy Student Garden on August 15th! 

Natalie Totah, Josephine Dugoni, Mary Milliken, Anna Milliken, Julia Hurley, Caitlyn McGuigan, Amanda Aquilio, Sophia Morey, Ms. Morey, and Caremela Roque.

Supplemental Service 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.

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 NEW and improved daily salad selections

Thursday: Lasagna
Friday: BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich

Lunch Specials the Week of August 24th
(click here for full description of the specials and vegitarian options.)
Monday: Homemade Mac and Cheese
Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
Wednesday: Pizza...Pizza...Pizza
Thursday: Beef Broccoli
Friday: Minimum day. Sandwiches and Salads can be pre-ordered in the morning to pick up at break or after school.
We will not be making lunch after school.

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 7:30-9:30PM

Thursday, September 3
Back-to-School Night
Mercy High School • 7:00-9:30PM




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