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August 26, 2015
Parent ENews


The Welcome Barbeque!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 6:30 p.m. 
The MPC Officers look forward to seeing all of our Mercy parents/guardians there!  For more information contact Jennifer Munsey, Advancment Event Coordinator, at

Mercy is pleased to announce the launch of
their New Website and Mobile App!

All school information

Bowlathon 2015 kickoff today!!  
Mercy High School’s Bowlathon is one of the highlights of the fall semester, thanks to the Student Body Officers (SBOs) who put on an amazing day for all of our Mercy students!  This is our annual student fundraiser, and the only time we ask our students to help us raise money.  With support from the entire student body, our goal is to raise over $55,000 for Mercy’s academic, extracurricular and athletic programs! 

  • Please click HERE for Head of School, Karan Hanrahan's letter regarding this year's Bowlathon, plus General Information, Sponsor Information, Important Dates, Prizes and Sponsorship Form.
  • Click HERE for the Bowlathon Online Donation Form

*Back to School Night
Thursday, September 3  -  7:00-9:30 pm
Join us for Back to School Night on the Mercy campus for an opportunity to take a walk in your daughter's footsteps. A schedule of the night's events will start with your daughter's first class and follow her entire schedule. Click here for the welcome letter and schedule.

  • Sophomore families are invited to an information session about the PSAT. This meeting will give families an opportunity to obtain information and ask questions about the test, which is administered in October. This session will begin at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall.
  • MPC needs your help with food donations, prep and parking for Back to School night!  Back to School Night Donation Signup 

*Make-up photos 
Did your daughter miss orientation? If so, then she also missed out on yearbook photos and she has not yet received an ID card.  The make up day is September 15th. Please remind your daughter to pick up her photo information sheet in the front office. All grades are required to take photos, but students are not required to purchase packages. 

SHUTTLE   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 

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.

*French Summer Homestay
Information Meeting - Saturday, Aug.29th 10:00-11:00am -  rm. 215

French summer homestay in Biarritz, France for sophomore, junior, and senior students of French. This summer's trip is scheduled for June 25-July 15. A great opportunity to live French and Basque culture and put to practice your daughter's language skills. Also included are 4 days in Paris at the end of the stay. We will have an information meeting this Saturday, August 29 from 10 am to 11am in room 215. For more information contact Liz Barthe at

*Travel to Yellowstone 
Spring Break 2016
Information Meeting in two weeks (TBA)
We have a very exciting travel opportunity for you scheduled for Spring Break 2016. This will be the opportunity of a lifetime.  Are you interested in wildlife?  Environmental issues?  Are you interested in learning about wolves?  How about bringing them back from the brink of extinction?  Bears?  Yellowstone?  Geysers?  Learning about ecology?  Would you like to experience SNOWSHOEING?  I mean really, how many of us have been on snowshoes?  Well, click here for flyer regarding our WINTER WILDLIFE ECOLOGY trip to Yellowstone scheduled for March 26, 2016 through April 3, 2016.  This 9 day adventure will excite and educate you.  Experience Yellowstone's geothermal wonders cloaked in snow, Track Yellowstone's wildlife on snowshoes, Soak in a geothermal heated river surrounded by a snowy landscape.

Are you interested?  All you need to do is let me know and we will schedule an informational meeting in the near future to secure your spot.Email me at if this is something you would love to do.  

new students and parents

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.

*Parking Information
PARKING... JUNIORS may now pick up Parking Applications in the Main Office.
Please be sure to return them with a copy of your driver's license and payment of $100 by FRIDAY August 28th at 3:00pm. Applications will be chosen via lottery for a limited number of available spots. Please note carpool and special circumstances on your application.  Read more...

*Juniors and Seniors interested in the
Science National Honor Society

Juniors and Seniors interested in the Science National Honor Society should turn in their filled out applications by this Friday, 8/28.


Important Date: September 8th is the night for mandatory attendance of Parents/Guardians for the fall team sport meetings. In addition to meeting the coaches of your daughter’s fall sport, Parents/Guardians will hear a presentation from the Positive Coaching Alliance Group.  The entire evening will be from 6:30-8:00pm. It is required a member of each family be in attendance.

*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 found in the Athletic Handbook. 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 can be found on the website under Athletics/Forms & Athletic Qualifications. 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: 
Tryout Locations will continue to be as follows - Click HERE for locations/dates.  Parents will not be allowed to watch/attend try-outs during the posted hours.

If you ever have any concerns/comments, please feel free to contact me, Charlie Dougherty, Athletic Director 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.


*MPC needs your help with food donations,
prep and parking for Back to School night!

Back to School Night Donation Signup

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

Welcome to the new school year! 
We wanted to let you know about some exciting changes in counseling.

Academic Counselors:
Michelle Macmillan (Sophomores/Seniors): 
Caroline O'Sullivan (Freshman/Juniors):

College Counselor:
Francesca Ohanessian - 

Wellness Counselor:
Joy Phillips -

*Seniors: Next Tuesday the counseling team will be hosting a college workshop during collaboration.  Please bring your personal statements to work on during collaboration on Tuesday! 

*Free SAT Practice Test on Saturday, September 19th from 9:00 until 1:15 at Mercy.  Sign up at  Please email Steve Hanson at for any questions. 

*College Visits: Click here for upcoming college visits which start Sept. 1.
Colleges and Universities will be visiting starting in early September.  The visit times will be posted in the E-News and in the Mercy School Calendar on our website.  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

*Tri-School Walk for Catholic Worker
Saturday, September 12 from

Help raise money for the Catholic Worker House in San Bruno, $40 donation.  Also bring socks to donate to the residents of the shelter!

Walk starts at Mercy High School 9:00 am
Ends at Catholic Worker Hospitality House, Saint Bruno Church, 555 San Bruno Ave., San Bruno (get picked up at St. Bruno's at 12:15 pm)

Sign up today on the Campus Ministry Door! Each participant is asked to raise $40, bring socks and walk for the Catholic Worker Hospitality House. Checks should be made out to: Catholic Worker Hospitality House. Please write walker's name on the memo line of each check. To Participate: Turn in Permission Slip & Donations to Campus Ministry by Wednesday, September 9.  Students will earn 5 supplemental service learning hours. 
Click HERE for flyer and permission slip.

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: 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.

Lunch Specials the Week of August 31st-Sept. 4th 
(click HERE for full description of the specials and vegitarian options.)
Lemon Dill Chicken with Rice Pilaf

Tuesday: Pasta Primavera 

Wednesday: Creamy Sheppard's Pie

Thursday: Talk about the Chicken Burrito....

 Friday: Meat Ball Sub

Don't forget to check out the variety of specialty Salads daily changing to fit your taste and busy schedule....and if you ask the day before for a specialty Salad, we will gladly prepare it for you. Feed back is greatly appreciated on menu and new items, we are here thriving to please your taste buds :=)

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

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

 Friday, September 11
Senior Tri-School Giants Night 



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