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September 2, 2015
Parent ENews

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.

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Today at Mercy

*PowerSchool Access If you need to access the parent or student PowerSchool portal, please use your web browser on your computer, tablet, or other mobile device. The app is currently unavailable. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Montoya via email or at 650-762-1111.

*Great first Week for Bowlathon 2015!!! 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

*ALL PARENTS- Do you do drop off in the morning?  If so, please use your blinker when turning in the Main Gate.  Then, follow the arrows and stay on the correct side of the road.  It is very important for you to drive slowly, not only when on campus, but when driving on our local neighborhood streets.  We have had a couple near misses, and we want to avoid any accidents or injuries. Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any drop-off questions, please contact Summer Dittmer at

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. 

Mercy Scrip Programs
Help support Mercy with your everyday shopping!

*Mercy's Cashless Card Program 
Credit Card Option for Cashless Card System - At the request of a number of parents we have now activated the Credit Card button in the Cashless card System. To add money to your daughter's card, which is used for the Mercy lunch program, you can now use credit cards, debit cards, checks and cash. To access the system use this link  To learn more about the Cashless Card program click here.

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

*French Summer Homestay
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. For more information contact Liz Barthe at

*Travel to Yellowstone 
Spring Break 2016
Informational Meeting, Thurs. Sept. 3rd, 2:40pm, Room 104R for about 15 minutes
Sign up information, costs, deadlines and any questions will be discussed.  This is open to students and parents if they are interested.

For more info click here for flyer regarding our WINTER WILDLIFE ECOLOGY trip to Yellowstone scheduled for March 26, 2016 through April 3, 2016. For more info email Pat Bradley at

Junior & Senior parents

*Seniors may wear free formal dress for your Panoramic Photo this Thursday.  Pants and long skirts are suggested. If you choose to wear a short dress, MAKE SURE IT IS NO MORE THAN 4 INCHES ABOVE THE BACK OF THE KNEE.

*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. There are a handful of Giants tickets left.  Get your forms and money turned in ASAP if you plan on attending the September 11th game.

*Juniors Six Flags Trip
Saturday, September 26, 9:30am-5:00pm
Juniors, your Six Flags trip is right around the corner. Pick up the permission form in the main office or click HERE. Return your forms and payment to Mrs. Dittmer

Mercy Parent Club

*Mercy Parent Club Meeting 
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. 
Join us for the first MPC meeting of the school year which will feature Head of School Karen Hanrahan, and a special ribbon cutting ceremony in the newly renovated Library and Student Learning Resource Center, located in Russell Hall.  This First meeting of the year will focus on everything NEW at Mercy! All parents/guardians are welcome. Enjoy refreshments, find out about upcoming MPC events and meet other parents. For Questions please contact Jennifer Munsey at

*Welcome BBQ a wonderful evening! Many thanks to the Mercy Parent Club for hosting the Welcome BBQ for parents last Wednesday! All classes were represented as 250 parents enjoyed the delicious meal and had the opportunity to meet faculty, staff and the MPC Officers for 2015-2016. Special thanks go to event Chairs Colette Grady and Teri Martin!! Thank You to everyone who donated and volunteered the night of the event; Siu Lataimua, Carol Kolski, Carol Panasuk Natalie Drozinski, Scott Milliken, Lorin Flynn,  Delea Magana, Kelley Chawke, Melanie Rivera, Jane Rumb Patricia Bradley, Patricia Naughton, Kelley Chawke, Bernadette Hurley, Delea Magana and Joy Stanton. (we apologize if we left any names out)


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 has made a fall sport must be fully registered with the Appryse system. You must click the Appryse link on the website under Athletics/Forms or click here, follow registration process, upload health form and sign parent consent. If you have trouble uploading the health form on the site, bring your completed form to the office and it will be put in the system for you. 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 handbook link and print a copy of the contract after you have read the handbook. The Athletic Handbook can be found on the website under Athletics/Forms & Athletic Qualifications. The contracts to be signed are at the end of the handbook. The completed contracts 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. We are still missing many uniforms. Just a warning: Starting this fall sports season, uniforms will be tracked. If not returned, families will be charged a replacement fee.

*Any Parent who is available and/or willing to drive students to games must turn in all the paperwork to the main office in order to be cleared to drive. This would be for your own car or a school van. The forms can be downloaded from the Mercy website on the Athletics/Forms & Athletic Qualifications page. 

*Fall team pictures will take place on September 9 and 10.

  • On September 9 team pictures will be:
    • 2:30pm Cross Country
    • 3:00pm JV and Varsity Volleyball
    • 4:00pm JV and Varsity Tennis
    • 4:30pm JV and Varsity Water Polo
  • On September 10: team pictures will be as follows:
    • 2:30pm Frosh Volleyball
    • 3pm Golf
    • 3:15 Cheer and Dance

Fall Team locations will continue to be as follows: 

  • Golf: San Bruno Golf Center which is located at 2101 Sneath Lane, San Bruno. The practice schedule for Aug 31-Sept 3 will be MON-THURS. The following week schedule for Sept 8-10 will be TUES-THURS. 3:30-5:00pm.
  • Tennis: Mercy High Tennis Courts: Hours for the practice will be 3:00-4:30pm.
  • Water Polo: Serra High School/Mercy High School: Monday-Friday. JV will take place from 3:00-5:00pm. Varsity at Serra will take place from 6:15-8:15pm
  • Cross Country: Meet in the Mercy High patio area near the Rose Garden. Practices will be Monday-Friday starting at 3:00-5:00pm, rain or shine. Any athlete who is able to make this commitment and adhere to the workouts will make the team.
  • Cross Country has their first event on Friday Sept 4 vs. Westmoor at the Crystal Springs Course.
  • Volleyball Practices:  Times will be: Frosh 3:30-5:30pm, JV 5:30-7:30pm and Varsity 7:00-9:30pm…… For the week of Aug 31-Sept 3, all practices will be held at Serra at normal times. However, on September 4, practice will at the Sportshouse from 5:30-7:30pm for all 3 teams on Court 3. 

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.

College Counseling

*College Visits have started on Mercy's Campus! Juniors and Seniors should have received the College Rep Calendar.  Parents, feel free to check the website : for updates on when colleges are coming to campus. Please email Mrs.Ohanessian with any questions. 

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 -

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. 

Naviance: 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.

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: Chicken Burrito
Friday: Meat Ball Sub

*Lunch Specials the Week of Sept. 7th
(click HERE for full description of the specials and vegitarian options.)
Monday: Labor Day Holiday
Tuesday: Teriyaki Chicken, Vegetables and Rice
Wednesday: Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Cilantro Tomato Soup
Thursday: Swedish Meatballs over Egg Noodles
Friday: Meat or Spinach Calzones

Don't forget to check out our daily changing selection of gourmet salads and surprises.
Are You Vegan or Vegetarian??? Please come talk to us in the morning to customize your lunch

Gluten Free??? Have no fear...we will make you that perfect Sandwich or an incredible Salad...In case our lunch special does not fit your diet!!!

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

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

Tuesday, September 8
Fall Sports Pre-Season Mandatory Parent Meeting
Mercy High School • 6:30PM

Wednesday, September 9
Mercy Parent Club Meeting
Mercy High School • 7:00PM 

 Friday, September 11
Senior Tri-School Giants Night 

Saturday, September 12
Walk for Catholic Worker



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