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September 16, 2015
Parent ENews

Bowl-A-Thon 2015 is tomorrow!
Thursday, September 17th
Bel Mateo Bowl
43rd & Olympic, San Mateo
8:30 - 10:15 a.m. Freshmen
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Sophomores
11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Juniors
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Seniors

This is a minimum day for all students. All students must arrange their own ride
to and from the Bowl-A-Thon. Dismissal for each grade will be at end of
class bowling session. 

Note: any student who is late to Bowl-A-Thon will receive a “cut” - not a “tardy”.
Students have until September 30th to bring in a total of $150.00 in order to have 
Winter Formal (Frosh/Soph) or Prom Day Off (Jr/Sr)

Click HERE to make your Online Bowlathon 2015 Donation

Bowlathon Information Packet
Bowlathon Permission Slip

All school information

Today at Mercy

*Come Kick Off Pink Week with Lucy & Mercy!
Sunday, October 4th, 9-11AM
Receive 20% off your entire Purchase
Click HERE for flyer/coupon
Mercy High School honors Pink Week in an effort to raise awareness for Breast Cancer prevention and general lifelong health for women.  Come kick off Pink Week with Lucy & Mercy with healthy eating tutorials with Bare Bowls Jamba Juice and Davids Tees, giveaways from Lucy & Francesca's, raffles and more. Join us Sunday 10/4 from 9-11am and recieve a 20% off your entire purchase of Lucy fitness products with this flyer/coupon.

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..

Educational Travel click here for all educational trips

*VPA Student Trip (*Now Open to ALL Students*)
Lights, Camera, Los Angeles* 
Click HERE for Itinerary and cost
Some tour highlights are Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios/ Acting and Cinema Secrets Workshops. Space is limited, and the deadline to sign up is September 30th 2015. This is a great opportunity for your daughter to tie her classroom experience to the real world. The proposed dates are February 12- 15, 2016. For more information contact Nadine Baroudi at

*Travel to Dublin/London 
(Enrollment ends Sept. 30th!)
during Spring Break 2016
Please follow this link to see more on pricing and itinerary. If you have any questions contact Angie Simonetti

*Travel to Italy and Greece
(3 spots left, enrollment ends Sept. 30th!)

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

*Travel to Yellowstone 
Spring Break 2016
The deadline for signing up for Yellowstone is fast approaching.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this fabulous working trip with nature and ecology.  Remember, you also get service hours for this. Information on the trip is below, and please let me know if you have any questions, Pat Bradley at

Yellowstone Ecology Program       Yellowstone Info MHS

*Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton
Invites Mercy to a Private Screening of
Code: Debugging the Gender Gap
Tuesday, Sept. 29th - 6:30pm
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton is happy to announce a private screening of the documentary Code: Debugging the Gender Gap by Robin Hauser Reynolds (Director/Producer). Fresh off the Tribeca Film Festival debut the CODE documentary takes a closer look at tech hubs around the world and why the total number of female and minority software engineers have dropped. CODE raised the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code? This is a private screening; therefore, we are not advertising to the general public. As our neighbor, we would like to invite your school to this screening and encourage you to share this with your students and parents. this event is free of charge. Please join us after the film for a Panel Discussion with women in the field of computer science and engineering.  Click HERE for flyer.  RSVP to:

Sophomore, Junior & Senior parents

*TONIGHT Senior Parent Night - College Counseling 
Wednesday, September 16th - 6:30pm
Kohl Mansion 

*California Scholarship Federation (CSF): It's that time again! If you would like to apply to CSF using your Spring 2015 grades, please turn in the application below to Mrs. Ohanessian by Friday September 25th!

  • CSF is for 10-12 grades only
  • You must reapply every semester
  • Always use grades from the prveious semester ONLY
  • The application fee is $5.00 per semester
  • A transcript must be attached to the application
  • Click HERE for application

*Junior Parents:
Kairos Retreat Infomation 
Next week, during the junior religion classes, seniors will come and talk to them about the Kairos retreat that they can experience this year.  This is an amazing experience and opportunity for your daughters.  The spaces do fill up quickly so if you wish your daughter to attend one of them, please encourage her to sign up.   The cost of the retreat is $200.00.  To reserve a spot on the October Kairos we ask that you pay the entire $200.  To reserve space for the January Kairos you send in a a $50.00 deposit to hold a place.  The dates for Kairos this year are: Wednesday October 28-Friday, October 30 and Wednesday, January 13-Friday, January 15.   If you have any questions, please emai Angie Simonetti.

*a Message from Jostens about Graduation...
Attention Senior Parents,

With graduation just around the corner, it is time to start planning for this major event.  Today, during advisory, your senior received a white envelope with information inside about ordering the required cap and gown as well as graduation announcements and accessories.  Please review the contents of this envelope with your senior then sign and return the form to school next week. Bill Reid from Jostens will be on campus to accept orders on September 22 and 23rd during lunch in the cafeteria. All the products will be on display as well. Graduation orders may also be placed online at Every senior must order her cap and gown. No exceptions! There is no payment due if only ordering the required cap and gown.  The deadline for orders is October 23.

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

Save the Date!
Mother Daughter Tea
Sunday, October 18th
11:00am - 1:00pm 


Very Important:
 Every student who has made a fall sport must be fully registered with the Appryse system.  As of now, if your daughter has not been fully cleared, she is not allowed to participate in her sport. You can access thru the Mercy website under Athletics/Forms.

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, Athletics/Forms or click HERE.

*All athletes should be purchasing their individual team Sportpacks thru the Mercy website Crusaderwear. Each sport has mandatory practice shirts and ¼ zip pullovers they must purchase. Volleyball and Golf have an additional item to buy as well.
Click HERE to see the SportPacks and to purchase online. 

Athletics Booster Club Meeting
Wed., Sept. 30 - 6PM
September 30 will be the Athletics Booster Club meeting at 6pm. WE ask anyone interested in helping launch the Booster Club to come to this initial meeting. WE need your help/guidance.

Athlete of the Week:
Varsity Water Polo player Lauren Murphy
Senior Lauren Murphy had 5 goals and many assists against Terra Nova.  Lauren, one of two team captains helps keep the varsity team motivated and focused.  Her positive attitude is contagious and we look forward to a great season. 

Results of team competition from this past week:
(click HERE for website scoreboard)


  • Varsity  
    • September 11 - Lost to Sequoia  2-0
  • JV
    • September 11- Lost to Sequoia 2-1
    • September 12
      • Lost to Amador Valley  2-0
      • Lost to Cupertino  2-0
      • Win over Silver Creek  2-0
      • Win over Independence  2-0
      • Lost to Lynnbrook 2-0
  • Frosh
    • September 9 - Win 2-0 over Kings Academy  
    • September 11  
      • Win over Eastside Prep 2-0 
      • Win over HMB JV 2-0
      • Lost to Hillsdale 2-0
      • Win over Aragon 2-1
      • Win over Terra Nova JV 2-1



    • September  9,  4-3 win over Balboa
    • September 15, Lost to Crystal Spring Uplands  7-0


 Water Polo 

  • Varsity
    • September 10, Win 17-1 over Terra Nova
    • September 15  Win over Sequoia  12-4
  • JV
    • September 10, Win 13-3 over Terra Nova
    • September 15 Lost to Sequoia


  • September 15- Lost to Notre Dame SJ  234-255
*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the upcoming week of Sept 17-23 

Make sure to follow all of our Mercy team score updates as they happen via our athletics twitter page. Mercy Athletics@MercyAthletics

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

*TONIGHT Senior Parent Night College Counseling
Wednesday, September 16 - 6:30pm
Kohl Mansion

College Visits 
 Parents, feel free to check the website : for updates on when colleges are coming to campus. Please email Mrs.Ohanessian with any questions.

Free SAT/ACT 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. 

Parent Response Form: This form was mailed to you over the summer, please complete this form and email or send it back to the counseling office.  If you need another copy of the form, please have your student come by the counseling office. 

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


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

*Core Hours Opportunity
City of San Mateo’s 31st Annual
Click HERE for flyer
RYDER PARK  -  1801 J Hart Clinton (E.3rd Ave)
Saturday, Sept 19, 2015          
Registration 7:30 – 9:00 am
- Thank You Volunteers BBQ 
- ‘Catch of the Day’ contest

Click HERE for Saturdays of Service 

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: Bowl-a-thon no school
Friday: Veggi Egg Rolls and Fried Rice

*Lunch Specials the Week of Sept. 21st
(click HERE for full description of the specials and vegitarian options.)

Monday: Greek Style Chicken with Vermicelli Rice and Vegetables
Tuesday: Pizza...Pizza....Pizza
Wednesday: Foccacia Burgers
Thursday: Mercy Day School BBQ
Friday: Thai Chicken Wrap

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

Wednesday, September 16
Senior Parent Night
College Counseling 
Mercy High School 6:30pm

Thursday, September 17
Monday, September 21-25

Saturday, September 26
Junior Six Flags Trip 

Wednesday, September 30
Boosters Club Meeting
Mercy High School 6:00pm

Sunday, October 4
Kick off Pink Week with Lucy & Mercy!
Lucy Store, Burlingame • 9-11AM




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