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October 7, 2015
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Think Pink Rally TOMORROW!
Thursday, Oct. 8th
Mercy Students will be Cutting and donating their hair for Locks of Love & Pantene Beautiful Lengths* 
On, Thursday, October 8th at 1:10 p.m. the Mercy High School community will participate in a Think Pink Rally on the Green. During the Rally, volunteer hairdressers will be cutting numerous students' hair to donate to “Locks of Love” and “Pantene Beautiful Lengths.”  Following our speaker, Breast Cancer Survivor and adored faculty member, Carol Galletta, classmates will cheer on our donors, each who has agreed to have at least 8 inches of hair cut for this very worthwhile project.  Locks of Love provides hair prosthetics to children with permanent and temporary hair loss and Pantene Beautiful Lengths aids women who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatments. *If your daughter is interested in donating to this phenomenal cause, make sure she picks up the permission form in the SBO room, or click HERE for the permission form.

Dig PINK Volleyball Match TOMORROW!
Thursday, Oct. 8th - 
Serra High School 
Thursday, October 8th: 
 Dig Pink Volleyball Match at Serra High School Mercy Burlingame vs. Sacred Heart Prep -  Frosh 3:30 p.m., JV 4:30 p.m., Varsity 5:45 p.m.  The ceremonies begin at the Serra Gym at 5:45pm.  We are asking a $5 donation for adults and $3 for students and children. All proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer Research Foundation. If you or anyone you know has fought a battle with breast cancer please contact Charlie Dougherty, Athletic Director, at so that we can recognize and honor each survivor at our game! 

*Purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win a signed Brandon Crawford San Francisco Giants jersey or swag bag from Lucy (over $150 value) Tickets are $5 each, 5 for $20, available at the main office, during the Pink Week Rally or at the Dig Pink game on Thursday evening.  We will do the drawing right before the Varsity Volleyball game on Thursday, Oct. 8th, at 5:45pm.

All school information

Today at Mercy

*Coffee and Conversation for Prospective Parents 
Tuesday October 13 from 9-11 is our next Coffee and Conversation tour for 7th and 8th grade parents. If you know of a potential Mercy applicant family, encourage them to join us! Sign up online here. 

*Halloween Ball!
The Walking Dance 
Kohl Mansion 
Friday, Oct. 16th - 7:00-9:30PM
Mercy High School is hosting their annual Halloween Ball, The Walking Dance.  This Zombie-Themed dance is sure to be the best ever.  Costumes are encouraged, but not required.  Every student will need the physical ticket and his or her ID to get in the door.  This event sells out every year, so all tickets must be purchased in advance.  While we will be selling tickets on the Serra campus, your daughter may also buy a ticket for anyone from another school from Mrs. Dittmer. Students are responsible for their own belongings throughout the evening. Details: Friday, October 16th, from 7:00pm-9:30pm at Kohl Mansion.  All tickets are $15. No tickets will be sold at the door

*National Testing Day
Wednesday, October 14th
Time: 8:00am- 11:30am
Freshmen and sophomores are dismissed from school at 11:30. Juniors will attend the Junior Ring Ceremony Practice at 11:30. (Juniors with extended time on testing will be excused from the first portion and will not miss the most important information.)

All Students Must Bring a Calculator- no ipads.
9th Grade: PSAT 8/9
10th Grade: PSAT
11th Grade: PSAT
12th Grade: Optional College Application Workshop* 

  • *SENIORS (Wednesday, October 14th)
    • College Application Help for Seniors:  Seniors are invited to drop in for college application help on National Testing Day, October 14th from  9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Counselors will be circulating to support students and answer questions as they work on their applications in the The Great Hall.  
    • St. Mary’s Interviews: For those applying to St. Mary’s College of California, on October 14th we have a special opportunity for you to have an interview with an admissions representative.  Interviews will take place in the reception room.  Please complete this Google Form if you would like to sign up for an interview.  

Please feel free to contact your daughter's counselor if you have any questions!  Francesca Ohanessian (,  Caroline O’Sullivan ( Joy Phillips (, or Michele Macmillan (

Tri-School Productions presents

Oct. 23, 24, 30, 31
7:30 pm - Serra Theatre
Tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the door $15.

*Host an International Student with gphomestay!
Looking to share an international experience with your family without leaving the comfort of your home? Open your home to an international student and receive a monthly stipend of $1500! We’ve partnered with gphomestay and together, we are looking for caring host families for the Spring 2016 semester. Visit for more information on how you can benefit from this cross-cultural experience. Contact or click here to fill out a Host Inquiry Form. Click here for flyer.

From the Sisters of Mercy: 
The Sisters of Mercy arrived in Omaha 150 years ago to Make Mercy Real for those in need. To close our 150th Anniversary Celebration, the Sisters of Mercy invite our friends from across the globe to join us in performing an act of service to further our mission of mercy.
Between September 24 and October 21, share how you Make Mercy Real by posting photos or descriptions of your service on your social media sites using #MakeMercyReal. Click HERE for more info.
Follow the campaign #MakeMercyReal on:

Mercy Volunteer Corps Informational Meeting
Thursday, October 8, 2015  - 7:00pm
Mercy Center - 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame 
RSVP: Sandy Flaherty
The Sisters of Mercy sponsor Mercy Volunteer Corps, which provides year long service opportunities to college age students. If you are interested in learning more about the program please join us for the following meeting. Mercy Volunteer Corps staff invites you to join us for an information evening and reception, October 8, 2015 at 7pm. Alumni, Sisters and Associates of Mercy, Supporters and Donors, Campus Ministers, the greater Mercy Community, and friends of Mercy Volunteer Corps are all invited to join us. This year’s Mercy Volunteers will be speaking about their service experience in San Francisco and Sacramento.

AP Exam Fees are due Oct. 15. Please bring the completed form and check to Mrs. Morello in Russell Hall. click HERE  for form

Educational Travel click here for all educational trips

Travel to Dublin/London 
during Spring Break 2016
Please follow this link to see more on pricing and itinerary. Join current Mercy students on a pilgrimage to Catherine McAuley’s home town, Dublin, Ireland.  The tour will spend time at Baggott Street and Catherine’s grave site.  We will tour Dublin and visit Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral  We will then  travel over to North Wales and London.  We will tour London and see a musical in the theatre district.  The cost of the tour is:  $3310.00.  This includes breakfast and dinner, airfare, lodging and entry fees.  If you have any questions contact Angie Simonetti at

Travel to Italy and Greece
(ONLY 3 spots left!)

Summer 2016
Click here for more information on the trip.
  For more info contact Gary Ferguson at

VPA Student Trip 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. 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 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

Junior & Senior parents

Save the Date!

Junior Ring Ceremony
Thursday, October 22 - 1:30pm
Mother House Chapel 
Reception in the Great Hall
click HERE for invite 

Junior Parents - Change in Date for Junior Parent Evening about College
Junior Parent Night will be Tuesday, November 3rd at 6:30pm in the Great Hall. Individual meetings about college planning with Mrs. Ohanessian will begin in the spring semester.

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.  Seniors 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. Graduation orders may also be 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.

Mercy Parent Club

Calling all Mercy Dad's WE NEED YOU!
Sunday October 18th is the Mercy Mother Daughter Tea.  This Mercy tradition would not be possible with out the support of our Mercy Dads! Please consider helping out at this year's event. Click HERE to sign up to Volunteer!

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

Click HERE to donate food for the
Mother Daughter Tea 


Save the Date!
MPC Coffee and Communications
Thursday, October 22 - 8-9:30AM

Save the Date 
The Taste and Take Wine Event!
Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Tickets and Sponsorship opportunities
coming soon!




 Very Important: Every student who plans to play on a Mercy athletic team 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.

*Athlete of the Week: 
Junior Kaeli Nielsen of the Varsity Tennis team
Junior Kaeli Nielsen has been nothing but courageous this season.  Early on in the season, Kaile injured herself, but it hasn't stopped her from practicing and playing every match.  She is an example to everyone of what a team player should be, giving of herself for the sake of our team.


*All results of each team can be found: 

*Cross Country:

On Oct 3,The Mercy Burlingame Cross Country team traveled to Loomis, CA to compete against some of the Sac-Jaoquin Section's best runners. 

  • Sophomores Zoe Jinishian and Muriel Butler won individual awards for the 2nd week in a row, finishing in 10th and 16thplaces overall.  Freshman Carolyn Reilly had a breakthrough race finishing 59th.
  • Kylie Wong, Lauren Rocheleau, and Jessica Barri ran in a very competitive Junior Varsity race which featured 97 runners from 14 schools.  Kylie Wong earned a top finisher award by finishing 12th Lauren Rocheleau and Jessica Barri ran together for much of the race and finished in 41st and 43rd places.
  • Seniors Meghan Moyer and Melissa Cagney were part of a very fast Varsity girls field which featured 71 runners from 15 schools.  Meghan Moyer ran her fastest race of the season (16:00, 6:27/mile) and finished in 9th place overall.  Melissa Cagney employed a strong finishing kick to pass two runners and finish in 56th place.

WBAL Trial 1 on Sept 30

  • The JV girls started the afternoon off. Jessica Barri led the way in 20th place, followed by Kate Schorno finishing 34th.  Kelcey Dobson, Carolyn Reilly, and Melia Melkesian rounded out the scoring for Mercy finishing in 50th, 51st, and 62nd places.  Their efforts earned the JV team a 7th place finish.  91 runners from 11 schools competed in the race.
  • The Varsity girls ran a thrilling race that saw the the top 5 teams separated by only 21 points.  Castilleja won the team race scoring 85, followed closely by Harker with 89.  Crystal Springs Uplands scored 103, followed by The Kings Academy with 104, and Mercy Burlingame with 106.  69 of the WBAL's top runners competed.  Meghan Moyer led Mercy Burlingame with a fifth place finish, running a personal best of 18:17 on the 2.8 mile course.  Zoe Jinishian finished in 10th place.  Muriel Butler followed with a solid 21st place.  Gabby Stanton-Fisher and Kylie Wong rounded out the scoring for Mercy in 36th and 37th place.

*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the upcoming week of Oct. 8-14 

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

*Finding the Right “Fit” in the College Search
November 5th
7-9 pm - Gellert Auditorium
Serra Counseling invites the TriSchool Community to hear Colleges that Change Lives Executive Director Maria Furtado speak about Finding the Right "Fit" in the College Search. This is an excellant topic for all grade levels; parents and students will find her talk engaging and informative. Two articles from CTCL that may be of interest:

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.

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? 
Click here to register: 

Need to take the SAT this fall?

Click here to register:


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

CORE Opportunity!
Who: Pacifica Beach Coalition [
What: Their MONTHLY beach cleanup schedule 9am-11am
Rockaway - 1st Saturday
Sharp Park - 2nd Saturday
Linda Mar -3rd Saturday
Mussel Rock - 4th Saturday
Mazzetti's - Every Saturday
Pillar Point - Last Sat/Month
Linda Mar Habitat Restoration - 4th Sunday of the month - 10am- Noon

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: Kefta Kabob with Rice and Cucumber Yogurt Salad
Friday: Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

*Lunch Specials the Week of Oct. 18th*
(click HERE for full description of the specials and vegitarian options.)

Monday: Soft Chicken Tacos
Tuesday: Fear the Lasagna
Wednesday: Chicken Chow Mien or Veggie Chow Mien
Thursday: Mediterranean Wrap Greek Style

Friday: Scalloped Potato and Chicken Casserole

Don't forget to check out the variety of specialty Salads daily changing to fit your taste and busy schedule. Feed back is greatly appreciated on menu and new items, we are here thriving to please your taste buds :=)

Have an awesome week
Your Friends at Mercy's Cafe

Music at Kohl

*Volunteer with Music at Kohl this Season!
We are excited to be opening our season on
Sunday, October 18!

Our first concert of the season features the Cavani Quartet. The concert begins at 7 pm, and we will need volunteers for shifts beginning at 6 pm. Our usual volunteer shift is 6-10 pm, but if you can come for a portion of that time, that's fine as well.

Volunteer duties include greeting patrons, distributing programs and seating numbers, then preparing for the post concert reception - preparing food, setting up the reception, setting up beverages, and then clean-up. We are also always in need of food - hors d'oeuvres, finger-sized desserts or wine.

Mercy and Serra High School volunteers will receive community service credit for their hours served. Parents and Community members are invited to come to enjoy one another's company (there's always nice people to meet and spend the evening with) and enjoy some professional classical music by world renowned musicians.

Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering to help with our first concert on Sunday, October 18. I look forward to welcoming back our volunteers from past concerts as well as all newcomers!

I am also looking for volunteers who can attend all or most of our concerts to manage CD Sales, Box Office or Beverage Station. Let me know if you are interested. Please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at or 650.762.1130

If you don't want to volunteer, I invite you to purchase tickets and attend any of our concerts in the Great Hall - check our website for details:

Upcoming Events 

Thursday, October 8
Think Pink Rally
Mercy High School • 1:00pm
Dig PINK Volleyball Matches
Serra High School
Frosh 3:30  • JV 4:30  • Varsity 5:45  

Sunday, October 18th
Mother Daughter Tea
Mercy High School • 11:00am

Thursday, October 22
MPC Coffee and Communications
Mercy High School • 8-9:30am
Junior Ring Ceremony
Mother House Chapel • 1:30pm

Friday, Oct.23, Saturday, Oct. 24,
Friday, Oct. 30 and Sat., Oct.31

Fall Play - Roxanne!
Serra Gellert Theater • 7:30pm 



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