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October 14, 2015
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Mother Daughter Tea!
Sunday, October 18th 
11:00am - 1:00pm
Click HERE for invite 

Calling all Mercy Dad's WE NEED YOU!
Sunday October 18th is the Mercy Mother Daughter Tea. 
This Mercy tradition would not be possible without the support of our Mercy Dads! Please consider helping out at this year's event. Click HERE to sign up to Volunteer!

Click HERE to donate food for the 
Mother Daughter Tea 

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

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

*Tri-School Productions presents
Oct. 23, 24, 30, 31
7:30 pm - Serra Theatre

Don't miss the Tri-School Productions presentation of RoxanneThe play is based on the 1980s movie starring Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah. It is a comedy spoof of the classic novel, Cyrano De Bergerac. It is a world premiere because it was adapted for the stage by Tri-School Productions Director Darva Campbell and Artistic Director Jay Jordan
Roxanne show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights - October 23October 24October 30 and October 31CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Save the date! 
*Soup Supper
Monday, Nov. 2nd - 6-7:30pm
Our annual soup supper benefiting Catherine's Center will be on Monday, November 2nd 6-7:30pm It is an inspiring and educational evening.  It includes a simple soup supper and a speaker from Catherine's Center.  The cost of the event is $10.00 per person.  The money goes directly to Catherine's Center, which is a transitional program for women transitioning from the justice system into society.  Catherine's Center is sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul and the Sisters of Mercy.  Students will receive 2 hours of CORE service hours if they attend.  If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Angie Simonetti at

*Is your daughter interested in a career in medicine? 
Check out some of the workshops available through Pathways to Medicine
Suture and Surgical Lab    Emergency Medicine         IV & Injecin Lab

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:

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

Mandatory Parent Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 20th - 6:00PM
Mandatory Parent meeting for parents of juniors attending Kairos 11 on Tuesday, October 20th. This is an important meeting to understand the retreat.  If you can not attend, please email: Click HERE for the participant list to check if your daughter is attending.

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.

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.

*Early Dismissal for Seniors: Seniors will now have the early dismissal on January 27th since this is the new date for the curriculum presentationCareer Day has been moved to February 23rd. Seniors are expected to be on campus until 2:30pm on the 23rd.

Mercy Parent Club

Save the Date!
*MPC Coffee and Communications
Thursday, October 22 - 8-9:30AM
Please join MPC for our first Coffee and Communications! The focus for October 22nd will be Mercy Parent Question FAQ's!

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

Tickets and Sponsorship opportunities 
begin October 16th.



*Very Important: Every student who plays on a Mercy athletic team must be fully registered with the Appryse system.  If your daughter plans to play basketball or soccer this winter, and you have not enrolled in the Appryse system, please start the registration process now. No athlete can begin tryouts unless they are fully registered. There will be no exceptions. You can access thru the Mercy website under Athletics/Forms.

*Any student athlete participating in a winter sport must turn in both the athlete and guardian contract found in the Athletic Handbook. If the signed forms by both student and guardian are not turned in, the student will not be allowed to tryout. 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. 

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
Freshman Ellie Brown of the Varsity Water Polo Team
Freshman Ellie Brown has been an amazing addition to the Varsity Water Polo Team. She stepped up when her teammates needed her the most.  She has improved as a goalie and has been a huge help on defense.  We look forward to seeing Ellie progress as a student athlete at Mercy. 


*All results of each team can be found: 

*Cross Country:

  • On Saturday Oct 10, Mercy B Cross Country competed at the Crystal Springs Invitational hosted by Serra High School. 207 runners from 43 schools competed in the varsity race.  Meghan Moyer led Mercy and finished the course in 19:05 and 10th place.  Kylie Wong set a personal best in running 22:07, cutting two whole minutes from her previous best on the course and helped the team to a 20th place finish.
  • 153 runners from 25 schools competed in the Frosh-soph division.  Sophomore Zoe Jinishian finished the course in 21:08 and 8th place.  Sophomore Kelcey Dobson led Mercy's pack of first year runners with a solid effort of 27:35, helping the team to a 13th place finish
*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the upcoming week of Oct. 15-21

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

Wednesday October 21st
6:30 - 8:30PM 

Serra High School 

*College Application Help
Wednesday, October 21st
from 2:30 - 4:30PM 
in the Great Hall 
Seniors should bring their laptops and ipads for any questions regarding their applications. 

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.

*Colleges that Change Lives Presentation
Finding the Right “Fit” in the College Search

November 5th
7-9 pm - Serra 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.

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.  Students must also request recommendation in their naviance. 

Need to take the ACT scores this fall? 
Click here to register: 

Need to take the SAT scores this fall?
Click here to register:


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

*CORE Opportunity!
Who: Catholic Charities San Franicsco in collaboration with St. Francis of Assisi Parish in East Palo Alto
Address: 1425 Bay Rd, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Need: For volunteers is one or two half-days a week, and is open to high school youth age 15 and older as well as adults.  Contact: Diana Contreras, Volunteer Manager, at or call 415 972 1297.

Pacifica Beach Coalition MONTHLY beach cleanup 

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: Pizza...Pizza...Pizza
Friday: Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Cilantro Tomato Soup

*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  

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

Wednesday, Oct. 21st
Tri-School College Fair
 Serra High School •  6:30PM 

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 

Monday, October 2nd
Soup Supper
Mercy High School • 6:00PM 



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