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October 21, 2015
Parent ENews

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!
Meeting location: Mercy High School Kohl Mansion-Reception Room!

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 JordanRoxanne show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday & Saturday nights - October 23October 24, October 30 and October 31CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

All school information

Today at Mercy

*New Library Hours - Effective Wednesday October 21, the library will open at 7:30am instead of 7:00am. The new hours will be:
Monday-Wednesday -  7:30-4:30
Thursday -  7:30-3:30
Friday -  7:30-2:45

*The 2015-2016 Student Directory
The 2015-16 Student Directory is posted on Schoology/Parents/Resources. 
Questions, please contact Myra Olives in the Main Office at 762-1160.

*Our Halloween Carnival for the first graders at St. Peter's is quickly coming upon us.  It will be on Monday, October 26th 1-2:30 If you could please donate a bag of candy or some baked treat for our annual cake (cupcake) walk that would be great.  Please just email Angie Simonetti at and have your daughter drop the candy off at the Campus Ministry office.  For bake goods, please deliver on the 29th.  Let me know if you will be able to donate so I know what to prepare for. Thank you in advance.

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

*Phonathon is Coming Nov. 10-11 
from 5:00 - 9:00  
The phonathon takes place at the Franklin Building in San Mateo and it is a great opportunity for your daughter to earn Community Service Hours.  We feed them dinner and then after training, they can begin calling. Please encourage your daughter to help us out with this year's Phonathon.  It is a fun night, and the girls really enjoy it!!! Please contact Carol Fraher at or by phone at 762-1192 to sign up for this fun event.  Thanks!

*Phonathon Parent Volunteers Needed
During the two nights of Phonathon, we will also need 2-3 Parent volunteers each evening to help us with Phonathon related paperwork.  If you can't come at 5:00, later is ok too! It is easy work and a fun evening. Please contact Carol Fraher at or by phone at 762-1192 to sign up for this fun event.  Thanks!

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.


Educational Travel click here for all educational trips

*Sojourn to the Past - The Parent Meeting date will be Monday, November 23 
(not November 30) at 6:30PM in the auditorium of Burlingame High School. 
For more information contact Susan Roughgarden at 

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 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

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

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.

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

*Mother Daughter Tea Thank You! 

A huge thanks to all of our volunteers working before, during and after the event, and in particular to our
2015 Mother Daughter Tea Chair: 
Lorin Flynn and
Raffle Lead: Jacque Bigelow

Volunteers: Gary Bell, Sirenio Vargas, Timothy Loo, Scott Milliken, David Miller, Fuad Abugharbieh, Brian Nappi, Karl Clausing, Jim Blue, Rick Ragusa, Peter Grace, Chris Dowd, Mark Brennan, Gilby Francisco, Andrew Mayne, Carol Kolski, George Papazian, Jason Kruljac, Jim Bracco, Paul Macarthy, Joan Fitzpatrick
Donations: Barbara Moore, Sandy Powers, Cathy Siri, Laura Blue, Angela Camp, Kelley Chawke, Karen Miller, Victoria Baldocchi, Jamee Schorno, Patricia Gimbal, Patricia Vaughan, Cheryl Abugharbieh, Siu Lataimua, Pam Morey, Susan Mchale, Siu Lataimua, Margie Curran, Tina Fruehe, The Killin Family & Gali Produce
Raffle donors:  Kim Nappi-Initial Offerings, The Glasser Family, The Bigelow Family, Ms. Dittmer-Summer Lynn Designs, MPC, The Blue Family, GPHomestay, The Fruehe Family, Alice & Olivia SF Boutique
Mercy Student Performers: Cat Bigelow, Amadis Welch, Alexis Solorzano
Please let us know if we missed anyone so we can include our thanks to them in next eNews!

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! Meeting location: Mercy High School Kohl Mansion-Reception Room!

*Please Join Us for a Toast to Mercy!

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 - 7:00 PM, Kohl Mansion

50% of all wine sales will be donated to Mercy High School

A Toast to Mercy individual tickets and sponsorships are now available to purchase online! Click here for tickets/sponsorships/advertise 

This is a great opportunity for our Mercy Community to invite friends for a evening of tasting and conversations at the historic Kohl Mansion splendidly decorated for Christmas!  Contact Jennifer Munsey at or 650-762-1199 with any questions.


*Winter Sport Tryouts:

Basketball: Tryouts begin on Nov 2 at College of San Mateo, 5-7pm. The tryouts will take place from Monday-Friday. The length of tryouts will be determined by the coaches as they finalize the rosters for Varsity and JV.

Soccer: Tryouts begin on Nov 2 at Skyline College, 3-5pm. The tryouts will take place from Monday-Friday. The length of tryouts will be determined by the coaches as they finalize the rosters for the Varsity team.

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

*Athletes of the Week: Golf team members Senior Deirdre Bonitz and Junior Carmela Roque are co-athlete of the week.

Deirdre has worked hard in order to put herself in position to be one of 6 girls that compete in the game day matches. She has been chosen to play for the last few matches and it is a testament to her good work ethic. This past Monday against Harker, playing in only her second match of the season, Deirdre had 3 pars.

has consistently shot one of the low scores for each match for this year’s Mercy team. She is also a very hard worker who takes her golf seriously. Carmela will be one of the Mercy players to represent our school at the upcoming WBAL league finals.

*All results of each team can be found: 

*Click HERE for Cross Country results

*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the upcoming week of Oct. 22-28

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: Mediterranean Wrap Greek Style
Friday: Scalloped Potato and Chicken Casserole

*Lunch Specials the Week of Oct. 26th 
(click HERE for full description of the specials and vegitarian options.)

Monday: Our Homemade Mac and Cheese
Tuesday: BBQ Chicken and Mash Potatoes and Corn
Wednesday: Foccacia Burgers
Thursday: Shredded Beef Chimichunga, served with Chips and Salsa

Friday: Pizza...Pizza...Pizza...

Don't forget to check out our variety of salads and specialty lunch boxes. 
If you have a special request, please pre-order in the morning.

Have an awesome week
Your Friends at Mercy's Cafe


Help Decorate the Kohl Mansion for the Holidays!
We will decorate the Kohl Mansion for the holidays,  Monday, November 16, Tuesday November 17. Great way to meet some wonderful Mercy families! If you would like to help, Email Terri Baldocci, Director of Kohl Mansion at for details. 

Music at Kohl

Music at Kohl Mansion thanks the following volunteers for helping with last week's concert on Sunday October 18 featuring the Cavani String Quartet: Cher Fuentes, Brandon Gregg, Natalie Griffin, Stathis Kavantzas, Kaeli Nielsen, Hadley Anne Popa, Mike Popa, Samantha Reyes, Megan Samn and  Paula Wong. These volunteers did an amazing job greeting our patrons, ushering them to seats, and preparing a lovely concert and reception for all in attendance.

Our next concert is on Sunday, November 15 featuring the Catalyst Quartet. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at or 650.762.1130.

Upcoming Events  

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, Nov. 2nd
Soup Supper
Mercy High School • 6:00PM 
Winter Sports Tryouts Begin 

Monday, Nov. 9th
Veteran's Day Holiday 



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