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November 4, 2015
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*Love to Talk on the Phone?
Phonathon is Coming Nov. 10-11 
from 5:00 - 9:00  
Girls, each year Mercy students call Mercy alumnae who have been donors to the school and invite them to make a gift to Mercy.  It's a fun night with pizza, friends and phone calls!  We call over 2000 alumnae throughout the country over two nights.  We'd love to have you come ...we will train you!  It's fun and supports Mercy. Great experience that you can put on your college applications and you get service hours too.  Please contact Mary Lund at or by phone at 762-1190 to sign up for this fun event.  If you signed up and cannot make it please let me know asap. Thank you!

*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 Mary Lund at or by phone at 762-1190 to sign up for this fun event. Thanks!

Ritual and Celebration
Mercy Chapel
Saturday, Dec. 12 - 7:00pm
Reception Following
Click HERE to view invite.
To begin the Year of Mercy as designated by Pope Francis, the Sisters of Mercy will initiate Opening Doors of Mercy on Saturday, Dec. 12 at  7 p.m. The ritual will celebrate the Year of Mercy, Foundation Day and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Refreshments will follow. All are welcome.  Please RSVP for this free event, at

*Help Needed Putting up Christmas at Kohl Posters
We are looking for a couple of volunteers who like to shop to walk the various avenues asking vendors if they would allow us to post the Christmas at Kohl flyer. We would love to have some exposure in all of the nearby cities including Broadway on Millbrae, Broadway and Burlingame Ave in Burlingame, 3rd and 4th Avenue in San Mateo, Main St in Half Moon Bay, Grand Ave in So. San Francisco, etc. If you would like to take a few posters and help up to put them up in your area that would be great!  Please email Jennifer Munsey at  and I will arrange to have poster ready for you for pick up!

*Christmas at Kohl 
Wednesday, Dec. 2nd

Volunteers needed to help out for this fun event.  The event runs from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and we need help all day long.  We will need people to help set up the cafeteria and wine bar in the afternoon, sell tickets and wine that evening, offer general greeting and direction and help with parking, and clean up. Shifts are about 2-3 hours long.  If you would like to help us out, please email Mary Lund at and let me know what time you would be available.  We will always make sure that you will have time to shop the mansion either before or after your shift!

Help Promote Mercy's Admissions' Open House
Please help us promote the Admissions' Open House on November 22nd.  If you would be willing to post a lawn sign in your yard to help promote this for 6th, 7th & 8th grade students we would greatly appreciate it.  Our Admissions Team will be outside during Pick Up & Drop Off Nov.3 -6 distributing signs to willing families.  If you would like to post a sign, but wont be on campus that week please contact Stacey Longwich, Marketing Director and she will follow up with you directly. 

*Peninsula Parent Speaker Series:
Julie Lythcott-Haims: "How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success"
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 7pm
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 N. Delaware, San Mateo (next to San Mateo High School)
In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a Stanford freshmen student dean to highlight the ways in which over-parenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. Click HERE for more information register, $5 in advance, $10 at the door 

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 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

Freshman Parents

*Freshman Sleepover! The Freshman Sleepover is right around the corner!  Get ready for an awesome evening, sponsored by your big sister commissioners!  Dinner, games and movies in the mansion!
When: Friday,  November 13th @ 7p.m.
Pick up is Saturday morning at 8 a.m.
How much: It's free!!!
Bring PJs and overnight toiletries, along with your sleeping bags.
*Don't forget to turn in your permission form! Click HERE for permission form.
Questions? Contact Stacey Longwich at

Junior & Senior parents

Yearbook Dedication!
Senior parents, 
Take out a dedication ad in the 2016 yearbook showing your pride in her. You can upload pictures and write a dedication saying how proud you are in her completing this chapter of her life in an easy-to-use design program. The prices vary by size click HERE for information. The final deadline is December 17th but don't wait too long.
-Randall Watts, Yearbook Advisor

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

*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 

*Wineries Scheduled to Pour: V. Sattui Winery, G. Reedy, Corté Riva Vineyards, Dancing Creek Winery, Jazz Cellars, Mercy Wines, Roudon Smith Winery, Villa Del Mone Winery, Cleary Ranch Vineyards, 8 Vini
   & more to come!

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.

Mercy Wine Tasting Night of Event VOLUNTEERS Need!
Click HERE to signup

A Wine Country Fire Pit
to be raffled off the
night of the event!


Don't Forget to like and share the event page on Facebook! Click
HERE or on the FB image to go directly to the event page!

Mercy Open House 2015 
Food, Beverages and Volunteers Needed!
Mercy Open House is on Sunday, November 22nd and we are asking for donations of refreshments for the event and volunteers for the day of the event. Note some items can be dropped off on Wednesday, November 18th and others are requested for Sunday morning drop off.  All items may be dropped off in the catering kitchen located on the main floor of the Mansion. The co-chairs for this event are Kelley Chawke and Bernadette Hurley. As always, we appreciate your contribution!
Click HERE to sign up to donate! 
Click HERE to sign up to volunteer! 


*Winter Sport Tryouts:  
Basketball: Tryouts began 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 began 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.

Fall Sports Awards Night: Nov 30 at 6:30-8:00pm in the Great Hall at Mercy. All fall sport athletes and parents should attend.

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: 
 Junior Water Polo Player Marena Kibblewhite 
After coming back from an injury, Marena has had an amazing couple weeks back in the cage. She is a fantastic last person on defense and first person on offense.   She never gives up and plays each game with a full heart. Marena is listed on this weeks San Mateo Daily Journal athletic honor roll for her play last week. We look forward to seeing Marena continue to grow as an athlete and team leader at Mercy B.

*All results of each team can be found: 

*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the upcoming week of Nov. 5-10

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

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:

Request Transcripts Via Naviance: Students should request transcripts to be sent via Naviance under the "Colleges I am applying to" tab.  

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

*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 Mary Lund at or by phone at 762-1190 to sign up for this fun event.  Thanks!

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: Minum Day - Sandwiches Quesadillas and Salads can be pre-ordereded in the morning to pick up at "Passing Tim" or after school. We will not be aking lunch after school.
 Greek Style Meat Pasticio

*Lunch Specials the Week of  Nov. 9th
(click HERE for full description of the specials and vegitarian options.)

Monday: Holiday! 
Tuesday: Chicken Tostada Salad Bowl

Wednesday: Lemon Dill Chicken with Rice Pilaf
Thursday: Provolone and Pesto Foccacia Melts (New and Exciting!)

Friday: Clam Chowder or Vegetarian Chili Bread Bowl

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 Café


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

Mercy Parents and Students 
Fun Volunteering Opportunity for the 
2015-16 School Year !

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. Click HERE for more information and concert dates.

Upcoming Events  

Monday, Nov. 9th
Veteran's Day Holiday

Nov.10th & 11th

Friday, Nov. 13th
Freshman Sleepover
Kohl Mansion 

Friday, Nov. 20th
A Taste and Take Wine Event
Kohl Mansion

Sunday, Nov. 22nd
Mercy HIgh School 



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