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November 11, 2015
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Vocal Auditions – Tues. 11/17 or Wed 11/18
Dance Auditions-Thurs. 11/19
Where: Gellert Auditorium at Serra High School
What do I prepare?: Approximately 32 measures of a song. Pick the section that shows the best part of your voice! See suggestions from one of the musicals listed on the Tri-School Productions website. You must provide sheet music in a 3-ring binder for the accompanist.
How do I sign up?: please visit to sign up for a timeslot AND complete the audition form. You must complete BOTH to be eligible to audition.
Any questions? Contact the music teacher at your school!  Mercy – Ms. Matthews
For more details: please see the Tri-School Productions website!!! 
Click here for flyer 

*Four Mercy Girls Staring in Circus Olympus at Archbishop Riordan High School  See Gracie DeBattista’17, Bianca Gonzalez’17, Andrea Sanchez’16 and Katie Schmidt’17 in Circus Olympus at the Riordan Theatre. The play re-tells five Greek myths under the whacky world of the Big Top. The show runs November 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8:00 pm, and November 22 at 2:00 pm. Tickets available online (, at the door, and in the Riordan Prep Shop. 

*Parent Advent Evening of Reflection
December 9, 2015
Please join us for our annual Advent Evening of Reflection.  Pope Francis has declared December the Opening of the  Year of Mercy and so our evening will focus on the theme of Mercy.  Our evening of reflection this year titled:  Pope Francis and the Year of Mercy will be presented by Sister Jean Evans, RSM.
Please join us in room 306. Everyone is welcome!  
Schedule:  6:30pm Hors Devours    
7:00pm Presentation by Sister Jean Evans, RSM 
8:15pm Conclusion Please RSVP to Sandy Flaherty @ by 12/7/15. Click HERE for flyer.

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

*Don't miss...
Christmas at Kohl
Wednesday, Dec. 2nd
5:00-9:00 p.m.

Plan to bring your family and friends and visit our Holiday Boutique full of gifts and treasures.  Join us for live holiday music, food and drink. Enjoy a docent presentation of the beautifully decorated Kohl Mansion.  Donation: $10.00 - no charge to Mercy students and children under 12.

Volunteers Needed for Christmas at Kohl!!! 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.  Click here to sign up to volunteer for Christmas at Kohl We will always make sure that you will have time to shop the mansion either before or after your shift!  For more information please email Mary Lund at

*Willy Wonka’s Candy Factory  
Christmas Dance Concert
December 3, 2015
Matinee at 4pm 

and evening showcase at 8pm 
Skyline College Theater


*Want a time to meet with your classmates to study and get help from some of your teachers in preparation for finals?

Come to Cookies, Cocoa & Collaboration
Wednesday, Dec. 9
5:00-7:00 pm - The Great Hall
Dinner and Dessert will be provided.
Please contact Lauren Conklin, if you have any questions!

Open House Lawn Signs:

If your sign was damaged in Monday's storm, or you still haven't picked your home's sign up -- we still have some available in the main office.  Swing Swing by, and help promote the Open House!



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

*The Freshman Sleepover is this Friday! All permission forms must be turned in by tomorrow, Thursday.  Please encourage your daughter to come enjoy a night of Dinner, games, a Movie and Breakfast, hosted by the Big Sister Commissioners! Remind your daughter to bring a pillow, a sleeping bag and toiletries.
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! 


*Congratulations to our Varsity Cross Country team for their fine performance this past Friday at the WBAL finals. They qualified for the CCS finals that will take place this Saturday November 14 at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont.  Good luck to all our runners! The race is due to run at approx 2:40pm.

*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 coaches hope to have the rosters finalized by the end of this week on Friday Soccer: Tryouts began on Nov 2 at Skyline College, 3-5pm. The tryouts will take place from Monday-Friday. The coaches hope to have the rosters finalized by the end of this week on Friday

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 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: 
The Mercy Freshman Volleyball team
This team went an amazing 18-1 on the season. They ended the season by winning 15 consecutive matches. Their success was predicated on selfless play and total team cohesion. The team won the WBAL frosh division going undefeated in league play. Way to go ladies….The future is bright!


*All results of each team can be found: 

*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the upcoming week of Nov. 12-18.

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

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 send your ACT scores? 
Click here:

*Need to send your SAT scores?
Click here:


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

*Open House Student Volunteers Needed!  
The Admissions Office is looking for student volunteers for Open House on Sunday, November 22nd, from 11:30 - 3:30 p.m.  Students must arrive in their uniform (sweater, skirt, and white polo shirt). Pizza will be provided at 11:30 a.m.  Service hours will be given to our volunteers.  Sign up on this Google Doc.  Please contact Mrs. Glasser or Ms. LeCompte with any questions. 

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: Provolone and Pesto Foccacia Melts (New and Exciting!)
 Clam Chowder or Vegetarian Chili Bread Bowl

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

Monday: Pasta Primavera
Tuesday: All Beef Taquittos

Wednesday: Meat or Spinach Calzones
Thursday: Greek Style Chicken with Vermicelli Rice and Vegetables

Friday: Grilled Chees sandwich with Cilantro Tomato

Don't forget to check out our daily changing selection of gourmet salads and surprisesAre 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!!!

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.

Limited Time Offer to our 
Mercy Community...
Cafe de Kohl!!!
Monday, December 7th
5:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Kohl Mansion
Exclusive Offer for Mercy Students,Families and Employees 

A festive fundraiser benefiting the restoration and enhancement of Kohl Mansion. There will be a Tea & Espresso Bar, Wine, Light Supper, Dessert Buffet, along with a specialty boutique, silent auction, music and more surpises! This holiday event is reserved for adults and young adults.
Before November 27th: Mercy Adults: $45 (offer limited to 2 (two) adult tickets per coupon); additional adult guests $55 each; 
Young adults (ages 11-17) $30   
Tickets after November 27th and at the door $65 for Adults and $35 for young adults.
To RSVP click here for the invitation/RSVP flyer, print it out and return to the Kohl Mansion Office. For more information contact Dianne Devin 650-762-1137

Music at Kohl

*Volunteer with Music at Kohl!  Our season opened last month and thanks to Mercy volunteers, the first concert was a wonderful success. We are looking for volunteers for the next concert, this Sunday, which features the Catalyst 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 on Sunday, November 15. I look forward to welcoming back our volunteers from past concerts as well as all newcomers!  Please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at or 650.762.1130

If anyone in the Mercy family doesn'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  

Friday, Nov. 13th
Freshman Sleepover
Kohl Mansion 

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

Sunday, Nov. 22nd
Mercy HIgh School 

Thursday, Nov. 26th
Happy Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd
Christmas at Kohl
Kohl Mansion 5:00pm 

Thursday, Dec. 3
Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory
Skyline Theater



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