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November 18, 2015
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*Please Join Us for a Toast to Mercy!

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

Online Advanced Ticket Sales End Tonight at Midnight!
Tickets Will Still be Available at the Door - 
Ticket Price Goes UP at the Door From $20 to $25

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 PourV. 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

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

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!

The Mercy Open House this 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! 

All school information

Today at Mercy

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 Show
December 3, 2015
Matinee at 4pm 

and evening showcase at 7:30pm 
Skyline College Theater


*Christmas Concert and Tri-M Recital!
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Tri-M Recital 5:30 p.m. - Reception Room
Christmas Concert 7:30 p.m. - Great Hall 
December 8th is a big day for music here at Mercy celebrating the Christmas Season with our annual concert in the Great Hall and preceding the concert with a delightful recital by the Tri-M Music Honor Society musicians.  We hope you will be able to attend both events and bring some friends. If you do attend the recital there will be food served between the two events to make it easier to stay.  
Tri-M Recital 5:30 p.m. Reception Room, Christmas Concert 7:30 p.m. Great Hall. Click HERE for flyer.

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!

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

Junior & Senior parents

*Kairos Retreat Infomation
Junior Parents, 
Kairos 12 is from Wednesday, January 13-Friday, January 15th.  Click HERE for a list of students who are signed up to attend that Kairos.  If you would like to add your daughter to the list, please email me at  If your daughter is signed up, please send in your $200 check by Friday, November 20th.  Some of you have already paid $50 so only a check for $150.00 is needed.  Thank you!

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.


*Winter Sport rosters have been set. Team meetings with Parents are taking place this week. All athletes on Winter sports should be ordering their Sportpacks for their respective sport. Go to the Mercy website and go to Athletics and then CrusaderWear.

*All uniforms from the fall sports should be returned to the Athletic Director by the end of this week. Please have them laundered when returning. Any uniforms not returned by a player will result in the family being charged a replacement fee for the missing uniform.

*Team pictures for Basketball and Soccer will be taken this Friday
Nov 20. Soccer will be at 2:45pm followed by JV Basketball and then Varsity Basketball.
All girls should come to the pictures in full uniform. Coaches will determine with their team which color uniforms will be worn.

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.  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 

*All results of each team can be found: 

*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the upcoming week of Nov. 19-25.

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: Greek Style Chicken with Vermicelli Rice and Vegetables
 Grilled Cheese sandwich with Cliantro Tomato

*Lunch Specials the Week of Nov. 23rd

Monday:  Swedish Meatballs over Egg Noodles
Juicy all beef seasoned Swedish style meatballs (mild and smokey) soaked in a creamy mushroom sauce, served over egg noodles with a side of green Salad and buttermilk dressing

Tuesday: Pizza....Pizza...Pizza
As you know by now...Our home made Pizza dough with our secret recipe Pizza sauce , Grade A Mozzarella cheese and your choice of: Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni, Margarita Pizza, Pesto Chicken or our Own Mediterranean Pizza ( Za'tar spice, olive oil, Feta cheese and tomatoes), Also NEW this week, Meatball Pizza Or as you know Our White Pizza with Spinach...if you like our Spinach Calzones or our Meat Ball will have a new favorite here :=)

Happy Thanksgiving


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


Thank you to the following volunteers who helped Music at Kohl with their concert last week on Sunday, November 15: Cher Fuentes, Brandon Gregg, Natalie Griffin, Stathis Kavantzas, Mike Popa, Estaban Thumas, Tatyana Thumas and Paula Wong. We had a small group this week, but everyone worked so efficiently and diligently, we had a wonderful concert with inspiring music and reception with delicious hors d'oeuvres.

Our next concert is our Holiday Gala Concert on Sunday, December 20, featuring Geraldine Walther, violist and the Altius Quartet. The mansion will be fully decorated for the holidays and our reception will be extra special.

If you would like to either attend the concert (see our website at: or volunteer to help (and feel the holiday season all around you!), please contact Program Administrator, Yvonne Wun at or 650.762.1130. We need volunteers to help at the front of house (taking tickets, distributing programs, helping to usher patrons) and with the reception (preparing food platters, serving beverages, set up and clean up). It's an enjoyable evening teaming up with your Mercy and Serra students and parents and community volunteers.

Upcoming Events  

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

Tuesday, Dec. 8
Mercy Christmas Concert  
Kohl Mansion 7:30pm



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