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December 2, 2015
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Christmas at Kohl
Wednesday, Dec. 2nd

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.

*Special Offer Extended to our Mercy Community through Dec. 4th!!!
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.
Tickets through December 4th - Mercy Adults: $45 (offer limited to 2 (two) adult tickets per coupon; additional adult guests $55 each)Young adults $30 (ages 11-17)   

Tickets after December 4th for Cafe de Kohl and at the door - Adults $65 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

All school information

Today at Mercy

Willy Wonka's Candy Factory!
Christmas Dance Show
Thursday, December 3 
Matinee at 4pm 
and evening showcase at 7:30pm
Skyline College Theater

Please join us Thursday December 3rd at 4p and 7:30pm for the Dance Departments production of "Willy Wonka and the Candy Factory" featuring Cat Bigelow, Maggie Grogan, Mr. Watts and the MHS Drama department. Admission is free but we will be collecting donations at the end of the show.

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

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 
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!

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


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

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

FirST semester finals

*First Semester Finals 

Your daughter's finals are two weeks away!
Please take time to review the schedule with her:

Monday, December 14

  • 8-10AM: 4th Period Final
  • 11-1PM: 6th Period Final

Tuesday, December 15

  • 8-10AM: 1st Period Final
  • 11-1PM: 5th Period Final

Wednesday, December 16

  • 8-10AM: 2nd Period Final
  • 11-1PM: 3rd Period Final

Thursday, December 17

  • 8-10AM: 7th Period Final

*** Please note that zero period finals will be taken during the last two class periods the week of December 7. ***

The cafeteria will be open for breakfast Monday- Thursday and for lunch Monday- Wednesday of Finals Week. 

Students are only expected to be on campus when they have finals, so if your daughter only has one final on a particular day she only needs to come to campus for that final time slot. Please make sure your daughter arrives to school at least fifteen minutes before the start of her finals in order to ensure that minimal distractions occur at the beginning of each exam. Students may wear free dress during finals week. 

upcoming Activities

The Counseling Department is excited to announce that Wellness Week is coming up November 30th- December 4th. Click HERE for a list of events planned for this week.


Sock Drive for the homeless at 
St Anthony's Foundation!
Bin Location: Student entrance by Mr. Wootton's room. 
Type of Socks: Either men's or women's white crew socks. Hiking socks are also good.
Reason: Access to socks are often limited for the men and women living in homeless shelters. Interestingly enough, socks are the least donated clothing item. They are an important necessity, especially as the weather grows colder. Please bring in as many pairs of socks as you can. These socks will be donated on December 5th to St Anthony's for the holiday season. Thank you to student Rachel Lock for organizing this Sock Drive!

*Holiday Food Drive
for Second Harvest Food Bank
Dec. 7-11
Collecting in front of the Mansion 7:20am-8:00am
Mercy will be conducting our Annual Holiday Food Drive from Monday, December 8 to Friday, December 12. Food can be dropped off in front of the Mansion from 7:20am-8:10am each morning. All donations will be given to Second Harvest Food Bank in San Mateo.

The following are suggested items, Food Bank needs nutritious, non-perishable foods:

  • Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)
  • Tuna and canned meat
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned foods with pop-top lids
  • Low-sugar cereals
  • 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes
  • Canned fruit packed in juice
  • Canned vegetables (low salt)
  • Please avoid donating items packaged in glass. Any questions please contact Campus Minister Angie Simonetti at 650 762-1149

Mercy Blood Drive on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 
Interested donors needed! Adults & Youth 16+ (with parental consent) welcome! Our Red Cross Club is looking for blood donors for our first ever Mercy Blood Drive!  We need at least 50 people signed up by November 30th Please sign up today!  Did you know each donation can save 3 lives? Make a difference in the lives of others by donating blood at MHSB Red Cross's Blood Drive. Free refreshments and a complimentary gift will be provided. 
Click HERE (google sheet link) to sign up!

Click HERE for printable coupon for the Kate Spade event

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.  All athletes on a Winter team should be ordering their Sportpacks gear  for their respective sport. Go to the Mercy website and go to Athletics and then CrusaderWear.

All uniforms/gear from the Fall teams should be returned to the Athletic Director by Friday December 4. Please have them laundered when returning. Any uniform/golf bags not returned by a player will result in the family being charged a replacement fee for the missing uniform/equipment.

*Any student interested in playing softball -- there will be an Interest Meeting on Wednesday 12/9 at 2:30pm in Grassili.  If you are unable to make this meeting, please reach out to Ms Longwich prior.

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 Dec. 3-Dec.9.

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

AJ Tutoring Test Prep Course
on campus this Spring!
Click HERE for more info/flyer.

CSU/UC Applications:
 The due date for the CSU/UC Applications is November 30th!  Make sure you have your daughter's test scores and applications in.  Your daughter can request her scores before she submits her applications. 

CSU GPA: The CSU application asks the students to calculate their CSU GPA.  Don't just take the GPA off the transcript.  Students need to actually calculate the GPA with their requirements.  The instructions help you calculate your daughter's GPA, but if you have any questions, please have your daughter come by and Mrs. O will calculate it with your daughter. 

Sending Test Scores: To send your scores to the various colleges you are applying to you must log on to or  You will need to know the school codes and you can look them up on those two sites. 

Keep Naviance Updated: I know it is a pain but please make sure your daughter keeps Naviance updated.  This is how the counseling team and your daughter's recommenders know when to send your letters of recommendation.  Check their statuses on Naviance by clicking on "Detailed view" under the "colleges I am applying to" tab.  You will see when we sent your transcripts.  If you need me to send a transcript, please let me know and I will send it right away.  

Acceptances: Some of you are getting acceptances already (Congratulations!).  Please put that into Naviance.  It is a fun way for you to track your decisions and it helps us know where you are in the process.  

Letters of Recommendation: Students should have already requested their letters of recommendation. If your student has a January 1st deadline, please have them contact their recommenders so they have plenty of time before Christmas break to complete them.  

Mercy parent club

*Father Daughter Dance- Save the Date! Friday January 29, 2016 will be this year's Father Daughter Dance.  Make sure to mark your calender for this special evening for Dads and Daughters.  If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Event Coordinator Jennifer Munsey at 650-762-1199

*Save the Date for Mai Tai's at the Mansion! Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Historic Kohl Mansion, transformed for a night you wont forget!!!  To get involved with the planning of this event, contact Event Coordinator Jennifer Munsey at 650-762-1199 or


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

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: Rosemary Garlic Roasted Chicken Casserole
 Orange Glazed Chicken with Steamed Ricen and Asian Veggi Blend

*Lunch Specials the Week of Dec. 7th
(click HERE for full description of the specials and vegitarian options.)

Monday:  Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
Foccacia Burgers
Wednesday:  Shredded Beef Chimichunga
Thursday: Pizza...Pizza...Pizza 
Friday: Thai Chicken Wrap

Music at Kohl

Volunteer with Music at Kohl!
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  

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

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

Monday, Dec. 7
Cafe de Kohl
Kohl Mansion 5-8pm 

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

Wednesday, Dec. 9
Cookies, Cocoa and Collaboration
5-7pm Kohl Mansion



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