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February 17, 2016
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Dear Mercy Famillies:
It's time for re-registration and course requests for the 2016-2017 academic year. The course request window opens Feb. 8. Click HERE to see the letter with instructions and links to resources for course requests. You may also click HERE to see the letter posted to students on Schoology. 

Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Parents:  
We had our Curriculum Presentation.  Here is a YouTube link ( so that you can view the presentation as well.  PowerSchool will open to accommodate course requests on February 8th and will close on March 4th.  Counselors will meet individually with students during that time.  If you would like to be a part of that meeting, please reach out to your daughter's academic counselor.  Below are several helpful links to assist you and your student in planning courses for next year. 
Please let us know if you have any questions!

Michele Macmillan ( / Lauren Totah (
Caroline O'Sullivan (


PowerSchool App: If you have not already done so, download the PowerSchool Mobile app for your mobile device via the App Store or Google Play. This will allow you to access your portal easily throughout the school year. Once downloaded, input our district code: NZFS and your login information. If you have any questions, or have lost your login information, please contact Stephanie Montoya

Mercy Parent Club

MPC is looking for help Cleaning out and Organizing the MPC decorations and supply rooms!  Please email Jennifer Munsey, if you are interested in helping out!


Mai Tais at the Mansion! 

Saturday, March 5, 2016
6:00pm - Kohl Mansion

Food, Libations, Silent and
Live Auction! 

Click the "Purchase Tickets" button at
left to reserve your spot now! 
Questions? Contact Event Coordinator Jennifer Munsey at 650-762-1199 or

SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Please consider sponsoring this event! You can be a Sponsor, Advertise your business or make a cash donation to help make the event a success! Click on the Sponsor and Advertising buttons to learn more!


  • Donations, especailly those from the Mercy Community help to make this night a success and impact school programs that benefit all current Mercy students. Donations of services, gift cards\certificates, vacation homes, event tickets, unique experiences are needed and appreciated!  DONATION ITEM Wish List:  Dinner Parties; Restaurants or eatery gift cards; Wine & Craft Beer; Pro & College Game day tickets-Warriors, Giants, A's, Stanford, Cal, Santa Clara; Golf & Spa packages; Dance, Cheer, Art instruction or lessons; Concert Tickets; Vacation Getaways- Tahoe, Hawaii, Napa, Half Moon Bay; Corporate Tours, mentorship; Local Outings & museums -Alcatraz, boat trips, DeYoung...; Jewelry; Gift cards- Macys, Sports Authority, Amazon, Visa or MasterCard cards, Starbucks, Spa,nail salons, MAC, Sephora...
  • Click the Donate an Auction Item button above or click HERE for a printable donation form which may be turned in to the Mai Tai's at the Mansion Donations BOX in the Mercy main office! 
  • Mercy Family Donation Incentive for Mercy Students! Turn in a Donation form and item with your Family & students name and your student will get a free Spin on the Mercy Prize wheel during her lunch period.  STARTING TOMORROW donations turned in will qualify your student for a FREE spin beginning next Wednesday February 3rd. Each donation turned in qualifies for a spin the following Wednesday, 2\3-2\17. (spin prizes value range from$10-$25)
    Lunch Time Spin Dates: 2\10 & 2\17! 
    * Lunch time SPIN WINNERS for 2/17:  
    Moyra Rock '19 
Interested in getting involved in Planning or Voluteering for Mai Tais at the Mansion?  Contact Jennifer Munsey at

Upcoming club event

Mercy Students in Action present
"Spring Awakening"
Fashion Show

Friday, February 26th - 7PM
Mercy High School - Kohl Mansion
all proceeds go to the Manthan School in India

The Mercy Students in Action and Fashion Club are having a fashion show to raise money for a school in India that was started by a Mercy High School student and her family. Fashions have been donated by area stores and some outfits have been made by the students. Jewelry designed by Fashion Club members from beads and crystals donated by Swarovski crystal will be featured and for sale and auction after the show. Most exciting about “Spring Awakening” is that it is a totally student-driven event. Please help support these enterprising young women and the fashion show, which is a shining example of our students living the charism of Mercy.

Under 18: $10
Over 18: $20 

Pay at the door cash or check 

RSVP by Feb. 19th by emailing

Senior parents

Career Day has been moved to February 23rd. Seniors are expected to be on campus until 2:30pm on the 23rd. 

*The Hunting Ground
In response to the growing concern over rape on college campuses, Senior Religion classes will be showing The Hunting Ground documentaryin March. The film will be followed by discussion with a counselor and the class religion teacher.The Hunting Ground was aired on CNN in November and uncovers the serious problem of rape on college campuses.  In September of 2014 President Obama launched the It's on Us campaign to raise awareness and help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses. During his address President Obama indicated that 1 in 5 young women will experience rape, or attempted rape, during their college career. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Angie Simonetti, Religion Department Chair

Educational Travel

Educational Travel  - click here for all educational trips


*The Winter Sports Awards Night for our basketball and soccer teams will be held in the Great Hall on February 29 starting at 6:30pm.

*Winter sport team uniforms need to be returned back clean and laundered. Any uniforms not turned back will result in the family being charged a replacement fee. Soccer players: Return your uniform to the athletic director during your lunch break on Friday Feb 19.  Basketball players: Return your uniform to the athletic director during your lunch break on Monday Feb 22.

Very Important: Every student who plays on a Mercy athletic team must be fully registered with the Appryse system.   Each athlete must have their completed physical that shows they have been cleared to participate in sports. If your daughter has not been cleared to play sports, she will not be able to start practice and/or tryouts.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. 

*The following locations are where students should continue to be for their tryouts and/or practice: Coaches hope to finalize rosters by the end of the week of February 22.

  • Gymnastics-Gymtown Gymnastics: 389 Oyster Point Blvd. Suite 5, South San Francisco-Sessions will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3-5pm.
  • Lacrosse: Franklin Elementary School turf field: 2385 Trousdale Dr., Burlingame. Tryouts will take place Monday-Friday 3:00-4:30pm.
  • Softball: Bayside Park Field 1: 1125 Airport Blvd., Burlingame- Tryouts will be Monday-Friday 3-5pm. Starting on February 22, practices will  move to Cuernavaca Park.
  • Swimming: Mercy Pool on Campus: Monday-Friday 3:45-5:45pm.
  • Track and Field: Serra High School: Monday-Friday 3-5pm


Mercy Athlete of the Week:
Senior Shannon Grady- Soccer

Shannon is one of the team captains, leads the team in minutes played. She is an integral part of the midfield play for the team. Shannon is very determined in getting after the ball and then distributing to her teammates. She can always be counted on to give 100% effort in both games and practices. Great season Shannon!


We bought a rowing machine and a couple of exercise bikes for the Grassilli Center weight room. All girls are encouraged to utilize the facility. All girls need to check with the AD to coordinate times for use. Adult supervision is required for any use of the weight room by our students.


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: 

Make sure to follow all of our team score updates as they happen via our athletics twitter page. Mercy Athletics@MercyAthletics.

*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the upcoming week of Feb. 18 - 24

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 Spring 2016 with Mercy athletics.

From counseling

Navigating the Tides of Adolescence
A FREE panel discussion on the challenges
facing our teens today, 
including stress, mental health
and wellness.

Monday, Feb. 29 - 7PM
Hillsdale High School
Mercy parents, February 29th at 7 pm StarVista and the San Mateo Union School District are hosting “Navigating the Tides of Adolescence” a FREE panel discussion on the challenges facing our teens today, including stress, mental health, and wellness. The panel will be moderated by Rachael Myrow of KQED. Panelists include Dr. Steven Adelsheim, Stanford child psychiatrist and Director of Community Partnerships at the Stanford School of Medicine; Gunn High School parent Kathleen Blanchard; and Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of the highly acclaimed book, “How to Raise an Adult“ and former freshman dean at Stanford University. Please click HERE flyer with registration details and more information about the event.

College Counseling 

    Scholarships:  The Scholarships have been updated in Naviance.  Please view the scholarship link in your daughter's naviance for a complete listing of scholarships your daughter might be eligible.  

    PSAT booklets available.  Now that you have your daughter's PSAT scores have been released, please have her come by Mrs. Ohanessian's office for her PSAT test booklet.  You will be able to see exactly which questions she scored incorrectly.  This will help with any test prep you might have coming up!

    Applying to a Community College? Applications to the California Community Colleges are now being accepted.  Log on to the school's website and choose the Summer/Fall term.  
    CSM will be on campus on March 14th at 12:30 to discuss the application and registration process. 


    Princeton Review ACT Prep classes will begin. 
    Click HERE for the flier

    Applying for Financial Aid - The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now available online.  Please complete this form if you are planning to apply for financial aid.  Some colleges require this by February 1st.  If you do not have your taxes done by February 1st, estimate or use last year's tax paperwork.  You can go in and change it once your taxes are completed.  Some schools require the CSS Profile.  Please click on this link to find the profile.  If you have any questions about the FAFSA or the Profile, please email Mrs. Ohanessian.

    Mid Year Reports - Mid year Reports have been sent.  If your school has not received it yet, please let Mrs. Ohanessian know.

    Update your Naviance - As you hear back from schools, please update your naviance so we can track what schools need the appropriate paperwork.

    Scholarships - Did you receive a scholarship from a school?  Email Mrs. Ohanessian the name of the school, the scholarship, and the amount.  We like to commend our students on all of their accomplishments.

    Senior Parents - If you have questions about the FAFSA or the forms for financial aid? or you need help navigating all the upcoming requirements, schedule a meeting with Mrs. Ohanessian by sending her an email at

    Junior Parents - Schedule your college meeting with Mrs. Ohanessian today!  Email Mrs. Ohanessian ( to schedule your daughter's preliminary college meeting today!

    Be a host

    Host a French Student!
    April 10-April 24
    For the past three years we have had the pleasure of hosting French students in April. These students live with our Mercy families while attending classes with their "host sister." The girls are 15-16 years old, have studied English and speak it well enough to converse easily with everyone and attend classes. They are very eager to experience American family and school life. Students who want to be hosts do not need to be enrolled in French or speak French. It has always been a rewarding experience on both ends and some students have maintained a friendship over the years. Click HERE for detailed information. If you are interested, please contact Liz Barthe, French Department Chair at and I will supply you with a host application and profiles of the students

    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 FALL 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.


    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:  Greek Style Meat Pasticio - Short Tube Pasta layered with Greek Spiced Ground Beef, Baked in a White Bashamelle Sauce

    Friday:  Clam Chowder or  Vegetarian Chili Bread Bowl -  Our own Home Made Recipe for both Soups, Creamy New England Clam Chowder Or our Magical Spice Blend with beans and vegetable served San Francisco style in a Freshly baked Sour Dough Bread Bowl......A must try :=)

    *Lunch Specials the Week of February 22nd
    (click HERE for full description of the specials and vegitarian options.)

    Monday: Chicken and Broccoli Bake Sub
    Tuesday:  Shredded Beef Chimichunga, served with Chips and Salsa
    Foccacia Burgers
    BBQ Chicken with Mash Potatoes and Corn
    Shrimp Fried Rice and Veggie Egg Rolls

    Please visit the café for our continuously changing selections of gourmet salads and sandwiches...We thrive to provide you with best quality food.

    Musc at Kohl


    Thank you to the following volunteers who helped with our concert Sunday night featuring the Boreal Trio: Nancy Agatiello, Brandon Gregg, Connie Hopkins, Erin Murphy  Sarah Murphy, Mike Popa, Paula Wong, and Scott Wun. It was an outstanding concert and a special Valentine's Day reception thanks to all those listed.

    Our next concert is on Sunday, March 20 featuring the Lysander Piano Trio. Anyone who wishes to volunteer, please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at

    Upcoming Events   

    Tuesday, February 23
    Career Day

    Friday, February 26
    "Spring Awakening" 
    Fashion Show 

    Monday, February 29
    Winter Sports Awards
    Great Hall - 6:30pm 

    Saturday, March 5
    Mai Tais at the Mansion 

    Spring Musical 
    Joseph and the Amazing
    Technicolor Dream Coat
    Serra Theater
    March 11, 12, 18, 19 - 7:30pm
    March 13 - 2pm 



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