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February 24, 2016
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*Tri-School Productions is in final rehearsals for our upcoming Spring SHOW!  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber theatre extravaganza, opens on March 11 and runs for two weekends.  We'll give you more specifics next week about purchasing tickets but to give you a
taste of what we have in store, come to our MALL TEASER at Hillsdale Shopping Center this coming Saturday!
  There will be two shows inside the mall, by Nordstrom's at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. 
Hope you stop by!


*The Visual Arts Department will be hosting the 2nd annual Fabulous Works of Art Contest for 6th, 7th & 8th Grade girls on February 24th. The Mercy Burlingame Visual Arts Department is committed to encourage girls to build confidence in 2D and 3D Art creation, all while placing emphasis on the   research and investigation of different elements of Art.


Dear Mercy Famillies:
It's time for re-registration and course requests for the 2016-2017 academic year. The course request window opened 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 course requests will close on March 4th. Counselors will meet individually with students during the month of February and the first week of March.  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 (

Mercy Parent Club

*Reserve your tickets today!

To Purchase Tickets click on the button above now!

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 above to learn more!

Donations, especially 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!

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! 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Please click here to volunteer to help with decorations and event packaging!

Together we can make this a successful night celebrating the community of Mercy High School! Thank You for your support, We look forward to seeing you at Mai Tais at the Mansion!

The Mercy Parent Club

Upcoming club event

Mercy Students in Action &
Fashion Club 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 by emailing

Senior parents

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 MONDAY, February 29 starting at 6:30pm.

*All student athletes who are on a Spring sport team should now be purchasing their Crusaderwear gear designed specifically for their respective team. The site to purchase the gear can be found on the Mercy website under Athletics or click HERE.

*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: Uniforms should have already been returned.  Basketball players: Return your uniform to the athletic director during your lunch break on Thursday Feb 25

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 26.

  • Lacrosse: Franklin Elementary School turf field: 2385 Trousdale Dr., Burlingame. Tryouts will take place Monday-Friday 3:00-4:30pm.
  • Softball: Starting on February 22, practices will move to Cuernavaca Park, 3-5pm
  • 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 Basketball Player Deirdre Bonitz

Deirdre finished the season as the team’s leading scorer. In addition to her multiple games of 3 or more made three point goals, she also shot 40% overall from the floor. Deirdre shows nothing but a positive attitude in both practice and games. She certainly should be applauded for her true sportsmanship. Congratulations Deirdre!


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. 25 - March 2

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 

*CAL GRANT GPA VERIFICATION: Please have your daughters bring this form  to my office by the end of the week.  These forms must be post marked by March 2nd.  If you have applied for financial aid through the FAFSA, this form will be required to apply for the Cal Grant. 

*Upcoming college fairs:

NACAC College Fair
April 30th from 1:30 - 4:30
Cow Palace
Click here for more information and a list of all the colleges attending!

WACAC College Fairs
Various Location and dates in May
Click here to see the dates, times and locations and to register online!

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.


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: BBQ Chicken with Mash Potatoes and Corn
Shrimp Fried Rice and Veggie Egg Rolls

NEXT WEEK's menu will be posted on Schoology 

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

Music at Kohl Mansion's Children's Concert
Our annual Children's Concert is on Wednesday, March 2 (a non-school day). We have three performances and could use some help from 8:45 to 12:30 managing the 600+ concert guests, many students from our local schools. Mercy students will earn service credit for volunteer hours.The Aurio Trio (accordian, tuba and bassoon) are performing a lively, engaging concert for children of all ages, including members of our senior community. Please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at if you are interested in helping out.

Upcoming Events   

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 

Holy Week Liturgy
Tuesday, March 22 - full uniform

Easter Vacation
March 24 - April 1 



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