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March 2, 2016
Parent ENews


                                    It's Not Too Late!

                               Tickets Still Available!

           Click the Purchase Tickets link above by 10:00 p.m., Thursday
                                     March 3rd, or until we sell out! 

                     The cost to attend is $75 per person and includes:
           hors d' oeuvres, 
buffet food stations, dessert, & hosted bar!           

                                    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

The Decorations and Set-Up teams need your help!! Please check the sign up link below to see where you may be able to help out!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make real flower Leis?  
If the answer is yes, please email Jennifer Munsey to find out more!

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 Tai's at the Mansion!

                                               The Mercy Parent Club

All school information

*Lent is a great time to CLEAN OUT your closets!  We will be sponsoring a clothing drive from March 7th – March 18th.  Donations will be going to WOVIN who will in turn give the money earned from the clothes to Mercy Beyond Borders.  Mercy beyond Borders forges ways for women and girls in extreme poverty to learn, connect and lead in post-war South Sudan & post-quake Haiti.  Please bring clothes to the Campus Ministry Office.  Thanks for your support!

*Lenten Evening of Reflection:
A Mother's Experience of the Passion
Wednesday, March 16  
6:30pm for hors devours
7:00pm for the presentation 

This Lenten evening of reflection will draw parallels between Mary’s journey as the mother of Jesus and the experience of motherhood in 2016. Mercy Religion teacher Sandy Flaherty will provide an historical view of Mary’s life in first century Galilee. Mercy English teacher Cathy Fontaine will reflect on her own experience as the mother of three daughters.  Please join us on March 16 at 6:30pm for hors devours and 7:00pm for the presentation. Please RSVP by March 14 to Sandy Flaherty @  


*Save the Date!
Spring Musical 
Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dream Coat

Serra High School Theater
March 11, 12, 18, 19 - 7:30pm
March 13 - 2pm


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 (

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 documentary in 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


*Congratulations to all our Winter Sport Award winners for their academic achievements as well as team awards and all-league recognition.

*Winter sport team uniforms need to be returned back clean and laundered in a timely manner. Any uniforms not turned back will result in the family being charged a replacement fee.

*Team pictures are as follows:
Meet by the pond area next to the Mansion. If it rains, pictures will be taken indoors.
Monday March 7:
2:45pm-Lacrosse (Varsity and Developmental)
3:15pm-Track and Field
Tuesday March 8:
3:15pm-Hip Hop and Jazz

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.

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. 

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 


*Mercy Athlete of the Week: An athlete will be named starting next week all spring sport teams start competition this week.

*We have upgraded the 2 elliptical machines and a treadmill machine in the weight room. This is in addition to the purchase of 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.

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 March 3-9

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.


*Course Scheduling Update:
Over the past few weeks, counselors have met with each student individually to review course requests and talk about plans for the future.  During those conversations, we reviewed current progress, looked at historical grades, and talked about the time commitment needed to be successful in future classes.  Please take this time to review your daughter's course requests in PowerSchool and to ask any questions or make changes before the March 4th deadline.

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 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: Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

NEXT WEEK's menu March 7-11

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: Chicken Tostada Salad Bowl  A Large crispy baked Flour Tortilla filled with our famous Spanish Rice, Beans and perfectly seasoned chicken breast bites, topped with lettuce , tomatoes, Mexican cheese blend, salsa and sour cream. Please order before 9:00am for a vegetarian option
Wednesday:  Provolone and Pesto Foccacia Melts ( New and Exciting )
Our home made Foccacia bread with our Pesto Spread and Melted Provolone cheese, served with Field of Greens and a light Buttermilk dressing
Thursday: Scalloped Potato and Chicken Casserole Thinly sliced Yukon Gold Potatoes layered with Herbed Shredded Chicken and shredded Jack and Cheddar Cheese, baked in a creamy white sauce. Served with a green Salad
Friday: Grilled Cheese sandwich with Cilantro Tomato soup Our Girls most desired Meal....Gooey , Melting American cheese on sliced sour dough bread served with Grandma Huda's recipe of Cilantro tomato soup Better pre-order this one as we can never make enough :=)

Don't forget to check out the variety of specialty Salads daily changing to fit your taste and busy schedule....and if you ask the day before for a specialty Salad, we will gladly prepare it for you. Feed back is greatly appreciated on menu and new items, we are here thriving to please your taste buds :=)

Have an awesome week!
Your Friends at Mercy's Café

Musc at Kohl

*Mercy Students & Parents
Join us for an evening of beautiful music.
Music at Kohl Mansion offers exciting opportunities for Mercy students and parents to attend concerts as volunteers, helping to organize fun and elegant post-concert receptions where musicians and audiences mix and mingle over delicious refreshments.This long standing Mercy and Music at Kohl Mansion tradition offers Mercy students and parents an opportunity to perform worthwhile community service. Concerts are held in the Kohl Mansion at 7pm on selected Sundays. Volunteers help to keep music alive on the Peninsula! Click here for more information, concert dates and duties. Please contact Yvonne Wun Program Administrator at 650.762.1130 if you would like to volunteer.

Upcoming Events   

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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