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March 16, 2016
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Click HERE for the Summer School Course Catalog. Classes are available for advancement and remediation. Please sign up early so we can ensure that we have enough classes available. Your daughter should fill out the Summer School Request Form so that her schedule in the fall is accurate. 

Dear Parents,  Last week students completed their course requests with their counselors. The course request process is now finalized.
Please review your daughter’s course request list by this Friday, March 11 to make sure that the requests and alternates for your student look correct. If you see an error, email your daughter’s academic counselor immediately. The master schedule will be built in the coming weeks, and any requests after this date are difficult to accommodate.
As you know from previous communications, the school will strictly enforce a “no-change” policy after the master schedule is finished. Click HERE for some reminders about Mercy course request policies.

upcoming events

Don't Miss...
Tri-School Productions Spring Musical!

Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dream Coat

Serra High School Theater
March 18, 19 - 7:30pm

Tri-School Productions proudly presents its Spring Musical Production: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the irresistable and much-loved collaboration of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Featuring a terrific cast of characters stepping off the page from the book of Genesis, our cast and crew sing and dance to bring the story to life and entertain and delight all ages.


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!

TONIGHT! 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 @  


*MIT Logarhythms in concert!

Next Wednesday, March 23rd, during first lunch, the music department has a sweet treat!  From 11:15-11:45 a.m. in the Great Hall we are hosting the MIT Logarhythms in concert!

Founded in 1949, the MIT Logarhythms are the Institute’s oldest a cappella group, as well as one of the oldest in the nation. Carrying on a tradition of musical excellence and quality performance, the Logs have performed not only in the Boston area, but across the country and world for audiences of all ages. Recognized as one of the most exciting and animated groups in the New England, on stage the Logs deliver high energy performances packed with tight musical harmony and lots of laughs. The group loves to entertain audiences with their repertoire containing pop, R&B, and classic rock hits. 

This concert is during first lunch--please encourage your students to take advantage of this chance to hear a live group of performers.  A cappella is very popular in college these days so it's a good chance to see what it's all about.  


Spirit Spectacular

Friday, April 15th
Serra High School Gym 

Know any middle school cheer teams interested in a competition?  Encourage them to enter into Mercy's Spirit Spectacular!  Friday April 15th, at Serra High School's Gym.  Please click HERE for flyer with more information.  

    MPC - Mercy Parent club

    Paddle Raise for Bunko!
    Attention Auction Attendees 
    If you raised your paddle to purchase Bunko and it was not on your check out and you would still like to attend, please contact Jennifer Munsey in the Mercy Advancement department by email

    Educational Travel

    Educational Travel  - click here for all educational trips

    *Iceland Spring 2017
    Next year our science department is taking on ICELAND!  What an exciting place to learn about FIRE AND ICE.  Read about the trip below and in the attached itinerary.  We will be going for 5 days during Spring break (April 15-20, 2017) at a cost of approximately $2400.  We need to have at least 20 students interested for this trip to happen.  If you are interested, please email by April 30.  Iceland: Fire & Ice | Reykjavik & The Westman Islands, Iceland 5-days / 4-nights in destination This picturesque island contains some of the most impressive natural wonders found anywhere in the world. Spectacular phenomena include smoldering volcanoes, slow-flowing glaciers, extruding lava, gushing geysers, bubbling mud pots, soothing thermal pools and, in the darkness of winter, the magical northern lights. With a focus on volcanology and geothermal science, we’ll uncover geysers, glaciers, thermal pools, waterfalls, wildlife and more as we soak up the Viking history that dominates this awesome place.  Click HERE for itinerary.

    *G’Day Mates - Fancy a snuggle with a Koala? Ever want to box a kangaroo? Maybe we will all just have our feet waxed in Hobbiton. If this sounds like your type of trip then throw a shrimp on the barby and grab your suitcases for our 2017 VPA trip down under to both Australia and Zealand. During this 15 day trip we will immerse ourselves in art by seeing a musical/ballet or opera at the world famous Opera House and explore the architectural marvels like the skyline Gondolas and the town of Hobbiton from the acclaimed series “The Lord of the Rings”.If you are interested click the link and receive a $100.00 discount through the month of March.

    *Music Festival in Dublin Ireland 2017 - For all Mercy girls who plan or are hoping to be in Mercy Chorales  during the 2016-2017 school year!  We are planning an amazing trip to Ireland!  This will be in June, 2017 and of course recent graduates will be invited to participate! We will be participating in a Music Festival in Dublin, Ireland with participants potentially from all over the world and the festival will be hosted by the renowned educator and composer, Henry Leck.   This is a rare and wonderful opportunity and we think that aside from performing programs and seeing the sights we will get to visit Baggot Street, where Catherine McAuley began the Sisters of Mercy. I will be sharing more about our plans...but in the meantime, don't hesitate to get in touch with me! Mrs. Matthews


    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 


    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 in the Mercy
    scoreboard-click HERE 

    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 17-23

    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.

    College Counseling 

    Below you will find a list of dates that other Bay Area Community Colleges will begin accepting applications. 

    CSM - Available now.  Apply for the Summer/Fall Term. Apply on line here!

    Skyline - Applications are available now for the fall!  Click here to apply online!

    Foothill College - Applications will not be available until July 5th.  Click here to sign up for summer classes!

    Canada College - Applications are available now!  Click here to be linked to the application!

    DeAnza College - Most likely available in April.  Check the website for more information in late March.  

    City College of San Francisco - Applications are available!  Click here to apply!

    The application process will be fairly straight forward.  You will most likely need to attend an orientation and placement test.  In addition, you will also most likely need to meet with an advisor before you register for classes. The earlier you apply, the sooner you will get the classes that you are interested in.  


    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!

    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.

    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 or Cheese Enchiladas

    Friday is a minimum day, Please pre-order your Meatless Salad or lunch, we have a variety of options such as : Our  Grilled Veggie Wrap, Caprese Sandwich, The Vegan Sandwich, Cheese and Avo Sandwich...and our delicious Feta, Avo, Tomato and Cucumber Sandwich...Don't forget that Quesadilla...

    NEXT WEEK's menu March 21-23

    Monday: Ranchero Chicken Breast Spanish style baked chicken breast topped with Salsa Ranchero served with Rice and Beans

    Tuesday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches Our secret blend of BBQ dry rubbed Pork Shoulder cooked at slow heat for perfect smokiness, Served on a fresh round Foccacia roll. Served with a lightly seasoned Cabbage Salad to give you that clean taste...feel free to spread that in the sandwich or eat it as a side Salad.

    Wednesday: Pasta Primavera Creamy Alfredo sauce with a vegetable medley  and Chicken breast chunks, served with a green Salad and Italian Vinaigrette

    Wishing you all and amazing Easter Holiday :=)

    Musc at Kohl


    Music at Kohl invites you to join them at this Sunday's concert, featuring the Lysander Piano Trio. We need some help with the front of house (distributing programs, taking tickets, ushering) and with our post concert receptions (preparing hors d'oeuvres and dessert platters, setting up, serving, clean up). Hours are 6-10 pm. If you are available help, please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at

    You will have some time to listen to part of the concert and spend time with other Mercy and Serra students, parents and community members. Mercy and Serra students receive community service credit.

    Upcoming Events   

    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

    Student Holiday
    April 4 



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