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March 23, 2016
Parent ENews


Easter Blessings 
to all 
the Mercy Community!

all school information

*Click HERE to enjoy our "A Day in the Life of a Mercy Girl" Youtube!


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. 

*Adult Close-up Inaugural Program
Since this inauguration is a historic event, Mercy is opening enrollment to parents who would like to participate in the Adult Close-up Inaugural Program. The cost is $3,427 per adult. The adult program is separate from the student program and can include several highlights (subject to change).  Some of the options listed on the brochure are: a visit to Montpelier, Guided tours of the memorials, Guided tour of the Smithsonian Renwick Art Gallery,  a tour of the hidden memorials (American Veterans Disabled for Life,  Japanese American Patriotism, and Victims of Communism memorials),  Listening to Supreme Court Arguments, Tudor Place, Anderson House, Leesburg, Ball’s Bluff Battlefield, Morven Park, George C. Marshall’s House, Postal Museum, National Public Radio Studio, Octagon House, and the other typical sites. Please contact Mr. Wootten at if you have questions or would like to reserve a spot. Registration will close by May 1st and the first payment of $600 dollars is due by the end of May. 

upcoming events

Please join us for
the annual

Making A Difference!

Individual Ticket: $150
Sponsorship Levels: $250 - $25,000+
Donations of any amount appreciated

Making A Difference is not just about providing financial aid, it is about providing an opportunity for a young girl to attend Mercy, an opportunity which can change her life forever.
For additional information about the Making A Difference Scholarship Benefit click HERE, or contact Mary Lund, Director of Advancement at 650.762.1190 or 


*Year of Mercy Event
Living Mercy in Public Life:
US Congresswoman Jackie Speier

The Sisters of Mercy invite you to a Year of Mercy Event. We are honored to present Mercy High School Burlingame Alumna and U.S. Congresswoman (14th District) Jackie Speier who will address the topic, Living Mercy in Public Life.  Congresswoman Speier was present when Pope Francis addressed the United States Congress during his historic visit in September 2015. Opportunity for dialogue and refreshments with Congresswoman Speier will follow her presentation.

Please join us on April 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30pm at Mercy Center.

If you plan to attend, please register using this link so we know how many people to expect.

Hope to see you there as we continue to celebrate this year of Mercy!


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.  

    senior parents

    Friday, April 8, 2016   
    7:00 – 11:00 P.M.

    Seniors come for an AWESOME EVENING sponsored by your Senior Council. Enjoy dinner, games, and a movie in the Mansion. Create one final high school memory. Permission forms are due by Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Please click HERE for permission form.

    MPC - Mercy Parent club

    *Mother Daughter Senior Mass & Brunch
    Sunday, May 15
    10:00 a.m.

    Formal invitation to follow. Questions? Please contact Jennifer Munsey, Mercy Advancement Events Coordinator @ or 650-762-1199

    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 athletes on spring teams should check with their coaches and confirm what practice schedule the team will have during the spring break.

    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: 
    Senior Lacrosse player Megan Becken

    Megan had never played lacrosse before this season. She has stepped in to fill a void at the goalie position. With each game, she has felt more comfortable in her role. In the past two games vs. Urban and Harker, the team has secured victories with Megan having 19 total saves. In addition, her percentage of goals against average has been cut in half over the last 3 games. Keep up the great job Megan!


    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 24-30

    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 

    *Tri-School California College Night at NDB
    Wednesday, April 27 -  7:00PM
    Notre Dame High School Belmont - Moore Pavilion
    Click HERE for flyer and more info 

    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!

    club news

    *Red Cross Club

    Our Red Cross Club had their very first 6 hour CPR and First Aid certification class on Saturday, March 19th.  Thank you to Hayley Massucco, Candice Tongson, Dania Sohail, Abbie Hui and Angeli Ong for attending class 


    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.


    *Dear Parents, This is a reminder that all service hours are due Wednesday, May 11. Spring break is a perfect time for students to get caught up and/or finish any remaining hours. Any student who has completed over 100 hours should submit her hours at least a month in advance so that all paper work will be processed and awards given out on time. If you have any questions 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

    Wishing you all and amazing Easter Holiday :=)

    Musc at Kohl


    Music at Kohl Mansion thanks the following volunteers for their help at our concert and reception on Sunday, March 20, 2016: Sandra Corzantes, Marc Esqueda, Cher Fuentes, Brandon Gregg, Stathis Kavantzas, Hadley Ann Popa, Mike Popa, Samantha Reyes, Christian Schaffner, Paula Wong and Scott Wun. Special thanks to our Serra High students for coming to help! The Lysander Piano Trio concert was wonderful and the reception was nicely done.

    Our next concert is coming up soon on Sunday, April 3, featuring the Israeli Chamber Project. If you are available to join us, please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at We need help with front of house duties (taking tickets, distributing programs, ushering) and with the reception (preparing food platters, setting up, serving and cleaning up). Volunteer hours are approximately 6-10 PM (or whatever part of that time period you are available.)

    Upcoming Events   

    Easter Vacation
    March 24 - April 1

    Student Holiday
    April 4 



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