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April 20, 2016
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The late start day has been moved to Tuesday, April 26th. 

Students who have requested a Tri-School Class
for next year, 2016-2017: 
You and your parents must read and sign the Tri School Orientation Packet and Contract and return it to Mrs. Morello by April 28, 2016. Click HERE for packet.

A few reminders:

  • If you do not sign and return the contract by April 28, the course will be removed from your approved courses list and you will not be enrolled in the Tri-School course. 
  • Once a student has been placed in a Tri-School class he/she will not be permitted to drop that class for any reason. 
  • Requesting a Tri-School class does not guarantee placement in that class. You will be notified of your course list in May. 


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. 

Freshman parents

Freshman Retreat
WEDNESDAY, April 27th
Fort Miley-Ropes Course
The freshman retreat offers freshmen a chance to step away from their “inside” world and to enjoy God’s creation while developing confidence, trust, support, communication, cooperation and leadership skills.  The retreat is on WEDNESDAY, April 27th at Fort Miley.  The program uses team and trust activities in combination with higher climbing elements. Below are two permission forms that need to be completed and returned to the student’s religion teacher.  These forms will also be given out during their religion classes this week.
Freshman Retreat Permission Form
PLI Release Form

senior parents upcoming events

*Please click HERE for Important 2016 Graduation Information.


Pinning Ceremony Class of 2016
Seniors Welcomed into the
 Mercy High School Alumnae Association

Friday, May 6th
1:30pm - Mother House Chapel

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. Look for your invitation in the mail this week!

Year of Mercy events

Calling all Mercy Artists! 
Year of Mercy Event: 
Mercy Art Exhibit
We are looking for Mercy Artists to submit their artwork to an art exhibit celebrating The Year of Mercy.  The theme of the submissions is Mercy.  The Art Exhibit will be held at Mercy Center, Burlingame from July 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016. Submissions due by June 1, 2016. All those interested should contact Angie Simonetti at


Year of Mercy Event
Living Mercy in Public Life:
US Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Saturday, April 23

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!

Upcoming events 

*Tri-M Music Honor Society
Spring Recital!  
Thursday, April 28, 2016
3:30-5:30pm -  Reception Room (Mansion)
Mercy's chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society invites you to it's Spring Recital!  We had to change the date because of calendar complications so this recital will be in the afternoon.  We know that this time frame makes it hard for many of our audience to attend but we are hoping for a small but enthusiastic and supportive audience for our performers.
Some light refreshments will be served.


May 12 at 6:00pm in the Great Hall,
please join Ms. Salter's Sophomore English class in celebrating the culmination of the semester-long Sophomore Action Project. Twenty-six Sophomores have spent the semester researching topics within the five Mercy Critical Concerns of Women, Racism, Immigration, Non-Violence and the Earth and their application to the world around us. Then, students were charged to volunteer with a local group, to try to positively impact the issue that they researched to help change the world for the better. 

The evening of May 12, students will present the results of their research and the action they committed to in a traditional group TED talk with elements of film, art, song, dance, photography and poetry. Topics include the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Latin American Immigrants and the American Dream, Body Image in All Girls High Schools, Global Warming, Ocean Pollution, the Black Lives Matter Movement, Food Waste and Hypersexualization of Women in the Media, among others. Come prepared to be inspired. It would mean the world to have your support! 

Light refreshments will be provided

Please ask your student or contact Ms. Rhiannon Salter with any questions at

We look forward to seeing you on May 12! 

mercy parent club

Look for an email confirming your spot for Bunco 
If you raised your paddle to purchase Bunko at this year's auction, look for an email confirming your spot for this May 5th event. Not sure if you bought it that night or you are interested in the event, please contact Jennifer Munsey in the Mercy Advancement department by email

Educational Travel

Explore the performing arts with your students on this field trip to CHICAGO! Participate in a comedy workshop with professionals, and attend Comedy Sportz Show, and visit Chicago's finest landmarks and museums. Dinner and tournament at Medieval Times! Bask in the glamour of CHICAGO!  
Informational Meeting -
Monday, April 25th
at 6:00 pm - Art Room 303
Some tour highlights are a Guided Sightseeing of Chicago (Architecture based), Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium, Comedy Workshop/ Comedy Sportz Show. This is a great opportunity for your daughter to tie her classroom experience to the real world. The proposed dates are Nov 10- 13, 2016. Interested families please plan on attending this meeting. We will have a representative from EF Tours available to share details and answer your questions. For more information contact Nadine Baroudi at

*Iceland Spring 2017
Parents and Students interested in
going to ICELAND:
Informational Meeting -
Monday, April 25th 
at 5:30 pm in room 128 (the old biology lab)  
A brief powerpoint presentation will be given with all of the details about our upcoming trip to Iceland with an emphasis on science.  We will outline the itinerary as well as discuss costs and dates (Spring Break 2017).  Come and find out what's in store for students participating including Gullfoss & Geysir Visits, Geysir Multimedia Show, Hot Spring Bread Tasting, Greenhouse & Horse Stable Visit at Reykholt Village, Egg Boil in Hverageroi, a volcano visit and many other excursions.  If you are interested and unable to attend this meeting, please contact Pat Bradley at and she will give you the details and downpayment information.  This promises to be an exciting trip!
 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”.For more information contact Gary Ferguson or visit

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


*Mercy Athlete of the Week:
Senior Mariana Mejia Hernandez
Senior Track team member Mariana Mejia Hernandez in the past two weeks has set 5 personal bests and played an integral role in the recent success of our relay teams.  She is being nominated not only for her outstanding performances, but also for being a model of focus and consistency for our younger athletes in practice.


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 


*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 April 21-27

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 

Serra High School Junior Case Studies night
April 25th at 6:30 at Serra High School.  *Click HERE for more info. 
RSVP to Mrs. Ohansesian by 4/22/16. SPACE IS LIMITED SO SIGN UP EARLY!

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!

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

Thursday, 4/21: Meat or Spinach Calzones  

Friday, 4/22: Minimum Day, pre-orders for Salads and sandwiches to be picked up by 12:20pm.


Monday: Mediterranean Beef Wrap (Shawerma)  Thinly sliced seasoned beef with a Mediterranean salad with a tahini dressing, summak seasoned red onions wrapped  in a flour tortilla...You can call it The Mediterranean Burrito

Tuesday: 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

Wednesday: Spaghetti and Meat sauce Fresh 92%/8% Ground Beef , cooked in our own toasted herbs and spices in a rich Marinara Sauce, Served over Spaghetti Noodles. Served with Green Salad and Ranch dressing

Thursday: Orange Glazed Chicken, Steamed Rice and Asian veggie blend  Tender chunks of chicken breast stir fried and glazed with our home made orange glaze with bites of bell peppers and onions, served with Steamed rice and Asian veggies 

Friday: Open Face Tacos, Chicken or Carnitas Two Corn Tortilla topped with Mexican Style Seasoned Shredded Chicken OR Shredded pork dressed with shredded lettuce, Salsa, Mexican cheese , served with our famous Spanish Style Rice. 

Don't forget to check out our variety of salads and specialty lunch boxes.

If you have a special request, please pre-order in the morning.

Musc at Kohl

*Music at Kohl Thanks Our Volunteers

Music at Kohl Mansion thanks the following volunteers for their help at our concert and reception on Sunday, April 17, 2016: Jillian Buttigieg, Karen Hanrahan, Pam Lampkin, Kylie Lustenberger, Fred Matthews, Stephanie Moy, Carol Panasuk, Abby Vargas,  Krystal Wang, Queenie Wang, Paula Wong, Peggy Wu and Derek Wun. The Harlem Quartet concert was wonderful and the reception was abundant and enjoyable.

Our next concert is coming up soon on Sunday, May 1, featuring the Trio Con Brio Copenhagen. 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; we also need one person from 4:45 pm) Mercy and Serra students will earn service credit for hours served.

Upcoming Events   

Making a Difference
Thursday, April 21 - 6:00pm
Green Hills Country Club

Year of Mercy Event
Living Mercy in Public LIfe:
US Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Saturday, April 23  2:00-3:30pm
Mercy Center 

Late Start
Tuesday, April 26 

Freshman Retreat
Wednesday, April 27 

Class of 2016
Senior Pinning Ceremony
Friday, May 6th 1:30pm
Mother House Chapel 



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