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August 10, 2016
Parent ENews

Dear Mercy Community,

Below is a message from Serra President Lars Lund regarding the loss of Calvin Riley ’15. Please keep the Riley family and the entire Serra High School community in your prayers during this difficult time. 



All school information


ALL students must be registered in the Appryse system.

If your daughter is new to Mercy or will be playing a sport this year she must have a current physical as well. Please submit physicals to the Main Office prior to the beginning of school. We are required by California law to have all this information on hand before a student begins school. Failure to complete both steps may prevent your daughter from participating in tryouts for athletics or starting school on August 23rd.

To register on Appryse go to the Mercy web site: and access it under Quicklinks.

Questions please contact Christine Folan at 650.762.1109 or

Important Dates for 2016-17 Beginning of School
(click HERE for complete school calendar) 

Aug. 10: Returning Volleyball Player Conditioning (more info)
Aug. 12: 9:30AM-3:00PM Link Crew Training
Aug 15: Volleyball and Water Polo Tryouts all other Fall Sports Tryouts begin Aug. 22,             -Click HERE for Tryout info 
Aug 15-18: 9AM-12:00PM College Boot Camp Required for all seniors 
Aug. 15: 11:00AM-5:00PM Link Crew Training 
Aug. 18: 
6:30-8:30PM New Student and Parent Welcome Mass and Reception
Aug. 19: 8:30AM-3:00PM - Freshman Orientation/ Freshman Success Part 1
- Free Dress, Lunch will be provided 
Aug. 19: 9:00-11AM  - Transfer Student Orientation - Free Dress
Aug. 22: 8:30AM-11:30AM - Freshman and Junior Full Uniform Orientation/Photos
Aug. 22: 12:00-3PM - Freshman Success Part 2  Lunch will be provided 
- Free Dress (change after morning orientation) 
Aug. 22: 12:30-2:30PM - Sophomore and Senior Full Uniform Orientation/Photos
Aug. 22: Fall Sports Tryouts begin (Volleyball and Water Polo begin Aug. 15) 
      - Click HERE for Tryout info
Aug. 23: First Day of School; Tri-School Classes Begin
Aug. 24: 4:00-6:30PM - Fall Play Auditionat Serra click HERE to sign-up to audition
Aug. 25: 6:00-7:30PM - Freshman and Transfer Parent Orientation
Aug. 31: 6:00-6:30PM - Sophomore Parent Night
Aug. 31: 6:30PM - Back to School Night  


2016-2017 Book List
The 2016-2017 Book List is online now. Please order your books now. Email department chairs with any questions.

Order Your Daughter's Back-to-School Photos
Picture day is Monday, Aug. 22nd. In preparation for the start of the school year, we would like to provide you with some information regarding how to order your daughter's Back to School photos. Click HERE for the Lifetouch order form, please fill out the form enclose the exact payment (cash or check made payable to Lifetouch) and have your daughter bring it with her on picture day. If you have any additional questions regarding how to order pictures please contact Assistant Head of School for Student Life, Summer Dittmer, at  Thank you!

Full Uniform Orientation/School Photos
Monday, August 22nd 
All students should be in full uniform
8:30AM-11:30AM - Freshman and Juniors
12:00PM - 3:00PM Freshman Success Part 2,
 lunch will be provided
12:30PM-2:30PM - Sophomores and Seniors


Morning drop off and afternoon pick up

School Uniform Policy
Please take a moment to review the
School Uniform Policy.  The flats required for the formal uniform are defined as non-tennis shoe footwear that is entirely black. Black TOMS will be acceptable. For questions regarding the school uniform, please contact Assistant Head of School for Student Life, Summer Dittmer, at

Mercy Scrip Programs
Help support Mercy with your everyday shopping!
Click here for more information
on how to register online with these various sites AmazonSmile, eScrip, TARGET and Office Depot and select Mercy High School Burlingame as your school choice.  Each time you make an eligible purchase, a donation is made to Mercy.

new students and parents

New Students & Parents Welcome Mass and Reception
Thursday, August 18th - 6:30-8:30PM
On Thursday, August 18th, all incoming freshmen, transfer students and their parents are invited to join us for the Welcome Mass to be held in the Chapel at 6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Kohl Mansion. Please park in front of the mansion and you will be directed to the Chapel. Handicapped parking is available in front of the Mercy Retreat Center (where the chapel is). You can also drop off at the Retreat Center and then park. For more information please contact Patricia Glasser, Director of Admissions, at 650.762.1114  or


Freshman and Transfer Parent Orientation 

Thursday, August 25th 
Learn everything you need to know about being a Mercy parent, including communication with faculty and staff; checking assignments, tests and grades, athletics, clubs, activities and more!  Attendance is highly encouraged!


Freshman Splash at Serra 
Friday, August 26  - 3:00-5:00pm 

Junior & Senior parents

Parking Permit Requests for the Class of 2017 

The requirements are as follows:
1. Form must be completed and signed by student AND parent. 
2. Copy of Driver's License must be attached.
3. Fee of $100 (please make checks payable to Mercy High School)
Please bring all required paperwork and fee to Mrs. Folan in the Main Office. 

*Seniors: You will have one week at the beginning of the school year to get parking permits.  Following that time parking will be opened to Juniors. Questions? Please Email Mrs. Folan at 


Sports Tryouts

All Sports Participants  

  • Very Important: All students 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 and registered with Appryse.  If your daughter has not been cleared to play sports, she will not be able to start practice and/or tryouts. 
  • All student athletes 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. 

* Please add Charlie Dougherty, Mercy Athletic Director,  and Claire Rietmann-Grout, Assistant Director for Student Life & Athletics to your email address book so that their emails will be delivered to your inbox and not to spam. Thank you!

Visual and performing arts

Fall Play Auditions
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Wednesday, August 24th - 4:00-6:30pm
Gellert Auditorium at Serra High School
Click HERE to sign up for to audition

service opportunities

*Looking ahead to Service Opportunities sponsored by Mercy High School. Click HERE 2016-17 for dates and times.
If you have any questions about the following service opportunities please contact Mr. Diaz at

upcoming activities

*Want to donate blood?  As you know, the American Red Cross is always in need.  The Red Cross Club of Mercy Burlingame is hosting a blood drive.  Who can donate?  Check out the American Red Cross website for all the information you need: are hoping for a full house of donors including parents, family and friends.  Before signing up, please make sure you fit all of the qualifications.  Let's make this our most successful year!  Sign up today! For more information contact Pat Bradley at

Date: 9/14/2016
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00PM

Education travel

*Iceland is calling.  We are still trying to secure our school trip to Iceland.  

It is 5 days and 4 nights. The departure date will be Saturday April 15th, 2017. The price is about $2400 per student. This includes air, lodging, meals, transportation and much more! This is not just a sightseeing tour (although there is a chance you will witness the Aurora Borealis!) We pride ourselves on the STEM aspects of this trip such as geothermal and hydroelectric energy, geography, geology, earth science, volcanology and history.

Please take a moment to check out the details. This link will take you to the detailed itinerary, power point and a short video:

If you are interested, please contact Pat Bradley at  We will need to secure spots ASAP with a $200 deposit.  This is open to all grade levels!


*SamTrans 2016 School Routes Jeremy Lipps from San Mateo County Transit District

We are ready to roll for the 2016 school year with our usual school routes, plus four new ones. The new ones include 18 on the coastside, 56 in San Mateo (Aragon HS), 61 in San Carlos (Carlmont HS) and 81 in Menlo Atherton/East Palo Alto. 

All school routes can be seen here. There is also a link for routes by school. 

Check out our Trip-Planning for assistance or call our Customer Service Center at 1-800-660-4287 or TTY only 650-508-6448. 

mercy parent club

Save the dates!

Head of School Parent Welcome BBQ
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016 - 6:30PM
Mercy High School, Kohl Mansion

Mercy Moms’ Mixer
Thurs., Sept. 22, 2016 - 7:00PM
Mercy High School, Kohl Mansion

Mercy Dads’ Get-Together
Wed., Sept. 28, 2016 - 7:00PM
Mercy High School, Kohl Mansion

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 26
Freshman Splash
Serra High School • 3:30pm

Wednesday, August 31
Back to School Night
Mercy High School • 6:30-9:00PM

Wedneday, September 14
Welcome BBQ for Parents

Friday, Sept. 16
Senior Night @ Giants Game

Thursday, September 22
MPC Mercy Moms' Mixer

Wednesday, September 28
MPC Mercy Dads' Night 



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