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August 24, 2016
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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!

All school information

*Back to School Night
Wednesday, Aug. 31  -  6:30-9:30 pm
Join us for Back to School Night on the Mercy campus for an opportunity to take a walk in your daughter's footsteps. A schedule of the night's events will start with your daughter's first class and follow her entire schedule. Click HERE to print out a blank template for your daughter to fill in her schedule, room numbers and teacher names for this event. 

  • Sophomore families are invited to an information session about the PSAT. This meeting will give families an opportunity to obtain information and ask questions about the test, which is administered in October. This session will begin at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall.


*Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors - 

CSF APPLICATIONS DUE September 2nd! If you would like to apply to CSF using your Spring 2016 grades, please turn in the attached application to Ms. Mahalak. Please do not leave applications in the main office! For more information contact Ms. Mahalak at


  • CSF is for 9-12 grades only
  • You must reapply every semester
  • Always use grades from the prveious semester ONLY
  • The application fee is $5.00 per semester
  • A transcript or report card must be attached to the application

For application click the link below:


*Dining/Casless Campus  Mercy sponsors a cashless card program through which allows students to make purchases on campus quickly, easily, efficiently, and helps our families reduce the need for checks and cash. The program provides a convenient alternative method of payment with just a scan of a student’s ID card. For more information click HERE.

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

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  


School Supply Drive
August 22 - August 26 
The Campus Ministry Department will be collecting school supplies for resident students at Mercy Housing's affordable housing units in Visitacion Valley.  The drive will be held from August 22 - August 26.  Students can drop off their donations in front of the Mansion between 7:40-8:00 am.  Items needed include: binders, divider tabs, notebooks, two pocket folders, pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, rulers, binder paper and glue sticks. If you have any questions please contact Angie Simonetti at 650 762-1149. Click HERE for flyer.


2016-2017 Book List

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


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.

Freshman parents

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

Frosh Splash at Serra is this Friday, 3:30-5:00 While the event is free, your daughter must turn in the permission form by Friday at noon.  Please remind your daughter to arrange a ride, both to and from Serra and bring her required cover-up for the pool.  

Click HERE for permission form

Junior & Senior parents

*Junior Parents: The Junior Ring Ceremony,
a beautiful Mercy tradition is right around the corner!
Anyone who would like to order their class ring, and receive it at the ring ceremony with the rest of your classmates, should place her order at school this Thursday, August 25, before school in the cafeteria.  There are extra ring information envelopes available in the Main Office.


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

Mercy Parent club (MPc)

Save the dates!

*Head of School Parent Welcome BBQ 
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016 - 6:30PM
Mercy High School, Kohl Mansion
Look for your invitation in the mail this week! 
Click HERE for invite.  

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

Library news

*Summer reading challenge Parents have been asked to initial the forms for the (entirely optional) summer reading challenge.  All girls who read three or more books for fun over the summer are invited to a pizza party in early September (Date still to be confirmed).   One of the books could be a required reading book.  Readers with the most books read can win prizes.  The form to be submitted to the librarian is here. 


Make sure to follow all of our team results as they happen via our athletics twitter page. Mercy Athletics @MercyAthletics

*Our fall sports program is already in full swing as volleyball has already selected their Varsity, JV and Freshman rosters. The turnout for all our other teams has been very encouraging as well. Team selections will be taking place over the next few weeks for Golf, Tennis, Cross Country and Water Polo. Check out the schedule of team events located lower on this page as some of our teams start competition on August 31.

*Every athlete must be fully registered in the Appryse system and cleared to play sports before they are placed on a roster. A physical is required to get cleared. You can go onto the Mercy website and go to quicklinks and find the drop down for Appryse. Simply click and start your registration process. Please remember if you are a returning student you still have to re-register.

*Any student athlete participating in a sport must turn in both the athlete and guardian contract. If the signed forms by both student and guardian are not turned in, the student will not be allowed to play in any event until they have turned in the paperwork. The forms are available on the Mercy website at Click on the link and print the contract after you have read the Handbook.  Completed forms must be returned to the Athletic Director or to the main office.

*All student athletes who are currently on a fall sport roster should 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.

*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 form can be downloaded from the Mercy website on the Athletics page.

*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 office to coordinate times for use.

*All results of each team can be found in the Mercy scoreboard-

*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the upcoming week of August 25-August 31 

If you ever have any concerns/comments, please feel free to contact me at anytime. I can be reached at my office at Mercy at 650-762-1107. I am looking forward to a great 2016/17 with Mercy athletics.

Charlie Dougherty
Athletic Director

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

Do you like to act? Are you inexperienced but curious about what it's like to be on stage?  It all starts with an audition and our Tri-School Productions are a great way to start!  Learn a short monologue, sign up for a time, don't worry about perfection!  You never can tell if there is a part for you--go for it!   Whether you are a new freshman or seasoned senior, we encourage you to get involved!

College Counseling

*Upcoming Events: Serra High School will be hosting the Jesuit Excellence Tour (JET) on September 11th from 2:00 to 4:00pm.  Serra will also be hosting the Tri-School College Fair on October 19th at 6:30pm.  These events are great for getting more information about different colleges and for meeting college representatives.  Plan to attend!

*College visits: This year we will be hosting a number of colleges on campus.  These visits will be posted on Schoology, the parent page of the school website, and the College Visit calendar. Students will need to give their teacher's one day notice that they will be attending the visit.  Connecting with the college admissions counselors is an important part of the application process. The more these counselors interact with your daughter, the more they will know about them when they read their applications. Please encourage your daughters to attend.  

Register for the fall SAT at  Students may take any SAT up until the December date for Fall admission.  Be sure to register ASAP.  

Register for the ACT at  

*Naviance: Students need to complete their Senior Autobiography and request their letters of recommendation by September 15th. If you need to reset any passwords, please email Ms. Mahalak and she will reset it for you      

*Schedule your senior fall meeting with Ms. Mahalak:  Email Ms. Mahalak to schedule your senior fall meeting today!  Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting.  

Parent Response Form: Parents, please complete the Parent Response Form and return it to the Counseling office by September 1st.  We use this form to help write your daughter's letters of recommendation.  
2017 Parent Response.docx    2017 Parent Response.pdf

Personal Statement Writing Help:  If your daughter is looking for more support with her personal statement writing, please have her check in with Ms. Mahalak. She may also reach out to her English teachers. Ms. Mountain and Ms. Horan are also available to help your daughter's with their personal statements.  It is helpful to have more than one person read and review the personal statements.  

Helpful Links:

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

*Youth Advisory Committee (YAC):  The Burlingame Youth Advisory Committee  (YAC), overseen by the City of Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department, is currently recruiting members for the 2016-2017 school year! YAC is seeking motivated and responsible 7th-12th graders to help coordinate activities for teens, assist with community events, take action on community issues, and help with fundraising. YAC provides youth with a great opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills, make new friends and have a lot of fun! Use your creativity, experience, initiative and community spirit to make a difference in Burlingame. Members are required to attend meetings regularly. YAC hours count towards school community service requirements. Applications are available at the Recreation Center and on the City YAC website at:  The deadline to apply is Friday, August 26th.   For more information contact, Mercy alumni '07, Nicole Rath at or (650)558-7308

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: We 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 HERE today! For more information contact Pat Bradley at

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

Education travel

*Wanna throw a shrimp on the barbie??? Fancy petting a koala??? How about boxing with a kangaroo??? Just kidding with the boxing! 

This summer the Visual and Performing Arts department will be traveling down under. We will begin our 15 day journey with stops in both New Zealand and Australia. 

For more information visit our website at:  or contact Mr. Ferguson at for more information.

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!

Science Research Opportunity through 
Ecology Project International
Join us for a trip to the Galapagos Islands to explore their unique biodiversity!  There's no better laboratory for conservation and biology field studies! From the waters teeming with species found only here, to the highlands inhabited by giant tortoises, you'll work to understand and protect this fragile ecosystem.  We will be working behind the scenes at the Darwin Research Center, collecting data on the baby tortoises, snorkeling around various islands, and helping to clear out invasive species. Students will receive 20 core service hours.  The trip will be from July 10 – 21, 2017. Details can be found by clicking HERE.  Parents and alums are welcome to attend!  Please contact Jennifer Lambdin,, if you have questions. Here are some photos from our 2012 trip!

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 daily salad selections

Thursday, 8/25: Swedish Meatballs over egg noodles

Friday, 8/28: Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup

NEXT WEEK's Menu Aug.29-Sept. 2

Monday:  Talk about the Chicken Burrito..tender and juicy seasoned shredded chicken breast with well seasoned pinto beans and perfectly cooked Mexican rice wrapped in an x-large flour tortilla filled with lettuce, cheese and Salsa to tie it all together. Ask me in the morning for the vegetarian option please :=)

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:  Foccacia Burgers  Our Secret Recipe All Beef Burger Grilled to perfection served on our soft and fluffy home made Rosemary and Chives Foccacia bread. Aside of Spring mix salad and our home made Balsamic Vinaigrette will complete this gourmet meal. 

Thursday:  Pizza....Pizza...Pizza  As you know by now...Our home made Pizza dough with our secret recipe Pizza sauce , Grade A Mozzarella cheese and your choice of: Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni, Margarita Pizza, Pesto Chicken or our Own Mediterranean Pizza ( Za'tar spice, olive oil, Feta cheese and tomatoes), Also , White Pizza with Spinach...if you like our Spinach will have a new favorite here :=)

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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 25
Freshman and Transfer Parent Orientation
Mercy High School • 6:00pm

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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