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October 26, 2016
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*ATTENTION ALL PARENTS.  This is just a reminder, that under no circumstance may your daughters be dropped off or picked up anywhere other than through the main Mercy entrance, in the drop off/pick up line. This includes all streets surrounding Mercy, all parking lots on the lower campus and ESPECIALLY in front of the chapel.  We ask you to please respect our drop off and pick up guidelines and expectations.

Mercy’s 1st
Thank-A-Thon and Phonathon
Calling all girls!  We need your help calling and “thanking” all of our generous donors who have made gifts to support Mercy!  We will also be calling a few of our donors who like to make their annual gift by speaking to one of the students. It’ll be a fun night – we will train you in how to call and feed you pizza too!  No experience necessary. Girls will receive service hours. Sign up today! Click HERE to sign up. Questions, please contact Mrs. Fraher at

WHEN:    November 1, 2016
WHERE:  Mercy High School – Kohl Mansion             
               Advancement Office and Main office area
TIME:      3 pm – 8 pm
               Shift 1:  3 – 5:30
               Shift 2:  5:30 – 8:00 

*Alum Brings Mercy to Kenya 
Mercy Alum, Michelle Ostertag class of 1987, founded a community based organization in Kenya called Rafiki (meaning friend) which addresses the needs of AIDS orphans with educational and medical programs. To help support Michelle's work in Kenya there will be a Lobster Feed at Our Lady of  Angels Gym on Saturday, November 19 @ 6pm. The reservation deadline is November 15.  Please click HERE for more information and reservation form. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation please see the form.


Host Families Needed for French Students in the Spring 
As French Week at Mercy winds down, I would like to announce that again in the Spring we will be hosting high school students from France. We are hoping to find host families for 8 girls who will come to school everyday with a Mercy student and be part of the family. She will be expected to do chores, go out with the family, and participate in family life. It is asked that she have her own bed; it is not necessary to have a private room and bath. We have had many wonderful memories with these girls and long-lasting friendships have been made. Please consider this. The tentative dates are March 29- April 12. Once we have interested families, we will be sent profiles of girls so as to find compatible matches to our Mercy girls. The French girls do speak English well enough to communicate. They are always eager to improve their English. There is no need for your daughter to be enrolled in French in order to enjoy this opportunity. Any questions please email me at Merci! Liz Barthe, French teacher.

Junior parents

*Last week during collaboration, we shared this presentation about Naviance with juniors.  Naviance is a helpful tool for the college search and exploration process.  If you or your daughter need help logging in to Naviance, please contact Michele Macmillan ( or Beth Mahalak (

mercy parent club

Please Join Us for a Toast to Mercy!

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 - 7:00 PM, Kohl Mansion
50% of all wine sales will be donated to Mercy High School

A Toast to Mercy individual tickets and sponsorships are now available to purchase online! Click HERE for tickets/sponsorships/advertise 
This is a great opportunity for our Mercy Community to invite friends for a evening of tasting and conversations at the historic Kohl Mansion splendidly decorated for Christmas!  Contact Jennifer Munsey at or 650-762-1199 with any questions.

Winery Spotlight!


Click HERE for 
more info on Fotinos.  


upcoming events

*Tri-School Productions presents
"A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Oct. 28, 29
7:30 pm - Gellert Auditorium - Serra High School

Get your tickets now ( for our Fall Play, Midsummer Night's Dream After a strong opening weekend, there are two more performances this coming weekend, Oct. 28, 29!!! 

Parents, encourage your daughters to attend our Tri-School show!  "Theatre is one of the higher cultural activities that mark us as imaginative, creative and truly human," -Dr. Glenn D Wilson. There are many reason why attending a production can benefit our students and be part of a thoughtful education that prepares them for the future in a complex society.  We hope you will attend too!

Christmas at Kohl
Wednesday, Nov. 30th
5:00-9:00 p.m.
Plan to bring your family and friends and visit our Holiday Boutique full of gifts and treasures.  Join us for live holiday music, food and drink. Enjoy a docent presentation of the beautifully decorated Kohl Mansion.  Donation: $10.00 - no charge to Mercy students and children under 12.

*Service Hour Opportunity putting up posters for Christmas at Kohl...see below


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

 *Congratulations to our Freshman/Junior Varsity and Varsity volleyball teams who all won their respective WBAL division championships. The Varsity team will be advancing to the CCS play-offs next week. Stay tuned for the date, time and location

*Winter Sport Tryouts: You must be signed up and cleared on the Appryse system: No exceptions! Every athlete must also turn in their signed athletic contract to the AD.

  • Soccer will start on Oct 31 at Skyline College.
    Hours will be from 3-5pm. Mon-Friday
  • Basketball will start on Nov 1 at College of San Mateo:
    The hours for week 1 will be:
    • Oct. 31 - Mandatory Conditioning at Mercy in Grassilli Center 3-4pm
    • Nov 1   4-6:30pm
    • Nov 2-   4-6:30pm
    • Nov 3    5:30-8pm
    • Nov 4    4-6:30pm

*Lacrosse Players: Friday Oct 28th: There will be a meeting with the Lacrosse coach immediately after school at 2:30pm in the cafeteria for any girl interested in playing lacrosse this Spring. The coaches will discuss winter conditioning program and expectations for the season.

*The Fall Sports Awards night will be held on Thursday November 10 at 6:30pm

Mercy Athlete(s) of the Week:
Junior Cross Country Runner Katy Clausing
Katy has been a model of consistency with regards to effort put forth in training and in competitions.  In only her first year of competition for Mercy, Katy has already established herself as the 2nd scoring Varsity runner for Mercy.  At last week’s WBAL race in Sunnyvale, she ran 22:11 for 5000 meters (3.1 miles) averaging 7:09 per mile, her fastest race of the season. Keep up the great work Katy!


If you missed the interest meeting for basketball or soccer, come see Mr. Dougherty so he can explain what the expectations are for each of the sports prior to the start of tryouts. Tryouts for the Winter sports teams will start on Oct 31. Please make sure you have been cleared for sports participation prior to the start of tryouts as no student will be allowed to start basketball or soccer unless they are cleared in the Appryse system.

If an athlete wanting to play soccer or basketball is not involved in a fall sport, they are expected to participate in our conditioning program on Monday and Wednesday from 4-5pm. The Conditioning for basketball will also take place on Saturdays from 9:30am-11am…… If you have any questions, please come see the AD.

Softball fall conditioning is in full swing. The team will be gathering on Wednesday and Saturday thru Oct 29. So far, the number of girls out there has been outstanding. Any girl who is interested in playing and is not signed up, please contact Coach RG in the SBO office

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.

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 October 27-Nov. 2

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

College Counseling

TONIGHT! Tri-School Financial Aid Night will be on Wednesday, October 26th at 6:30pm in the Great Hall. This event is intended for senior parents to review important information about how to complete the FAFSA, review the different types of aid available as well as other relevant information. 

*A Note to Juniors: Last week during collaboration, we shared this presentation about Naviance with juniors.  Naviance is a helpful tool for the college search and exploration process.  If you or your daughter need help logging in to Naviance, please contact Michele Macmillan ( or Beth Mahalak (

Naviance: Senior Students should be updating their college lists in Naviance to reflect where they are applying and by which deadlines they plan to submit.  This is the official list that will be used when submitted transcripts and other documents on your daughters behalf.  If your students need any help with this, please encourage them to see Ms. Mahalak! 

FAFSA Application Now Available:  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is now available to access and complete.  Please note that colleges and universities will have different deadlines for this form so it's important for your student to be aware of and manage the deadlines for each.  The FAFSA can be accessed here:

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     

Helpful Links:

service opportunities

*Click HERE for Service Opportunities as posted to students through x2VOL for 2016-17 School Year.

Looking ahead to Service Opportunities sponsored by Mercy High School. Click HERE 2016-17 for dates and times.

If you have any questions about service opportunities please contact Mr. Diaz at

*Like to walk and shop the Downtown Area?  Then this is s a job for you!  Students can earn service hours putting up Christmas at Kohl posters.  Walk the downtown areas asking merchants to put our poster in their windows.  Posters will be put up in the following areas:  Burlingame (Broadway and Burlingame Ave), Millbrae (Broadway Avenue), San Mateo (3rd & 4th Street and Hillsdale Mall). San Bruno down town  or Tanforan Shopping Center , Pacifica (Linda Mar), Half Moon Bay (Main Street).  Email Mrs. Fraher at to sign up for a specific area.  Posters will need to be picked up and put up by Saturday November 12th....

*Mercy Students & Parents
Join us for an evening of beautiful music. Music at Kohl Mansion offers exciting opportunities for Mercy & Serra students and parents to attend concerts as volunteers, helping in the front of house, distributing programs, taking tickets, ushering patrons and to set up, prepare and serve at post-concert receptions where musicians and audiences mix and mingle over delicious refreshments. You will be able to watch some of the performances by our world-renown musicians, while getting to know other students, parents and community volunteers. This long time Music at Kohl Mansion tradition offers Mercy and Serra students and parents an opportunity to perform worthwhile community service (service credit earned for volunteering). Service is needed from 6-10 on the below listed Sunday evenings. Concerts are held in the Kohl Mansion at 7pm. Volunteers help to keep music alive on the Peninsula! 

*Our Upcoming 34th Season Concert Dates:
November 6, December 18, January 29, February 12, March 26, April 9, April 30 - Please contact Yvonne Wun Program Administrator  
at 650.762.1130 or if you'd like to join us this season - come for one concert, or all season! Hope you will join us this season.

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 or to sign up visit:  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!

Kohl Mansion

Help Decorate the Kohl Mansion 
for the Holidays!

We will decorate the Kohl Mansion for the holidays, Monday, November 14 and Tuesday November 15. Great way to meet some wonderful Mercy families! If you would like to help, Email Terri Baldocci, Director of Kohl Mansion at for details. 

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, 10/27: Foccacia Chicken Sandwich

Friday, 10/28: Tomato Macroni Soup with French Bread Pizza

*NEXT WEEK's Menu Oct. 31-Nov. 4 

Monday: Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs with Vermicelli Rice and Salad Our own blend of Mediterranean seasoning marinated Chicken breast chunks skewered and grilled to perfection, served with Vermicelli Rice and Salad if you haven't tried this dish yet...this is your chance to add it to your favorites list :=) 

Tuesday: Chicken Fried Rice and Veggie Egg Rolls  Flavorful, chicken Fried rice with our special Chinese seasoning blend, with ,peas, green onions and shredded cabbage and carrots, served with a vegetarian egg roll stuffed with Cabbage, shredded carrots and mushrooms, along with our own dipping sauce....

Wednesday: Swedish Meatballs over Egg Noodles Juicy all beef seasoned Swedish style meatballs (mild and Smokey) soaked in a creamy mushroom sauce, served over egg noodles with a side of green Salad and buttermilk dressing

Thursday: 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 :=)

Friday:  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), as you know Our White Pizza with Spinach...if you like our Spinach Calzones will have a new favorite

Upcoming Events

October 28 & 29
A Midsummer Night's Dream
at Serra

Nov. 1

Nov. 4
Pink Rally 



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