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November 2, 2016
Parent ENews


*Join us in prayers for the St. Ignatius and St. Matthews communities
The Mercy community joined in prayer this week for the family of Aliya Cullinane, a senior at St. Ignatius, who took her life over the weekend, and the St. Ignatius and St. Matt’s church and school communities. A death of someone so young, with so much promise, is always tragic. We have girls at Mercy who attended St. Matt’s with Ali. This has an effect on so many young people, even those who didn’t know her. 

We have reached out to the SI community to offer our help with counseling or in any way we can be of assistance. Our counselors have been in touch since Sunday with our students who attended St. Matt’s and have been available for any Mercy girl who needs their support.

The Mercy community always gathers in support in good times and difficult times. We gather this week and ask all of you to join us in praying for Ali and hoping that she has found peace.

Karen Hanrahan
Head of School

*We’re in the Playoffs!
There is no better way to spend a Saturday evening than cheering on the Mercy Crusaders volleyball team as they take on the winner of the Scot’s Valley/Kings Academy game in the quarter-finals! We’ll be at Nueva School’s gym for the game at 7:00 p.m. See Charlie Dougherty’s article on tickets and more in the Athletics section. 

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*Help Promote Mercy's Admissions' 
Open House 

Please help us promote the Admissions' Open House on November 20th.  If you would be willing to post a lawn sign in your yard to help promote this for 6th, 7th & 8th grade students we would greatly appreciate it.  Our Admissions Team will be outside during Pick Up & Drop Off Nov.3 -6 distributing signs to willing families.  If you would like to post a sign, but wont be on campus that week please contact Stacey Longwich, Marketing Director and she will follow up with you directly. 

Help Decorate the Kohl Mansion 
for the Holidays!

We will decorate the Kohl Mansion for the holidays 9AM-4PM - Monday, Nov. 14, Tuesday Nov. 15 and Wednesday, Nov. 16. Great way to meet some wonderful Mercy families! If you would like to help, Email Terri Baldocci, Director of Kohl Mansion at for details. 


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.

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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.

*Mercy Wine Tasting Night of Event VOLUNTEERS Needed! 
Click HERE to signup

upcoming events 

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

sophomore parents

*Sophomores: Here's a link to the video provided last week during collaboration which details the usage of Naviance.  This is just a helpful way to begin to get familiar with this tool and understand how it can be helpful in the college search process.  If you or your daughter need help logging in, please contact Michele Macmillan ( or Beth Mahalak (

Visual and performing arts

*Congratulations to Tri-School Productions on a fabulous production of A Midsummer Night's Dream! You were all amazing! Thanks to the many hours of hard work by all of the students from Mercy, Serra and NDB, the Production Team and Production Support - and the many current and alumnae parents who volunteered for this 26th Season!  Shout out to Mercy girls in the show: Klara La Guardia, Sarah Boland, Isabella Torre, Avery Fischer-Blackwell, Madeleine Rozansky, Michelle Curran, Kasey O'Connell, and Kayla Fagliano, Mercy girls on Stage crew were Kat Gardner, Sarah Salame, Gabriela Montenegro, Kiana Loo, Lillian Del Chiaro, Uma Dowd, Angelina Montenegro, Lauren DuBose, Grace Hart, and Carolina Salame. VIcian Bright and Kat Gardner were on the Production team and on Production Support were Kayla Fagliano, and Vivian Bright
Photo credit to Pat Zurcher from Serra!

*It's audition time! 

You can now sign up to audition for our Spring Musical production of Oklahoma!   Do you need more information about the audition?  Mrs. Matthews has put a handy information sheet in the Main Office and you can go to our website to learn more.  Here is a link to the sign ups!  


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

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

*Varsity Volleyball will open their quest for a CCS title on Saturday at 7pm at Nueva High School gym in the Bay Meadows site. Admission Fees: Adults $10 and Students $5. The admission price is determined by CCS. Tickets can be purchased on-line at or at the door the night of the game.

*Congratulations to our Freshman/Junior Varsity and Varsity volleyball teams who all won their respective WBAL division championships. All 3 teams went undefeated in league play!

*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. The length of the tryouts for both soccer and basketball will be determined by the coaches.

  • Soccer tryouts have started at Skyline College:
    Hours will be from 3-5pm. Mon-Friday
  • Basketball tryouts have started at College of San Mateo:
    The hours for week 1 will be:
    • Nov 3    5:30-8pm
    • Nov 4    4-6:30pm
*Winter Conditioning will be held for the following Spring sports:

  • Softball: 3-5pm on Monday and Wednesday. Meet at the Grassilli Center weight room
  • Lacrosse: 4-5pm on Monday and Wednesday. Meet at the Grassilli Center weight room. It is important to note that we will base whether we have a Varsity only or Varsity and JV team for lacrosse on the amount of girls who do off season conditioning.

Mercy Athlete of the Week: 

Junior Golfer Emma Curia
Emma shot an 83 with a solid 8 pars at last week’s WBAL Golf championship tournament. Emma's score was the team low for the event. She has consistently been one of the low scores for the team in each match she has played this season. Emma is a very serious golfer that works hard at each practice to improve her overall game throughout the year. Great job Emma!

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 Nov 3-Nov. 9

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

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.

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, 11/6: Chicken Burrito

Friday, 11/4: Pizza Pizza Pizza

*NEXT WEEK's MENU Please see Schoology  

Upcoming Events

November 4
Freshman Sleepover
Kohl Mansion

November 11
Veteran's Day - School Holiday

November 18
MPC Taste and Take
Wine Event
Kohl Mansion 

November 20
Mercy Admissions' Open House 

November 23-25
Thanksgiving Break

November 30
Christmas at Kohl
Kohl Mansion 




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