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November 9, 2016
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*Open House...
tell your friends!

Our Open House will be on Sunday November 20 from 12:30 to 3pm.  Make sure to tell all your friends who have daughters in 5th-8th grades to join us!  The afternoon will feature academic presentations, arts and athletics information, campus tours and much more. Families should register in advance on our website, though walk-ins are welcome.  

  • *Mercy students are needed to work at Open House
    Mercy students can sign up on this Google sheet to volunteer. They can receive supplemental service hours for this event. 
  • *Lawn Signs to promote Open House - We have more lawn signs arriving this week...make sure to advertise Open House by staking one (or more) sign in your front lawn, or putting a poster in the window! 
  • *Food & Beverages Needed for OPEN HOUSE  The Mercy Open House is on Sunday, November 20th and we are asking for donations of refreshments for the event. Note some items can be dropped off on Wednesday, November 16th and others are requested for Sunday morning drop off.  All items may be dropped off in the catering kitchen located on the main floor of the Mansion. As always, we appreciate your contribution! 
    Click HERE to sign up to donate! 


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.

  • 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....
  • *Christmas at Kohl Volunteers Needed! Mercy High School will be hosting its annual Christmas at Kohl on Wednesday, November 30th.  The mansion will be fully decorated for Christmas and there will be over 65 vendors here that night, and we can use your help!  We have many 2 hour shifts that would leave you plenty of opportunity to shop the boutique either before or after your shift.  Please click on the link to sign up!

*Advent Evening of Reflection:  
A Mother's Love

Please join us for our Advent Evening of Reflection on December 5 from 6:15pm-8:15pm in the Bride's Room at Mercy. Dinner will be provided.
The theme, A Mother's Love, will explore our God given nature to nurture through the lens of mothers from our Catholic tradition. Our presenter this year is Kathy Holmes who facilitates the WOW (Women of the Word) prayer group at Our Lady of Angels Parish. Kathy also assists with Children's Liturgy of the Word at OLA and has been a parishioner there for 22 years.If you are interested in coming please RSVP by December 1 to Sandy Flaherty @  Click HERE for flyer.

Visual and performing arts

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 continue their quest for a CCS title on Wednesday(today) at 5:30pm. We play Monte Vista Christian at Notre Dame Belmont, which is serving as the host site for the CCS. We would love to get as many Mercy supporters as possible. Please try and make it……..

*All fall team members should have returned their uniforms to the Athletic Director by now. Any uniforms not returned by Friday Nov 18 will result in the family being charged a replacement fee.

*Winter Sport Pictures: Both Basketball and Soccer individual /team pictures will be taken on Wednesday Nov 16. The times will be posted by each head coach.

*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 Cross Country Runner Zoe Jinishian
Zoe has been one of the top runners all season for the team. She is a co-captain of the team and provided leadership throughout the season for the youthful team. Zoe most recently qualified as an individual runner for the CCS Championship finals this Saturday. Great job and good luck on Saturday Zoe.


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 10-Nov. 16

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

*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.  In addition, if students are adding or removing colleges from their list they need to review and update any teacher recommendations accordingly.  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

*Mercy students are needed to
work at Open House!

Mercy students can sign up on this Google sheet to volunteer. 
They can receive supplemental service hours for this event. 


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....


A very sincere THANK YOU to the following volunteers who came Sunday night to assist with our concert and reception: Liea Chan, Sophia Dillon, Brandon Gregg, Kelsey Popa, Mike Popa, Nancy Popa, Megan Sman, Queenie Wang, Christiana Wong, Peggy Wu, Jennifer Ye and Grace Zhang. This was such a talented group who worked so hard to make sure our patrons were well taken care of and who contributed to a really wonderful post concert reception - everything was so nicely done and the evening went very smoothly!

*Our next concert is on Sunday, December 18. Anyone interested in volunteering with front of house duties (distributing programs, taking tickets, ushering) and reception preparation and clean up from 6-10 pm, please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at The first 10 volunteers will be accepted to participate

Education travel

Iceland is a country of extreme contrasts. Widely known as "The Land of Fire and Ice", it is home to both some of the largest glaciers in Europe, and some of the most active volcanoes in the world. Iceland is also the land of light and darkness, where long summer days with near 24-hours of sunlight are offset by short winter days.  Mercy’s Science Discovery Trip to Iceland is finalizing the planning.  We are still coming up a bit short on the required number of guests to make the trip work.  Yet……..a better trip could not be imagined with volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers and geothermal education.  This is an amazing opportunity.  Please consider doing this for your daughter.  It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Contact for more information

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, 11/10:  Minimum Day - Sandwiches and Salads can be pre-ordered in the morning to pick up at Break or after school. We will not be making lunch after school.  Please Visit the cafeteria for our new and improved daily salad selections.

*NEXT WEEK's MENU Nov. 14-18

 Meat Ball Sub
  Our home made all beef meatballs served in a toasted french roll with our famous marinara sauce. Served with a side Caesar Salad.

Tuesday: Beef Broccoli over steamed Rice.  Tender bites of thinly sliced beef marinated in our special blend of Asian spices stir fried with Broccoli florets  and served over steamed rice.

Wednesday: Our Thanksgiving Celebration Meal  Juicy Roasted Turkey breast slices, served with 2 sides, choices of: Mash Potato, Stuffing and Green Beans casserole

Thursday: Open Face Soft Chicken Tacos  Two Corn Tortilla topped with Mexican Style Seasoned Shredded Chicken dressed with shredded Cabbage/ lettuce mixture, Salsa, Mexican cheese , served with our famous Spanish Style Rice. 

Friday:  Beef Pasticcio  Greek style seasoned ground beef in a home made tomato puree between 2 layers of Greek style white sauce drenched pasta tubes, served with a side of green salad.

Please visit the cafeteria for our daily selection of specialty Salads.
Please pre-order.

Upcoming Events

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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