May 10, 2017                                                                                              PARENT ENEWS

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Celebrate the Arts in May!
Please join us for the following events:


Mercy Chorales, 
Tri-School Chorus &
Soloists present...

She wrote it...we sing it

Music written, arranged,
or made famous by women!
Tonight! Wednesday, May 10th
7:00 p.m.
(please note new venue)

Click HERE for flyer

Mercy Artsfest
22nd Annual Art Festival
A Showcase of the Visual Arts
Photography & Art
Wednesday, May 17th  
5:00- 7:00PM
Kohl Mansion

Click HERE for flyer


Senior Parents:
Pinning Ceremony Class of 2017

Seniors Welcomed into the Mercy High School Alumnae Association

Friday, May 12, 2017
1:30 p.m. – Mercy Chapel

Click HERE for invitation

*Please note: Seniors need to be in full school uniform for the Pinning Ceremony this Friday in the Chapel.


Navigating the Tides of Adolescence
Thursday, May 11 - 7:00pm
Serra High School


Dear Mercy Parents,

Serra High School has warmly invited us to join them for an event they are offering to their parent community: "Navigating the Tides of Adolescence", a panel discussion on the unprecedented challenges facing adolescents today. I was fortunate to attend the event last year and I cannot speak highly enough about the expert panelists, the thought-provoking conversation, and the useful resources provided. If you are available the evening of May 11th I encourage you to attend. For more information about the event and to obtain your tickets, please CLICK HERE.



Joy Phillips, LMFT

Wellness Counselor


Dear Parents,


We wanted to let you know about a new series on Netflix called "13 Reasons Why" which is based on a novel of the same title.  The show depicts the distress and eventual death by suicide of a teenage girl.  


This letter is not intended to recommend viewing this series.  Our intention is to provide you with information we think is relevant to the health and wellbeing of our students.  We are notifying you of this show so that you can make informed decisions about the viewing of this series.  If your daughter chooses to view this series, you may wish to discuss some of the issues raised.  Some of the topics covered in this show include bullying, rejection, sexual assault, abuse, and revenge.  It is important for parents to be aware that this show is about very serious topics.  There are a range of potential impacts it could have on teens, including risks to emotionally vulnerable viewers.


We wanted to provide you with some resources for having conversations
about this series:

If you have any concerns about your daughter or if she has any concerns about friends who may be at risk of suicide, San Francisco Suicide Prevention and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline are invaluable resources.  


As always, please contact Mercy's Wellness Counselor, Joy Phillips, LMFT, if you want to discuss any concerns regarding your daughter's wellness.  Joy is available during regular school hours when school is in session.



Mercy Counseling


*Summer Reading Pop-up Fundraiser
with special guest Author
Kevin Allardice, Mercy English Teacher

When: Tuesday, May 16 

Time:  6:00-8:00PM
Where:  Books Inc. (Burlingame Ave.)


Support your local independent book store and Mercy High School between 6 and 8 pm on Tuesday May 16 with a summer reading pop-up extravaganza.  Kevin Allardice, Mercy English teacher will talk about his newest book "Family, genus, species", and sign copies.  The book has been described as "viciously funny satire" by Michael Kimball. Mr Allardice and Mrs Murphy will do book talks on the half hour, and snacks will be available.  Come for dessert after dinner and pick up your perfect summer reading pile. Books Inc will donate a very generous 20% of all purchases during this two hour period, to the Mercy library.


*Donate back Used Uniforms...  
Do you have any Mercy uniforms around your house that your daughter doesn't need anymore? Please drop them by the Main Office and we'll offer them to other Mercy students at our upcoming Used Uniform Sales. We'll take skirts, polos, sweaters, sweatshirts, pants, vests, shorts, etc! We'll hold a used uniform sale in June.


Summer School: 

Students and parents, if you are planning to take a summer school class to ADVANCE (not remediate), you must send your counselor proof of registration for this course as soon as possible. 

We also need to receive the transcript from the online or summer school by Aug. 1 (or contact Mrs. Conklin if you are unable to send it by then) in order to register you for the advanced class in the fall. If we do not have this information we will be unable to schedule you for the class in the fall and you will need to take that class at Mercy. Click HERE for The Summer School Request form.


Tri-School Orientation
Tri-School Orientation is May 16, 7:00PM at Serra High School. All students requesting a Tri-School class are required to attend. Parents are also required to attend. 


Host an International Student with gphomestay!

Do you have a loving family and a spare room available in your home? You might consider hosting an international student spending her high school year(s) at Mercy High School. Gphomestay is currently seeking qualified host families to provide a safe and nurturing home environment for such students this August. If you have the kind of home and family environment that would be a good fit for a bright, eager, and highly motivated international student, we would love to hear from you. Host families are provided a generous stipend of $1,500 a month and all necessary training. Please contact Jaryce Nobela at for more information.



"Fierce Reads" Young Adult Author Panel
visiting Mercy, this Friday, May 12


Mercy has some exciting visitors in May - During collaboration on May 12, Freshmen and Sophomores are invited to a panel discussion by three Young Adult authors.  These three authors have recently published books of high adventure and with strong female protagonists.  All three are getting great reviews.  Fun reads just in time for summer vacation!  The authors will be talking about life as a writer, their books,and their inspirations.  There will be an opportunity at the end of the talk to have copies of their books signed.



Please click HERE for Important
2017 Graduation Information.


Senior Transition Night

Tomorrow! May 11th at 6:30 PM in The Great Hall


College Counselor, Francesca Ohanessian, and Wellness Counselor, Joy Phillips, invite Seniors and their parents/guardians to an evening of reflection and conversation about the end of high school and transition to college. We will discuss common challenges students and families face during this time and provide helpful strategies for a healthy and successful transition from Mercy.


*Pinning Ceremony Class of 2017
Seniors Welcomed into the Mercy High School Alumnae Association

Friday, May 12, 2017
1:30 p.m. – Mercy Chapel

Click HERE for invitation

*Please note: Seniors need to be in full school uniform for the Pinning Ceremony this Friday in the Chapel.


Senior Mother Daughter
Mass & Brunch

Sunday, May 21
10:00 a.m.
Questions? Please contact Jennifer Munsey,
Mercy Advancement Events Coordinator


Click HERE to view invitation



*Senior Grad Nite at Disneyland is in less than a month.  Please click HERE for details, as Disneyland changed the available dates and ticketing policies.  Thousands of seniors will be joining our celebration on June 7th now- meaning we will depart on Wednesday and return Thursday morning.  Tickets are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.  Forms are available now in Ms. Dittmer's office.


Classic Event Rentals

Let us help you celebrate! Call today to start your rental order of tables, chairs, linens, tabletop, and more! Receive Upgraded Linens! Ask for Lisa or Bobby and mention the Promo Code:ClassOf2017 - Click HERE for coupon.




*ICELAND...A quick update on our STEM trip to Iceland. A group of 13 left San Francisco and headed to Iceland over Easter Break on April 15th and returned on April 20th. During that time we stayed in the beautiful capital city of Reykjavik but ventured out every day to explore this amazing country. We visited a Viking museum, the Golden Circle (including many waterfalls, geysers, volcanoes, national parks and a glacier), toured a geothermal power plant, a greenhouse, a cod fishing museum, the Skógar Museum, Þorvaldseyri Visitor Center, the Reynisdrangar Rock Formations, black sand beaches, a tiny fishing village, an Icelandic horse ranch, explored the capital city, helped a lost sheep re-unite with it's owner, went whale watching (with no luck) and finally visited the famous Blue Lagoon (pictured above) where we enjoyed an afternoon bathing in this beautiful hot geothermal spa-like pool. Thank you to all that was a trip that we will always remember. Look for our next STEM adventure where we will track wolves in Montana next spring break 2018.


*Fancy a trip across the pond??? The VPA summer 2018 destinations include London, Paris, Venice and Rome.


I hope you're as excited as I am. Here is the link to sign up!!! I'd do it quick.

Gary Ferguson



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


Spring Sports Awards Night will take place on Monday May 22 from 6:30-8pm


*Mercy Athletics will be holding a Sports Physical Night at Mercy on May 23 from 5-6:30pm. Dr Berger and Pacific THERx will be present to conduct sports physicals to ensure you are cleared to participate in sports at Mercy for the 2017/18 season. Utilize this time to get your clearance. *Please contact Mr. Dougherty to sign up for a select time within the time period the physicals will be given.  Slots are given every 15 minutes.


*Mercy Athlete of the Week:
Swimmer Teresa Tang
Teresa, a senior on the team, qualified for the CCS trials this Friday by her performances last week at the WBAL trials/finals. Teresa will be competing in both the 50 and 100 free. This is the 2nd straight year that Teresa has moved onto to the CCS trials representing Mercy. Great job Teresa! Good luck on Friday.


Cheer and Dance dates: Clinics will be on May 22 and 23 with the auditions on May 24. Questions, contact Mr. Ferguson.


Fall Sport Start Dates:

  • VOLLEYBALL Tryouts: August 8-11. Please note that no returning player is guaranteed a spot on a roster. Every player is expected to be at all days of the tryout sessions. Once teams are set, practice for the season will begin immediately in days following. Get your vacations in before August 8.

  •  August 14: Water Polo, Golf, Tennis and Cross Country will start their practices/tryouts.

  •  We will be having OPEN GYM during the summer starting on June 13-July 24. Basketball will be held on Tuesday from 7-9pm. Volleyball will be held on Wednesday from 7-9pm. Sessions will be held at Our Lady of Angels gym.

Conditioning sessions will start the week of June 12 and run thru July 27 –Held at Mercy

  • Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday-Conditioning will take place from
    9:30-11am. Coach Sunny Diaz will oversee
  • Monday/Wednesday-Conditioning will take place from 3:30-5pm.
    Pacific THERx trainer Mallory will oversee
  • There will be no conditioning on July 3 or 4.

 Reminder for Sports: Every athlete must be fully registered in the Appryse system and cleared to play sports before they start a season. A physical is required to get cleared. If you have not been cleared you will not be allowed to try out for a team. 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. If you have played on a team in the fall or winter, you are cleared.


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
May 11 - 17


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 2017
with Mercy athletics.   -
Charlie Dougherty, Athletic Director


Senior Parents:


  • Update your Naviance: Please make sure your Naviance is accurate with the schools your daughters have applied to and with the final decisions from the schools
  • Register for college placement exams: Once students have decided on where they are going to school, make sure they sign up for any placement testing they might have to complete. Placement testing is usually done during orientation or before school starts. Please contact Mrs. Ohanessian with any questions regarding placement testing.
  • *Be sure to accept any financial aid offers in addition to submitting your deposit. The financial aid will not automatically transfer to your account. Follow the instructions in your financial aid award letter for the most accurate way to accept College financial aid.


*Junior Parents:  

College meeting:  Please email Francesca at to schedule your appointment today.

  • *REGISTER FOR THE SAT: Log on to to register for upcoming exams.  Last day to register for the June test is May 4th!

  • *REGISTER FOR THE ACT: Log on to for more information on how to register. Last day to register for the June 10th exam is
    May 5th!

  • Spring WACAC College Fairs: Register online for the local area college fair. There are fairs at Dominican, Sonoma State, St. Mary's and CSU East Bay.

Helpful Links:





*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


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, 5/11: Chicken Tostada Salad Bowl  A Large crispy baked Flour Tortilla filled with our famous Spanish Rice, Beans and perfectly seasoned chicken breast bites, topped with lettuce , tomatoes, Mexican cheese blend, salsa and sour cream.  Please order before 9:00am for a vegetarian option


Friday, 5/12: Grilled Cheese sandwich with Cilantro Tomato soup

Our Girls most desired Meal....Gooey , Melting American cheese on sliced sour dough bread served with Grandma Huda's recipe of Cilantro tomato soup. Better pre-order this one as we can never make enough :=)

*NEXT WEEK's Menu - Please see Schoology




Our 35th season begins on October 22 - anyone interested in volunteering with us should contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator. I will contact you in October. If you have received my emails, I will continue to contact you. Let me know also if you wish to be removed from my list. Have a wonderful summer and we hope to see you in the fall!


Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator - Music at Kohl Mansion




Mercy Spring Concert
(please note venue change)

May 10 @ 7:00PM

Mercy Arts Fest

Kohl Mansion 
May 17 @ 5-7:00PM


Mercy Prom 
May 19


Senior Mother-Daughter
Mass & Brunch

May 21



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