August 9, 2017                                                                                              PARENT ENEWS

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Important Dates for 2017-18 Beginning of School

(click HERE for complete school calendar)  

August 7: Main Office Opens

August 8 - 12: Volleyball Conditioning & Tryouts (click HERE for Tryout info)
August 14: Fall Sports Tryouts (click HERE for Tryout info)
August 14 & 15: College Bootcamp (click HERE for schedule and HERE to sign up)
August 15 & 16: Mandatory Link Crew Leader Training
August 17: New Family Welcome Mass & Reception 6:30pm
August 18: 8:30 - 1:00 Welcome Day (Freshman Orientation) Free Dress for Freshmen
August 18: 9:00 - 11:00 Transfer Student Orientation Free Dress
August 21: 8:30 Freshman & Sophomore Full Uniform Orientation
August 21: 12:30 Juniors & Seniors Full Uniform Orientation
August 22: First Day of School
August 23: First Day of Tri School
August 22 & 23: Fall Play Auditions @Serra 4:00pm click HERE to sign-up to audition

August 24: Freshman and Transfer Parent Orientation 6:30pm

August 25: Freshman Splash @Serra

August 25: Frosh Social @ Notre Dame
August 29: Back to School Night


*Magnus Health 

Since our first email on August 2nd concerning Magnus we have learned of some families experiencing technical difficulties. We appreciate your patience as we work with Magnus on this matter. Please continue to log in and complete the necessary required information. We hope that the technical issues will be resolved in the next day or so. Please note that some families were asked to complete a HIPAA form which is not one of Mercy's requirements. Going forward, you will not be asked to complete this form. Please click HERE for more information.


*School Uniform Policy
Please take a moment to review the
School Uniform Policy
. The flats required for
the formal uniform are defined as non-tennis
shoe footwear that is entirely black. Black TOMS
will be acceptable. For questions regarding
the school uniform, please contact
Dean of Students, Shannon LeCompte,

*Hair Policy Reminder:

Students, please remember that dyeing the entire head of hair an unnatural color is not allowed. This year one, one-inch colored streak is permitted. All hair must be in dress code compliance for Picture Day on 8/21. Any student not in uniform will receive a uniform infraction daily until their hair meets school standards.


*Morning drop off and afternoon pick up



*Reminder to all parents: Starting the school day strong is important! Arriving on time before 7:55AM is imperative to your daughter's academic success. Missed class time can result in a student missing key information, as well as disrupt the learning environment. Please read below for a complete description of Mercy's updated tardy policy.


    If a student is more than five minutes late to a class, they must go to the Main Office or the Russell Office to record their tardy. She must also have a parent or guardian call the Main Office or write a tardy note explaining the tardy in order to qualify for an excused tardy; it is the student's responsibility to bring the tardy note to the main office immediately following the first period of the day. A student will not be let into the classroom without a tardy slip. If a student accumulates three unexcused tardies in a semester, she will be required to serve a detention.

    Students may only have a combined total of three excused tardies and early dismissals within a semester. Any student who exceeds this limit will be required to meet with the Dean of Students and her parents/legal guardian. If a student is more than 15 minutes late for a class, it considered a cut and she will receive a detention.

2017-2018 Book List
The 2017-2018 Book List is online now. Please order your books now.
Email department chairs with any questions.


Order Your Daughter's Back-to-School Photos
Picture day is Monday, Aug. 21st.   In preparation for the start of the school year, we would like to provide you with two purchasing options:



If you have any additional questions regarding how to order pictures please contact Assistant Head of School for Student Life, Claire Rietmann-Grout, at  Thank you!


Formal Dress Uniform Orientation/School Photos
Monday, August 21st
All students should be in full uniform

  • 8:30AM - 3:00PM - Freshman Orientation (bring a change of clothes)
  • 8:30AM - 10:30AM - Sophomore Orientation
  • 12:30PM - 2:00PM - Junior and Senior Orientation

*Shop for Mercy Escrip & Benefit mobile and Link

Help support Mercy with your everyday shopping! Register online with these various sites and select Mercy High School Burlingame as your school choice! Each time you make an eligible purchase a donation is made to Mercy! It's easy! It's Fun! It's Powerful!


eScrip  - Log on to and go to "sign up"
Designate Mercy High School- Mercy Parent Network - eScrip Group ID – 137617387. 
​Register your debit/credit cards

eScrip Benefit Mobile App - buy and redeem gift cards instantly from your mobile device! Click HERE for info on how to get app


*Morning BART and CalTrain Service

Students who are taking BART or CalTrain to school will be picked up at 7:20 and 7:40 at the Millbrea station. Pick up will be on the El Camino (west side) side of the station.



New Students & Parents Welcome Mass and Reception
Thursday, August 17th - 6:30-8:30PM
On Thursday, August 17th, all incoming freshmen, transfer students and their parents are invited to join us for the Welcome Mass to be held in the Chapel at 6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Kohl Mansion. Please park in front of the mansion and you will be directed to the Chapel. Handicapped parking is available in front of the Mercy Retreat Center (where the chapel is). You can also drop off at the Retreat Center and then park. For more information please contact Patricia Glasser, Director of Admission, at 650.762.1114  or


Freshman and Transfer Parent Orientation 
Thursday, August 24th - 6:30-8:00PM  
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!


*College Bootcamp for Seniors
August 14 & 15: College Bootcamp (click HERE for schedule and HERE to sign up)


*College Visitation Week
Mercy encourages students to visit prospective colleges in order to make an informed decision about possible attendance. Families are encouraged to book these trips in line with the scheduled Mercy school holidays. Mercy seniors can also tour schools during College Visitation Week, October 11th-13th, 2017.


*Attention All Senior Parents:
All Seniors should have taken their senior portrait with Lifetouch over the summer
If your daughter has not yet taken her portrait photo of scheduled and appointment please contact Lifetouch in San Carlos at 650 597 1433 or visit their website for more information. Families are not required to buy the photos, but all seniors must have a portrait on file for the yearbook.


Parking Permit Requests for the Class of 2018
are now available in the Main Office.

The requirements are as follows:
1. Form must be completed and signed by student AND parent. 
2. Copy of Drivers 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. 

* Rising Seniors: You will have one week at the beginning of this school year to get parking permits.  Following that time parking will be opened to Rising Juniors. Questions? Please Email Mrs. Folan at


*Fall Play Auditions
Radium Girls

August 22 & 23 - 4:00pm (click HERE for flyer)
Gellert Auditorium at Serra High School

The intriguing dramatic play, Radium Girls will be the Tri-School Productions' exciting presentation this fall.  Please check out information about the play, audition times (in two weeks!), preparation, and signups for the audition!  We encourage anyone who would like a top-notch theatrical experience to consider auditioning for a part in the play and that includes our newest Mercy students: you don't need prior experience to audition!  Any questions? 

Contact Mr. Randall Watts or Ms. Matthews

 Click HERE to sign up for to audition


Click HERE for the Fall Sports Tryouts Schedule


*Health Forms – Register with Magnus Health

Make sure you have had your sports physical. Unless, you have turned in your form showing clearance, you will not be allowed to start the fall sport team practices/tryouts. No exceptions. In addition, Make sure you are fully registered on the Magnus system please click HERE for more information.


Save the dates!


*Welcome Barbeque
Thursday, September 7th - 6:00-8:30PM
Please RSVP by September 1st at:


Mercy Moms' Night
Thursday, September 21st


Mercy Dads' Night
Thursday, September 28th


*Upcoming community event recommended
for parents and their daughters


Girl Talk:  The Play.  Young actors perform powerful teen stories about real life struggles, peer pressure, anxieties and how they survived.   Resident playwright Suze Allen collaborated with Dr. Carol Langlois to create this play version of Dr. Carol's acclaimed book,  Girl Talk: Boys, Bullies and Body Image. Teenagers and their parents are especially invited!


Date: August 24th, 2017

Time: 7:30pm

Location:  "Thick House" is now "Potrero Stage" 

Tickets:  FREE through the festival. Click HERE

*limited seating*



*Mercy Parents and Students Needed for Music at Kohl Concert Series
Music at Kohl Mansion opens its season on October 22 and runs through April 15, 2018. Mercy parents and students are needed as volunteers to help with front of house duties (taking tickets, distributing programs, ushering) and concert reception help (preparing food platters, setting up, serving, cleaning up) on the following Sunday evenings from about 6-10pm:

October 22, November 12, December 17, January 21, 
February 4, March 4, March 25, April 15


This is a fun way to get to know other Mercy parents and students, listen to world-class chamber musicians, all while helping out Music at Kohl (non-profit chamber music concert presenter and local music education provider). Students receive service credit for hours served. For more information or to sign up to volunteer for any of the concert dates, please contact volunteer coordinator/ program administrator Yvonne Wun at For more information about our concert series, link to:




Friday, August 25

Freshman Splash

Serra High School • 4:00-5:30PM
Frosh Social 
Notre Dame High School • 7:00-10:00PM


 Tuesday, August 29

Back to School Night


Wednesday, August 30
Late Start for Students & Teachers




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Faculty/Staff Directory




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