August 16, 2017                                                                                              PARENT ENEWS

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Important Dates for 2017-18 Beginning of School

(click HERE for complete school calendar)  

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 Formal Dress Uniform Orientation
August 21: 12:30 Juniors & Seniors Formal Dress 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


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

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

*Solar Eclipse - Monday August 21.

During Freshman and Sophomore orientation on Monday we will be treated to a partial solar eclipse.  There will be the opportunity for all girls on campus to create a pinhole viewer, and take some time out of their morning to see this rare event.  Please remind your daughters that AT NO TIME IS IT SAFE TO LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN.  We will have some solar glasses to pass around, and the pinhole viewers are simple but effective.  Any questions can be directed to Sarah Murphy (library), or one of the science teachers.


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!


*Magnus Health 

New for the 2017-18 School year, Mercy has partnered with Magnus Health, an online database. Families can upload Physical and Immunization records, provide medical and emergency information, electronically sign off on the Consent for Treatment form and Athletic Contract, securely via their PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Please click HERE for more information.


*School Supply Drive
August 22 - August 28 
The Campus Ministry Department will be collecting school supplies for resident students at Mercy Housing's affordable housing units in Visitacion Valley.  The drive will be held from August 22 - August 28.  Students can drop off their donations in front of the Mansion between 7:40-8:00 am.  Items needed include: binders, divider tabs, notebooks, two pocket folders, pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, rulers, binder paper and glue sticks. If you have any questions please contact Angie Simonetti at 650 762-1149.


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,at

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.
Click HERE for tardy policy.


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


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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


Mercy will continue to run a shuttle from the BART/CalTrain station (California Drive pick up station) twice each morning at 7:20 and 7:40. In addition, the Burlingame City Shuttle can bring students to the Mercy Center entrance leaving the station at  

*We will also continue to transport students on "A" days to and from Tri-School classes at Serra - 1st period students going to Mercy; 2nd period students going to Serra; 2nd period students returning to Mercy. Students must get themselves to 1st period at Serra along with any students in 0 period. There is no transportation between Mercy and Serra on "B" days.

*Shuttle from Daly City and San Bruno

Mercy will again run a shuttle for students in the morning only. The first pick up spot is the Starbucks at Westlake Shopping Center (along John Dr), pick up is at 7:10 a.m.

Second pick up spot is the Starbucks at San Bruno Town Center (across Sneath Lane from Tanforan), pick up is at 7:25 a.m. Cost for the year is $800 and no less than the first semester must be paid by Friday, August 25th. Checks should be made payable to Mercy High School and sent to Lynn Beal at Mercy.  Ms Piccolotti will again be driving the shuttle and we need to know the names of students who will get the van at each location no later than noon on Monday, August 21.  Please call Mrs Olives in the main office 650.342.3631 with this information.



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!


Freshman Splash @ Serra
Friday, August 25 - 4:00-5:30pm


Frosh Social @ Notre Dame
Friday, August 25 - 7:00-10:00pm


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 in the Main Office or click HERE for printable pdf.

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, 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



I am looking forward to a great 2017-18 with Mercy Athletics.  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.

Charlie Dougherty

Athletic Director

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


*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the upcoming week of August 17-23


*No athlete will be placed on a roster unless the physical form showing clearance for sports participation has been submitted.


*The Volleyball rosters have been finalized and the Varsity, JV and Freshmen teams are already working hard as they open up their season on August 25.


*Mandatory Volleyball Player Parent meeting this Friday August 18 at 5:30pm at Nueva Middle School Gym in Hillsborough.


*Tryouts and Practices continue this week for Tennis, Water Polo, Golf and Cross Country. All rosters hope to be finalized by Friday August 18.


*All results of each team can be found in the Mercy scoreboard-


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


*Parent Volunteers Needed for the
Welcome BBQ
click HERE to signup!

Save the dates!

Mercy Moms' Night
Thursday, September 21st
Mercy Dads' Night
Thursday, September 28th



Back By Popular Demand! 


Interested in Disney and Universal Studios? Do you like movies and acting?  Get a private tour of the fabulous Getty Museum? Would you like to learn some Hollywood movie make-up secrets? Visit live movie and TV studio sets? 


You can experience all of this and much more by signing up here:
 Lights, Camera, Los Angeles

Space is limited and an informational meeting information will follow soon!!


*Science Research Trip to Yellowstone National Park

Easter break 2018

led by Ecology Project International

Winter in Yellowstone is a dynamic and thrilling season. Bison crowd around thermal pools while the park's predators prepare their own winter strategies. Travel and learn with EPI - you'll go beyond what most park visitors see by working with park researchers, studying animal tracks by snowshoe and heading to the Lamar Valley for a day of wolf observation.

See the following links for more information. 

Mercy Yellowstone Trip Details and Enrollment

Redefine the Classroom

Click HERE for flyer


*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


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

Thursday, September 7
Welcome BBQ




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