August 16, 2017                                                                                              PARENT ENEWS

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*Important Dates for 2017-18 Beginning of School

(click HERE for complete school calendar)  

*August 24: AMES Informational Night for Freshmen Parents and Transfer Parents
                    5:30-6:30pm (AMES Room in Russell Library)

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


*Back to School Night
Tuesday, Aug. 29  -  6:30-9:30 pm
Join us for Back to School Night on the Mercy campus for an opportunity to take a walk in your daughter's footsteps.  A schedule of the night's events will start with your daughter's first class and follow her entire schedule. Click HERE to print out a blank template for your daughter to fill in her schedule, room numbers and teacher names for this event. 

  • Sophomore families are invited to an information session about Guidance and PSAT. This meeting will give families an opportunity to obtain information and ask questions about the test, which is administered in October. This session will begin at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall.

*The Mercy Bowl-A-Thon Kickoff is Monday Aug. 28th!  Mercy High School's Bowl-A-Thon is one of the highlights of the fall semester, thanks to the Student Body Officers (SBOs) who put on an amazing day for all of our Mercy students!

Again this year,  Mercy has partnered with eTeamSponsor to administer and support the Bowl-A-Thon fundraising efforts ONLINE! eTeamSponsor is an innovating software platform that enables schools,Foundations and non profits to raise funds safely and effectively.

  • Click HERE for Additional Parent\Guardian information about eTeamSponsor
  •  Click HERE for All Bowl-A-Thon information, Instructions, Prizes.
  • Click HERE for The Head of School Bowl a Thon letter (included in the Mercy summer mailing)
  •  Click HERE for permission slip PDF


Student Permission slips are Due Now!! Please turn them into the main office ASAP!  


Students who turned in money this summer with your permission slip, should expect to see those donations on their personal campaign page by 9/1/17!


For additional Bowl a Thon information please visit the Mercy Bowl a Thon page on the Mercy Website


*Uniform Reminder: All sweaters, sweatshirts, and jackets must have a Mercy logo or say Mercy to be worn with the uniform Monday-Thursday. Non-Mercy jackets with hoods may be worn on rainy days. Click HERE Uniform Policy.


Morning drop off and afternoon pick up
*Please note: Students must be dropped off inside the main gate and
not on Hoover or other surrounding streets.



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.


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


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


  • BART/CalTrain
    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.


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.

SENIOR PARKING:  *ONLY 3 more days ~ Ends Friday 08/26/17: Parking Permit Requests are HERE or 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: Your opportunity to apply will end on Friday 08/26/17!

JUNIOR PARKING: Forms will now be accepted!
Parking Permit Requests are HERE or in the Main Office.Please turn in all required items with your permit application by Monday 08/28/17. (See above for requirements)  Junior Spots will be assigned on Tuesday 08/29/17.  

If there are more applications than spots available, we will choose by lottery. Carpools receive priority.  Please be sure your application has been received by the end of school on Monday! Questions? Please Email Mrs. Folan at


*Parent Response form: Please submit the Parent Response form to the counseling office by September 1st.  Click HERE for another copy of the form. 


*College Boot Camp: Thank you for all those that came to College Boot Camp!  Please find the PowerPoint Presentations below.  If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Ohanessian


*Letters of Recommendation: Please complete this google form and let us know which counselor will be writing your letter of recommendation!  You will also need to request all letters of recommendation by September 1st.  Please remember to ask your teachers prior to sending them a request in Naviance. 


*Senior Autobiography: The Senior Autobiography is due on September 1st.  It can be found on Naviance under the about me tab.  You will find it on the left hand side. 


*SAT/ACT Testing:  Make sure you are registered for a test this fall. The last accepted test date is December so be sure to register before then.  Register for the SAT at and the ACT at  


*The UC Application is available!: Click HERE to start working on your application!


*The Common App is available!: Click here to begin work on your application!


*Personal Statement Help: Get help writing your personal statement from the counseling department or the English teachers.  Everyone is happy to help with your personal statement.  Please reach out to one of us for help! 


If you have any questions, my door will be open and the counselors will have candy so come on by and see me! Mrs. Ohanessian



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 24-30


*No athlete will be placed on a roster unless the physical form showing clearance for sports participation has been submitted. In addition, it is imperative that each family also be fully registered in the Magnus system. You activate your account by going thru PowerSchool. If you are having trouble getting registered, contact the Mercy registrar Stephanie Montoya


*Team pictures for the Fall Sports will be as follows: There will be no payment envelopes this year. All orders will be thru an online system with Lifetouch Photography. Once processed, all picture orders will be shipped directly to the individual family.

Tuesday Aug 29th:

  • Tennis 2:45pm
  • Frosh VB 3pm
  • JV Volleyball 3:15pm
  • Varsity VB 3:30pm

Wednesday Aug 30:

  • Golf  2:45pm
  • Water Polo 3pm
  • Cross Country 3:15pm


*Conditioning Schedule for the Fall: Meet in the Grassilli Center

  • Monday and Wednesday 3-4pm Varsity Volleyball
  • Starting on Tuesday Sept 5: We will have conditioning sessions for any Winter and Spring Season Athletes: Meet in the Grassilli Center -  Tuesday and Thursdays 3:15-4:45pm

*Treatment times: Any athlete who is in need of treatment for injury, Emerald will be available in Grassilli Center Monday and Wednesday from 4-5pm


*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


*Ways to get involved? 

All Parents play an important role at Mercy and we encourage you to get involved with MPC.

Your participation at any level benefits the entire community.

For more information and sign-ups click HERE or visit the Parent section of the Mercy Website or click HERE to go directly to the sign up form.




New Retaining wall for Student Garden!
Boy Scout, Kevin Castellanos brother of graduate Odalis Castellanos '16 worked on the student garden this past Saturday together with multiple adult leaders, scouts from troop 149 and some Mercy students on his Eagle Scout project.  It involved the adult leaders, scouts, and Kevin working on the retaining wall while other adult leaders, scouts, and Mercy girls worked on clearing the vegetation of the garden. Mercy is very grateful for this beautiful and more sturdy retaining wall! Good job Kevin, adult leaders, troop 149  and Mercy students for your hard work! 



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

Deadline to sign up before the prices go up is September 26th. Space is limited and an informational meeting information will follow VERYsoon!! 


For additional information, please contact Nadine Baroudi at 


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


*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, 8/24: Swedish Meatballs over Egg Noodles
  • Friday, 8/25: Grilled Cheese sandwich with Cilantro Tomato soup


*NEXT WEEK's Menu Aug. 28 - Sept. 1

  • Monday: Teriyaki Chicken, Vegetables and Rice Chicken breast Marinated with Teriyaki Seasoning , cooked to perfection with a blend of Asian Vegetables served over Steamed white 
  • Tuesday: Shredded Beef Chimichunga, served with Chips and Salsa and a side Salad Baked , NOT fried Flour Tortilla stuffed with our shredded beef, beans and cheese. Served with Chips and Homemade Salsa
  • Wednesday:  Fear The LASAGNA  Our Special recipe of red sauce and seasoned meat layered between sheets of pasta, spinach and a blend of cheeses served with a green salad and Ranch Dressing. For the Vegetarian, Please try our white sauce lasagna with layers of Spinach and cheeses between perfectly cooked pasta sheets :=)
  • Thursday:  Pulled Pork Sandwiches  Our secret blend of BBQ dry rubbed Pork Shoulder cooked at slow heat for perfect smokiness, Served on a fresh home made round Focaccia roll. Served with a lightly seasoned Cabbage Salad to give you that clean taste...feel free to spread that in the sandwich or eat it as a side Salad.
  • Friday: Focaccia Burgers Our Secret Recipe All Beef Burger Grilled to perfection served on our soft and fluffy home made Rosemary and Chives Focaccia bread. Aside of Spring mix salad and our home made Balsamic Vinaigrette will complete this gourmet meal.


Don't forget to check out the variety of specialty Salads daily changing to fit your taste and busy schedule....and if you ask the day before for a specialty Salad, we will gladly prepare it for you.  Feed back is greatly appreciated on menu and new items, we are here thriving to please your taste buds :=)


Have an awesome week

Your Friends at Mercy's Café



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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