August 30, 2017                                                                                              PARENT ENEWS

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*Mercy Admission Season is Open...
Spread the word about Mercy!

Our current Mercy parents are crucial in our Admission efforts. Tell everyone you know about the great experience your daughter is having here.


Also, please share the upcoming events with any
friends who have 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls:



Learn more about becoming a Mercy Crusader at our website: 


*Congratulations on a successful 
Mercy Bowl-A-Thon Kickoff!!

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


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


*Student/Parent Handbook Updates


The tardy pdf policy needs to be updated. Last sentence of the first paragraph should read "If a student accumulates three excused or unexcused tardies in a semester, she will be required to serve a detention."


Headphone and earbud use:  In an effort to create community, Mercy has updated the headphone and earbud policy. Moving forward, headphones and earbuds are not permitted outside the discretion of a teacher. This includes use in the Cafeteria, halls, Grassilli, and The Green during the hours of 7:55 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  A student who does not adhere to the policy will receive a detention and have her headphones or earbuds confiscated. She will be able to pick them up at the end of the school day in the Main Office or Mrs. Morello's office in Russell.


Excused absence:

Please read below for clarifications regarding an excused absence.


    Absences​ ​are​ ​excused​ ​for: 

  • Personal illness- ​After three or more consecutive days of absence, a student should produce a note from a medical professional stating the reason for the student's absence; this policy includes leaving school early. 
  • Medical​ ​Appointments* 
  • Death​ ​in​ ​the​ ​family​ ​(relative​ ​or​ ​close​ ​family​ ​friend)** 
  • Court​ ​appearances** 
  • Limited​ ​number​ ​of​ ​college​ ​visits-​ ​See policy below 
  • Religious​ ​holidays​- Submit note to the Dean of Students two weeks prior. 

          * Requires a note from a parent/legal guardian and medical professional. 

           ** Requires a note from a parent/legal guardian 


      Other rare exceptions (ie. competitions, academic experiences) must be approved no less       than two weeks in advance by the Dean of Students and the Assistant Head of School for       Academics.


      If a student arrives late to class due to one of the situations listed above, it will be         marked as an excused absence, not a tardy.


For additional information, please refer to the Student Parent Handbook.



*Dining/Cashless Campus Mercy sponsors a cashless card program through which allows students to make purchases on campus quickly, easily, efficiently, and helps our families reduce the need for checks and cash. The program provides a convenient alternative method of payment with just a scan of a student's ID card.
For more information click HERE.


*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.


*Student Drop Off and Pick Up:

Below are some reminders to ensure smooth and safe traffic flow:

  • Students can be dropped off and picked up only at the main entrance of Kohl Mansion; neighboring streets and the Mercy Center are off limits
  • Follow Ms. Kolski's instructions entering and exiting the Main Gate
  • Use your traffic signals when entering and exiting the Main Gate
  • No speeding on school property
  • Have students exit on the righthand/passenger side of vehicles
  • Do not go around other vehicles in the drop off circle. Some students exit their cars on the driver's side, and we don't want anyone getting hit. 



*Help Needed for Alumnae Homecoming

On Sunday, September 17th, Mercy alumnae from around the country will gather and celebrate Homecoming.  We will need some students and parents (are of course welcome to help) to help us out that morning!  We will be putting note cards on the tables, arranging name tags and directing alumnae to the Coffee/Mass with the Sisters. 


We will need help from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  You will need to come in full Mercy dress uniform.  You will of course be given basic service hours for this help. Ask a friend to come with you – this is a very fun morning and we could really use your help!  Please let Mrs. Fraher if you would be interested in helping that day! You can contact her at: or call 6650.762.1192


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
Extended through this Friday, Sept. 1st!

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.


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


*Tri-School Walk for 
Catholic Worker

Saturday, September 16th

Help raise money for the Catholic Worker
House in San Bruno, $40 donation. 

Walk starts at Mercy High School 9:00 am
Ends at Catholic Worker Hospitality HouseSaint Bruno Church, 555 San Bruno Ave., San Bruno (get picked up at St. Bruno's at 12:15 pm)

Sign up today on the Campus Ministry Door. Each participant is asked to raise $40, and walk for the Catholic Worker 
Hospitality House. Checks should be made out to: Catholic Worker Hospitality House. Please write walker's name on the memo line of each check. 

To Participate: Turn in Permission Slip to Campus Ministry by Wednesday, September 13th.  Students will earn 3 supplemental service learning hours and one learning hour  Click HERE for flyer and HERE for permission slip.


*Blood Drive
Tues., Oct. 10

Blood Drive at Burlingame Community sponsored by Mercy High School on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
We need you!


*Mercy Student Parking


Parking has now been assigned for all Seniors and Juniors who have submitted applications. A limited number of remaining spaces will be assigned as students apply. Please be reminded that parking outside of the gates or in surrounding neighborhoods is not allowed per our use agreement with the City of Burlingame. 


Please email Christine Folan in the Main Office with any questions.


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.


*Director of Student Services: 

After serving as a counselor at Mercy for the past 8 years, Michele Macmillan is now our Director of Student Services.  In this role, she will oversee Counseling, AMES, Resource, and the International Student Program.  Michele earned her MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and her BS in Psychology from Fordham University.  Please feel free to contact her with any questions or concerns regarding the programs she supervises. Michele Macmillan


*SPECIAL reminder that the Senior Autobiography and letters of recommendation requests are due next week!


Parent Response form: Please submit the Parent Response form to the counseling office by September 1stClick 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



*Now that auditions for Radium Girls are over, we need to build the set and learn all the backdrop skills that will make the show a success!
Mercy students interested in Stage Crew: the first meeting (and mandatory parent meeting) is this coming Sunday at 10:00 Serra's Gellert Theater!
As always, check for a description of stage crew activities and do not hesitate to contact the director, Mr. Long ( if you have questions.



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 DoughertyAthletic Director


Mercy Athlete of the Week:
Sophomore Volleyball player Becky Roos
Becky is a setter on the Varsity team that has started the year 2-0 with nice wins over Balboa and Hillsdale. As setter, Becky controls the pace of the game for the team. She paced the Crusaders offense with 32 assists vs. Balboa followed by 38 assists vs. Hillsdale. Now, a 2 year starter, she continues to demonstrate strong leadership skills in her role as a Quarterback on the floor. Great job Becky!


*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 31- Sept. 6


*It is Mandatory that each family be fully registered in the Magnus system. You activate your daughters profile by going thru the Parents PowerSchool account. If an athlete is not fully registered in showing a sports clearance physical form and having all emergency contact information on file, they will not be allowed to practice or play starting on Tuesday Sept 5. Signed athletic contracts must be checked off as well. There will be no exceptions!


*Basketball Players: If you are interested in playing for the Mercy basketball team this Winter season, there is an interest meeting Thursday 8/31 immediately after school in the bleachers at Grassilli pool. Any questions, please contact Mr. Dougherty


*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 Athlete: Meet in the Grassilli Center -  Tuesday and Thursdays

*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 TOMORROW Sept. 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.



*Please click HERE for Placement Opportunities, Immersion Trips, Requirements and Saturday's of Service. For questions please email Peter Diaz at



Back By Popular Demand! 


Interested in Disney, Warner Bros, 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 VERY soon!! 


For additional information, please contact Nadine Baroudi 


*Science Research Trip to Yellowstone National Park

Easter break 2018 - led by Ecology Project International

Would you like to snowshoe across a gorgeous valley
while tracking wolves and bison??

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

Come to 109R on Sept 6 at 1:30pm to learn more about the trip!

Any questions? Please see Ms. Lambdin or Dr. Bradley.

Enrollment deadline is Sept. 30.


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, 8/31: Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  • Friday, 9/1: Focaccia Burgers


*NEXT WEEK's Menu Please see Schoology


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:





Monday, September 4
Labor Day Holiday


Thursday, September 7
Welcome BBQ


Tuesday, September 12
Service Learning & Club Fair


Wednesday, September 13
Senior Parent Night

Thursday, September 14
Early dismissal 

Friday, September 15
Tri-School Senior Giants Night

Saturday, September 16
Walk for Catholic Worker



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