November 1, 2017                                                                            PARENT ENEWS


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*Information on Funeral Services for Carol Galletta 


Funeral services for Carol Galletta will be held on Wednesday, November  8, 2017, at the Mercy Chapel, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. The funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m..Immediately after the service there will be a reception at Kohl Mansion.

Mercy High School will close on Wednesday, November 8th so faculty and staff and any students who knew Carol will be able to attend the service.

Parking will be available in the school parking lots, the Forest lot by the Mercy Convent and in the Lake lot next to Marian Oaks.

The Mercy Chapel is small, holding only 400-425 people. Carol has a large family and an even larger number of close friends. Adding the Mercy faculty and staff and some of our students we expect the Chapel to be very crowded.

Mercy High School will be holding a celebration of Carol's life on Tuesday, November 21st at noon at Our Lady of Angels Church on Hillside Drive, followed by a reception at Kohl Mansion. This mass will be attended by all the Mercy students, faculty and staff. We invite all families, alumnae and others who knew and loved Carol to join us in remembering someone who was a special presence in all our lives.


*Memorial Booklet for Carol Galletta

We are planning to do a special memorial booklet for Carol to be distributed at the mass on November 21st  and then as an e-book. If you would like to contribute to this book please email your tribute to  The tribute can be two or three lines, a paragraph or two or a small drawing. Deadline for submission is November 15th. 

Karen Hanrahan
Head of School



*The National Honor Society inducted 21 new members to
the Mercy chapter Monday night.


*Hi Parents,


For those of you on Nextdoor, can you please post our flyer to let those in your neighborhoods know about our
Open House on November 19th? 
Click HERE for the flyer and our text version is below.


Thanks for your help,

The Admission Department


Join us at Mercy High School in Burlingame for our


Sunday, November 19 from 12 noon to 3pm

This a great event for 6th, 7th and 8th graders
and their families 
to get to know Mercy,
or visit campus again!


Open House...tell your friends!

Our Open House will be on Sunday November 19 from 12:00 to 3pm.  Make sure to tell all your friends who have daughters in 5th-8th grades to join us!  The afternoon will feature academic presentations, arts and athletics information, campus tours and much more. Families can register in advance on our website, and walk-ins are welcome.  


Posters and Lawn Signs for Open House 
Help us promote Open House by putting up a Lawn Sign in your yard! Our Admission Team will be outside during Pick Up & Drop Off several days over the next few weeks distributing the signs.You can also pick up a sign in the Main Office. If you have the lawn stake from last year and just need a poster, you can get that from the Main Office also. 

OPEN HOUSE POSTERS: We need 2-3 parent volunteers to help distribute Open House posters to the stores on Burlingame Avenue during the next week. Please contact Patricia Glasser at 650-762-1113 or if you can help. You can also pick up Open House posters and take them to other local shopping areas.


Mercy's 2nd Annual  
Thank-A-Thon and Phonathon
Student Help Needed
We need student help calling and "thanking" all of our generous donors who have made gifts to support Mercy!  We will also be calling a few of our donors who like to make their annual gift by speaking to one of the students. It'll be a fun night – we will train you in how to call and feed you pizza too!  No experience necessary. Girls will receive supplemental service hours.  

Sign up today! Click HERE to sign up. Questions, please contact Mrs. Fraher at

WHEN:    November 13, 2017
WHERE:  Mercy High School – Kohl Mansion
                3rd floor Advancement Office and Main office area
TIME:      3 pm – 8 pm
               Shift 1:  3 – 5:30
               Shift 2:  5:30 – 8:00


Mercy Alum Michele Ostertag '87 a founding member of the Rafiki Organization which addresses the needs of AIDS orphans in Kenya. The organization provides education, health care and job skills for young people in need.  On Saturday November 11th there will be a Lobster Feed at OLA benefiting Michele's good work. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Rafiki. Please think about coming or making a donation. Click HERE for flyer.


*Help Needed for
Christmas at Kohl

The Christmas at Kohl Holiday Boutique will be happening on Wednesday, November 29th from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.  We are looking for volunteers to help us out this afternoon and evening.  We have many different jobs and shifts that will allow you to shop and look around either before or after your scheduled shift.  This is a fun night and an easy way to give back some time to Mercy.  We really need your help, so please click the button at left to sign up!


*Freshman Sleepover 

Friday, Nov. 3
The Freshmen Sleepover is coming up this Friday! We will have dinner at 7:00PM, have a night of fun, and then dismissal is at 8:00AM the next morning. Please bring a sleeping bag and overnight gear. Click HERE for permission slip. Turn in your permission slip by Friday!!   If students have practice, they may come late. Please email Coach RG with questions.



*Thank You to the 400-Plus Mercy Mothers, Daughters & Grandmothers who attended on Sunday!
Thank You to All the Volunteers who
made the event a success!

Mercy Dads

Valiant Wong, Valerie Wong 2020
George Papazian, Aline Papazian 2019
Paul McCarthy,Elizabeth McCarthy 2019
Steve Almes,Alexa Almes 2020
Jim Bracco,Elizabeth Bracco 2019
Joe Ajam, Adriana Ajam 2020
Sean Homan, Jordan Larratt 2020
Aris Carcamo, Natalie Brownstein 2021
Dave Miller, Emma Miller  2018
Jon Hagstrum, Maya Hagstrum 2021
Michael Murphy, Erin Murphy 2018
Steve Fischbeck, Samantha Fischbeck 2021
Martin Chi, Veronica Chi  2021
Allan Melkesian, Melia Melkesian 2019
David Murphy, Maeve and Fiona Murphy 2021, 2018
Elbert Doles, Samantha Doles 2021

Mercy Moms

MPC President, Linda Giusto, Amanda 2020

MPC Chair of Traditional Events, Karen Sammons, Ragen 2020

MPC Chair of Hospitality Events, Margie Curran, Kayla 2021

MPC Volunteer Chair, Janie Dawes, Emmerson, 2019, Anna, 2021

MPC Escrip Coordinator, Judy Ajam, Adriana 2020

MPC Class Representative Chair, Libby Schaul, Nicolette 2019

Mercy Dad's

*MPC Mercy Dad's Group has a new
Schoology Group for Communication!

  • If You are a Mercy Dad, login to your schoology account to learn about All MPC's Mercy Dad's Group information and activities.
  • Questions about how to login to Schoology or to create an account please click HERE or visit the Mercy website and go to Parents, Parent Communications, Schoology to learn more!
  • If you have a schoology account & did NOT receive a Welcome Message, or if you create a new Schoology account, please email Jeremy Sowers or Michael Murphy to ensure you receive their communications.

The Mercy Dads group is being organized by Jeremy Sower ( and Michael Murphy ( If you have any questions about the group or suggestions, please email us directly.  In particular if you would like us to use a different email address to contact you, please let Michael know.




  • $20 in advance 
  • $25 at the door

Single Ticket includes:
event admission, 10 non refundable\transferable wine\craft

beer tasting tickets.
Event Food Tickets sold separately, at event ONLY! MUST BE 21 or Older to purchase tickets or attend!


Night of Event


Click HERE to signup



Visit the Event Website
and select from the social

media SHARE

options provided.  


Support, A Toast to Mercy, by making a donation to underwrite the event.

Click HERE for Sponsorships, Advertising & Underwriting opportunities. 
Wine, Brew or Food Vendor interest?

Contact Jennifer Munsey, in the Mercy advancement office,

Click here for invite

Click here for vendor agreement




Thank You To
our Sponsors &



Cabernet Sponsor Level

The Adams Family
Your name/business here

Sauvignon Sponsor Level
David B. and Edward C. Goodstein Foundation
Your name/business here

Bottle Booth Premiere

Buckley Education,
Jean Marie Buckley '75
Your name/business here


Sponsor Level
Mr. & Mrs. Karl & Vivian Clausing

Hani & Mary Kaileh

Your name/business here


VINTNER Sponsor Level
Napa Carneros Pinot Noir

Your name/business here

Please Support our Sponsors!


Attention Mercy Parents for Graduating Class of 2018
As your graduating senior's High School career comes to its conclusion, what better
way to celebrate their successful journey through High School than with a
celebratory announcement of pride in your child's yearbook?


From today until December 1st, Mercy High School Burlingame is offering an Early Bird Special on Yearbook Senior Celebration Ads! To purchase, follow the link below to get started. Prices for Senior Celebration Ad space start at $140, so be sure to purchase your ad space as soon as possible. Spaces are limited, so hurry now and claim your spot!


Follow the link to start the process:


Go Mercy!


Attention Senior Parents,
Cap and gown and graduation announcements and accessories orders may be placed online at . The cap and gown unit is included in your tuition, but every senior must place their order their cap and gown.  No exceptions! If you have any questions you may reach out to Mr. Reid at 415-472-7871 or



If you would like to purchase a copy of the 2018 Senior Panoramic Photo please use the link below.



*November 1st Deadlines: Do you have a November 1st deadline?  Be sure to check in with your recommenders as they might not know that.  You will want to make sure your Naviance reflects the earlier deadline.  


*Matching your Common App and Naviance: In order for your recommenders to send your letters of recommendation, you need to match your common app with your Naviance.  Here is a video on that process.  


*Naviance: Be sure to keep your Naviance updated with your list of colleges.  If you need to have a college removed and Naviance won't let you, please email me the name of the college. 


*Applications: Over the next two months, many of your applications will be due so keep working on them and come by and see me when you have questions. 


*Personal Statement: Get help with your personal statements from your English teachers or any of your counselors.  The best way to share it with me is to send it in a google doc and I will go ahead and make comments on the side.  



Important Websites:

Cal State Apply

UC Application

Common App

Coalition Application




Francesca Mallegni Ohanessian

College Counselor



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



*Auditions coming up SOON

Nov. 14, 15, 16, 18

You can now sign up to audition for the Spring Musical production West Side Story! If you have any questions please contact Ms. Matthews



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


Fall Sports Award Night
is Monday Nov 20 at 6:30pm in the Great Hall.


Return of Fall sport uniforms: Once a team has finished their season, each athlete must have their uniform laundered and cleaned prior to returning to the Athletic Director. Any uniforms not returned will result in the family of the athlete being charged a replacement fee.


*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the
upcoming week of - Nov. 2 - Nov. 8 


*Lacrosse Players: There will be an interest meeting on Tuesday Nov 7 for any athlete wanting to try out for the lacrosse team. The meeting will be at 2:45pm in the weight room in Grassilli. Coaches will be present.


Winter Sport tryouts began on Oct 30: 

  • Any athlete planning on trying out for basketball or soccer must be cleared thru the Magnus system. Make sure you have taken your sports physical. No athlete will be allowed to start the tryouts if you are not cleared. There will be no exceptions.
  • Athletes are expected to be at all sessions during the tryout period
  • If an athlete is competing for a fall sport in which the season is still ongoing, they will be given a tryout once their season has finished.


Basketball: Coaches will determine the length of the tryout process

Meet at College of San Mateo small gym–

Monday 4-6pm 

Tuesday- Friday 6-8pm

Saturday 10am-12pm


Soccer: Coaches will determine the length of the tryout process

Meet at Skyline College lower soccer field

Monday - Friday 3-5pm



Conditioning Schedule for the Spring Quarter Sports:
 Starts on October 30- Meet in the Grassilli Center


  • Monday and Wednesday 3-4pm- Softball and Swimming.
  • Tuesday and Thursdays 3:15-4:45pm-Track and Lacrosse


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-


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


*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 - 11/2 - Open Face Greek Chicken Sandwich

Friday - 11/3 - Thai Chicken Wrap

*NEXT WEEK's MENU please see Schoology




*Music at Kohl VOLUNTEERS

If you are interested in volunteering at an upcoming concert, our next one is on Sunday, November 12. We need volunteers from 6-10 pm for help in the front of house (greeting patrons, distributing programs, taking tickets, ushering) and with our reception (preparing platters of food, setting up, cleaning up). It's a fun way to get to know other students, parents and community helpers. Please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator for more information or to volunteer (

Help Decorate the Kohl Mansion 

for the Holidays!
We will decorate the Kohl Mansion for the holidays, Tuesday, November 14 and Wednesday, November 15 all day. Volunteers are asked to commit to 3 hours of continuous time or moreGreat way to meet some wonderful Mercy families! If you would like to help, email Terri Baldocci, Director of Kohl Mansion at for details.
Thank You!


Come to the Mercy Center Bookstore for your Christmas shopping!
Christmas books, gifts and cards will be available beginning Wednesday, October 4.  The Mercy Bookstore has gifts
perfect for your list!

Hours:  Wed 12 to 2 p.m.

Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2300 Adeline Dr, Burlingame



November 3

Freshman Sleepover


November 10

Veterans Day Holiday


November 13
Mercy Thank-A-Thon


November 17

MPC Wine Tasting Event
Kohl Mansion

November 19
Open House


November 22-26

Thanksgiving Break 


November 29

Christmas at Kohl

Holiday Boutique 

Kohl Mansion



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Faculty/Staff Directory




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