November 8, 2017                                                                            PARENT ENEWS


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Celebration of Life for Carol Galletta 
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


*Calling all Alums:  Alumnae Relations Coordinator Wanted: Mercy Burlingame announces the creation of our first Alumnae Relations Manager. This is an opportunity for a Mercy HS Burlingame graduate who has a passion for Mercy, a vision for connecting with alumnae of all ages, networking, and a desire to build engagement, giving and leadership opportunities between the alumnae community and the school. Contact Mary Lund, Director of Advancement


Thank you for your help and support of the
Mercy Community!

*Dear Mercy B Parents,

Mercy is hosting our Open House on Sunday, Nov. 19th! Please help us expand our community's reach, and get wonderful prospective families interested in attending! 

4 Simple Ways to Help:

  1. Word of mouth - Tell your friends and neighbors about your family's experience at Mercy!
  2. Social support - 'Like' our Facebook page and 'Share' our posts about admissions events like Open House and Shadow Days! 
  3. Rep Mercy Swag - Mercy B car stickers, sweatshirts and lawn signs all help get our name out!
  4. Neighborhood networking - Post to NextDoor, Patch and other neighborhood boards that Open House is coming up! Click HERE for the flyer and here is our text version:  Join us at Mercy High School in Burlingame for our  OPEN HOUSE! 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!

*MPC needs volunteers to help with Open House

  Please click HERE to sign up!

*Dads…we need your help at Open House! 

We need two people to drive school vans from the lower lots (Lake Lot behind the Russell Building and Forest Lot next to the Mercy convent) to the Mansion front door during Open House on November 19thHours are 11:30 to 3:30.  Please email Lynn Beal at if you can help! We will need a copy of your driver's license for the school's insurance policy. 

*Parking Volunteers Needed for Open House - We need 8-10 parents to help direct cars to parking lots on campus during Open House on Sunday Nov. 19 from 11:15 til 2pm. If you can help, please contact Patricia Glasser at 650-762-1113 or Thanks!


*Mills Uniform Company's 2017
Fall Sale starts this weekend! 

10% Off all in-stock items / 25%+ Off Clearance items and FREE shipping on orders $75+ placed during the sale. Click HERE for coupon.


*Mercy Burlingame Shop Day at LUCY


Come join us for a shop day at lucy Burlingame on November 28th anytime and receive 30% off of your purchase! 1208 Burlingame Avenue - 650.347.5340


You're unable to join us on the 28th? Mention you are with Mercy Burlingame to receive your discount!


*One Warm Coat Drive

The Sisters of Mercy's One Warm Coat drive will officially begin next Monday, November 13th and will end on Friday, January 12th.  Hope you've been gathering up your clean and gently used men, women and children coats, jackets and sweaters.  The blue bins will be located in Mercy Center front office and in Russell Hall main lobby.


This year we will be collecting for City Team Ministries who serve people of extreme poverty. They have a great outreach to those who live on the streets of our cities.


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. Please click the button at left, and sign up, we could really use people for the later shifts after 6:00PM! Thank you!

*PARENTS - If you use Next Door Neighbor - we are asking if you would consider posting this event to your city's event page  or general listing!  Here is the blurb to use - thanks from the Mercy Alumnae Association 


  • Christmas at Kohl  Join us for the Christmas at Kohl Holiday Boutique which will be held on Wednesday, November 29th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Dr in Burlingame.  Over 65 local vendors will be at the event.  It is a special treat to see all those twinkling lights and large over sized Christmas trees decorating the mansion.  This is a wonderful opportunity for many local residents to get a chance to see the historic Kohl Mansion "all dressed up!"  There are light refreshments sold and holiday music and a docent presentation of the mansion are provided.  The fee is $10 for adults




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  • $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



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options provided.  


JUST ADDED - Live Music! 

featuring the Men's Club Trio

Shane McLaughlin - Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar
John Avilla - Background Vocals, Bass Guitar
Steve Giorgi - Drumming Icon


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!

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.


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?


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.



Our next big deadline is November 15th so please let me know if you have a deadline coming up. Here are some updates for the week:  

*Check your Naviance for Submissions: Teachers and Counselors are submitting your letters of recommendation.  You can check to see if everything has been submitted for you in Naviance.  If you need something to be submitted, please come by and see me or send me an email.  


*CSU and UC Applications are due at the end of the month: This year both common app and Naviance had problems before the November 1st deadline so be sure to get your application in well before the November 30th deadline. 


*Submit your test scores: Don't forget to send your SAT and ACT scores.  You can do so on and www.actstudent.orgPlease come by and see me if you have any questions.  


*Self-Care: You are all working very hard on your applications, remember to take a break for some fun.  A small break and not a lot of breaks but at least do something fun with your friends or family to break up all the work you are doing. 


Keep up the great work!  Here are the helpful links you will need:


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

*Winter Team pictures for Basketball and Soccer will be taken on Tuesday November 14. There are no pre payment envelopes. Pictures will be posted online via Mercy website and families can order from LifeTouch Photos. All orders will be sent directly to the family.

  • Soccer: meet by the pond area at 2:45pm
  • Basketball: meet by the pond area at 3pm


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


*Mercy Athlete of the Week:
Freshman Cross Country Runner Joanne Hui

Over the last few weeks, Joanne has risen to the challenge of training and running at a varsity level.  Her efforts at practice culminated with her performance at the WBAL championships this past Friday at the challenging Crystal Springs course in Belmont.  She improved 14 places from the first league competition held at Crystal in October and improved on her time by two minutes and 18 seconds.  Her race time of 21 minutes and 40 seconds over the hilly course averages to 7:20 per mile.  With her performance, Joanne earned an automatic qualifying bid to the Central Coast Section Championships which will be held this Saturday at Toro Park in Salinas.  Great job Joanne!


*Return of Fall sport uniforms:  Each athlete must have their uniform laundered and cleaned prior to returning to the Athletic Director. Uniforms need to be turned in by Thursday November 9. 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. 9 - Nov. 15


*Basketball: Practices will be at the College of San Mateo small gym 

  • Monday - 4-6pm
  • Tuesday - Friday 6-8pm
  • Saturday - 10am-12pm

*Soccer: Practice at Skyline College lower soccer field

  • Mon-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


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


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 - 11/9 - Orange Chicken

Friday - 11/10 - School Holiday

*NEXT WEEK's MENU  Nov. 13-17

  • Monday:  Provolone and Pesto Focaccia Melts ( New and Exciting ) Our home made Focaccia bread with our Pesto Spread and Melted Provolone cheese, served with Field of Greens and a light Buttermilk dressing
  • Tuesday:  Our Homemade Mac and cheese Our gourmet cheese sauce over Italian Pasta with Broccoli OR Homemade loose Sausage and a green Salad
  • Wednesday:  Minimum Day.....No Special, however Café is opened for pre-orders of Sandwiches and Salads. Please place your order no later than 11:00 am for pickup by 12:30 PM
  • Thursday:  Our Thanksgiving Celebration Meal  Juicy Roasted Turkey breast slices, served with 2 sides, choices of: Mash Potato, Stuffing OR  Green Beans casserole
  • Friday: Open Face Soft Chicken Tacos  Two Corn Tortilla topped with Mexican Style Seasoned Grilled Chicken dressed with shredded Cabbage/ lettuce mixture, Salsa, Mexican cheese , served with our famous Spanish Style Rice. 



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 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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