December 13, 2017                                                                            PARENT ENEWS



Holiday Food Drive
for Second Harvest Food Bank
Monday, December 11th - Friday, December 15th.  
Food may be dropped off each morning in front of the mansion. The food will be going to Second harvest Food Bank.  Please only bring the items below, thank you!

  • Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)
  • Tuna/canned meat
  • Peanut butter
  • Low-Sugar Cereal
  • 100% Fruit Juices
  • Canned Fruit (packed in juice)
  • Canned Vegetables (low salt)
  • Prefer cans with pop-top lids

*Spread the Light


Light for people on the Gaza Strip.  EVERYONE gives a MINIMUM of $2.00.  Each light is $40.00.  For each light we purchase TWO are sent to the Gaza Strip.

GOAL:  For every room to have a MINIMUM of one light in their window. On Wednesdays we will light them before we go home to show solidarity for peace in the world.

Students are asked to bring in a minimum of $2.00 to their advisories.


*Student Council Holiday Store

Student Council's Holiday Store is open all week! We are selling Mercy gear as well as stocking stuffers during the Week of Christmas Spirit. Sweatshirts are $25, bags are $12, and fleece headbands are $10. Proceeds from the student store will go to Cardinal Newman High School.

Winter Formal!
This year's formal "A Night at the Museum" will be at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Tickets go on sale on Friday for $85 per guest through December. In January the price will rise to $95 per guest. To buy a ticket Mercy students and guests must have their permission slips filled out and signed by a parent, as well as the ticket fee. Both cash and checks are accepted made out to Mercy High School.



Winter Dance Concert
"It's Christmas!"

Thursday, Dec. 14
Skyline College Auditorium

Featuring the Mercy High School Dance Department,
"It's Christmas" is a wonderful way to kick off your holiday season. This year's eagerly awaited, fun and festive attraction is one night only!

Mercy's "It's Christmas" production is a dazzling combination of classic carols, high kick routines and holiday songs from around the world. We hope you'll join us!





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eScrip Benefit Mobile App - buy and redeem gift cards instantly from your mobile device! Click HERE for info on how to get app


*We had a wonderful Cookies, Cocoa, and Collaboration event this week to help students get ready for finalsThank you students for getting started early! The finals schedule is as follows. Students do NOT need to be on campus when they are not taking a final. 


Final Exams

  • Tues., Dec. 19
    8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Period 1
    10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Period 5
  • Wed., Dec. 20
    8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Period 2
    10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Period 6
  • Thurs., Dec. 21
    8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Period 3
    10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Period 7
  • Friday., Dec. 22
    8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Period 4

Mercy High School Speaker Series


January 31, 2018 • 6:30-8:00PM

Kohl Mansion at Mercy High School Burlingame

* This event is mandatory for Mercy Sophomore class parents and open to the public

Wouldn't you love to be able to approach conflict with your teen in a way that ensures both of you feel heard, and allows you to find a solution together? When you learn the Collaborative Problem-Solving Process, you'll understand how to connect with your teen so they will listen to you, as well as share their own ideas. In this workshop on transforming conflict into cooperation, the skills you learn can even be applied to family, friend, and coworker relationships. This philosophy empowers parents and provides a concrete and hope-filled path to turn family conflicts into effective, collaborative discussions.


Cynthia Klein is a psychologist, educator, author and public speaker who has been coaching parents for over 20 years. Click here to learn more and to register for the event!


*Dear Junior Families,


PSAT scores are now available on  Students will need to log in to see their scores.  If you or your daughter have any trouble accessing the scores, you are welcome to call the Collegeboard directly or email me.  We will be working with the students in January on how to best understand their scores.  We will also help them access free resources like AP Potential, Big Future, and Khan Academy.  

Finally, we will be hosting our AJ Tutoring SAT Prep class this spring.  Classes begin in January and you will want to contact Pat at AJ tutoring with any questions.  Students who completed this course, including practice tests and homework assignments found the class to be very helpful.  Please click HERE for the flier with more information.  


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  



Francesca Ohanessian

College Counselor




Father Daughter Dance!
Friday, February 2, 2018



Night of Mystery at the Mansion!

March 3, 2018

Join us for an interactive night of
"Who Done it" at the Mansion


Financial Assistance Program for 2018-19 
Mercy High School recognizes that families have varying financial needs and make financial sacrifices which include adjusting spending priorities and maximizing both parents' earnings to provide their daughters with a strong academic education. The Financial Assistance Program at Mercy strives to help those families who, even with personal sacrifices, have a difficult time meeting the full tuition obligation. Awards are made for a one-year period, families must re-apply each year. The application process is fair and confidential. Assessments are done by an outside firm (TADS) that specializes in school financial assistance programs. Financial aid awards are made based on a family's demonstrated need and the availability of school funds.


All families who would like to be considered for financial assistance for the 2018-19 school year must complete an online financial aid application. Applications must be submitted by February 9, 2018* with all necessary documentation.  This link will direct you to our website for further information and the online TADS application.  Late applications are processed and reviewed, but meeting the appropriate deadline is strongly recommended to be included in the first round of aid awards.  Please contact Lynn Beal at 650-762-1101 or if you have any questions.


*Please note returning 10th, 11th and 12th grade families must apply by February 9, 2018.  Families that have both an applying 8th grader and returning student must meet the December 11, 2017 deadline. 


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


Mercy Burlingame & SF
Spring Break Sacramento Immersion Trip! When: April 3-6

Price: $250


We will be working with Loaves and Fishes which was started by a Sister of Mercy. We will learn about sustainable farming vs. commercial farming. Also, we will be visiting UC Davis and Chico State. Click HERE for flyer.


Sign up on the Event Calendar.

Contact Mr. Diaz, or Ms. Connolly, if you have any questions


Mercy Burlingame

Summer Chicago Immersion Trip!
When: June 8-16

Price: $1,500

We will be working with Misericordia which was started by a Sister of Mercy. Also, we will be visiting Loyola Chicago and University of Chicago. Click HERE for flyer.

Sign up on the Event Calendar.
Informational Meeting on January 17 at
6:30pm in room 109

Contact Mr. Diaz, or Ms. Connolly, if you have any questions.



Year of Outreach and Solidarity


The Sisters of Mercy invite you to a year of special gatherings to enable Outreach and Solidarity with our neighbors who are suffering hate crimes, discrimination, and fear of deportation. During this year long program we will highlight the sacredness of each member of the human family in our global village. All events in the Year of Outreach and Solidarity are free and open to all. Free will offerings will be possible to support the ministries of the Solidarity Committee.
Please click HERE for the Program Calendar.


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.



Fancy a trip across the pond?
The VPA summer 2018 destinations include London, Paris, Venice and Rome. 
For more info contact Gary Ferguson


CSU Deadliness Extended:  Some of the CSU's have extended their deadlines.  If you did not apply and still want to, check with the specific CSU or come by my office and we can check together.  


Send your SAT or ACT scores:  I will take care of your transcripts and letters of recommendation but you, yes you, need to send your test scores.  Most schools will suggest you send all your scores. Make sure you send the scores they are requesting.  For example, if they require writing, make sure you send a writing score.  You only need to send your scores to one UC and the rest will receive them.  For the CSU's, there is one CSU number and the rest will receive them.  Come see me with any questions. 


Get help writing your personal statement: You should have more than one person reading your personal statement.  An adult is an added bonus.  A friend is good but it is good to get a teacher, a counselor, a parent, a coach, anyone to look over your personal statement.  They can provide great feedback to help you through the process.  


Need help?: If you don't understand a question on an application, ask me!  Don't leave a question blank or put something random in because that does not look good.  You want to provide the most accurate information to the schools. These applications can be confusing, so come and ask me if you have questions.


Follow up: If you submitted your application and you aren't sure if the school has received everything, check in with the school, not everyday, but an email to introduce yourself and ask if anything is missing is okay.  You can also give them a call. 


Online Portals: In the upcoming weeks, many schools will send you information about logging into application portals or the schools information portal.  These portals are important  in figuring out what is still needed. 


Decision Time: Some of you might be hearing from your colleges!  Come on by and let me know which schools you are hearing from.  You will also want to post that in your Naviance. 


Financial Aid: Remember to submit your FAFSA by going to  Please note that the FAFSA is free.  If they ask you to pay for the FAFSA, you have completed the wrong form.  You also may need to submit a CSS profile. The CSS profile is typically for private schools and you do need to pay for that.  Check with your individual schools before submitting it as not all schools require this form. 


Francesca Mallegni Ohanessian

College Counselor



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


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?

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:



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

*We are pleased to announce that Michael Garcia will return to be the Head Coach for our Mercy Track and Field program. He will continue to teach at St Robert's. There will be an interest meeting on Friday 12/15 for all athletes interested in participating in Track this spring. The meeting will be held immediately after school 2:30pm in the cafeteria.


*We are also pleased to announce that we have hired Stephanie Lee, Mercy Class of 2011 to be the new Head Coach of our Swim team.


*Conditioning sessions will return on January 9. All athletes planning on participating in a spring sport are expected to utilize the conditioning times in January to be ready for the start of spring sports on January 29.


*Conditioning Schedule for the Spring Quarter Sports:
     Meet in the Grassilli Center

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

   Gymnastics will have conditioning Monday-Friday 3-4pm at Gymtown Gymnastics in     South San Francisco


*Mercy Athlete of Week:
Soccer player Caroline Callagy
Caroline, a freshman center midfielder, has stepped into a starting position immediately for the Varsity squad. Her consistent play around the ball is a valued impact for the team. Caroline is very focused and determined to do whatever it takes to help the team as she generally plays the entire game. Great job Caroline!

*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the
upcoming week of - Dec. 14 - Dec. 20


*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-

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


The Mercy High School Athletics Department is excited to offer our varsity letterman jackets. Athletes who have lettered and competed in two varsity seasons of sport are eligible to order a jacket. Jackets can be worn with the school uniform on a daily basis and will be a long lasting memento of a high school athletic career. Jackets can be ordered for a base price of $115, which includes the block M. For an additional cost, athletes may embroider their name and sport, add their class year on the sleeve, and have a Mercy chenille patch on the back.

Please see Coach RG ( for questions and an order form or click HERE. Order forms are due on Dec. 15th. Sample jackets are available to try on in the SBO Office. Jackets take about six weeks to custom make and will be delivered after Winter Break.



*Volunteers needed to help take down the Kohl Mansion holiday décor - Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 9AM. Interested volunteers please email Terri Baldocchi at Thank you!


*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

- 12/14 - All Beef Taquitos

Friday - 12/15 - Chicken Parmesan Sandwich


*NEXT WEEK's MENU - please see Schoology


Music at Kohl Mansion will be presenting our Gala Holiday concert on Sunday, December 17. 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) from about 6-10pm. The mansion will be dressed in its holiday best and inspire anyone in its midst to get in the holiday mood.

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:

We hope you will join us!


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


December 11-16
Holiday Food Drive


December 14
Dance Concert
Skyline College



December 19-22


Christmas Break Begins
December 23



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