December 20, 2017                                                                            PARENT ENEWS


Merry Christmas!

On behalf of all of us at Mercy we wish you a Merry Christmas 
and a blessed, healthy and happy 2018!

Thank you for sharing these important years of your daughter's life with all of us.
They are truly a joy to have around. We are, also, so appreciative of your support of Mercy - attendance at events, support of the Parent Pledge Program,
cheering at games - all the many things you do.

As we approach this two week break let's all get some rest, enjoy the time off, lose
all the various colds/flu/additional ailments that have been plaguing us all the
last couple of weeks and just plain have some fun.

We will be back on January 8th ready for a new semester!


Karen Hanrahan


*PowerSchool Offline during Christmas Break

PowerSchool access and email reports will be unavailable during Christmas break, starting at 10:30 on Friday, 12/22/2017 until the week we return to school, after the grading process is finalized. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Montoya via email or at 650 762 1111. 


*With thanks and appreciation
for your support

As we celebrate the Christmas season I would like to thank all of our parents and families for your generous donations and your countless volunteer hours. Your support enables Mercy to continue to offer an outstanding Catholic education, with state-of-the art programs, as
well as provide financial assistance to our families in need.


Please remember Mercy High School when making your year-end tax-deductible gift. You may send in a donation or better yet, make your gift online through Mercy's secure website. If you would like to make a gift of stock, please follow this link for more information:

Your generosity will have a lasting impact and is deeply appreciated by the students, faculty, staff and administration at Mercy.

I would like to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and many blessings in 2018.

Mary Lund
Director of Advancement

*Mercy Dads' Club Social Night
Michael Murphy

  When:   Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 PM
  Where:  Emergency BBQ
                765 Old County Road
                San Carlos, CA 94070

We will sample local craft beers while enjoying a light barbecue dinner. Mercy dad Jeremy Sowers, owner of Emergency BBQ and a former brew master, will serve his famous BBQ and educate us on the finer points of our local brews. The cost is $20 per person. Please let us know that you are coming by clicking on the EVITE RSVP buttonWe hope to see you there!

If you have any questions please contact Michael Murphy (Erin 2018)



*Don't forget to Support Mercy with
all your online purchases! 
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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!
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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


Mercy High School Speaker Series


January 31, 2018 • 6:30-8:00PM

Kohl Mansion at Mercy High School Burlingame

* This event is required for 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!

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.



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


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



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. 



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.  I am looking forward to a great 2018 with Mercy athletics.

Charlie Dougherty
Athletic Director

Happy Holidays to all our athletes and Mercy families!

If your daughter is planning on playing a spring sport, please make sure they are fully registered and cleared thru the Magnus system. Parents must register thru the Parent portal of Powerschool. Each athlete must be cleared to participate before they can start a sport. If your daughter needs a sports physical, please get one done during the Holiday break. All athletes must be registered and cleared by January 29 or they will not be able to start the spring sport in which they want to participate in.


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:
Sophomore soccer player Jacqueline Klingler
Jacqueline is currently leading the Varsity soccer team in goals scored (5) and assists (3). Playing forward, she is a focal point of the Crusader offense. The team is currently 4-2 on the year. This past week, Jacqueline had a goal in a huge win over Woodside Priory and then followed up with 2 goals this past Saturday in a game vs. Notre Dame Salinas. Always hustling and always near the ball, Jacqueline will consistently be a contributor for the team. Keep it going Jacqueline!

*Click HERE for the schedule for team events for the
upcoming week of - Dec. 21 - Dec. 27


*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


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:



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!





Thanks to all those who have volunteered to help at our concerts so far this season We could not present our world-class chamber music concert series without the efforts of our volunteers with front of house duties and reception preparation. We presented our Gala Holiday concert this past Sunday, December 17, featuring pianist Joyce Yang and we want to especially thank our Rock Star Volunteer Ruby Mayne for her invaluable help, along with reception coordinator Carmen Siu and house manager Brandon Gregg. Thanks also to Evelyn Yturralde for pitching in. We were understaffed but those who were present worked incredibly hard to make our event a wonderful success. Our next concert is on Sunday, January 21 at 7:00 pm – if you are available to help, please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at


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 19-22


Christmas Break Begins
December 23

Classes Resume
January 8



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