February 7, 2018                                                                            PARENT ENEWS


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*The schedule for Friday, Feb. 16, has changed from an A day, to an A/B Split, with the following schedule. The start and end times remain the same. 

Period 0        7:00- 7:45

Period 1        7:55- 8:40

Period 2 8:45 - 9:30

Advisory 9:30 -9:45

Period 3 9:50 to 10:35

Period 4 10:40 - 11:25

Period 7A or Lunch Lunch: 11:30 - 12:00; Class 12:05 - 12:50

Period 7B or Lunch Lunch 12:20 -12:50; Class 11:30 -12:15

Period 5 12:55- 1:40

Period 6 1:45- 2:30


*Course Requests for 2018-2019


Now Open from Feb. 5 to March 2, current freshmen, sophomore & junior parents and students can request courses for next year via the PowerSchool Parent & Student Portal. The Class Registration link in your portal will remain open until Friday, March 2nd at 3pm. 


Please contact your daughter's teacher or counselor with any course-related question. 2018-2019 Mercy Course Catalog.


If you have any questions regarding PowerSchool, please contact Stephanie Montoya via email or 650-762-1111.  

Curriculum Presentation

Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Parents:
Students had a curriculum presentation during collaboration on 1/11, click HERE for the presentationPlease see the important links and reminders below.  

  • AP Contracts are due to Mrs. Morello by February 2nd. Click HERE for form.
  • Teachers determine eligibility for next year's courses. Click HERE for recommendation process.
  • PowerSchool opens for registration on February 5th and closes on March 2nd.
  • Please make your initial course selections with your parents in PowerSchool.  Your academic counselor will meet with you during the course registration period to review your course requests.
  • If you are interested in taking a Tri-School class at Serra, you must attend an informational session on 4/16 at 7pm.  You also need to complete the Tri-School Contract and turn that in by 4/20. Click HERE for Tri-School contract.


Students should contact their academic counselor if they have any questions.
Ms. O'Sullivan (Class of 2019 and Class of 2021)

Ms. Franco (Class of 2020)

Curriculum Presentation ​
Course Catalog


Mercy Parents! Do you love your career and want to share your experience with current Mercy students? If you're interested in inspiring our juniors and seniors at Mercy's Career Day, please fill out this FORM . We aim to ensure a breadth of careers and speakers, so based on number of responses we may or may not be able to include all volunteers. We appreciate your participation! 


Mercy Athletics is seeking a shuttle driver to help drive athletes to practice within the Burlingame area. Parents or volunteers will drive a Mercy van in a one way trip to practice between 2:30 and 3:00. They must be cleared by the DMV and present a copy of their Insurance Policy (forms below). If anyone is interested, please contact Assistant Head of School, Claire Rietmann-Grout.


"It's Christmas!" pictures can be viewed and purchased here. Enjoy! Mr. Panelo one of our parents took photos. Click on the link below to view and purchase them from his web page.


Its Christmas - Mercy Dance - 2017


*Host Families Needed for French Students in the Spring 
We are hoping to find host families for 8 girls who will come to school everyday with a Mercy student and be part of the family. She will be expected to do chores, go out with the family, and participate in family life. It is asked that she have her own bed; it is not necessary to have a private room and bath. We have had many wonderful memories with these girls and long-lasting friendships have been made. Please consider this. The dates are April 16-30. The students are from Senlis, about 30 km outside of Paris. Once we have interested families, we will be sent profiles of girls so as to find compatible matches to our Mercy girls. The French girls do speak English well enough to communicate. They are always eager to improve their English. There is no need for your daughter to be enrolled in French in order to enjoy this opportunity. Any questions please email me at Merci! Liz Barthe, French teacher.




Blood Drive
Monday, March 26, 2018 

Blood Drive at Burlingame Community sponsored by Mercy High School on Monday, March 26, 2018. We need you!


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. 


***RED ALERT!***

Mystery at the Mansion

Special Ticket Price

Ends Feb. 14th @Midnight 


Mystery at the Mansion

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Tickets are on sale now! $75 per person 
$65.00 per person on or before Feb. 14th 

Please support Mercy's major fundraiser:

- Donate an item for our live or silent auction

- Become a sponsor for the event

- Volunteer in the planning and\or at the Event

- Attend the Event

All proceeds from this event directly benefit all current
Mercy HSB students and programs.

Please visit the event website using the button below for All Event Details and information including: Donation forms, Sponsorship, underwriting, & advertising  opportunities!  Item donation forms are available on the event website, and hard copies are available in the Mercy Main office!


It takes many hands to make our major fundraiser a success
each year! 
Thank you in advance for lending your time and talent to
pre-event preparations as 
well as day/evening of event staffing.

Click HERE for Mystery@ The Mansion Volunteer sign-up



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



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


*Congratulations to our Song Pom and Lyrical Dance teams that placed 1st at the Jamz State Championships this past weekend in Bakersfield.


In addition, the Hip Hop Dance squad and Mercy Cheer team both finished in a most impressive 2nd place at the Jamz State Championships.


All 4 teams will be traveling to Las Vegas for the Jamz Nationals on February 23-24. Go Crusaders!


*On Friday Feb 9, a ceremony will be held for Senior soccer player Sara Bermudez as she will be recognized for her decision to attend Brown University and play Division 1 soccer. The ceremony will be held at the Reception room in the Mansion at 12:30pm. All friends are invited to attend.

 *Practices for our Spring teams will be held at the following locations. Each sport will be Monday-Friday unless coach informs team of different schedule

  • Softball: Cuernavaca Park in Burlingame 3-5pm.

  • Track and Field: Meet at Mercy Grassilli Center. 3:30-5:30pm

  • Lacrosse: Franklin Field in Burlingame 3-5pm

  • Swimming: Starting Feb 5- 3-4:45pm at Highland Swim Center in San Mateo. In addition, on Monday and Friday there is Dryland practice 6:30-7:30am in Grassilli Center

  • Gymnastics: Gymtowne Gymnastics in South San Francisco 3-5pm

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


*Mercy Athlete of Week:
Varsity Soccer Player Sophomore Maddy Bonilla
Maddy is a true team player. Her versatility in being able to play multiple positions is an asset to the coaches. Her backline play this season has helped the team to a 9-0 record in league play in which the team has yet to give up a goal. Whether a game or practice, Maddy shows up ready and prepared for the task at hand. She is a positive influence and leader on the field. She can always be heard giving words of encouragement to the rest of her team. Keep it going Maddy!

*Click HERE for the schedule for team practices and events for the
upcoming week of - Feb. 8-14


*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



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.


We are starting to hear more and more about decisions so be sure to update your Naviance and come by and check in with me!  We will be updating the map over the next few weeks so stay tuned for that fun! 


Below you will find some exciting updates from College Counseling:  


Check your Portals:  Mid year reports have been sent.  Please check in with your schools to make sure they have everything that they need for admission.  Your school specific portal is a great place to start! 


Test Scores at the CSU's: Some of the CSU's are having trouble uploading the test scores.  Please check your CSU portal and check to see if that CSU is one of the schools that is having trouble.  For example, SF state and CSU Monterey Bay are having trouble if you sent them to the main CSU number, but Chico is not having a tough time.  


Apply for the FAFSA: It is financial aid time!  Be sure to submit your FAFSA. We will submit your grades for the GPA and you can check your Cal grant Eligibility HERE, but you must complete a FAFSA in order to be eligible.  


Update your Naviance: Once you hear from a school, be sure to update your Naviance with the responses.  


Scholarships: Did you receive scholarships when you were admitted to different schools?  Please email me with the school, name of scholarship and the amount of the scholarship over four years.  We will include this in the graduation program! 


Come by and see me if you have any questions about your applications and things that are going on with your applications.  


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 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:



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 - 2/8
 - Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Friday - 2/9Minimum Day...No Special, however Café is opened for pre-orders of Sandwiches and Salads. Please place your order no later than 11:00 am.

*MENU WEEK: Feb. 12-16

Monday: Greek Style Chicken with Vermicelli Rice and Vegetables Our own blend of Greek seasoning marinated Chicken breast, grilled to perfection, served with Vermicelli Rice and Vegetable blend if you haven't tried this dish yet...this is your chance to add it to your favorites list :=)


Tuesday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches Our secret blend of BBQ dry rubbed Pork Shoulder cooked at slow heat for perfect smokiness, Served on a fresh home made round Focaccia roll. Served with a lightly seasoned Cabbage Salad to give you that clean taste...feel free to spread that in the sandwich or eat it as a side Salad.


Wednesday: Provolone and Pesto Focaccia Melts  Our home made Focaccia bread with our Pesto Spread and Melted Provolone cheese, served with Field of Greens and a light Buttermilk dressing


Thursday: Baked Ziti  Our own recipe meat sauce mixed with ricotta and parmesan cheese mixed with tube ziti pasta and baked to perfection, served with a salad 


Friday: Clam Chowder or  Vegetarian Chili Bread Bowl Our own Home Made Recipe for both Soups, Creamy New England Clam Chowder Or our Magical Spice Blend with beans and vegetable served San Francisco style in a Freshly baked Sour Dough Bread Bowl......A must try :=)


Please visit the café for our continuously changing selections of gourmet salads and sandwiches...We thrive to provide you with best quality food.




Thank you to the following volunteers who helped with our Sunday concert featuring Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse: Cher Fuentes, Judy Gee, Brandon Gregg, Denise Malig, Zhari Malig, Fred and Pam Matthews, Kat McGee, Tatyana Thumas, and Peggy Wu, lead by reception Coordinator Carmen Siu. It was a sold-out concert and a successful event thanks to these volunteers.


Our next concert is on Sunday, March 4 featuring the Camerata RCO. If you are available and would like to volunteer, please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at We have shifts from 5-9pm and 6-10 pm. Mercy and Serra students receive service credit for hours served.



Ash Wednesday

February 14


Presidents' Day

Holiday- No School

February 19


Mystery at the Mansion
March 3



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