February 14, 2018                                                                            PARENT ENEWS


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*Share your thoughts and ideas about the future of Mercy

Last fall we began a Strategic Plan for Mercy High School. With the oversight of the Center for Strategic Facilitation, 40-plus parents, alumnae, faculty, staff, administration and students have been meeting to develop a strategic vision and plan for Mercy for the next five years. Many exciting plans and ideas have emerged from our meetings. Now we need YOUR help. We are presenting our ideas and looking for your input, thoughts and new ideas as we begin the process of finalizing our plan at two special community meetings. Join us as we envision the Mercy of the future. Please RSVP to your session via this link:

                                WHEN:  Saturday, February 24th

                               TIME:  Session 1 – 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

                                           Session 2 – 10:30 a.m. to noon

                     LOCATION:  Great Hall at Kohl Mansion




*As you know, Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14th.  Lent is a time of preparation, reflection and sacrifice for 40 days before the celebration of Easter.  During Lent we pray, fast and give alms.  There are many ways to approach Lent.  This is an article that may help spur some ideas for you as we enter this very Holy Season and as we journey with Jesus to his death and enjoy in the glory of his resurrection  25 great things to do for Lent:  On a practical note the cafeteria will not be serving meat on Ash Wednesday and on Friday's during Lent as those are days of fasting. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on February 28th for freshman and sophomores and on March 2nd for Juniors and seniors


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 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.


***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! Donation forms, Sponsorship, underwriting, & advertising opportunities! 

Donation forms may be turned in to the Mercy Main Office
Attention: Mystery at the Mansion, 
made directly from the Event Website


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


****Mercy Auction STUDENT VOLUNTEERS Sign-ups****

 Saturday March 3, 2018 is the Mercy Parent Club benefit Mystery
at the Mansion! Students volunteers may earn service
hours for working at the event!

Click HERE to sign up and for event permission slip


*Your generosity supports our highest priority . . . 
the young women at Mercy. 

SHOP FOR MERCY supports every Mercy student. We have worked with retailers to seamlessly benefit Mercy each time you shop or purchase cards. 
SHOP FOR MERCY is simple. Just click on one of the links below and Mercy
students will benefit each time you shop.

Mercy is a member of the Amazon Associates Program


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




Blood Drive
Monday, March 26, 2018 

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


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 Varsity soccer team who has clinched the West Bay Athletic League (WBAL) Skyline Division Championship. The team is currently 11-0 in league play. They finish their regular season today at Harker. By winning the division, the team will face Sacred Heart Prep this Friday Feb 16 at Skyline College 3:30pm for one of the league's automatic bids to the Central Coast Section (CCS) play-offs. Come out and support the team!


*The Winter Sport Awards Night will take place on Wed Feb 28 at 6:30pm in the Great Hall.


*Team pictures for all Spring Sports will take place on Feb 26 and 27. Dance and Cheer will be taking pictures on Feb 27.


*Mercy Athlete of Week:
Varsity Soccer Player Isabel Bojorquez
Isabel, a sophomore has really stepped up to fill in at the forward position. She is scoring regularly but willing to play the role needed to support her team. The squad just clinched the title of the Skyline Division of the WBAL and currently holds an 11-0 record in league play. Isabel has really caught fire in scoring with her netting 6 goals in the past 3 games along with an assist. She has 13 goals in league play. Along with her offense, Isabel is tenacious on the defensive side of the ball as well. Her coaches describe her as a solid teammate who is reliable and committed to the overall success of the team. Great job Isabel!


 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

*Click HERE for the schedule for team practices and events for the
upcoming week of - Feb. 15-21


*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:


*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 - 2/15
 - Baked Ziti

Friday - 2/9Clam Chowder or Vegitarian Chili Bread Bowl  


Wednesday:  BBQ Chicken with Mash Potatoes and Corn Our own dry rub blend of BBQ seasoning on 2 Drumsticks, served with our creamy mash potatoes and side of corn


Thursday:  Focaccia Burgers Our Secret Recipe All Beef Burger Grilled to perfection served on our soft and fluffy home made Rosemary and Chives Focaccia bread.

Aside of Spring mix salad and our home made Balsamic Vinaigrette will complete this gourmet meal. 


Friday:  Our Homemade Mac and cheese Our gourmet cheese sauce over Italian Pasta with Broccoli


Don't forget to Pre-order and to check out our salads Varaiety :=)




Music at Kohl Mansion will be presenting the Henschel Quartett, joined by the Telegraph Quartet and Scott Pingel, bass on Sunday March 4. We need volunteers from about 4:45-10pm, 4 hours shifts, 4:45-8:45 or 6-10 that evening to help with front of house (distributing programs, taking tickets, ushering) and reception help (preparing platters, setting up reception, serving, cleaning up). All Mercy and Serra students receive service credit for hours served. Bring a friend – it's a fun way to spend a Sunday evening, meeting other Mercy students and parents.


If available and interested in volunteering, please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at Thank you!



Ash Wednesday

February 14


Presidents' Day

Holiday- No School

February 19

Student Holiday

February 20


Mystery at the Mansion
March 3



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