March 21, 2018                                                                            PARENT ENEWS


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*Join us for Mercy's Making A Difference Scholarship Benefit Dinner, the school's premier fundraising event! This year, we will honor beloved teachers Mary Louise Castillo and Eileen Horan for their dedication to the education of young women. Learn more about the scholarship fund, how to buy tickets, or sponsor the event on our webpage! 


Colleges that Change Lives Presentation:

Join us for a presentation at Notre Dame High School TONIGHT March 21st at 6:30. The Executive Director of the Colleges that Change Lives will discuss the importance of finding the right fit for students as they navigate the college search process. Please click HERE for flier or email Francesca Ohanessian for any questions.

*PSAT 10 Monday, March 26th at 8:00 a.m.

All sophomores will be taking the PSAT 10 on Monday, March 26th at 8:00 a.m. and will be dismissed around 11:00 a.m. There will be no classes for the sophomores that day.  Sophomores should report to Sequoia and Mrs. Kury-Arnold's advisory should report to the library.  Sophomores should bring 2 #2 pencils and approved calculators.  Please see the student guide for approved calculators. Any questions, please contact Mrs. Ohanessian


Wednesday, March 28 is now a minimum day. Students will be dismissed at 12:20 p.m. The school will close at 1 p.m. All students should be out of the building by 1 p.m.

*Mercy Burlingame is partnered with Cambridge Network's (f.n.a. gphomestay) residential program! Together, we are offering an incredible opportunity to Mercy families for Fall 2018. You can earn a monthly stipend of $1500 and have access to ongoing support from local Residential Coordinators who can help with coordinating meeting your student upon arrival and mediating issues if they arise.  You may learn more and make an inquiry at our website: Students come with their own insurance and spending money and stay for the academic year. We offer a $500 referral bonus for each matched approved host family that lists you as the source of referral on their application. Contact Sasha for more information on how to apply at 617.708.9704. 



Tri-School Productions Presents

West Side Story

Don't miss this classic, high-energy show that tells its tragic love story through song and dance. The iconic representation of life in New York City's West Side during the 1950s highlight themes relevant today, and reminds us that while social tensions persist, love and humanity unite us. 

Performances are March 23 & 24 at 7:30pm in Junipero Serra High School's Gellert Auditorium.  Buy tickets HERE!

More information on the Tri-School Productions website



*This event is required for the Mercy Class of 2019 (Junior) parents.

Tickets are free but seats are limited!

Reserve yours today:




Blood Drive
Monday, March 26, 2018 

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


Shout out to students interested in wildlife research!
Operation Wallace is an organization that runs a series of biological and conservation management research programs that operate in remote locations across the world.  These expeditions are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind-from identifying areas of needing protection, through to implementing and assessing conservation management programs.  All students pay to join the expeditions that travel to destinations such as Ecuador and the Galapagos, Fiji, Honduras, Guyana, Croatia and many more!  Mercy is teaming up with Operation Wallace for an expedition in summer 2019.  A member of Operation Wallace will be on campus this March 26th from 1:30-2:30pm.  Please encourage your high schoolers to attend this informational presentation.   


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




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

*Winter Sport team uniform return: All uniforms and deck jackets are due. They must be laundered and clean. Please return to Mr Dougherty ASAP. Any uniforms or Mercy gear not returned will result in the family of the athlete being charged a replacement fee. Notifications will be sent out this Friday March 23.


*Mercy Athlete of Week:
Sophomore Angela Giusto
Angela is a discus and shot put thrower on our Track and Field team. Angela has started out this season in grand fashion as she has already thrown the discus 100 ft 4.75in which places her 3rd on the all time list of discus throwers at Mercy B. That throw came at the WBAL league meet last Tuesday. In addition, this past Saturday, Angela had a most productive Christopher High Garlic Classic performance in which she won the Frosh-Soph division of the discus as well as placing second in the shot put. Earlier in the season, Angela won both the shot and discus in the Frosh/Soph division of the Kings Academy Invite. Angela currently sits in 4th place all time for Mercy in the shot put. Great job Angela, keep working hard!


*Click HERE for the schedule for team practices and events for the
upcoming week of - March 22-28

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: : Serra High School 3:30-5:30pm

  • Lacrosse: Franklin Field in Burlingame 3-5pm

  • Swimming: Mercy Pool 3-5pm. 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.

*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

MERCY PARENT CLUB - Senior Mother Daughter Mass and Brunch

Save the Date!

*Mother Daughter Senior Mass and Brunch

Attention Senior families Please save the date for the Senior Mother Daughter Mass & Brunch, Sunday May 20, 2018.


This is a very exciting time to be a senior.  Its almost spring break and soon you will all know where you will be off to next year.  Please come by and see me with any questions or anything you might need. 


Check to see if you received the Cal Grant:  Log on to Webgrants4Students to see if you qualified for the Cal Grant.  It may say that you received it for one particular school but not to worry, you can change the school once you decide where you want to go to school next year.  


Check your Admission Status: Be sure to be logging into portals provided by the schools and looking at your admissions status.  Some schools send an email, some schools post online, and some send some good old-fashioned snail mail.  Either way be on the lookout for the news and update your Naviance when you receive your notifications. 


Follow up on your To Do Lists: Some colleges will have a To Do list or a "Next Steps" portal for you.  Be sure to follow all instructions sent by the schools.  This could hold up your financial aid or your housing. 


Financial aid award Letters: Financial aid award letters will most likely be sent through the mail or be located in your student portal.  If you are having trouble accessing them or understanding them, please come by and see me.  It is important to know that once you decide to go to a particular school, you will need to accept your financial aid.  We will talk a little bit more about that during advisory. 


Apply for Housing: If you know you are going to a specific school, apply for housing early.  Some housing (like SF State) is available now so you can register for housing now.  If it is impacted, all the more reason to apply early.  


Community College: Students planning to attend the community colleges should be signing up for orientation and placement tests.  Be sure to do this early!  The earlier you do it, the sooner you can register for classes.  You sign up through your WebSmart account. Come by and see me if you have any questions. 


Visit Colleges: Over spring break try to visit schools as they most likely will be in session.  This way you can start to make final decisions on where you will be going.  Attending the Spring Admitted Student events is also a great way to see the school.  Remember to fill out the College Visit Request form and turn it into me before you go. 


Scholarships: In order to have your scholarships noted in the graduation booklet they need to be sent to me by April 15th.  Please be sure to send me a list of scholarships along with the school name, scholarship name and the amount over four years as soon as possible.  Kudos to Mrs. Fischer's advisory for sending me all the scholarships last week! 


Update your Naviance: Next week, we will be updating the bulletin board in Russell with Acceptances so please be sure to put them in Naviance.  If you want to come and put up your own flag, come by my office! 


Francesca Mallegni Ohanessian

College Counselor


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*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 - 3/22
 - Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

Friday - 3/23Our Homemade Mac and cheese

*NEXT WEEK's MENU please see schoology



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.




Music at Kohl Mansion is featuring the Camerata RCO on Sunday, March 25 and needs volunteers to help with the front of house (distributing programs, taking tickets, ushering) and with the post concert reception (preparing food platters, setting up, serving and cleaning up). If you are available to help, please contact Yvonne Wun, Program Administrator at Available shifts are 4:45-8:45 pm or 6-10 pm. Mercy and Serra students receive service credit for hours served. This is a fun way to get to know other parents, students and community members, all while being part of a fun event!


Career Day

March 22


Spring Musical

Westside Story

March 23, 24


Holy Week Liturgy

March 28

Minimum Day 
12:20pm dismissal


Easter Vacation

March 29-April 6

Student Holiday

April 9




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