August 22, 2018  |  PARENT ENEWS 



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Welcome to a new school year! As we finish our second full day of classes it is wonderful to hear the chatter and laughter in the hallways. I always love watching returning students guiding new students to rooms and buildings. This is a special part of Mercy. 


I am looking forward to seeing you at Mercy Parent Club events this year. The Parent Club Board, working with Amare Silva '11, our new Volunteer and Event Coordinator, is looking for more ways to involve you in the school.


We have had an incredible turnout of athletes for all our fall sports. All athletic schedules are on the web site. We hope you will join us at the games! This summer we hired a full-time trainer to work with the girls on strength and conditioning. Keri Sotek will be attending games and working with the girls to help keep them injury-free. 


Mercy is going as paperless as possible! All handbooks – Student/Parent and Athletic – will be online on the website. You will be receiving information on accessing these important documents in a few days.


Looking forward to seeing you at Back to School Night on August 28th!


Karen Hanrahan

Head of School



Important Traffic Reminders

  • Please be considerate of the speed limits, stop signs and our neighbors. Especially be careful in the Mercy lot as we have students, faculty, and staff walking through the parking areas and street.
  • Students must park in assigned spaces in the Mercy student lot. Be assured that, if they park in the neighborhood, we will hear from the neighbors. While sometimes the school gets the phone call, cars could be towed if Burlingame Police are called.
  • There are street improvements going on along Hoover (by the Sisters' main gate) that may cause traffic issues during drop off and pick up.
  • Please do not drop off or pick up students in front of Mercy Center.

Back to School Night
Tuesday, Aug. 28 - 6:30-9:00 pm

Join us for Back to School Night on the Mercy campus for an opportunity to take a walk in your daughter's footsteps.  A schedule of the night's events will start with your daughter's first class and follow her entire schedule. Click HERE to print out a blank template for your daughter to fill in her schedule, room numbers and teacher names for this event. Click HERE to view the invitation.


Sophomore Parent Night 5:45pm before Back to School Night.  We will talk about the PSAT and review possible testing schedules for your student as she looks ahead to exams for college admission.


Letters concerning abuse charges
against clergy

We wanted to share with you the letters that have been issued by Pope Francis (letter here), Archbishop Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco (letter here), and the Sisters of Mercy (letter here). These letters are in direct response to the Grand Jury report from Pennsylvania concerning sexual abuse by clergy in that area, and discuss the crisis in the Church.


Mercy wear Closeout Sale* 

We are cleaning out our inventory of older Mercy tees and sweatshirts!


Monday, August 27th during lunch in the cafeteria

Tuesday, August 28th during lunch in the cafeteria

Tuesday, August 28th during back to school night


Stock is limited to what's on hand, most sizes are large and up.

Cash or check only

*while supplies last


School Supply Drive
August 22 - August 31

The Campus Ministry Department will be collecting school supplies for resident students at Mercy Housing's affordable housing. The drive will be held from August 22 - August 31. Students can drop off their donations in front of the Mansion between 7:40-8:00 am. Items needed include: binders, divider tabs, notebooks, two pocket folders, pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, rulers, binder paper and glue sticks. If you have any questions please contact Angie Simonetti at 650 762-1149.


Students interested in wildlife research! 

Operation Wallacea is an organization that runs a series of biological and conservation management research programs. Next summer Mercy is teaming up with Operation Wallacea for an expedition to Croatia June 13th-June 26th. Interested students must be 16 years old by June 13th. An informational video will go out to the students August 31st, and Ms. Stewart will be at the clubs fair with more information on September 7th. If you are interested in going, please contact Ms. Stewart for more information, and a deposit is due by September 15th to save your spot!




Freshman and Transfer Parent Orientation 
Thursday, August 23rd - 6:00-8:00PM  
Learn everything you need to know about being a Mercy parent, including communication with faculty and staff, checking assignments, tests and grades, athletics, clubs, activities and more!  




Frosh Splash at Serra High School Pool

All Freshmen are invited to the Frosh Splash at the Serra High School Pool on Friday 8/24, 4:00pm to 5:30pm. It is a great way to celebrate a successful first week of school and meet some new friends! There will be snacks and swimming. Permission slips must be turned into the Main Office by Friday morning. If you have questions contact Coach RG


Freshmen Tri-School Dance

Friday, August 31, 2018

7-10pm at Notre Dame Belmont High School


  • $13 Online sale ends Aug. 31 at noon
  • $15 at the door


Click HERE for Tickets and more info



Cheers to you...

Please join us at the Class of 2022 head of School Parent Cocktail Reception, September 11, 2018
at 7:00 pm!  Meet and mingle with other freshmen parents, members of our Leadership Team and Mercy Parent Club representatives. 
View invite HERE.





Sophomore Parent Night 5:45pm is on Tuesday, August 28th before Back to School Night.  We will talk about the PSAT and review possible testing schedules for your student as she looks ahead to exams for college admission.



The make-up date to order a Mercy Class Ring is Tuesday, August 28, before school in the Cafeteria.The rings that are ordered now will be blessed and delivered at the ring ceremony on October 18th.

If you have any questions please reach out to Mr. Bill Reid from Jostens -415-472-7871 or


Parking Permit Requests for the Class of 2019
are now available in the Main Office.

The requirements are as follows:
1. Form must be completed and signed by student AND parent. 
2. Copy of Drivers License must be attached.
3. Fee of $100 (please make checks payable to Mercy High School)
Please bring all required paperwork and fee to Mrs. Folan in the Main Office. 

*SENIORS: You will have one week at the beginning of this school year to get parking permits.  Following that time parking will be opened to *JUNIORS. Questions? Please Email Mrs. Folan at



College BootCamp Powerpoint

Parent Response Form:  Please complete this form by September 1st!  The form can be returned via email to

Schedule a College Meeting with College Counselor: Click HERE to schedule your college meeting with Francesca Ohanessian. 

Save the Date:  Senior Parent Meeting - Wednesday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. 


Mercy Athletics logo

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 DoughertyAthletic Director


Follow Mercy Athletics on Twitter for game updates and scores!


All results of each team can be found in the Mercy scoreboard-place HERE

Fall Sports Updates
  • Volleyball tryouts have been completed and rosters for the Varsity, JV and Frosh teams are finalized.
  • Water Polo: The tryouts have been extended until Aug 24
  • Tennis: Team is practicing Rosters should be set by end of week
  • Golf: Team is practicing. Qualifying match on Thursday 8/23 at Mariner's Point
  • Cross Country: Team is practicing

Games & Practice Schedule

Aug. 23 - Aug. 29

Winter Sport Interest meetings 
In order to get a sense as to how many girls plan to play a winter sport we are holding interest meetings that should be attended by all athletes planning on playing that sport.

  • Soccer: Aug 29 at 8:45 am. Meet in the Grassilli Center pool bleachers. * Please note that there is late start to school until 9:30am following Back to School Night
  • Basketball: Sept 6 at 2:30pm. Meet in the Grassilli Center pool bleachers

If your daughter is planning on playing a sport, please make sure they are fully registered and cleared through the Magnus system. You need to register each year your daughter plays a sport, accessible from the Parent Portal in Powerschool. A current sports physical (valid for one year) is required to show clearance. No athlete will be allowed to start tryouts unless they show clearance in the Magnus system.



Fall Play Auditions 

August 22 & 23 - 4:00pm

This fall, Tri-School Productions will present Sense & Sensibility. Auditions held at Gellert Auditorium, Serra High School. Sign up to audition HERE.



Mercy Policy Reminders


School Uniform Policy
Please take a moment to review the School Uniform Policy. The flats required for the formal uniform are defined as non-tennis shoe footwear that is entirely black. Black TOMS will be acceptable. For questions regarding the school uniform, please contact Dean of Students, Shannon LeCompte, at


Morning drop-off/Afternoon pick-up




Transportation Resources

Please note that students taking BART and CalTrain will now take the North Burlingame City Shuttle to Mercy. Schedule can be found HERE


SamTrans info HERE


Summer reading book clubs - We are excited to host our Windows and Mirrors Book Clubs on Aug. 27 during Collaboration. All students chose their books in May, and should have just about finished. Please ask your girls about the book they are reading! 



Calendar & Important Dates

Important dates for the beginning of the school year can be found on the Calendar Page of the Mercy website. You will find the full Mercy Calendar as well as instructions on how to add it to your own personal calendar. 


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